Simmons Great Hall

In 2013, JBU dedicated the $6.5 million Simmons Great Hall, JBU's new "front door" and a premier venue for elaborate banquets, conferences, business meetings, lectures or weddings. JBU has hosted over 16,000 guests in the Simmons Great Hall since its opening and is an incredible resource for both JBU and the greater Northwest Arkansas community.

Discover the impact of the Simmons Great Hall on the NWA community

Project Impact

Cafeteria Expansion
Cafeteria Expansion

Built in 1973 when there were 435 students, the Kresge Dining Hall had become extremely congested in 2012, serving almost triple the size of the 1973 student body. The Simmons Great Hall now provides overflow space for the nearly 1,000 students who dine on campus daily.

Community Engagement
Community Engagement

With flexible space, the hall has become a go-to place for community businesses and organizations to host meetings, conferences and dinners.

Meeting Space for JBU Programs
Meeting Space for JBU Programs

Whether it's all-staff meetings, student events or hosting special speakers, the hall gives the JBU community valuable meeting space.

Regional & National Conference Center
Regional & National Conference Center

Whether a celebration of the arts for area high school students like Giving Voice or the CCCU Conference for university chief finance officers or the Paradosis Center Conference, JBU now has the facilities to host large groups on campus like never before.

Alumni & Parent Engagement
Alumni & Parent Engagement

Simmons Great Hall now lends a sophisticated air to annual events like the Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Family Weekend where hundreds of alumni and parents experience JBU.

Preview Days
Preview Days

Approximately 600 prospective students and their parents attend 10 Preview Day events each school year. Simmons Great Hall provides the meeting and dining space to help make their first JBU experience great.

Community Perspective
Community Perspective

Wayne Mays - President/CEO of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce
“The Simmons Great Hall has filled a void in meeting space that our community desperately needed. JBU is now - more than ever - a wonderful gathering place for school, civic club, Chamber of Commerce, public and private events.”