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4 Dear Friends: Education is not simply a job; it is a calling. Faculty here at CBA live for that "perfect teaching moment" — when the light bulb illumines. That's why we strive to create and maintain the kind of learning environment that supports those moments. For decades we have been doing this in historic Grawn Hall — an edifi ce built over a century ago. Today's students experience a continuing transformation in learning styles including team building, asynchronous contribution to integrative projects, crowd support and consensus building through social media. Clear, concise, persuasive digital communication, both verbal and graphic, is the imperative. We now see more complex group dynamics, more interaction outside the classroom and a faster pace to learning than ever before. For this, we need an enabling and up-to-date environment. Too many of our students experience their day in school more like a fast food drive- through than a day at the offi ce. As we work to prepare students for a 21st-century Charles Crespy Dean Daniel Vetter Senior Associate Dean Sandy Sommer, '93 Director of Development Julie Judge Assistant Director, Development School of Accounting Chad Stefaniak, '02, Chair Business Information Systems Karl Smart, Chair College of Business Administration Economics Paul Natke, Chair Entrepreneurship Kenneth Sanney, Chair Finance and Law James Felton, Chair Management Mahmood Bahaee, Chair Marketing and Hospitality Services Administration Richard Divine, Chair Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship Debra Zellner, '79 Executive Director D E A N ' S C O L U M N HOME ON WARRINER MALL: AN INVESTMENT IN STUDENTS, FUTURE Chuck Crespy Production CMU University Communications Associate Vice President Sherry Knight, '86 Editor Stephanie Van Koevering Writers Stephanie Van Koevering Shelly Charles Heather Smith, '02 M.S.A. '11 Designer Nathan Jones, '10 Photographers Ragnar Avery Robert Barclay Kurt Baringer, '97 Kara Cooke, '13 Steve Jessmore, '81 Cedra Mayfi eld CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities. UComm 9171-42,100 (11/14) Printing Exchange is printed at CMU Printing Services and is printed using vegetable inks on NewPage Gusto gloss paper. NewPage Co.'s commitment to responsible forestry and environmental practices is verifi ed by the numerous certifi cations carried by the company. work environment we need a facility that mirrors that which they will fi nd on their fi rst job, with wireless network stations, offi ce hoteling, team sites, locations for public interaction and venues that help our students build poise and self-confi dence in large-scale presentations. This will be the new Grawn Hall—an environment that invites students to tarry between classes, meet with colleagues who share their professional interests, pause with professors to explore the kernel of an idea that was sparked during class discussion, and build business ideas that can garner start-up support from our New Venture Competition. CBA student transitions to business professionals will be smartly enabled by this needed modernization of Grawn Hall. Join us as we transform our spot on Warriner Mall into the most dynamic learning environment on campus! We welcome your support and invite you to see what we are planning. Visit our website and search for "Grawn Renovation." Fire up Chips! Chuck Crespy CBA Dean Connect with CBA on: 2 // Exchange

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