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From the Dean's Office

Perdue DeanFall officially arrived a few weeks ago. The Perdue School started our fall in early September. Both the Career Advisory Board and Executive Advisory Board held meetings and, in addition to other activities, constructed a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the school. This input is critical as we start the strategic planning process for the school. In addition, students admitted to the professional program attended THE Meeting; an afternoon of meetings with the dean, department faculty and chairs and student organization representatives. Our second annual “Meet the Firms” job fair for accounting, finance and information systems majors was also held at the end of the month.

October is even busier. The University calendar is packed with the Sea Gull Century (around 7,000 riders this year), Homecoming and all of the activities that make up that weekend, Family Weekend (a number of campus activities including the first Business Olympics sponsored by the Perdue School student organizations) and the second of three fall Admission Open Houses for prospective students and their families. In the School, the third annual Community Leadership Panel featuring four local business executives drew more than 100 students. The Maryland Association of CPA’s (MACPA) hold their annual meeting for area accountants in early October. During the third week of October, the Perdue School celebrates National Business Women’s Week; women executives from across Delmarva will share their experiences and insights in the classroom. Our fall Executive Leadership Series speaker is John Lauer, recently retired non-executive chairman of the board of Diebold, Inc. A thank you goes out to Bay Bank for their continuing sponsorship of the series. That same week, the first applicants to the Shore Hatchery present to the Shore Hatchery Board. The Shore Hatchery is funded from a $1 million gift from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Trust. The purpose of the gift is to encourage entrepreneurship and employment in the Mid-Atlantic region. Grants and loan guarantees will be made to successful applicants. In addition, the entrepreneurs will be paired with successful business mentors to help them in their development process.

Things slow slightly as we approach the holidays. November and December are highlighted by the TGM Banking Conference, the third Admissions Open House, the Shore Fraud Conference and, of course, fall commencement on December 14. Please join us and be a part of these activities.

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