ACU College of Business Administration opens Internet café on campus


For immediate release
Oct. 31, 2001

Coffee shops have long been the companion of college students looking for a place to study, and in recent years, the Internet also has become a necessity for students needing to cram for a test.

Now business students at Abilene Christian University have a place to do both.

On Nov. 7, at 9 a.m., the Connections Café will celebrate its Grand Opening in the Mabee Business Building at ACU.

Connections Café is designed to provide faculty and students with the relaxed atmosphere of any normal café as well as access to the World Wide Web and other technology resources.

The Grand Opening will include a ribbon cutting by Dr. Rick Lytle , dean of the College of Business Administration, and drawings for prizes throughout the day. In addition, ARAMARK, ACU's food service company, which is providing the food for the café, will donate half of its proceeds to a business scholarship program.

"The reason for having this is that I want students and faculty to be challenged to use today's technology," Lytle said. "To have a place like this is important."

Computers, Internet connections and a wireless motherboard for laptops are available for student use in the e-café.

"It was my belief that we needed a space in our building to be connected," Lytle said. "Connected to each other, connected to the faculty, connected to the outside world and connected to the mission of COBA."

Café visitors also can enjoy a television, a VCR and an extensive book collection that pertains mostly to business. ARAMARK serves café-style food and drinks at Connections.

In addition, the café houses a business resource area with various magazines, videos and compact discs on issues of Christian leadership in the business marketplace.

The trend is continuing across campus; although it won't be an e-café, the College of Biblical Studies also is planning to open a café for students sometime as well.

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