Many years ago, when I was teaching at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, I attended a talk given by Benjamin Barber, an American political theorist. I remember the talk well, because he posed what seemed to me a profound question—did American colleges and universities educate their students to be citizens or consumers? You might imagine that a political theorist would think we should strive to educate and develop good citizens first, perhaps even at the expense of educating them to be good consumers. And you would be correct, at least in Barber’s case—that was his exact message
As my wife and I contemplate our 68th birthdays, we are increasingly thinking about what we plan to do for our remaining years, and the world we will leave our sons and daughter; even more to the point, what kind of world our 21-month-old grandson will grow up to see. Because I teach strategy and business ethics courses, I naturally relate national and world issues to a business context. As I look at the biggest problems facing us now, two related points stand out to me: 1) Business, writ large, is a (perhaps the) large contributor to those issues, and 2) It is most likely our best chan
Being a creative but logical manager is an asset in today’s business world. That’s why Sarah Rosol, Instructor of Management, has centered her managerial problem-solving course around a “whole-brain approach,” mixing the analytical skills on the right side of the brain with the creative left side.
On Friday, April 22, 2022, a team of advertising students from UNI took home the top prize at the AAF District 9 National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in Kansas City, Missouri for their winning campaign for Meta to promote the Quest 2 VR headset.
In today’s business climate—which is ever-increasingly digital—a background in management information systems (MIS) is crucial for any organization. As you might have guessed, this career is expected to grow even more over the next decade as businesses become more technology-focused. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions in MIS are expected to increase 12% by 2026. And because demand is so high for this type of background, median salaries are above average compared to other college majors. If you’re interested in an MIS career, here are a few jobs to consider.
At some point way back in history, my wife and I were raising three elementary school aged kids. They each participated in the annual “Odyssey of the Mind” competition, designed to promote creativity among students. The central ideology of the program was “If it doesn’t say you can’t, you can.” My wife coached both their teams (I actually know how to do math—two of our kids were on the same team). Seeing the incredible amount of time and effort she put into that, I quickly opted out of coaching, and volunteered to be a judge at the local level on the day of competition.
As I write this column, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is more than a month old, with no readily available resolution in sight. Unquestionably, the greatest toll is being felt by Ukrainian residents, who are suffering from incessant shelling, forced migration to safer locales, and death. As many have noted already, this presents the rest of the world with humanitarian and moral crises that we must attend to. I certainly acknowledge these concerns, and wish I had something useful to say about them, but I don’t feel qualified to do that.
Leah Stoeger (Business Administration, ’23) has claim to a pretty cool milestone. The first time she visited the United States was to attend the College of Business as part of an exchange program. She liked it so much, she decided to stay as a full-time student, now in her second semester in Cedar Falls.