May 29, 2013
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
May is always an exciting time on campus; not only were we enjoying warmer weather, but we were congratulating our spring graduates at the largest commencement ceremony of the year. On May 24th 157 undergraduates and 39 graduate students walked across the stage and received their well earned degrees from the College of Business.
We couldn't be more proud as these students embark on a new journey and carry with them relevant skills, knowledge and experiences they gained during their college careers. Undoubtedly our students are entering a competitive job market. However, I have no doubt that our graduates are well prepared to make a powerful impact on the local, national and international business community.
During their college careers, our graduates gained valuable training through experiential learning opportunities. The College of Business Career and Placement Office boasts an average of over 250 national and international internship placements each year. Over the years we have developed incredible relationships with companies such as Fastenal, Wells Fargo, T Rowe Price and USAA to ensure our students are prepared to take on the challenges of the "real world". Many of these relationships offer internships and, oftentimes, full time opportunities upon graduation.
The College is also continuously developing relationships and agreements with international programs that offer our students the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Sweden, Austria and Germany.
Additionally, our graduates received top notch education from high quality faculty who are experts in their fields. Our faculty are active in the regional, national and international business communities; consulting and researching in the areas they teach and bringing these experiences back into the classroom. For example, I recently watched as Marketing Team Leader, Dr. Andrew Czaplewski gave pointers on branding to his Marketing 4550 class based on the consulting work he had performed during the summer. You could see the students' positive reaction to the "real world" nature of his instruction and experience.
Furthermore, with our Daniel's Ethics Initiative we continue to integrate principle-based ethics into the curriculum. We host the UCCS Business Ethics Case Competition and regularly send teams to the national Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition where students analyze a business dilemma and present their cases to a panel of judges. Through these competitions students explore moral reasoning and develop ethical decision making.
As you can see, our graduates have bright futures ahead. Please join me in congratulating them on their accomplishments. When I have the pleasure of congratulating our graduates on stage, I am always delighted as I can truly see that "we are in the business of building successful futures."
Venkat Reddy, PhD
Dean, UCCS College of Business