Business Honors Program

Honors Program Nike Site Visit

Members of the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program had the chance to tour the Nike World Headquarters and hear from a panel of highly experienced employees. Beyond learning about the heritage of the world’s premiere athletic apparel company, students saw firsthand what it means to make a career out of your passions.

The day began with a tour of the Nike Campus, led by Dana Reams of Nike Golf. On the tour students learned the rich history of the company’s humble beginnings, which involved selling shoes out of the trunk of a car mere minutes away from where the Lillis Business Complex stands today. While sharing with us how Nike became the world’s premier athletic apparel and supply company, Reams instilled an important lesson: never lose sight of who you are. For the honors students on the trip, this meant varying things; however, for Nike it means never losing sight of the innovation instilled in Phil Knight, the dedication of Steve Prefontaine, and the unrelenting drive and loyalty of Coach Bill Bowerman.

During the panel discussion at the end of the day, students heard from Heather Broderick, Jane Moss, David Pearce, and Amy Bartlett. Each panelist shared a very different story of their journey from childhood to Nike. Some took the “traditional path,” while others spent a stint as a bartender or self-proclaimed ski bum. These varying experiences led to distinct advice and core values from each. The one thing they all had in common is that each took something about which they were particularly passionate and found a way to turn it into a career.

One of the most resounding pieces of advice was “listen to your athlete.” Moss and Barlett explained that if you are “listening to your athlete,” simple comments, such as “I wish I could wear these shoes on the golf course” or “These are my favorite shorts,” can lead to revolutions in the industry and carry the athlete to victory.

Although the student audience members were not in a position to listen to comments from Tiger Woods or Maria Sharapova and create a multimillion-dollar product, many of them will likely be in the position in the future where they can either choose to follow the status quo or choose to innovate. The advice given by the panelists will undoubtedly linger in the minds of the students on the trip.

Beyond stories and lessons from the panelists, the site visit proved particularly significant for the members of the Business Honors Program. For the newly admitted 2016-2018 cohort, this was one of the first opportunities to meet and get to know one another. At the same time, the visit served as the last official Honors Program event for the graduating seniors in the upper cohort. Memories from this visit are sure to stick with everyone who took part in the trip.

Story by TJ Reardon ’17. Reardon is an accounting major minoring in economics. He will be spending this summer interning as a core assurance intern with PwC at their Portland office. Reardon will be graduating in the winter of 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Program Banquet

At the end of May, the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program held their annual banquet to acknowledge the achievements of the graduating members. Students and families in attendance celebrated and reflected upon all the accomplishments of the 2014-2016 cohort.

Scott Allan was the keynote speaker for the banquet. He split his speech up into three stories: his personal story; his experiences at Hydro Flask; and what he called “everyone else’s story.” Allan’s own background included the challenges and hardships that molded him into a successful executive, and how he went from working in high tech in California to a consumer goods company in central Oregon. Anecdotes from his time at Hydro Flask reflected on what it takes to maintain excellent company culture and how to recruit the right employees. Scott ended his inspiring speech by telling honors students to keep an open mind as they created their own story and to enjoy the ride that comes along with working in business.

Deb Bauer, the college’s Honors Program director, expressed her gratitude for the students graduating, the hard work they’ve put in over the past two years, and how they all have incredibly bright futures. Bauer also gave out two awards. The first was the Academic Achievement Award, which was given to senior Katie Wight. Following Wight’s recognition was junior Sahar Petri, who received the Leadership Award.

Mike Holland rounded out the three student speeches with a presentation that was equally funny, heartwarming, and informative. He discussed the friendships that he made while in the program and the challenges of taking classes with 34 other motivated students–all while going through an entertaining slideshow of past memories.

The event was certainly a night to remember. There was much appreciation for Scott Allan, Deb Bauer, the students, and the comedy show that was Mike Holland’s senior speech. This year’s banquet demonstrated the significance of the Business Honors Program and the high level of success of its students.

Story by Joe Hiefield ’17. Hiefield is a junior studying business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics. He serves on the University of Oregon Investment Group management team and will be interning in Seattle with Meridian Capital Group. Hiefield will be graduating in spring 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Program Winter Site Visits

Business honors students had no idea what was in store when they signed up for the program’s winter term site visits. Some had never heard of either of the companies aside from a quick googling the night before. But the two site visits ended up being more intriguing and interactive than many could have imagined.

The first stop was Arcimoto, an electric car startup in Eugene. The company’s hip and exuberant president told the history of the company and that it was based on the idea that human travel can be vastly improved as far as efficiency and carbon impact go. This premise led the company to design a two-person vehicle based on a motorcycle style 1+1 platform that is steered via handle bars. With a full roll cage, it offers far more protection than a motorcycle in addition to the extra wheel in front for stability. Weighing in at less than 1000 pounds, the fully electric vehicle brings efficiency to travel at a degree the market has yet to see. Arcimoto has already developed multiple functioning vehicles and is now in the stages of ramping up production after a successful marketing trip up and down the West Coast, which landed it a large number of orders.

The second company honors students visited that day was Attune Foods, LLC. This company provided a counterpoint in terms of size and capacity compared with Arcimoto. Attune produces different granola and nut mixes for a large variety of retailers and brands. Site managers gave students a tour of the production plant, showing them the entire process of turning raw materials into packaged and finished products ready for shipment.

The company’s maximized use of space and automation would have made even the most rigorous operations and business analytics professors proud. Students saw how workers change over assembly lines for different product runs and how the company forecasts demand to ensure it has the right amount of product at the right time. Everyone especially enjoyed sampling freshly baked granola straight from the oven on its way to the packaging machine.

Altogether, both site visits exposed students to a sampling of the many different types of businesses in the Eugene community, and demonstrated how each of them fulfills its own niche in the market. These visits are a great part of the Business Honors Program, providing wonderful opportunities to diversify knowledge while putting lessons learned in the classroom into real-world context.

Story by Kennedy Salveter, ’17. Salveter is a junior studying accounting. He currently is a resident assistant in the Business Residence Community in Earl Hall and a member of the UO Triathlon Team. Salveter will be graduating in spring 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

2016 Honors Alumni Networking Event

The Business Honors Program Alumni Networking Event was an amazing experience for students looking to gain insight into potential careers. The evening featured plenty of opportunities for in-person networking with professionals, as well as a panel discussion. Students gained insight into a variety of different experiences and received advice both by conversing with alumni and from the panelists. Meeting with alumni was also incredibly powerful because some of them were just recently students.

While for some it was at first nerve-wracking to be surrounded by professionals who could potentially be future coworkers, the conversations were beneficial to directing students’ future plans and goals. Students interested in careers in accounting, for example, were able to hear from alumni currently working for accounting firms, ask them questions, and hear about their experiences.

The panel discussions offered additional insights into others’ journeys. Students learned how Business Honors Program alumni ended up where they are today—whether it be via multiple career changes or by staying in the same location. Panelists also shared why and how they benefited from the experiences they had in the honors program.

Overall, it was a great event for making connections with many former honors students while interacting with other business professionals in a formal dinner setting.

Story by Kaela Libby ’17. Libby is an accounting major with a minor in economics. In summer 2016, she will continue taking courses on campus in addition to participating in a number of accounting summer leadership programs. Libby will graduate in spring 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Program Ninkasi Site Visit

In late November the Business Honors Program had its fall site visit at Ninkasi. Students toured the ever-expanding facilities and heard from Cofounder Jamie Floyd, Chief People Officer Cheryl Collins, Communications Director Ali Fishner, and Chief Financial Officer Nigel Francisco.

Getting to talk to so many people at Ninkasi was insightful because each had his or her own role in making the company a success. It was great to see how far Ninkasi has come, and hear about where it’s going next.

Some of the things students were surprised to learn is that Ninkasi has its own recording studio, an artist in residence initiative, and that one of its goals is to own the entire block that its facilities currently occupy.

After the site visit students went to Tacovore, another local business in Eugene’s Whitaker District, and had lunch. The trip was another great example of the close-knit Business Honors Program experience in which students undertake business site visits and educational opportunities together, learning from each other via reflections on their shared experiences and developing lifelong personal and professional bonds.

Story by Katie Breeden ’17. Breeden is a junior studying business administration and digital arts and president of the UO Entrepreneurship Club. In summer 2016, Breeden will be continuing classes in Eugene and interning with Drive Creative Agency. She will graduate in spring 2017.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Honors Ropes Challenge

On October 3, 2015, the newest Business Honors Program cohort participated in the annual Challenge Ropes Course. The ropes course trip was a team-building exercise in which the 34 incoming honors students got to know each other by using their combined mental and physical strengths to complete a series of feats.

“While at first I was a little nervous, once we got started I realized that this was a group filled with individuals who were very similar to me and that the situations that we were about to be put in were ones that we would get through together,” said Aleck Watters ’17. Watters, a junior studying accounting and economics with a minor in computer information technology, will join PwC in their Portland office as a risk assurance intern in the summer of 2017.

The Challenge Ropes Course starts the honors students’ experience off on the right foot. The majority of the challenge is mental. Participants have to be willing to face the obstacles head on. Many of the obstacles have a height factor, which can be intimidating. Additionally, members must quickly build trust with their group. The Honors Program continues to mandate the lower cohort participate in this amazing event, not only because it challenges them mentally, but because it lays the foundation for leadership and team building—skills the program helps foster and which will serve students well in their careers.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

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Honors Alumni Networking Event

On February 26, 2015, current Business Honors students met up with alumni at the White Stag Block in Portland for dinner and networking at the annual honors alumni networking event.

The alumni networking event was a great opportunity for us to meet and interact with past Business Honors students who are currently excelling in their respective fields. We met alumni from various graduating classes who currently work in industries like investment banking, management consulting, tech, accounting, and many others. Being able to network over dinner meant gaining personal insight about current industry trends, as well as unique job and internship opportunities.

The night started with networking over dinner. Honors students were able to sit near professionals with similar career goals and talk while enjoying the catered food. The event then transitioned into a panel discussion about career paths, the impact of the honors program, and other topics sparked by a question and answer session. The alumni panelists—Ryan Dangaran, Brian Feeney, Ashley Lund, Nicole Wickswat, and Renn Anderson—spoke about their experiences in the program and described the traits they look for when hiring. The panel discussion helped us learn how we could stand out when we apply to competitive jobs and industries.

After the panelists finished taking questions, attendees were free to continue building connections with the professionals on a more casual basis, which created a great networking atmosphere.

— Xiao Liang ’17 and Josh Bryant ’17

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Bio: Xiao Liang is an accounting major and economics minor who will graduate in 2017. His dream career is to work for a Big Three consulting firm.

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Bio: Josh Bryant is currently a sophomore studying business administration with a concentration in finance and economics. He hopes to one day work in private equity. A fun fact about Josh is that his parents own a blueberry farm in Albany, Oregon.

 

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

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Honors Program Ninkasi Site Visit

Ninkasi was the first site visit I attended with the Honors Program. I did not know what to expect or how it would connect with my own experiences. I was apprehensive because of my lack of knowledge around beer and the brewing industry but I still found the visit extremely interesting and felt that I learned a lot.

We met with staff members from different areas of the company and toured their new brewing facilities. We covered topics from their financial structure to the cool projects they were working on, such as new flavors and launching yeast into space. They told us that the reason they included a rock climbing wall and a rooftop bar in their headquarters was because it created the culture they were trying to foster.

As a student pursuing a marketing concentration, the most interesting thing to me was discussing how they decided on which areas of the state and country they would distribute to. They are growing very quickly but they are very selective about where they distribute because they want to make sure that the product is moving quickly and customers are getting it relatively fresh. This can pose a challenge for them in smaller markets and showed a direct application of some of the principles I was learning in class.

What made this opportunity and experience even better was the fact that I got to share it with many of my closest friends. Walking around Ninkasi, learning about how they are growing and developing, along with the great conversation and questions of my peers, made this site visit fun and memorable. I would encourage all those who have to chance to attend site visits in the future to do so and to make the most of every opportunity being in honors affords us.

—Rebecca Kistler ’15

RebeccaKistlerNinkasiBio: Rebecca Kistler is currently studying business administration and psychology and will graduate in the fall of 2015. Her dream career is to work on the marketing and advertising of headline tours with Live Nation and a fun fact about her is that she was a camp counselor for five years.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

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Honors Program Paintball Social

Twenty-five students from the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program set out for the evening to Paintball Palace, Lane County’s premier paintball and laser tag destination. This was an opportunity to apply the skills learned within the classroom out on the paintball arena. Critical thinking and strategic communication skills with other teammates were the key to succeeding in the war zone. This event was a great bonding opportunity and an awesome experience outside of Lillis with both honors cohorts coming together.

It is safe to say I was not the most outstanding player out there. I’ll admit, my loyalty to fellow team members was tested as friendly fire did come from my direction. It showed peoples’ true colors and tested their endurance. Blood, sweat, and tears were shed, but we all came out as better friends at the end of the night.

The Honors Program social events are an opportunity to create memories and build stronger friendships within the cohort. My experience in the program during the past two years has shaped me into the individual I am today and has prepared me for life after college. I have made lifelong friendships with some of the most genuine and intelligent students at the university and cannot thank the Honors Program enough for the variety of opportunities provided to me during my time in Eugene.

—James Coghill ’15

JamesCoghillPaintballBio: James Coghill is a senior in the Business Honors Program who will graduate in June of 2015 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. Coghill looks forward to starting his career with Kroger in its general merchandise department.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

AKPsi's Centennial Weekend

Alpha Kappa Psi Celebrates 100 Years

The Kappa Chapter at the University of Oregon celebrated a historic milestone on May 3, 2015. The tenth chapter of the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi was established a century ago on May 3, 1915, and has excelled at the University of Oregon for 100 consecutive years. Only three chapters have achieved this milestone, an honor that even the founding chapter couldn’t achieve.

The Kappa chapter hosted a three-day event which brought together 145 alumni and members to celebrate brotherhood, support the fraternity endowment fund, and reminisce about the Oregon Duck college experience. The leaders of the centennial committee were former chapter president Samantha Twardoch, Collin Samples, and Justin McCormick. They enlisted 19 project heads to host the weekend activities. Notable events included a welcome barbecue, tours of local businesses, and a catered dinner at the Downtown Athletic Club.

The decorated Kappa Alumni spanned from recent graduates of 2014 to honored graduates of 1967 (’68).  At the formal dinner, Dan Stubblefield, the fraternity chairman of the board said “The Kappa Chapter set the bar high and hosted a well-executed event that others should strive for.” Among other membership awards, Chuck Kalnbach was recognized for 11 years of service as the chapter’s faculty advisor.

The weekend-long event concluded at Autzen Stadium with a breakfast social and the closing of the time capsule, where members and alumni were encouraged to share their favorite AKPsi memory.

About the Fraternity:
The Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi prides itself in its ability to connect students, both personally and professionally. The 80-member chapter boasts a diverse membership grounded in the principles of brotherhood, leadership, and education. The culture produces lifelong friendships, provides endless opportunities, and supports a multitude of endeavors that the members take on.

The 2014-2015 academic year boasted diverse attractions for the fraternity:

  • Portland site tours (Nike and Wieden+Kennedy)
  • San Francisco site tours (Google, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Seattle site tours (Boeing, Costco, Nordstrom)
  • Principled Business Leadership Institute and Case Competition, Reno, NV

– Collin Samples ’15 and Samantha Twardoch ’15

About Collin Samples:
Collin Samples is graduating magna cum laude this spring with a B.S. in business administration. As a transfer student from Arizona State University, he rushed AKPsi in Fall ’12 and became heavily involved in chapter outreach by developing a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. During senior year, he helped plan the Centennial Celebration and won a case competition at AKPsi’s Principled Business Leadership Institute conference in Reno, Nevada. Outside the business school, he was a junior golf coach and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria.

Samples is passionate about traveling, exploring, and solving problems. He strives to leave the world better than he found it. Although his next steps are unclear, he is optimistic about the adventure ahead.

About Samantha Twardoch:
Samantha Twardoch graduated this winter with a B.S. in accounting cum laude with departmental honors. She rushed AKPsi fall term of her sophomore year and was elected the following term to the executive board as the VP of finance. She served as president for her senior year, helping to plan the centennial celebration, coordinating weekly meetings, and winning a case competition atAKPsi’s Principled Business Leadership Institute in Reno, Nevada. Aside from AKPsi, Samantha was a member of the Business Honors Program, studied abroad in Copenhagen, and worked on campus as an accounting tutor, Lunquist College Duck Guide, and as a fitness attendant at the Student Recreation Center.

This summer Samantha is headed to Seattle to intern in KPMG’s audit practice and will pursue a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Washington this fall, earning her enough credits to test for the CPA exams. She hopes to one day work abroad and eventually work in the nonprofit sector.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.