Muskingum College International Business News
In this issue:
Stroup Wins OFIC Award
Professor Petrov Joins Language Faculty
International Business Students Study in France
New Grant for Global Fashion Course
Harkins Holds Fashion Internship at Abercrombie and Fitch
Jessica Stroup '07 has been awarded a scholarship from the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) Ohio Scholars Program. The support, sponsored by the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche, provides a stipend for students studying accounting.
Jessica states: “In my application, Istressed my treasurer positions in French Club, International Business Club, and Phi Sigma Iota, the Modern Language Honorary. It also emphasized the experience I have gathered from living in the French House, where I have been exposed to various cultures and ideas.” Jessica is realizing a long-time dream of studying in France with the Muskingum French and International Business program in Paris and Nice in July and August, 2006.
Jessica’s award carries a stipend of $1,800 and the opportunity to do an internship in accounting. She worked in Jacksonville, Florida in Summer, 2005 as an Assistant Auditor for Smiley & Smiley, P.A. Her job was to audit nursing and adult homes for the state of Florida. The award also includes career counseling from the Deloitte and Touche CPA firm. Following her graduation, she plans to sit for the Certified Public Accounting examination and pursue a career with a major accounting firm.
The Ohio Scholars Program is funded by 110 corporations and foundations whose contributions provide scholarships to highly qualified students. The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, of which Muskingum College is a member, was founded in 1950 and today has 35 member institutions enrolling more than 94,000 students. OFIC raises both unrestricted and restricted gifts including scholarships and endowments. Unrestricted gifts are largely used for student financial aid.
Beginning in Fall, 2006, a new Spanish professor will be working with Muskingum students who wish to hone their Spanish skills and learn about Hispanic cultures. Dr. Lisa Amor Petrov earned a PhD in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been teaching as a Visiting Professor. She has dual Master's degrees in Literature (U of W) and in Latin American Studies (Tulane). Her undergraduate degree is from Oberlin College. Dr. Petrov's doctoral research deals with Colonial and Postcolonial Latin American Literature. Her ten-plus years of teaching experience include teaching Spanish language skills courses from beginning to advanced levels, gender studies and culture courses, and literature courses. Dr. Petrov states that her goals in the classroom are to "promote strong language competence in Spanish" in an environment in which students are "active participants," and also to encourage students to "think critically about world issues." Petrov follows Dr. Marla Williams, who left the department after five years of distinguished teaching and service.
In 2006 many Muskingum International Business students are studying in France. Peace Agidi (‘07) an International Business and French major, is spending an academic year at the University of Toulon-Var in Toulon, France. The university has been a Muskingum exchange partner since 1998. This university was selected by Muskingum for its location on the Mediterranean Sea, its modern campus, and for its recognized academic programs, notably in Business. Muskingum students who study here for a year also have the opportunity to have an internship experience in France during their stay.
In addition, eight students traveled to France with Dr. Joe Nowakowski (EAB) and Dr. Jean Morris (Modern Languages) for a three-week summer study tour in Paris, Nice, and Florence. The itinerary includes visits to cultural sites such as the Louvre Museum and the Uffizzi Gallery, as well as visits to businesses such as a winery and a fashion show. Founded in 1996, this is the longest-running current Muskingum summer program, and 63 students have participated in all. This number includes International Business alums Mary (Hillis) Stayanchi, Molly Wobbecke, Adam Longacre, Kelli Senopole, Janet Nowak, Jeanette (Krebs) Riffle, Kelson Mavis, Kyle Crilow, Po Shen (Barry) Lin, Corrin Heaton, Chiho Watanabe, Sarah Ellis, Kim Raymond, Valerie (Yonker) Smith, Ryo Ho, and Emily Sollenberger, and Jessica Stroup.
Paris has for centuries has been considered a world center of culture, fashion and style. Dr. Jean Morris and Dr. Joe Nowakwski received a suggestion from students in 2004 on the summer program in France to develop a course on the topic of French fashion. Student interest spurred them to introduce the course France and the Global Fashion Industry in spring, 2006. The course examines the cultural and economic context in which fashion operates and the diverse career tracks that exist within the fashion industry. Morris and Nowakowski have now received grant funding from Muskingum to hire an outside consultant with fashion industry experience to further develop the course for its next offering in spring, 2007. The team-taught course requires at least sophomore standing and is open to all majors, and appeals especially to Business majors, International Business majors, French students, and those with an interest in fashion.
Rising junior Emily Harkins of Westchester, OH, is a summer intern with Abercrombie and Fitch. This is Emily’s second summer working with the global Columbus-based fashion apparel company. While interning at Abercrombie and Fitch, Emily is gaining experience in the conceptual design and production of fashion apparel for the youth market. Some of the tasks she is responsible for are: working with design team on fashion concept through blueprint to initial spec to finished product; working with designers, technical designers, and merchants as a fit model; filling out measuring sheets for articles of clothing; organizing clothing by season and date; and assisting technical designers as needed. The internship experience, supervised by Dr. Jean Morris, includes readings on fashion design and branding and a final reflection paper, in which concepts learned in classes and readings are compared with the actual experience in the workplace. Emily is considering a career in fashion.
If you know of possible internship opportunities for Muskingum International Business students, please contact EAB professor and College Internship Coordinator Professor Charlie Drubel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alum David Barnes Speaks on International Business Careers
David Barnes ‘64, Senior Account Manager with Siemens VDO Automotive, is responsible for sales of interior electronics (cockpit products) built to General Motors specifications for both Asian and North American production. In November, 2005 he was invited by Phi Sigma Iota, Muskingum’s language honorary society, and by the International Business Club, to speak to current Muskies. Mr. Barnes thanks his German language study at Muskingum for opening both academic and career opportunities, including a masters degree in German Language Area Studies from American University, and advancement within both the Chrysler and Siemens corporations He noted that a supervisor once told him that when he hired a person who understands another language and business culture, he had two managers for the price of one!
Mr. Barnes has counseled several Muskies regarding global business opportunities utilizing language skills, and would be glad to be help students of International Business who are considering international internships and employment. Students interested in contacting Mr. Barnes may inquire with Dr. Brown.