May 022010
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Celebrating what it calls a dream come true, the College of Business hosted the grand opening of Rockwell-West Friday.

Ajay Menon, dean of the college, said while the building will serve as a home to future business leaders, it’s less about the fancy rooms and more about creating an environment where bonds can be created.

Students made the $17.5 million addition possible when the first student-paid facility fee was proposed and approved in 2005, said former president of the Associated Students of CSU and business school graduate Katie Denman.

“The fee laid a solid foundation, and then Dr. Menon stood on that foundation and dreamed of a state-of-the-art facility,” Denman said, adding that students took a “bold step” when approving a tax on themselves.
In addition to student dollars, 98 percent of faculty and staff for the college donated to construct and outfit the building, Menon said.

Students took the first step by investing in their own future, she said, and encouraged the crowd of mostly CSU graduates and business idols to take the next step by investing and offering their time as mentors to students within the college.

Donald Dobler, former dean of the College of Business, said the team that designed the building took student needs, faculty needs and the interaction necessary between the two into account when drawing up the plans and did a great job providing those needs.

“This is one of the better facilities in the country,” Dobler said, adding that it will help toward the ultimate goal of helping students achieve their life goals.

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