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Michigan College Dedicates New Visual Media Center

Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Sajak Visual Media Arts Center, according to a news release. The center will contain filming and media production facilities for students and staff, and it was named in honor of Hillside College Board of Trustees Chairman and media personality Pat Sajak.

The center measures in at 10,500 square feet and contains space for up to five filming sets for productions like online courses, commercials, and digital materials for K–12 schools. Other amenities include a professional studio with state-of-the-art equipment, soundproofing capabilities, and a greenroom. The facility also allows students to gain experience behind the camera, the news release reports.

“The Sajak Center will be an excellent resource for the college,” said Rich Péwé, Chief Administrative Officer and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. “Whether it be documentaries, online courses, or podcasts, we now have the room and technology to create state-of-the-art content.”

Funding for the project came from Pat and Lesly Sajak, as well as the Deany’s Days Foundation and the Griswold-Bacigalupi family. Sajak joined the college’s board of trustees in 2002 and served as vice chairman from 2003 to 2019, when he elevated to his current role.

“Pat works just like Hillsdale College does,” said Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn. “He does something lovely and he shows it to a lot of people, and they enjoy it and watch it. It is a perfect pairing, this building, Hillsdale College, and the chairman of our board. We are deeply grateful to him.”

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