Dean Venky Venkatachalam, dean of Beacom School of Business

The colder weather is settling in on campus, but we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

The past several weeks have been filled with activity and celebration at the Beacom School of Business. We welcomed many alumni and friends back to campus in early October for the Dakota Days Open House Celebration. There was a tremendous crowd in the Atrium of Beacom Hall as President Gestring joined us to announce the new Ellis Finance & Analytics Lab. This new teaching and research lab will provide a collaborative learning environment for students and faculty and give them access to state-of-the-art Bloomberg technology, data and research. Planning and design are currently underway and the lab is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

We also recently announced the new class of Dean’s Ambassadors. Thirteen of Beacom’s best students were selected for this important role. We were pleased to welcome six returning ambassadors along with seven new students to represent the Beacom School of Business. These ambassadors participate in major events, represent the school on and off campus, and bring new ideas and recommendations for the school to help with our ongoing commitment to improvement.

In addition to coursework, October was a busy month for students preparing for professional opportunities. We welcomed executives from LinkedIn on campus to host a “Rock Your LinkedIn Profile” workshop. In addition, we welcomed many companies back to campus to recruit our students - more than 25 employers including Black Hills Energy, KPMG, Deloitte and Goldman Sachs.

Student success was also celebrated in two recent events. The Excellence in Academics and Leadership event celebrated Beacom’s Top 100 students from spring 2018, as well as our incoming Beacom Direct students, Peer Advisors and Scholarship Recipients. In early November, the Division of Accounting and Finance hosted their annual Recognition Dinner, honoring distinguished alumni and outstanding students. These events are a wonderful opportunity to recognize our students for their hard work and dedication.

Early this month we hosted two premier events that brought alumni, students and regional business professionals together. We welcome USD Alumnus Joel Portice to Sioux Falls for The Distinguished Speaker Series. He gave an inspiring speech as he talked about key decisions and lessons that have led him on a very successful career path. In addition, we were delighted to co-host a Symposium on Data Harnessing. The symposium had more than 200 attendees and was the result of collaborative efforts of Beacom School of Business' POET Center for Business Analytics and USD College of Arts & Sciences' Computer Science and Mathematics Departments.

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday season!

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