[Photo Story] Explore Penn State’s New Bellisario Media Center


In just a few months, Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications will welcome students to its new Bellisario Media Center – a $ 48 million extension and renovation of the Willard Building that will house creative spaces for nearly any media organization. of campus.

Although it lacks a few finishing touches in the center, it should be finished and “ready to go” in time for the fall semester of 2021.

To get a taste of what the Bellisario Media Center will offer, Onward State toured Thursday alongside Dean Marie Hardin. Here’s a look at Willard’s latest digs.


Immediately after entering you will be greeted by a huge staircase similar to those found in the HUB. There, students can relax and even work. Each seat is a few meters, if not a few centimeters, from convenient electrical outlets.


The ground floor of the building is littered with offices and work rooms for student organizations, including CommAgency and CommRadio. Each room is fitted with stylish new furnishings that bring a modern touch to one of Penn State’s oldest buildings.



Of course, the media center is also complete with recording studios for students. Groups like Center County Report and 46Live will have permanent housing in Willard that will allow them to work on campus without having to travel to Innovation Park.

Some courses will also be held at the Bellisario Media Center. New research labs and studios aim to provide students with hands-on experiences right in the heart of the campus.



And with a handy new fixture, you’ll always know when someone’s on the air.


Upstairs you’ll find a full-fledged newsroom suitable for any media organization that might be just for students. Some groups (not Onward State!) And even faculty members also have personal offices there.


The Bellisario Media Center felt particularly modern thanks to new furnishings. Sofas like these bad boys will be well stocked with electrical outlets, so you never need to get up to charge your laptops.


While we couldn’t verify the basement, it should have similar amenities for students, including a new “Innovation laboratory” made possible by the recent endowment of an alum. The teams worked hard on Thursday to put touches on the ground floor.


One feature of particular interest to the media center is its equipment rental programs. Students will soon be able to easily check out the materials for their projects and bring them back downstairs without needing to haul them upstairs or across town.

The Bellisario Media Center construction was inevitably delayed last year due to the pandemic. It was originally scheduled to be completed in May 2020 and soon pushed back to January 2021. Now it is planning a real opening next fall.

By day Matt graduated in journalism. At night, he’s the editor of Onward State. He’s a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football fan and failed batsman from Collegeville, PA. The quickest path to her heart is Margherita pizza and the “Arrested Development” quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate it.


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