For months I have been waiting, impatiently, for the new business school to be done. The brand new state of the art, Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics has been tempting me ever since I arrived in the Fall. Living in Sawyer Hall, I can look out my window and see the side of the building and for six months I have been watching and listening to the construction going on. Finally, after all that waiting the business school is ready to open! After spring break many classes will be taking place inside, including mine. Not only does it mean much less walking throughout the day, but it also offers all students the newest technology on campus. The brand new school was one of the reasons I chose UNH and I will not be disappointed.
The new business school will help ease the very overcrowded McConnell Hall and allow the school to admit 800 more students into the program. It was only possible after Peter T. Paul, a UNH graduate of 1967, made a record setting 25 million dollar donation for the school. Paul is president of Paul Financial, LLC, a mortgage banking company he founded in 2003. In addition, he is the owner and chairman of Peter Paul Wines, based in Healdsburg, Calif.
On March 18th the school opens for official business, however the school is now open for other services. Most of the professors have moved into the their new offices, which line the second and third floors. And the students can also use the break out rooms, which can be reserved by simply scanning a QR code with your smartphone. These breakout rooms have a table centered in front of a wall with a flat screen TV. The flat screens also have webcams and a place to hook up your own computer. You can also use a keyboard hidden within the table. These breakout rooms will be great for group projects and study groups – I can’t wait to start using them!
After checking out the major classrooms I noticed that they will be “smart” classrooms where professors can record lectures and then students can download to their iPods. The classrooms are larger with better desk space for students, encouraging group work and engagement. When I first walked into the business school, I thought it looked like a ski lodge with the wooden beams and wide open spaces, but after looking around I found that the new building has many areas to study, socialize and congregate – complete with a courtyard in the front of the building and a coffee shop inside. The new school has many advantages from the old school – I can’t wait to have my first class!
Written by Jacob Lehoux, UNH Class of 2016