90th Anniversary of Groundbreaking of Schwab Hall


It was 90 years ago on Oct. 1, 1930, at 11 a.m., that construction began on Schwab Hall, the oldest academic building on campus still in use today.

To celebrate the event, students were treated to cupcakes and hot chocolate just inside the main entrance to Schwab, below the stock ticker. A commemorative video produced by junior Hunter Longenecker was also featured on a display in the Schwab lobby on Oct. 1.

Schwab Hall has served as home to the Shields School of Business for the last four years, but just about all of SFU’s academic fields of study have been discussed in the halls of this building since its opening.

The building is named after Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939), the former CEO of Bethlehem Steel. His company was the innovator of the wide-flange steel beam, which helped build America’s infrastructure and ushered in the age of the skyscraper in the U.S.

“Schwab Hall has a rich history at Saint Francis University and has housed many programs,” said John Miko, Associate Dean of the Shields School of Business. “It was refurbished as the School of Business in the fall of 2016. The refurbishment was a $7.6 million project that was 100 percent funded by the generosity of alumni and friends of Saint Francis.”