Odette School of Business will expand with recent gift of $3 million
WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The University of Windsor will once
again benefit from the generosity of the LL Odette and the EG Odette
families with a donation of $3 million towards the expansion of the
Odette School of Business. When added to the family's previous support
of more than $7 million for capital and academic projects, including
donated artwork, they have become the University's top supporters,
contributing a total of more than $10 million.
"The University of Windsor is grateful for the extraordinary support of
the Odette family which has shared our vision, and has allowed the
university to provide an exceptional experience not only for our
business students, but for the entire campus," said Dr. Alan Wildeman,
President and Vice Chancellor.
Dr. Allan Conway, Dean of the Odette School of Business said, "The
Odette family's generosity over the past twenty years has already
enhanced the development of 10,000 proud Odette alumni who are
excelling in many different fields. This current donation will allow
the Odette School of Business to strengthen our students' leadership
development even more and, partly as a consequence, to increase our
regional, national, and international impact."
A statement issued by the Odette family read, "We are all very excited
to be a part of a project that will define the profile of the business
school moving forward."
The donation will be used to renovate the 15,600 square feet currently
occupied by the University Bookstore which is a part of the Odette
School of Business building. Plans are underway to identify a new
location for the bookstore. The renovations will provide space for
several new centres for entrepreneurship and innovation, classrooms,
small meeting rooms and individual study areas.
The University's Board of Governors passed a motion this afternoon to
issue an RFP for the Odette Business School renovations, as well as a
design/build contractor for a new Welcome Centre to be located at the
corner of Wyandotte and Sunset. The centre is envisioned as a
two-storey office building of approximately 20,000 square feet. In
addition to a reception area, it is expected to house offices for
student admissions and recruitment, advancement and alumni affairs, and
a retail space selling UWindsor merchandise. The Welcome Centre is
estimated to cost $8 million and will be financed by consolidating
activities that are housed in leased space off-campus. The vacated
drama building located in this area will be demolished this summer to
make way for the new construction.
The construction of both the Odette Business School expansion and the
Welcome Centre is expected to begin later this year.
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement.
SOURCE University of Windsor
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