Dear Alumni and Friends,
A business school education must go beyond books
and bricks and mortar. Programs today need to offer
first-rate faculty, scholarship support and engaging
student opportunities outside the classroom in order to
remain competitive.
Here at the Beacom School of Business, we do just that.
We stay abreast of the ever-evolving business fields, thanks
in part to close relationships with industry professionals.
We are fortunate enough to have generous friends and
donors who allow us to recruit the best faculty. Our
numerous student organizations allow students to put their
classroom learning into practice. And we boast a beautiful
building to house it all.
Of course, research is of utmost importance here at
the B School, and we have many faculty members who
dedicate time and resources to pursue their research
passions and afford chances for collaboration to our
students. Through these opportunities, our students
are able to gain the experiences they need to succeed.
Through research, faculty stay current in their fields,
making them better teachers. Research is actually
a critical component of being a great teacher, since
remaining current is not possible without doing research
on cutting-edge theoretical and practical developments in
the content being taught.
Inside this issue of
Business Connections,
you’ll read
about how three of our more recent faculty hires are
researching significant, relevant topics in business such as
improving business decision-making, providing valuable
insight into voluntary disclosures and increasing diversity
and ethics in business.
You’ll also see how our Health Services Administration
program prepares its students for rigorous positions in the
health care arena. Ours is a unique program in that it’s a
business-centered approach—something hiring agencies
are looking for and speak very well of.
And finally, you’ll learn about some of the latest private
fund support we’ve received. Rapid City, S.D.-based Black
Hills Corporation and alumnus Jerry Kerkhove ’69 have
both stepped up to help us in our faculty and scholarship
support, respectively. We are fortunate to have great
friends and companies supporting us in such profound,
meaningful ways.
Indeed, we have much to be thankful for and much to
be proud of. Go Yotes!
Michael Keller
Dean, Beacom School of Business
On the cover: HSAD students take advantage of partnerships with various health care organizations to get hands-on experience in health services administration while studying
at USD. B School students are shown with Sanford Vermillion’s CEO Tim Tracy and Director of Ancillary Services Rachel (Svartoien) Olson. Clockwise, from front: Olson ’08 B.S., ’10
M.P.A., Hannah Needham, Class of 2013, Amanda Heimerl, Class of 2013, Tracy ‘81 B.S.B.A., Courtney Ahlers, Class of 2013 and Ryan Warnke, M.B.A. Class of 2013.