Purdue University Fort Wayne and Sweetwater officials announced Wednesday afternoon that, beginning this August, a majority of the university’s music technology program will be housed at the Sweetwater campus at 5501 U.S. 30 W. Sweetwater founder and President Chuck Surack announced he and his wife, Lisa, will donate use of an 8,000-square-foot building on the Sweetwater campus to the music technology program at what is now Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. The university is expected to become Purdue Fort Wayne on July 1.

Once renovated, the building will contain facilities and equipment needed to prepare students for a career using technology in music and sound recording and production. Those features will include a large music recording studio, expansive control room, rehearsal room, editing booths, a sound-isolation booth, classroom and offices, a design plan shows.

As part of that donation, Purdue Fort Wayne students and faculty in the music technology program also will have full use of all amenities on the Sweetwater campus, including its restaurants, health clinic and personal services, Surack said. The university values the in-kind donation of the building and campus amenities at nearly $1.5 million, he added.

Surack said he and his wife also will provide $1.6 million to pay for renovation and construction so the music technology program can move in by August, Surack said. The university, which already hires a number of Sweetwater employees to teach part time in its music programs, will pay back the Suracks on a lease basis over six years, said Greg Jones, music department chairman and a professor of music.

The Indiana General Assembly also has approved providing $1 million for the creation of a School of Music at PUFW. The English Bonter Mitchell Foundation also has pledged $1 million toward that effort. Read more from news-sentinel.com…

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