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2010.10.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Mammel Hall Dedication Ceremony is Oct. 15

Omaha - The University of Nebraska in Omaha (UNO), along with the College of Business Administration (CBA), will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Mammel Hall on Friday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.

The ceremony will include a welcome address, ribbon cutting, several speakers and tours of Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street.

Those speaking at the Oct. 15 event include the following:

• Louis Pol, dean, CBA
• James B. Milliken, president, University of Nebraska
• Dave Heineman, governor, State of Nebraska
• John Christensen, chancellor, UNO
• Clarence Castner, president, University of Nebraska Foundation
• James Young, chairman, Union Pacific and CBA graduate
• Nicholas Britton, current CBA student and Mammel Scholar
• Jessica O’Connor, CBA graduate and former Mammel Scholar
• Carl Mammel

The groundbreaking for Mammel Hall was held June 2008, and it opened its doors to students and faculty for the fall semester this past August. CBA moved from Roskens Hall on the Dodge Street campus to the new state-of-the-art Mammel Hall, located on the Pacific Street campus.

The 120,000-square-foot building has a three-story grand atrium, interactive touch-screen video displays, a two-story, 196-seat auditorium and glass-walled classrooms. Mammel Hall is also the new home for all programs of the Nebraska Business Development Center.

Mammel Hall was designed with the students in mind, and is using more space and new technology to the students’ advantage. The new facility has lounge areas, group study rooms, and a café serving food from Wohlner’s Grocery where students will be able to study.

“Roskens Hall was cramped and found students studying on the floors of the hallways,” said CBA Dean Louis Pol.

When asked what her favorite part of the new building is, Carrie Kizer, a UNO MBA student, said, “There is always a spot to park during my night classes, and I’m not required to walk more than five minutes in the dark.”

The new building also features the Maverick Investment Lab, which has digital tickers that track the stock market and computer screens that retract into desks. All classrooms have the same state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

“There are now two projectors and screens in each room, which makes it easier to see the teacher’s presentation.” Kizer said.

The new facility will greatly enhance business students’ education through new technology and better networking possibilities.

Mammel Hall is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building on the UNO campus. It is named after Carl and Joyce Mammel for their philanthropic gift, the largest UNO has ever received. The $41.5 million fund-raising project includes $34 million for construction, furnishings and technology; the remaining $7.5 million will be directed to an endowment to enhance CBA programs and to benefit students and faculty.

Roskens Hall, the former CBA building, will be transformed into the new College of Education building. The renovations will cost $13.7 million and will provide a resource and innovation center; a state of the art science, technology, engineering and math rooms; and new collaboration rooms. The facility will be opened to students and faculty by the Fall 2011 semester.

For more information, call (402) 554-2762.

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