Bastin Hall – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:14:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.5 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Bastin Hall – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The art of business in Bastin Hall https://today.citadel.edu/the-art-of-business-in-bastin-hall/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:14:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=28094 The 11 works of art, commissioned to decorate Bastin Hall -- the home of the Baker School of Business -- are now all on display.]]>

The 11 works of art, commissioned to decorate Bastin Hall — the home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business — are now all on display.

A mural depicting the inside of Padgett-Thomas Barracks, the final and most prominent piece of art, was installed in the lobby of the campus’s newest academic building on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The project was funded by multiple donors, who provided the funds through The Citadel Foundation.

“We’re very excited to have these great works of art incorporating the spirit of The Citadel in Bastin Hall,” said Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. “We’re grateful to the artist and the donors for ensuring the building has even more distinctive elements for cadets, students and other members of The Citadel family to enjoy.”

The works are grouped into four series: Heritage, honoring those who have come before; Homage, depicting notable female alumni who earned a business degree; Industry, representing the major sectors of the state’s economy; and Versus, demonstrating the rise and fall of markets.

“I’m honored to be able to create works for such a storied intuition,” said Jesse Pierpoint, the artist of the pieces. “I hope the work compliments the space, adds to the story and speaks to the future of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.”

Bastin Hall opened for use in the spring semester of 2021. The state-of-the-art facility was made possible because of a more than $6 million gift provided by Rick Bastin, The Citadel Class of 1965, and his wife Mary Lee. In addition to the Bastins, more than 50 other individuals, families, businesses and Citadel classes provided donations.

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business offers some of the college’s most popular programs divided between three departments: Accounting and Finance; Management and Entrepreneurship; and Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics.

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Citadel hosts emergency response training event in college’s new Bastin Hall https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-hosts-emergency-response-training-event-in-colleges-new-bastin-hall/ Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:43:34 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25427 The two-day event was organized and directed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Charleston. ]]>

More than 60 agencies represented during U.S. Coast Guard led exercise

Emergency response and crisis management professionals from agencies across the state gathered recently on The Citadel campus for a mass training exercise.

The two-day event was organized and directed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Charleston. The central gathering space for the exercise was hosted by The Citadel’s Baker School of Business in its new home, Bastin Hall.

The details of the mock emergency scenario, and corresponding drills and responses, are protected to preserve their integrity. However, event organizers permitted these photographs to demonstrate to the community the breadth of the event which involved five-dozen federal, U.S. Coast Guard, state, county and local agencies and authorities, and numerous non-government organizations and businesses.

Some of the participating entities included Navy Criminal Investigative Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the National Park Service, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and Charleston County Emergency Management agencies, South Carolina Ports Authority, and the Charleston and North Charleston Police Departments.

“The Baker School of Business was honored to be a resource for this important U.S. Coast Guard training exercise by providing Bastin Hall as the central hub for for the event participants,” said David Desplaces, Ph.D., professor of Management and Entrepreneurship for The Citadel, and the Baker School of Business liaison for the training event.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston training exercise at The Citadel, July 20 – 21, 2021.

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Great careers, graduate college and more; it’s straight to business for members of the Class of 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/great-careers-graduate-college-and-more-its-straight-to-business-for-members-of-the-class-of-2021/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24582 This year, approximately 150 cadets, 40 college transfer students and 90 graduate students earned a degree through the BSB.]]>

There are thousands of ways a graduate can use a business degree to help improve their local and global communities.

Now, thanks to the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, there are hundreds of leaders in the field doing just that.

This year, approximately 150 cadets, 40 college transfer students and 90 graduate students earned a degree through the BSB.

Business degrees are some of the most popular at The Citadel, offering graduates flexible career paths through the three departments and associated pathways: Accounting and FinanceManagement and Entrepreneurship; and Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Economics.

The Class of 2021 also has the unique distinction of being the first to graduate after the opening of Bastin Hall, the new home for the BSB.

Take a look at just some of the outstanding outcomes achieved by members of this year’s graduating class:

Cadet Patrick Kress, earning the rewards of his investment
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

(left to right) Grandmother Marjorie Smith, father Adrian Kress (’89), Patrick Kress (’21) and grandfather James Dawson Smith Jr. (’59)

In keeping with his business mindset, Patrick Kress’s decision to join the South Carolina Corps of Cadets came down to two things: investment and inheritance.

Kress comes from a long line of alumni. His father, Adrian Kress, ’89, grandfather, James Dawson Smith Jr., ’59, and great grandfather, James Dawson Smith Sr., ’34, are all members of the Long Gray Line.

“Besides my family legacy, I knew that I would grow more at The Citadel and that it would be a good long-term investment,” said Kress. “Looking back and visiting my friends at other colleges, I never doubted my decision. I also know now how much more I have achieved due to attending a place that pushes you to be your best.”

Kress, who served as the Fifth Battalion Commander his senior year, now serves as a marketing representative at Federated Insurance, one of the country’s largest mutual insurance companies. In his new role, he will help clients with property, casualty and life insurance — all while working to grow his territory by adding quality customers.

“Challenging yourself will only help your future self, doing things that are comfortable will only make you stagnant,” said Kress.

Cadet Brett Martin, interning and getting ready to master finance
Bachelor of Science in Finance, minor in Economics

Brett Martin just outside of Lesesne Gateway on The Citadel campus.

Brett Martin was in high school when he first felt pulled to The Citadel. That’s where his mentor, an alumnus, helped him see the benefits of an education from the Military College of South Carolina — especially how the challenging environment provided more than just a degree.

“The Citadel doesn’t just give you a handful of useful tools — it transforms you, and alumni become the embodiment of what makes the institution what it is,” said Martin. “The Citadel does not make superstars, it makes men and women who are willing and able to do one more than everyone else and, overtime, consistency exponentially grows success.”

For Martin, the transformation meant realizing that his passion was not to work in law but, instead, finance. Now, having earned four year’s worth of skills, both in and out of The Citadel classrooms, Martin has been accepted into Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, a consistently top-ranked business school in the nation.

Throughout the summer, he will intern as a high Yield Summer Analyst with Barings Global Investment Management in Charlotte, NC.

“The Citadel provides a unique college experience that holds value within every future career path,” said Martin. “A strong foundation of discipline, time management and leadership are great prerequisites for success and can place you ahead of your peers within the job market.”

Ashley Bowers, in the business of keeping women healthy
Master of Business Administration

Ashley Bowers on The Citadel campus

Ashley Bowers wanted her MBA to help keep women in her community healthy.

Bowers is the practice administrator at The Breast Place, a local, Charleston company that provides for women facing life’s challenges. As administrator, she manages the company’s financials, as well as human resources, marketing, compliance, credentialing and day-to-day operations; another goal Bowers has is to bring in more providers and create a bigger team.

“I specifically decided to get my MBA to help me run this practice more efficiently so that we are able to provide a better and more cost-effective service to our patients. A medical practice is very much a business — we are not owned by a corporation that sets our budgets, pays for our overhead or handles our HR policies, so gaining this knowledge has really helped me and this company perform better.”

A large factor in helping Bowers, a working mom, get her education and help improve The Breast Place was the option to earn her degree online.

“Having the ability to attend classes online while still having a local presence if I ever needed to reach out for help was great,” she said. “The flexibility of the online platform gave me the opportunity to still run my business, care for my family and expand my education at the same time.”

Since becoming administrator, she says the practice moved to a larger office, added an aesthetic line of service,. upgraded their electronic medical records system, changed protocols for scheduling patient appointments and surgeries, hired two additional midlevel providers and more.

To learn more about the programs offered through the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, click here or email bsb@citadel.edu.

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Rick and Mary Lee Bastin honored in ribbon-cutting ceremony https://today.citadel.edu/rick-and-mary-lee-bastin-honored-in-ribbon-cutting-ceremony/ Fri, 14 May 2021 21:52:27 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24384 Bastin Hall, a state-of-the-art academic facility, was made possible because of a $6-million gift from the couple.]]>

The Citadel Foundation recognizes the two primary donors for the new home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

In a small, family ceremony — with limited attendance due to COVID precautions — The Citadel and The Citadel Foundation (TCF) recognized the efforts of Rick Bastin, Class of 1965, and his wife Mary Lee, that made the college’s newest academic building into a reality.

Bastin Hall, a state-of-the-art academic facility, was made possible because of a $6-million gift from the couple.

On Friday, May 14, the Bastins attended a small ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building, held in their honor.

“I was a Mercedes dealer, and the CEO of Mercedes used to preach to us: ‘We need to amaze and delight our customers.’ Well, this building amazes and delights me, and it’s beyond my greatest dreams that it would come out this well,” said Rick Bastin during the ceremony. “If you look back at Bond Hall and if you look at Bastin Hall now — this is not your grandfather’s Oldsmobile, this is something else.”

Rick Bastin, ’65, speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Bastin Hall.

The new home for the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business is located on Hagood Avenue, near the football stadium. The building officially opened for classes in January 2021.

“It’s going to last — it’s not something that we did for one year. It was a project, and everyone will get the benefit of it. The building will be here for a long time” said Mary Lee Bastin. “We’ve been coming here forever, and the place has really grown. The quality of the students is just magnificent.”

In addition to the Bastins, more than 50 other individuals, families, businesses and Citadel classes stepped forward to name spaces within the building, providing the substantial donations needed to fully realize the vision for the building through TCF. In all, more than 450 donors contributed to the project at some level.

Once circumstances allow, this small ceremony will be followed by a larger, more public event to celebrate all those who contributed to the building’s construction.

Michael Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, presenting a framed article on Bastin Hall to Rick Bastin

In addition to the upcoming event, plaques located throughout Bastin Hall recognize the areas funded by individual gifts, such as the Darby Family Lobby, in recognition of the Georgia and John Darby Family, ’85; the Jimmy Kerr, ’65, and Bunny Kerr Family Rooftop Terrace; and the Class of 1977 Great Lawn.

About the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business

The Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business develops innovative leaders of principle to serve a global community. The school is accredited by AACSB International and is a recognized leader in business education. 

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An inside look at The Citadel’s soon-to-be-completed new business school, Bastin Hall https://today.citadel.edu/an-inside-look-at-the-citadels-soon-to-be-completed-new-business-school-bastin-hall/ Sat, 30 Jan 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=21717 Scenes from the first day of classes in Bastin Hall, the first new academic building on campus in four decades, at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 25, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Scenes from the first day of classes in Bastin Hall, the first new academic building on campus in four decades, at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 25, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)The new Bastin Hall provides a glimpse into what a contemporary, 21st-century learning environment can look like.]]> Scenes from the first day of classes in Bastin Hall, the first new academic building on campus in four decades, at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 25, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Scenes from the first day of classes in Bastin Hall, the first new academic building on campus in four decades, at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 25, 2021. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

As seen in The Post and Courier

After more than two years of construction, a new home for The Citadel’s business school is ready to welcome students and professors.

Bastin Hall, which houses the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, is the first new academic building constructed on the public military school’s campus in 30 years.

The 44,000-square-foot building was built with students in mind, said Michael Weeks, dean of the business school.

Everything from the fluid architectural design to the type of furniture used in classrooms was specially designed to build creative and collaborative spaces for students to work and study.

“It’s really, we think, going to be transformative for the educational experience for the students,” Weeks said.

Bastin Hall now hosts some of the college’s most popular degree programs. Of the 2,400 members in the Corps of Cadets, close to 600 are majoring in business. Another 375 Citadel students are pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree or are enrolled in a business administration degree completion program within the school.

While the finishing touches are still being put in place, the first round of classes was held inside the building Monday. It is expected to be completed in two weeks, with an opening ceremony to come in April.

The $25 million building sits near the intersection of Hagood Avenue and Congress Street, across the road from the school’s football stadium and alumni center.

It stands as one of the college’s most welcoming features on campus.

Once inside the main entrance, visitors are greeted with a large common area/collaborative workspace, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light. A circular stock ticker hangs from the tall ceiling, a colorful array of numbers flashing across its surface.

The new Bastin Hall building is a modern upgrade from the previous business school home. Originally constructed in 1922, Bond Hall has housed business school classrooms since the 1970s. “There’s a lot of state-of-the-art space here that we just didn’t have in our old building,” Weeks said.

21st-century classrooms

The new Bastin Hall provides a glimpse into what a contemporary, 21st-century learning environment can look like.

Most of the new classrooms are equipped with dual laser projectors which have a much faster startup/shutoff time than their traditional counterparts, said Conyers Bull, the school’s multimedia services manager.

The rooms also include dual touch-screen computer monitors, Bull said, meaning that faculty don’t have to turn their back on students while teaching. If they want to write something on the board, they can use a stylus to write on the touch screen.

But one of the most highly anticipated pieces of technology is the building’s professional selling lab.

At first glance, this space might look like a traditional Bastin Hall classroom, with dozens of desks and corresponding portable whiteboards. Before the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, these whiteboards would be stored beside students’ chairs but have since been converted into makeshift virus-blocking partitions.

Inside the sales lab there are several cameras mounted from the ceiling. Professors can use a special software to connect to cameras and microphones in nearby breakout rooms, where they can observe in real time mock sales pitches and role-playing exercises.

They can even provide feedback or advice over the speakers remotely from their position in the main lab.

This type of technology is a game changer in more ways than one, said Dr. Bob Riggle, who heads the marketing, supply chain management and economics department.

In addition to sales training, the lab can be used to teach interview skills or conflict-resolution training.

“It’s really state of the art,” Riggle said. “This is the best that you can get that’s on the market right now.”

Riggle taught his first course inside the new building on Monday.

“The feedback from the students was phenomenal. They were really excited,” he said. “This is the kind of thing that they need to kind of break through to the next level.”

A lasting legacy

Rick Bastin, a 1965 graduate of The Citadel, remembers what his business classes were like in Bond Hall.

“While I was there, we didn’t have air conditioning I don’t think. We had open windows,” he said.

While he reflects on his time there and his professors fondly, Bastin has been impressed to see how much the college has transformed in the time since he was on campus.

When he was a cadet, calculators were just in their infancy.

“We used to have to go to tables and books and figure all those things out and now it’s all at your fingertips,” he said.

Today, more than 50 years after Bastin was a student himself, the Florida resident is looking forward to eventually seeing the new business school building named in his honor.

The state-of-the-art facility was made possible because of a more than $6 million gift provided by Bastin and his wife, Mary Lee, through The Citadel Foundation.

Their family has supported the college for years, previously supplying funds to create the Bastin Financial Lab. The space has since been renamed the Mary Lee and Rick Bastin, ’65, Financial Trading Lab, and serves as one of the main focal points of the new business school building.

In addition to the Bastins, more than 50 other individuals, families, businesses and Citadel classes provided donations to help fund the new business school building. 

Bastin said he hopes the creation of a new building will help The Citadel attract highly skilled professors who might not have otherwise joined the faculty.

“I want to see them stay on the cutting edge of technology and bring in faculty that’s very attuned to that,” he said.

In addition to the sales and finance labs, the new building features an advising center and an entrepreneurship-innovation lab. The new building also includes a rooftop balcony that can be used for large gatherings and events.

“All of these labs and all of this technology ties together, and so they can take their ideas and put them into practice,” Weeks said.

Cadet Taurus Brown, who attends The Citadel on an Air Force contract and is the head drillmaster for the Corps, said he’s been blown away not just by the new building but how far the business school has come since he first enrolled as a freshman.

“I just think it’s going to be a great place to be in the next couple years,” Brown said. “I’m glad to see the building up, and I will be so happy to come back and really see how much it’s changed.”

Bastin Hall’s design and construction was overseen by Liollio Architecture. THS Constructors served as the general contractor for the project. 

The Post and Courier: A tour of The Citadel’s new Baker School of Business building

Please visit The Post and Courier at this link to view the newspaper’s photo gallery of Bastin Hall.

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