Real World Connections
When you are part of FCB, you are standing on the strong shoulders of our FCB Connections ~ Alumni, Employers, Donors, Guest Speakers, National Advisory Board, and our Community Councils that keep us connected to the business world.
They help students through their generous donations of time and money. They make possible the extracurricular opportunities we offer our students. They give what we do meaning – and even make it fun.
They make us proud and keep us strong so you can stand on our shoulders.
Bringing Business Into The Classroom
Our faculty often have a business world background that they bring with them to the classroom. Our guest speakers share their stories to bring the real world to our students. Students are involved at a real-world level in the MBA program, in our BizBlock integrated curriculum block, and sometimes even in their own real-time business ventures, as exemplified by FCB-Business Division's Chelsea Hulina. Read more HERE.
Taking it Beyond
There are opportunities to meet business leaders of large and of small businesses.
The NAU MBA Path
NAU FCB builds on the core MBA curriculum to provide hands-on experience to solve problems facing management teams in a variety of organizations.
The 9-unit experiential learning module consists of a foundation of management skills and tools and concludes with a semester-long project. Teams work closely with the management of a local or regional organization to define the scope and objectives of the project and to produce the agreed upon deliverables.
Throughout the year, many alumni and friends of the Business Division take their time to present in class lectures or in extracurricular events as part of the Pathways series.
BizBlock, FCB’s integrated business curriculum
Management, marketing, and business communication are rolled into one course, BizBlock, promoting hands‑on learning and emphasizing the value of group work.
BizBlock gives a glimpse of real-world situations by teaching students how to prepare extensive business plans, presenting those plans, and requesting funding from mock venture capitalists.
Visits with Mr. Warren Buffett
Mr. Warren Buffett invites colleges around the country to send their best and brightest to Omaha, Nebraska. He usually invites MBA students. It is a privilege to receive such an invitation once. Fall 2011 marked the FCB's 5th invitation and included twenty hand-selected students. We are grateful to our faithful alum, Scott Coor ('76 MKT), vice president of Sales & Marketing for Trendwood, Inc. in Phoenix, for bringing us to the table the first time. We continue to make him proud each time we are invited back.
Read the full story here, including the post-trip videos where the students tell us themselves how this experience was life-changing.
Advisory Council Events for Accounting & CIS
Our annual Career Panels/Mock Interviews/Mixer was held on October 1. Accounting Advisory Council (AAC) members and other panel participants were divided into five groups (four panels and one mock interviews); students were divided according to their level in the accounting degree program. Panelists offered insight into their field and engaged in a Q&A session with the students.
Next the AAC members and students participated in a “Speed Networking” event. After introductions, they chatted about a pre-designated, rather informal, topic for 5 minutes rounds before professionals rotated to another group. Finally, the AAC hosted an informal reception.
CIS (Computer Information Systems) held their same-style event on October 1 as well.
Striving to Make a Net Impact
The FCB student organization Net Impact NAU is using the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
In their proposed City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, Net Impact will provide business sustainability audits and education for Flagstaff area businesses. Net Impact’s partnership and community engagement will assist in providing support to local businesses which in turn helps build a community with a strong economic profile and a healthy, self-renewing environment.
Executive Job Shadow experiences
The Executive Job Shadow experience provides students with the opportunity to shadow a top level executive for 2 to 3 days during spring break or the week after the spring semester ends. Our Job Shadow executives make it real by opening their doors and schedules to our students. To learn more about current Job Shadow opportunities and how to apply, click here.
Hear it from the students themselves as they returned from their Executive Job Shadow experience.
Hear it from the students themselves as they returned from their internship experience.