WVU gives an insight into the new College of Business and Economics


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Lawmakers and community leaders visited the new Chambers College of Business and Economics, Reynolds Hall, the old site of Stansbury Hall, at West Virginia University.

Stansbury Hall was the home of WVU’s basketball clubhouse, where WVU legend Jerry West played. Joshua Hall, associate dean of the college’s research and business departments, said it will be a “hub” of the downtown campus.

The new building has six floors of different labs for teaching, learning, studying and everything in between. There is a computer lab with over 40 dueling monitors known as Bloomberg Terminals, a career closet that students can use when going on an internship or job interview, access to augmented and virtual reality technology, the Holyman Social Stairwell , which is modeled after the stairs at Google’s headquarters, an Einstein Brothers bagels, and a training center with access to the Mon Rail Trail and the Monongahela River, Hall said.

“I believe very much in what E. Gordon Gee says about Project 168—what we do in all those hours outside of class, and this building is designed to allow students to spend their time outside of class. From the downtown athletic facility on the first floor, to the Einstein Brothers Bagels, to all the common areas on every floor, I think it’s really going to be a hub on the downtown campus,” Hall said.

Named for WVU graduate and financier Robert Reynolds and his wife Laura, who donated $10 million to help build the structure — at nearly 180,000 square feet, Reynolds Hall doubles the area that Chambers College occupies in its current building Has.

The May 23 tour began with presentations by Hall, WVU President E. Gordon Gee, and Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Chancellor of the Community and Technical College Systems. Both expressed the excitement surrounding the building.

“We have a wealth of opportunity, we just have to make sure we use it, don’t waste it, we’re fast, agile and driven by the power of our imagination. If we can do that, we will be successful,” said Gee.

Armstrong emphasized the importance of any type of higher education, especially in West Virginia, and sharing information about resources people may not know about. For example, they increase financial support for students and college planning, and raise awareness of mental health on campus.

“This state has probably invested more in student finance than any other state in the nation, and yet our students still think our college isn’t affordable, but it is. We need to let them know, we need them to understand that higher education is affordable in the state of West Virginia, and we will find a way to help them pay for it,” Armstrong said.

After the presentations, the guests were divided into group tours, where the guests received a short presentation and answered questions.

Guests were also shown where a piece of the gym floor was recovered from the Basketball Club House at Stansbury Hall and hung on the wall.

Hall said the project has been an idea since he returned to the university as a faculty member 10 years ago. The project became a reality four years ago, and construction work began two years ago. The college is nearing full completion but will be ready for students in the fall.

“I’m relieved and excited that we can have our students here in the fall,” Hall said.


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