Video conferencing comes to St. Mary's University

Monday, September 20 2010

The St. Mary’s University Bill Greehey School of Business has received financial support from the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation that will enable the school to install video conferencing suites for undergraduate and graduate students.

The business school received a $200,000 grant from the foundation, which it will use to invest in new video conferencing technology, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. Once built, the new suites will allow students to interact with business leaders across the country and around the world, St. Mary’s officials say.

Existing meeting rooms in the Albert B. Alkek Business Building will be transformed into a new video conference room and two studios, one of which will mimic a corporate office. Students can use the suites to conduct mock interviews, which will be recorded by cameras so that the interactions can be evaluated by faculty members, fellow students and business executives.

The Alkek Foundation has given more than $2 million to St. Mary's. Albert B. Alkek attended St. Mary's and is a former member of the school’s board of trustees.