COBA students get to know professors better through new program

Posted March 24, 2010 COBAThe bridge between teachers and students is a tricky one to cross, but the ACU College of Business Administration is allowing students to get to know their professors on a more personal basis.
Beginning this semester, COBA is launching the "Business Lunch" program.  Students can come by COBA's Dean's Suite and sign up for a time to share a midday meal with any professor in the department.  Through a partnership with ARAMARK, students and professors can enjoy a free lunch in the World Famous Bean or in the Hilton Food Court.
"The goal of the program is simple: relationship building and networking," says Amanda Pittman, marketing associate in COBA. "Our professors have always been passionate about getting to know their students both inside and outside the classroom. We wanted to offer a specific avenue by which students could open the door for further discussions about career selection, job readiness, and the tough job of maintaining the right balance between work and family, among other things."
The program is open to business majors and students who are undecided on their major.

"This ability to help counsel students and give career advice fits with who we are as a Christian university," says Matt Boisvert, instructor of marketing.   "Anytime you're able to share a meal with someone, you're going to get to know them on a deeper level."

This beginning phase will likely expand to include students meeting with local business professionals and ACU alumni and supporters outside of Abilene, says Pittman.  "Networking and relationship building are the keys to opening up internship and job opportunities."
"This is just one more way that COBA sets itself apart from any other competition.  The relationships that students are able to have with their professors are beyond any I know of at other schools," says Sylvia Tucker, senior accounting and finance major from Bellaire, Texas. "It is great to know that your professors will remember more about you than just your name and grade in their class.  They'll also know who I am - my talents, struggles and passions."

Did You Know: A recent article in the San Antonio Express-News provided great coverage of ACU students using their mobile devices to engage new, innovative learning opportunities? Take a look here.