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MBA program office, business center opens at WMU

April 12, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University President John M. Dunn will be on hand Tuesday, April 13, when the Haworth College of Business celebrates the opening of the new Master's in Business Administration Program Office and Global Business Center.

The event is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 2320 of Schneider Hall. Members of the University community will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. and hear remarks from President John M. Dunn. Refreshments and tours of the center will be available immediately following the inaugural ceremony.

After months of construction, the center is now open and occupies an area in the northeast corner of the large student study lounge on the main floor.

"Global business is the norm rather than the exception," says Dr. Ajay Samant, interim dean of the Haworth College of Business. "The primary focus of the Global Business Center is to facilitate and enhance the internationalization of the curriculum, faculty and students through multiple opportunities, including international internships, study abroad programs, competitions, conferences, partnerships and speaker series.

"In addition, the suite provides a permanent presence for our MBA program, which has been in existence for more than 50 years," Samant says. "Our graduate students are encouraged to use the space as a meeting place to interact with one another, work on team projects or hold networking events."

Dr. Zahir Quraeshi, professor of marketing, is director of the Global Business Center, while Dr. Jack Ruhl, acting associate dean for the Haworth College, is program director. Barb Caras-Tomczak, is the center's academic advisor.

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Media contact: Valorie Juergens, (269) 387-5964, valorie.juergens@wmich.edu

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