PULLMAN, Wash. – Due to the generosity of laureates Scott and Linda Carson, the College of Business at Washington State University will create the college’s first all-inclusive student services center. 
 
The WSU College of Business Student Services Center will support the academic, professional and personal success of students. Building on the existing Carson Center for Professional Development, the center will integrate academic advising, student involvement, professional development, scholarships and study abroad in a single location, serving students across all WSU campuses.
 
It will allow students to connect with the college earlier in their academic careers, leading to increased engagement and involvement. Studies show that retention rates among undergraduate students tend to rise when students are engaged in their majors earlier in their college years.
 
Construction is expected to begin spring 2012; it is possible because of a $620,000 donation from Scott and Linda Carson. 
 
“Bringing together all student services in one location will undoubtedly help our students be better prepared to enter the job market and be positioned for early career success upon graduation,” said Dean Eric Spangenberg.
 
“The new and enhanced center will be a vital component in developing tomorrow’s business leaders and will be a place where students can come to learn, grow and succeed,” said Janel Lang, director of the Carson Center for Professional Development.
 
“The donation from the Carsons is further evidence of their commitment to the college’s mission of developing globally competitive graduates,” said Spangenberg.
 
“Scott and Linda’s dedication to WSU is not limited to students in the College of Business, as evidenced by the many activities they participate in to support Washington State University,” said Justin Marquart, senior director of development for the WSU College of Business. “Scott has taken the lead on helping the university achieve financial success by serving as chair of the $1 billion ‘Campaign for Washington State University: Because the World Needs Big Ideas.’ ”
 
The WSU College of Business is accredited at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college spans all campuses of WSU: the main Pullman campus, a thriving online campus, regional campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities, an emerging campus in Everett, and centers in China and Switzerland.
 
The college conducts scholarly and applied research and offers degree programs in a variety of business disciplines and in hospitality business management. It supplements face-to-face offerings with innovative online learning and international programs. For more information, visit the website at www.business.wsu.edu
 
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Media contact:
Sarah Druffel, WSU College of Business, 509-335-4345, sarah.druffel@wsu.edu