University Hall was built in 1927 as the University Library. The building served as the library until the construction of Prescott Memorial Library in 1961. This facility was renovated as the Visual Arts Building in 1963 with the addition of a third floor in the central vaulted area. The building was vacated in 1996 when the Art Department moved to the Visual Arts Center and remained vacant until November of 2010, when the renovation of University Hall was completed. The facility features a completely reconfigured interior, with the restored vaulted central space and an added theater-style auditorium. University Hall is the oldest academic building on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
University Hall's location between the College of Business and the College of Engineering and Science is a perfect opportunity to deepen and enhance the partnership between the two colleges and to extend that collaboration productively across all colleges on campus. University Hall will serve as a central hub for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology's (CEnIT) programs. It is also strategically located to serve as a physical and symbolic connection to Enterprise Campus.
University Hall will enable an increased focus on research since it will be occupied by faculty from a variety of disciplines having in common an interest in all things related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Faculty members from the partner colleges, such as industrial and mechanical engineering, computer science, computer information systems, marketing, and management will be based within University Hall.
Faculty from other disciplines such as graphic design, speech and psychology may also have offices here. These faculty members will draw both undergraduate and graduate students to the collaborative environment as they teach in the open lab/collaborative classrooms and conduct their research at University Hall.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (CEnIT), as a partnership of the College of Business and the College of Engineering and Science, has a mission to foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation at Louisiana Tech and disseminate that culture and its impacts to the surrounding region.