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School of Business and Nursing return to van den Berg Hall


Danielle Semenchuk and Rania Al Haddad (director(s) of business projects) take a break from moving into their newly renovated offices on the third floor of the van den Berg Hall.

Beginning Jan. 23, the first day of the spring semester, the School of Business and Nursing faculty will hold their classes in the newly renovated van den Berg Hall.

Hadi Salavitabar, dean of the School of Business, said he has been working toward this day for more than 10 years, and that being in the new building is a critical step toward enhancing the program.

"I have a lot of plans for this building," said Salavitabar. "We want to make this place the business hub for the business community."

Salavitabar said that the renovation has provided the department not only the classroom and lab space to conduct its work, but also to pursue international accreditation -- something he said is critical to achieving the school's goals.

"It gives us international recognition of the quality of our programs and provides us with more opportunity to bring in grants, conduct research projects and attract highly qualified students and faculty," Salavitabar said.

The new Leadership Lab and Accounting and Finance Lab, which Salavitabar said may soon have a Wall Street stock market ticker installed across the front wall of the room, will also allow the students to have a more real-world experience, making it easier for them to transition to the professional environment.

"We would not be doing the right job if we limited the business school programs to the classroom," he said. "Now we are going to put these students to the test -- to apply what they have learned. We are creating an environment that takes our educational environment beyond the classroom."

The new building also houses the college's nursing program. There, the new "smart classrooms," equipped with distance learning technology, will allow for an enhanced experience for the students, as they will be able to benefit from instruction by experts at other nursing programs throughout the country.

Eleanor Richards, chair of the Nursing Department, said they are very pleased with their new home.

"We are up to our ears in things right now," she said, and added that she looks forward to the opening ceremony.

The open house, which will include tours of van den Berg Hall, will take place later this spring. Information will be forthcoming.

van den Berg Hall Clock Tower

The classic sound of the Westminster Chimes are now playing in the clock tower on the newly renovated van den Berg Hall at the top of the hour and again at the half hour between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

JANUARY 16, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 1

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