Lassen College Works to Enhance Campus Life
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Gregory Collins, Director of Facilities at Lassen Community College, has been the visionary for this innovative campus improvement project. Mr. Collins stated that “The use of native rock to replace grass assists in the college’s mandated requirement to reduce water consumption. The area will enhance social interaction, serving to improve students’ academic experience and community while acknowledging learning environments outside the traditional classroom setting.”
“While the landscape design was being developed I became convinced that there needed to be a strong visual element to hold the space when the fire pit was not in use. It needed to be something that provided a complimentary contrast to the natural rock landscape – sculpture was the right programmatic and cultural choice.”
“To be successful, the shape and scale had to be consistent with the design concept. The clean geometric use of circular planters juxtaposed to the rural elements set the theme for the space and the emphasis for the use of a circular shape in the sculpture. In the hope of eliciting conversation I wanted the work to be purposely simplistic and contemporary and not representational. However I did want the piece to contain a sense of movement both flowing and sharp which was achieved by adding more negative space to the core of the sphere.”
He continued, “Public art has a uniquely different set of parameters which can constrain your artistic choices but these limitations can also be the emphasis for creativity which if successful will evoke introspection and perhaps even a sense of wonder.”
Adding, “Every piece of art needs a patron. particularly when we do not use college funds for such items. I was not able to carry this burden on my own so Terry Bartley, our Controller and her husband Mike provided significant funding for this work in an effort to complete the project and infuse the space with a touch of cultural significance. They have been longtime supporters of the College.
Collins concluded, “With every new improvement here at Lassen College there is a renewed interest in exceeding user expectations and providing an environment that helps each student achieve their goals. Our commitment to excellence in education has never wavered and reviving our facilities is just a small part of our overall plan. For our department, it is exciting to see what the future will bring and to play a small role in helping to shape the vision and mission of this fine institution.”
S’mores with the President
Activities for this area include outdoor classes, movies on the green, student activities, S’mores with the President, night rallies, concerts on the green and campus barbecues.
The California Guided Pathways Project Model is an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success. This is based on designed, clear, educational program maps that include specific course sequences, progress milestones, and learning outcomes. These are aligned to what students need to complete their desired course of study. Student Equity ensures equal educational opportunities and promotes student success.
Lassen Community College is located on CA Highway 139 in Susanville. Near Lake Almanor, Mt. Lassen and loads of outdoor adventures, this small town college offers big opportunity. It’s also fairly close to Reno.
Lassen Community College
478–200 Hwy 139, Susanville, CA 96130 +1-530-257-6181