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It was St. Patrick’s Day 2014. First day of classes after Spring Break. Bleary-eyed students got an amazing wake-up call when they entered Knight Hall and Bauer Hall for the first time.  “Wow,” “Cool,” “Amazing,” were just a few of the exclamations of delight uttered as students stepped into the five-story high glass Atrium for the first time.

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

The beautiful wood surfaces of the Frick Forum, curved glass banisters, and natural light streaming in through thousands of transparent panels surrounding the Atrium made everyone stop and look up.

Exploring the new classrooms, study rooms, Emerson Auditorium, the stairwells, and elevators was like a huge treasure hunt with surprises behind each door.

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Two years later, the newness has not worn off. The Atrium is still sparkly and awe-inspiring when the sun shines or it rains or snows, day or night. Watching campus tours parade through the Atrium, I always smile as the visitors look up and and around  and say, “Wow, this is an amazing place!” just like we did on March 17, 2014.

©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.



Staging an event for 1,200+ guests, 90 vendors, with non-stop food and drink takes great planning and efficient staffing and the Aramark staff carried it off flawlessly for last fall’s Startup Connection held on all three levels of the Knight Hall-Bauer Hall Atrium. The event was recognized by the International Special Events Society – St. Louis Chapter as a finalist for the Best Logistical Event for 2015 at the annual Louie Awards, March 4.

Aramark, the company that provides facilities management and food services to Olin, organizes hundreds of events each year in our four buildings.

Gene Castellitto, Aramark General Manager for The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center said Startup Connection was one of the biggest events in the new buildings since the Dedication Ceremony two years ago:

“This event involved removing all of the public area furniture from Knight and Bauer Halls, and re-setting the two buildings for 90 vendors and 1200 + guests. I want to recognize Alisa Kelly, Conference Planning Manager, for the countless hours and detailed coordination efforts required to make this event a success.  In addition, I would like to thank John Schuler, Brian Blankenship, Donnie Zavala, and Joe Banstetter for their contributions in making this event a success.”

Link to 60 second video of the event here.

In 2015, The Knight Center won a Louie award for the Best Overall On-Premise Catered Event for the Scholars in Business dinner held in the Atrium.

Five teams from business schools around the country competed for the $10,000 first prize in the first annual Monsanto-Olin Case Competition on February 12. The competition was designed to give graduate students an opportunity to provide innovative business solutions to a case study written about Monsanto’s seed corn supply chain. Participating teams represented:Texas Christian University, Rollins College, the University of Missouri, Pennsylvania State University, and Washington University.


Since its creation in 1997, the Boeing Center for Technology, Information & Manufacturing (BCTIM) has established itself as one of the prominent supply chain management and operational excellence research centers worldwide. The Boeing Center has been focused from the very beginning on leveraging the synergies in the junction and three-way interaction of:  (a) top research faculty at a world-class university with strong expertise in operations and supply chain management; (b) intelligent and creative students across a wide variety of programs (from undergraduate, MBA and specialized masters, and doctoral programs); and (c) engaged corporate partners and experienced executives with a strong commitment to developing operational excellence and world-class supply chain practices.

In an effort to further enhance the engagement of our corporate partners in our center’s activities, and to seek the insightful guidance of high-level operations and supply chain executives, we have assembled an Advisory Board of the Boeing Center. The Advisory Board will provide the center with advice on future initiatives and ensure that its research remains timely and relevant, its events are engaging and well-attended, and that it continues to deliver value for our member companies, our faculty, and our students. We are thankful to all the executives from our member companies who agreed to be part of our Advisory Board!

Without further ado, CLICK HERE to see the new Boeing Center Advisory Board.

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Experiments in the new organizational behavioral lab will not involve furry little creatures. Subjects will be a two-legged species that can be found in classrooms, libraries and dorms on campus. Yes, faculty and PhDs will study human students in this cool new lab with two-way mirrors, face recognition technology, and cameras every where. Joe Goodman, associate marketing professor gives us a tour of the new Taylor Lab and expanded Organizational Behavior Lab in the lower level of Simon Hall.

Located in the former BSBA program offices, the spacious new lab was completed this summer as part of Phase II of the Simon Hall renovations that began in the summer of 2014. Tarlton Corp., the St. Louis-based general contractor, responsible for the renovations and the construction of Knight Hall and Bauer Hall, published a news release about the Simon Hall project that stretched from May Auditorium to the Cupola. Link to news release

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tarlton completes Washington University project

Image: The tears of the lab mouse, by Elizabeth, From The Mouse written and illustrated by Iliane Roels, Grosset & Dunlap,1969, Flickr Creative Commons.

The clatter of silverware on dishes gradually died down as attention was directed to the front of the room.  For months, anticipation had been building and now it was time for Professor Danko Turcic to present his research to leaders of St. Louis business and industry. After Senior Associate Dean Todd Milbourn’s glowing introduction, a hush fell over the audience, the projector flashed to life, and Praxis Luncheon Series No. 7 was underway.

Praxis WideAt one of the tables, Professor Panos Kouvelis, director of BCTIM and co-author of the featured paper titled “Hedging Commodity Procurement in a Bilateral Supply Chain,” looked on with a nod of approval. Around the room, he observed brows furrowed in concentration and eyes squinting to focus on plotted lines dancing between X and Y axes like butterflies on a barbed wire fence. The research was complex and timely, thus it’s selection for the Praxis series, but the purpose of the presentation was to cover the salient points so as to give the audience some practical knowledge to carry back to the workplace.

Kouvelis, Turcic, Mahone, Milbourn (L-R)

Kouvelis, Turcic, Mahone, Milbourn (L-R)

After the presentation, the visitors departed one-by-one like vibrant autumn leaves falling from their branches. A handful remained in hopes of gleaning a few more drops of wisdom from the authors, and from Richard Mahoney, the benefactor of the Praxis series.

But soon, even they had sufficiently sated their thirst for knowledge, so they shook hands with Dorothy Kittner, the event’s organizer, and made their way out of the Knight Center and onto the pristine Washington University campus.

As the door closed behind the last to exit, the lights dimmed and the room was once again enveloped in silence.  And through the windows, the hopeful light of the midday sun cast wineglass-shaped shadows across the white tablecloths and onto the floor.

By Evan Dalton

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