The Season Opening College of Business Partial All-Star List

09/03/2015 20:27


 I am one of several new occupants of brand new office spaces in GLENN that resulted from the efforts of many. It isn’t possible to name every single person involved in the twists and turns of the project as it rolled out during the hot summer. Still, those who worked closely with faculty as we made our last minute moves deserve thanks for the efforts expended on our behalf. We’ll call out a few folks here in no particular order, and hope that our words of gratitude find their way to the unknown others who contributed to the creation, and the recent move into the new spaces.

Tom Ussery, how did you manage to be everywhere at once, especially those final days before the start of the semester? Thank you.

Travis Bristol and Ron Knecht, you are locksmiths extraordinaire. We in 108 A-F thank you for your prompt response time as we looked for locks, looked for keys, then looked for different keys to unlock new locks suddenly put on new doors that replaced temporary ones, etc.  Yes, I know that is a lousy sentence - the job was no doubt even harder to do than it is to explain. That’s why we are grateful to you both for your service.

Associate Dean Dr. Ken Chapman, thank you for everything you did to track this project throughout, and from time to time, snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. It was a hair-raisingly close call, but you pulled off a timely completion, and the faculty of 108 A-F are not homeless. Thanks to you and your administrative support team, and to all the unnamed others who originally conceived, initiated, and found funding for the much needed new faculty spaces.

Speaking of fine examples of …

Autonomy, Purpose, and Mastery

Have you seen Curt DeBerg’s syllabus for an entrepreneurship course for first year students? I placed a copy in the Experience & Experiments tab to your left.  Curt’s doing a lot to inspire today’s young innovators. This past summer, I was honored to serve as a judge for the SAGE competitions at UC Berkeley; for those who don’t know, Curt founded SAGE  which is a global organization for Teen Entrepreneurs. Drawing from Daniel Pink’s work, specifically Drive - The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, Curt’s passion for the potential of young people to change the world for the better is contagious and inspiring.

Several other new initiatives at the COB directed by other faculty members will be highlighted here in the months ahead.

These fine examples of providing students with courses by which they’ll thrive, as well as Dr. Zach Justus’ Tuesday Tip from CELT, reminds us of the importance of

Getting to Know Our Students

How do YOU do it? I tried something this semester that’s a spin-off of a community building tool we use at my not-for-profit organization called “The One Page Profile.”  The gist of it, adapted for students, is this: On a single sheet of paper, write 1) Your name; 2) At least two things people like and admire about you; 3) What is important to you; 4) What is important for you; 5) Any obstacles you are concerned about that may stand between you and your hopes for the future; 6) Anything that may affect your work at the university.

I asked students to contribute to the extent they wanted to after I told them a little about myself. Everyone contributed, answering every question, in all four of my classes. I was surprised by what students chose to reveal. Anxieties abound. Many students have experienced much in their young lives; some work many hours per week, have overcome illnesses and life traumas, or have current problems that sometimes disable them. Some live with significant uncertainties that could inhibit learning without proper support available to them.

This deliberate attempt to know students more than superficially is the starting point of an experiment in building learning communities.  I don’t know what, if anything, will change in the classrooms, or frankly, if it needs to. But I like projects, and this initiative is based upon the premises of a specific Northwestern University Program. We’ve already had interesting in-class discussions about “capacity-building” within ourselves, and within organizations and communities.  It’s been helping to develop talent within the framework of my social-services oriented company, and I am hoping for the same here within my classes at the COB.

Now, the Less Fun Part

For your reading pleasure, and Part 2 of the initiative described above, here is an intriguing article on Grading Policies to Promote In-Depth Learning

But Wait, There’s More!

Dr. Hyunjung Kim is hosting next week’s Management Department’s Brown-Bag Luncheon (BYOBag). This is our opportunity to quench our collective thirst for knowledge and understanding on an ongoing basis. Plus, we have fun. Please see the invite below and try to join us!

The MGMT Department Brown Bag Lunch Series will be on Wed. Sept 2, at 12PM in Glenn 316. We will brainstorm ideas for the structure of our meetings and work on the presentation schedule for the semester. Please don’t forget to bring your lunch! Hyunjung