On Thursday, Aug. 1, Concordia University Wisconsin will celebrate the official opening of its newest academic building, The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, which will serve as a home for Concordia’s thriving Batterman School of Business and the brand-new Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.


Concordia will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony that will begin at 3 p.m. Alumni, donors, faculty, community members, and friends of the university are invited to attend. Guests are asked to look for parking and traffic signage upon entering the south side of campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive in Mequon.

Following the dedication, attendees are invited to stay for an open house to explore the state-of-the-art building, interact with faculty who will occupy the new space, and enjoy some light refreshments.

The fruition of the “For a Greater Purpose” campaign, Concordia’s new building innovatively orients business and health care disciplines together for the purpose of furthering the university’s mission to prepare ethical caregivers who are holistically equipped to serve patients’ spiritual, financial, and physical needs.

“While this dedication ceremony marks the conclusion of construction, we’re really celebrating the start of good things to come,” said Roy Peterson, senior vice president of advancement. “This building holds tremendous potential for richer collaboration between two of our key academic programs in order that more people throughout the world will benefit from the Christian leaders whom we graduate—individuals who are prepared to serve in ways unique to their disciplines.”

The hallmarks of the approximately 41,000-square-foot Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center include:

  • The only incubator space in Ozaukee county, which will encourage innovation and start-up efforts from both students and community members alike
  • The Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, which will allow faculty and students to offer a full spectrum of services to patients who are communicatively challenged, regardless of their age or ability to pay
  • A fully stocked culinary lab, which will enable students enrolled in Concordia’s hospitality and event management program to gain first-hand experience in a commercial kitchen
  • A mock courtroom judge’s seat to be utilized by Concordia’s justice and public policy students
  • An LED stock market ticker to be utilized by Concordia’s accounting students

Learn more about The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center by clicking here.

— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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