Dean Venky Venkatachalam of the Beacom School of BusinessAs the fall semester comes to a close, holiday cheer is spreading through the air in Beacom Hall. Students are putting in extra effort to end their classes on a high note and everyone is preparing for a much-anticipated winter break.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. In the fall we celebrated the opening of the new Ellis Finance & Analytics Lab, which was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Ellis family. This “digital sandbox” is a game-changer for our students and faculty. Many students have already received their Bloomberg Certification and faculty are integrating the cutting-edge data and analytics tools in their classroom instruction and research initiatives.

The Princeton Review recently announced the Beacom School of Business Online MBA program is ranked #17 in the nation. This marks the fifth consecutive year that we have been ranked on the Princeton Review’s top 25 list. Building a best-in-class program at an affordable price has been a top priority for our school and this recognition validates the commitment and effort of our faculty, staff and students.

I continue to be thankful for the hard work and dedication of Beacom’s students as their successes have been recognized over the past several months. Accounting student Jonna Bart was awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In addition, Beacom student organizations Delta Sigma Pi and Pi Sigma Epsilon both had remarkable showings at their recent events. Delta Sigma Pi took home 10 awards at their national conference. The students of Pi Sigma Epsilon won five awards at their regional competition, including the first, second and third place in the Pro-Am Sellathon competition.

As they year comes to an end, we also are saying goodbye to an incredibly dedicated staff member. Carole Cochran has been the program director for South Dakota KIDS COUNT, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business, for 23 years. She has made a tremendous impact on the state of South Dakota and is renowned for her work as a champion for child advocacy. We enjoyed celebrating her in a reception last week, attended by many people who have worked closely with Carole through the years. We all wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement. 

Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season!

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