Classroom Updates

New Locations for Undergraduate Classes Beginning Winter 2015

Several campus partners have opened up classroom space for undergraduate courses.  We're grateful to the Mondavi Center, Graduate School of Management, the School of Education, and Sacramento City College for their flexibility.  Here is a guide to the new locations: 

  • MONDAV 114  - Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center for the Performing ArtsCampus Map
    • Jackson Hall is inside the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the west side of the Vanderhoef Quad, south of Putah Creek.  Bike parking has been added between the  Mondavi Center and Putah Creek. 
  • GALGHR 2310 - Gallagher Hall / Graduate School of Management - Campus Map
    • Gallagher Hall is located on the east side of the Vanderhoef Quad, south of Putah Creek. 
  • TEMCL 3 - Temporary Classroom 3Campus Map
    • TC 3 is located between Ghausi and Meyer Halls, near Tercero. 
  • OFFCAM  - Sacramento City Community College – Davis CenterGoogle Map
    • This classroom is in West Village, across Hwy 113.  Please allow extra time if you are commuting from the center of campus. 
      • Unitrans V-line leaves the Silo Terminal every half-hour, and takes 6 minutes to get to West Village Square.
      • Bike lanes are available on Hutchison Drive, and a bike bridge is available at the west end of Orchard Road.  
View of Jackson Hall from balcony seats

Jackson Hall will serve as a large lecture classroom from Winter 2016 until the new lecture hall is completed in Fall 2017.

Mondavi's Jackson Hall to Be Used Temporarily for Large Lectures

The Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts has something new in its repertoire.   Jackson Hall will serve as a venue for large lecture classes beginning in winter 2016 and continuing through the 2016-17 academic year.  Biological Sciences (BIS) 2C will be the first course to meet in Jackson Hall. 

Seating in the 1,801 space hall will be limited to the orchestra level, for a maximum classroom capacity of 850.  Mondavi Center Executive Director Don Roth worked to ensure that no changes will be made to Jackson Hall that would impact the audience experience during performances.  Students attending lectures will be provided portable writing surfaces to use during class, and adequate bike parking is being planned in the area. 

This creative collaboration between Undergraduate Education, Campus and Capital Planning, and the Mondavi Center will help to meet the need for large lecture space created by Freeborn Hall’s unexpected closure for seismic retrofitting, until construction is completed on the new California Avenue large lecture hall, scheduled to open Fall 2017.  When the new lecture hall is available, the ARC MAC, also currently serving a temporary space for large lecture courses, will no longer be used as a classroom.

“Jackson Hall will provide a superb environment for teaching and learning, will produce an aesthetically appealing classroom experience, and will expose many students to the Mondavi Center who might otherwise miss experiencing this world-class facility,” said Carolyn Thomas, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education.  “It will also help us continue to provide courses in a timely manner as we bridge the gap between the present and our new classroom space in 2017.”

-Sharon Knox

Olson Hall Classroom Renewal


Before and After: Olson 125

By BreAnda Northcutt

This summer, seven of the campus’ 128 general assignment classrooms received a makeover.

The classrooms – all in Olson Hall – are being updated floor to ceiling with fresh paint, lighting upgrades, new flooring, updated window coverings, and the latest in audio/video equipment. View PPT for pictures of the renovations.

“It’s so much better to walk into a pleasant environment,” said Matt Traxler, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Planning in the Office of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Psychology. “And fewer distractions mean students can focus on learning.”  Read More