Library and Academic Techology Services (LATS)

(LATS) A (3D) Model Collaboration: The Pat Neff Hall Frieze Project


When Pat Neff Hall was dedicated on February 1, 1940, it became an instant embodiment of Baylor’s character: proud, faithful, timeless, and with its own unique style. From its signature dome – which was covered in gold leaf in 2000 – to the passages of scripture chiseled into its exterior friezes, PNH is an iconic piece of Baylor’s built environment.

No less stunning than its exterior are the countless touches to the rooms inside that set it apart as a landmark of late 1930’s architecture. A trip through PNH’s halls reveals details in wood and metal, a decorative tile rendering of the Baylor seal embedded in the first floor lobby, and all along the upper portion of the walls in the presidential office suite, a frieze patterned in repeating flowers and scrolls cast in plaster.

A section of the original frieze work in the first floor offices of Pat Neff Hall.

In 2021, an area outside of Baylor President Linda Livingstone’s office was slated for renovations that would create better office space for her chief of staff and significantly reconfigure the space, up to and including the necessary step of adding a new wall. In order to keep the look and feel of the new space as consistent as possible with the original design, the Aramark construction planning team had hoped to find a way to replicate the original frieze work with modern techniques, which led to a discussion with the team from the University Libraries’ Experiential Learning Commons.

Makerspace Manager KJ Mikulencak’s solution – outlined in full in the video below – was a masterful blend of modern technology, 3D printing, and old-fashioned craftsmanship that resulted in an installation that is almost indistinguishable from the original Depression-era work. Take a few moments and learn how the finished product was developed, step-by-step.

One final Libraries connection to the project will come from a partnership with the Department of Museum Studies. Adjunct professor Eric Ames – who serves as assistant director in the Libraries’ Marketing & Communications office – worked with graduate student Amber Hansen to document and research the original frieze work prior to renovations, and their work will produce a small marker outlining the project, its impact, and the team involved in its creation. The marker will be installed in the renovated area this fall.

The Pat Neff Hall frieze project represents an innovative and unexpected avenue for collaboration with the Libraries and on-campus partners including Facilities Services, the President’s Office, and the Department of Museum Studies. This cross-departmental partnership perfectly reflects the Experiential Learning Commons’ mission to provide collaborative, imaginative, hands-on experiences that further education, solve problems, and lead to new discoveries.

Learn more about the Experiential Learning Commons here.

Libraries personnel involved in the Pat Neff Hall frieze project include:

KJ Mikulencak – Makerspace Manager

Sam McCleery – Student Staff, Makerspace

Andrew Telep – Associate Director, Experiential Learning Commons

Troy Shaw – Video Producer

Eric Ames – Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications

Libraries Makerspace Team Supports Work on 6P Color Inc. with Ingenuity, Laser Cutter

A summer intern and a Libraries staff member provide support for cutting-edge technology designed to show “the colors between the colors” on screens of the future

Two Baylor professors – joined by professionals in film and video production, NASA scientists and players from the world of industry like Kodak – dreamed up a plan to expand how moviegoers perceive colors on screen, and the Baylor Libraries are pleased to help along the way. Thanks to the Moody Makerspace team, inexpensive materials, and the laser cutter, they were able to create a more convincing presentation of the effectiveness of their technology.

When Corey Carbonara and Michael Korpi began their work into expanding the palette of colors that can be displayed on screens, they knew they would face technical hurdles along the way. As their work moved from the drawing room to the prototyping phase – a process detailed in this article from Baylor’s Derek Smith – the system, which became known as 6P (for the six primary colors involved in the process) faced a new challenge: how to make its complex system understandable and demonstrable to non-scientists and potential financial backers.

In a fairly common occurrence on the Garden Level of Moody Memorial Library, Dr. Korpi was hanging around the Libraries’ Makerspace, brainstorming with Andrew Telep, assistant director of the Experiential Learning Commons. Korpi had a rough idea for a way to demonstrate the new process using a standard projector and a series of colored gel pockets within a custom-fabricated filter.

“Dr. Korpi was talking to me about how to show people how the process worked, and from our discussions I came up with a rough sketch on a whiteboard, which led to an example using Excel that included measurement and spacing,” Telep said. It was enough to pass along to Ryan Feller, the Makerspace summer intern and a senior Studio Art major from Bruceville, Texas.

Feller took the initial Excel document, converted it to a vector file in Adobe Illustrator, and created the first “sacrificial prototype” using scrap material from the Makerspace. A series of revisions later, and the final true prototype was ready, only seven days after the initial idea came from Korpi and Telep’s conversation.

Senior Studio Art major Ryan Feller poses with the various sketches and iterative prototypes of the gel filter holders he produced using the Libraries’ Makerspace

Korpi was pleased with the filter prototype and now plans to use it in presentations and demos of the 6P process for people who may become partners in the technology, which allows viewers to see “the colors between the colors” that are missed using traditional RGB color systems. Those presentations could include high-level capital investors, business partners, or film industry insiders.

“We consulted with Raymond Curtice, the engineering manager at the BRIC, who’s been involved in the 6P project along the way,” Telep said. “It represents another step in a growing relationship between the Libraries, the Lab to Market Collaborative (L2M) and the prototyping community in Waco. It’s another example of how we’re working to support R1-Tier1 research in the Libraries and providing crucial services to researchers and entrepreneurs on campus.”

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(LATS) Innovative Collaboration in Service to Baylor: How LATS Led the Way for Fall 2020

Baylor faculty learn about moving their coursework online during LATS training – Moody Memorial Library – 03/16/2020

The challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic impacted every aspect of Baylor University’s approach to education. From classroom instruction to how to handle the new normal for studying in Moody and Jones Libraries, the appearance of a global pandemic meant new areas for members of the Library and Academic Technology Services (LATS) team to implement new systems, expand services, and meet opportunities with expert assistance like never before.

From the end of the Spring 2020 semester through the summer to the first day of Fall classes on August 24 and beyond, LATS personnel worked tirelessly to support the University’s plan to provide hybrid instruction, online courses, in-person classroom upgrades and much more. Below, we outline some of the major accomplishments of the LATS teams. These efforts reflect collaborations with other Library units, the Academy for Teaching and Learning, the Student Success  Center, Academic Technology Directors, ITS and others across campus. Despite uncertainty and time pressures, working together with these groups made it possible to achieve a complete campus retooling in a remarkably short period of time.

Learning Spaces

Installation of new recording and streaming hardware and software in more than 200 classrooms over a two-‑month period, including 60+ rooms that required ceiling cameras, programming, and configuration

This work facilitated the automated recording and uploading of classroom activity into the instructor’s Kaltura account, as well as accommodating Zoom or other synchronous two-way connections as the instructor desires.  Each classroom installation was retrofitted to work with existing AV hardware in the room. See a full list of the upgraded rooms on the Learning Together website.

Initiation, management, and support of 3,400 recordings and 130 streams per week in outfitted classrooms

Class schedules were populated in Kaltura Classroom Capture so that automatic recordings would occur in these rooms.  Streams were scheduled upon instructor request.  These recordings are not available for students to view unless the instructor publishes them in Canvas, and the instructor can easily delete any undesired recordings.  LATS staff can also re-initiate the upload in cases of failure due to the load on Kaltura’s service.

Response and assistance for over 660 classroom technology help tickets during the first 4 weeks of the semester (normal load for an entire semester around 600)

This exponential increase in the number of tickets to start the semester was primarily due to recording and streaming (one-way or two-way) activities in the classroom.  Many instructors have been required to teach using new hybrid modalities to engage remote students or create content that can be provided to students who can’t attend class.  Several of these tickets were related to Kaltura load issues, proper microphone usage, or recording verification at the start of class.

Replacement of 138 desktop systems in labs and public access spaces in the library and throughout campus

These replacements were part of the normal workstation replacement cycle.  Additionally, LATS staff disabled 140 public access machines and placed appropriate signage on disabled computers before the semester to accommodate social distancing requirements.

Complete AV upgrade for 32 classrooms in the Baylor Science Building (BSB)

These upgrades were part of the campus planned replacement cycle for classroom technology.

Expansion of virtual desktop access to accommodate students with no or limited access to campus computer labs

Software packages such as SAS, JMP, SPSS, Matlab, and Nvivo were added to virtual machine configurations, and the number of concurrent virtual computers that can be used was increased to 40.

Deployment of Occuspace occupancy monitoring technology in Moody and Jones Libraries

Occuspace uses device counts to calculate and display current occupancy levels of library spaces. This information helps library employees monitor study spaces, and can help students find a space to work.

Experiential Learning Commons

Creation of Student Success Initiative laptop loan partnership

Staff prepared 200 laptops to be collaboratively loaned to students with academic and financial needs.  Student Success reviews and approves requests, ITS images the laptops and supports the configuration, and the Library circulates the devices.

Creation of an iPad paperless grading initiative

Canvas teacher and student apps were added to the base loaner iPad image and made available to graduate teaching assistants.  The initiative was started in response to requests to help faculty share the increased digital (paperless) load with their assistants.

Expansion of faculty/staff extended-use laptop loaner program

LATS tripled the faculty/staff laptop loaner program to accommodate faculty and staff teaching online and/or working remotely.  Also, LATS significantly increased the number of webcams, microphones, and document cameras available for checkout to support online teaching and learning.

Expansion of Library OsoFast, interlibrary loan, and technology checkout services for students

LATS worked with University Library staff to arrange extension of on-campus and off-campus delivery of library technology and print materials to those students in quarantine, isolation, or impeded from campus access.  LATS staff partnered with the Spiritual Life office and Campus Living & Learning to provide these extended services.

Creation of pop-up recording studios in the Libraries to accommodate the increase in production of multimedia course content

Staff added a lightboard studio, two document camera studios, and a Kaltura Capture studio (GRC Collaboration Plus) to support additional, specialized recording needs for asynchronous multimedia content.  Library staff also use the doc cam studios to show special collections virtually.

Expansion of student access to Adobe Creative Cloud

The Library checkout pool of Adobe Creative Cloud named-users licenses increased by 100 so students in quarantine, isolation, or unable to access campus workstations may use Adobe software on their own computers/devices.

A student uses her laptop outside Moody Memorial Library on the first day of the Fall semester – 08/24/2020

Learning Systems

Upgrade of Respondus Monitor license to an unlimited usage license for test/quiz proctoring

After retiring the Proctorio proctoring software from campus-wide service, the use of Respondus Monitor as a Canvas-integrated test/quiz proctoring solution grew tremendously.  To accommodate this usage growth more economically, LATS pivoted to an unlimited usage license.  Respondus usage as of 9/23 is 17,955 unique users.

Deployment of REACHv2 captioning on the Kaltura system

This new captioning option provides significantly more accurate machine captioning, offensive and obscene language filtering, support for multiple foreign languages, and improved editing capabilities.

Migration of Webex access to remove Canvas portal requirement

The removal of Canvas-only access requirements for Webex now allows faculty and staff to use Webex as a standalone product, if Canvas integration is not desired.

Introduction of several new Canvas feature options

On June 1, a number of new Canvas upgrades were announced, as detailed in this news article.

Assistance with technology problem resolution for remote international students

Along with ITS, LATS staff has provided targeted assistance to the Office of Global Engagement in supporting faculty teaching international students remotely to insure they have access to the same technology resources as domestic students.

Learning Design

Development of the Learning Together website as an instructional resource for faculty

In collaboration with the Academy for Teaching and Learning (ATL), LATS staff developed a new website, Learning Together, to support faculty as they transitioned modalities for Fall 2020. The site was designed to walk faculty through the necessary decisions they would need to make as they prepared teaching in a new modality.

Presentation of PRESTOLite seminar series for faculty online course development

The series was held in June and attended by 19 faculty members from multiple disciplines across campus.  The faculty learned key strategies for developing online courses.

Design and presentation of the Hybrid Learning Webinar for faculty

Led by LATS staff, this webinar addressed the planning and teaching of a concurrent hybrid course, focusing on important strategies and activities faculty should consider as they prepare to teach students who are both in‑person and online simultaneously.

Baylor faculty learn about moving their coursework online during training, Moody Memorial Library – 03/16/2020

Digital Library Services and Systems

Transitioning physical Library reserves materials to online access

Due to the elimination of Library print reserves for the fall semester because of print quarantine policies, LATS staff worked with faculty to transition their physical reserve materials online, which included addressing copyright issues, acquiring e-books, acquiring or identifying already available streaming video, digitizing print materials, and digitizing videos.

Deployment and faculty training for the Leganto course readings solution

Leganto is a course reading list solution that integrates with Canvas and enables instructors to manage their supplemental course readings independently without going through course reserves.

Temporary reinforcement of support staff for Kaltura to accommodate start-of-semester help ticket load

Staff members from the Riley Digitization Center volunteered to assist with Kaltura problem resolution thereby addressing the increased volume of Kaltura help tickets and providing assistance for a temporarily depleted LATS support area.


(LATS) Libraries Introduce Drawing I to the Third Dimension with VR

Last year, the Learning Spaces and Media Services (LSMS) team launched a Virtual Reality (VR) pilot program. Phase one invited faculty to experience VR and learn about how it could enhance the learning experience. In September, LSMS introduced phase two of the pilot program by integrating VR into course curriculum.

Last week, students from ART 1310 met in Moody 104 to learn about and experience virtual reality. Professor Benny Fountain used the library’s VR to teach a lesson on perspective and creation in a 3D environment. Students also learned how to use the equipment and Tilt Brush, a 3D painting application from Google. This software allows artists to paint in a 3D environment using several different canvases and brushes.

 At the end of class, students were instructed to book at least two hours in the VR Lab in the TechPoint Media Lab. Fountain didn’t require specific parameters; he wanted his students to freely create without boundaries. Fountain intends to meet in Moody 104 after the due date and have students showcase their creations. 

This assignment is shaping the future of VR in the libraries and how we can help implement it into curriculum,” said Tanner Osborn, academic consultant for LSMS. “Through theses phases, we are identifying what role the libraries will play in access to VR as a learning tool.”

To learn more about the libraries’ initiatives with VR, contact Tanner Osborn at