Southeast Missouri State University

Creating Tomorrow's Business Successes

Recognizing that both students and employers are the beneficiaries of our programs, the college's mission is to provide business studies today for tomorrow's business successes. In this regard, the business programs are designed to develop student capacity and a commitment to adapt to a fast-changing, competitive and increasingly global and diverse business environment. In turn, employers benefit from graduates who possess the knowledge, skills and ethical/social background to contribute immediately to an organization's success and grow as the organization grows. Success in meeting this mission depends upon student learning promoted by effective teaching, taking advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and technology that support well designed programs connected to the region.

Meeting the Challenge

Your desire to make a difference adds a dimension of excellence to the successes we report in bringing exceptional business education and business assistance to Southeast Missouri. To this end, a number of investment opportunities exist that enhance teaching and promote student learning, support scholarly work that is relevant to the economic development of southeast Missouri, and extend the scope of the college's outreach to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations located throughout the University's service region. These investment opportunities include

Student Learning

The Harrison College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International, i.e., AACSB-International. AACSB accreditation places the Harrison College of Busines among the top 5 percent of business programs world-wide. The Harrison College of Business has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the top Business programs in the United States four years in a row.

Ninety percent of Southeast business graduates complete a business internship or similar experience-based component as part of their degree program. More than 90 percent of the business graduates tell us that the business program improved their communication skills, leadership skills and teamwork skills. The placement rate for business graduates approaches 100 percent and campus recruiters tell us that our students are better prepared, more knowledgeable and display stronger communication skills than the typical undergraduate student interviewed on other college campuses.

Investing in Students

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning remain a "teacher-exciting-a-student thing." Because the Harrison College of Business benefits from 47 academically well-trained and experienced, full-time faculty members, the student body continues to improve in terms of its business preparation. Ninety percent of the college's faculty possess, or are pursuing, the doctoral degree. Among the business faculty, 45 percent hold the rank of full-professor and 55 percent hold tenure. The faculty is diverse - 17 percent is minority, 36 percent is female and 17 percent is foreign-born.

Today, the typical business faculty member brings 15 years of teaching experience into the classroom. Recent hires have graduated from doctoral programs at the University of Texas, University of Florida, University of Mississippi, The University of Memphis, Wayne State University, University of Arkansas, and the University of Central Florda. Alumni assign a grade of B+ to the quality of teaching they received, with 25 percent of alumni assigning a grade of A to the quality of teaching. On a national survey of business programs, the college was ranked in the 80th percentile on the "extent and quality of skills training," and ranked at the 60th percentile on "faculty and instruction for courses in the major."

Investing in Faculty

Facilities and Technology

Our state-of-the-art Robert A. Dempster Hall promotes student learning and success. Dempster Hall provides students and faculty with a professional atmosphere, access to the latest technology and an environment that enhances teaching and promotes learning about the changing practices of business. Every classroom is connected to the University's information network, bringing the world to our students via the Internet, live cable TV and direct satellite feeds. Students are able to develop their communication skills using electronic presentation capabilities found in each classroom.

Students have access to five computer labs containing more than 200 networked, up-to-date PC's. Two large group-study spaces promote interaction with peers in a setting that reflects a professional business environment. This space for student-faculty interaction is especially important because the business curriculum emphasizes the development of leadership and teamwork skills through the use of group projects, written cases drawn from Fortune-500 companies and other experience-based activities built around questions brought to us by regional businesses and not-for-profit organizations. These exercises require student-teams to solve actual business problems.

Two interactive television classrooms broadcast Harrison College of Business courses to those who, because of distance or family/work responsibilities, are not able to attend classes on Southeast's main campus. More than 60 business courses are available on the Web. Now it is possible to complete the BSBA degree program, the Business Administration minor and the MBA - General Tract without stepping foot onto Southeast's main campus.

Investing in Facilities and Technology

Programs

The Donald L. Harrison College of Business provides a comprehensive undergraduate program in business, as well as the Masters of Business Administration degree. Undergraduate students are able to select from an array of majors including accounting, finance, economics (with managerial economics or financial economics options), international business, administrative systems management, organizational administration, management (with anagement, human resource management and entrepreneurship), management information systems, and marketing (with marketing management and integrated marketing communication options).

Internship opportunities exist with all majors and live cases are integrated into many undergraduate business courses. Marketing majors must complete an internship or business practica. MBA students may select among a general management option, an international business option, an environmental management option, an industrial management option, a finance option, a sport management option, an entrepreneurship option, and an accounting option. As with the undergraduate program, internships are available to MBA students and all MBA students must complete an applied research project.

Regardless of major, business students can complete a semester of business studies abroad or participate in an international immersion program, including programs that have taken students, faculty and business practitioners to Greater Europe, Africa, Mexico Cuba, and Central America.

Investing in Programs

Giving Back to the Region

The Harrison College of Business is committed to assisting businesses, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and key decision leaders to improve the regional business climate and the quality of life for Southeast Missourians. More than 300 students complete internships and other experience-based learning activities each year, bringing enthusiasm and needed skills directly to the workplace.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship strives to stimulate local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship pursues its mission by leveraging faculty expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship to deliver a variety of undergraduate and graduate academic programs, leveraging professional staff expertise in new venture start-up and community development from the Southeast Innovation Center to deliver community-based training and development programs, and leveraging faculty and private research expertise from the Missouri Research Corporation to develop new innovative products, processes and services. By bringing this diverse set of resources under one organization the Center is able to stimulate economic growth by accelerating new venture formation, accelerating innovation-driven economic development, accelerating innovative and entrepreneurial thinking by cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset through experiential education programs, and accelerating the teaching, practice and science of innovation and entrepreneurship by conducting field based research.

The Center has a history of providing successful community outreach and training programs. Between 2006 and 2008, more than 500 individuals completed Operation Jump Start; a community outreach entrepreneurship curriculum designed to promote successful business start-ups and expansions. As a result of this program, over 280 jobs have been created through 180 businesses start-ups/expansions in 25 different counties in Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee. Over the 2009-2011 period, the center will focus on economic growth and community development by not only encouraging business start-ups, but just as importantly, by promoting growth and expansion of existing businesses. These efforts are supported by grants and contracts exceeding $3 million.

The Small Business Development Center assists small businesses to become more productive and profitable. In addition to offering a reference and lending library, the SBDC provides confidential one-on-one business counseling. This past year the SBDC served 197 clients, including 81 existing businesses and 116 startup businesses.

In regard to developing an entrepreneurial mind-set that will continue to invigorate southeast Missouri's business climate over generations, the Missouri REAL Entrepreneurship initiative has introduced more than 200 high school teachers to entrepreneurship concepts and activities that can be integrated into any class in the 9th through 12th grade curriculum. At the collegiate level, during last academic year over 160 students completed one of the 3-hour entrepreneurship courses and an academic minor in entrepreneurship that is available to Southeast students campus-wide has attracted more than 45 students. An additional 20-plus Southeast students are completing the BSBA or MBA option in entrepreneurship. In just the first year it was offered more than 120 students completed the upper-division University Studies (general education) course in entrepreneurship.

Comprehensive data on the business and economic climate of southeast Missouri are maintained by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CEBR). The CEBR identifies trends in local, state and national data and develops forecasts of the regional economy that are an invaluable aid to business planning and community development. Data and analyses are distributed throughout the region using both print and electronic publications. The center also conducts economic impact studies for public and private decision makers who want to know the impact of new and expanding business or public investment on employment, local and regional income and tax revenues.

The staff of the CEBR conducts applied research on the southeast Missouri economy, often utilizing faculty-directed student research teams. Recent studies completed by the CEBR measured the economic impact of a proposed recreational lake development in Southeast Missouri, the economic costs of above-average high school dropout rates in the Bootheel region, the effect of tourism on local government spending, and the economic impact of a proposed multi-million dollar investment in a new cement plant to be located in St. Genevieve, Mo. Among Missouri's regional universities, the Center for Business and Economic Research at Southeast is the most active.

The CEBR works closely with its counterpart center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Annually, the Center for Business and Economic Research presents an Economic Outlook Conference. Participants learn about regional economic and business trends and how these are connected to state, national and international events. Regional forecasts and the implications they hold for the short-term economic development of the Southeast Missouri are discussed at this conference.

The Center for International Business Programs supports the undergraduate major in international business, is responsible for the development and administration of the college's international exchange programs that are available to students and faculty, and provides administrative support for the college's international immersion programs. The center also hosts international dignitaries (practitioners, government officials and academicians, alike) invited to campus to make special presentations to students, faculty and staff on questions of international importance.

Whether it is a team project structured around a question brought to us by a regional business, an internship involving one student solving a business problem, a faculty or staff member providing entrepreneurial training, or an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students contributing to the commercial success of an innovative idea, a win-win situation exists as faculty extend their expertise beyond the campus boundaries, students gain practical knowledge and experience and organizations receive much needed assistance to remain competitive and effective.

Investing in Centers of Excellence

Investing in Students

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships
Endowed Undergraduate Research Funds
Endowed International Program Scholarships
Endowed Graduate Assistantships
Endowed Graduate Fellowships
Endowed Graduate Research Funds
Restricted Graduate Assistantships
Restricted Graduate Fellowships
National and International Student Competition Endowments
Student Organizations

Many individuals in Southeast Missouri have the skills, talent and commitment to succeed at Southeast Missouri State University. Unfortunately, they lack the financial resources necessary to realize the dream of completing a business degree, even when that dream places them at a moderately priced university such as Southeast Missouri State University. Other individuals complete a business degree but must work 30 or more hours a week to finance their education. Unfortunately, the burdens of work prevent some individuals from achieving at the level of academic excellence possible. For some, the requirements of work increase the time required to complete a business degree by 25, 50 or even 100 percent. We are, therefore, asking you to invest in endowments that open the doors to the University, expand program opportunities, and allow undergraduate and graduate students to complete a degree within a traditional time frame, while performing at the highest level possible.

Investing in Faculty

Endowed Chairs
Endowed Professorships
Distinguished Faculty Fellowships
Faculty Fellowships
Faculty Excellence Funds

The Harrison College of Business cannot rely on ordinary means to meet the extraordinary challenges that come with offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs in business. Of particular concern is the college's competitiveness in the marketplace for faculty and the college's ability to provide the support necessary for faculty members to maintain their distinctiveness and enhance their reputation. To this end, the Harrison College of Business proposes to establish a series of named chaired positions, named professorships and named faculty fellow appointments.

The endowments supporting these appointments will allow us, (1) through the naming process, to call attention to and recognize the accomplishments of individuals and companies that demonstrate the private and professional accomplishments we wish for all of our students, (2) to supplement state funding so we may offer market-competitive salaries, and (3) to provide the professional development and other support necessary for excellent faculty to retain contact with the latest advances in their discipline, nationwide and globally.

Faculty excellence funds support the continuing development of faculty to insure they have the opportunity to interact with leading-edge practitioners, enhance their understanding of the global nature of business and undertake applied business research that extends our understanding of the practice of business. By investing in faculty, we can bring more of the world of business to Southeast Missouri and retain the excellent faculty necessary to establish and maintain distinctive programs in business.

Investing in Facilities and Technology

Facility Excellence Endowments
Technology Excellence Endowments

The Harrison College of Business is committed to maintaining and improving the facilities and technology provided by Robert A. Dempster Hall. Our state-of-the-art classroom facilities enhance the faculty's ability to teach and promote student learning. The presentation capabilities in every classroom provide opportunities for students to enhance their communication skills. Study space provides a comfortable environment for individual work and for student teams to meet on group projects that promote teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Technology defines a large portion of the skills set graduates are expected to bring to the workplace. Five computer labs provide students with contemporary business software applications in every field of study. The campus network and Dempster Hall's wireless environment connect students to information worldwide. Students are able to use such information to contruct high quality, professional presentations using the sophisticated equipment and advanced technoogy in the HCB student presentation lab.

Investing in Programs

Program Excellence Endowments
Naming Opportunities

Program Excellence Endowments supplement student fees and limited state funding so the college continues to deliver exemplary academic programs, outstanding international experiences and high-quality services to the region. Program Excellence Funds provide rewards and incentives for faculty to make major contributions to academic programs and support development of innovative curricula and teaching. Naming opportunities exist to recognize individuals investing in the college's academic programs to insure continuing excellence and program development aligned with the fast-changing practices of business.

Investing in Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence Endowments

The college's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Center for Business and Economic Research help maintain the relevancy of the business curriculum, facilitate faculty and student research, and provide a vehicle for delivering faculty expertise to southeast Missouri.

Naming opportunities are available and provide continuing reaffirmation of the college's commitment to serve our business community. Funds will also support forward-looking management initiatives, marketing and external relations. Earnings support on-going operations, faculty research, student involvement through internships, undergraduate and graduate student research support, and provide matching funds required by private foundations, and regional, state and national economic development programs.

How to Invest in Students

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to deserving undergraduate students based on criteria set forth by the donor. The minimum funding to create an endowed undergraduate scholarship is $10,000.

Endowed Undergraduate Research Funds

Used to provide research opportunities specifically for undergraduate students. The minimum funding to create an endowed undergraduate research fund is $10,000.

Endowed International Program Scholarships

Used to support student participation in a semester abroad study program or in one of the College's international business immersion programs. The minimum funding to create an Endowed International Program Scholarship is $10,000.

Endowed Graduate Assistantships

Awarded to deserving graduate students based on criteria forth by the donor. The minimum funding to create an Endowed Graduate Assistantship is $120,000.

Endowed Graduate Fellowships

Awarded to deserving graduate students based on criteria set forth by the donor. The minimum funding to create an Endowed Graduate Fellowship is $50,000.

Endowed Graduate Research Funds

Used to provide research support to deserving graduate students. The minimum funding to create an Endowed Graduate Research Fund is $10,000.

Restricted Graduate Assistantships

Awarded to deserving graduate students. The minimum funding commitment to create a Restricted Graduate Assistantship is $7,500 per year for two years. Restricted graduate assistantships can be named for their duration.

Restricted Graduate Fellowships

Awarded to deserving graduate students. The minimum funding commitment to create a Restricted Graduate Fellowship is $5\2,500 per year for two years. Restricted graduate assistantships can be named for their duration.

National and International Student Competition Endowments

Earnings from a National and International Student Competition Endowment support participation by Harrison business students in national and international business case competitions, business plan competitions, and other compeitive events that provide external validation of the high quality of our busines programs and the accomplishments of Harrison business students. The minimum funding to establish a named student competition endowment is $20,000. Restricted gifts of any amount may be made to the harrison College of Business to support student participation.

Student Organizations

This is an important dimension to the Harrison College of Business. Student involvement fosters the creation of networks and enhances leadership, interpersonal, project management, and following skills. Many student organizations participate in state and national leadership conferences and competitions that bring distinction to the student organization, the Harrison College of Business, and Southeast Missouri State University. Student organizations promote a better understanding of the practice of business and the expectations of the workplace by welcoming leading edge practitioners as guest speakers. Sponsorship of one or more student organizations is open at any level.

For further information on investing in Students, contact Nolan Brunnworth (636) 449-5068 or nbrunnworth@semo.edu.

How to Invest in Faculty

Endowed Chairs

Awarded to deans, department chairs, and superior faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts and research. Minimum funding required to establish an endowed chair is $1,000,000.

Endowed Professorships

Awarded to outstanding senior faculty members to reward and enhance outstanding teaching and scholarly accomplishments. Minimum funding required to establish an Endowed Professorship is $500,000.

Distinguished Faculty Fellowships

Support senior faculty recognized for excellent teaching and outstanding scholarship. Minimum funding required to establish a Distinguished Faculty Fellowship is $250,000.

Faculty Fellowships

Support faculty demonstrating very effective teaching and scholarly accomplishments, regardless of rank or tenure. Minimum funding required to establish a Faculty Fellowship is $100,000.

Faculty Excellence Funds

Dedicated to promoting faculty teaching, scholarly work and continuing education. They can be used to respond quickly to opportunities that arise unexpectedly and the potential for having a positive impact on the College's programs and students. Minimum funding to establish a Faculty Excellence endowment is $20,000.

For further information on investing in Teaching, contact Nolan Brunnworth (636) 449-5068 or nbrunnworth@semo.edu.

How to Invest in Facilities and Technology

Facility Excellence Endowments

Used to maintain and enhance the physical environment of Robert A. Dempster Hall and other physical facilities of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. Renovations supported by facilities endowments will insure that Dempster Hall continues to be the State's premier building dedicated to undergraduate business programming. Endowments may be established beginning at the $10,000 level.

Technology Excellence Endowments

Used to maintain and enhance the computer facilities, hardware, software, and technical infrastructure of the Harrison College of Business. Endowments may be established beginning at the $10,000 level.

Naming Opportunities

Connected with Robert A. Dempster Hall exist to recognizing those making substantial commitments to maintaining excellent facilities and up-to-date technology. For information on the Harrison College of Business Facilities Excellence Endowments and Technology Excellence Endowments contact Nolan Brunnworth (636) 449-5058, nbrunnworth@semo.edu.

For further information on investing in Facilities and Technology, contact Nolan Brunnworth (636) 449-5068 or nbrunnworth@semo.edu.

How to Invest in Programs

Program Excellence Endowments

Compliment student fees and limited state funds to advance the excellence of all business programs. In particular, Program Excellence Endowments provide rewards and incentives for faculty to make major contributions to academic programs and to support innovative teaching, scholarship, and the professional development of faculty and application of faculty expertise to the region. Endowments may be established beginning at the $10,000 level.

For further information on investing in Programs, contact Nolan Brunnworth (636) 449-5068 or nbrunnworth@semo.edu.

How to Invest in Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence Endowments

Dedicated to furthering the activities of The Center for Business and Economic Research, and The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Endowments may be established beginning at the $10,000 level.

Naming Opportunities exist to recognize individuals making a substantial investment in the activities of the Centers for Excellence.

For further information on Center of Excellence Endowments contact Nolan Brunnworth (636) 449-5068 or nbrunnworth@semo.edu.

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