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URI opens new communications Hub

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Sen. Jack Reed to tour digital resource center

WHAT: Launching of the HUB, a new digital resource at the University's Kingston Campus that's wired and staffed to help students and faculty learn to use today's tech tools to sharpen and package their projects and presentations.

The new lab, The HUB@LLRC (Language Learning Resource Center), is an initiative of URI's Harrington School of Communication and New Media.

The HUB is a place where faculty can receive just-in-time support for integrating digital media into their teaching and course work. Students can work on projects, explore software and get help from a team of trained student workers. The Harrington School has committed $50,000 to hire 10 skilled student workers to provide support to fellow students and faculty.

WHO: U.S. Senator Jack Reed, URI President David M. Dooley, Renee Hobbs, director of the Harrington School and leading authority on media literacy education in the U.S. Hobbs established the Harvard Institute on Media Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the first national program of teacher professional development in media literacy in the nation.

Students will demonstrate how they've already put the new digital resources to work and how they see it helping to prepare them for tomorrow's workforce.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 28, 11 AM

WHERE: The HUB@LLRC, 3rd Floor, Swan Hall
60 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus

For more information, contact Jhodi Redlich, 874.4500 or 874.2116.
The Harrington School of Communication and Media was established in 2008 with a $5.5 million donation from Richard J. Harrington, former president and chief executive officer of Thomson/Reuters, and a 1973 College of Business Administration graduate of URI, and his wife, Jean.

It enrolls 350 undergraduates in Communication Studies, Film Media, Journalism, Library and Information Studies, Public Relations, Writing and Rhetoric programs and 168 graduate students in Communication Studies, Library and Information Studies and Writing & Rhetoric. And, there are 70 full-time faculty who teach more than 15,000 students who are required to take a communications and/or writing course.