Help Support the Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition through Crowdfunding
SOBA Alumni and Friends, please consider helping the Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition crowdfund our annual event. This year we received over 50 initial business plan entries with a winner to be announced April 7. We hope you will consider supporting this excellent opportunity for FLC students!! Click here to watch our student's Hawk Tank Crowdfunding promotional video.
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Faculty Led Study Abroad - Heidelberg, Germany - Summer 2019
Professors Doug Lyon and Instructor Chris Lyon will once again lead a group of students, April 30 - June 18, 2019 in Heidelberg, Germany. Please click here to see all the details of this travel abroad opportunity.
2018 Southwest Economic Outlook
Click below to download the 2018 Southwest Economic Outlook Presentations:
Students Complete Economic Impact Study
Students in Professor Deb Walker's Econ 378 course are working on an economic impact study on the Dolores River Festival. Her 15 students spent a day gathering data for their research. Read more about their project and the festival at Cortez Journal.
SOBA Receives Nord Gift
Appreciation to the Nord Family for the generous donation to the School of Business Administration and Theater Departments. Their gift provides the opportunity for many future FLC students to attain their dream of a college degree. We are sincerely grateful to the Nord's and all of our donors for their generosity. Read more about their gift at the Durango Hearld.
SOBA Extends AACSB Accreditation
Congrats to our Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration (SOBA) for extending their accreditation with AACSB International! Only 5% of all business schools worldwide achieve this honor.
SOBA Students in the News
Congratulation to SOBA students Shannon Harpham, Ian McPherson, Keisha Green and Ryan Torres who were selected to participate in the Southwest Innovation Corridor's spring internship cohort. They were matched to valuable internships with regional innovation-based companies through the first cohort of the Southwest Innovation Corridor's Innovation Internship Program.
SOBA Students Give Back
Students in Associate Dean, Elaine Labach's BA 353 class, Operations Management, got involved with the community last semester by working with local residential senior community Sunshine Gardens on a variety of projects to help the residents and administrators Listen to her interview on FLC Voices.
The HawkTank is getting ready for its second season. Will you be ready to compete for the $5000 top prize? All FLC students and recent alumni are eligible to submit business plan ideas for the competition. Check out the calendar of upcoming events and resource information at the Hawk Tank website.
SOBA Mourns the Loss of Longtime Supporter
The School of Business Administration lost a longtime valuable friend this week as Ed Morlan, recently retired Executive Director of the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado passed away unexpectedly. “I have known Ed since I first served on the Region 9 Executive Board in 2007”, says Paul McGurr Interim Dean of SOBA. “He was full energy and was always willing to help new businesses. He always supported the Small Business Development Center hosted by Fort Lewis College and he personally helped me in 2015 when we were between Directors of the SBDC. He will be missed.” Ed served since 1989 as Executive Director of Region 9 and was the driving force in providing over $22 million in loans to small businesses in Southwest Colorado. Link to recent Durango Herald article regarding Mr. Morlan's retirement. Photo credit: Durango Herald
Dr. Margaret Tanner (Accounting, '82), associate provost and director of graduate studies at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, received the KPMG Mentoring Award from the American Accounting Association.
SOBA Students Take Home Top Prizes at the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Competition
FLC students swept the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Case Competition. Senior Business Administration major Connor Caffery and Senior Political Science and Business Administration major Lauren Smith placed first, followed by Junior Business Administration major Drew Faloon and Sophomore Accounting major Trevor Hunt in second place. Assistant Professor Kaori Takano led the effort to involve Fort Lewis College for the first-time in this competition.
Way to go Skyhawks!
Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Comes to FLC
The Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration was honored to host the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Workshop -
Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum. Over 30 faculty, administration, staff and students from FLC’s School of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration and the Teacher Education Department participated. The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Program, housed at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, College of Business, works to provide principle-based ethics education at both collegiate and secondary education levels. FLC Assistant Professor of Management, Kaori Takano has championed bringing the Ethics Initiative Workshop to the FLC Campus.
Teaching Ethics Across the Curriculum workshop focused on faculty confidence in addressing ethical issues and incorporating experiential learning opportunities in the classroom. Instruction was led by UCCS - College of Business faculty Dr. Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Ph.D., Gordon Stringer, M.B.A. and Scott Van Ness, A.B.D. For additional information regarding the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative visit their website at http://www.danielsfund.org/Ethics/.
Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition Concludes
The inaugural Hawk Tank Business Plan Competition concluded on April 9, as the 10 finalist teams were narrowed down to 5 who battled it out for top honors and a $5000 prize. In the end, Fall 2015 graduate Giancarlo Vigil took top honors with his loose leaf Yerba tea importing concept. The $2500 second place honor went to the small-scale farm team, Fields to Plate. Rounding out the top honors was SLED Outdoors, an event planning company for small business and non-profits.
Click here to watch the short film documenting the competition.
Click here to read local coverage by the Durango Herald and here to read the Hearld's Editorial regarding the competition.
Student Centered Education
Our overall emphasis is in providing diverse and personalized learning experiences for our students. The School of Business Administration fosters student – faculty interaction:
- Small class sizes
- Professors know students on a first name basis, which allows close professional relationships to be developed.
- Professors speak directly with students promoting an open door atmosphere.
- Professors are enthusiastic about giving guidance to students about classroom projects or other questions.
- Professors have a deep professional interest in the success of our students.
The School of Business Administration faculty is highly qualified. Most have PhD’s and years of business experience. Our faculty is engaged in scholarly activity to identify and address important business and economic issues through discovery, integration and application, and teaching and learning scholarship. Our teacher-scholar model encourages inquiry that leads to new understandings that address questions of interest to students, and the business community.
AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Learn more about our AACSB Accreditation.
Our Unique Study Abroad Program
Our Junior Term Abroad (JTA) program provides a unique and affordable educational experience to our students. Every year, our faculty lead students in a study abroad program where the courses are taught in English with course offerings designed to keep students on track for graduation. Learn more about our study abroad program.