Business school construction causing confusion for some students

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Forget searching for a parking spot, the expansion of the Neeley School of Business has left some students looking for their professors.

Many of the faculty, along with some administrative staff, moved to the temporary offices on Merida Avenue. Dean Homer Erekson said others are working from an office in GrandMarc.  

“I have had trouble meeting with a lot of my professors in the business school during office hours because they don’t have a permanent office,” sophomore pre-business major Katie Collins said.

Teachers’ times often vary from week-to-week and Collins said it can be hard to find the temporary placements.

For some professors, the temporary placements are rows of trailers. It is a sea of beige for students to search through in order to find their desired destination.

An example of one of the trailers during the construction process.

“The trailer park city, which is where relocations are, is terrible, and I feel bad for the teachers,” said sophomore pre-business major Hunter Hodges.

This is an adjustment both faculty and students have had to make.

“These changes have taken a little getting used to at first, but we are excited about what is to come,” Erekson said.

The construction process is moving ahead on schedule. Erekson said the plan is to have all faculty and staff moved into the new facilities and for classes to start by January 2020. The new building complex will include new east and south wings, housing high-tech classrooms and a large auditorium.

However, some students just get to live through the headache without any of the future benefits.

“The new plans for the school will be awesome, but I will not be here in time to experience it because the plans will be complete after everyone my age graduates,” Hodges said.

Classrooms will be designed to encourage interaction, and there will be numerous spaces for faculty, staff and students to meet outside of class.

“None of this would have been possible without the help of donors,” Erekson said.