UNH has nearly 100 majors and programs housed in four colleges — the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, and the Tagliatela College of Engineering. During each issue of Charger Connection we will profile one of the colleges. In this issue, we introduce you to the College of Business.
Our majors include Accounting, Management, Management of Sports Industries, Finance, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Marketing, and Tourism and Event Management.
Students in the College of Business take advantage of exclusive hands-on learning opportunities in the Samuel S. Bergami Learning Center for Finance and Technology and the Student Enrichment Center. The Finance and Technology Center provides students with an enhanced opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art technology to analyze current business and market trends. The Student Enrichment Center offers team and conference space for group projects and presentations for both in-class assignments and extracurricular business activities. It is also home to the Hazell Nut Café, which is run by our students as an experiential learning activity in hotel and restaurant management. The Hazell Nut Café was just renovated with donations from Jeffrey Hazell, who also funded the creation of the Café. The Café will now offer more products to the UNH students and staff.
Programs in the College of Business include learning not only by classroom instruction, but also by student internships, study abroad opportunities, and practicum activities. As a demonstrated commitment to the University’s experiential education philosophy, the College of Business requires its students to participate in one of these experiences before graduating. To help facilitate job placement, many students take advantage of internships during their course of study. The University’s proximity to four major cities in the Northeast allows students to experience a wealth of internship opportunities in a variety of business settings.
Practicum experiences are a growing and vital part of business education at UNH. Many of these opportunities give UNH students the chance to consult with non-profit businesses to solve business-related problems. One of these programs, the Corporate Challenge, is a six-week competition that allows students to work on a local business case study and compete for prizes. The competition usually leads to further practicum experiences for other students as they try to implement the ideas and solutions that are produced as part of this competition. Additionally, the College of Business provides the Robert Alvine Professional Enrichment Program, which features prominent speakers from professional, government, and non-profit arenas who discuss business, leadership, or public policy-related topics. Our students have the opportunity to attend more than 40 of these sessions each semester.
Our sports management and event management students have to plan and execute an event for the students by the students. Our sports management students host an Annual Frisbee Competition and Mud Volleyball. They are responsible for raising money, finding sponsors, providing prizes, running the event, and accounting for the event in the end. The money raised is donated to a charity. The hard work is done “for the experience.”
Though relatively new to study abroad, the University of New Haven is now one of the nation’s leaders in providing study abroad opportunities. Students can enjoy offerings across the globe in a variety of scheduling options: semesters abroad, two-week intensive study abroad sessions, summers abroad, and more. These experiences can be customized to fit a student’s particular interest, allowing the student to not only experience world culture, but
also to cultivate relevant business experience to be used later in his or her
career. Every summer a group of stu-dents from our College of Business has the opportunity to study abroad in China for two weeks with a UNH faculty member. The students visit various business centers of China such as Shenzhen, Bejing, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. They visit four to five businesses to learn about their operations and some of the problems they face. The trip is not all about business—the students also take time to explore China and learn about the Chinese culture.
The Living Learning Community
Students in the College of Business can take advantage of living in a special business Living Learning Community (LLC) during their freshman year. The business LLC allows freshman business students to live together, take similar courses, meet with faculty mentors throughout the year, and participate in group activities in the residence hall and off campus. This fall the students visited Alinabal, a company in Milford, Conn. The owner, Samuel S. Bergami, shared his principles of business and personal successes with our students. This year, the LLC students completed a StrengthsQuest program during their first week on campus, which allowed them to discover their own strengths academically and personally through various exercises and group discussions. The students can continue to access and use these tools throughout their college career and in the workplace.