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ME's Goodson Learning Center opens

By Christina Maccherone

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 10 - October 26, 1995

As part of Virginia Tech's Homecoming weekend festivities, the university's Department of Mechanical Engineering dedicated a learning center funded by Class of 1949 alumnus George R. Goodson of Newport News.

The Goodson Learning Center, located in Tech's Randolph Hall, offers a teleconference facility, a graduate teaching assistants' office and tutoring area, and offices for Tech student chapters of national engineering societies. Additional funding for the center was provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities (VCES).

"I believe engineering is underappreciated today, yet it improves our lifestyle and our whole world," said Goodson, chairman of Warwick Plumbing and Heating Corp. in Newport News, during the dedication ceremony.

"I have chosen to channel my efforts in education and believe Virginia Tech is an excellent university with an outstanding engineering college," Goodson continued. "It must have ever increasing support to continue to grow, develop and compete, and that support must come from the private sector."

The teleconferencing facility already is being used to conduct a course taken simultaneously by students at Tech and at the VCES in Hampton.