Dynamic Learning Community : Undergrads Visit the East Coast for Management Capstone Course
By Liz Warren-Pederson
The undergraduate management capstone course went on the road this summer, hitting Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York in a whirlwind three-week trip designed to illuminate the intersections between the government, business, and nonprofit sectors.
Twenty students were selected to participate in the program, which was taught by senior lecturer Suzanne Cummins and undergraduate associate dean Pam Perry. Students Liberty Wicklund and Marisa Carlos coordinated visits with alumni and companies.
“I thought organizing the trip would be a great way to get more involved with Eller and form relationships with faculty members and alumni, so I jumped on the opportunity,” said Carlos, Eller Business Economics ’12. “I was the logistics coordinator for the New York City and Philadelphia portions of the trip, which meant I arranged all of the lodging, transportation, company visits, and alumni receptions. I reached out to our Eller/UA alumni along with other friends of the college in these cities and had great reception. Many of them were very eager to help out and we were able to coordinate company visits that were great learning and networking experiences for all of the students.”
“One of my favorite visits was the tour we received of the Pentagon from Major General Lee Price [Eller MIS ’89],” said Wicklund, Eller Business Economics ‘11. “We certainly learned a great deal about management of a large group and the ins and outs of contracting and acquisitions.”