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November 2017

From the Dean's Desk

Dean Judith Hennessey
College of Business Dean Judith E. Hennessey.

Dear Alumni and Friends,

This semester has been filled with new opportunities, and the energy of the students inspire me and the faculty each day. We are excited to announce that we are participating in Chico State Giving Day on November 28. Our goal during this 24-hour fundraising drive is to raise $10,000 for our Professional Attire Fund. We hope that you will help us spread the word and support our business students in this effort.

The College of Business is also excited to be a part of the Transform Tomorrow Campaign, as we look toward the future to create a new business building for the 21st Century. Together, we’ll create a purpose-driven learning environment that meets the demands of new and traditional business. Configurable classrooms, informal and formal meeting spaces, and labs will match the limitless potential of tomorrow’s technology-rich, relationship-focused, and multidisciplinary marketplace.

With just under 3,000 students declaring business administration as their major each year, we have our hands full with ensuring student success. The Business Student Success Center with help from generous donors Dennis O’Connell (’68) and Paul Huntzinger (’67) has implemented three specially designed programs into the center this fall, including the Professional Attire Fund.

There are always new faces on campus each fall, but some of the people I am most excited about getting to know are the additions to our faculty roster. This past year we hired Chico State’s first Faculty-In-Residence, management professor Joe Liu. Joe and his wife, Danielle, provide a personal touch for students and an opportunity for them to learn outside of the classroom.

Besides my appreciation for our programmatic and faculty accomplishments, I am proud of our 2017–2018 business scholarship awardees. Scholarship recipients earn tuition support which can frequently make a major day-to-day difference in their financial realities. Students like Alisha Sharma are role models inside and outside of the classroom. Alisha is a high performing business administration major who is also pursuing minors in communication studies and international relations and is currently the student body executive vice president on campus.

My work is to deliver exceptional programs, motivate outstanding faculty, and support our impressive students as we work together toward the future and raise funds for a business building that fits the needs of modern education. I deeply appreciate your partnership in making this great work happen during this academic year!

With warm regards,

Judith E. Hennessey
College of Business