Posted on Sunday, November 09, 2008
"Across the world in our Information Age, there are few global languages; technology is one of them," said Daniel L. Rosensweig '83 during the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Rosensweig Learning Commons that bears his name.
As one of the most cutting edge facilities on campus, the Learning Commons combines the latest technology and rigorous academic discourse in a space that has more than 75 new computers with the availability of both Mac and Windows platforms. Nearly every piece of furniture in the Learning Commons - from the lounge chairs to the tables - is wired for power and network connectivity so that students can flexibly move from space to space with laptops.
"If you were here in this space a year ago, you wouldn't know it; the change is incredible and it is because of the leadership and support of Dan Rosensweig," said Chair of the Board of Trustees David H. Deming '75.
The new Rosensweig Learning Commons plays a strong role in the academic life of campus.
"In this one space, we now have the services, staff and resources of all of the departments needed for students and faculty to be successful academics in the 21st century," explained Provost Teresa Amott at the dedication. "The IT Department, Center for Teaching and Learning and the Warren Hunting Smith Library are all brought together in the Learning Commons to create the multifaceted, technologically advanced environment that the 21st century demands."
"Members of the HWS community will now have a centralized space in which they can engage in formal and informal collaborations as well as individual and group research," said Amott.
"Here, in the Rosensweig Learning Commons, students and their professors can engage in discussions and debate, and they can do so in a technologically rich environment that is designed for conversation and collaboration," said William Smith Congress President and CTL Teaching Fellow in Philosophy Hannah Zale '09. "We are no longer working alone in individual wooden carrels - now, we can study and interact in a place that is flexible, robust and rich; we truly have all that we need in one space here
"When President Gearan approached me about getting involved in this project, I was humbled," said Daniel L. Rosensweig '83. "I was also impressed that the Colleges were thinking through what it means to be in a learning community during the Information Age and well into the future.
"I am an enormous believer in a liberal arts education," explained Rosensweig. "To me, it is of utmost importance to educate the entire mind and the whole student in an effort to create true citizens of the world."
"It is my firm hope that present and future students as well as faculty who enter this space will know your story," said President Mark D. Gearan to Rosensweig. "Your life is a life of consequence, both in your professional as well as non-profit work. Through your good works, you are an inspiration to all students at Hobart and William Smith."
As a professional, Rosensweig has pioneered technology, media and communication as well as the finance related to all three. Currently, Rosensweig is the Operating Principal of Quadrangle Capital Partners where he focuses on the firm's media and communications private equity business. Throughout his career, he has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo!, President of CNET and CEO of ZDNET. During his time at Yahoo!, Rosensweig created a personal mentoring program that allowed HWS students to work with him for an entire summer which has in turn led to job opportunities for HWS graduates. Equally important have been his many contributions of personal leadership in significant not-for-profit organizations, where he served as co-chairman of the board of the One campaign and national adviser of DonorsChoose.org. He was a speaker at the gala launch of Campaign for the Colleges and has participated in the Professionals in Residence series.