On November 16th the FCBE hosted an idea development session with members of the local business community who had agreed to take a hand in crafting the future of the College. All of those who attended had taken part in previous initiatives that have contributed to the ongoing development of the College, so they were well positioned to speak to what the College should be striving to achieve as it moves forward. The event was facilitated by the Chair of the FCBE’s Advisory Board, Larry Papasan, who started the event by reviewing recent accomplishments at the graduate student level that have seen new MBA programs, redesigned MBA curricula, a format change to the EMBA, the creation of a ‘Lunch & Learn’ speaker series, and a developing focus on sustainability. He then moved on to recapture the undergraduate changes that included the development of the 4Cs Program, the Etiquette Program, Fogelman Fit, Professionalism First!, a Code of Professionalism, Toastmasters Program, Fogelman Promise Day, and a rejuvenated Honors Program.
The invited guests were then seated at round tables and were challenged to come up with the ideas that would continue to propel the FCBE forward. After some sustained and lively discussion, several major ideas emerged that were then further refined into two action items. First, it was suggested that the College develop a Professional Development Center that would house a career center, internship placement, general student advising, and other services that would help prepare students to enter the business world. Second, the group called for more attention to be given to the development of the FCBE brand through enhanced marketing and PR efforts. These two ideas will provide major foci of the College’s development efforts in the immediate future.
Following the hard work, all attendees took part in a reception in the lobby of the Fogelman Executive Center. This was an opportunity to recognize these volunteers for their work with the College, not just on that evening, but at other times during the year, and ensured that the evening finished on a celebratory note.