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Bridgewater State University

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Bridgewater State University
Motto Not to be Ministered Unto but to Minister
Established 1840
Type Public
Endowment $14.4 million[1]
President Dana Mohler-Faria
Academic staff 264
Undergraduates Approximately 7,000
Postgraduates Approximately 1,800
Location Bridgewater, MA, USA
41°59′15″N 70°58′23″W / 41.987561°N 70.972931°W / 41.987561; -70.972931Coordinates: 41°59′15″N 70°58′23″W / 41.987561°N 70.972931°W / 41.987561; -70.972931
Campus Suburban
Campus type Commuter majority
Colors Crimson and White            
Mascot Bears
Website http://www.bridgew.edu/

Bridgewater State University is a public liberal arts college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. It is the largest institution in the Massachusetts state university system outside of the University of Massachusetts system. The school's mascot is the bear.


[edit] History

BSU was founded by Horace Mann as a normal school styled Bridgewater Normal School. One of the first normal schools in the nation, its initial mission was to train school teachers. Since the 1960s, the school has expanded its program to include liberal arts, business, and aviation science. Throughout its history, it has also been known as Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater Teachers College, Bridgewater State Teachers College, and State Teachers College at Bridgewater.

As of July 22, 2010, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate have voted to change BSC to University status and its name to Bridgewater State University. The measure was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on July 28, 2010.[2][3]

[edit] Buildings and layout

[edit] West Campus

Boyden Hall, Bridgewater's trademark structure.

Samuel P. Gates House (1876) (6,138 ft²) is a small woodframe structure that was once the dwelling of Samuel Gates. Today, the building is used as the Admissions Office.

Boyden Hall (1924) (63,248 ft²) was constructed as the main building of Bridgewater Normal School following the campus fire of 1924. It now houses the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid services, Student Accounts, the President and Vice President's offices, administrative offices, the department of Information Technology, and several classrooms. On the lowest level, School Street side, is the Horace Mann Auditorium.

Harrington Hall (1926) (26,640 ft²) was named in honor of Lee F. Harrington. Formerly it was the Burnell Campus School (see below). The building houses the School of Business.

Tillinghast Hall (1916) (51,760 ft²), known as "Tilly," is at the corner of School and Summer streets. Named after the first principal of Bridgewater Normal School, it houses faculty offices, department offices, a dining hall, the campus Post Office, and Health Services.

The Art Center (1904) (14,924 ft²) was originally constructed as the Boyden Gymnasium (an indoor track remains on the second floor). It now houses the Art Department and the Anderson Art Gallery.

Hunt Hall (1936) (25,500 ft²), formerly the Dr. Albert F. Hunt Junior High School, is on School St. It houses the parking clerk and student ID services in the basement and classrooms on the upper floors.

Summer Street House (1925) (3,831 ft²), a former home near the Alumni Center and Maxwell Library, houses the Political Science Department.

Davis Alumni Center (1990) (6,492 ft²), another former home, houses the alumni services office.

Christian Fellowship Services building, located on Shaw Road, is another former house.

The Clement C. Maxwell Library (1971) (172,580 ft²) is a four-story cement-and-brick structure located on Shaw Road with secondary (heavily used) entrances on Park Street. It is named for former college president Clement C. Maxwell. The facility has over 300,000 volumes, an assorted collection of music and videos, and several classrooms. The third floor Special Collections features a small museum and specialized collection of Abraham Lincoln. Located on the ground floor by the IT Support Services office is a Starbucks kiosk.

The Adrian Rondileau Campus Center (1970) (161,000 ft²) was constructed over land that was once Boyden Park on Park Street. It was known as the Student Union until the retirement of then-president Adrian Rondileau. The center boasts several ballrooms and conference rooms, a large cafeteria (featuring a Dunkin' Donuts), several common areas, an open access computer lab, and a small dining room. It houses offices for the Center for Multicultural and International Affairs, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the Program Committee, the Student Government Association, Visitor Information, Career Services, and Conference and Events Services.

A semi-annex to the building is the Bridgewater State College Auditorium, which has two levels of seating and a number of classrooms and offices below it for the Communications, Theatre, and Music departments. The Beach Boys once held a live performance in the auditorium, and it was home to the world premiere of Drakula: The Rock Opera.

The Marshall Conant Science Building (1964) (99,700 ft²), named after one of the Normal School's early principals, is on Park Street and is home to the school's science departments (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth Sciences and Geography). The land separating it from Pope Hall (see below) contains a small park, memorial area, and a greenhouse. Behind the science building, adjacent to the park and to athletic practice fields, is the campus power plant.

Across from the library and next to the science building is the John J. Kelly Gymnasium (1957) (56,640 ft²). This gymnasium succeeded the Boyden Gymnasium and preceded the Tinsley Center (see below) as the main athletic building for the campus. It features large and small gyms and a swimming pool; it is home to the Team Bridgewater Olympic Weightlifting Club coached by American Masters record holder Dr. Ellyn Robinson. The bottom floor houses classrooms used primarily by the School of Education and Allied Studies. Near the gymnasium is the Catholic Center.

A short distance from the campus in the woods off of 400 Summer Street is the Observatory (1973) (500 ft²).

[edit] East Campus

An early morning view of the East Campus Clock Tower.

The John Joseph Moakley Center for Technological Applications (1995) (49,000 ft²) is named for the late former US Representative John Joseph Moakley. This facility features computer labs and a large technologically enhanced auditorium/lecture hall. The faculty union, MSCA, occupies a small house on Burrill Avenue, across from the Moakley Center.

Walter and Marie Hart Hall (1979) (25,500 ft²) is a building connected to the Moakley Center. Hart Hall has classrooms and offices for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Department of Secondary Education, the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and the Psychology Department.

Martha Burnell Hall (1979) (70,650 ft²) is a former elementary school run cooperatively by Bridgewater State University and the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. This was a 400 student elementary school PK-6. It served as a model school and an area for student teaching and pre-practica experiences. It replaced the former Martha Burnell school in Harrington Hall. In 2008, the elementary students moved to other schools in the town of Bridgewater, and Bridgewater State College re-appropriated the building for its own use. It also currently houses the campus daycare center. Located on Hooper Street.

East Campus Commons (2002) (32,000 ft²)houses a large dining facility, the campus bookstore, and a new Dunkin' Donuts. It is located across a small courtyard from East Hall (see below), a new co-ed dorm constructed at the same time as the Commons.

The Adrian Tinsley Center (2002) (84,000 ft²) was constructed at the same time as East Campus Commons and East Hall. It is located behind the Great Hill Student Apartments and Swenson Field, and is the new home of the college's athletic programs. The building contains a modern fitness center as well as a large partitioning gymnasium, a running track on the second floor, and several classrooms. The facility is named after the college's immediate past president, Dr. Adrian Tinsley.

Also constructed at this time was the Operations Center (2003) (30,632 ft²), located slightly downhill from Shea and Durgin Halls (see below). This facility houses the Campus Police Headquarters and the offices of carpenters, custodial services, electricians, mechanics, groundskeepers, a locksmith, painters, plumbers, recycling, and transportation.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority runs a commuter rail train station on the BSU campus. It is located on East Campus near East Hall. This is the Middleborough/Lakeville Line, which runs from Middleborough to Boston's South Station.

[edit] Residential areas

[edit] West Campus

Woodward Hall (1912) (57,920 ft²) was constructed in the early 20th century following the campus fire. It was formerly the only all-female dormitory on campus, but as of the 2007–2008 school year, it is a freshman co-ed dormitory and will house 231 students.

Scott Hall (1960) (41,436 ft²), located behind the Campus Center and across from the Davis Alumni Center, is a co-ed dorm housing 143 students.

Pope Hall (1960) (36,360 ft²), in front of the Campus Center, across from the Art Center, and next to the science building, is a co-ed dorm housing 160 students.

[edit] East Campus

Frankland W. L. Miles, Jr., Hall (1989) (56,700 sq ft (5,270 m2)) and the V. James DiNardo Hall (1989) (56,700 sq ft (5,270 m2)) are co-ed dormitories located on the East Campus, separated from the West Campus buildings by a MBTA rail line (see above). They were constructed in the late 1980s and have a small center courtyard. Together they house 399 students.

East Hall (2002) (84,000 sq ft (7,800 m2)), a new co-ed dorm that houses 300 students, is located across a small courtyard from the East Campus Commons. It is one of two dorms with full climate control.

Great Hill Student Apartments (1978) (51,000 sq ft (4,700 m2)), located up Great Hill from East Hall, is a series of apartment buildings for upperclassman. It is the only location on campus where alcohol is allowed. It houses 192 students.

Shea and Durgin Halls (1967) (64,344 sq ft (5,977.8 m2)) occupy a symmetrical building up Great Hill from the apartments. These buildings are home to freshmen and together house 620 students (before tripling). The field located directly in front of Shea and Durgin houses the Dr. Henry Rosen Memorial Tennis Courts.

Crimson Hall: (2007) (130,000 sq ft (12,000 m2)) Opened in fall 2007, this co-ed residence houses 408 upperclass students. This residence hall is located on East Campus next to the Lower Great Hill Parking Lot and East Campus Commons. Crimson is one of two dorms with full climate control. Crimson Hall is the only dorm that contains a dining facility.

[edit] Future expansion

[edit] West Campus

The college will soon be undergoing a $100 million renovation and expansion of the Marshall Conant Science Building (1964) (99,700 ft²).

Additions to Pope and Scott Halls opened in fall 2009, increasing their capacity by 150 beds each.

[edit] East Campus

Crimson Hall, a new 400-bed dorm on the East Campus opened in the fall of 2007.

The College has constructed a new 600-space parking area, the Tower Lot, behind the Operations Center. The lot where the new residence hall is being built was a 1,000-spot parking lot. The new building has taken 400 of those 1,000. The Tower Lot has been built in an attempt to regain some parking spots lost during the construction.

There has been a discussion of building a fine and performing arts center in the distant future.[4]

The building of more residence halls has been proposed.

[edit] Athletics

BSC competes at the NCAA Division III Level. The Bears compete in 21 intercollegiate sports. They are a member institution in the ECAC, MASCAC, Little East, and the NEFC. Traditionally the Bears are very competitive in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference, winning the Smith Trophy for the best overall Athletic Department.

The Bridgewater State University Department of Athletics currently sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Basketball, Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Cross Country, Soccer, Indoor Track, Swimming, and Tennis and Women's Intercollegiate Basketball, Lacrosse, Indoor Track, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, and Swimming.

The school sponsors Club Sports in Men's ice hockey, Women's Rugby Union, Ultimate, Men's Lacrosse, and Men's Rugby Union. They most recently qualified (2009) for the Sweet 16 in Men's Basketball under head coach Joe Farroba as they recorded the most victories in the school's history: 22. Student athlete's Roland Millien, Nik Motta and Judah Jackson were named to the all-MASCAC team.

The college will be renovating the Football Field and the Track Course.

The mascot is nicknamed Bristaco Bear and sometimes appears for sporting events and other public events.

Bridgewater baseball team was mentioned on ESPN for beating Newbury Collge 57-0.[when?]

[edit] Information technology

Bridgewater State University has aggressively upgraded its technology in the last decade; it was recognized as a wired school by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. The college was also named the 6th most unwired (i.e., wireless) campus in the USA by Intel. Nearly 100% of campus floorspace is covered by a 802.11g and 802.11a wireless network. Beginning in the fall of 2004, all freshmen students were required to have a laptop computer. The college has a special arrangement with Dell Computers for laptops, or students may purchase their own. Support and "loaners" are provided at the Moakley Center and the Maxwell Library.

[edit] Special features

Bridgewater State University is one of the few public colleges in the United States to have its own commuter train station (MBTA) directly on the campus grounds. The commuter station divides east and west campus while an underpass allows pedestrian traffic between.

Bridgewater State University is one of the few higher education institutions in New England to have its own dedicated transit system (established in January 1984). The system is student-operated with administrative support. Student supervisors train fellow students in their pursuit to obtain their Commercial Driver's License. The transit system operates transit buses, a coach bus, and a fleet of auxiliary vehicles. This service provides transportation for students, staff, visitors, and the surrounding community, on and off campus grounds.

Bridgewater State University has a student-run radio station, 91.5 WBIM FM.[5]

Bridgewater State University has had its own student-run newspaper since 1927, called The Comment.

The Bridge, Bridgewater State University's student journal of literature and fine art, was established in 2004. The journal has won many national awards, including multiple Gold Crown and Gold Circle awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the National Pacemaker Award award for magazines for 2006 from the Associated Collegiate Press.

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