Gannon Celebrates the Reopening of Modernized Beyer Hall

Posted: September 23, 2016

Following a $6.3 million renovation project, Gannon University will formally reopen Beyer Hall in a dedication and blessing ceremony on Friday, September 23 at 1:30 p.m.

The renovated Beyer Hall is a collaborative space where students from around the world can come together to learn, to participate with campus life and organizations, and discover ways to engage the world. Beyer Hall becomes a place where students create their own possibilities through learning, leadership and engagement.

By co-locating student-oriented offices and functional areas that had previously been scattered throughout the campus, Beyer Hall is a function of the way the Gannon University community facilitates and delivers services that impact an increasingly diverse, multicultural and global student population.

"We envisioned Beyer Hall as our students' second home on campus, a place where people will meet, mix, learn and grow, where cultures will come together, where new ideas will be born-and new friendships, too," said Keith Taylor, Ph.D., president of Gannon University. "This is a laboratory where the opportunities of a globally-aware, culturally fluent future will grow and develop."

Originally dedicated in 1962, Beyer Hall is the new home to both Gannon's Global Enrollment and Engagement Division, formerly known as International Enrollment and Affairs, and the Student Development and Engagement Division. To better serve Gannon's growing number of international students (674 students representing 43 nations, 16 percent of Gannon's total enrollment), offices that had previously been located at the periphery of campus have been brought together in the 40,000 square-foot facility alongside offices for student organizations to create a seamless community of students who can become deeply connected.

The second floor now integrates student clubs and organizations with international student services in one common space, bringing together offices for the:

  • Office of Global Admissions and Outreach, formerly known as the International Admissions Office

  • Office of Global Support and Student Engagement, formerly known as the International Student Office

  • Student Organizations and Leadership Development Office (S.O.L.D.)

  • Student Government Association

  • Activities Programming Board
  • Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils 

The third floor is the new home of:

  • The Student Development and Engagement leadership team
  • First Year Experience classes
  • Residence Life Office
  • The Barker Globalization Institute, which encompasses all of Gannon's learning abroad and global initiatives

The Office of English Language and Global Training, formerly known as the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, now has classrooms and a resource center as the sole occupant of the fourth floor.

Beyer Hall has previously been the location of classrooms, laboratories and lounges, as well as Gannon's ROTC program, now located in the A.J. Palumbo Academic Center, and the Dahlkemper School of Business, now located in the Center for Business Ingenuity. The first-floor dining hall underwent renovations in 2004.