Thank you for supporting the Lundquist College of Business on UO Giving Day (or any day!). On May 17, you helped us raise more than $100,000 (and counting) as part of the third annual UO Giving Day (#DucksGive). Your support makes all the difference. And because we met our Giving Day goal, Carol and John Schaus ’75, MBA ’77, made a $25,000 gift in support of Career Services. Gifts received on May 17 support a variety of priorities for the college, including student scholarships, transformational research, and our top-notch programs.
At the Lundquist College of Business, we are focused on three key themes:
- Producing well-educated, career-ready graduates
- Generating research that inspires and informs business practices
- Serving as an economic and cultural engine for Oregon and beyond.
Central to each of these areas is alumni, donor, and industry engagement, and we’ve made (and are making) investments and enhancements to key programs and priorities at the college.
At the beginning of April, we relocated our Career Services office to the first floor of the Lillis Business Complex. The new location places Career Services in a more prominent location in our building, showcasing our commitment to ensuring students have the skills, knowledge, and support they need to land amazing jobs.
Our Career Services team is also a great resource for employers, industry, and recruiters. They hold career fairs and networking events, facilitate on-campus interviews, coordinate mentorship and job shadow programs, help fill internship and job vacancies, and put on industry-focused showcases, such as the recent successful Careers in Banking and Careers in Food and Beverage events.
We also engage with industry by bringing leaders and visionaries to campus. Hundreds of executives are guest speakers, advisors, and mentors to our students every year. An upcoming event on May 24 is just one example. The Randy Papé Oregon Advanced Strategy and Leadership Symposium will feature Jordan Papé, CEO of Papé Group; Scott Kerslake, CEO of Nixon; Rick Miller, founder and chairman of Avamere Group and cofounder of Rogue Venture Partners; Sabrina Parsons, CEO and cofounder of Palo Alto Software; and Liz Forkin Bohannon, CEO and founder of Sseko Designs. The symposium is a special opportunity to directly learn and interact with high-level executives advancing state-of-the-art sales, customer acquisition, and engagement strategies. The event is open to the public. Please join us on May 24 at 6:15 p.m. in Lillis 182.
Kerslake is also the James F. and Shirley J. Rippey Professor of Practice at the college. A professor of practice is a special designation held by a limited number of eminently qualified business, academic, or government thought leaders who have made major impacts on fields and disciplines important to University of Oregon programs. The Lundquist College of Business created the designation at the University of Oregon specifically to further industry engagement.
The Papé Symposium itself was created by the college’s first professor of practice, Michael Crooke, Avamere Professor of Practice. Crooke developed and created the Oregon Advanced Strategy and Leadership framework, which brings together concepts and strategies that resonate best with the c-suite and the boardroom, grooming the next generation of effective CEOs. The framework is the manifestation of intent of the professor of practice designation, demonstrating how such professors bring value to students and the institution. The annual Randy Papé Oregon Advanced Strategy and Leadership Symposium is an integral component of that framework.
Many donors have stepped up to support and promote future success to the benefit of all Lundquist College students. These gifts and others are a great example of how donors help alumni, industry, faculty, and students come together to further knowledge, create meaningful connections, and promote future success.
Thank you to all supporting the Lundquist College of Business. Your gifts make a tremendous difference to our students while advancing business knowledge and education.