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Dividend The official online magazine of the Carson College of Business

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 (attended by 118 non-business majors in 2017), but also from classes such as Introduction to Business, in which 83 percent of students are non-business majors, or Introduction to Financial Accounting, in which 42 percent are non-business majors.

Our Personal Finance class is so popular across the University that we recently had to open additional sections to accommodate over 100 additional nonbusiness students, and we still had a waiting list. With the help of investors in our Dean’s Catalyst Fund, we are creating a state-of-the-art version of the course that will be available online and from there, we will design further programming on our campuses to bring together our business majors with other Cougs. The idea is that our CCB majors interested in financial services will prepare for jobs in part by working with students who are more like the customers they plan to serve—and the students beyond the Carson College will learn from their peers. We hope to add mentors from industry to the mix and work together to develop new paths to career and life success for WSU students in and beyond the Carson College.

In this issue of eDividend, we showcase examples of other collaboration that extends business education beyond our walls. Working with various partners, we offer premier programs such as the online MBA and Executive MBA programs, which U.S. News and World Report recently ranked 12th nationally for best online MBA programs and 8th for best online MBA programs for veterans. You’ll read about the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies expanding into a new space, launching several new programs, and hiring a new student venture manager. Our CES works with faculty and WSU students in engineering, communications, agricultural and life sciences, and more, helping them to think creatively about taking their ideas to market. It’s not always business students who win our annual Business Plan Competition!

We depend on experts inside and outside of our community to contribute fresh and timely business insights that educate and inspire. You will see the relevance and impact of such expertise highlighted in an article on the Hoops Tax Institute forum and in a feature showcasing  Kimberly Houser and Debbe Sanders’ research on the IRS unfairly mining data and probing social media during tax audits. Additionally, several features detail how alumni guest lectures and panel presentations, such as the discussion on career opportunities for women in underrepresented fields, benefit not only business students but anyone who participates.

We will continually offer opportunities to all WSU students, the WSU community at large, and the public, that honor our commitment to bring premier business education to all who seek it.

Have a great spring, and Go Cougs!

Chip Hunter, Dean

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 ...