Students in Free Enterprise Are Regional Champions
Students in Free Enterprise were regional champions in the western United States competition for 2005–2006 for efforts to promote entrepreneurship through community service. SIFE team members presented oral, audiovisual, and written summaries to top business leaders. SIFE advanced to the national competition in May.
New Localization Program Supported by Federal Grant
The Localization Program, headed by marketing professor Nitish Singh, received a grant of half a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education’s Business International Education Program. The grant will assist in the implementation of one of the first programs in international e-business and localization in the United States, an emerging, multidiscipline field that focuses on how organizations develop linguistically and culturally appropriate Web sites for a diverse global audience.
The college’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), an intensive academic program, provides students with valuable skills that result in higher wages and “value added” for employers. Selected by SAP, the world’s leading enterprise software company, in 1996 as its first partner in the SAP University Alliance Program, the college is a hosting center for more than 50 institutions across the globe. It provides instruction in the use of SAP products to university faculty throughout the world.
In 2006, the College of Business launched a set of initiatives focused on preparing students to be effective and ethical leaders. Events included presentations by former Enron executive Jay Fudemberg and New York Times senior writer John Markoff.
Partnerships with leading universities outside of the United States—in China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and other locations—prepare students to successfully navigate international business environments and expand the reputation of the college.
Business Student Wins Enhancement of Multicultural Understanding Award
Harwell Lang Jr., Business Administration and Management, was recognized at the 2005 University Awards Reception for his contributions to educating the campus community about multicultural issues. Since 2002, Lang has coordinated the Black History Month program and worked with the A.S. Multicultural Affairs Council to present an annual Black History Awareness Program and a Step Show. President of Men of Honor, he was also a member of the A.S. Multicultural Affairs Council, the Pan African Union, and the African American Coalition.