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Monday, March 4, 2013
Huntsman Hall Will Include Rooms Where Students Can Prepare For the Future
Huntsman Hall student team meeting room
When we asked
students about what they want to see in our new building, we heard repeated
requests for more team meeting spaces. In the ranking by the students, this was
the single most important request we received. In fact, that need for student
break-out rooms was cited by members of all of our advisory committees –
students, faculty and administration.
So our new building
will include 17 student team meeting rooms that could be
used for team meetings and projects. With the seven student team meeting rooms, built in 2008, that we already have, this means that when all is said and done, there will be two dozen total student team meeting
rooms. Today I’ve included an artist’s rendering of what one of those rooms
would look like if were to be used by very formal avatars.
Every one of these
rooms will be equipped with a large flat-screen monitor, laptop hook-ups,
WiFi, and other necessary technologies.
Why is there such an
insatiable demand for such meeting space?
It’s because business
schools that are trying to better prepare their students for the job market know
that those students must have experience tackling challenging problems in a
team setting because that’s likely to be a big part of how they’ll get things
done in the workplace. The skills of being able to navigate group dynamics
in an efficient way will always be in demand. Some of those skills will be
mastered in small glassed-in rooms, just like the one pictured here.