Colorado State University’s College of Business Dedicates Rockwell Hall-West, Holds Open House and Hosts Retired Gen. Colin Powell April 30

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Colorado State University President Tony Frank and College of Business Dean Ajay Menon will officially dedicate the new expansion – Rockwell Hall-West – of CSU’s College of Business at 9 a.m. Friday, April 30, at the Rockwell Hall-West colonnade, southeast entrance.

The new state-of-the-art, $17.5 million, 54,600-square-foot expansion includes an auditorium, nine smart classrooms, conference rooms, team break-out rooms and a student forum. It also houses a financial data lab replicating a Wall Street trading room. The building will accommodate the high demand for business classes, the increased need for new and diverse technology and new degree programs. The facility is anticipated to receive a LEED Gold Certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We are excited to be launching into the next decade with an academic facility to match the excellence of our faculty, staff and students,” Menon said. “The new, technologically advanced west-wing expansion of Rockwell Hall has been designed knowing that cross-disciplinary backgrounds will be required to succeed in a world that increasingly demands versatility and multiple dimensions of training from its workers. With a focus on space for team-based learning and group study rooms, our hope is that the new physical facility will inspire students, faculty and staff to better collaborate, build stronger bonds and networks for the long-term benefit of the entire university and our Fort Collins and Northern Colorado community."

An open house of Rockwell Hall-West will run from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. Sonny Lubick and CAM the Ram will be outside of Rockwell Hall-West greeting visitors from noon–1 p.m.

Community members, alumni and high school students and their parents are encouraged to participate in the day-long activities which will include guided tours, exhibits and demonstrations taking place in the new facility. Other events include:

– The Innovative Marketing Workshops/Certificate program from 9 a.m.–noon at Rockwell Hall-West, Room 118. The Center for Professional Development and Business Research is offering an introductory series of four workshops designed to provide information and guidance to organizations seeking to improve marketing efforts in a recovering economy. David Gilliland, associate professor of marketing, will present, “An Affordable Approach to Market Research.” This participative workshop will emphasize doing research on a shoestring and cover topics such as how to move from problem recognition to decision making in one day. Fees apply to attend this workshop. For more information, visit

– Graduate Programs Information Session from 11 a.m.–noon at Rockwell Hall-West Room 222. The information session is open to the public and will focus on graduate programs offered by CSU’s College of Business. These include the Master of Management Practice, Master of Accountancy, MSBA-Financial Risk Management and the MSBA-Computer Information Sciences. Staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions and discuss career trends, program content and focus, and admission requirements.

– Master of Business Administration Information Sessions from 11 a.m. – noon at Rockwell Hall-West, Room 213. The information session is open to the public and will focus on the Professional and Distance MBA programs. In addition, the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA will also be highlighted. Staff and faculty will be on hand to answer questions and discuss career trend, program contents and admission requirements.

– "Seeking Sustainability: A Panel Discussion" will be held by the Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise from 1–3 p.m. at the Bohemian Auditorium, first floor of Rockwell Hall-West. The panel discussion features Jon Johnson, co-director of the Sustainability Consortium; Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions; Jenn Orgolini, New Belgium sustainability director; and Tom Dean, CSU professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The panel discussion will focus on what small businesses, consortiums of concerned companies and academics are doing to encourage and achieve sustainability.

For a complete listing of the day’s events or to register, visit

To cap the day’s events, CSU’s College of Business will host retired Gen. Colin L. Powell at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Moby Arena on campus. Powell’s lecture will address global leadership and diplomacy. The doors to Moby Arena will open at 5:30 p.m.

Ticket reservations have reached capacity and are now closed for Powell’s address. Additional seating may be available the evening of the lecture, and those interested may wait outside Moby Arena for available seats. The line will begin forming at 5 p.m. April 30, and if available, seating will take place at 6:50 p.m. There is no waiting list; any available tickets will be first-come, first-served the night of the lecture.