Supporting a Strong Foundation for Management
To ensure that Bucknell remains at the vanguard of management and liberal arts education, our students need a facility that matches the quality of our faculty and our innovative programs. In February 2019, Bucknell approved construction of a new, 79,500-square-foot facility for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art & Art History, which will provide at least 1,000 students and more than 50 faculty and staff with flexible, technology-ready spaces for collaborations within classes, across campus and around the world.
In May 2021, the building was named in recognition of significant commitments by Steve Holmes '79, an accounting major and Bucknell trustee, and his wife, Bonnie Bencsko Holmes '79. Other naming and sponsorship opportunities in the building remain available.
The building will feature spaces crucial to the enhancement of management programs, including:
- A new lab for Management 101, the college's signature course, which draws approximately one quarter of all Bucknell students across majors.
- A design studio for markets, innovation & design students, where they can share ideas and bring their creative visions to fruition.
- An enhanced lab for the Student Managed Investment Fund, including more space for the college's 12 Bloomberg terminals — the industry standard for financial services professionals and a crucial tool for Student Managed Investment Fund students as they manage nearly $2 million of the University's endowment.
- A new data analytics lab, which is vital to preparing students for a world that increasingly makes decisions and tells its stories with "big data."
- A 216-seat auditorium, which will enable us to further integrate experiential learning into our curricula by expanding programs that bring Bucknell's accomplished alumni back to campus to share their paths to leadership and bridge the gap between students and real-world organizations.