When the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) sent NIU students home in the middle of the spring semester, the university overall and the college quickly implemented remote teaching and learning strategies for all its degree programs, as well as virtual activities for supplemental, co-curricular learning through the college’s Business Passport program.
“We were very pleased at our business students’ willingness to engage virtually in the spring,” said Amy Buhrow, senior director, strategy, student success and accreditation. “Connectivity is the core of the college experience. We launched the ‘Wednesday Night Wisdom’ series to keep our students, alumni and friends connected to one another and to learning, wherever they may be.”
Each year, nearly 500 alumni and business professionals visit students, classrooms and faculty in Barsema Hall, home to the NIU College of Business. Now, with limits on face-to-face interactions, the “Wednesday Night Wisdom” online speaker series engages the college’s valued alumni and friends virtually in order to share knowledge in a safe, interactive way.
“The NIU College of Business has an expansive and highly informed base of alumni and faculty – any one of whom could be described as an expert in any number of fields,” said Cassandra Young, director of alumni relations for the business college. “Time and time again, they have proven the value of their knowledge as consultants through publications, to students and to other alumni. We are proud and delighted to feature their expertise and perspectives in the ‘Wednesday Night Wisdom’ series.”
“We launched the series slowly in June and have completed a few events each month,” said Rachel Schmit, senior event coordinator for the college. “The live event is recorded and then edited for a future podcast to download.”
NIU Business Dean Balaji Rajagopalan expressed gratitude to alumni for sharing their knowledge on topics, such as tapping into networks during these challenging times, managing finances through retirement and leadership through a crisis.
“Our alumni and faculty members have stepped up to provide a wealth of information and help others stay focused and productive on their business, school assignments, projects and personal life,” Dean Rajagopalan added.
reposted from NIU Today by M. De Jean, Director of Marketing, NIU Business. Photo credits: NIU Business student Chloe Chadwick. Photography by Chloe’s mother Sara Chadwick at the request of M. De Jean for another project. (Thank you, Chloe and Sara!)