Rivier University holds ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for new Learning Commons

The Honorable Donnalee Lozeau, Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Richard Foemmel, and Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President cut the ribbon at the Learning Commons dedication.


Rivier University celebrated the opening of its new Learning Commons with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony on September 19. This new facility unites the University’s academic support services and provides a collaborative learning environment for students.

“The creation of the Learning Commons is an investment in our students and a commitment to providing learning spaces that foster student achievement,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President.

The 15,000-square-foot facility provides a destination for students seeking services that support teaching and learning. Following best practices in higher education, the Learning Commons houses the Academic Support Center, Career Development Center, Disability Services, Counseling and Wellness Center, Service Learning, and Student Success Programs. A distinctive characteristic of the facility is the presence of University Advancement and Alumni Relations, providing a unique opportunity to connect alumni with current students.

The consolidation of these services into a central Learning Commons fosters further collaboration between students and the University’s support service professionals, enhancing learning outcomes directly connected to Rivier’s academic curriculum, according to Sister Paula.

Transformed over the summer from an office building into a collaborative learning center, the Learning Commons opened for the fall semester earlier this month. In addition to access to support services, the building features a central Learning Hub and a variety of flexible settings for both group and independent student work.

“As a Board, we are delighted to contribute so directly to the many paths of student success and to support the work of teaching and learning,” says Dr. Richard Foemmel, chair of the Rivier University Board of Trustees, who recognized the leadership and vision of the Board in moving this project forward.

In addition to a blessing, the dedication included a ribbon cutting, tours of the facility, and a reception.

For additional information on the Learning Common, read “A Common Thread” featured in the most recent issue of Rivier Today, the magazine of Rivier University.