Master's and doctoral level College of Business alumni will find continuing education and a lasting connection with St. Ambrose and their classmates in the Forever Masters program.
Alumni of COB graduate degree programs-the H. L. McLaughlin Master of Business Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Accounting and Doctor of Business Administration-will enjoy an array of new benefits through the program.
Those include access to training and professional advancement through the St. Ambrose Professional Development Center; an open invitation to special events throughout the year; and interactive sharing of digital content relevant to the 21st century business professional via email and social media.
The goal of the program is to create a valued and essential resource for professional development and growth for SAU alumni, said Randy Richards, PhD, a newly retired faculty member who developed the program in partnership with Master of Organizational Leadership Program Chair Ron Wastyn, PhD, and College of Business Dean William Lesch, PhD.
"This is a significant engagement opportunity our grads long have been requesting," Richards said. "It is also an important value-added bonus to their degrees. We can provide them the training and information they will need to continue to grow and advance in their careers."
The program was introduced in May through events featuring acclaimed business writer and editor Art Kleiner.
Lisa Adam Craig '14 MOL attended an introductory reception and presentation by Kleiner, and is eager for future opportunities to gain more from her St. Ambrose connections.
"I love the chance to 'continue the conversation' with others who have completed their master's degrees," said the Deere and Co. analyst. "The thing I miss the most about not being in class is the discussion and learning. The Forever Masters program gives us the chance to keep learning. Reconnecting with others who feel the same way is a great reason to be part of this program."
Additional programming will take place this coming academic year, beginning with the introduction of the North Davenport Education Center on 54th Street as the new home for most College of Business post-graduate classes as well as the location of the St. Ambrose Professional Development Center.
"This new location will provide students a convenient location, with ample parking and lighted lots, where they can attend evening classes that suit their busy schedules," Lesch said. "It also is a prime location for Professional Development programming that will help the Quad Cities business community and members of the Forever Masters program continue to develop their business skills and augment their educations."