It’s now my turn to give a hand up to a new generation. I was motivated to contribute to the new learning community at Terry, for the chance to make a lasting impact on those who will come along now to create future businesses and jobs and security.Phil Casey, BBA ’67
Current facilities are unable to meet the needs of a 21st century business college that competes at the highest levels. Business classes have been taught in as many as 16 different buildings across the Athens campus. Terry boasts the third largest student population on campus, and our students are often forced to sit and study in hallways and wait in lines outside faculty offices in large numbers—making the hallways nearly impassable at times. Brooks Hall, built in 1928, and Sanford Hall, built in 1997, have long been outgrown. With the advent of the new Business Learning Community, we will transform the educational experience for Terry students.
The Business Learning Community will provide Terry with the learning environment that is commensurate to the stature of the college and to the expectations of today’s business students—and it will greatly improve students’ educational experience as well as further strengthen the Terry culture.
The Business Learning Community will place Terry College in a prime location at the corner of Baxter and Lumpkin streets in the heart of campus. Plans call for multiple buildings which will bring classrooms, faculty offices, and meeting spaces together, creating a true learning community. The Business Learning Community will be designed to attain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating. A groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase, Correll Hall, was held on April 26, 2013.
The Business Learning Community will fundamentally change the educational experience we offer students—in and out of the classroom. As is the case in the companies and organizations where they will work, Terry students do a great deal of their coursework in teams. The learning community will feature dozens of project team rooms where students will complete in-class team assignments, collaborate on projects or entries for competitions, and hold meetings of professional organizations or for service projects. The new space will be comfortable, inviting, and tailored to the collaborative way students learn today. Sections of the new community will be open 24 hours a day, offering students round-the-clock resources for productivity and giving them every opportunity to succeed.
Terry wants its students and graduates to be effective communicators with the ability to utilize modern technology and present their ideas in a clear, concise manner. State-of-the-art presentation technology will be pervasive through the Business Learning Community, enabling our students to shape and share their ideas in the most effective and up-to-date way possible—and preparing them to enter the workforce “technology ready.”
Additionally, the Business Learning Community will enhance the student experience with rooms equipped with specialized technology:
- trading room with Bloomberg terminals will enable finance students to experience as much real-time trading as possible.
- state-of-the-art recording and editing studio where music business students will learn the hands-on skills necessary to help launch careers in today’s technologically dynamic entertainment industry.
- sales lab, a valuable training ground where marketing students will work on classroom presentations and practice for national competitions that ultimately prepare them for their careers.
Terry places a high degree of importance on the sense of family—and of belonging—that students experience both on campus and as part of our alumni network after graduation.
The Business Learning Community, with its commons and meeting spaces in close proximity with faculty offices and classrooms, is designed to encourage and facilitate informal student interactions with faculty, fellow students, and practitioners. Attractive, fully equipped meeting and event spaces will make the new community an ideal place for visiting speakers, student organization meetings/professional development activities, and networking/recruiting events.
The Business Learning Community will offer alumni a place to come home to as well. In the 100-year history of the college, countless students have made lifelong friends and business connections at Terry. We welcome alumni to return to further their education; to attend or participate in lectures, panel discussions, and conferences; to help students with career counseling and networking; and to meet friends at a reception before walking to a campus event.