The concept of individualized instruction for students has long motivated Margaret “Peg” Wilson, professor emeritus at Eastern Connecticut State University. For decades, Wilson sought to convince educators like David G. Carter, new chancellor of the CSU System, that institutions should invest in preschool programs which focused on student needs. Her patience and perseverance paid off on Feb. 28 as she watched University and state officials cut the ribbon on the new Child and Family Development Resource Center.
“Dr. Carter always wanted to do a building that would accommodate individual learning programs,” Wilson said afterwards. In honor of her efforts, the University has named the $12.5 million complex after her.
The center, first envisioned by Wilson and Education Professor Jeffrey Trawick-Smith more than 15 years ago, is a “new school” model for the state and nation. The 40,000-square-foot facility combines comprehensive services for children and their families with teaching and research facilities for University faculty and students.
Earlier in the day, Carter and state officials joined Eastern President Michael Pernal at a groundbreaking ceremony for the $45.85 million Science Building, which will consolidate all of Eastern’s science departments into one 173,509-square-foot facility. Construction on the facility is expected to be finished in early 2008.
“I am looking forward to a first-class academic building delivered on time and on budget,” said Connecticut Department of Public Works Commissioner James T. Fleming during the ceremony, held in the Paul E. Johnson, Sr. Community Conference Room.