Entrepreneurship Center to Open
Center for Business, Aviation, and Entrepreneurship to Open
By Anne Macdonald
At this writing, all one can see in front of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is a massive hole with the rudiments of concrete footings. However, Dean James (Cid) Seidelman assures us that the extension to the business school, the Center for Business, Aviation, and Entrepreneurship, will open its doors in fall 2002.
Before starting plans for this 33,800-square-foot expansion, Seidelman formed an advisory board with executives from various industries, asking them, "What skills and educational outcomes do students need to be prepared for work?" Then, along with architects, he went to work to design an expansion that would provide students with the balance between theoretical and hands-on experience that businesses told him they needed.
This high-tech facility features "smart classrooms" that utilize innovative techniques such as interactive learning and multimedia curricula. These innovations support the traditional case-study approach to teaching business.
Among the many other outstanding features of the new addition, the Financial Analysis and
Each classroom in the new center will include Ethernet ports at every seat, providing access to the Internet and the college's network. Modem control, center podiums, and state-of-the-art ceiling-mounted projectors designed for dynamic presentations complement the classrooms.
Another unique feature is the Behavioral Simulation and Team Learning Laboratory. This facility enables faculty to set up live behavioral simulations. The facility can be divided into two rooms and features an observation booth that will provide needed feedback to students developing teamwork and group-interaction skills. "We can observe the behavior of a focus group and send the information back to the classroom in real time. It might be used in a marketing class, for example," said Seidelman.
The mentor-team rooms provide offices for students to team up with partner companies. Students mentor the early-stage companies and assist in bringing a new product or service to market.
"There's no question that the new Center for Business, Aviation, and Entrepreneurship will push the technology horizons of the college further than they have ever been. The center will join a few select, technologically advanced business facilities in the world. At