As we approach spring break, I want to update you on several activities important to the department.
New faculty – You will see in other parts of this newsletter introductions to Drs. Hardin, King and Moore, our new assistant professors. We are extremely pleased to have them join the department, and look forward to their contributions. New faculty means new ideas and fresh energy, so be on the lookout for stories on their accomplishments in future newsletters.
Record number of graduates – Our capstone courses AGSM 440 and BAEN 480 have 52 and 48 students enrolled respectively. We trust that they will all successfully complete their courses, so having 100 seniors graduate in 2018 will be a record number for the department. While this is an accomplishment to celebrate, we need your help as well. 100 graduates means that most of them will need to find jobs. If your company or organization is looking for a high achieving employee, contact us with your job opening. We actively share job openings with the students, and will also facilitate your company scheduling interviews with our graduates. We love to play the role of matchmaker for graduates and employers!
Celebrating student innovation – The students mentioned above will all be sharing the results of their capstone coursework at the end of the semester, and you are invited to join us to view their work and celebrate their accomplishments. The department will hold our Capstone Event on the afternoon of May 2 in the AgriLife Center (near Reed Arena). It is open to the public, and you are invited to attend and interact with our students. The BAEN students will also participate in the Engineering Showcase held at Kyle Field on April 27. At that event, their work will be shown along with that of students from all the engineering departments.
As always, you are welcome to stop by Scoates Hall for a visit with me or other faculty members. I really enjoy talking with our former students to learn what you have been doing since graduation. You have an open invitation.