Mississippi College

MC School of Business to Showcase Improvements

August 21, 2007

Mississippi College's School of Business is undergoing more than $1.1 million in renovations at Self Hall, and MC leaders have scheduled two events this fall to showcase the improvements.

Steps to modernize eight classrooms, the foyer and all corridors represent the biggest makeover in the building's 45-year history. It will include a Financial Services classroom, which will have a ticker streaming up to the minute financial news from foreign exchange and stock markets. The work is coming in phases, with the third phase due to be completed by next summer.

Beginning next month, the public will get the opportunity to see the progress. The first will be at an open house and accounting class dedication Sept. 25. MC faculty, accounting students, alumni, donors and others will be invited. The program begins at 5:30 p.m.

On October 19, MC's School of Business will again invite visitors to tour the facility during an open house that will be part of Homecoming weekend activities. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

Katrina Pace, development director for the School of Business, said the two events will give MC leaders an opportunity to thank supporters and show off the facility.

Building renovations were made possible through MC's Continued Excellence Campaign. The fund drive for the School of Business began a few years ago. The campaign is also raising money for scholarships and marketing of the MBA program. So far, $1.6 million has been raised. MC's business school enrolls 750 undergraduates and 190 graduate students.

Adding to the numbers, MC's School of Business this fall launched a new master's in business administration degree with a concentration in accounting. It boosts an MBA that already has "a brand that exemplifies quality and convenience," said business dean Marcelo Eduardo as he showed visitors the site of the Financial Services lab. The school is making it convenient for people to attend the school in Clinton while maintaining their jobs, he said.

With the MBA, "people are looking for a way to distinguish themselves and have a competitive edge on their careers," Eduardo said.

MC's School of Business, the largest at the Christian university, has enjoyed steady enrollment increases in recent years. Enrollment has climbed 8 to 10 percent annually, the dean said.

With the construction and changes in the building that will allow students to have new wireless connections, "we really want to transform the School of Business," Eduardo said.

For learn more about the MC School of Business or the open houses, contact Katrina Pace at 601-925-3421.

PHOTO: Pictured in one of the eight newly modernized classrooms is Dr. Marcelo Eduardo, dean of the Mississippi College School of Business.

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