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Students at the open forum

May 2014


Are we really at the end of an academic year? So much has happened. I'll provide a few highlights organized by our College strategic issues:


Facilitate Transformational Learning and Development

In March we held our first undergraduate Student Open Forum event to gain insight into student experiences and gain ideas for improvement in the college. We hear of an ongoing interest in internships and affordable international travel.

Foster Global Awareness and Skills

About a dozen students presented International 400 student portfolios which documented the development of global perspectives during their College of Business education. This is a new requirement for students in our business majors, which we expect to advance our students' preparation for work in a complex global business environment.

Fifteen Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) and MBA students will take classes in Croatia or Germany this summer - another great example of opportunities for life-changing experiences in other cultures.

Plans are being finalized for our 5th annual American Business Experience event this summer, which will host about 18 international students for one month. They will learn about U.S. business, both in the classroom and at local organizations in our region.

Attract, Retain and Engage World-Class Faculty and Staff

Dr. William Lesch will be joining St. Ambrose University as Dean of the College of Business, effective July 1.

Jun (Jeffrey) Chen will be joining our faculty in the Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences department in the fall.

Connect Education and Service with the World of Practice

Following on last spring's well-received initial economic development project, a second group of students is working with Quad Cities first on economic development analysis.

Short videos have been produced, posted on our web page and used in promotion to potential students. The videos document student projects at The Place2Be teen outreach program, Quad Cities First (part of the Quad Cities Chamber) and the Hilltop Campus Village, a neighborhood adjacent to the St. Ambrose University campus.

Public Relations students have also worked with non-profit organizations - Career Connections (Fall '13) and United Neighbors (Spring '13) to develop strategic communication campaigns.

Journalism students are working with Veteran Services and Recruitment and the History Department to develop an oral history featuring vets, which we hope will air on Veterans' Day 2014.

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