By Anna Ruiz Pepperson | crew clerk
After spending 15 years in an office in the basement of Cashion-Hankamer, Krista Howell – aAssociate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Hankamer School of Business – He has a new desk that shines through Paul’s windows. L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.
Howell began working for Baylor in 1991 as an assistant director for what is now Campus Living & Learning. She later became an academic advisor at the Clifton Robinson Tower.
By 2000, Howell began teaching at the Business School as a lecturer in Management and Information Systems. She was then offered her current position as Assistant Dean. At the time, the Business School was located in the Cushion-Hankamer Building.
“Everywhere else I’ve worked has windows, except for those 15 years, so that makes a difference,” Hoyle said.
Howell said she understood that Baylor had to use the space she was on to give offices to people, and said she was unsure of other places they would have had offices if they weren’t there. Now, after spending seven years in Foster, she said she appreciates the space and windows in her office.
“It was a very small space,” Howell said. “sSome of the people’s desks were basically in what used to be a closet, so you had enough space for a desk and maybe a chair or two, and that’s it.”
Howell said there were small windows in the offices in the basement of Cushion-Hankamer, through which she could only see the feet of the people passing by.
Hoyle said Foster’s designers did a really good job of lighting the building, placing offices on the edges with windows while classrooms were placed in the middle without many windows.
“I’m teaching in a class here that has windows, and I’m sure it’s a distraction for the students,” Howell said. “They’ll start looking out the windows and seeing what’s going on.”
One of the differences that Howell pointed out between its offices is the required standardization within Foster, at the request of the former brigadier general. She said when people enter Foster’s offices, they’ll notice that everyone has the same desks and chairs, while in the Cashion-Hankamer offices, everyone had different furniture.
Howell said that when she changed desks, she had to leave behind a cherry-wood desk that not everyone had.
“I don’t know if they kept them there in that building or if they were in storage somewhere or what they did to them all, but everyone’s office was different,” Hoyle said.
Although she had to leave valuables behind, Howell said her current office is much nicer given the space and lighting. She also said that having offices in uniform makes them look prettier. Additionally, Hoyle said Foster is now getting more visitors, as it’s a very nice building and part of the Baylor Tour.
Pam Bailey – AThe Associate Director of Initiative and Graduation Advice at the Hankamer School of Business – he also had an office in the basement of Cushion – Hankamer.
“It really felt like you were in a dungeon,” Billy said. “I’ll say, the good side of it was that it was a little office where we were all really there together, and that was really cool.”
Bailey spent five years in the basement of Cashion-Hankamer before moving to Foster. During those five years, it changed offices four times.
“So when we came here and were able to get all that natural light, it was just a complete change of scenery,” Bailey said.
Howell said that since the last time she entered the Cashion-Hankamer Building, it has been completely renovated. Because the structure had changed, she said, she now had to rethink where her office would be.
“After we left, they renovated it, and Robbins College moved there, so it looks very different, too,” Howell said.
For her, Howell said, an office is just an office, but what makes a big difference is the people you work with. She said a nice desk is just a bonus for the job.
“Having a nice office doesn’t make up for it if you don’t have really good co-workers, but in our office we all get along really well so it provides a nice environment all the time, so that was it,” Hoyle said.