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College of Business dedicates "smart" classroom

October 31, 2008

Loyola University New Orleans’ Joseph A. Butt, S.J., College of Business will honor former Dean J. Patrick O’Brien by dedicating a state-of-the-art classroom in his name on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 4:30 p.m., in Miller Hall, Room 112.

O’Brien was dean of the College of Business from 1996 to 2006, before becoming president of West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

The seminar room uses technology to connect students to experts wherever they are, without geographical constraints. In fact, a music industries class is currently being taught by a professor in Shreveport, La.

Students will demonstrate the Dean J. Patrick O’Brien Smart Classroom’s technology for donors, past college visiting committee and alumni board members, the board of trustees and Loyola administrators. The dedication will be followed by a reception in the College of Business courtyard.

Loyola University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., credited O’Brien with laying the groundwork for advancements in technology at the college.

“I thank Dean O’Brien for his forethought,” Wildes said. “This is just one of many high-tech improvements to come to our learning spaces.”

College of Business Dean William Locander, Ph.D., agreed.

“Pat’s leadership of the College of Business’ technology efforts are still paying dividends to our students and faculty. He took the college on a giant step forward and without his persistence, the room we are going to dedicate would not be here today,” Locander said.

For additional information on the Dean J. Patrick O’Brien Smart Classroom, contact Traci Hamann at (504) 861-5453 or by e-mail at twhamann@loyno.edu

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