ELS Center takes up temporary space

By Sahiry Fragoso Ortega


The ELS Language Center, which was in Marian Hall Student Center’s basement for years, is moving to portable classrooms on an old baseball practice field for the next two years.

ELS had to vacate Marian Hall early this summer – along with several others in the building — so the new Student Engagement Center could be constructed.

The space that ELS occupied formerly was the university’s bookstore before it moved to the fourth floor of McCombs Center. Ironically, when the bookstore moves to the Student Engagement Center in 2017, the ELS will take its space in McCombs.

For the summer, ELS has been holding classes in the Administration Building.

“We didn’t have to change any schedules during the summer because the University of the Incarnate Word has worked with us incredibly, making everything go smoothly,” said Dr. Ala’ Alahmad, ELS director. “Summer was the perfect time for this change because not a lot of students are taking summer classes.”

The ELS students were more than happy with summer change to the Administration Building because the classrooms were bigger, and they will even have a break room in the temporary location, he said.

But the final location in McCombs and its proximity to Dr. Burton E. Grossman International Conferenc Center is the one everyone is the most excited about. It not only means bigger classrooms for everyone, but it will also make the immigration process easier for international students since the office where the process is done will be in the same building where they will be taking classes.

This will be “more convenient for us since we are always dealing with the International Office,” Alahmad said. “So far everyone in the department is more than happy for the change, as well as the students.”