First-class business facility opens new opportunity for faculty

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 9:18 am
First-class business facility opens new opportunity for faculty
Dean Leo Gallant addresses the crowd at the official opening of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business

Already known for its first-class business program, the opening of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business now brings to StFX a first-class business facility. And with it comes new opportunity for faculty.

“This is state-of-the-art,” says StFX Dean of Business Leo Gallant. “If you look at business schools built in Canada within the last five years, this has everything that any of them have, and more in many respects.”

It’s hard not to be impressed with the new $26 million, 80,000 square foot new home of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business.

Inside its four floors are high-tech, case-style classrooms, an expansive, yet intimate 306-seat auditorium, timeless warm wood décor, new faculty offices, student study areas, and the stunning Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership.

But what may be most impressive about this gem of a building in the heart of StFX’s lower campus is the promise it brings.

Faculty now lead students in classrooms equipped with the latest in video conferencing; in focus group labs equipped with two-way mirrors. They teach in Mac-supported computer labs, and discuss ideas around specially-designed research labs.

The vastly improved classrooms are designed with business students in mind, and come equipped to support teaching, learning and research in an interactive, open learning environment.

“The new Gerald Schwartz building facilitates an integrated approach to learning about business,” says Professor Neil Maltby.  “The discussion-style classrooms, readily accessible labs and team project rooms, a board room, and general study space enable faculty to design and deliver top quality learning experiences.  Students can take full advantage of their business education, while faculty can develop innovative approaches to teaching and research.  Now we have a great building for a great program.”

Every professor is located in the same building, on the same floor. Offices are arranged in pods of eight on the third floor and are intentionally not arranged by discipline. “They’re spread around throughout so that we get the benefits of collaborations,” Dean Gallant says.

In all, the facility provides 35 offices, two large computer labs, 10 state-of-the-art classrooms from a 20-seat seminar room to the 306-seat auditorium, student work and study spaces, faculty research areas, seminar, meeting and break-out rooms, and food court areas.

“We have the full range of classrooms sizes, shapes and configurations. Our space makes us extremely competitive in the Canadian landscape,” Gallant says.