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Message from the Dean – August 2018

Dear friends,

We have a unique opportunity and an important role—preparing students for the real world and 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 keeping with our land-grant mission, we are focused on providing a well-rounded education that sets students up to become the future leaders the business community needs to remain competitive. But this isn’t enough on its own. To be successful in their overall development, students need skills—an understanding of creative discovery, a global mindset, and financial literacy—that will support them both personally and professionally.

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. A standout example is the feature on BeeToxx, a team of students who competed in the WSU Business Plan Competition and have gone on to secure high placings and awards at regional competitions. Their winning innovation, a bee food additive that protects bees against the harmful effects of encountering pesticides during pollination, could improve beekeeping practices worldwide by helping to prevent colony collapse.

A follow up feature on team Kulé’s progress with a digital thermometer that improves milk pasteurization practices among the Maasai will transport you to rural Africa, where the team’s efforts are one step closer to saving lives. The team coached the Maasai on properly using the thermometer, storing milk, and cleaning containers to reduce dangerous pathogen and bacteria transmission.

Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and mindset across campus is the focus of the article on WESKA, a new, immersive entrepreneurship program designed for WSU graduate students from scientific, nonbusiness disciplines, and WSU partners interested in learning about entrepreneurship and developing their own ventures. This new program is in lock step with our goals of providing business education across the University, being recognized as a regular contributor of influential research to academic disciplines, and being recognized by business and policy communities as the leading source of research-based insights and critical thinking about business.

Additionally, as part of this issue’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, I hope you enjoy the feature on Assistant Professor Alex Kier’s research that measures the value of imaginativeness in entrepreneurial success.

In our Stay Connected section, a feature on Marla Meyer, our newly hired Moss Adams accounting career advisor, demonstrates how industry support can make a difference in the quality of education we are able to provide our students. Similarly, the feature on David Kurz illustrates the impact of scholarship support on a student’s ability to achieve academic and entrepreneurial goals.

As we kick off fall semester, we are looking forward to seeing you at some of the Carson College events you’ll see listed on the Stay Connected calendar, such as the Power Breakfast on September 27, Celebrate Carson College! on October 25, and Homecoming on September 28-29.

Go Cougs!

Chip Hunter, Dean

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 ...

Spring 2015

Dear Friends, I hope this edition of our eDividend finds you well. The Carson College of Business has experienced a number of changes since our last Dividend communication. Perhaps the most significant is the change in leadership within our college. Provost Dan Bernardo has appointed Larry "Chip" Hunter as the next Carson College dean. » More ...