SOBA DEAN’S Welcome September 2, 2016
Fall Semester, 2016
I truly believe these are the best of days on all college campuses, including Fort Lewis College: The students are back, greeting old and new friends; The faculty are rested and eager to impart knowledge; the skies are blue and the days are warm; the athletic teams are undefeated; all grades are perfect; no projects are due. It is a good time to be a part of the Fort Lewis College campus and the School of Business Administration community.
I welcome all returning students and faculty to SOBA and I offer a very special welcome to all new students and new faculty. Best of luck in all your classes.
I wish to welcome our new faculty and staff this September. Stop by and introduce yourself to them:
New Full-time Faculty:
Theresa Hilliard, Accounting
Tom Miaskiewicz, Marketing
New Adjunct Faculty:
James Grizzard, Business Administration (returning after an absence of 22 years)
Ryan Hagin, Business Administration
David Pirrone, Accounting and Business Law
Zane Wells, Business Administration
New Administrative Staff:
Monica Candelaria, Faculty Administrative Assistant
There will be a lot going on in SOBA this semester.
On campus we have 80 classes being offered with over 2,150 students enrolled, both record highs. The faculty is hard at work converting their classes from the 4-credit model used in the past to the new 3-credit model. It is difficult to reduce the amount of time spent face-to-face with the students while ensuring the student learning outcomes are met. As part of our AACSB accreditation process SOBA is answering specific questions posed by the review team during their visit last February. The continuous improvement process never stops.
There are important searches going on. My term as interim dean expires on June 30, 2017 and the search for a permanent dean has begun. In addition, SOBA has searches in progress for a new quantitative-focused management professor and a new marketing professor. Over half of SOBA’s faculty are actively involved on the search committees committed to finding individuals to lead SOBA into the future.
Lastly, six faculty members are preparing to take SOBA students on faculty-led study trips abroad. Doug and Chris Lyon are actively recruiting for a JTA semester abroad in Heildelberg Germany for Spring 2017. Paul Clay and Michael Valdez are finalizing details of the first JTA to Jönköping Sweden in Summer 2017. Simon Walls will offer his long-running cruise course to the Carribean once again in May 2017 and Stephanie Owings will offer the first ever course on the economics of the via ferratas in the Italian Alps. International opportunities abound in SOBA.
So let us all enjoy the season, the energy and the camaraderie of the new academic year on campus.