The Heavener School of Business is just days away from officially welcoming Heavener Hall, the new home for undergraduate programs and activities.
Excitement has been building as the new 57,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure is almost complete. The building will be officially dedicated Nov. 14 with a host of college and university luminaries scheduled to attend.
The impact of Heavener Hall will be extensive, and will have a positive effect on the entire Warrington community. Here are three key areas that should be influenced by the construction of this magnificent building.
Heavener Hall’s opening means access to better technology and more space for student organizations such as the UF Entrepreneurship Club, which meets every Monday in either Stuzin 102 or 104.
“Our members are excited,” said Erick Rodriguez (BSBA ’16), the club’s president. “Access to more classrooms would be excellent.”
Rodriguez said typically 40 to 50 members attend the club’s meetings. That figure increases significantly, however, when the club attracts more well-known speakers.
With Heavener Hall, Rodriguez said the club would feel even more comfortable inviting high-profile, reputable entrepreneurs and business leaders to speak.
The Entrepreneurship Club isn’t the only club that will benefit from the opening of Heavener Hall. The Heavener School of Business hosts more than 30 student organizations. With nine classrooms—including two large lecture halls—a spacious student commons, the Bill Alcorn Professional Development Center and the Gary Rappeport Academic Success Center, Heavener Hall should provide the creative space for these organizations to flourish.
Danielle Gertner was excited to get a peek at Heavener Hall last week.
“That’s our home now,” she said. “And I’m so proud of it. That’s my building, as an undergraduate student.”
Gertner (BABA ’16) treks back and forth across the Warrington campus—which comprises Bryan, Gerson, Hough, Matherly and Stuzin Halls—for various activities. She is a Florida Leadership Academy (FLA) Mentor, a Career and Academic Peer (CAP) Mentor, a Warrington Welcome Peer Leader and a student in the business case analysis course. She also has classes in both Bryan and Stuzin Halls.
“I pretty much live in the business school,” she said.
When Heavener Hall opens, Gertner estimates she’ll spend about six hours a day there studying and participating in her various organizations and activities.
“It just makes me happy being able to walk in somewhere where I see familiar faces,” she said.
Gertner said Heavener Hall demonstrates how much the College cares about undergraduate students.
“This is a way that shows, ‘We really care about you. We really care about your success,’” she said. “‘This whole building is dedicated to you to utilize and have the best experience possible.’”
As a Warrington alumnus, you may be asking yourself, “How does Heavener Hall have an impact on my career?”
When US News and other publications calculate national rankings of business schools, the institution’s reputation is factored in heavily.
The construction of Heavener Hall and the College’s $35 million investment in undergraduate business education will certainly catch the attention of business deans across the country. As they learn more about the innovative programs and experiential learning opportunities afforded to Heavener students, the reputations of the Heavener School and the Warrington College of Business Administration will grow.
Ultimately, the reward for all of the College’s stakeholders—students, faculty and alumni—is immense.