2017 Spring

2017 Spring Dean's Newsletter
Spring 2017     • • • • •     volume I issue II     • • • • •    April 21, 2017

Dean Christopher Shook

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of the Business School's newsletter!

While spring seems to have taken its time getting here to Missoula, I am hopeful warm weather and more sunshine is on its way. And in the true spirit of the spring season, I want to devote much of this newsletter to recognizing the amazing accomplishments of our alumni as well as our current and graduating students, without whom the School of Business would not be the success it is today.

In my second semester as the Sprunk and Burnham Endowed Dean for the UM School of Business, I’ve been blown away by the generosity, support and fascinating success stories of our alumni. On Friday, March 31st, we honored our 2017 Outstanding Alumni. This year’s honorees included Stefanie Strack, General Manager of Nike Skateboarding in North America for Nike, Inc., and Craig Anderson, Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch in Billings. While Stefanie and Craig share a common theme of being highly successful, their stories and backgrounds are drastically different, illustrating firsthand that there is no single path to success.   We are proud that their paths included the School of Business.

Our business students got a firsthand look into many of these different journeys to success (and the inevitable failures that occur along the way) when the School of Business recently hosted its very first session of “TED-style talks”, a round of short five-minute talks featuring many inspiring members of our Business Advisory Council. The response to these presentations from our students has been overwhelmingly positive, and I hope it’s the start of a new tradition for the School of Business.

Understanding the value of our individual stories is a critical lesson for students to learn, not only from the perspective of seasoned alumni but also from our current students. We recently featured a video on our website of one of our many bright and inspiring students, senior Taylor McDermott. A native of rural Montana, Taylor’s journey has taken many exciting turns during her time in the School of Business, including a once-in-a-lifetime internship with global consulting firm KPMG and a full-time job offer upon graduation. Check out her video below to hear more about her journey from “jeans to jets”.

For the latest news and insights at the business school, I invite you all to follow and connect with me on Facebook: @MontanaBusinessDean. You can also keep track of the latest news on the School of Business page: @UMSoba.

Happy spring and Go Griz!

Dean Christopher Shook

From Jeans to Jets...

Outstanding Alumni

School of Business Awards 2017 Outstanding Alumni

The UM School of Business honored two alumni for outstanding career achievement on March 31st during the spring Business Advisory Council Meeting. This year’s honorees were Craig K. Anderson, ’76, Outstanding Alumnus, and Stefanie Strack, ’04, Outstanding Alumna... Read more...
2017 Business Startup Challenge Winners

Montana Student Entrepreneurs Excel at 2017 John Ruffatto Startup Challenge

Last Thursday, the top sixteen submissions for the 28th Annual John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge convened on the University of Montana campus to present their winning business ideas. From classic... Read more...
VMS Producer Panel

Entertainment Management Students Attend Vegas Music Summit

Vegas Music Summit was the destination for four UM students who are part of a newly formed student-run record label, Switchback Records, and inspired to explore and discover where they might fit into the music industry. Rodel Delfin, a mentor ... Read more...
FAST Enterprises map

FAST Enterprises Finds Valuable Recruits at UM's School of Business

Among the many national and global firms that consistently recruit the University of Montana’s business students is FAST Enterprises, a national and global IT firm providing software and consulting services to government agencies. Over the years, FAST has been... Read more...
BAC Ted Style Talks

“Failure?” was the topic of the first Ted-style talks to students, alumni and advisory boards.    

The Business Advisory Council members who were scheduled to rotate off of the Council were challenged by Dean Shook to talk about the topic of “Failure?” in five-minute Ted-style talks...Read more...

UM Students in New Zealand

Students Study Sustainable Business in New Zealand and Australia

Sixteen students from UM explored the wonderful landscape of New Zealand and Australia while studying sustainable business over winter session. The trip started in Queenstown, the “adventure capital of the world”, looking at sustainable tourism... Read more...
High School Open House
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