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Lutgert College of Business in the News

This text and photos appeared in the Naples Daily News of Sunday, October 19, 2008

Perspective: Education is FGCU’s Business
7:08 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2008

We mean business.

That is the collective message sent by two new, major buildings on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Both greet visitors as they drive, bike or walk up the main entrance, FGCU Boulevard, off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.

Lutgert Hall hosts the Lutgert College of Business, which offers four-year degrees in accounting, computer information systems, finance, management and marketing.

The college also offers graduate programs in accounting, taxation and computer information systems, according to the FGCU Web site.

Lutgert Hall cost $20 million, FGCU says.

Business is FGCU’s largest major, with more than 2,800 students, of a fall enrollment of nearly 10,200. Arts and sciences is second with more than 2,600 students.

Holmes Hall, which will open in January, hosts the Whitaker School of Engineering, part of the College of Business. Holmes Hall cost $25 million. The school offers bachelor’s degree programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science and environmental engineering.

Very impressive.

Even more so when you see them in person.


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The metal sculpture and pillars of Lutgert Hall are signatures as you arrive at FGCU, with Holmes Hall to the right. One of the new campus parking garages is at upper left.
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This view looks northeast at the Lutgert-Holmes complex, with Lutgert opening this fall and Holmes to welcome students in January. The road at upper center leads to the campus dormitories and sports facilities.
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The long view of the FGCU campus, with Lutgert-Holmes halls at the end of FGCU Boulevard, off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway
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This is how FGCU Boulevard and the campus area shaped up prior to FGCU’s opening in 1997. The Lutgert-Holmes halls area and much of the rest of campus was wild and wooded. Courtesy FGCU
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