Dr. Kristen Roberson, marketing professor and director of graduate business programs, helped to spearhead the student project. “Brown-Kopel Business Center has been an academic center on campus since it opened, but students’ needs have changed in the last 20 years, and we wanted to better match the second floor to the current needs of the FHU student,” she said.

The new look created by the class project features conversation spaces which include high counters with stools, bistro-type seating and tabletop power for electronic devices. The furnishings arrived over the summer, and College of Business faculty members assembled the pieces in August.

Most students involved stated that they were proud of how the refurbished area has turned out. “I think the finished product is very nice,” Welch said. “It is definitely an upgrade.”

Brown-Kopel Business Center is now entering its 20th year on the campus of Freed-Hardeman. It was built in 2003 through the generosity of alumni John W. and Rosemary Kopel Brown. The original hope for the addition of the building was to house the College of Business and IT departments, in addition to providing academic space for students.

 Once completed, Brown-Kopel became the hub for academics at FHU. Its impressive size and modern aesthetics became the perfect venue for hosting events, and it began serving as a focal point for the university. The new center also expanded and opened up an area of campus previously not utilized, becoming an anchor building for the east side of campus, right off of Main Street.