This past fall break, College of Business faculty members led students to Scotland and New York for opportunity and adventure.
Kilchrenan, Scotland, United Kingdom
Dr. Jason DeBode, interim management department head, took a group of students to the west of Scotland to study small business consulting.
Dr. DeBode and his students have been working on a consulting project for a hotel in Scotland called Ardanaiseig Hotel. Students had the opportunity to meet with and interview the hotel owners, staff and a few guests to collect information for the project.
Since one of the target markets for the hotel is American tourists, Dr. DeBode wanted his students to have this unique experience.
The last day and a half of the trip gave students the chance to explore the city of Edinburgh and tour the Inveraray Castle and Jail and the Oban Distillery.
“Not only did I learn a lot involving out group project with the hotel,” said Sarah Schmitz, senior entertainment management major. “But I also learned a lot in regards to Scottish and European culture.”
New York, New York
Dr. Kent Ragan, interim associate dean of College of Business and finance professor, guided students through New York City over the break.
Students spent the first block of the semester learning about the history and geography of New York City and the companies they would visit.
Dr. Ragan and his students had scheduled business visits at Bloomberg HQ, CFA Society of New York, Lord Abbett, and Eagle Strategies located at its parent headquarters, New York Life.
Students explored the city and saw cultural icons including the United Nations General Assembly, the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Museum and Memorial and more. They also stopped for photos at the Wall Street Bull and New York Stock Exchange.
Other exciting highlights from the trip included a group dinner followed by orchestra seats for Phantom of the Opera and VIP tickets to Good Morning America, where one student was a food taster with the celebrity chef.