Members of the Madonna community, along with business leaders from across metro Detroit, recently came together for a ribbon cutting to launch the Center for Business Development and Community Vitality at the Madonna University School of Business.
Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, some 50 guests toured the Center and listened as Dean Cleamon Moorer Jr. outlined its mission, vision and goals.
“Through this Center we aspire to develop an engaged citizenry equipped to foster and sustain economic growth in Southeast Michigan and beyond,” Moorer said. “We’ve organized the Center’s strategies under three pillars: education, engagement and entrepreneurship.”
Moorer outlined several programs and activities that will aid in achieving the Center’s mission, including guest lectures, research and service-learning projects, consulting and student internships with area businesses.
“As a graduate student, 12 years ago, I could only imagine and hope to be a student in a business school that would enable me to connect with CEO’s and work on real-world business problems and projects,” Moorer said. “Today, this hope and vision are a reality for the School of Business students at Madonna University.”
The Center also will be a repository of resources for students and faculty, from books and videos, to software and research publications. Funding for the Center will come from event sponsorships, conference registration fees and focused solicitations for matching grants.
During the event, the Dean presented the Business Education Excellence Award to Sherif Afifi, professor of international business.
Special guests at the event included several members of the newly-formed Business Advisory Board. Each of the members brought a special gift from their company or organization to be displayed in the center, including a framed Detroit Tiger picture, a General Motors display and a Chamber of Commerce banner.
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