Fall 2016

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Winter 2016     • • • • •     volume I issue I     • • • • •    December 16, 2016

Dean Christopher Shook
Holiday Greetings!
Welcome to the first edition of the School of Business newsletter!

As the Sprunk and Burnham Endowed Dean for the UM School of Business, I am honored to present this new format of communication with you in place of the traditional Dean’s Report. Designed to give you a more effective and sustainable way to stay informed about the business school, this newsletter will be delivered to your inbox each periodically, providing convenient links to all the news, events and information you care about. I hope that this newsletter will prove to be a great representation of all the amazing things happening at the business school – past, present and future.

In my short time here at UM, I’ve seen firsthand the hardworking students, incredibly devoted faculty and staff, and fiercely proud alumni that make up this school and community. With that said, I’ve also seen some things that we can do better, such as the active sharing of our unique story and many impressive accomplishments with the local, regional and global communities.

To better understand the needs and concerns of the school, this summer, I embarked on an extensive listening tour, interviewing all of the school’s faculty and staff as well as key members of university administration. Through this process, I came to understand the growing need for transparency and open communication, not only with faculty and staff but also with alumni, donors and community members. In light of university budget constraints and enrollment concerns, building strong relationships among each of these groups and developing new strategies for student growth and retention will be pivotal components of my role as Dean.

Since the beginning of the semester, I have also made it a priority to connect and engage with current and prospective students. These efforts have included open office hours held each month as well as a hosted Q&A session during which I spent an evening answering questions from prospective students. In November, we also held the very first Dean for a Day competition; after an online video contest in which students both produced the videos and voted on them, I acceded my place as Dean to star business Senior Eduardo Hidalgo for an entire day. While he attended all of my meetings and engagements, I attended his classes (getting lost in the process) and had lunch at his fraternity. This proved to be an amazing way for me to meet students first-hand and see just how involved and dedicated the faculty are to each student’s success.

For photos and videos of the latest events at the business school, such as the Dean for a Day competition, as well as other news and insights, I invite you all to follow and connect with me on Facebook: @MontanaBusinessDean and Twitter @umtbusinessdean. You can also keep track of the latest news on the School of Business Facebook page: @UMSoba and our website: business.umt.edu.

I wish everyone the happiest of holiday seasons and look forward to celebrating many more at the University of Montana School of Business.

Dean Christopher Shook

Student Success Center

Student Success Center a Valuable Asset to Students

On September 26, 2016, the new Larry and Dee Dee Gianchetta Student Success Center officially opened its doors to students. The center offers a one-stop shop for all SoBA advising, career services, graduate programs, internships, and scholarships. In the first six weeks of operation, 1,670 students visited for undergraduate services and approximately 240 for graduate services. The center has been really valuable,; said MBA student John Seils.As a graduate student, it’s great to have all the resources there that I need. I've been able to get help with my upcoming course schedule, resume, and internship opportunities all in one place.” In the weeks since its opening, both graduate and undergraduate students have been taking full advantage of the new central location on the lower floor of the Gallagher Business Building, just behind Biz Buzz. “I don’t have to find my way around the third floor anymore. It’s much more convenient!” remarked another SoBA student.

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Dean Shook and Ed Hidalgo

Dean Shook trades places with senior, Ed Hidalgo

Monday, November 28, 2016 was a monumental day in SoBA history. In SoBA’s first ever Dean for a Day competition, Dean Chris Shook acceded his deanship for the day to Eduardo Hidalgo, a SoBA Senior majoring .... read more.....
NW Mutual Sales Competition Winners

UM Students Advance to National Sales Competition

Sixteen students and 12 judges participated in the third annual scholarship sales competition, hosted by Northwestern Mutual, at the University of Montana in October. “The quality of the presentations .... read more.....
Guest Speakers - Kevin Keller and Scott Bedbury

Distinguished Guest Speakers

Our faculty have a strong reputation of bringing world-renowned guest speakers into the classroom - as was the case with marketing faculty Jakki Mohr and Joan Giese bringing Kevin Keller and Scott Bedbury to UM this fall. read more..... 
Lisa Eiler

Lisa Eiler Publishes Research in Advances in Accounting

School of Business faculty regularly publish in top journals and publications. Lisa Eiler's recent publication is just one of many research publications and conference presentations. To read more about our faculty, visit our news section here...
Jesse Schuster

UMEM Student Has Experience of a Lifetime

UMEM student Jesse Schuster scored an exciting internship with Madison House, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, last summer. The company provides unique and innovative management and booking for... read more......
Ryan Glennon

Student Spotlight: Ryan Glennon

Periodically the business school highlights a student on our website. Ryan Glennon, MIS major with a certificate in Big Data Analytics has a few things to say about why he chose UM and the School of Business. read more....

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