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Students, faculty, staff welcome City College’s new Davis Center

City College Davis Center opened the door to about 2,400 students Jan. 14. Photo by R. Hanna

With phase one of the construction complete, the new Davis Center on the UC Davis campus opened its doors to 2,400 enrolled students Jan. 14, offering a modern, well-lit, spacious center with helpful new resources.

“I want to see the students comfortable here,” said Don Palm, dean of the Davis Center, a satellite center of City College in the town of Davis. “That is the main goal of having this new space, we’ve got new study areas, [and] we’ve got a learning resource center.”

Large vertical windows and high ceilings bring natural lighting to many parts of the new two-story building, including the student resource center help desk in the entrance lobby and the learning resource center upstairs.

“One of the things that I like about it is all the windows and how much light comes into it. It is very spacious,” said Marci Selva, English professor at both City College’s main campus and the Davis Center. “There is a lot more room for the students, places for them to sit and talk.”

Selva compared the extra space that comes with the new center and jokingly recalled the old Davis Center only having one hallway where students could hang out in between lectures, forcing them out into the parking lot or away from the center.

“It is a huge change from our other building,” Selva said about the new Davis Center. “This one is really amazing.”

History major Carlos Driver works as student help at the resource desk and is taking a western civilizations history class. Driver commutes from Woodland to both the main campus and the Davis Center.

“The new classrooms have been really nice, they look really good, [and] the chairs are really comfortable,” Driver said.

Driver said he recommends the center to students that live in the Davis or Woodland area. Recent training on the new interactive white boards available in the classrooms at the Davis Center have Selva excited about using the technology for her students, she said.
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Selva mentioned that she plans on displaying a student essay draft or a grammar exercise on the SMART board that can be highlighted with the touch of a finger or a laser pointer to help students learn grammar and writing skills.

“I want to use it for the students,” Selva said. “I am looking forward to try it out in class.”

Aside from the new technologies, lighting and extra space available for students at the new Davis Center, Selva said she thinks students will be more inclined to stay and study, meet with friends and talk with professors.

“I think that [the new center] gives them more of a feeling of being on a campus, I think they feel more like a community here,” Selva said.

Between last spring and this spring enrollment at the new $6.5 million Davis Center, funded by LRCCD measure A bond, has increased by 10 percent, Palm said.

Textbooks will be sold at the Davis Center for the first two weeks of classes through an extension of the City College bookstore, Palm said. The Davis Center will also be offering a buy-back program for textbooks at the end of the semester through a partnership with the UC Davis bookstore.

According to Palm, phase two of the three-phase project for the new Davis Center is in preliminary planning and will include another building about the same size across the street with more classrooms, study space and a science lab.

“I would like to see students now start to settle in for more units and more study time,” Palm said.

For more information on the Davis Center, go to

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