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Innovation Zone

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Located in the heart of campus in the Harris Center, the Innovation Zone is designed primarily for student/faculty interaction and to foster new models of learning and collaborative activities. Creative lighting, large interactive displays, desktop and laptop computers, and comfortable seating all combine to form a modern, relaxed atmosphere perfect for individual or group study or just to relax and talk. Welcome to the IZ!

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Technology is designed to be part of the IZ, but is not the focus of the space. Some areas - or zones - are designed to support wireless, portable devices - technology only when it's needed. Spread out work on large flat surfaces, borrow a laptop, pull in a white board or interactive SMART board, and slide in a few more chairs as collaborations expand. Settle into a cozy chair, and start that outline for a paper or project ... then save those ideas to the "cloud" for later review.

Computers on swivel bases are around the periphery of the IZ. COWs (computers-on-wheels) can be moved to where they are needed. Five 50 inch, high-definition plasma displays are perfect for small group study and also double as digital signage and for slideshows during open houses or receptions. Take a break and catch the latest news on CNN or congressional hearings on C-SPAN or Skype or iChat with a friend or family member - across the state or around the world.

Need a place to work on a statistical analysis or mathematical modeling? The Innovation Zone provides access to those tools too. In fact, all of the standard software licensed by the College is installed on the computers in the IZ. And the computing resources in the IZ are dual-boot machines that run both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

Most of the zones are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but a few can be reserved in advance. Schedule the Media Production Suite for those longer-term, more sophisticated digital media projects. Reserve the Conference-Collaboration Suite for your project team audio or video-conference, view a BluRay video with your classmates or colleagues, or brainstorm with your group on the large interactive SMART display. Plan to move larger group sessions into the IZ Classroom when you need more space or want some technology training from ITS staff.

The IZ opens early and closes late. Spend a few minutes between classes checking e-mail or printing a paper or a few hours working on an assignment or new media project. The space is flexible and can easily accommodate students and faculty working alone or collaborating in small to medium sized groups. Professional and student staff are available to help - if asked - with the most minor to very complex information technology questions and digital media projects.

'13 - '14 Academic Year

Normal Academic Hours

Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am

Fall Break

Friday, October 11, 2013 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 12 - 13, 2013 CLOSED
Monday, October 14, 2013 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Resume normal hours

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday, November 28 - 30, 2013 CLOSED
Sunday, December 1, 2013 CLOSED
Monday, December 2, 2013 Resume normal academic hours  

Winter Break Hours

Saturday, December 14, 2013 CLOSED
Sunday, December 15 2013 CLOSED
Monday, December 16 - 20, 2013 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 21 - January 1, 2014 CLOSED
Thursday, January 2 - 3, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, January 4 - 5, 2014 CLOSED
Monday, January 6 - 10, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, January 11 - 12, 2014 CLOSED
Monday, January 13, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Resume normal academic hours  

Spring Break Hours

Friday, March 7, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 8 - 10, 2014 CLOSED
Tuesday, March 11 - 14, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 15, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, March 16, 2014 CLOSED
Monday, March 17, 2014 Resume normal academic hours

Spring Finals/Senior Week/Commencement

Saturday, May 3, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, May 4, 2014 CLOSED
Monday, May 5 - 9, 2014 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, May 10, 2014 CLOSED
Sunday, May 11, 2014 CLOSED

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED


In-person: Innovation Zone in the Harris Center
Phone: 717-358-4483


  • Appropriate Use: The Innovation Zone is designed primarily for student/faculty interaction supporting teaching and learning and for activities compatible with the College's mission.
  • IZ Equipment Loan: Wireless keyboards, and other equipment is available for use within the IZ. An F&M ID is required for use and is collected when equipment is borrowed. You return the equipment, and we return your ID. IZ loaner equipment may not be removed from the Innovation Zone.
  • Eating and Drinking in the IZ: While food and drink are welcome in the IZ, we ask that you please throw away your trash, clean up your crumbs, and keep the keyboards "coffee-free!"
  • IZ Special Uses: The IZ is designed primarily for student/faculty interaction and to foster new models of learning and collaborative activities. Requests for using the IZ for special events should be directed to the .