"As members of an elite assembly of business educators, it is imperative that we position ourselves on the cutting edge of academic excellence," said R. Dean Lewis, COBA dean. "Though celebrating a tradition of exceptional achievement, this fund-raising initiative is an important first step toward realizing COBA's future agenda and defining the vision that will lead the college into the next century."
To symbolize COBA's commitment to scholastic excellence, part of the monies raised in the first phase of the fund drive will purchase a Beta Gamma Sigma key, a three-dimensional brass icon representing the honor society for students in AACSB accredited business programs.
The key will be mounted on a granite base at the entrance of COBA's Smith-Hutson Building. Inscribed on the base for perpetuity will be the names of donors making outstanding contributions to the COBA development effort.
Future fund drives will pay for the construction of a student park in the shady area surrounding the key icon. Donors will be able to purchase bricks, tables and benches that will adorn the common area which is sure to become a favorite between-class gathering place for students. All COBA student professional organizations will be invited to participate in the ongoing park-building initiative.
"We are very pleased to have this opportunity to honor COBA's benefactors," Lewis said. "The Beta Gamma Sigma key, other organizational insignias and eventually the park, will be lasting reminders of their gracious and meaningful support."