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Student Meeting Room to Honour Michael Zin’s Memory

 Dr. Michael Zin

The Odette School of Business is honouring former dean, professor, mentor, and alumnus, Dr. Michael Zin, with the naming of the Michael Zin BComm Meeting Room.

Dr. Michael Zin, who died in August 2006, dedicated his professional life to business education at the University of Windsor. He was a graduate of the first business class from Assumption University of Windsor in 1955 and immediately joined the teaching staff of his alma mater in 1956, while also undertaking his graduate studies, first at the University of Michigan, and then at Michigan State University, where he studied for his PhD.

The Odette School of Business has launched a special fundraising campaign, the Michael Zin Memorial Project, headed by alumnus Patrick Palmer BComm ’70 and Dean Allan Conway. Funds from the Michael Zin Memorial Project will outfit the Meeting Room with a stock ticker tape and two LCD screens to provide Odette students with up-to-the-minute business and financial information from around the globe.

“This space is becoming the hub of undergraduate student gatherings here at Odette, so it made sense to name it in Mike’s honour,” says Dean Conway. “He was indeed a figure of legendary proportions here at Odette, due to four decades of work that he devoted to our school—when it was originally part of Assumption University, and then the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Windsor, before finally becoming the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. We are thrilled to be naming and furbishing this space in his honour.”

On display in the room will also be an oil painting of the former dean and a showcase of the many works he authored so that current Odette students can gain some insight into Dr. Zin. In fact, various editions of his books have sold about two million copies. The main floor room, which can accommodate about 150, also boasts wireless computer connectivity, and a number of computer terminals, as well as meeting space and work space for student groups and individuals.

In the short time since the campaign began, $100,000 has been raised.

A donor recognition wall is being created for the building’s lobby, with a dedication ceremony planned for this September.

For more information, contact Odette Communications Officer Michellyne Mancini at mmancini@uwindsor.ca. To donate online, go to www.uwindsor.ca/donations

Dr. Michael Zin BComm Meeting Room
May 2008