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From the Dean’s Office

Interim Dean Christy Weer
Dean Christy Weer

I am thrilled to be writing this first newsletter of 2015 as the permanent dean of the Perdue School. There are so many exciting things going on in the Perdue School that’s it’s hard to decide what to write about. I think I’ll focus this issue on the happenings during the winter term and then give some highlights about things to come.

First, let’s talk about study abroad...

From January 10-24, 23 students, along with Professors Hoffman and Gittelman, traveled to Vichy, France, and were hosted by the University of Blaise Pascal. They took classes in international accounting and business and had the opportunity to hear guest lecturers from local French businesses. In addition, the students experienced some of the cultural icons of France by visiting a chateau where they dined on a four-course meal, visited a vineyard including wine tasting and visited a craft cheese company in the mountains in the snow. Two company tours rounded out the Vichy experience. Then it was off to the Paris, the City of Lights, to experience the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, among other world-renown sights. The two-week stay culminated with a dinner cruise on the Seine seeing Paris at night. All returned tired but having had an incredible two weeks of learning about a new culture and business in its global setting.

At the same time, a group of 17 students with an entrepreneurial spirt headed to Costa Rica to combine business education with a cultural experience in a new and exciting study abroad program. Led by Professors Laura Anderson and Silvana Chambers, students had the opportunity to become immersed with the people, language and culture of Costa Rica, participate with native and international students at ULACIT, a private, bilingual business school in San Jose, all while exploring Costa Rica’s natural treasures, including Manuel Antonio, the Pacific Coast and the city of San Jose. Students visited companies pioneering international business in this developing country in an effort to create their own international business plan. Many students will use their business plans to compete in the Entrepreneurship Competition this May.

While these students were enjoying the magic of Paris and the tropics of Costa Rica (while also learning a little along the way), another group of students was hard at work back in the classrooms of Perdue Hall. Over the winter term, eight students completed a 10-day training course that provided them with a broad knowledge of the integration of business processes in SAP ERP. The training culminated in a grueling three-hour TERP 10 certification examination. Instructors Dr. Karen Papke-Shields and Dr. Kathie Wright are proud to say that all eight students passed the exam and are now TERP 10 certified. We are certainly proud of these students!

As we move into February, we have a team of students headed to a case competition in Canada. Each year, the Montreal-based University of Concordia organizes one of the most competitive undergraduate case competitions in the world. Twenty-four teams from Asia, Europe and North America will be competing during the week-long competition. This is the third year that Perdue School students have been invited to participate in this prestigious event and we wish the team good luck!

As we move into March, we are excited to have Mitzi Perdue serve as our Executive Leadership Series speaker on March 3. We then celebrate Ethics Week March 9-13. April 10 brings the Gamma Beta Sigma induction ceremony, followed by Professional Development Week April 13-17. May is particularly busy with the Shore Hatchery competition on May 7 and the Student Entrepreneurship Competitions on May 8. We will then say goodbye to our graduating seniors at the Commencement ceremony on May 21.

We look forward to a great spring semester and welcome you to be a part of it.

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