The College of Business strives to educate students in a learning environment that enhances their educational experience, and to provide students with the technological tools they need to prepare themselves to compete in the global marketplace.
Carlos M. Ayala Stock Trading Room + Rathe Computer Lab
The Carlos M. Ayala Stock Trading Room on the first floor of Miller Hall provides a working environment for students enrolled in the Student Managed Investment Fund Program, which successfully manages a $1+ million dollar portfolio. A Thompson Reuter feed provides real-time financial information and stock market data on four monitors and a continuous stock ticker. This guides business students in investment research and understanding of financial markets.
The Ayala room is also home to the Robert J. Rathe and Gustave H. Rathe computer lab, which is equipped with 21 professional dual monitor computer workstations for student use, and one instructor podium. Software includes Stata and SPSS for advanced statistical analysis. Business classes offered in the Rathe computer lab include Econometrics, Statistics, and Investments, which make full use of the advanced technology and software available to business students. The lab is open to all Loyola students.
Dean J. Patrick O’Brien Smart Classroom
The Dean J. Patrick O’Brien Smart Classroom, located in Miller Hall, Room 112, is equipped with the latest in state-of-the-art video-conferencing and multi-media presentation technology. Using this technology, students can connect to expert instructors without geographic restraints. The room was dedicated to O’Brien in November, 2008, and has been used for the instruction of real-time video-conferencing classes from expert music industry professionals in Shreveport, LA, and Nashville, TN. The room will be available in future semesters to students of other business majors, with instruction from lecturers and professionals from around the world.
The Ideation Lab is, quite literally, a place for the Loyola entrepreneurial community to gather, throw ideas on the wall and see what sticks. The Ideation Lab is a flex space designed around the unique needs of experiential learning, venture development, and engagement with the local business community. It is designed to host engaged learning classes, such as those in the MBA entrepreneurship track and Entrepreneurship minor, interactive micro-speakers, customer development interviews, immersion events such as start-up weekend, and executive meetings.
The space is also home base for Lagniappe Angels, LLC a member-managed, committed capital equity investment fund that invests in early stage high growth potential companies. Loyola' unique partnership with the fund facilitates a unique platform for teaching the investor’s perspective on entrepreneurship.
Other Miller Hall Multi-Media Classrooms
Next door to the Dean J. Patrick O’Brien Smart Classroom is the largest classroom on campus, Miller Hall, Room 114. This classroom is equipped with multi-media presentation equipment and is available for student organizations, seminars and workshops, or guest lectures and presentations. It also serves as the meeting place for many of the on-campus activities in the Executive Mentor Program and the President's Open House College of Business meetings.