Nichols College News

Alden Trust Supports High-tech Seminar Room with $300,000 Grant

The George I. Alden Trust has awarded Nichols College a $300,000 grant to establish a finance/technology seminar room, a prominent feature of the College’s new -30,000-square-foot student center, which is expected to open in the fall of 2012. The grant will support a full range of technology to engage students and faculty in a dynamic multi-media educational experience.

“The student center is the largest capital project in the College’s history, and the one with the most potential to transform the culture and complexion of our campus,” said Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. “The finance/technology seminar room will provide a vibrant setting for the next new tier of teaching and learning opportunities, and we are immensely grateful to the Alden Trust for helping to make it happen.”

The George I. Alden Trust, located in Worcester, Mass., concentrates its support on small, independent undergraduate institutions that demonstrate educational excellence, exciting programming, and effective administration. Their past generous support of Nichols College includes grants to renovation projects such as the library, a new science lab, and the installation of smart classrooms.

Situated at the crossroads of academics and student life, the approximately $10 million student center is currently under construction on the site of the former Alumni Hall. Using the same footprint but doubling the space of its predecessor, the new facility will serve as a hub for student services and an event venue, housing the bookstore; post office; the Career Services suite; offices for Student Affairs, Residence Life, and The Center for Student Involvement; a food court; coffee shop; the campus radio station WNRC-FM; student lounges; meeting rooms; seminar rooms; a courtyard; and patio.

The state-of-the-art finance/technology seminar room will feature the expansive use of technology, such as real-time market data, webcams, large screens and student workstations, to create hands-on training opportunities for several of the College’s business specializations, including finance, information technology, sport management, criminal justice management and business communication, as well as the College’s graduate programs in business and organizational leadership.