Yale School of Management

A Season for Transitions

This fall, leaving SOM campus at dusk, traveling down Sachem to the intersection at Whitney, I saw Edward P. Evans Hall finally lit by the inviting warm glow of non-construction fixtures, and tonight the building was dancing with images projected from the enormous big screens reflecting off miles and miles of glass.

January 2, 2014

Thinking back, I was told the SOM experience would be transformational.  The first weeks were a whirlwind of new ways of thinking, communicating, new outlooks, perspectives and the inspirational character of classmates and professors.  During the initial year, the transformation was happening, masquerading as the challenge in mastering new subjects, skills, discipline and focus.  Now in the second year I’m recognizing it.  I’m feeling and breathing the change.

Designed to 'facilitate interconnectedness, transparency and the exchange of ideas' it is a truly remarkable space.

The move to Evans Hall will be transformational on an even grander scale for SOM.  Designed to “facilitate interconnectedness, transparency and the exchange of ideas” it is a truly remarkable space. We are privileged to be the first class in session amidst the design work of Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster ARCH ’62).  This firm also designed the Beijing Airport that welcomed Olympic athletes in 2008 and our class in March 2013 during our class trip.  The refreshing and playful movement and brilliant colors of Sol LeWitt’s art will certainly entertain.    I believe we will be the first SOM class to attend graduation festivities in a courtyard befitting the Yale tradition.  We will be trading in the historic grandeur of the GM Room for the Beinecke Terrace Room for Friday’s lunch colloquium.  We have said our goodbyes to A51 and look forward to our new classroom at Evans, 4420, and our professors' creativity at using the new multimedia capabilities.  But will we maintain our same seating chart and will Professor Art Swersey have a blackboard?

I am looking forward to seeing you all in our new digs this coming weekend and hope you also take advantage of a bonus SOM weekend by attending the opening conference on January 9-11.  With only nine class weekends left, it is the season of Transitions.  


About the author

Wendy Davis

MBA for Executives (Focus: Healthcare); CEO and Founder, GestVision