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Present & Future
The PLU School of Business is already
focused on preparing for the challenges ahead. First, this is
a “self-study year” with a process that should lead to the reaffirmation
of its accreditation by the AACSB. Then there is the new building—along
with the moving and new technology challenges. And finally the
impending faculty changes—about half of the PLU faculty will retire
in the next decade, and their immense talent will take time and
effort to replace.
“Even though there are great challenges
for the School of Business, the future is going to be very exciting,”
Bell said. “With the new building, it will be the first time we
will be a cohesive unit. It can only make us an even stronger
community of learners.”
There are so many noteworthy students,
clubs and organizations within the School of Business that there
isn’t enough room to mention all of them. There’s Beta Alpha Psi,
the national honor fraternity for accountants who have given time
and accounting help to the community. There is the Center for
Executive Development, serving Northwest industry, government
and non profits for more than 20 years through high quality seminars,
workshops, customized in-house training and development activities.
There is the Mary Lund-Davis Student Investment Fund, a fund students
have built from a $25,000 endowment into a portfolio valued at
$105,000. There are student organizations like the International
Business Club and the Society for Human Resource Managers that
continue to blossom. There is Ed Wood, a captain in the Washington
Army National Guard and MBA candidate, who became the first graduate
student to win the PLUS Business Scholarship. The PLU School of
Business has too many success stories—and that’s the way it should
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approval means move for School of Business
in January approved the preliminary design for construction
of the first new academic building on campus since the Mary
Baker Russell Music center was dedicated in 1993.
The Center for
Learning and Technology— housing the School of Business
and the departments of math, and computer science and computer
engineering— hopes to open in 2003, deending on fundraising
J. Anderson said the center will help PLU integrate new
technology in teaching while maintaining its liberal arts
“The need for
this project seemed clear four years ago when we first began
discussions about how best to help meet the need for the
robust integration of technology with our already distinguished
academic programs,” Anderson said.
“Today the need
is even more compelling.”
The plan calls
for a 56,510-square-foot building that will cost $15 to
$20 million. It will be located on the lower campus, near
Rieke Science Center. The building will feature a three-story
south wing devoted to faculty offices and a two-story north
wing for classrooms, laboratories and student work rooms.
It also will include a variety of computer labs, conference
rooms and study areas.
The center will
be wired to accommodate current and future technologies.
the idea for the center was endorsed during town meetings
held throughout the country during the 2010 planning process.
Many business alumni said they received a great business
education at PLU but wanted more computer training. Similarly,
computer science alumni expressed a desire for a broader-based