August 2011

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I talked briefly in the College of Business Welcome Event about student engagement. I said that “engagement” may sound like academic-speak, but it is really the best word I’ve found to describe something that is critical to student success. We know that students are more likely to graduate when they have a strong network on campus, and when they are connected physically, emotionally, interpersonally and academically to our institution. Our former President Milt Glick was constantly striving to create a more “sticky campus” where students would want to spend their time, and connect with one another and with faculty and staff in the physical spaces here.

Back to engagement—for me that word is a catch-all to describe anything that students do to more fully experience their time here. Meeting new people, going to events, attending class every day, using the Knowledge Center, and talking to faculty and staff (including academic advisors!) all count toward engagement.

Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard for new incoming freshmen is this:

You have a limited window to connect with new people and form new habits. In a few weeks, most students will settle into some kind of routine. Today, everything is new to you and to all of your peers, so take advantage of this time to meet new people and start college out on the right foot. Get out of your comfort zone and make some friends! Check out the club fairs, barbeques and other events that are designed to get you involved!

Make engagement the measure of your days. What does it mean to you?

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 Today you experienced one of the most important events of your life—the start of your college career. We all think of high school and college graduation as huge events—and they are—but today is also a big day. Looking back on my first day of college, it marked for me a major change in my life, and, of course, the start of a journey in higher education that I am still living today!

I hope that you are excited about starting your college career. I am excited about having you here. Remember that each of your advisors, instructors and other staff on campus have made it their job, career or even life’s work to help you. Please take advantage of the resources that are available to you.

And thanks to all of the students and parents who attended the College of Business Welcome Session today (about 150 students were in attendance!). It was wonderful to see you.

College of Business Welcome Event

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If you make an appointment in the Student Success Center, you will meet with one of three advisors here.

I coordinate advising and also meet with students—from new incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. I also conduct group advising sessions for orientation and 3rd semester students. I really love to meet individually with students throughout their time here in the College of Business. The most rewarding aspect of being an academic advisor is seeing someone that I have worked with for four years graduate and go on to start their professional life!

Robyn Davis, Coordinator, Advising

Linda Ahlmeyer works primary with transfer and international students. She has been in the undergraduate advising in the College of Business since the advising center was established; she has so much knowledge about our institution and other institutions and is an amazing resource for students.

Linda Ahlmeyer, Academic Advisor

Sarah Timko works with all business students… especially those in their first two years and those getting ready to graduate. Sarah handles all of our graduation processes and is very familiar with the steps students need to take to graduate!

Sarah Timko, Academic Advisor

We hope to see you soon!

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CH Rumors

Have you heard that the core humanities requirement might be eliminated? If so… you are not alone. This rumor is currently going strong. The possibility of the CH requirement being eliminated is, as far as I know, just a rumor. For now, don’t delay in taking CH 201 because it is a prerequisite for capstone classes that you will take later on in your studies. Also, if you happen to take CH at TMCC, be sure to have your TMCC transcript sent to UNR twice—once when you enroll in the class and again when a grade is posted. You can take the CH classes in any combination between UNR and TMCC—all three courses don’t need to be completed at the same institution (another rumor I hear frequently!).

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BUS 101

A couple of years ago, I noticed that I was seeing students who didn’t know what major they wanted to pursue–as late as the start of their third year in college. Now–we know that many students are wholly or partially undecided when they start college. That is very common and makes perfect sense. It became clear, though, that some students need more help–and more information–to decide on a business major within the first two years of college.

So in 2010, I taught BUS 101 to 126 new incoming students. The class was designed so that students could make a better-informed decision regarding college major and potential careers. In each session we were joined by faculty, current students, alumni and business professionals who spoke about their backgrounds and experience, and the major of the day and associated careers. It was really quite exciting for me to see students connecting with the presenters and considering their options so carefully last year. Some students were able to choose their majors that semester, while others still needed time to think… but they are making really well-informed decisions now! 

 We know that students are more successful at finding jobs when they are more prepared (e.g. well-networked, experienced and engaged with their field); and I think that it’s easier for students to prepare for a field if they know what field they plan to go into! I am looking forward to another semester of BUS 101 this fall. I can’t wait to meet my new students on September 2!

Dean Mosier, Honors & Awards Banquet 2010

BUS 101 Guest Speaker Dean Greg Mosier

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