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Inside Linfield’s Business Classes

Business Law Students Learn from Seeking Justice Project Speakers

Guest speakers Herb Tsuchiya, Yosh Nakagawa, and Brooks Andrews made a profound impact on students in Denise Farag’s Fall 2014 Business Law I courses (BNSS 340). The guests were on the Linfield campus as a part of the Seeking Justice Project, a program focusing on the events and aftermath of the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Each had ties to Camp Minidoka—an internment camp near Twin Falls, Idaho, where many Northwest Japanese Americans were sent. Herb Tsuchiya and Yosh Nakagawa were young boys when they were re-located with their families to Camp Minidoka. Both offered first-hand accounts of not only their experiences in camp, but their personal journey following their release. Brooks Andrews offered a unique perspective for the students. His father was the English-speaking pastor at the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, and Executive Order 9066 was issued by President Roosevelt, the church stood empty. His father packed up the family and moved them to Twin Falls to serve the internees. The speakers both inspired and challenged Farag’s students.

Organizational Behavior Students Aid Sustainability Efforts at Linfield

 Organization Behavior ClassStudents in Sharon Wagner’s Spring 2014 Organizational Behavior course (BUSN 407) collaborated with students in Rob Gardner’s Sociology of Community course and Jeff Peterson’s Social Research Methods course to complete a project on sustainability at Linfield College. The project’s purpose was to increase understanding of sustainability views and practices at Linfield (Mac campus), and identify levers for behavior change. Duncan Reid, Linfield’s Sustainability Coordinator, was the organizational client for the project. Representatives from BUSN 407 presented the findings of the project to the President's Advisory Committee for Environment and Sustainability (ACES) in May, 2014, recommending four levers for behavioral change related to sustainability at Linfield: Increase Awareness, Communicate and Advance Vision, Build Supportive Culture, and Reward Behavior. In October, Duncan Reid will present the findings at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Portland in October. He will be accompanied by BUSN 407 student Spencer Rutz.

Spring Accounting Students Study the Local Wine Industry

Oregon Vineyard

In David Korb’s Cost Accounting class (BNAC-461), accounting students study the local wine industry to integrate their knowledge of cost accounting and financial accounting through a spreadsheet case-study. During the last part of the spring semester, students build five-year financial projections on spreadsheets for a fictitious local winery and, in the process, learn wine accounting and experience learning a new industry from the outside in.

During the last two weeks of class, students present, and discuss, their work to special guests from the local wine industry. This past semester the guests included Amy Prosenjak, President and CFO of Rex Hill and A to Z Wineries, Ellen Brittan of Brittan Vineyards and the Oregon Wine Board, and Jack Irvine, CPA, of Irvine and Company CPAs.

Jan Term Students Learn About Social Enterprise
by Chas Tittle, '15

During January Term the students of Dr. Nelson’s BNSS 486 Social Enterprise class  learn about the concepts of social enterprise through lectures, guest speakers, and field visits. This opportunity allows students to gain more insight and awareness of social and environmental issues in the field of social enterprise. During a recent administration of the course, students visited Mercy Corps, Bob’s Red Mill, Medical Teams, Southeast Grind, and Sseko Designs. Through interactions with social entrepreneurs, students were able to learn about social responsibility and how this is an important factor in the operations of an organization. At the end of the course students presented on promoting a social enterprise and were also asked to reflect on what they learned from the course. This elective course provides a great opportunity for students to learn about social responsibility, fundraising efforts, ethics, and also brings awareness of global issues.

Promotions Management Students Meet with Real Clients

Each spring semester marketing majors have a chance to consult with real clients in Dr. Laird-Magee’s BNMK 427
Promotions Management course. In four teams, student groups conduct an Integrated Brand Promotion (IBP) audit for their specific team’s client.  Last spring 2013 semester two McMinnville-based companies participated: the International Pinot Noir Celebration and Cellar Ridge Construction.  Another company in Gresham, Scenic Fruit, not only found value in its team’s IBP audit proposal, but also ended up hiring one of the team members to serve as their social media specialist. The fourth client, a Linfield DCE graduate who lives in central Oregon and owns Juniper Ridge Artwork, worked with her team via Skype and drove in twice, at the beginning of the semester and for her team’s final presentation, pictured here, at Linfield.

Student-Led Experiential Exercises in Team Dynamics

Team Dynamics Class

In Sharon Wagner's Team Dynamics course BNMG 436), students study why teams succeed and fail, and learn how they can impact team processes as a team member or leader. They participate in assessments and exercises designed to increase self-awareness, observation skills, and team facilitation skills.

For their final project, students work in teams to develop and conduct an experiential exercise for the rest of the class. Each student's project grade is determined in part by their instructor, their peers, and their own-self-assessment. Each student also writes a paper analyzing his or her experiences as a team member. During the most recent administration of the class (Jan Term 2014), students chose to lead exercises highlighting such group processes as creativity, conflict, problem solving, and communication.

Team Dynamics is an elective course for students majoring or minoring in management, and is open to all students who have completed BNMG 301: Management.

International Management Global Research

In Russ Paine’s International Management class (BNMG 410), students work in teams to research the challenges and opportunities of a global region: Asia, North /South America, The European Union, and the Middle East/Africa. Students develop an understanding of challenges and opportunities for doing business in these regions by analyzing regional and country-specific demographic, political, legal, cultural, and economic environments.

Members of each student team play roles as members of executive management for a global company. They present their strategy and management plan for delivering a product or service in their region. Other class members participate actively by assessing the effectiveness of the presentations.

International Management is an elective course for the management and international business majors, and for students completing the management minor.