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Donor Dollars in Action

School of Business Donor Support Makes Impact Inside and Outside the Classroom

In a highly competitive landscape, the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business has set itself apart with a focus on student experience within strategically designed spaces that prepare them for the realities of the business world. The recent renovation of Rockwell's fourth floor brings three new "Centers of Excellence," in Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship and Professional Sales.

Libby Kavoulakis, B'85 and William Douglas, B'86, MBA'89 have generously supported the Entrepreneurship Center. Their investments will be used to enhance the Makerspace, a collaborative work space on the fourth floor of Rockwell Hall, by providing innovative equipment and software. Thanks to their philanthropy, students will also be able to participate in hands-on learning opportunities, such as the New Venture Experience and First Year Innovation courses.

Michael Sukitch, B'85 has chosen to support the Center for Leadership in Professional Selling (CLPS), where funds will allow Business students to attend competitions and conferences and showcase their knowledge outside of the classroom. This funding has also created opportunities for the school to host networking events and expert speakers and to provide faculty development in the area of sales.

"Building centers of excellence in the School is a critical part of moving toward a 'cornerstone-to-capstone' educational approach that emphasizes applied experiences for our business students across the entire curriculum, but it's only part of the story," says Dean McFarlin, Dean of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

The support of Duquesne donors is inspiring others to come forward and support the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business's forward-thinking initiatives that will prepare Duquesne students to reach the top of their fields.

"We need engaged alumni who support our efforts with their time, talent and treasure. Fortunately, many generous alumni are stepping up, becoming executives-in-residence and providing resources to help us achieve our educational goals," states McFarlin. "I'm very optimistic that this trend will continue and I'm most grateful to all our alumni, friends and corporate partners who have embraced our vision for the future."

Learn more about the Centers of Excellence