Dean's Welcome Letter Fall 2017

Dean Christopher Shook

Welcome to the fall issue of our e-newsletter. I'm thrilled about this issue because it's our first publication as the new University of Montana College of Business.

That's right — we are now a college! The Board of Regents voted to rename the School of Business Administration the College of Business on November 17. Becoming a college is fantastic for us (read about the many reasons here) but in short, it reflects our size and impact at the university and in Montana. I'm pleased to share this news with you, our loyal alumni and friends, because your work helped create the foundation for this success. Thank you for your support!

Outside of that momentous update, we've had a busy fall. We kicked off the semester with a new student event, the "Back to Business BBQ." We've had an impressive list of business leaders on campus to connect with students, including Microsoft president Brad Smith. We honored donors and the recipients of 141 scholarships at a brunch and tailgate. We held our second annual Dean for a Day competition, a memorable day where one student and I swap places. Our students have won multiple awards, including one from D.A. Davidson as part of the company's $50,000 investment competition. And those are just the highlights!

We also have much to anticipate as 2018 approaches. We look forward to the leadership of the University of Montana's next president, Seth Bodnar, who will begin his appointment after the New Year. The university will celebrate its 125th anniversary in the spring, and next fall our college will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Thank you for reading. I hope you'll take the time to explore this latest edition of our newsletter, which includes details about some of the topics I've mentioned here as well as other news and student and alumni success stories. For updates between these emails, please follow @UmontanaBiz on social media, and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time.

Again, thank for continuing to be such a vital part of our community. Go GRIZ!



Christopher Shook

Sprunk & Burnham Endowed Dean