Rosensweig Learning Commons

Learning Commons

About the Rosensweig Learning Commons

The Rosensweig Learning Commons combines services as well as staff from the library, the Information Technology department and the Center for Teaching and Learning to create a cohesive environment that enables complex learning, deep exploration, and rigorous intellectual pursuit.

The space has more than 130 computers with the availability of both Mac and Windows platforms, nine LCD screens, six copier/printer/scanner/fax capable machines, two Smart Boards and two computer projectors. Nearly every piece of furniture on the first floor is wired for power and connectivity so that students can flexibly move from space to space with laptops.

The Rosensweig Learning Commons is a place where the space and learning that happens inside of it brings HWS students, faculty and staff together, creating one central location for learning. In this one space, all HWS community members can find the technological and pedagogic tools that they need to be successful.

The Project

Started in the spring of 2008, the new Rosensweig Learning Commons was part of the renovation of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The first floor of the library has been transformed into a space that uses technology to advance formal and informal instruction as well as individual and group research.

The design team included faculty members as well as staff from the Center for Teaching and Learning, Information Technology Services and Buildings and Grounds. The team also worked closely with a student advisory board. The group's intent was to create a warm and welcoming space that supports multiple modes of teaching and learning in a flexible and dynamic facility.

The project reaffirms the state-of-the-art Warren Hunting Smith Library and the L. Thomas Melly Academic Center as the heart of the academic community at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where learning takes place in a complex environment that cultivates the research and technical skills for lifelong learning.

Donor Information

Daniel Rosensweig '83

Dan Rosensweig '83 currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Chegg.com, a start-up company that is applying the online rental model pioneered by Netflix to college textbooks.

After graduating from HWS, Rosensweig spent 18 years with Ziff Davis, most recently serving as President where he was responsible for the global operations of the company and the successful merger of ZDNet and CNET. He held several senior positions during his tenure at Ziff-Davis, including President and Chief Executive Officer of ZDNet, which he built from a standalone Ziff-Davis company to a publicly traded, highly trafficked Internet network, President of Ziff-Davis Internet Publishing Group and Vice-President and Publisher of PC Magazine.

From 2002-2006, Rosensweig served as Chief Operating Officer at Yahoo!, Inc., where he oversaw the company's worldwide operations including its product development, marketing, and advertising sales and the development and introduction of inventive new Internet advertising formats.

During his time at Yahoo!, Rosensweig created a personal mentoring program that allowed HWS students to work with his division for an entire summer.

From 2007-2009, Rosensweig served as an operating principal at Quadrangle Group, a private investment firm, where he focused on the firm's media and communications private equity business.

Before joining Chegg.com, Rosensweig spent 10 months as President and Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero franchise, the business unit that develops the blockbuster Guitar Hero®. In this role, Rosensweig managed Guitar Hero's global operations including game development, hardware manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and marketing.

Rosensweig is the former Co-Chairman of ONE.org and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc. & Katalyst Media. He is a member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University.

A political science major, Rosensweig was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Little Theatre. He studied abroad in London. He was also a speaker at the launch of Campaign for the Colleges and has participated in the Professionals in Residence series.

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