Formerly known as the Chapman Graduate Center, the building opened in fall 1964 as one of the first major buildings of Trinity’s Centennial Program.
“The Chapman Center is still the same old storybook we know and love,” says Trinity President Vanessa B. Beasley.
Over the course of six decades, Chapman’s walls have been the pages of many stories from the Trinity community. And this fall, it welcomes 1,351 students to its halls and 62 faculty and staff to its offices.
The Chapman Center is the new home for Trinity’s Michael Neidorff School of Business, which includes the Departments of Business Administration, Finance and Decision Sciences, and Accounting, and the Departments of Economics and Health Care Administration within the School of Social Science and Civic Engagement.
After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests toured the building.
“The beauty of the Great Hall has been restored, maintaining all of the original historical elements of the building while transforming it into a student-centered collaboration space that can be used to foster productive interdisciplinary collisions,” says Julie Persellin, chair of the Department of Accounting.
“We have classrooms that have been transformed into innovative labs that will facilitate cutting-edge data analytics and behavioral research. We have breakout spaces to facilitate student partnerships. We have designated health care administration and accounting graduate spaces that provide opportunities for teamwork and collaboration, as well as completely renovated faculty offices that help facilitate both faculty productivity and student interactions.”
In addition to the 12 computer labs, classrooms, and seminars, the Trinity community can look forward to attending lectures in the Chapman Auditorium, such as the Nobel Economist Lecture Series.