MISSOULA – The School of Business Administration at the University of Montana celebrated the grand opening of the Moss Adams Student Lounge in the Gallagher Business Building on Oct. 6.
The much-needed lounge renovation was funded by partners from the Moss Adams Portland office who also are School of Business Administration alumni: Jennifer Price and Chris Hansen, as well as the Moss Adams Foundation under the leadership of Rick Anderson. The grand opening showcased the generosity of the Moss Adams accounting and consulting firm, donors and community partners who made the renovation possible.
Since its construction 20 years ago, the student lounge has been well-used to boost student productivity and community, but was in desperate need of an update. In response to a survey of current business students’ needs, the remodeled space incorporates more tables, chairs, charging stations, better Wi-fi and extra room for laptops, thanks to business alumnus Brian Hughes from Missoula’s Office City, who helped envision and install the furniture.
The new lounge also boasts a vibrant Missoula Valley mural that adds color and energy to the space. The mural was created by Missoula artist Amber Bushnell, an alumna of UM’s School of Media Arts, and Todd Taylor from Big Prints Plus, who graduated from the School of Business Administration.
“This generous gift is so important today,” said Christopher Shook, dean of the School of Business Administration. “It supports our top accounting students, Career Development program and modernizes the space where our community of students study and gather. I am grateful that alumni and friends from Moss Adams chose to invest in these important areas to deepen our relationship with the company and elevate the School of Business Administration.”
Every year, Career Development program helps position 2,000 business students for job placement by teaching workforce skills such as networking, interviewing, resume writing, business dining etiquette and appropriate business attire. The program also works to build relationships between students and future employers, and opens an important recruiting channel for student internships at top-tier companies. Eighty percent of UM business students are placed in an internship before graduation thanks to the deep partnerships with companies like Moss Adams.
Additionally, Moss Adams’ gift inaugurated a new scholarship for accounting students to help decrease the debt load of obtaining a college education. The scholarship was awarded for the first time this year to a senior accounting student from Seattle.
For more information on how to support the School of Business Administration, call Kate Jennings, senior director of development, 406-243-4569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.