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Business students to benefit from new programs

August 25, 2009
This year, Drake's College of Business and Public Administration welcomes students with new programs that aim to enhance their experiences at Drake.

The three programs were developed by business faculty members to help carry out the college's strategic plan.

The first program will give students the opportunity to use the Bloomberg Financial News Service network, a premier service used by finance professionals in the investment community.  

"The new tool will help students gain marketable skills that are a competitive advantage in their job searches," said Dean Charles Edwards. "Faculty members will also use the tool for research."

Another program will give actuarial science and finance students the opportunity to develop professional skills through several activities. The initiative is made possible by a generous gift from Roger K. Brooks, a Drake Board of Trustees member and longtime local businessman who attended Drake in 1955-57.

"The Roger Brooks Initiative will offer a weekend competition in which students integrate the knowledge gained the classroom with real world cases," Edwards said. 

Students will work with faculty to develop presentations that will be evaluated by a panel of faculty members and business professionals.
 
A new program for graduate students features a new 15-hour workshop conducted by Dardis Communications Inc. All graduate students will participate in Leadership Essentials, an intense, highly interactive workshop focusing on development of communication skills needed to lead, influence and inform others. 

"This is a unique benefit that Drake is offering at no additional charge that's not part of other graduate business programs in Iowa," said Danette Kenne, assistant dean of the college. 

Read more about the program, which will begin this semester, online at http://www.drake.edu/news/db/official/archive.php?article=4504.

In addition, students are taking classes from new faculty members in several departments:
  • Liping Zheng, assistant professor of economics
  • Jill Bale, visiting assistant professor of finance
  • Ivan Muslin, visiting assistant professor of management
  • Natalie Adkins, assistant professor of marketing
  • Amy Grace Vaughan, assistant professor of practice in statistics