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Dean Venky Venkatachalam of the Beacom School of Business

Dear Alumni and Friends,

The 2021 fall semester is soon to end as final exams are starting to come closer and closer for both students and faculty here at Beacom. Even though the first semester has seemed to fly, I want to take a moment to reflect and recognize a few of the many great accomplishments by our remarkable students and dedicated faculty.


Before the semester started, we welcomed four new faculty members to our School. We are delighted to have Dr. Paul Ordyna and Dr. Scott Jackson join the Accounting faculty. We welcome Dr. Alice Liu to the Finance department and Dr. Ye Liu to the Decision Sciences department.


We selected 12 Beacom students as the Dean’s Ambassadors for 2021-22. Four are returning and eight students were selected new this year. These 12 dean’s ambassadors are high achievers in every aspect—academic performance, leadership accomplishments, and willingness to serve the school and the university.


As the leading business school in the state and in the region, we continue to look for different avenues to better prepare our students as well as benefit South Dakota’s economy. In mid-October, we launched V1.0 of our new venture, BEST-Sioux Falls. Business Engagement for STudents (BEST) is a student-centered, project-based engagement with Sioux Falls businesses with the goal of developing a pipeline of young, talented business professionals for career opportunities to meet the growing workforce demands of the businesses in Sioux Falls. The program is aimed at providing business students with experience in solving real-world business problems. BEST-Sioux Falls requires students to have in-person experience in the businesses (on Fridays) and virtual engagement during the rest of the week.


Coyote Business Consulting Group, another student-centered initiative started in 2020, will launch the third cohort in the Spring 2022. This program was initially designed to help small businesses survive and stay competitive in the state of South Dakota and throughout the region. in the past two rounds, our student and faculty teams have served 56 businesses in 24 counties, with 60% of the businesses located in rural communities.


Beacom Executive Education program remains strong as ever as we enter yet another year providing training and development opportunities to working professionals and senior executives. This program demonstrates how much companies value their current employees by investing in their professional development. Our custom professional development programs have been designed to offer educational opportunities to managers at varying stages in their careers across a range of disciplines and industries. The courses taught to these professionals are delivered by dedicated Beacom faculty. As we endure another year of cohorts, I appreciate the continued education these businesses pursue with their employees.


I am overjoyed with the programs we continue to refine as well as the new programs we are launching. the underlying goal remains the same: provide students and working professionals an exceptional learning experience that prepares them for world-class careers. Thank you!


Wishing you the best this holiday season,


Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D.
Dean, Beacom School of Business