ASC MBA Program first cohort arrived on campus

(06-22-2009)

Randy Jackson

With the convenience of online courses, Katrina Herrmann, New York, NY, chose the newly established Adams State College Master of Business Administration Program. She and the other graduate students attended the Inaugural Reception Dinner June 17 at the San Luis Valley Museum.

"Be yourself, the world needs all of us," said the keynote speaker, Randy Jackson, 1998 Adams State graduate and owner of Rustic Log Furniture in Alamosa. He encouraged the graduate students to immerse themselves in their courses and fulfill assignments with interest and passion. Jackson's advice to the future business leaders included "...Lead people and manage things...Have the confidence to solve problems and the creative process will begin...Don't just go through your education - let your education go through you."

Approximately 40 students entered the first Adams State MBA cohort. Herrmann is pursuing leadership track. As a working theater professional, stage manager, her schedule changes week to week. She said the Adams State program allows her to study and take the courses "on my time." She holds a BFA in stage management from DePaul University in Chicago. "A stage manager is basically the middle manager of a corporation. The MBA program will advance my leadership skills."

One week every summer the MBA students attend sessions on the Adams State campus for technology training and to become acquainted with professors, staff, and fellow students. Maggie Munoz, Adams State graduate of 1996, a physician liaison at the Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, Colo., is pursing the health administration track of the MBA program. She said she always wanted to get a master's degree and "finally found what to go back for. It will benefit me and my job."

The reception was held the first evening of the on-campus classes and workshops. Dr. Kurt Keiser, chair of the School of Business; Dr. David Svaldi, president; and Dr. Michael Mumper, provost; welcomed the gathered guests and MBA students. All three said they appreciated the efforts of the faculty and staff that helped organize and develop the MBA program.

By Linda Relyea