Media Room

Reserving and Using the English Department Media Room (300 Wheeler)


The Media Room (300 Wheeler) is available to show all regions of DVD (including Blu-Ray), videotape, or computer presentations. It seats 45. The screen is large, the sound and image quality are good, and the lights have dimmer switches.

This may be the Wrong Room

  • If your class has more than 45 students, you shouldn't use 300 Wheeler; instead, please ask the Curriculum Coordinator, Laurie Kerr, to reserve some other, larger media room through the Scheduling Office. Ask well in advance. Laurie's e-mail address is linked, and her phone number is 643-9066.
  • Food and drink (including water) are not allowed in 300 Wheeler.

Reserving and Accessing the Room

  • To reserve this room, go here. The room is reserved once you receive an e-mail confirmation.
  • You can check the room's availability yourself at the CalAgenda site. You'll still need to contact our Admin Officer to actually make the reservation.
  • Pick up the keys to the room and to its equipment drawer from the front desk, which is open from 9-12 and 1-4.

Using the Room

  • If you need some help getting set up, ask Darrend Brown to lend a hand. The room shows DVDs and videos. You can also hook up a laptop if you have a PC or certain kinds of Macs. We have Mac adapters for DVI to VGA and mini-DVI to VGA in the equipment drawer. If you're uncertain which adapter your Mac uses, check it out beforehand.
  • You can get on-line with your computer in 300 Wheeler. There is Air Bears in the room. You can also get a hard-wired connection through the USB cable in the console. The IP address and DNS server and other information you'll need to configure your connection are printed on the console, or you can ask Darrend to help get you set up beforehand.
  • Running the console is pretty straightforward. All you need to know is printed on a few "how-to" slips of paper that are pasted to the console. There is only one power button you need to worry about; it has a green light next to it when it's on. Once you power off the projector, you can't turn it back on until it has cooled down, which might take three or four minutes. There are some big obvious buttons to push depending on what media you're using (DVD, video, or computer). If you've got any questions or problems with this equipment, talk to Darrend.

Before you leave, make sure to turn off the equipment (just the one green-light button) and lock the equipment drawer. Also test that the door is locked behind you when you go. It's easy for the button on the inside door handle to pop out, in which case the door won't lock. Push it back in and twist it.