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Meet Our Students and Graduates

Samantha Caspar

'12 B.S.B. International Business

I chose to major in business because of all opportunities a degree in business brings. Business is one of the fastest growing and best fields to enter. I chose international business because I am very interested in cultures that differ from my own. We live in a globalized world in which international trade and cultural interaction is vitally important . I also chose international business  because competency in a second language and an internship are both required. This challenged me to broaden my horizons and gain hands-on experience in the field of international business. Currently I am completing a paid internship at Standard Register with their international strategic planning team.

I will began law school in the fall of 2012 at the University of Alabama with a generous scholarship and two opportunities to study abroad.  I have also been accepted into the joint JD/MBA program and will completing an internship this summer at the Environmental Protection Agency. My goal is to pursue a career in environmental law and international human rights law. I am also interested in international business law. My international business degree and extra-curricular activities at Wright State prepared me to receive acceptances to numerous law schools, including Ohio State, Emory, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Arizona, University of Cincinnati, the University of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana University at Bloomington, Iowa, Tulane, and Washington & Lee. Some of the major factors of my acceptance into so many great law schools was a result of my strong involvement in extracurricular activities, the Honors Program at Wright State, and the outstanding preparation I received from my professors and courses.

Jaleh Dehkordi

B.S.B. ’10 Marketing

“My decision to attend Wright State University was an easy one. I have my associate’s degree in science from Clark State Community College. The transfer process to Wright State was the most feasible. Wright State’s faculty in the College of Business are very friendly and helpful. We have a the benefits of a big-time business school with  a small feel. Students are not just a number. The faculty is here for the betterment of the students.”

Leadership:

I have taken on many leadership roles since transferring to Wright State. I am the Raj Soin College of Business Senator for the 2009-2010 school year for Student Government.  I am also both on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board and the Marketing Student Advisory Board.  I serve as fundraising chair for the Marketing Club and philanthropy chair for Zeta Tau Alpha. Statewide, I also hold the position of Secretary for the College Democrats of Ohio.

Most Valuable Experience:

One of the most valuable experiences has been the easy transition from my associate’s degree – and also, my great hands-on internship experience. One of my favorite experiences has been getting to know marketing faculty and learning about their backgrounds in both business and academia.

Internships/ Class projects:

I did an internship at Qbase Inc. starting August 2008. The professional experiences I had at Qbase were very diverse and definitely valuable for my career goals.  As a marketing major, projects are a key focus of our classroom learning experience. Two of my most fun and exciting projects were a Yellow Pages U-STORE-IT advertising campaign and a Hot Head Burrito Retailing and Services plan. 

Career Success:

After graduation, Jaleh had a goal of working in the fashion industry. She began by working in the retail sector of Justice in Dayton. Today, Jaleh is a manager for the garmet and trim group for the Justice and Brothers divisions of Tween Brands. In her role she leads the majority of product development for these product lines.

Tips for Success:

  • First year students should jump into their college experience and get involved within the Wright State community. You will enjoy your college experience much more. Involvement opportunities are vast in each college as well as the University as a whole.
  • Look into all aspects of schools when doing your college search. Often we look at only some aspects of the college. You need to keep in mind that students often change their mind and their majors.
  • The Raj Soin College of Business is accredited by AACSB Intenational.  Although this may seem unimportant to you right now, after graduation both employers and graduate schools keep that in mind when making hiring and selection decisions. 

Jimmy Bowser

’04 B.S.B. Management Information Systems

"Having a graduate degree is more than a resume booster, it’s rocket fuel for your career. Not only can it accelerate career opportunities but it develops you as a person. Based on my experience in the Raj Soin College of Business as an undergraduate, I decided to return for its Master of Information Systems program. I wanted to expand my knowledge base while having the flexibility of taking the majority of classes online from an accredited business program that has a long-established reputation. I wanted to gain real-world experience with my current employer while continuing my education with an unparalleled, high-quality program."

Bolo Fall

'09 B.S.B. Supply Chain Management, Magna Cum Laude

"When I moved in the US a little over five years ago, Wright State was the obvious choice for me according to friends, family, and even strangers! I transferred my credits very easily with help from the University Center for International Education. Supply Chain Management was the best option for me since I want a career in purchasing."

Why Wright State?

I enjoy the idea of being the liaison between companies and organizations and to the community and public at large. I hope to work for a non-profit that will allow me to better communicate what they have to offer to the community. Marketing is very adaptable to many different types of careers and I like the idea that I can mold my own position and skills.

Tips for Success:

Dare to take action! Don't be shy to talk, ask questions, and get involved in organizations that inspire you. If you don't find one, create you own. You will never feel alone at WSU. Every one is approachable starting with President Hopkins who is just a good guy. It's your future, so make it happen!

Leadership:

I was lucky to join the French Club during my first year, and helped during some of their events like campus tours for high school students. I also helped revive the Supply Chain Management Club as part of the APICS Wright State Student chapter as President of the Club. During my last quarter at WSU, I was among the 12 student ambassadors working with the Office of the President, and got to meet wonderful people as part of my work.

Internships/Class projects:

I completed my capstone project with a manufacturing company in Dayton. We were able to help them with their inventory management and forecasting their orders. It was a nice addition to my resume. I also interned in a boutique that opened a little over a year ago. They gave me the latitude to apply everything I learned in my Operations Management classes to their growing business. Career Plans: I am lucky enough to have opened a small business with my husband. It is growing, but I want a corporate experience as well, so i will apply for a full-time position in my field.

Career Plans:

I am lucky enough to have opened a small business with my husband. It is growing, but I want a corporate experience as well, so i will apply for a full-time position in my field.

Most Valuable Experience:

The ability to complete my honors research project with the help of my faculty advisor, Dr.Hamister. This was very rewarding from an academic and personal point of view. Wright State gave me opportunities to push myself farther. I was recognized among my peers for my academic and leadership achievements. It is always good to feel appreciated and WSU does appreciate its students!

Ryan O'Connor

'11 B.S.B. Marketing; Development Assistant-Athletics, Northern Illinois University

V.P. Dean’s Student Advisory Board, Model United Nations – Head Delegate, Interns for Excellence Award Recipient

"I chose to pursue a career in business because it relates to nearly every sector in our world. Governments, hospitals, entertainment, sports, corporations each need business savvy personnel to ensure operating efficiency and positive bottom lines. Almost everywhere you look in the world, business minds are needed. I currently work for the Dayton Dragons where I am responsible for marketing and group ticket sales. I’m also putting my business skills to work in this year’s Model UN competition where WSU students have received top honors internationally for the past 30 years."

Pauline Jenkins

’11 B.S.B. Marketing, ‘12 MBA

“There is a ton of pressure on our generation to match the success of our parents, despite the economic conditions that we face. I have looked at this as a personal challenge to differentiate myself with my academic and career choices and I believe Wright State helped me in doing just that..”

Why Wright State?

Attending Wright State made perfect sense in my situation. It had every quality on my college checklist, was close to home, and was affordable. As the first person in my family to graduate with a four year degree, I started my college journey unsure of my ability to handle it. Wright State, however, simplified the whole process and offered help with every problem I faced.

Tips for Success:

Prioritize things. It is difficult to balance class work, academic clubs, outside jobs, internships, and everything else. I was always focused on keeping my grades high and this resulted in me prioritizing some things over others and learning to effectively manage my time. Internships are indispensable. It is so important to prepare yourself for graduation by completing internships. They help you get the experience that employers are requiring in this economy, even for entry level positions. They also help differentiate you from other graduates in your field. Network! Speaking to fellow students, faculty, employers, and even family about your career ambitions can help you find great opportunities.

Internships/Class projects:

I completed 2 internships during my Undergraduate career and also had an on campus job as Marketing Assistant for the College of Business. My first internship was as a sales and marketing intern at a local EDI company called Edict Systems. It was there that I first got that real world experience of how a company actually works and what it means to be a part of a corporate culture. My second internship was with Dayton Business Journal as an Account Executive. This was a competitive internship where Dayton Business Journal was awarded 2 of the 16 internship positions in all of the 64 City Business Journals member publications. This was a great opportunity and really helped my resume completing an individual project and multiple sales trainings.

Career Plans:

I am currently finishing up my MBA here at Wright State as a Graduate Assistant. I have a job offer in Columbus at a local search marketing company called RevLocal as an Internet Marketing Agent

Kori O'Neill

'09 B.S.B. Marketing

"I am a huge advocate for the Wright State American Humanics Student Association, which is a nonprofit leadership certification program nationally recognized. Through this association, I found three paid internships that provided me with substantial work experience and also helped my communities. These internships have provided me many leadership, public speaking, networking, and unique skill training opportunities.

Why Wright State?

I enjoy the idea of being the liaison between companies and organizations and to the community and public at large. I hope to work for a non-profit that will allow me to better communicate what they have to offer to the community. Marketing is very adaptable to many different types of careers and I like the idea that I can mold my own position and skills.

Tips for Success:

I would definitely recommend getting involved in the local community or student organizations. Don't hesitate to take on leadership positions. This will not only help with building resumes, but character. Don’t dismiss internship opportunities. I was terrified to do my first one because the job description seemed over my head. It’s important to understand that internships are there to allow the students to learn. You are allowed to make mistakes. That’s the point of an internship to make mistakes and learn from them. I also did one job shadow and it opened my eyes to so many different types of jobs that I never heard of. Taking proactive steps to gain experience and knowledge of the outside world can really help you in the future. Also, professors are really great resources of not only information but for networking. I wish I would have taken advantage of this earlier. They are really there to help you. Now that I’m about to finish school, my teachers are still willing to help me with my first job after graduation. Professors can be a lot different during office hours especially if you display a little hard work.

Leadership:

I am the Secretary and Marketing Communications chair for the Wright State American Humanics Student Association

Career Plans:

I plan to continue to find internships to further help me define what I want to do and to gain more experience in my field. Marketing is a very broad career and I don’t want to close out any opportunities.

Most Valuable Experience:

The opportunity and encouragement to participate in internships has allowed me to connect classes to real life experiences, as well as learn about myself. I like that the College of Business provides course credit for internships. It made me value my major and what I was learning.

Grant Orians

'11 B.S.B. Management Informations Systems

National Air Intelligence Center(NAIC)

"One of the most valuable Wright State experiences I have had is getting to meet and know the wide variety of students at Wright State, as well as the faculty members. I am from the small town of New Riegel and my graduating class had only 32 people. Being able to come here and experience such a wide diversity of people and being able to learn so much about so many different areas has opened my eyes to far more then I ever thought college would. Coming to Wright State has made quite a difference in my life, that’s for sure. The College of Business faculty has also been terrific. As a first year student, I didn’t know anything about MIS. Just being able to learn about MIS by working closely with the faculty has been so valuable. The faculty are really great about supporting every student and supporting me personally in my future career and also by being a better all-around student and individual."

Why Wright State?

Originally, I was in computer engineering and chose Wright State because of its computer engineering program. Wright State has a nice new campus and just seemed like it had a good feel to it. Since I switched over to MIS, I was lucky that WSU had a great business school as well.

Tips for Success:

Get out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Meet new people. You might surprise yourself about your capabilities, interests and undiscovered talents. The faculty want every student to succeed and go beyond just getting a degree. Let them know your interests. Ask them for help, advice and ideas. They along with your fellow students are best part of your education.

Leadership:

I’ve had two internships so far. The first was with a small business with only two other IT employees besides me. I gained valuable hands-on experience and got to work with a wide variety of projects in both hardware and tech support. My second internship was with Marathon Oil Company this past summer. At Marathon, there were forty IT interns. That was a huge change! Being able to focus on the corporate side, and having a specific focus on projects was a completely different experience. It was pretty neat to work with other interns. Each internship has offered me a different perspective of the IT world and its vast opportunities.

Internships/Class projects:

I have had one internship so far with CareSource, a local managed Medicaid company located in Downtown Dayton. I was in their first group of interns that they had ever taken in and worked with their web application development team. It was a great learning experience to be able to work with and talk to people that had been in the field for twenty plus years. It was also very cool to help a project go from planning to implementation and see all the steps in between.

Career Plans:

I would like to stay in Ohio. I enjoy Ohio and I would like to work in a business someday where I can feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of other people. That's very important to me. Finding a career that improves the lives of others would be ideal.

Awards/ Recognition:

I received the CIOhio Symposium scholarship award which was open to students throughout Ohio. I was one of only three students selected for the scholarship in the entire state and I won the top student leader award state-wide. The Ohio CIO Symposium is an event held every year by Tech Columbus. IT and business leaders share insights and expertise about IT trends, challenges and opportunities in Ohio. Being a part of the event helped me network and gain insights about IT that built upon my classroom learning.

Robert Johnson

'11 B.S.B. Management Informations Systems; Teradata

AFCEA Scholarship Recipient President, MIS Club; Career Offer Prior to Graduating as Technical Database Consultant at Teradata

"The most valuable experience I have had at Wright State was getting to learn about such a wide variety of materials. I learned a lot about topics I knew nothing about, both in MIS and other aspects of business such as the implications of international trade policy and the global economy. Exposure to such a diverse aspects of business has definitely given me a great foundation as I start my IT career at Teradata."

Why Wright State?

I had wanted to be in IT for a long time; I just wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do in the field, such as Computer Science or Engineering. Then I had heard about MIS from a friend who was going to Wright State. It sounded like a very solid program – and it is both AACSB and ABET accredited! So I completed the two-year parallel program at Sinclair transferred to Wright State without a single problem.

Tips for Success:

Try taking a variety of classes that aren't required. You will learn things that will be useful in whatever you end up doing. Don't be afraid to ask faculty for help and advice. They're always willing to listen to ideas and help you out if you are having trouble or challenges. Make sure to look hard for internships when you have the ability to do so. Many are for juniors but some are available to sophomores. They are very good experiences and most potential employers really value candidates with some intern experience -- plus paid internships can put some extra money in your pocket!

Leadership:

I am currently the president of the MIS club and also attempt to take leadership roles in many of my class projects and groups. I feel this is a great way to gain a bit of leadership experience by working closely with your peers and there are a lot of opportunities to take on these positions during your experience at Wright State.

Internships/Class projects:

I have had one internship so far with CareSource, a local managed Medicaid company located in Downtown Dayton. I was in their first group of interns that they had ever taken in and worked with their web application development team. It was a great learning experience to be able to work with and talk to people that had been in the field for twenty plus years. It was also very cool to help a project go from planning to implementation and see all the steps in between.

Career Plans:

I have already accepted a job doing Technical Database Consulting with Teradata. I’m really excited about the route I’m taking. Through the database classes offered at Wright State, I realized that's what I really enjoy doing more than anything else in IT. I'll be traveling every week, and learning a lot, and I hope to be able to continue and grow my knowledge and ability on this specific subject, and hope to stay with this growing multi-national company for a very long time.

Milovan Milosevic

'09 B.S.B. Management & HR Management

"When I realized I was transferring from University of Virginia, I was looking for a school that has a great business school. My search narrowed down and WSU was the best choice I could have made. I chose the Management and Human Resource Management double major because of the great reputation they had. Being AACSB accredited says a lot about the quality of faculty, staff and students. I was also impressed by the accomplishments of College of Business students in national competitions. My personal belief is that there are not enough good managers out there. The HR and Management programs at Wright State have given me skills to manage projects, think strategically and motivate people no matter what profession I choose." 

Why Wright State?

Because I was living and working on my own, I had to find the most affordable and best quality business program around. I met with Charles Long, my business advisor, and knew that Wright State offered both the best value and a quality AACSB-accredited program. Plus, the very supportive faculty and staff helped me even before I formally transferred to the College of Business.

Tips for Success:

  • Don’t get caught up in things that don’t matter
  • Networking is crucial for both social and academic success
  • Enjoy college to the fullest because it is really short and quite possibly the best time in your life
  • Make sure to get involved in organizations. They provide a lot of opportunities
  • Make sure you do the things that make YOU happy, not what others might think

Leadership:

My involvement with campus organizations has greatly benefited me both academically and socially. I am a member of Dean's Student Advisory Board and am currently the College of Business Senator for Student Government. Also, I just finished four years of NCAA eligibility playing for Wright State Men’s Soccer Team.

Internships/Class projects:

The most fulfilling project I have completed has to be the Human Resource Practicum class with Professor Sincoff. It took two quarters of back-to-back classes and an immense amount of group and individual work. This class sets apart Wright State Human Resource graduates from any school in United States, and I mean ANY school! Along with my group, I have created a consulting handbook for a small business that is worth at least $50.000 if done by professionals.

Career Plans:

When I graduate, my plan is to play professional soccer in Europe. At the same time I will enroll in a Master’s program in Belgrade, Serbia. My aspirations are to obtain a PhD by my 28th birthday and be a CEO of a Fortune 1000 company by the age of 35 if soccer doesn’t pan out as planned.

Most Valuable Experience:

I have a problem picking out one moment in my academic experience that was the most valuable. I would have to say that my entire experience as an undergraduate student at the College of Business was great and fulfilling. Being recognized by the Dean, faculty and staff for my achievements is both a humbling and motivating experience. The College of Business does a great job of bringing out the best in each student.

Dan Lakovic

'09 B.S.B. International Business; Seepex Inc.

Assistant to the President

"I was in an applied two-year program and hadn't really considered a bachelor's degree until one of my professors at Sinclair inspired me to reach beyond my current goals. When I learned how much more I could earn and how much more secure my job would be with a bachelor's degree, I realized that my professor was right. With the encouragement of my academic advisor at the Raj Soin College of Business, I supported myself through school and will graduate with a major in international business and a 3.5 GPA. I'm now employed with a multi-national firm here in the Dayton region."

Why Wright State?

Because I was living and working on my own, I had to find the most affordable and best quality business program around. I met with Charles Long, my business advisor, and knew that Wright State offered both the best value and a quality AACSB- accredited program. Plus, the very supportive faculty and staff helped me even before I formally transferred to the College of Business.

Tips for Success:

  • Think big and bigger. Because I had to support myself through college, I thought I could only afford an associate’s degree. My professors at Sinclair and Wright State encouraged me to go for my bachelors’ degree and gave me the confidence and support I needed to achieve my goal.
  • Meet with a College of Business advisor – even before you transfer. By meeting with my College of Business advisor, I was confident that the classes I was taking at Sinclair would transfer and that I was not wasting any time or money in completing my bachelor’s degree.
  • Push yourself to manage your time. I worked more than one job, but still took time to get involved on campus and have some fun too.

Leadership:

I am involved in several clubs on campus, including the International Business Club, serving as Treasurer for the club; President of the Ski and Snowboard Club and Treasurer of the Sports Council. Snowboarding and sports are my passions. So it was easy to develop my leadership skills and financial experience while helping other students discover all the great activities available on campus.

Internships/Class projects:

All international business majors are required to complete an internship for academic credit as part of their graduation requirements. That’s definitely one of the key advantages of the IB program at Wright State. I completed my internship with Seepex, Inc., a German-owned company, located here in the Dayton area. I was able to work with the Germany-based marketing staff and international sales force on several marketing, sales and website projects. The portfolio of projects I completed and the evaluation I received from the CEO of Seepex definitely will help me in my job search.

Career Plans:

After graduation, I’m headed to California with the goal of working for an international marketing firm. One of my professors has put me in touch with a former colleague who has some contacts at Patagonia, the international sports clothing company, and I have a couple of other interviews lined up as well.

Most Valuable Experience:

It’s hard to pick just one. Definitely all the club outings, like ski trips to Colorado or visiting the Global Markets Division at the Ohio Department of Development helped me make friends and consider options after graduation. I also interviewed and landed a student coordinator position for a continuing education program offered by the College of Business. This position was perfect because I could work right on campus while improving my organizational and event planning skills. Plus, I met HR directors and other professionals from all over the region who were taking the PHR/SPRH preparation class I coordinated.

Zachary Henderson

'09 B.S.B. International Business; '11TFL Certificate; Rental & Repair Manager, Fondriest Environmental Inc.

After graduating from Wright State on Saturday with a bachelor of science degree in international business, Zachary Henderson, 23, started work Monday, June 15, at Fondriest Environmental Inc., an environmental monitoring products company in Beavercreek, the same company that provided him with a six-month internship. Dayton Daily News, June 16, 2009.

"I took my professor's advice and kept my resume updated on Wright Search. I hadn't even started my internship search when Fondriest Environmental contacted me for an interview which led to an internship offer and ultimately a full-time job offer with a very exciting and growing company. During college, I worked a lot of hours at a restaurant and banquet center, but I also decided to differentiate myself professionally with some amazing opportunities outside the classroom. I completed two study abroad programs, one in China and a second program in Spain where I earned my Spanish language credits. Both of these programs were highly affordable. In fact the quarter-long program in Dalian, China was far less expensive than living and going to school in the Dayton. I also learned a lot by competing in the National Ethics Bowl under the guidance of Dr. Petrick and attending several networking and professional events sponsored by the Miami Valley International Trade Association. This professional event was and required by Ms. Snow for my IB capstone course. When your professors tell you that networking is critical to your future career success, they are right! Take advantage of the introductions they can make for you."

Justin Brackenhoff

'08 B.S.B. Business; '09 Management & HR Management

"This past school year I was the President of the Human Resources and Management Club. I led the HR Club to earning a superior merit award from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for the seventh consecutive year. I also led the Management Club to place second in the nation for small chapter performance from The Society for Advancement of Management (SAM). For the past three years I have been on the Management Student Advisory Board providing the Management Department with student input for improving the Management and HR programs."

Why Wright State?

I choose Wright State University because it was in close proximity to home and WSU offered low tuition compared to other colleges. I chose to pursue a degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management because of my interest in personnel issues in organizations and how HR activities play a key role in supporting an organization’s ongoing efforts to adapt to change successfully.

Tips for Success:

If there's one thing I've learned during my college years, it is that you must plan your time wisely. Time isn't set for you as it is high school; you must stay on top of things. Also, help is out there, but you need to be willing to use the many services available. Know your professor’s office hours and don’t be afraid to seek help. Remember that tutoring is available in most subjects and you’re encouraged to use tutoring sooner than later! It’s much easier to catch up in the first couple weeks of classes than the last couple weeks! Involvement in campus organizations is an important part of your college experience. The first week of classes is an excellent time to learn about various campus organizations.

Leadership:

The Dean’s Student Advisory Board for the College of Business ( I will be the President next year), The Marketing Department Student Advisory Board, The Wright-Patt Credit Union Young Member Advisory Panel, Chief Strategist of the Finance Club, Resident Assistant in the Honors Residential Complex and Volunteer for Project Linus.

Career Plans:

I plan on obtaining my CFP(R) or Certified Financial Planner designation and obtaining several licenses that will allow me to sell securities and other financial instruments. I then would like to get my MSFS or Master of Science in Financial Services degree while helping clients secure their financial futures.

Internships/Class projects:

While pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I completed two internships, both of which I obtained through class projects. I was a Human Resource Assistant summer intern for Chipotle Mexican Grill in Columbus, Ohio. I recruited and interviewed crew and management candidates throughout Ohio and Indiana and helped open two restaurants. I also completed a summer internship with Reynolds and Reynolds as a HR and Payroll Intern. Because of my internship experience and receiving an MBA assistantship, I decided to get my MBA right after my undergraduate degree. While pursuing my MBA I co-oped at Wright Patterson Air force Base as a Civilian Human Resource Specialist Trainee. I received a job offer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a Human Resource Specialist before I completed my MBA.

Scott Stafford

'11 B.S.B. Financal Services

Finance Club President, Member of Dean's Student Advisory Board, Honors Community Council Treasurer

"The reason that I chose Wright State is because of the professors. Every professor I have encountered has been willing to help me with my work, to go out on a limb to help me succeed in life and to help me find a job like the one I have now at WesBanco. The best part of attending the Raj Soin College of Business has been meeting new people and making friends for life. This school makes every student feel a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves. It gives students the opportunity to step into a leadership role and make a difference."

Michael Cozad

'11 B.S.B. Financial Services; Smith, Moses and Company, LLC

I formerly was an intern (as a freshman!!) at Smith, Moses & Company, LLC - an investment and financial planning firm located in Beavercreek. After my internship expired, they hired me on part-time. I have been there now for over a year and a half! This internship was recommended to me by a great finance instructor, Bill Wood, and has led me to intend in a career in financial planning."

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Why Wright State?

Wright State truly cares about their students. But more importantly- so does the College of Business. If you choose the Raj Soin College of Business, you will meet with professors who WANT to get you a job, not because they have to, but because they want to. Classes are not taught by graduate students, which may not seem like a big deal to you, but believe me- it is. Not one class is taught by a graduate student in the Raj Soin College of Business. If offered a full scholarship anywhere for the remainder of my bachelor’s degree- I would not leave WSU and the RSCOB. The College of Business is top-of-the-line and has state-of-the-art facilities. Pay us a visit and find out!

Tips for Success:

Get an internship now. Make sure this is your field. After completing my internship, I knew that financial services was for me. But learning about something is only one thing- you have to sell yourself and your products and services too- leading me to my dual-major in marketing. AACSB, and Dean's Student Advisory Board (brief info about that) The Dean asks for input from his students - and listens. Tell me another college that does that.

Leadership:

The Dean’s Student Advisory Board for the College of Business ( I will be the President next year), The Marketing Department Student Advisory Board, The Wright-Patt Credit Union Young Member Advisory Panel, Chief Strategist of the Finance Club, Resident Assistant in the Honors Residential Complex and Volunteer for Project Linus.

Career Plans:

I plan on obtaining my CFP(R) or Certified Financial Planner designation and obtaining several licenses that will allow me to sell securities and other financial instruments. I then would like to get my MSFS or Master of Science in Financial Services degree while helping clients secure their financial futures.

Internships/Class projects:

My most valuable experience so far has been Dr. Ramsey’s Principles of Marketing class- she truly cares (as do all professors) about her students’ well-being and is definitely always willing to help in any way she can. She, like many professors in the RSCOB, bring tons of real-world experience with them that “spices” up regular textbook material.

Steven Bennett

'09 B.S.B. Finance

Outstanding Finance Graduate 2009 Recipient, Wall Street Journal Award Candidate, Certified Financial Analyst

"The Finance curriculum and our professors integrate course work with real-world applications. For example, Finance 418 - Financial Management III uses a case study approach that creates a valuable connection between academic principles and real financial situations. Our upper-level courses also require the use of the Bloomberg terminal and real-time data in the College's nationally recognized Soin Trading Room. Having gained the knowledge and the experience of using Bloomberg has provided me a competitive edge in the job market."

Why a Degree in Business?

I chose a business major after taking Econ 200 as a general education requirement my freshman year. The Professor inspired me to use knowledge of economics and business as a tool to evaluate real-world circumstances in a wide variety of business, social, government and ethical areas.

Tips for Success:

Remain open-minded. While it is so easy to approach college with certain expectations, take your freshman year to explore a variety of courses and gain a better understanding of what exactly you enjoy. I entered college as a political science major. After several courses, I understood that being a poli-sci major was not who I really was. A willingness to discover new interests will make your freshman year a great experience. Having worked with high-school students for the past four years, I would say that students come to college expecting to achieve great things. A business major can help you achieve your dreams because it opens doors to such a broad variety of careers in the private and non-profit sectors.

Leadership:

During summer breaks from WSU I manage a private non-profit swim club, Oak Creek Swim Club. The organization has 400 permanent family members and an additional 75 temporary memberships. The position involved managing and scheduling a staff of 25+ high school and college students, organizing social events, swim lessons and customer service responsibilities. Recent employer surveys indicated that employers who hire Raj Soin College of Business graduates’ value their maturity, work ethic and ability to begin contributing on day one. With my academic and work experience, I hope to continue that reputation.

Career Plans:

I currently plan to attend graduate school and move on the obtain a PhD in Finance. Currently, I am a candidate to receive my Certified Financial Analyst™ designation.

Most valuable experience:

Collaborating with fellow students to deliver group projects have been essential to building my communication effectiveness and teamwork skills. And by far the courses I have taken in investment and portfolio management were the most beneficial to the goals I hope to achieve in the finance profession.

Andrew Platt

'09 B.S.B. Finance

Brianna Cosca

'12 B.S.B. Accountancy

Dean's Student Advisory Board Member, Accounting Leadership Program Participant, Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society. Employed at Win Wholesale Inc.

"Wright State is one of Ohio's best kept secrets. The commitment to quality is what makes this school so special. The College of Business has accreditations that most schools do not. I believe that I am receiving a better education than many of my friends who attend larger colleges because, here, at Wright State professors know you by name. They take the time to make sure everyone understands material that is relevant in today's business environment. My introductory accounting professor is so energetic and loves accounting so much! She has driven me to do my best and makes learning fun even if accounting is not your thing!"

Jamila Thomas

'09 B.S.B. Finance and Accountancy

Member Dean's Student Advisory Board, Vice President, National Association of Black Accountants "It is imperative to stay up on your first year in college. Many students fall behind academically and it hurts them in the long run. Students should meet with teachers often, especially in classes where they are struggling. I cannot tell you how many times that extra effort helped my grade tremendously! Charles Long played an important role in my success at WSU. I would suggest that students meet with their advisors quarterly. I heard stories about students taking additional unnecessary classes or students thinking they are in a position to graduate and are not due to the lack of understanding and not taking the time to meet with their advisor."

Why Wright State?

I chose WSU because it was the most affordable school, and they offered me scholarship money that helped bring down the cost of tuition. I knew I wanted to go into business, and I had a love for math. So I chose finance and accounting because I felt it gave me the best of both worlds. Also with accounting and finance, I have had the opportunity to network with others in my career field. That was definitely something I wanted in addition to a quality academic program

Leadership:

Vice President, National Association of Black Accountants; Vice President, Forest Lane Community Council; Treasurer ,Woods Community Council; Vice President, African American Residential Caucus; Vision Mentor, and volunteer at the House of Bread.

Internships/Class projects:

I have had a total of five internships. I completed two summer internships with KPMG LLP, one summer internship with Deloitte, one internship with the WSU Office of the Controllers, and one internship with the WSU Office of the Bursar.

Career Plans:

I plan on attending graduate school at the Ohio State University obtain my MBA in international business.

Most valuable experience:

As a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board, I was on a committee that hosted an event geared toward recruiting freshman into the College of Business. I definitely feel it was a great experience for a lot of the freshman to see what the College had to offer.

Ryan Collins

'11 B.S.B. Finance and Accountancy

Black Men on the Move Treasurer; Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Honor Society "The Raj Soin College of Business opens so many doors to advance and develop yourself. I've taken trips to business hubs such as Chicago and New York to visit Fortune 500 companies. The College is preparing me academically with its well-respected business program and has already connected me with numerous career opportunities. My part-time job in banking has exposed me to the financial world. And the case studies in my finance classes have shown me creative ways to solve difficult business issues."

Jordan Terrill

Accountancy

Kate Lash

'10 B.S.B. Accountancy; '11 M.Acc.

"My most valuable experience at the Raj Soin College of Business was qualifying for the IMA's National Case Competition in Denver, Colorado! I am on a team with four other accountancy students at WSU that was selected as one of the top four teams in the nation. Wright State has always had a long-standing reputation for excellence in accounting, and I love that I am now part of the tradition." Why Wright State? Scholarships! Initially I was interested in Wright State because it was the most affordable option with the most value to offer. After I visited campus and toured the College of Business, I knew this was the place for me. Everyone I met was so friendly and personable! It was clear that at Wright State you are more than just a number or nameless face. Professors, faculty, and the administration genuinely care about their students. Other universities I toured just did not give me the same impression. Once I became a student here, I was so thankful that I chose Wright State. I mean at what university can you carry on a casual conversation with the Dean of the entire college of business or the Chair of your department? At Wright State you can!

Tips for Success:

  • Get involved! Joining clubs and organizations is a great way to network with business professionals. Plus, it gives you the chance to meet new friends during the process.
  • Take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Wright State has unbelievable exchange programs and internships in countries all over the world. I spent four weeks during the summer traveling throughout Japan with an Ambassador Program hosted by WSU. International travel gave me a whole new perspective on the business world. It also helped me develop communication skills which are an essential career tool.
  • Make sure you talk to your professors! Instructors at Wright State truly care about their students. They are down–to-earth and easy to approach which makes it easy to receive individual help and guidance whenever you need it.

Leadership:

At Wright State, I found that it is really easy to get involved! There are awesome clubs and organizations, especially within the College of Business. I am involved with: the Accounting Leadership Program, Accounting Club, Finance Club, Dean’s Student Advisory Board, and Beta Alpha Psi which is an academic fraternity for Accounting, Finance and MIS majors. Some of the leadership roles I have taken on are: Accounting Club President, Acting Corresponding Secretary of Beta Alpha Psi. Next year I will be Vice President of Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Ambassador for the Ohio Society of CPA’s.

Internships/Class projects:

I worked in WSU’s Internal Audit department as a student auditor. It was great because I gained relevant work experience in my field of study while still being able to stay heavily involved with campus activities. Thanks to the skills I learned at Internal Audit, I was offered an internship at Deloitte. This summer I will be an audit intern with Deloitte’s Cincinnati office.

Career Plans:

  • I plan on staying at Wright State for another year as a graduate student in the Master’s of Accountancy Program. After completing the MAcc., I will be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.
  • I am also considering applying to law school. Majoring in business as an undergraduate is an excellent choice because it opens the door to so many future opportunities.

Sana Hassan

'11 B.S.B. Accountancy; Student, University of Cincinnati School of Law

Dean's Student Advisory Board, Advisory Committee, Vice President of PACE for National Society of Collegiate Scholars, President, C.J. McLin Scholars Association.

The College consistently excels in numerous national student competitions in management, accounting, human resources, marketing and financial service. In addition, the college has been recognized by both international accrediting bodies and ranking organizations.

Jazz Rowe

'11 B.S.B. Accountancy; Deloitte, London

Networking with other students got me my internship in London, UK!

"During my internship with Deloitte, I worked on large corporate and partnership transactions, restructurings and U.S. tax compliance for multinational clients. While international taxation is very specialized, my classes provided a strong preparation for my internship. I was able to contribute to Deloitte's goal of exceeding our clients' expectations while constantly working to meet multiple deadlines."

Jeff Price

Program Manager, United States Air Force, WPAFB; Graduate Master of Science in Social and Applied Economics

"The most rewarding aspect of earning a Master of Social and Applied Economics degree from Wright State has been my enhanced ability to critically analyze the financial and political information I encounter on a daily basis. There have been other benefits, such as a promotion and a raise, but I truly value the detailed economic knowledge that has sharpened the lens through which I view the world.

Forecasting and International Economics were two of my favorite courses. We practiced combining economic theory and mathematical modeling to explore problems I now encounter in actual business settings. Like many areas of economics, both subjects are useful for understanding the current financial climate and the rationale behind the actions of various international institutions."

 

Kara Kneidl

'09 B.S.B Business Economics; Sales Associate, Verizon

"Take your time choosing a major. It's helpful to know what area you want to go into (business, science, art, etc.). Take the general education and college requirements so you get a feel for your options. Attend some of the meetings of different academic clubs to explore what different majors do in the career fields. And always keep in mind that you are not confined to careers only within your major. Economics majors do not always become economists, there are many different career paths that I can choose and I like that freedom."

Howard has served as a staff economist in the Office of Management and Budget in Dayton, and as assistant director of the City-Wide Development Corporation. She served as vice president of Society Bank from 1982 to 1991, and president and chief executive officer of Concord-Renn Company, a tool and machining company located in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1991 to 2001. In addition to her work for the Dayton Development Coalition, Howard serves on the Business Advisory Board of the Wright State Raj Soin College of Business.

Why Wright State? I chose WSU because it was inexpensive, and provided a quality education. I chose economics originally because I was good at it, found it somewhat interesting, and I wasn't sure of my career. However, as I started taking classes in my major I realized how diverse and important a degree in economics is, and I feel my major in economics will absolutely set me apart in my job search.

Tips for Success:The most valuable experience I have had here at the Business College is the opportunities offered through the Economics Club. I have attended several business events, including the Economic Summit hosted by the Dayton Business Journal, all of which have allowed me to network with professors, and members of the business community. In addition, being the President of the club has encouraged me to reach out to community members in my field and communicate with them in an effort to learn more about my major and the Dayton business community.

Leadership: I was in last year's Relay for Life with the Marketing team. I am currently a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board, president of the Economics Club, and I was a teaching assistant for the COM203 Business Communications class which gave me invaluable leadership experience.

Internships/ Class projects: One of the classes I've taken that I feel has best prepared me for career opportunities is "Regional Economic Growth and Change". We completed several small projects and analyzes that urban economic development officials go through every day. This is also a field I am very interested in, and I feel it offered me invaluable experience, learning and skills I will use in my career.

Derick Whitt

'08 B.S.B. International Business

Even before I graduated, I had a full-time job offer with Procter & Gamble in Chicago. I was selected for the summer intern program with P&G the summer of my senior year. The interview process was intense. Out of about 650 initial applicants, 20 were selected from top schools such as Harvard, Carnegie, Yale, Duke, OSU, WSU, and other universities. I started as a Customer Business Development Specialist, working with hotels, food services, and other commercial industries, representing their Pro Line products. Since being with P&G, I have had received two promotions and help to manage the Duracell product line.

Why Wright State?

Wright State offered the right combination of affordability and quality. Once I started here, the faculty and staff were both supportive and challenging – pushing me to do my best.

Tips for Success:

  • Don’t give up. I applied for seven different internships on the P&G website and didn’t even get a phone interview. On the eighth try, I was selected and begin the interview process that led to my full time job.
  • You make an impression on employers and business leaders that help not only you but also your fellow students. At the end of my summer internship with P&G, the manager of the P&G program wanted to know how to recruit other Wright State business students – and she did just that by posting P&G opportunities on Wright Search.
  • Make sure you are prepared for your job interview. Do your research, practice and put yourself in the company’s shoes. Why would they want to hire you?

Internships/Class projects:

In addition to my summer internship with P&G, I completed an internship as an international trade assistant for the International Trade Assistance Center for the region’s Ohio Small Business Development Center. I applied my international business coursework in marketing, import/export strategies and international finance and accounting. I had a chance to work with businesses ranging from medical devices, hunting supplies and consumer goods. Proving myself in my initial internship definitely helped me in the P&G selection process.

Most valuable experience:

Even though I was working as a manger at Home Depot and going to college full time, I decided to get some of my foreign language credits through a study abroad in Spain. The quarter I spent there, not only improved my Spanish skills, it demonstrated to employers that I was adaptable to different cultures and ways of doing business.