Gwinnett College names first building

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College's new 300-seat auditorium is the first named space on the "Campus of Tomorrow."

The Cisco Auditorium is named in honor of a $300,000 gift from the Scientific Atlanta Foundation, college officials announced Saturday evening at the Trustee Gala.

The auditorium opened in August as part of an expansion to an existing academic building, the "C" building. The expansion included seven classrooms, 22 faculty offices and the auditorium, which is the largest gathering place on the Lawrenceville campus.

"Scientific Atlanta has been a wonderful supporter of GGC and its students," Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel Kaufman said in a news release. "The level of technology in the auditorium would not have been possible if not for their vision to

prepare students for a 21st century work force."

Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation Chairman Glenn S. White said he is grateful to the Scientific Atlanta Foundation for its support.

"Scientific Atlanta has been a key leader in Gwinnett County for many years and this gift shows that now, as a Cisco company, their name may have changed, but their leadership in technology and education continues," he said in the news release.

Renee Byrd-Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Scientific Atlanta Foundation, said the college and the county are important to Cisco as the company plans for its growth and expansion.

"The college is a wellspring of educational innovation, and there is a real commitment to leveraging technology to encourage learning well beyond the confines of the traditional classroom," she said in the news release. "Ultimately, GGC graduates will emerge with skills that enable them to respond effectively in the workplace and ever changing world. We are proud to combine Scientific Atlanta Foundation resources with Cisco's leading edge technology and international prominence in the naming of the auditorium."