With nearly 15,000 alumni, Oakland University’s School of Business is represented worldwide by its graduates who are involved in every business sector at all levels. Business school alumni extend the school’s mission into the workplace by setting standards of excellence.
Many Oakland University business graduates serve on the school’s advisory board, providing feedback from their work experiences to shape the curriculum to produce well-rounded, capable business graduates. It is a cyclical process, one where our alumni can be confident when hiring the next generation of SBA graduates that they have had a complete Oakland University education.
Alumni support and involvement is key to the SBA’s success – and the success of its students.
With your involvement, insight, talents and treasures, the SBA can continue to bring minds together to address these needs while partnering with business to transform our economy.
There are many ways to get involved:
- Volunteer in various activities of the SBA
- Participate in online communities like OUAlumni.com or LinkedIn
- Attend SBA events
- Make a gift to the SBA
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Oakland University business students are known for being involved in and excited about their futures. That desire to be engaged and give back does not stop when they become alums. Many alumni take helping students to the ultimate level – hiring students for internships and career level positions after graduation.
Take Beth Benson MGT ’81 for example. Now an operations manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BSBCM), Benson frequently brings her company and OU students together. Vice chair and chair-elect of the Oakland University Alumni Association, Benson is a longtime member of the OUAA board and scholarship subcommittee. She also was a key player in helping BCBSM bring a mega recruiting event to Elliott Hall.
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If you think there’s always an easy right-or-wrong answer with accounting, you haven’t met Korry Bates, MAcc ’10, SBA ’09. Bates, an associate in Risk Assurance with public services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Detroit, says he was attracted to the field because it requires an abundance of critical thinking.
“There’s quite a bit of subjectivity in our work,” he says of his work at PwC. “In fact, we provide the greatest value in those gray areas.”
Bates’ job involves making certain that data-processing and related technology used by his clients in the automotive and manufacturing industries does what it’s supposed to.
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To say Matt LaDuc, MBA ’12, entered Oakland University’s School of Business Administration with a wide range of experience and education is an understatement.
An Army infantry officer, LaDuc spent six years in the military, including 15 months in Iraq. A native of Pennsylvania, he earned a B.A. in criminology from the University of Florida, where he did so well that Florida’s Warrington School of Business Master of Science in Business Management program invited him to enroll in its cohort program, which is only open to qualified non-business majors.
But his long-term goal was to earn an MBA, then enter the business development field.
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Oakland University alumna Jane Harper always had a knack for fixing things. She embraced this interest of innovation and technology to become a leader in risk management and information security.
“The University was instrumental in helping me become the professional I am today,” Harper said.
As the director of information privacy and security audit and risk management for Henry Ford Health System, Harper leads a team of highly skilled individuals in identifying, quantifying, communicating and managing information privacy and security risk for the Detroit-based medical system’s complex IT infrastructure, business and technology processes to meet federal regulatory standards.
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When Razzaaq McConner, SBA (Marketing) ’01, has the opportunity to talk to OU students, he consistently urges them to look for opportunities to set themselves apart. “I always tell them to get as much experience as they can while they’re in college,” says McConner, an executive business planner with Chrysler. “I tell them to work in teams, to demonstrate leadership. When they get in the workplace, the expectation is they already have experience.”
McConner says he still benefits today from the experiences he gained through the SBA’s Applied Technology in Business (ATiB) program, which educates juniors and seniors in information technology applications through corporate-sponsored projects.
“It gave me indispensable experience that helped me transition to the corporate world,” he says.
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When alum Sheri Gordon switched her career path from medicine to marketing, she didn’t realize she would still end up saving lives.
As senior analyst in government relations for a major defense company based in Michigan that designs and manufactures armored vehicles for the armed forces, it’s not uncommon for Gordon to hear military soldiers tell her “your vehicle saved my life.”
The sense of meaning this brings to Gordon gives her great pride in her work. “It’s a very rewarding and satisfying job,” she said. “I absolutely love the company, I love the product we stand behind, I love the client we serve. It’s definitely become a part of my DNA now.”
Gordon used tools she gained from her Oakland University business education to propel herself from intern to senior analyst in five years, which is why she was named to the Crain’s 2015 class of 20 in their 20s, honoring young high achievers around Detroit.
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