Cook School Blog
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After the tragic death of her dad, Jamie O’Brien Graf (BSBA ‘2008) stepped in to take over the family pool business.In high school, When Jamie O’Brien Graf told her dad that she planned to pursue a career in the fashion industry, he suggested she earn a business degree because it would be more practical.So she did.
Work/Life balance has gotten a lot of attention in the news recently. Many companies are eliminating limits on vacation and sick time, and have started to provide benefits to help this balance, like discounts on vacation travel and work from home benefits. I recently worked with SLU’s Patrick Maloney, and Ball State University professors Brandon Smit and Tamara Montag-Smit to prepare an article on how thoughts about family issues intrude during work, whether we want them to or not, and how these incidents of having to switch your thinking between roles becomes mentally depleting, not to mention distracting.
To address these obstacles, Ferris decided to introduce an academic resource most of his students have absolutely no trouble understanding: Twitter. This popular social media community allows users to curate and share short messages, photos and article links – known as “tweets” – on any topic imaginable. In the last few years, Mark Ferris, Ph.D., has observed a couple of common stumbling blocks for students in his Introduction to Statistics class. Because many of these students are at the early stages of their business education, they aren’t yet familiar with the general business concepts emphasized in statistics textbooks. Students also struggle to apply mathematical concepts and formulas to real-world applications.
In my 30-plus years of being part of the Saint Louis University community — as a student (twice), an alumnus, a board member and, yes, a Billikens season ticket holder — I have witnessed a University blessed with thoughtful, insightful and transformative leadership. Of course, as the old saying goes, a smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, and so neither has Saint Louis University evolved successfully amid a placid societal or educational milieu. In fact, in the last three decades, there have been no shortage of challenges, from significant changes in the way people think about education, to economic busts and booms, to internal disagreements and conflicting visions for the University.
Saint Louis University’s Sports Business Summer Academy at the John Cook School of Business is a four day program that provides rising high school juniors and seniors with a glimpse as to how the business of sports operates. Students are mentored by faculty of the Cook School of Business and attend presentations from prominent business members of the St. Louis sporting industry, in order to learn about the basic fundamentals of sports business.
We would like to congratulate all of our graduating seniors who will be walking this Friday at commencement. All of your hard work and effort is about to pay off! On Thursday, April 30th, we honored exceptional seniors for their many achievements at our annual awards ceremony.
During Atlas Week, the Emerson Leadership Institute challenged students to learn as much as they could about leadership ethics and policy, and students did not disappoint. We had over 120 photos sent to us of students in front of our #SLULEAP posters at Atlas week events, and 20% of contestants met the required 8 events to be eligible for the grand prize of an iPad! The winners of the first #SLULEAP challenge are:
David Hilliard of The Wyman Center presents "Six Disruptive Forces that are Shaping the Non-Profit Sector"
On Tuesday, April 21st, the John Cook School of Business welcomed David Hilliard of The Wyman Center to present at our Dean's Breakfast. Hilliard presented "Six Disruptive Forces that are Reshaping the Non-Profit Sector". Based on a 2012 Baker/Tilly report entitled, “Disruptive Forces: Driving a human services revolution”, Mr. Hilliard discussed how these factors impacted the non-profit sector in St. Louis.
When Anne Gagen began pursuing her undergraduate marketing degree in 1968, she was one of only 24 female students enrolled in the business school, a mere 9 percent of the school’s total enrollment. But that didn’t deter Gagen from forging ahead with her business ambitions. Her career in the banking industry spans more than 40 years and includes numerous community leadership roles.
“Our goal is to create a live-work-play environment,” Ellison said. “It’s about creating a community that encourages companies to innovate, grow and create something new. It’s also a dynamic place to live, explore great cultural assets and meet fellow innovators.” In less than a decade, the purview of Phyllis Ellison (MBA ‘92) has expanded from a small group of individual entrepreneurs to a thriving 200-acre innovation district. Her career progression reflects the St. Louis region’s expanding startup community, which has evolved from disconnected pockets of innovation to an industry-agnostic ecosystem of entrepreneurs with several emerging innovation areas.