Part of what defines excellence in business education is giving students the opportunity to experience business ideas and theories through a global lens. That's why Susan Yager, associate professor of computer management and information systems (CMIS) in the SIUE School of Business, has dedicated a large part of her career to guiding students through study abroad programs.
"Travel study is such an important opportunity to offer business students, and that's why I give my support," Susan said.
In addition to making regular monetary donations to the School of Business, Susan gives her time and energy by leading groups of undergraduate and graduate business students on immersive learning trips to countries including Hungary and Mexico.
These 10- to 14-day trips give students the chance to gain first-hand experience in other cultures and diverse business environments. Throughout the semester, students have homework assignments, projects and exams, and keep both photo and written journals during the trips, which allow them to reflect on what they are learning.
The study abroad programs, along with other resources and events like the School's Power Breakfast that gives students the chance to hear about the real world success of SIUE alumni, help keep the SIUE School of Business on the forefront of business education.
Thanks to support from alumni and friends of the School of Business, along with generous faculty members like Susan, the School can continue to provide valuable learning opportunities to students.
"The travel experience is not something students can get in the classroom, and it's something they need. I'm happy to support that cause."
Support for endowed chairs and professorships also help attract and retain valuable, motivated faculty members like Susan, who has served as chair of the CMIS department chair and is a member of the School of Business Dean's Society (a philanthropic designation). She was also awarded the Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship, which provided faculty participants with increased understanding of the practical industry applications of engineering, information technology and business skills.