This time of year brings a lot of excitement on campus with anticipation of the Dakota Days celebrations next week. The students, faculty and staff are excited to welcome alumni back to campus. It is a great opportunity to connect and celebrate the successes of our students and outstanding alumni.
The fall semester is in full swing! The start of a new academic year is a great time at the Beacom School of Business with new initiatives being developed and many student successes in and out of the classroom. We had a wonderful summer on campus, with strong participation from high school juniors and seniors in both the Summer Accounting Institute and the Youth Business Adventure programs.
The 2018-19 school year looks very promising as we welcome our returning students as well as a new class of freshman and transfer students. We saw a record number of incoming freshman—highest ever since 2010! As a strategic priority, we have focused on recruiting high quality students, and our strategy is working—thanks to the collective efforts of our faculty and staff, who do an amazing job of providing a high quality learning experience. We do face some challenges in our graduate programs, but that is an anticipated outcome of a strong economy and competitive workforce.
In addition to new students on campus, we are welcoming nine new outstanding faculty members to our world-class institution this year. Our new faculty joins us from around the country, with impressive experience in the academic and business worlds. They will make a strong impact on several departments at the Beacom School of Business, bringing new expertise in the fields of accounting, finance, economics, health services administration, innovation and entrepreneurship, and marketing.
Over the summer we saw several recognitions and accolades for our students and faculty. Interim Chair of Accounting & Finance, Dr. Ragothaman received the “2018 Outstanding Researcher Award” from the American Accounting Association. Senior Megan Thomas won first place in the Project Run With It case competition at the Beta Alpha Psi national conference in Washington D.C. In addition, the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society was recognized as a Highest Honors Chapter. We are very proud of the dedicated work that we consistently see from our faculty, students and student organizations.
We have many exciting events coming up this fall and great opportunities to connect with the Beacom School of Business. We will host an Open House Reception over the Dakota Days celebration on October 5. In addition, we welcome a very successful entrepreneur and USD alumus, Joel Portice to Sioux Falls for our Distinguished Speaker Series on November 8. Our faculty and staff have many events planned for prospective students, internship and career events, classroom speakers, and alumni gatherings. We hope you will join in these great events and meet our amazing students at the Beacom School of Business.
I look forward to continuing to celebrate the tremendous successes of our students, faculty and alumni with you for the academic year ahead.
Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D.
Dean, Beacom School of Business