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Message from the Dean – December 2018

Dear friends,

This time of year, gifts are on our minds. And as I’ve gotten to know our community, I’ve learned about the gifts that WSU and our Carson College of Business give to our students and to the world. We provide students with skills and knowledge in our classrooms, and we shape practical experiences that develop students’ abilities to solve problems and lead others. We are also working to make sure students learn from setbacks as well as successes—developing that tenacity and resilience that characterize Carson Cougs. And our mission charges us to offer gifts of insight, too—knowledge from our research, from the creativity of our faculty—to the Pacific Northwest policy and business communities. And in turn, our graduates and our communities pay those gifts forward by creating still more opportunity.

Our collection of features in this issue demonstrates the unique kinds of gifts that result from a quality business education or from the innate leadership qualities that attract students to our college. One of the most heart-warming is that of the heroism of our business and economics alumnus S.Sgt. Ronald Shurer II (’01), who recently received the Medal of Honor—the highest military award for valor—from the White House. With quick thinking and incredible bravery, S.Sgt. Shurer saved many lives while assigned to a special operations taskforce in Afghanistan. This momentous occasion is a timely reminder for our college and our nation of the men and women who protect us all.

Featured research by Leah Sheppard, assistant professor of management, offers insights on producing leaders. Her findings help us understand how and why women may perceive their leadership abilities as being lower than those of men. In today’s world, talented leaders are in high demand. In the Carson College our charge is to make sure every one of our students and alumni can reach their full potential. We can’t afford to have anyone left behind, and so work like Dr. Sheppard’s is invaluable. We can also give students and our community the gift of seeing the range of paths to success. In our feature detailing the Power Breakfast and Business Technology Symposium, you see examples of successful women leading in the world around us.

In addition to our public panels and symposia, you’ll discover how we are supporting retailers in the Pacific Northwest by thinking about the gift season itself. Our annual survey provides critical data on consumer shopping habits during some of the biggest shopping days of the year—Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

Opportunities go both ways. When things work right we provide an amazing pipeline of prospective interns and employees to the business world, strengthening our industries. I encourage you to watch the video on Boeing intern Ashley Palmer! In turn, the business community rewards us by supporting our students with the gift of opportunity, as you will read about in the industry scholarship features on Andrew Hecker and Spencer Fee.

The gift of an education is precious and has long lasting impact that becomes clear only over a lifetime. I invite you to join me in supporting excellence in Carson College of Business offerings and relationships in 2019 so that opportunities to serve our students, and communities never go unrealized.

Go Cougs!

Chip Hunter, Dean

Message from the Dean – August 2018

We have a unique opportunity and an important role—preparing students for the real world, providing them with skills and grit that come not only from the classroom, but from practical experiences and unique learning opportunities that equip them for their lives and careers. In this issue you will read several stories on students’ entrepreneurial efforts that will likely amaze you as you realize the potential value their innovations could bring to Washington state and beyond. » More ...

Message from the Dean – March 2018

Dear friends, One of our goals in the Carson College of Business is to expand our business offerings in innovative formats that will help meet the growing needs of WSU students who do not major in business. These students benefit not only from our events such as the Business Technology Symposium, but also from classes such as Introduction to Business » More ...

Dean’s Message – December 2017

Dear friends, We have an important role in preparing students for their first jobs and their careers. We help them build their skills, and we foster the diligence and tenacity our Carson Cougs are known for. The best preparation comes not only from the classroom, but from practical experiences that position students and graduates to solve problems and to lead in this region’s business community and beyond. » More ...

Dean’s Message August 2017

Dear friends, Our approach to business education focuses not simply on what happens in the classroom, but on giving our students a variety of opportunities to discover their paths in life. Some students will become the business leaders of our region or beyond, others may take over family businesses or launch their own businesses, some will pursue public and community service, and a few may even turn out to be future professors and scholars. » More ...

Dean’s Message March 2017

Dear friends, We know that our business environment requires us to work across boundaries. In the Carson College of Business, we are creating a new generation of business leaders who are committed to working with others to have a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in Washington state, throughout the region, and across the globe. To accomplish this, we are actively listening, learning, and collaborating with our colleagues across the University and in industry to constantly improve what we do. » More ...

Dean’s Message December 2016

Dear Friends, As a college, we are committed to providing transformational experiences that serve our students for life. And this means every student who is willing and able to do the work we expect. Higher education is an amazing path to opportunity. For many of us, this path was made possible in part by gifts from those who came before us. Those of us who have received this gift in turn have the opportunity—some would say the responsibility—to pay that gift forward. » More ...

June 2016

Dear friends,
I hope your summer is off to a great start. Here at the college, June is a time for us to celebrate our recent graduates and to support them as they launch their careers. During the summer, many of our faculty focus on advancing knowledge in their fields, and we support this work through our competitive summer grant program. And we’re already planning for a new academic year—our new Cougs and August will be here before we know it. » More ...

Dean’s Message March 2016

Dear friends,
It’s been a great honeymoon! I’ve served seven months as your dean, and I have not had a bad day yet. There’s a ton of excitement circulating about what we’re going to do together, and I have had the good fortune of meeting many of you to learn more about your passion for the college and WSU. » More ...