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New MU classroom boasts latest technology

Oct. 05, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- One local accounting firm made a big investment in the future of Marshall University business students with the unveiling of the Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP SmartRoom on Thursday evening at Corbly Hall on campus.

About 50 business leaders, students and faculty attended a reception for the grand opening of the room, which has resources available for up to 58 students.

Those resources include a Smart Podium Display from Smart Technologies, dual 80-inch LED flat-panel displays and high-density wireless services. The room also has new seating and tables, all of which was furnished by Dixon Hughes Goodman through a $150,000 donation.

The purpose of having such a room on campus is to allow the university to attract top talent and to allow students to get hands-on experience for their future said Rick Slater, managing partner for Dixon Hughes Goodman.

"I hope they realize the importance of being prepared and knowledgeable in giving a good presentation and being able to utilize these tools in doing that," he said. "This room gives them the opportunity to participate in more practical applications of what they will be dealing with on a day-to-day basis when they are employed after college."

Slater said he also hoped the room serves as a model for other companies to use in making donations to Marshall.

"When you build a house, you want to see some kind of plans for it that you can make into your own," he said. "The hope is that other companies will see what we have done, and they will sponsor a room that they think will have the tools that will be most beneficial to these students."

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said the room gives students a great edge when transitioning from high school.

"We are committed to advancing powerful learning experiences for our students both within and outside the classroom," he said in a press release earlier this week. "Ultimately, our students are the greatest beneficiaries of these investments and the capabilities they provide."

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