Linksz Pavilion Provides Link for Students, Staff on Newtown Campus

College officials dedicated a new 9,000-square-foot addition in honor of its third president.

It’s become a magnet for students to congregate, study, and socialize. And now, the newest building at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown campus has been dedicated to the man who helped make it happen.

College officials unveiled the plaque for the Dr. James J. Linksz Pavilion Thursday April 11, honoring the college’s third president who retired last year after 20 years of leading the institution. 

The inviting space is a 9,000-square-foot addition that connects the Rollins Center – named after the college’s founding president – with the Gymnasium and Pemberton Hall.

“I see how this is going to be a link between so many different places on the campus,” said Linksz, using a play on words of his own name. “This promises to be a new heart of the campus, opening a new experience for students, faculty, and staff.”

Indeed, before and after the dedication ceremony, students were ensconced nearby at booths and tables, working on laptops, studying, and reading. 

Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, who succeeded Dr. Linksz as college president last fall, opened the dedication ceremony, which included Blake Eisenhart, chair, BCCC Trustees; Robert Loughery, Commissioner Chairman, County of Bucks; Dr. Annette Conn, the college’s Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs; Professor John Strauss, President, BCCC Federation of Teachers; and Student Government Vice President Rachel Becker, class of 2014.

Dr. Shanblatt thanked those who supported and worked to complete the project, from architects to the construction crews. 

“It is wonderful to see the vision of so many talented people come to fruition in the creation of this dynamic gathering space for our students,” she said.

“It is fitting that the trustees name this pavilion in honor of President Linksz, because in many ways, this building is about new beginnings, possibilities and optimism, and applied creative spirit - all attributes which have always been exemplified by Dr. James J. Linksz as leader of this institution,” said Eisenhart, the trustees’ chairman.   

In addition to the public meeting spaces, the Linksz Pavilion adds faculty offices, new restroom facilities, and central air conditioning throughout – including the adjacent Gymnasium. This will add comfort for the hundreds who attend commencement in the building each May. The heating and air conditioning are run by a new geothermal heating system. The exterior of the building opens out to a plaza on the campus quadrangle, allowing for outdoor performance or meeting spaces.

The $8.5 million project, funded through state, county, and college capital improvement funds, took 20 months to complete.

The Linksz Pavilion is the latest upgrade on the college’s 200-acre Newtown campus, which first opened its doors to students in 1965. The public, two-year college serves nearly 10,000 students on three campuses, with other locations at the Upper Bucks Campus in Perkasie and the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol. In addition, many students take courses online through Bucks’ “Virtual Campus.”

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations