School of Business Capital Campaign

Help Saint Francis University Grow

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  • Schwab Hall Renovation

    New Home for the School of Business: With your help, we will soon breathe new life into Schwab Hall: renovating and expanding this iconic 1929 building built by industrialist Charles M. Schwab. Once completed, Schwab Hall will become the new home for the School of Business.

     

    Schwab Hall Renovation Floor Plans

     

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    Called to Serve

    To learn how you can support this project contact the Office of Advancement at 814-472-3021.

     

  • Educational Excellence

    Saint Francis University understands the vast potential of business to improve the lives and quality of life of everyone in a society. For more than 80 years, our business program has transformed the way our students think about business. Our graduates leave not only with the skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs, accountants and marketing executives but also with hearts for serving others and building stronger communities. 

    Current Challenges

    School of Business faculty and students understand our facility limitations all too well. In general, instructional facilities have fallen behind many of our primary competitors, which can lead the best and brightest students to look elsewhere. Currently, there is no central building for our business programs. Classes are held in different buildings in multi-purpose classrooms used by different disciplines. Many classrooms are small and not designed for team-based learning and collaborative projects—hallmarks of our management and marketing programs. Faculty offices are often shared, affording little space and privacy for student meetings, and there are no small conference rooms for students and faculty.

    A Renovated, Expanded Building

    View Floor Plans for the Schwab Hall Renovation

    Plans have been developed to renovate and expand Schwab Hall to become the new home for the School of Business. Schwab Hall will house flexible classrooms of various styles, including lecture halls, seminar space, and areas designed for group work and collaboration. In addition, the building will provide office and meeting rooms for the dean and associate dean of the School, private offices for faculty and staff, small and large conference rooms, and dedicated space for adjunct and visiting instructors.

    A renovated and expanded Schwab Hall will provide increased capacity to serve more students and, for the first time ever, give the School of Business a space that is uniquely its own. State-of-the-art classrooms, designed with our business programs in mind, will improve the quality of instruction and expand faculty access to instructional tools that enhance learning. The building will strengthen the reputation of the School of Business, attract outstanding faculty and students, and meet accreditation standards. When completed, these new and improved spaces will create a vibrant and welcoming learning community for the program’s valued stakeholders for years to come.

    Scholarship and Distinction

    Our business faculty are noted for their academic training and professional experiences. In the classroom, they blend theoretical and practical knowledge, creating the balanced curricula necessary for today’s undergraduate and graduate students. Many business faculty serve on accreditation boards, present at national conferences, and publish books and articles in their disciplines. In recent years, the School of Business has had among its faculty a Fulbright Scholar, an award-winning author, and a Chamber of Commerce-recognized community leader.

    Saint Francis has the distinction of having an endowed chair in business administration (only 15% of U.S. colleges can claim this honor). The Dr. Albert A. Zanzuccki Endowed Chair in Business Administration brings nationally-recognized speakers to campus and supports our Executive in Residence program, which invites business professionals—often alumni—to campus to speak, teach and mentor students. The school’s hands-on co-curriculum and extra-curricular business-related programs have gained national attention and have been presented as a blueprint for success to other collegiate business administration programs across the nation.  

    Opportunities for Success

    Our business programs offer students diverse opportunities to develop useful skills, real-world experience and a global vision. Students in the University’s Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) SEED program (Students for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) help businesses in the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania to start, grow and prosper. Internships are encouraged within each major, and the School has built solid relationships with local and national employers. Study abroad also is part of the curriculum, with the annual “Springtime in London” trip that gives students a better understanding of the global economy in one of the world’s premier banking centers. These value-added offerings, combined with a strong academic program, are the reasons behind the high placement rates our graduates consistently achieve. 

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