This page highlights College of Business faculty and staff who have demonstrated the best of what we want to be. If you have had a positive experience with one of our faculty or staff that you would like to share, please e-mail your experience to Audrey Lee (email@example.com), and we'll add it to this page. Thanks!
February 18, 2010
Hello Dan & Bruce,
As I’m sure you know Jen Jencso meets with many prospective students and their families each week. There is always a great deal of interest in the College of Business, so Jen is seeing a lot of visitors every day. With that in mind, I want to pass on some positive feedback. Not only has Jen been a pleasure to work with for me, but also I consistently hear outstanding feedback from prospective students and their parents. Just recently I overheard a family talking about how their meeting with Jen was by far the best academic meeting they have had at any college or university they’ve visited!
I just wanted to let you and Jen know how much she is appreciated!
Thanks Jen, You Made My Day
January 13, 2010
I am a recent graduate of the College of Business (May 2009). Part of the curriculum when I went through was a 1 credit class I took from Carmen McSpadden on how to interview and professionalism, among other issues that she covered. Part of her requirement was for us to interview someone at a job we thought we would like. Building on this, I interviewed the 3 branch managers/presidents of the banks in Three Forks just before I graduated to determine which would be the best to work for. They all were surprised that an undergraduate was taking this initiative and were very pleased that this was being fostered by MSU.
I just read the article about the new Professional Advantage Program. I think it is brilliant. College is a great place to learn how to work hard and gain valuable skills that help in the work place. Adding how to interact with your future employers is like a finishing touch.
By the way – I still remember a lecture you gave on personality types in a management class you taught. It has really helped in my current position and the management I do.
Dacia A. Johnson
Thanks BUS 302, You Made My Day
December 27, 2009
Mr. Moshavi, Mr. Raymond, Ms. Dana, and Mr. Giullian,
I am writing to let you know how much I enjoyed having Steven Hunt as an accounting professor.
Professor Hunt played a major role in my learning and success in the financial accounting course I took this past semester. He made himself available during office hours and by appointment if needed outside of class to assist with any accounting questions I had or chapters I needed explained.
He was by far the most helpful Professor i have taken a class from throughout my college experience thus far. In filling other course requirements I have for my major I need to take another accounting class. I would be thrilled to have him as an instructor again in hopes of not only doing well in the class, but actually learning the material and being able to apply it to everyday things.
His teaching style not only kept me interested in the material, but catered to most everyones needs. He made it a point to review material people needed review on, and went over many real-life examples. I feel that his teaching style and concern for his students helped me learn and retain most of the information covered in the course. I would enjoy seeing professor Hunt as an instructor for other accounting classes I get to take in the future.
Thanks for your time,
Thanks Steve, You Made My Day!
August 25, 2009
Yesterday, it was my pleasure to witness one of your COB students, Jaret Laurence (Senior in Finance), take time out of his busy life to help a fellow student.
As I headed out of a closed SUB, I saw Jaret answering questions from Rashed Al Rashed, a newly arrived exchange student (Chemical Engineering) from Saudi Arabia.
Rashed had been waiting for over an hour for the bus, and Jaret was helping him figure out the Streamline schedule for this pre-week of school. When Jaret realized that Streamline was not fully operating until the start of school, he offered to drive Rashed to his apartment, which was located several blocks away.
I could tell that Rashed was not only relieved to find a ride home, but also felt welcomed and supported during his first days on MSU's campus.
I could tell that for Jaret it was simply "what you do" in that situation - but for Rashed, and for me, it was one of those moments that makes you feel fortunate to be at MSU.
Thanks Jaret, You Made My Day!
I'm writing to express my esteem and appreciation for the adjunct faculty at Montana State University. The insight and practical experience they bring to the classroom is invaluable in preparing students for entry into the workplace. As a nontraditional student, I am aware of the high level of productivity and due diligence required in a professional office. My experience in the accounting departments of my last two employers instilled in me the ability to perform with zero mistakes- all the while exposing me to the practical flexibility of professional life. It is this type of purpose-driven, goal-oriented functionality which adjunct professors bring to the classroom.
In this recent semester (Fall of 2008) I completed BUS-301, Management and Organization, with Anne Milkovich. Ms. Milkovich excelled at bringing reality to theory. The discussion featured real-life examples of management principles, taken from statistical and anecdotal data- offered from teacher and students alike. This brought the classroom an atmosphere of learning which was professional, yet casual, and always relevant to both academic and professional life. The bridging of these two worlds is the unique value adjuncts offer academia. This is particularly true in the College of business, where professional life is always the goal (at least for a time).
Throughout my college career, I have continually fostered warm, long-lasting relationships with my professors, often taking multiple classes in a row from my favorites. These have, with rare exception, been adjuncts. While I have the utmost respect for Montana State as an institution, I am grateful for the adjunct faculty, and the insight they have afforded me into what awaits me in future life. So thank you sir, for staffing such talented and concerned individuals. They offer much insight and bring tremendous value to my education.
Daniel Thomas Rosasco
Thanks Anne and All Adjunct Faculty, You Made My Day!
Dear College of Business Administration:
Just wanted to take a moment and thank you, the accounting faculty, for giving me a chance to suceed in the Graduate program and believing in me. I just started my first week as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche in Indianapolis. I also just heard back from NASBA that I passed the BEC portion of the exam! 1 down and 3 to go. Things are going great and as I reflect I realize that none of this would of ever happened if it wasn't for the dedication and belief in me shown by the accounting teachers at Montana State University. It means a lot. Hope you all have a great semester!
Thanks Accounting Faculty, You Made My Day!
Dear College of Business Administration:
My name is Travis Lulay and I graduated from the Montana State College of Business in December of 2006 with an emphasis in Finance. I am writing this letter to show appreciation for the effort of Professor Greg Durham, who served as my academic advisor in the aforementioned department from the spring semester of 2004 through the fall semester of 2006.
Professor Durham had always been an informative, hard-working, and knowledgeable person in my interactions with him, but it wasn’t until the fall of 2006 that I was truly aware of what an asset he is to Montana State’s College of Business. I had decided to leave school in the spring semester of 2006, with just thirteen credits remaining to graduate, in order to pursue a career in professional football. The decision was difficult, but after discussing it with several people close to me, including Professor Durham, I made the best decision for myself at the time. I was released from my professional team that next September, and decided to finish my schooling in the fall semester of 2006. This is where Professor Durham stepped up to the plate.
During the first week of school I was trying to develop the same schedule of classes I would have taken the previous spring semester. I met some resistance, however, when I realized the only Finance electives (I needed one more Finance elective to graduate) offered that fall were ones that I had already taken. The problem was that I was not going to be able to attend school during the spring of 2007 since I would be pursuing other professional football opportunities, so I needed to graduate in the fall.
After meeting with Greg, I found that there was one other student in the same predicament as myself (needing to graduate in December) and there was a solution. Greg developed an independent study course, Finance 470, that would count as my final Finance elective! This course was not in the course schedule, and Greg used his own free time in between all his other classes to meet with us. Not only was the course convenient and necessary for us, it was an informative course that I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to take. Had he not been willing to sacrifice his time and energy for us, I still would not have my degree as my professional endeavors have taken me all over the world since that fall.
Greg’s efforts to help me graduate did not stop with that class. Late in October of that same fall, I was flown across the country to pursue a potential future job opportunity in Florida. When I got there, I was informed by the prospective employer that they might want me to stay there and they would let me know the next morning. This news caught me off guard, and it made me a little nervous since I was deep into the semester and close to getting my degree. I didn’t want to have to start over at a later time. I made a call to Professor Durham, not expecting to hear back from him that day, but just to give him a head’s up. To my surprise, I got a call back within a couple hours. Not only did he inform me that I would not lose credit for my work with him if I stayed in Florida, but he had taken the time to speak to my other professors in the College of Business and inform them of my situation as well! Needless to say, that conversation eased my mind and made a potentially difficult situation much more manageable.
Professor Durham went above and beyond the call of duty to help me graduate, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the effort and concern he showed for me as my advisor during my college years. Montana State is fortunate to have such a staff member in the College of Business.
Thanks Greg, You Made My Day!
I wanted to take time out of my day to send this kudos for Dan Moshavi to you. My experience in his BUS 301 class has been exceptional. I have some background in management and am aware of the material discussed in his class. This being the case, I am still excited to learn in his class. His style and interaction is beyond that of most educators. It feels more like a seminar in motivational learning that I would expect to pay for. I have paid for such events (religious and real estate) and definitely see him as that caliber of speaker. He's an asset to the CoB and hope this bodes him well.
Thanks Dan, You Made My Day!
As part of the parent’s breakfast during new student orientation the parents are asked to come to the microphone and share “their story.” This invitation is to encourage parents to tell why their son or daughter chose MSU. At breakfast on Thursday, August 23rd I heard an amazing story from a New Hampshire mother.
When considering where to go to college her son was giving serious consideration to the MSU accounting program. During the time they were researching MSU they contacted a member of our accounting faculty to get more information. It took some time but eventually the decision was made to come to MSU.
They were not able to find two coach plane tickets to fly to Bozeman, so, they booked one ticket on Northwest Airlines and another ticket on United. Their flights were scheduled to both arrive in Bozeman at about the same time. Unfortunately, her flight was delayed and it was clear that she would be stranded in Denver over night. During her lay-over in Chicago she tried to call her son to let him know that she would be stranded, but his plane was in the air so she left a voice mail message for him. Then, she called her contact in the accounting faculty to see if anything could be done to meet her son at the Bozeman airport when his flight arrived at 11:00 pm. Unfortunately, no one answered the phone. So, she left a pleading voice mail message asking if this faculty member would make arrangements to have someone pick up her son and take him to a local motel.
When her plane landed in Denver she checked her cell phone and found two voice messages waiting for her. One was from her son indicating that he was just boarding his plane in Minneapolis and was headed for Bozeman, wondering what was the plan? The second message was from the faculty member indicating that he and his wife would be picking up her son and taking him home with them for the night---no point in spending your first night in Bozeman alone in a motel room. She quickly dialed her son’s cell phone number and found that he was on the ground in Bozeman and was waiting for his luggage with the accounting professor.
Later I learned that Marc and Marianne Giullian had prepared a sign with the student's name, met him at the airport, put him up for the night, fed him breakfast and took him to the dorms to get him checked in.
Thanks Marc (and Marianne), you made my day!