Benedictine’s new Goodwin Hall an innovative hub for business education
Monday, October 5, 2015
Posted by: Melinda Dorning
From an article by Ryan Blackburn in the Benedictine University Newsroom.
Lisle, Illinois ~ The addition of the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business at Benedictine University and its appeal as one of the premier business hubs serving the Chicago area brings top-tier academics, students educators and business leaders together to learn, lead and innovate for the future of the dynamic business industry.
The new building, named after the vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and the largest classroom building on campus, will bolster the University’s renowned undergraduate and graduate business programs and provide generations of students with more hands-on, forward-thinking business training and the resources they need to be competitive in the global workplace.
“Goodwin Hall provides us with cutting-edge amenities and second-to-none facilities,” said Sandra Gill, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at Benedictine University. “We believe that offering our students greatly improved learning facilities and academic programs that are relevant is the right thing to do. Our students at all levels are already way out front in adopting values-based leadership practices through our curricular and co-curricular efforts. The new building is a lasting testament to our commitment to prepare highly competent values-based business leaders.”
Construction of the innovative, 125,000-square-foot, four-story Goodwin Hall began in April 2014 over the footprint of Benedictine Hall (the school’s first academic building), which could no longer meet the needs of a growing student population.
Goodwin Hall is the home for the University’s graduate and undergraduate business programs, including the internationally-recognized Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and doctoral programs in Organization Development and Values-Driven Leadership.
Among the building’s many features is a 600-seat auditorium for presentations and lectures from leading business thinkers; a state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Lab that will provide students with access to peer-ranked investment simulations, public and private company accounting and international economic data, and other real-time financial information; and a 6,000-square-foot “Global Hall” that includes a digital stock ticker and billboard-sized high-definition video wall that can broadcast business news from across the world.
Utilizing Bloomberg Professional Service technology, students will gain access to the same information platform used by key decision makers in business, finance and government. They will learn how to analyze financial markets, assess economic scenarios and interpret key news developments impacting the global economy.
In addition to numerous classrooms, labs and study spaces, Goodwin Hall includes a Starbucks Café on the second floor; 150-seat and 80-seat seminar rooms on the third floor; and banquet facility and terrace event space on the fourth floor.
A full renovation of the campus quad complete with newly landscaped walkways and rain gardens serves as a central gathering place on campus, connecting the front entrance of the building with other key academic, enrollment and student life buildings.
In keeping with the Benedictine values of stewardship, designers and architects incorporated many green and renewable building materials and amenities, such as recycled construction materials, low-flow water fixtures, high-performance insulation, lighting occupancy sensors and a chilled beam cooling and heating system.
The College of Business at Benedictine gives students the tools to have a transformative experience in the business world and prepares them through a values-centered approach to business education, incorporating the development of fundamental management, ethical and socially responsible leadership, and critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Since the initial class of 39 business students graduated from the University a little more than 40 years ago, more than 10,000 students have graduated with business degrees and nearly 2,000 are currently enrolled in the College of Business’ various programs.
A blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 17. Tours for students, staff, alumni and donors will be held immediately following the ceremony through 12:30 p.m.
The grand opening is the first of several scheduled events that will be held in conjunction with Benedictine’s Homecoming day festivities welcoming alumni back to campus. The celebration also includes a tailgate and football game at 1:00 p.m. against Concordia University Wisconsin and concludes with BenBash, a community concert featuring country music stars Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann, inside Benedictine University’s Rice Center at 7:30 p.m.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls 10,058 students in 56 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 2 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2015.