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Dean Christy Weer, Ph.D.
Dean Christy Weer, Ph.D.

Welcome to the first edition of the 2016 Perdue News. We had another exciting winter semester, and this time I was able to be a part of the action.

From January 9-22, 18 students, along with Professors Gittelman and Diriker, 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 mill where they dined on a fabulous four-course meal and then toured a 14th century castle, visited a vineyard including wine tasting, and enjoyed lunch in a creperie in Clermont Ferrand. Two company tours rounded out the Vichy experience. I joined the group as they experienced the City of Light, including 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. We returned to a snow-covered Shore after experiencing an incredible time learning about a new culture and business in its global setting.

At the same time, a group of 17 students with an entrepreneurial spirit 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, and participate with native and international students at La Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (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 Competitions this May.

As we move into the spring semester, there is a lot to look forward to:

  • MASMI Sales Symposium and Sales Job Fair– March 4
  • Ethics Week – March 7-11
  • Inaugural Student Fulbright Reception – March 8
  • Perdue School Executive Advisory Council Business Leadership Award Luncheon – March 11
  • Executive Leadership Speaker – Sheela Murthy, founder, President and CEO, Murthy Law Firm – March 31
  • Gamma Beta Sigma Induction Ceremony – April 8
  • Professional Development Week – April 11-15
  • Shore Hatchery Competition – April 21
  • Entrepreneurship Competitions – April 22
  • Graduation – May 19

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