CCBC to change names of campus buildings
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 11:31

Current “letter” designations to be replaced

by Ben Boehl

    Students and faculty at CCBC Dundalk might have to check out a map before returning to campus this fall as the campus buildings at all three CCBC locations are being renamed.
    CCBC president Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis  said that when the Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville campuses became one entity known as the Community College of Baltimore County over a decade ago, one of the ways to unite the three colleges was to have universal names.
    Kurtinitis explained that is the reason there are letter names used on all three campuses, but admitted the letter system has caused confusion. She was not at the college when the plan was implemented.

Kurtinitis pointed out that every year, thousands of new students come to the campus and are looking for basic amenities such as the library, bookstore and health center, but don’t understand the difference between the B building and the J building.
    Such uncertainty, she said, has affected members of the community who use the campus for non-school events and have had trouble finding a designated area.
    “Some people who have been here may ask why are we doing this,” Kurtinitis said. “As someone who was new to the community, I can tell you the logic of the letter names was not obvious to us.”
    For example, students and faculty at the Dundalk campus can say “goodbye” to the A Building and “hello” to its new name:  the Student Services Center. The C building will change to the Children’s Learning Center. The D building will change to the Dental Arts building and so on.
    Kurtinitis said the name changes will be basic and easy to understand.
    “This time, we are making a commitment  that all buildings will have a definitive name,” Kurtinitis said.
    “Most of the buildings have names to their functions. Some of the names were familiar to the colleges when they were separate campuses,” she noted.
    Hope Davis, director of media relations at CCBC, said that the buildings will not officially change their names until July 29.
    The decision was made to wait until after the summer session to avoid any confusion, but Davis said CCBC will spend the time after July 29 to inform students and faculty about the name changes and new signage before the start of the fall semester.
    “We are doing our best to let the students know our buildings names are changing,” Davis said. “We are trying to make the transition easier for them.”
    To help with the transition, CCBC will have the new building names on marquees around campus and a bigger presence of signage in front of buildings.
    “We upgraded the signage program. Our signs were too small to read,” Kurtinitis added.
    While CCBC is focusing on exterior signage for this year, the goal of next year is to improve the interior signage.
    Kurtinitis said many of the classrooms do not have consistent numbering, which makes it difficult for students to find a room.
    In addition to each campus having its original names, the campuses will get to display some history with the new building names.    
    For example, The G building, which is the home of the Baltimore County Police Training Academy, Practical Nursing and the School of Justice will change its name to the Roy N. Staten Building.    
    Staten was a state Senator from Dundalk who was instrumental in getting  a community college built in Dundalk.
    “He was a strong force in the earlier days of the Dundalk campus,” Kurtinitis said.
    “We are reclaiming our history as independent colleges, and that is important.”