JBU Dedicates Soderquist Business Center

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 5, 2005) - Mr. Don Soderquist, founding executive of the Soderquist Center, and Tim Broughton, vice president and general manager of McKee Foods, will speak at a dedication ceremony for John Brown University’s newest building, the Soderquist Business Center (SBC) on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be held in the Cathedral of the Ozarks followed by a ribbon cutting at the main entrance of the SBC (just east of the Cathedral).

Construction on the SBC began on April 22, 2004 and the facility opened to students on Monday, Sept. 12, 2005. The building is the new home for the Division of Business and an associated center of JBU, the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics.

The 35,910 square feet building cost $6.5 million to construct. The first floor is home to one of JBU’s largest divisions, the business division, which has over 220 students enrolled in majors such as accounting, leadership and ethics, international business, business administration, leadership and management, and business marketing. The facilities include five classrooms, a computer lab, and offices for faculty members.

The building will also house the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics (SCLE) on its second floor. Its facilities include seminar rooms, meeting rooms, offices and open cubicles for staff and graduate students. SCLE has ten graduate students from JBU’s graduate programs in Business Administration and Leadership and Ethics who assist the SCLE’s staff.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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