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MSU breaks ground on new college of business

Published On: May 03 2013 07:12:15 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

MSU alumnus Bob Bellows admires the turnout for the Jabs Hall groundbreaking ceremony.

He's known Jabs for many years.

"Wonderful guitar player. I was trying to learn how to play the guitar and I always wanted him to be a teacher," says Bellows.

Bellows says the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship is a wonderful addition to Montana State.

"An expansion for the whole business community, not only on campus, but for the entire state. I can see a tremendous impact," explains Bellows.

What's more is that the college is entirely funded by an individual, a man Bellows says is an example of what he wants to instill in students.

"Might get to shake his hand, I don't know," Bellows says with a chuckle.

MSU leaders tell me this is a day of new beginnings for the university, not only because Jabs Hall will be home to state-of-the-art academic programs but also because it's the first building in the school's history to be entirely funded by an alum.

"Jake, he didn't have to give but he decided to give back to his alma mater and he did so generously," says MSU President Waded Cruzado.

I asked Jabs why he made the donation. He tells me it's harder to business today than it ever has been and says there's a real interest in entrepreneurship these days and a need to learn business skills no matter what your desired profession.

"I had to learn everything by the seat of my pants because I didn't go to college for business so, hopefully it'll make life easier for people starting in business today and I think they need that," says Jabs.

Folks with MSU tell me they're set to block off the site to begin preparing for construction in the next few days and hope to have students in the building by fall of 2015.