GUILDERLAND Business students at the University at Albany will not only have a state-of-the-art building in which to attend classes this fall, but will soon have the choice of a new major.
On Monday, Aug. 19, school officials unveiled a new 96,000-square-foot School of Business building. The $64 million facility possesses “technologically advanced” classrooms and workspaces, “collaborative research centers,” break rooms, a career center, graduate workspace and a stock and bond trading room.
“The new building provides our students and faculty with a stimulating, world-class learning environment that promotes innovation, networking and the sharing of ideas and resources,” said UAlbany President Robert J. Jones. “It will place our School of Business within the top tier of business schools in the nation.”
The building was mostly paid for in the 2008-09 New York State budget, which provided $54 million for the project. The college raised another $8 million and is still seeking an additional $1.75 million.
Jones thanked Gov. Andrew Cuomo, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Senators Hugh Farley and Neil Breslin, and all the members of state legislature for their support of the building. He also had high praise for Business School Dean Donald Siegel for his hard work in seeing the project through.
“Thanks to Dean Siegel, our business school is ranked 86th among 450 business schools nationwide,” Jones said. “I am confident that over the next five to 10 years we will reside among the top 50.”
At the same time as the unveiling, the university announced a new major that will see collaboration between the School of Criminal Justice, the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing. The University at Albany is now the first SUNY school to offer a four-year degree in digital forensics. It is also only the third such program in the nation, officials said.