Ribbon-Cutting Marks Opening of Transformed Bowers Hall
More than 500 people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 7, 2017, to mark the reopening of Bowers Hall, home of the Walla Walla University (WWU) School of Business.
A yearlong renovation project on Bowers Hall added more than 3,000 square feet to the existing building and reorganized classroom and office space. The transformed facility includes an innovation classroom/laboratory, technologies that enhance digital learning, efficient group study spaces and multifunctional meeting spaces.
“It is no haphazard choice to renovate and expand Bowers Hall,” says John McVay, WWU president. “This building signals our intentions to further strengthen Walla Walla University by growing our School of Business.”
Madilyn Malott, junior business major and president of the WWU Business Club, says, “For me, the new building means a new space for collaborative learning. It also serves as an important reminder that the donors of the project believe in both me and my potential and are willing to invest so that I will have a better learning experience.”
WWU senior business majors scored in the 97th percentile on the Major Field Test in business in 2017. In 2015 and 2016 seniors scored in the 96th percentile. The School of Business curriculum includes project-based learning and internships, with students often assisting local businesses in the Walla Walla Valley with market research and analysis, business planning, and other projects.
Alixandria Reiner, WWU university relations student writer