Family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Joyce Petrie gathered in the Metropolitan Instructional Support Laboratory (MISL) on March 15, 2012, to celebrate the dedication of a distance education classroom that will be constructed in the facility. The new distance education classroom will enable classes to be conducted via video streaming to students off campus and will broaden delivery options for new and existing programs.
Dr. Joyce Petri was a professor in the initial Educational Media Librarianship program who taught 15 different courses in the GSE. She developed the first media center in Lincoln Hall in 1976, and designed and developed the MISL in 1978-79. She had a profound influence on the library program at PSU, and the larger library community, having served as president of the Oregon Educational Media Association (now called Oregon Association of School Libraries).
Attendees included Joyce Petrie’s husband, Ron, granddaughters, Amanda Hubbard and Jennifer Kelsey of La Grande, and Holly Kinzer from Meridien, Idaho; former Dean Bob Everhart; former Associate Dean Carol Mack; former faculty and emeriti, Steve Brannan, Deanna Draper, Eric Kimmel, Dave Martinez, Carrol Tama, Bob Wininger, Rick Hardt, and Sue Wapnick.
The dedication ceremony was held on the 15th anniversary of her death in 1997, and a new sign and plaque now mark room 310G. The new video capture/conferencing equipment was made possible by a $25,000 gift from Ron Petrie.