As I have worked with my colleagues in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics to develop opportunities for the ongoing development of our students, I have long held the belief that we must approach education in a holistic manner. This has underpinned the creation of the various initiatives that have been encapsulated within the Fogelman Promise program, led by Margaret Schultz. I am delighted to say that, at the recent Open House that you can read about later in this issue of the Flash, we launched two new programs that we anticipate will have a significant impact on a large number of our students in the years ahead.
The first of these is Professionalism First!, a free, non-credit professional development program designed to provide business students with the personal and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business world. The program builds on the earlier work by Professor Ron Spahr that culminated with the creation of pledges made by students, staff, and faculty to adhere to certain standards of professionalism. This new aspect of the program is coordinated by Dr. Leonard Jackson in the FCBE and Ms. Tracie Robison of First Horizon. The program will be delivered by members of the Wealth Management group of First Tennessee Bank and the Human Resources department of First Horizon. The purpose of the program is to promote career readiness by providing a high quality professional development program that teaches business students how to improve their professional presence and image. Please read more about the program later in the Flash.
Second, I am very excited about the recent launch of Fogelman Fit. I have spoken previously about the development of a student wellness program, and this has now come to culmination. Fogelman Fit is a coordinated effort to enhance student health and wellness among FCBE students, and has been supported by the Department of Health & Sport Sciences (HSS), and other campus and professional organizations. The initiative promotes healthy eating and physical activity with an emphasis on small steps toward better health. It is coordinated by Professor Heather Chambliss of HSS. Again, there are further details later in this newsletter.
I am also pleased to announce that we are refurbishing the FCBE stairwells. A joint initiative between members of the Art Department, Department of Health and Sport Sciences and Campus Planning Design, the intent is to make it more attractive for students to use the stairwell. This initiative is being co-chaired by Professor Richard Lou from the Art Department and Balaji Krishnan, Associate Professor in FCBE.
The implementation of programs such as Professionalism First! and Fogelman Fit, while heavily dependent upon the goodwill of our faculty and community friends, also require some funding. I am therefore delighted that the FCBE Alumni Board and Avron Fogelman have separately offered to match new donations to the FCBE to a maximum of $25,000 each. It is extremely generous and I am very grateful – so if you are thinking about donating to the College, there has never been a better time to do so! Read more about this in the next article.
Finally, I am very pleased to announce that we will be extending the work that was started in the spring 2010 semester by our Executive-in-Residence Harry Smith. Smith gave numerous lectures and talks to students on the subject, "Know Good-Do Good–Thrive." The essential message from Smith is that the most effective way to get ahead in life is through positive actions: if one does the right thing and continues doing the right thing, one will be successful. In the first instance, Smith's activities were directed at graduating seniors through in-class lectures. This semester we are extending the reach of this communication by constructing a team of faculty, one from each of the College’s departments and schools, who will deliver the same message in their classes. Smith will also continue his important work in this area.
As you can see, there is lots happening in the College, however, it would not be possible without the commitment of our outstanding staff, faculty and community friends. As ever, I would be delighted to hear from you as to how we can continue in our work to further develop the College.
Rajiv Grover, Ph.D.