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Broad College of Business breaks ground on Pavilion project

September 8, 2017
<p>President Lou Anna K. Simon, left, and Provost June Youatt, right, enjoy a moment during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Broad College of Business Pavilion Project on Sep. 8, 2017 across from the Red Cedar River outside the Broad College Complex. Following the ceremony, a reception took place for the donors and other attendees.&nbsp;</p>

President Lou Anna K. Simon, left, and Provost June Youatt, right, enjoy a moment during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Broad College of Business Pavilion Project on Sep. 8, 2017 across from the Red Cedar River outside the Broad College Complex. Following the ceremony, a reception took place for the donors and other attendees. 

Photo by Anntaninna Biondo | The State News

On Sept. 8, the Broad College of Business hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Business College Pavilion, a new $60 million facility being built in the construction site north of the Business College Complex, set to be completed by the fall of 2019. 

"This is a project we've been working on in the last couple of years and I'm here to see the start of it," Senior Director of Development of the Broad College of Business Vivian Leung said.

The line of speakers at the ceremony included Dean of the Broad College of Business Sanjay Gupta, Trustee Melanie Foster, grad student Kari Jurewicz and finally, President Lou Anna K. Simon.  

"To all of our partners on this project, the architects, the construction managers, the MSU IPF team, thank you for your work," Gupta said. "We've come a long way and we still have a long way to go." 

Before the ceremony, President of the Broad Student Senate Yoodong Hwang and MBAA President Travis Martin spoke at a luncheon in front of donors, alumni, and faculty. 

"At the luncheon we spoke about how at Michigan State, the undergrad and the MBA program, both have the talent to be stacked up and compared to any other university in the country," Martin said. "The top tier universities are made up of the same students with the same talent levels that we have here, but our facilities lag behind." 

But Martin and Hwang are both looking forward to how the Pavilion project will not only enhance their experience as business students but the reputation of the business college as well. 

"It was a really great opportunity for us to get out there and say what the Broad College means to our organizations as the undergraduate and graduate student body, what the Pavilion is going to do for our students and just the experience overall that we've had so far and how we're going to make it better," Hwang said.

Presidents from multiple student organizations in the Broad College of Business, alums, donors, faculty and staff attended this collaborative event. Following the ceremony was a reception. 

"Opportunities for embarking on projects like these just don't appear out of nowhere," Foster said. "Arriving at this moment involved the vision and commitment of so many individuals."

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