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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Just a few years ago, Popova was a high school senior, nearly packed and seemingly committed to attending the University of Notre Dame, until a life-changing letter arrived.
“I received a letter offering me a full-ride — the Presidential Scholarship — to Oakland University,” Popova explained. “Given the situation for me at the time and knowing my parents weren’t going to pay for school, it was truly a godsend.”
Now a successful investment analyst for the Kresge Foundation, Popova considers the true value of the scholarship to be priceless. As an OU student, she squeezed an incredible amount of learning into her four years at Oakland. Popova graduated in 2011, having earned three majors — finance, economics and math.
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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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It’s safe to say 2012 was a good year for Edward Stern, SBA (Accounting) ’11, MAcc ‘12.
Not only did the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) name Stern its Outstanding Student Member for 2011-12, the recognition came on the heels of his recently completed Masters of Accounting (MAcc) degree from Oakland University and the launch of his career as a staff accountant at “Big 4” CPA firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Stern is humbled by the MACPA recognition. “It’s such a prestigious organization. It makes the hard work I’ve put in for the past six years worth it,” he says. “And it motivates me to continue to work hard.”
Stern has shown himself more than capable of doing that.
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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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