School of Business Administration - Dean's Report

Monday, November 07, 2016

SOBA's DEAN Report

Fall Semester 3

November 7, 2016

The School of Business Administration is in the middle of the fall semester and all the faculty and students are working hard to impart and receive the knowledge and the skills that will lead the students to reach graduation and prepare them for success in the upcoming years.

I have just returned from a conference and a brief visit to my old, and future, home in Ohio. This causes my Dean’s report to be a few days late but allows me to report on a couple of activities related to the School of Business Administration.

During the last week of October, Associate Professor Michael Valdez and I attended the Conference of the Rocky Mountain CIBER Network. CIBER is the Center for international Business Education and Research located at the University of Colorado – Denver. The Rocky Mountain CIBER network is one of only 17 such centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education across the country.  With our attendance at this meeting, Fort Lewis College joins 40 colleges, universities and tribal colleges in ten mountain states with access to pedagogical and research tools related to international business. I was fortunate to present at this meeting as part of a panel discussing “Innovation in International Business Education”. I presented on Fort Lewis College’s International Study Opportunities including the School of Business Administration’s Faculty Led Study Abroad (FLSA) trips and our Junior Term Abroad (JTA) full-semester programs.

But of greater significance, for the first time SOBA sent two teams of students to the Business Ethics Case Competition sponsored by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. This is the fifth year of the competition but the first year Fort Lewis College students participated in the event. Sixteen student teams from five Colorado institutions addressed a case study concerning a negative event occurring at a hospiital where the blame for the event was ambiguous. Each team had to present to a judges including a hospital administrator and a lawyer. I am pleased to announce that SOBA’s two teams came in First and Second Place in the competition.

The team of seniors Lauren Smith and  Connor Cafferty won First Place, while the team of Junior Drew Faloon and Sophomore Trevor Hunt came in Second Place. CONGRATULATIONS to all four of the participants. SOBA is proud of their effort. A tremendous showing for first involvement in the competition. A special thanks goes to Assistant Professor Kaori Takano for serving as Fort Lewis College’s Ethics Champion and coordinating our involvement in the competition.

Enjoy the brisk fall weather this November.

Paul McGurr

Interim Dean, School of Business Administration

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