New learning center debuts on Evangel University campus

Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 5:45 AM CDT
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Evangel University will officially open the new BKD Innovative Learning Center on student's first day of classes for the 2018-2019 academic year. The project took an outdated computer lab and turned it into a contemporary and comfortable place for business and accounting students to study and work.

The BKD Innovative Learning Center is located in Zimmerman Hall, the academic building just north of the main campus entrance on Glenstone Avenue. The space was designed with input from students and a focus on collaborative learning. “All business students were sent questionnaires, observations were made, and a focus group was consulted," said Dr. Eveline Lewis, Chair of the Business Department. She also said she hopes students will be able to grow in the new space. "We need to provide a place and atmosphere and an environment for them to thrive."

The faculty then contacted Rob Sapp, a 1992 Evangel graduate and owner of Rob Sapp Designs, to draw up plans. “I wanted the students to walk into the space and not feel like it had been created by a committee, but that it looked unique and fresh," said Sapp in a news release.

Evangel University Senior, Allison Newport, thinks the goals of those involved in the planning and building process were met. "I was looking for a place that I could do project work with some teams," she explained. She added that the high-top table with outlets and the dry erase board are some of her favorite features.

The business faculty will showcase the new BKD Innovative Learning Center with an open house at 2:00 p.m. on the first day of classes, Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This event is open to the public.

Funding for the transformation came from BKD partners who are Evangel University graduates, primarily Eric Hansen and Mike Burlew. Hansen graduated in 1984 and Burlew graduated in 1986.