By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Students and faculty in Lee University’s School of Business are taking advantage of a new building being described as “state of the art.” The university held an open house Thursday to show …
Students and faculty in Lee University’s School of Business are taking advantage of a new building being described as “state of the art.”
The university held an open house Thursday to show off the new space, which opened for classes in October.
“This is incredibly exciting for us and our students,” said Dr. Dewayne Thompson, dean of the School of Business. “It’s still new and fresh for everyone, and we love the new space.”
Located between Church and Parker streets, the new School of Business building occupies part of what was once First Baptist Church. The two-story space is located in the church’s former education wing.
In addition to renovating the former church space into a space for its business school, Lee also had a connector built to more directly join the space to Pangle Hall, a performance venue located in another part of the former church building.
Finishes like a grand entrance facing the new South Campus Quad, freshly-painted walls, new flooring and new furniture are among the features which caught the attention of open house visitors.
However, Thompson noted technology like the building’s “state-of-the-art” computer labs, 80-inch presentation screens and a large electronic stock ticker help make the building special.
“Our technology throughout the building is up-to-date and matches Millennials’ learning style,” Thompson said. “There is more technology, which allows for collaboration. For example, a student can bring in a laptop and quickly hook it up to one of the 80-inch screens.”
The School of Business was previously based out of the campus’ Walker Memorial Building, which was built in 1945. Though that building has been equipped with features like computer labs, Thompson said the university was able to include much more technology in the new one.
The School of Business has a total seating capacity of 408 and boasts “collaborative classrooms” and “enhanced classrooms” in addition to conference rooms and a tiered lecture hall. It also houses 18 faculty offices and a student commons area on the second floor.
“It’s very exciting to be able to come over here for class now,” said Sam Burrus, a senior accounting major at Lee. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw all the building had. We’re definitely settling into it well, though. It’s only been about three weeks, but it already feels like home.”
Bernadette Little, a Lee business alumna and current assistant golf coach, said she wished the building and its technology had been available when she was a student.
Still, she said she and other business alumni are eager to see what having a new building will mean for the School of Business and its current and future students.
“It’s a great opportunity for the business department to be able to grow and do more,” said Little.
The new School of Business building was the latest in a series of new additions to the campus. Lee is continuing to develop its “South Campus Quad,” which includes the Communication Arts Building, the Nursing Building, a lacrosse field and the Forum, an elaborate clock tower still under construction.
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