NOVEMBER 18, 2009

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Cameron University Dedicates New Business Building

Photo of Lt. Gov. Jari Askins at CU's Business  Building dedication.
Lt. Gov. Jari Askins was one of the keynote speakers during the dedication of Cameron University’s new Business Building.


Cameron University mascot Ole Kim, clad in a business suit, carrying a briefcase, and accompanied by the tune “Takin’ Care of Business,” welcomed CU students, faculty, staff and the community to the university’s new Business Building as part of the official campus dedication on Nov. 4.

CU President Cindy Ross, along with Lt. Gov. Jari Askins; State Regent Bill W. Burgess Jr.; A. Max Weitzenhoffer, chairman of the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University board of regents; and CU student Ryan Faucett of Elgin spoke during a ceremony that celebrated the dedication of the CU campus’ most recent addition.

“Cameron’s vision puts student learning first and foremost, and this new Business Building exemplifies that commitment,” Ross said. “But more important than the aesthetic beauty of the building is its environment and the feel of the building. It is the technology-rich computer and accounting labs. It is the career advising center that includes a room for practice interviews. It is the simulated live trading floor and, exemplifying Cameron University’s top value - student learning - there are abundant faculty/student interaction areas. Student seating and study areas are located in the same hall as the faculty offices resulting in a true learning community. All of these unique features combine to provide that perfect environment that will equip Cameron students to succeed in a highly competitive, international business world.”

Ross expressed the University’s appreciation to those who made the Business Building possible. “Thanks to the support of Gov. Brad Henry, Lt. Gov. Askins, and the Oklahoma Legislature through the 2005 Promise of Excellence Higher Education Capital Bond issue, we have a building befitting the students that Cameron University serves,” she said.

“Today when I arrived on campus, I was struck by the beauty of Cameron’s transformed skyline and grounds,” said Weitzenhoffer. “The Cameron University campus has undergone an extraordinary transformation during the past five years with almost $55 million in capital improvement projects. The Regents share Cameron’s resolve to change students’ lives through education and Cameron’s commitment to each student writing his or her own Cameron story. Thanks to the vision, leadership, determination, and hard work of so many, this technology-rich, beautiful building is now reality. Within these walls, the power of education will transform Cameron students and prepare them for successful careers.”

Following the ceremony, visitors toured the Business Building, viewing the numerous amenities available in the facility. CU student hosts were on hand to assist visitors with questions.

The Business Building occupies more than 32,000 gross square feet on the CU campus. Highlights of the facility include a 114-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art computer and accounting labs, a finance lab with a real-time stock ticker, interaction areas where students can collaborate with other students and faculty, and a career center which holds an interview practice area.

The $8.7 million project was funded through the Higher Education Act of 2005. CU’s business faculty moved into the building in May 2009, and classes began there this fall.