Posted: May 1, 2013 6:30 PM by Adam Bell - MTN News
Updated: May 2, 2013 9:07 AM
BOZEMAN - Just days away from the groundbreaking of a new College of Business building, Montana State University students are finding out how the new facility will enhance education at MSU.
As a student, Erica McKay had the unique opportunity to be a member of the committee that helped design the new building.
"This is a building for students, this is a donation by a past student that will develop and contribute to future students," said McKay, a sophomore.
"It's been really exciting as a student to say, yeah, I was there when we started talking about what this building was going to be, what the critical foundations behind it were going to be.'"
Thanks to a $25 million donation to the university by alumnus Jake Jabbs, the new facility will improve the conditions offered by the current building.
"The furniture for example, we like to call it prison furniture. It's not comfortable, it's not something where you would sit down and have a conversation on," said Adam Evans, a junior at the school. "We have a lot of issues with the internet, with it lagging."
Evans believes this new facility will not only enhance education within the classroom, but the new design will also help prepare students for life after college.
"We need to learn to work in groups in the real world, and by having all that access... you're able to more efficiently do it instead of having everybody fighting over a few rooms like this."
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday just north of Wilson Hall on campus. Both faculty and students alike are looking forward to the ceremony as Montana State University looks to the future of education.
The vision of that future is clear, in more than one way.
Dean Kregg Aytes, MSU College of Business explained.
"So the new building is going to provide a place, that will show all of the activity that's going on," said Aytes.
"The first floor is very open. It's very open to the outside. It's got a huge glass wall where when you're walking past it you see activity happening there and you understand that people are talking and people are collaborating and people are coming up with new ideas," McKay added.
By making these activities more visible, the university hopes to see more interest in the College of Business.
"I absolutely think it's going to assist in MSU attracting the best and brightest students to Montana State University," said Aytes.
Construction is expected to take less than two years to complete, with the building expected to be open for students by the fall of 2015.
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