My first year here at the College of Business has been a terrific experience. We have made a great start at becoming more innovative, more relevant, and more equitable. Along the way, I have gotten to know our many enthusiastic and dedicated staff and faculty working to shape a bright future for students and to enrich our community. This year has not come without a few challenges, but that hasn’t kept us from making significant progress toward our goals.
We, in the College of Business, are blessed with many opportunities to improve the lives of those around us. By the very nature of our institution and our work, we impact our students through great research, innovation in programs of relevance, exceptional teaching, and by example. But there are also opportunities to improve the lives of our staff, faculty, and the community through civic engagement. Civic engagement takes some hard work but really is all about enthusiasm and involvement beyond the day-to-day tasks of our jobs. Our personal fulfillment often involves opening opportunities for others.
In this issue of the College of Business newsletter, we highlight our civic engagement; the ways we are working to better the world around us in tangible ways both as a college and as individuals. As a college, some of our progress has been made through programs such as:
• Business 101 Dual Credit Course with Signature Partner, Central High School
• Elevate Portland Initiative
• Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP)
• Project BUILD (Business United in Leadership Development)
• The Center for Non-Profit Innovation
Individually, our staff and faculty members are involved in our local communities and are committed to the idea that their work as teachers, scholars, and staff is only the beginning of living lives that are not only successful but also significant. There are a wide variety of volunteer activities that take place such as bringing groups of students to Jefferson Memorial Forest for cleanup and conservation, empowering refugees through entrepreneurship training, participation in community and professional groups, membership on boards, supporting the arts and nonprofits, and personal mentoring. See the many service projects and personal volunteer activities featured in this issue.
Unambiguously reflecting our values in all that we say and do is important. Our commitment to living those values is unwavering and the work to educate, inspire, support, and celebrate each other, our students, and our broader community is ongoing. We are enriched by exceptional colleagues and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. We have more to do, but we are well on our way.
Dean, University of Louisville College of Business