Big business

K-State’s College of Business Administration building scores big with students, alumni and faculty

The College of Business Administration building at K-State is a remarkable achievement. Completed in Fall 2016, its 160,000 square feet play host to a wide array of study areas, classrooms, and specialized labs and workspaces.  “The business building has enhanced the ability of our students, faculty and staff to achieve their goals. The building is a testament to K-State and our alumni’s commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Chad Jackson, the Jack Vanier Director of Entrepreneurship.

College of Business alumni are also impressed with the impact the building has had, not just on the college itself, but on Kansas State University as well. Alumni hope the building will foster new opportunities for students and faculty to create, innovate and achieve their goals. “We all recognize that our environment greatly impacts life experiences,” said Terry Matlack, College of Business graduate and co-chair of the building fundraising committee. “Our hope was the new building would provide a better place for sharing information, facilitating collaboration, fostering growth in personal relationships, and providing space for innovative new programs in the college. We hoped these goals would be achieved not only for business students but also non-business majors from other colleges, our faculty and alumni.”

Students are also big fans of the new building. “The building is an amazing place to learn. I look forward to going to classes in the business building because the atmosphere does not feel like a typical classroom. The building feels like a professional business setting and it is an example of a place that I would love to work in someday,” said Ryan Kohr, junior in financial management. “My favorite thing about the building is the common areas. Unlike other buildings on campus, there are lots of places to sit and relax while you wait for your next class. Personally, I love to sit on the second-floor walkway in front of the giant southern-facing window. There is a set of extremely comfortable chairs and the natural sunlight makes the spot nice and warm during the day. It is a great place to relax between class periods or read a book after a long day.”

The Business Building would not have been possible without the philanthropic contributions of alumni and friends.

“Our new building is truly state-of-the-art. We cannot overstate the gratitude we feel for the support of alumni and donors to the College, and specifically, those who stepped forward to make this facility a reality,” said Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley Family Dean of the College of Business. “Generations of K-State Business students will benefit from their generosity.”

There are still naming opportunities available for the College of Business building. Contact Brett Seidl, bretts@ksufoundation.org, for more information and to learn other ways you can support K-State’s College of Business.

By James Dalton Burton

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