Significant updates have been made to the main spaces of the Ropp Agriculture Building, home of Illinois State University’s Department of Agriculture, 23 faculty and staff, and about 400 students.
Last fall, the department replaced the desks in the largest Ropp classroom (RAB 108G) with new tables and chairs, and over the course of fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters, the University updated the remaining two classrooms (RAB 106 and RAB 111) with new paint, flooring, lighting, desks, and technology.
Thanks to the generous donation of alum Dan Kelly, the department will be able to give the hallway a new, more modern look. The hallway renovations are currently in progress, but when completed, will include new paint, lighting, furniture, a mural, and wall decor. The infamous “cornfield” painting (Illinois Landscape #56 by Harold L. Gregor) has been moved to a more secure location inside the department’s Main Office. The project is expected to be completed before students return to class in fall 2022.