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Trading for Better Futures 2 Outcomes 2015 Not surprisingly, the idea of creating a business trading room originated with the college's namesake, Louis M. Ricciardi, '83. According to Dr. Jeanean Davis-Street, associate dean of the college, "Mr. Ricciardi wanted the college to develop something distinctive in the region – an invaluable tool, to help students secure internships and better prepare them for life aer graduation." e opportunity thus articulated, the collaborations began. Dr. Howard London, former provost, and Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, president emeritus of BSU, supported it; Dr. Shannon Donovan, senior nance professor, together with Dr. Marian Extejt, former dean of the college, researched the logistics of setting up a trading room; Mr. Keith MacDonald, director in Facilities Management and Planning (FM&P), reviewed the physical space to assess and coordinate all the electrical needs; Dr. Elmore Alexander, dean, provided insight and experience on trading rooms; and Dr. Davis-Street managed the project from start to nish. Ms. Karen Jason, associate vice president of FM&P, was responsible for every aspect of the set-up. Ms. Lisa Grosshart, director of Media Services, worked closely with all the collaborators, making recommendations and coordinating IT's critical piece of the puzzle. "In addition to outside vendors," said Ms. Grosshart, "we worked very closely with FM&P sta members, who always play a huge role in any collaboration of this size." e physical space, optimal placement of equipment given the space and any changes or additions to existing wiring was closely considered in order to fulll the ultimate goal of satisfying the needs of the end users – students and professors. Mr. Eric Feibel, coordinator of Media Services, solicited quotes based on the scope of the project. He then worked with vendors to secure the best product for the best price. "We oen go through four or ve quote revisions," said Mr. Feibel, "before a project begins. For example, the vendor had listed a specic switcher. We suggested an alternative that would work just as well but would save the university thousands of dollars." Enriched Student Learning Business Trading Room Harrington Hall The newly created Business Trading Room at BSU makes The Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business one of approximately 120 colleges and universities in the country to have such a facility – and the only one in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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