The recently constructed School of Business building received its official name during its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 10.
The lobby of the new building welcomed several guests from varied fields. Business students were standing on the main stairwell, preparing for the festivities to begin, while University officials, businessmen and women from all over the state, Board of Trustee members and even Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, were all in attendance.
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Guests mingled and enjoyed refreshments until a live fanfare drew everyone’s attention to a podium at the main landing of the center stairwell. From there, Cole announced that the new building had been named the Mimi and Edwin Feliciano School of Business after two former students of the university who became successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Cole also highlighted several features of the new facility, including a mock Trade Floor and 35 3D printers, and thanked all those who made the project possible, from the architect who designed the building to the donors who assisted financially.
Trustee George J. Hiltzik, Dean of the Business School Gregory Cant and the Felicianos themselves all took the podium along with Cole and Guadagno, sharing their gratitude and words of wisdom with the audience. Cant, in speaking about the services that the new building provides to students, said, “Our only limitation [in the School of Business] will be our imagination.” The Felicianos reached out to specific communities within the campus during their speeches. Mimi Feliciano offered her words of support to young women pursuing business as a field of study, challenging them to succeed despite tendencies of sexism in the field. Edwin Feliciano gave a similar charge to minority students, citing his own Puerto Rican ancestry and challenging minority students to find success like he did.
The ceremony ended with cutting the ribbon to the Feliciano School of Business. The Felicianos had the honor of holding the scissors and slicing through the red ribbon to welcome students, faculty and visitors to the future home of business at Montclair State.