2006 National Undergraduate Business Symposium a Success!
On Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th, the Weatherhead School of Management hosted the 15th annual National Undergraduate Business Symposium. The symposium brings together undergraduate program directors and faculty leaders, primarily associate/assistant Deans, from a small group of leading undergraduate business programs from across the United States. This year representatives from 27 different schools attended the conference including: University of Pennsylvania; University of California, Berkeley; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; New York University; and Wake Forest University.
The program kicked off Friday afternoon with a session on accreditation and assessment led by Jerry Trapnell, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (“AACSB”). Also present was Jack E. Wilkerson, Jr., dean of the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University and a member of the Accreditation Coordinating Committee for the AACSB. The presentation reinforced the importance of accreditation and explained some of the recent process changes adopted by the AACSB.
Following the AACSB presentation, guests were invited to a cocktail hour and dinner at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto Museum where Dean Roomkin welcomed everyone to Case, to Weatherhead and to Cleveland. The keynote speaker for the evening was Weatherhead’s own Dr. David Cooperrider whose dynamic presentation on Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Appreciative Inquiry was truly a highlight of the weekend. Also in attendance from Weatherhead were: Dr. Gary Previts, Associate Dean, Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs (“UGIS”); Robert Knight, Associate Dean, Finance and Administration; Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, Associate Dean, External Relations; Dr. Larry Parker, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Accountancy; Dr. Robin Dubin, Associate Professor, Economics; Dr. Sandy Piderit, Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior; Dr. Matt Sobel, Professor, Operations; Laura Watt, Managing Director, Business Services; Kevin Carduff, Assistant Dean, UGIS; Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean, UGIS; and Tiffany Welch, Program Coordinator, UGIS.
On Saturday, participants gathered in the Peter B. Lewis Building for a day of presentations and discussions on four different topic areas related to the conference theme. The theme that Weatherhead selected for the 2006 conference was Our Campus Communities: Global, National and Local Outreach from which the following subtopics were developed: Community Service, Community Educational Programs, Action/Service Learning and Entrepreneurial Service. The goal of the conference was to share ideas, concepts and issues occurring at peer schools in an attempt to continually improve the quality of undergraduate business programs across the country. Therefore, for each subtopic three different schools presented a related concept, program or course unique to their institution.
The conference wrapped up Saturday evening with a cocktail reception and dinner at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Hosting the 2006 National Undergraduate Business Symposium was an honor for the Weatherhead School of Management and an opportunity to highlight Case and Cleveland. The next three hosts have been selected and are as follows: 2007, Emory University; 2008, University of Virginia; and 2009, University of Arizona.