Kirk Auditorium

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Cherry Auditorium map is located in the Kirk Building on Upper College Rd. The auditorium can be accessed from either the first or second floor although the second floor doors are located in the upper seating area.

Room layout


155 seating capacity


For additional information, please contact:
Classroom Media Assistance
Lower Level Library (LL4)

To reserve this room, contact:
General Assignment Classrooms form: Request a Classroom

Electronic Access

Card Swipe

Important Notes: Card Activation
This auditorium is accessed with a cardswipe lock. Before you can enter, you must have your URI ID card authorized for access to this room.

To unlock the door, swipe the ID card with the magnetic strip inside the sliding mechanism, and your picture facing to the left as shown in the picture at the right. To lock the door, repeat this process.

  • A steady green light indicates the door is unlocked.
  • A red light indicates the door is locked.

Faculty assigned to teach in classrooms with electronic access should be automatically entered prior to the start of the semester, or 24 hours before a special event. To be safe, be sure to test your card at least 1 business day prior to your first class meeting.

If your card does not work, contact Facilities Services Access Control Office at 874- 4577, or e-mail at

Training is required for first-time users. Media rack keys will not be issued unless first-time users undergo equipment training/orientation.

Light Switches

Light Switch

Light switches are located directly to your left as you enter the room.

There are five dimmers and one light switch (on the bottom left):

  • Top left dimmer controls the middle section of the auditorium.
  • Top middle and bottom right dimmers control the rear section of the auditorium.
  • Top right and bottom middle dimmers control the front section of the auditorium.

Internet Access


Wired Connection

Each room has at least one active ethernet port for use with the internet.
The port will be marked with a yellow dot.
There should be an ethernet cable in the rack drawer to use with the port.
If you find one is missing, please call Classroom Media Assistance at 874-4278.

Wireless Access

If you are unable to get online using the wired port, or if you prefer, all rooms also have wireless internet access.
If you have not used wireless access in the past, please be sure to test out your laptop before class starts.
Some manufacturers have special programs or settings that control wireless, or your machine may have a physical button that needs to be selected.

If you have never used your laptop on the URI network, you will be asked to download and install and electronic policy key. You probably don't want to do this during class time as it can be time consuming, so connect your laptop in your office first and get this step out of the way.

To authenticate on the URI network:
- Use your URI eCampus username
- With your Sakai/wireless password.
If you don't remember your password, please call the Help Desk at 401-874-4357.

TurningPoint Room Channel

Channel 40

Room Environment

Internet Access

All inputs and connections are stored in the Podium, accessible through the top.

The entire URI Kingston campus has Wireless internet capabilities through URI_Secure (preferable for Faculty, Staff & Students) and URI_Open for registered visitors and guests. If in the rare case either network fails, there are ethernet cables in each of the General Assignment Classrooms. This classroom's cable is previously installed and usable through the top of the podium.

Equipment Overview

The Media Equipment is installed in an open-access podium for users; specialty equipment such as wireless microphones and remote controls are locked in the podium. Call CMA for assistance.

Room Equipment

Overhead Projector

Overhead Projector

To use an overhead projector:
1. Plug in the projector.
2. Select which bulb you wish to use (1 or 2).
3. Press the power on button.

The projector should now be illuminated and the fan should be running. Place your transparency on the projector and adjust the top mirror as necessary to get a clear image. Please visit Overhead Projectors for more information.

Projector Screen and Controls

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To move the screen down, use the "Down" button.

To move screen up, use the "Up" button, and it will automatically rise.
The center "Stop" button is to stop the movement of the screen, otherwise it is fully automated to extend or retract.
Please put the screen up at the end of class.

If the cord used to pull down the screen is wrapped around the screen, CMA has put a screen wand ( a dowel with a cup hook attached) in each classroom. You can use the cuphook end to grab the cord and pull it down towards you.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not jerk or pull down the screen with too much force, this may cause the screen to be locked in the down position. If this happens, please call Classroom Media Assistance 874-4278 for assistance.


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The projector is located in the middle of the classroom on the ceiling.

Do not operate manually-- use the touch screen control panel on the podium. (Directions below).

You do not need to turn the projector on. It will turn on automatically when you choose your input source (Video, VGA, HDMI, or BluRay).

Please turn the projector off when done (directions below).

Podium Equipment

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Installed Media

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A single podium with the media installed is located in the room in front of the stage. The media is always open so there is no need for a key to access the system for classroom use.

To access this equipment, faculty please request a training from Classroom Media Assistance in the Library (LL4).

This media system includes, in order from top to bottom:

  • a transmitter for the Assisted Listening System (top left of rack)
  • a receiver for the Assisted Listening System (second item in the rack, just below the transmitter)
  • a touchscreen control panel
  • an audio panel (for use by a tech only )
  • a BluRay (DVD) player
  • external video and computer source cables (VGA, HDMI, video)
  • an audio amplifier for sound (for use by techs only)
  • a drawer with wireless lavalier and handheld microphones

Inputs Available


Video equipment (e.g., cameras or VCRs) or computers can be used as sources with this equipment rack. These devices would plug into the row of input jacks located on a panel in the lower half of the rack (shown above).

In order from left to right, these jacks are:

  • VGA - installed in the podium: for a laptop either directly connecting through the VGA cable or using an adapter, such as an Apple MiniDisplayPort to VGA. A VGA cable is included in the drawer.
  • HDMI - installed in the podium: for either a laptop or a video camera with a HDMI ports. An HDMI cable is included in the drawer.
  • Component video - unavailable through CMA separately: the color-coded jacks (red, white,yellow) are for a video source. The red and white are for audio (stereo) and the yellow is for video.

(Directions for hooking up a computer located below.)

TouchScreen Control Panel

Introduction Screen for the TouchScreen Control Panel
Opening Menu

HDMI Options
VGA Options
Document Camera Options
Blu_Ray DVD Options
AUX Video Options

Top Row: Source selections for HDMI, VGA, Document Camera, Blu-Ray DVD, Aux Video, and Apple TV.

Left side: Time and Mute the Source from Projecting (good for privacy in from of a class to type in usernames or passwords).

Center: Controls for source selected (if applicable).

Right Side: Volume control for source selected and speech if using a microphone in the room.

Bottom: (Do not use Admin Button on LEFT side). On the right is the projector status (on, off, or muted) followed by the red EXIT button to turn off the system.


  • The projector will be turned on when you select your source, however, you must turn the projector off when done by using the "System Off" button located on the Switcher (near the volume knob).
  • The warm-up cycle for the projector can take as much as 2 minutes to start up and 10 seconds for the light on the projector to start flashing after a source is selected.
  • Hold the "System Off" button for 2-seconds to turn off the projector.
  • When the projector is completely off, the light above the System Off button on the Switcher will become red. This may take 10 seconds.
  • Any attempt to turn off the system within the 2 minute Start-Up or Cool Down cycle may crash the system. (The Start-Up/Cool-Down cycle is complete when the light on the projector is no longer blinking green or orange.)
  • If needed again, the projector can be turned on after the 2 minute Cool-Down cycle.

Document Camera

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The Document Camera is easily controlled through the TouchScreen Control Panel. To operate, simply pull the head upward and power on manually on the top left of the bed. Then select the source from the Control Panel to maneuver the image projected. When done with use, simply turn off the Doc Cam manually and pull the circle tab in the middle of the stand to fold up the camera.

Portables & Wireless

Assisted Listening System (ALS) Transmitter Microphone

Assisted Listening Wireless (Lav) Microphone

One wireless microphone and four ALS Listen units are stored above the BluRay player so they will not get tangled with the cables in the drawer. If used, please wrap the wires around them and return them to this location.

The microphone receiver in the media rack is configured to route the audio signal through the ALS system only. The microphone does not feed the speaker system in the room, this is an Assisted Listening Device only.

Please do not adjust any of the settings on the ALS transmitter or receiver, these have been preset at optimal levels by our tech staff.

Using the Assisted Listening System

Assisted Listening Wireless (Lav) Microphone
ALS Microphone with front case open

Attach the microphone to the instructor's lapel or collar. Extra batteries are stored in the drawer.

If the microphone unit is not turned on, the system will automatically be in MUTE mode.

To turn on the microphone, open the lower half of the case front and press the ON/OFF button for 2 seconds. If you do not press for the 2 seconds, just ignore the MUTE ON or MUTE OFF prompt and the system will still be on.

If you want to mute the system, there are two methods. First, there is a mute button located on the top part of the microphone unit--this mutes just the microphone.

Second, you can mute the entire system. Open the lower half of the front case, press on/off. Respond to the MUTE ON prompt by clicking the Set button on the right of the case front. The system will now be muted. Conversely, to turn the Mute function off, open the case and click on/off button, then click Set.

Remember: Turn OFF the Microphone when done by pressing the On/Off button for 2 seconds. Return to drawer when finished.

ALS Receiver Units


The ALS Listen wireless receivers are stored in the drawer below the DVD player.

These units are for use by students who need hearing assistance.

The Listen units will not work unless the microphone unit is turned on.

Extra batteries for these units are stored in the drawer. If all the batteries have been used, please call Classroom Media Assistance, 874-4278.

To use the Assisted Listening System (ALS) , the instructor must wear the wireless microphone and the hearing-impaired student must use the Listen unit. See directions below for further information.

The ALS devices are stored in the drawer below the DVD Player.

Wireless Microphones

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One handheld unit and one lavalier unit are made available for general class use.
The two additional wireless units can be accessed with coordination with Classroom Media Assistance.
All four microphones in the room are wireless. There are two handhelds and 2 lavaliers with belt clip.

To Use the Handhelds: Hold the red power button on the bottom of the microphone until the display lights up (approx 2 seconds). Do not touch anything else. To power down, again hold the red power button until the display is no longer lit.

To Use the Lavaliers: Open the case (in the front) and hold the red power button on the right side until the display lights up (approx 2 seconds). Do not touch anything else. To power down, again hold the red power button until the display is no longer lit.

Controlling the Volume: On the TouchScreen Control Panel on the right side, the volume is controlled using the Up and Down arrows labelled "Speech".


Connecting a Laptop

A laptop shelf is located above the drawer near the bottom of the equipment rack, just pull the shelf out towards you to use.

1. Connect the VGA or HDMI cable to the laptop.
2. The VGA cable also includes an audio component, connect this to the laptop if needed. HDMI signal includes audio, so a separate audio cable is unnecessary.
4. Turn the laptop on.
5. Select source VGA or HDMI on the switcher. (This also turns on the system.) The startup screen should appear on the laptop and the projector screen after several seconds.


  • If the projector is on and the computer itself is not, you may see either a black screen (HDMI) or blue screen (VGA).
  • If an adapter is needed (e.g., DVI to VGA or Mini-DisplayPort to VGA or HDMI), you can borrow one from Classroom Media Assistance in the Library (LL4).
  • If an image does not appear when the Windows laptop is connected, try using the function key for display selection (e.g., Fn + F4 or F8).
  • If an image does not appear when using a Mac, go to System Preferences (under the Apple Menu in the upper left), select the Displays preference pane, and click "Detect Displays." Select the Arrangement tab, choose to either mirror the display or extend the desktop to the projector.

Monitor Resolutions:
An appropriate monitor resolution should be automatically selected. However, if you want to change your settings, CMA recommends:

  • If a 4:3 aspect ratio is preferred, use 1024 x 768 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz as your display settings.
  • If a 16:10 aspect ratio is preferred, use 1280 x 800 as your display settings.

Classroom Media Assistance has a limited number of wireless mice and keyboards that can be used on the podium while the computer is on the shelf. These can be checked out for the entire semester. Please visit Classroom Media Assistance on the lower level of the Library (LL4) to reserve one.

If there is no image, be sure to check whether video output is active (e.g. Function + F8, or similar command)

Using the BluRay (DVD) Player

.....^on/off button..................... BluRay DVD Player .................^open tray button

To turn the BluRay Player on or off, press the power button located on the bottom edge of the left side of the player. (This button is very small.)

To insert a disk, use the open tray button on the middle bottom edge of the player and use this button to close the disk tray. To eject the disk, use the same button.

All of the controls for the BlurRay DVD player are located in the Touch Screen Control Panel.
To change the volume, use the Program Volume located on the right side of the TouchScreen Control Panel.

Using the "ALS" Listen Units

Listen Wireless Receiver

These wireless Listen units are stored above the BluRay player in the media rack.

Check that the Listen unit has batteries. Extra batteries are located in the rack drawer.

Turn the Listen unit on by dialing the volume wheel away from Off to the appropriate volume.

To turn the unit off, dial the wheel all the way back to Off.

You do not need to adjust any setting on the ALS receiver or transmitter in the media rack.

Please remember to turn OFF the Listen devices when done, coil the ear piece around the unit and return it to above the BluRay player.


-Check that all auxiliary cables are plugged in and secure.
-Try restarting the equipment you are trying to have sound played from.
-Check that all VGA and video cables are plugged in and secure.
-On a Laptop: Press CTRL + F8
-Try restarting the equipment you are trying to have sound played from.

Locking Up

Please Remember to:

  1. On the Switcher, press the "Power Display OFF" button to turn Off the projector.
  2. Remove your media and Power Off the media machine used. Power Off your laptop. Return cables to the floor box and/or media case.
  3. Power OFF microphone and return to Classroom Media Assistance Office in Chafee 217.
  4. Turn the classroom Lights OFF. Shut all Exterior Doors.
  5. Swipe-lock the main door using your URI ID card. The card-reader light will blink green when in locked mode.


Ask students waiting for the next class to remain outside the classroom until their instructor arrives. As the Instructor, you are responsible for the room's security during your class time, so please lock up!

Additional Room Details

Classroom Information

building Kirk
room Aud
reservation_contact Enrollment Services 874-2718
media_contact Classroom Media Assistance 874-4278
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board_height 3 feet 6.5 inches
writing_area 5610 in^2
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light yes
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distributed_outlets yes
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light_dimmers near door
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ventilation yes
air_conditioning yes
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capacity_number 155
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overhead_location cart
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projector_location booth
cd_dvd_player yes
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cd_dvd_location rack
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vhs_player yes
vhs_quantity 1
vhs_location rack
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cassette_recorder yes
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