College of Business lights up Ballentine Hall as it celebrates its centenary – URI News


College of Business lights up Ballentine Hall as it celebrates its centenary – URI News

Kingston, RI – September 15, 2022 – The College of Business at the University of Rhode Island turns 100 in 2023, and the year-long celebration continues on Wednesday, September 21, with the illumination of Ballentine Hall and a celebration student on the quad. The evening will also include a speech by College of Business Hall of Famer Karen Davis ’82, M’93, addressing approximately 560 freshmen in a redesigned course to mark the college’s centennial.

As for the lights, Ballentine, the college’s home for 55 years, will sparkle like a theater on opening night, with a ceiling of blue and white lights, tree lines shrouded in blue lights, blue floodlights shining on the building and a 6 -100 foot tall blue in the lobby. »

The event will begin at 7:45 p.m. with refreshments including a classic ice cream cart provided by apothecary Green Line of Wakefield – and music from guitarist Stephen Atlas, Associate Professor of Marketing, and award-winning musician Grammy Nate Jones ’15.

“The idea behind the celebration is that after that, Valentine’s Day will be lit every night until the beginning of May,” said Christy Ashley PhD ’06, associate dean of graduate programs at the college. and professor of marketing. “We’re going to use it almost like a beacon to bring alumni back to campus. One of the goals of the centennial celebration is to strengthen ties with our elders. We have elders who are very busy, but many who are not. We would like them to come back and take pictures in front of the building or attend an event.

The College of Business has been a leader in business, research, and outreach in Rhode Island since its founding in 1923 by Howard Edwards, then president of Rhode Island State College. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the college now has more than 2,300 undergraduate students and nearly 350 graduate students in 10 majors, nine graduate programs, and three doctoral degrees. Specializations In 2020, the college launched the popular Doctor of Business Administration program, and this fall it launched FinTech, a graduate program in financial technology.

“The College of Business’s motto is ‘not business as usual’ because we’re serious about delivering rigorous and precise business education,” said Acting Dean Shaw Chen and Alfred J. Verrechia-Hasbro Inc. Chair. of business management. “As we celebrate 100 years of high-quality business education, we seek to build the College to meet future needs, challenges, changes and opportunities and continue to provide personalized and flexible solutions to meet a larger purpose. , sustainable and lifelong learning opportunities.

For Centennial, the college created a general education class for freshmen who intend to major in business. “Developing Brand ‘You’ for the Future of Work” gives students the opportunity to reflect on their values ​​and determine their place in the changing world of business while exploring the challenges of artificial intelligence and sustainable development. About 560 of the approximately 670 first-year students are enrolled in this course.

“One of our centennial pillars is ‘Impact Begins a Second Century,'” Ashley said. “And this course is looking to the future. Students are encouraged to be part of the present and tell their stories, but also to think about what is to come.

Students will learn the business of business leaders, hear from more than a dozen diverse speakers who will talk about the future of their industry and the role of personal branding. Speakers and topics give students the opportunity to reflect on their own values ​​and skills. It allows them to broaden their perspective on business beyond the quantitative college courses they must take in their first two years – such as calculus, accounting, micro and macroeconomics – and see how their values and their skills align with their majors and career goals. . .

The list of speakers includes Nishita Roy Popp, former director of Dell Technologies and founder of Tribe Academy and Worldru; and Margie O’Brien, director of Rhode Island Capitol TV. Alumni will include Alex Couture ’95, head of technical operations at Google; Idrees (Lanre) Ajakaiye ’95, founder of 25 Bough Street Development; and Karen Davis ’82, ’93, co-founder and CEO of North Star Impact Group, who worked at URI for 14 years, including as Director of Academic Advancement, 21 before a 20-year career at Hasbro Inc., September 1. Davis will discuss how personal purpose can affect life.

“Karen is an important part of the history of the College of Business. Among other things, he raised funds for Ballantine Hall’s latest renovation, revamped Roddy the Ram, and created the first alumni association with Ozable,” Ashley said. “She is a dynamic speaker who has had a tremendous impact on Hasbro through her leadership in philanthropic and social impact, and we are thrilled to have her join us.”

At the start of the course, students are tasked with creating a personal brand plan, examining their strengths and values. It will also give them skills in Adobe Creative Suite, which they all have access to as they create professional videos and use social media to reach different audiences.

To familiarize themselves with the tools, they are encouraged to find a College of Business alumnus and create an Instagram story about them. “He’ll be more familiar with their centennial and all the people who have made an impact in the past,” Ashley said.

The course will explore the topics of artificial intelligence and sustainable development, bringing together speakers from both fields. The sections provide an overview of two important areas in the business disciplines and students will consider how both will affect the business world and what this might mean for them.

Throughout the class, students will have the opportunity to hone their presentation skills with an end-of-semester poster presentation at Memorial Union in which students envision their place in 2030, and new software powered by the AI ​​the college uses from PitchVantage. which allows students to practice in front of an audience that provides feedback.

“That’s another thing where they can see an application of artificial intelligence relevant to them,” Ashley said. “But we are also developing a skill that we know from employers and teachers is crucial for their development.”

Wednesday’s illumination is part of a series of events the College of Business plans to celebrate the centennial during the academic year, including a tentpole at the Rowdyville celebration, which takes place before the URI-Elon football game on Alumni and Family Weekend, and a host on Election Day, Nov. 8. , Speech by U.S. Senator Sheldon at the White House at Edwards Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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