Part of Northwest Missouri State University, Valk Center was completed in 1970 and named for Donald N. Valk, long-time chair of the Department of Technology. Valk Center is the home of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department.
Backstory and Context
The building during 1993 became the home of the Department of Agricultural Sciences following the closing of the Department of Technology. Twenty-three years of use as the department of technology required updates to accommodate the growing program in Agricultural Sciences. Facilities within the building included faculty offices, lecture rooms, a computer laboratory, and laboratories for plant science, animal science, and soil science. The building was retrofitted with historical agricultural mechanical displays, drawing the attention of visitors to the history of Northwest Missouri State as an ag school.
The lower level of Valk used formerly for warehouse storage was renovated in 2008-2009 as the university continued to grow and change. Enhancements included new building entries, exterior stairwells, classrooms, faculty offices, student gathering, and display areas for the Humanities and Social Sciences Department.
In 2017, the Department of Agricultural Sciences relocated across campus, freeing space in Valk Center for the growing Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Valk Center, located close to Roberta Hall and off-campus fraternity houses often hosts meetings for greek life. Many SI meetings and clubs also meet in Valk Center throughout the week.
The growing Applied Digital Humanities Lab is also located in Valk Center.