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Icons by Ashlee McGandy T Marriott Foundation funds student learning center he J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation has committed $3 million to the School of Hotel Administration to name the Marriott Student Learning Center. The new center will reconfigure the school's Nestlé Library and George B. Mallory '54 Student Lounge into a facility designed to enhance student learning in the digital age. As SHA integrates its traditional library services with those of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, the space cur- rently occupied by book stacks and peri- odicals will be transformed into the interactive Marriott Center. Reference librarians will still be available to assist students onsite. The student center will feature flexible work areas for col- laborative learning and independent study; small group meeting spaces, with smart board technology for group pre- sentations; and fixed and mobile compu- ting resources for accessing information digitally. It will also have space for relaxing and socializing and will include limited food and beverage options. Woods Bagot, one of the world's leading architectural firms, has been selected to design the new facility. Construction will begin in spring 2012; the center will open in fall 2012. "The Marriott family has had an active relationship with the school since the 1950s, and we are grateful to have their incredible gift as we create a student center for the 21st century," said Michael D. Johnson, dean and E. M. Statler Professor. The Marriott Foundation, which focuses its giving in the areas of educa- tion, youth, and human services, is one of the largest donors in the school's history. Both the foundation and Marriott International made contribu- tions in 1989 to name the J. Willard Marriott Executive Education Center, which is adjacent to the Statler Hotel at Cornell. "Through our foundation, the Marriott family has tried to make a difference in the world by supporting causes and organizations that share our ideals. Cornell University and its School of Hotel Administration certainly fit that standard," said J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr. "The school's mission of 'hospitality leadership through learning' reflects a commitment to improving the hospi- tality industry through continuous professional growth. The Marriott Company and Foundation share that same commitment." Bill Marriott got rock-star treatment from the students during his September visit to the school. Many crowded forward after his talk to try to have a moment with him. Marriott was the first recipient of the school's Cornell Icon of the Industry Award in 2009. Photos by Jon Reis Photography J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr. acknowledges the cheers of a packed Statler Auditorium during his appearance in the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 23. The students responded with a rousing standing ovation when told of the Marriott Foundation's gift for a new student learning center in Statler Hall. With Marriott onstage are his daughter, Debbie Harrison, Marriott International's senior vice president of government affairs, and her husband, Ron Harrison, the company's global officer for architecture and construction. Hotelie 7

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