January 15, 2020 / Vincennes University to celebrate reopening of Curtis G. Shake Learning Resource Center

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University has completed a major overhaul to the Curtis G. Shake Learning Resource Center to create a student-centered hub with flexible, digital-oriented features.

VU will celebrate the completion of the renovations with an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST Jan. 21. Nearly $8 million was appropriated for the project.

The open house will include a rededication ceremony in the lobby at 10 a.m. with remarks from Dr. Laura Treanor, VU Provost and Vice President of Instructional Services/Dean of Faculty, and Director of Architectural Services and Facilities Andrew Young. Refreshments and tours will follow. Current students will have the opportunity to win prizes.

The Resource Center provides a convenient location for students to use several support departments such as the Center for Teaching and Learning; Counseling Center; Office of Diverse Abilities and Accommodations; Knowledge Market; Shake Library; and the Student Success Center and Testing Center.

“We’re hoping we’ve created a one-stop shop for students for many services,” said Rick Kribs, VU Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Instruction. “From a user perspective, it has a lot of services organized together.”

All VU students have access to confidential emotional counseling and consultation in the Counseling Center. The Testing Center provides institutional and certification exam administration and proctoring related services to prospective and current students, community members, businesses and many other groups throughout Indiana. The Student Success Center helps with advising and registering for classes, assists with changing majors, campus resources, and encourages students to achieve and maintain good academic standing.

The Shake Library provides research help in addition to a vast selection of print and online sources. VU students can get free assistance for speeches, projects, presentations and other assignments through the Knowledge Market. The Office of Diverse Abilities and Accommodations helps students with diverse needs participate more fully in educational programming, benefit from an accessible environment, and achieve greater academic and personal success.

Renovations have given the Resource Center a completely different look inside and out. The center offers group and individual study spaces with movable furniture. Other features include laptop chairs, computer stations, and charging ports. Upgrades also include a coffee shop and a patio.

“We want to up the game and be able to engage with students on a variety of levels,” Director of Library Services Charla Gilbert said. “The renovation of the new space will allow us to do that.”


The Shake Learning Resource Center is named after Curtis Grover Shake (1887-1978), Knox County native, Vincennes University alumnus and president, attorney, historian, author, and chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. He also served as presiding judge for one of the U.S. Military Tribunals in Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II.

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana’s First College

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers, and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.

In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.

VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21 other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.


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