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Calvin University unveils $11 million state-of-the-art business school building

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Calvin University unveiled a new $11 million state-of-the-art building for its new business school on Wednesday. According to university officials, the building will serve as his local hub of innovation and collaboration between Calvin’s students, faculty and West Michigan businesses. leader.

The new School of Business building is a 24,900-square-foot facility featuring state-of-the-art classrooms with the latest technology, an atrium filled with natural light, and a livestock ticker that wraps around the ground floor. This building is located on the east side of Calvin’s campus, next to the DeVos Communication Center.

At the dedication of the new building on September 14, Calvin’s Dean Wiebe Bohr described the new business school as an institution that will train the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders.

“[They]set standards that prioritize people over profit, and who can focus on financial returns while considering how a business can create social impact.” “Here we train women and men to sit on boards, demand an ethical approach to business, and accept nothing else.”

Jim Ludema, dean of Calvin’s School of Business, said the new building is an energetic and uplifting environment with many areas for students to gather and collaborate, built for student success. I explained that there is.

“It’s a great student-centered environment that requires and supports a lot of collaboration and engagement,” Rudema told MLive/The Grand Rapids Press on Wednesday.

The facility includes four new classrooms, a large seminar room, and five breakout rooms where students can work on their assignments. Each classroom has front and back cameras, which Ludema says professors can use to invite her guest speakers from around the world to talk to students in the classroom.

“Our big focus is global business, understanding international business and how it works, and working with some global partners in Africa, Indonesia and Latin America,” Rudema said.

Construction of the new building was funded by an anonymous donation of $22.25 million received by Calvin in 2020 to launch the new business school. Rudema said half of the funds will be used to build the facility, and the other half will be used to create a fund to fund programs for new business schools.

For example, the university will use the endowment to expand several new bachelor’s degree programs offered at business schools, including operations and supply chain management, business analytics, financial planning, and more.

Calvin leaders are also working on a new educational program at the business school for those who specialize in commerce, such as welders, electricians, plumbers and contractors, Rudema said.

The new program will allow merchants to earn stackable certificates in areas such as financial management, accounting, leadership, marketing and strategic planning, so they can potentially start their own business or advance in a company. You will be able to

“It’s for people who may have a lot of technical skills in their field, but not a lot of business acumen,” Rudema explained.

Rudema said the university’s support for the establishment of new business schools demonstrates the continuing relevance of pursuing a business degree and a career.

“Having a degree in some sort of business is an almost guaranteed path to employment,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of people in the United States alone spend the majority of their waking hours in business. important to.”

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