Denik Camon, Administrative Assistant in the Division of Nursing, unpacks items following the Division’s recent move to the new Smith-Bonvillian Hall.
New building brings changes for Thomas University
Thomas University faculty and staff have been busy preparing for Fall Semester, which begins Aug. 14. This year the preparations have included several moves around the Main Campus thanks to the opening of the recently completed Smith-Bonvillian Hall.
The new facility, paid for by capital campaign donations, helps to meet the growing needs of Thomas University’s expanding programs and student enrollment.
Smith-Bonvillian Hall is a two-story 19,000 square-foot building creating the western perimeter of the campus’s Academic Quadrangle. It includes the Flowers Executive Classroom, a tiered auditorium with 124 seats and state-of-the-art presentation technology for conferences and events. It also includes other classrooms and conference rooms. Connected to the main building by a covered breezeway is the Davis Annex. The total facility provides over 30 faculty offices.
When students step on campus for Fall Semester, they’ll discover new locations for many academic divisions and support services because of the new building. Faculty offices for the Nursing Division are now located upstairs on the north side of Smith-Bonvillian Hall. The Counseling and Psychology Division and Social Work Division are across the hall in the upstairs center portion of the new building. In the Davis Annex to the south, the Business Division is on the first floor, and the Humanities Division is on the second floor.
A directory will be installed in the foyer of the entrance to Smith-Bonvillian Hall to provide directions to all the offices and other rooms.
As a result of the new offices in Smith-Bonvillian Hall, other relocations are also occurring on campus. The Math and Science Division is now located in the Ireland Poe Building, formerly home to the Division of Nursing. Student Support Services and the Academic Resource Center are now located in the remodeled Magnolia Building. The Registrar’s Office is now in the Campus Center Building in the area formerly home to the Business Division.
“Everyone is in their new ‘home,’” said Dr. Jill Dennis, Associate Vice President of Academic Operations, who organized the multiple campus moves and building renovations along with Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Timothy Klocko. “It’s energizing to start the new academic year this way.”
Added Dr. Ann Landis, Executive Vice President and Provost, “The new building mirrors the architectural features of the Forbes plantation home that symbolizes TU’s history. With the completion of this beautiful building and the growth it enables, we are celebrating our past, present, and future.”
Kristy Wainright, Administrative Assistant in the Division of Business, sorts through items as the Division settles into its new home in Smith-Bonvillian Hall.