Proposals For Use Of Norris Hall Down From 7 To 2

November 16, 2007

(AP) A Virginia Tech task force plans to give the university president a recommendation by December 7th on what to do with Norris Hall, the building where 31 people died in the April shootings.

The task force has whittled down the proposals from 7 to 2, and met yesterday to consider them. One proposal calls for creating an Institute for Transformative Learning in a portion of Norris where classes were once held and engineering departments had their offices.

The institute would house two centers the Center for Violence Prevention and Peace Studies and the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships.

The second proposal calls for using the space to consolidate operations for the school's engineering department and create videoconferencing, research and laboratory facilities for students.

The task force is looking at several elements, such as the cost and how the idea fits with the university's mission and strategic plan.

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