Business students gathered in David Straz Hall to hear Dean David Shrock’s vision for the College of Business Administration, November 9. The forum, which lasted about an hour, focused on the college’s reputation as a nationally renowned program.
Although the college lags behind many of the country’s highly reputed business institutions, Marquette’s program is ranked 87th in the country, beating a fair amount of competition.
Shrock’s proposals include a financial campaign to raise millions in funds, close relations with the Milwaukee community and a continuation of the Marquette Jesuit values, he said.
The fund raising project will allow the business school to pay for a larger number of scholarships and enhance existing programs. Setting the bar at 40 to 50 million dollars, Shrock said the money would not be used to construct a building as the College of Engineering’s initiative did, but that he hopes this project would generate the same amount of enthusiasm.
Shrock praised the university for being located in an ideal environment for business students. Because of its influence and presence in the Milwaukee community, the school allows for many real-world educational opportunities, he said.
He emphasized that connections with local companies lead to a number of internships for interested students, spots that the dean hopes to double in the coming years.
Stating the college is of top quality, Shrock said maintaining a strong curriculum that is relevant to the world today
as well as looking forward to the world of tomorrow is critical.
The forum’s message also stressed the importance of Marquette Alumni and their contributions as he pointed out that even the building in which he spoke owes its construction to an alumnus.
The forum closed with a series of questions generated by the students.
The event was sponsored by MUSG, Business Student Organization President’s Board and the College of Business Administration.
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