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Luz Reyes-Martin, Director of Communications
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Dedication of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at SBCC

On September 28, 2017, the dedication of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Santa Barbara City College was held on SBCC’s West Campus, and included a private reception, brief program, and a ribbon cutting for the newly remodeled lobby of the Business & Communications building.

Santa Barbara City College and the SBCC Foundation are grateful to Julie Nadel for her generous pledge of $1 million to SBCC. The endowment fund established with this gift at the SBCC Foundation will support, in perpetuity, the highest needs of the programs and initiatives of all academic disciplines that comprise the SBCC Business Division, which has been re-named the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship.

“I am thrilled to honor Jack’s groundbreaking business legacy by fostering future generations of entrepreneurs here at Santa Barbara City College,” said Julie Nadel, speaking of her late husband’s successful career as a global entrepreneur that spanned seven decades, and their shared longstanding commitment to education and philanthropy. “The Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business & Entrepreneurship will fulfill our mission to help others succeed in life. The creation of a physical incubator space, combined with outstanding teachers and programs, will support a magnificent business school where ideas will take flight to benefit future generations.”

The lobby of the Business and Communications building has been refurbished to create a student-centric, multipurpose, shared study, incubation and event space featuring visual changes including new furniture, fixtures, and cosmetic updates. The space was designed by Dawn Ziemer of KBZ Architects.

“This gift is a remarkable demonstration of Julie Nadel’s generosity, leadership, and confidence in the educational excellence of SBCC,” said Geoff Green, CEO of the SBCC Foundation. “This endowment will fuel a world-class business and entrepreneurship school that honors Jack Nadel’s legacy.”

SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe said, “Jack’s contributions to the entrepreneurial community helped lay the groundwork for SBCC’s practical approach to business education. His legacy will live on and his values will be instilled in our students through this generous donation. The example set forth by the Nadels will impart wisdom and inspiration to SBCC’s future entrepreneurs and business students. What a wonderful gift to the Santa Barbara community!”

The Nadel School offers courses in all facets of business: Accounting; Business Administration; Business Law; Real Estate; Management; Entrepreneurship; Computer Information Systems; Computer Applications; Finance; International Business; Marketing; and the experiential offerings of the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship. The programs offer excellence in business and entrepreneurship education that is steeped in practical and real-world applications, inspiring students to stretch beyond their own expectations and attain prosperity.

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