HTS donation used to purchase technology at Kent State

Pictured (from left): Dr. David Dees, dean of the Kent State Columbiana County campuses; Dr. Dan Dankovitch, professor; Jordan Croxall, first-year nursing student; Christopher Pherson, president of Heritage Thermal; Rachael Esterly, instructional designer for Kent State Columbiana County. (Submitted photo)

EAST LIVERPOOL — Kent State University at East Liverpool received a $2,500 contribution from Heritage Thermal Services that was used to purchase technology for the new virtual reality classroom on the campus.

HTS President Christopher Pherson presented the check to Dr. David Dees, dean and CAO of the Kent State Columbiana County campuses, during a recent visit with students and staff.

Virtual reality uses computer technology to create an “artificial environment” that allows the users to feel as though they are in a real environment through body movements and by using the senses of sight and sound.

The VR room was created by converting a former classroom into the high-tech learning space, complete with new furniture, special flooring and computer technology.

“This technology, along with its supporting software, can create learning experiences for most major subject areas, including anatomy, geography, chemistry, math, psychology and history,” Dees explained. “The support from Heritage Thermal helps provide learning opportunities for many more of our students.”

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