Breech Business Week

Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2017 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will again dedicate a full week this spring to showcasing the strength of its student body and its ties with the business community in Springfield and beyond.

Breech Business Week, now in its fourth year, serves as another way of ensuring Breech students are “job ready” by connecting them with the professional world beyond campus. In addition to networking opportunities and workshops on topics such as finding the best internship and polishing their online presence, students will interact with a number of highly successful business professionals. The guest lecturers include Dianna Devore ’02, president of Design Fabrication structural steel fabricators, and Ardyth Neill ’82, president of the Heifer Foundation.

Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued colleagues in the workforce.

“A Drury business education has always been designed to take learning beyond the classroom,” says Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the Breech School. “Breech Business Week embodies that idea. Seeing the interactions between students, alumni, professionals and guest lecturers has become a highlight of the academic year at Breech.”

Selected events from each day, which are open to the media, include:

Monday, April 17, 6 p.m. – Guest speaker Dianna Devore ’02, president of Design Fabrication structural steel fabricators. Location: Breech room 102

Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. to noon – Entrepreneur panel discussion moderated by Drury president emeritus Todd Parnell and featuring Elle Feldman, Elle’s Patisserie; Luke Westerman, Computer Recycling Center, and Dr. Kerri Miller, Make People Better. Location: Breech room 202

Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. to noon – Guest speaker Ardyth Neill ’82 president of the Heifer Foundation. Location: Breech room 202

Friday, April 21, Noon – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the Findlay Student Center Ballroom. Note to editors: This is an excellent opportunity to interview seniors who are about to enter the workforce, including those who already have jobs lined up and those who are currently seeking jobs.

A full schedule of the week’s events can be found online. Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and made possible by corporate partner CoxHealth and corporate sponsors O’Reilly Auto Parts, Commerce Bank, OakStar Bank and the Springfield Business Journal.

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Media Contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Dean of the Breech School of Business: (417) 873-7438 or rsronce@drury.edu.

Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 13, 2016 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will dedicate next week to showcasing the strength of its student body and its ties with the business community in Springfield and beyond.

Breech Business Week, now in its third year, serves as another way of ensuring Breech students are “job ready” by connecting them with the professional world beyond campus. In addition to networking opportunities and workshops on topics such as negotiating job offers and polishing their online presence, students will interact with a number of business professionals. The guest lecturers include Esther George, president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, and Matt Morrow, president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued colleagues in the workforce.

“A Drury business education has always been designed to take learning beyond the classroom,” says Dr. Robin Sronce, dean of the Breech School. “Breech Business Week embodies that idea. Seeing the interactions between students, alumni, professionals and guest lecturers has become a highlight of the academic year at Breech.”

Selected events from each day, which are open to the media, include:

Monday, April 18, 10 a.m. – Teleconference discussion with Esther George, President and CEO of Kansas City Federal Reserve

Tuesday, April 19, Noon – Polish your Online Image: Online presence review with the Career Planning and Development Office

Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m. – Work/Life Balance: A discussion with Mary Jane Norris of Elliott, Robinson & Co.

Thursday, April 21, 12 p.m. – Discussion with Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow and Board Chair Debbie Shantz Hart. 1:30 p.m. – Negotiating Job Offers: Discussion with Karen Shannon, Human Resources & Business Consulting Director at Ollis/Akers/Arney.

Friday, April 24, 12 p.m. – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Note to editors: This is an excellent opportunity to interview seniors who are about to enter the workforce, including those who already have jobs lined up and those who are currently seeking jobs.

A full schedule of the week’s events can be found online. Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and made possible by corporate partner CoxHealth and corporate sponsors Commerce Bank and OakStar Bank.

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Media Contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Dean, Breech School of Business: (417) 873-7438 or rsronce@drury.edu.

Breech Business Week helps prepare students for the professional world

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 16, 2015 — The Breech School of Business Administration at Drury University will dedicate next week to showcasing the strength of its student body and its ties with the business community in Springfield and beyond.

Breech Business Week, now in its second year, serves as another way of ensuring Breech students are “job ready” by connecting them with the professional world outside of campus.

The schedule includes networking opportunities, resume and social networking workshops, and guest lectures by more than 20 business professionals. Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued colleagues in the workforce.

“Last year’s Breech Business Week gave me a wonderful sense not only of the caliber of business students at Drury, but also their passion and drive,” says Bob Hammerschmidt, regional president of Commerce Bank, and a returning guest lecturer this year. “With the ‘real world’ just a month away for many, these young men and women seem to have a genuine interest in what it takes to have long-term success with their careers.”

Highlight events from each day, which are open to the media, include:

Monday, April 20 at noon – Drury alumnus Curtis Dinan, of Tulsa-based Fortune 500 energy company ONE Gas, will deliver a keynote about leadership in Lay Hall Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. – Golf Fundraiser. Not your average game of golf – students, faculty and friends of Breech will play a modified game across the campus using tennis balls. Proceeds from entry fees will benefit children in Aigina, Greece, where Drury has a satellite campus location.

Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. – Drury alumna Karen Shannon, Human Resources Consulting Director at Ollis & Company, will discuss what students should know about benefits when they search for and land a new job. The talk is in Breech Hall Room 202.

Thursday, April 23 at 11 a.m. – LinkedIn workshop in Breech 102; professional photos will be shot for students from noon to 3 p.m.

Friday, April 24 at noon – The Breech Award Luncheon honoring the top students in Drury’s business school will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Note to editors: This is an excellent opportunity to interview seniors who are about to enter the workforce, including those who already have jobs lined up and those who are currently seeking jobs.

“The presentations by professionals in the field, along with other events of the week, will provide critical applications to business theory, and serve to inspire our students as they prepare for future leadership opportunities,” says Michael Shirley, director of the Breech School of Business Administration.

A full schedule of the week’s events is attached. Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and made possible by corporate partner CoxHealth and corporate sponsors Commerce Bank and OakStar Bank.

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Media Contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Associate Professor of Management. Office: (417) 873-7438, emailrsronce@drury.edu.

Breech Business Week strengthens connections between business students, professionals

The inaugural Breech Business Week at Drury University kicked off today and will run through Friday, April 25.

Serving as one more way to help students be “job ready,” the week serves as a connection between Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration and the Springfield business community.

With events happening each day this week, the schedule includes networking opportunities, resume and social networking workshops, and guest lectures by area business professionals. Drury students will receive valuable insights and feedback from these professional connections, while business leaders learn what makes Drury graduates such highly valued employees.

Jim Hagale, President and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, addressed business students today and set the tone for the week, saying it’s going to be up to them to take on the systemic issues facing our economy and nation.

“The only thing that will change this is stellar leadership from the private sector and personal responsibility from you and your generation,” Hagale said.

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Other events this week include a “Golf for Greece” fundraiser for children in Aigina, Greece, where Drury has a satellite campus location, on Tuesday; LinkedIn workshops on Wednesday; a speed networking event with alumni on Thursday; and an awards luncheon on Friday. Media are invited to cover the week’s events.

“The presentations by professionals in the field, along with other events of the week, will provide critical applications to business theory, and serve to inspire our students as they prepare for future leadership opportunities,” says Michael Shirley, director of the Breech School of Business Administration.

Breech Business Week is presented by the Breech Advisory Board, and sponsored by CoxHealth, BKD, Springfield Business Journal, Beth Pile, Great Southern, Smile Foto Booth and Amanda Kastler.

For more information, contact: Dr. Robin Sronce, Associate Professor of Management, (417) 873-7438 or rsronce@drury.edu.

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