Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of RTX, approved a $23,000 grant to York University for a Sound and Vision Studio Suite. The proposal was written by Leanna Hawley, director of the Academic Resource Center at Levitt; Jared Wiley, digital solutions manager; Dr. Shannon Leinen, provost; and Amanda Smith, support services manager. 


The Sound and Vision Studio will be housed in the upper level of the Phyllis Mackey Center. When complete, the studio will include a room for students to use a virtual reality headset (VR), a room for students to record and produce podcasts, and a room for a One Button Studio, a recording studio that allows users to easily save their recording on their own storage drive. These rooms will provide students with the ability to utilize professional resources for their course projects or personal endeavors. It is projected to be available for use starting in the spring semester of 2025.


"We were blessed with an opportunity to collaborate with Collins Aerospace and their representative, Doug Rood, on this grant,” said Amanda Smith. “This innovative space for podcasting, VR, and screencasting extends the mission of the Academic Resource Center, allowing us to serve not only our students here at York University but also the community of York."