“We’re in the main entrance here to the Seidman Center building.”
Overhead, a ticker tape crawl up-to-the-minute equity market stock prices. Vaulted ceilings and granite style floors, cast iron, gilded trim hand rails and lighting sconces provide a 1940’s financial market feel.
“If Bill Seidman were alive today he’d be so proud of us.”
John W. Reifel is interim Dean at the Seidman College of Business. Impressive is the technology woven throughout the building students will access.
“We’re going to look at the financial markets classroom here.”
The Harry L. Tilken Fiancial Market Center.
“We’re going to have nine Bloomberg terminals in here.”
“And those are the kinds of terminals that are actually used by trading firms to do trades on the exchanges so it’s a great learning tool for our students to be exposed to that kind of equipment.”
Reifel tells us a student portfolio is in the works for real market investing.
“Something like angel investing if we can somehow get the right funds we could have our student group kind of look at that and invest in a handful of companies at the early stage of development. But that’s a dream. We’re looking for donors to help us to do that.”
About a half-a-million dollars if anyone’s interested. Seidman will also house a number entities driving a public-private partnership.
“So, for example, the state office of the Small Business, Technology Development Center is here as well as the Region 7 office. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is here. Our Ethics Center is here. Family Owned Business is here, just all of the parts that come under the Seidman umbrella.”
And the man himself is honored where students will be exposed to the L. William Seidman legacy. A wall is dedicated to Bill in the commons area known as The Exchange where students will dine, relax and study.
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