Congratulations are in order for students in your class who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of 5-Dec-16 through 11-Dec-16.
School of Business News
August 8, 2018
Management senior Josh Shewmaker (center) completed a great summer internship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He was named Best Intern and was awarded $1000! At first, he was uncertain about the whole internship process, but in his own words "I ended up loving it." Success has that effect - congratulations Josh!
June 7, 2018
Avila Marketing senior Kayla Reed has found plenty of success - months before graduation. Kayla's decision to pair her Marketing major with an Advertising & Public Relations minor helped her earn a Kansas City Direct Marketing Association scholarship this spring as well as a summer internship at Burns & McDonnell. Congratulations Kayla!
May 7, 2018
Autumn Saulsbury is the 2017-18 recipient of the St. Catherine's Medal. This honor is bestowed annually to a sophomore woman with the best record of progressive achievement for her class at the University.
Hometown: Liberty, MO
Avila Faves: "My favorite things about Avila are the women's soccer team I play on, the small class sizes, and how nice and caring everyone on campus is."
Future Plans: "My future career goal is to find a successful job around Kansas City that has to do with management and accounting." Congratulations Autumn on this well deserved honor!
July 13, 2017
Congratulations to 2013 School of Business alum and Avila golfer John Bradish who was recently named General Manager at Springfield (MO) Golf & Country Club! According the the June 19th edition of the Springfield Business Journal, Millennials have show less interest in golf than previous generations. No doubt John's age, business preparation and life-long interest in the sport puts him in a unique position to revitalize the Club. Best of luck John in your new career!
January 13, 2017
Congratulations to Capstone students Brandon Chandler, Scott Drinkwater and DeMonte McClary who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of December 5, 2016. Nice way to end the semester guys!
May 2, 2016
Business seniors in Dr. Daniel George’s BU 499 class have done it again, and this time quite early in the simulation! Congratulations are in order for Anthony Biondo, Brendan Roberts, and Ian Trembly who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of April 18-24, 2016.
April 1, 2016
Congratulations are in order for students in Dr. Daniel George’s BU 499 class who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company's BSG performance during the week of November 30, 2015.
The co-managers of Alpha Footwear (Company A) earned a Global Top 100 ranking on the “Overall Game-To-Date Score.” Their Overall Score of 110.0 tied for the best Overall Score performance of the week, worldwide!
May 1, 2014
Four Avila University business students recently won first place in the Gould Scholastic Award competition, sponsored by DST Systems, Inc., for their project dealing with the issue of big data and its implications on today’s businesses.
The students – Stephanie Steger (pictured), Brittani Ball, Shaun Kelly and Yehong Lyu – will receive an award of $10,000 for the group and, in addition, $2,000 will be awarded to Avila University. The students, who all were in a fall 2013 undergraduate marketing class taught by Brian Buckler, Ph.D., will be honored at an awards banquet May 27.
Steger recently presented the project at Avila’s Student Scholar Day. The project dealt with the vast amount of information generated by marketers the last few years in the era of social media and looked at methods companies could use to leverage such information to their advantage. It looked at ways to improve customer satisfaction, enhance communication, gauge customer sentiment and nurture customer loyalty. It also looked at how such data can expand upon existing customer/business relationships by boosting sales and formulating future product offerings, as well as looking at future challenges and trends associated with processing such a large amount of data.
Research on the project cited 37 sources.
January 6, 2014
Middle America sits half a world away from his native Malta in geographical distance and a full world away in culture. Yet, Justin Scicluna said he can’t imagine obtaining any better education than he’s received at Avila University.
“It’s been a really good experience for me,” said Scicluna, who graduates in December with a bachelor degree in finance. “Avila has a great faculty willing to work with students. Class sizes are small, so it’s easier to learn, I think, and get help when you need it.
“I’m sure I’ll be able to apply skills I learned here in the work force.”
Scicluna’s path to Avila was circuitous to say the least. He was born on Malta, a tiny island south of Sicily in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. When he was 13, he moved with his American-born mother to West Plains, Mo., where he excelled in school and on the soccer field. He originally enrolled at nearby Missouri State University in Springfield. But, he said it just never felt like the right fit.
When Avila soccer coach Chris Clements found out Scicluna was shopping for a new university, he contacted Scicluna’s high school coach and convinced Scicluna to make a visit. He was sold.
Scicluna immersed himself in soccer and Avila’s business classes. He said he especially appreciated the tutelage of professors like Brian Buckler, Ph.D., who taught him the importance of networking, and Daniel George, Ph.D., who taught him how to be a successful business manager by applying all the business tools he learned in his courses.
Scicluna’s hard work led him to a pair of internships which paid off as well. He assisted two financial advisors with administrative work for Midwest Financial and entered data and organized files for stock brokers at VSR Financial.
He has a job as a financial advisor awaiting him at Edward Jones – helping people reach their future financial goals - once he passes a couple of certification exams in March.
“I learned at Avila to study really well, and that will help me be successful in taking these exams,” Scicluna said. “I’ll get a couple years’ experience and then come back and get my master’s.”
Scicluna said he wasn’t yet sure whether he’d pursue his graduate degree at Avila, but certainly wouldn’t hesitate in doing so.
“Overall, it’s been a great experience, and the faculty at Avila are a big part of it,” Scicluna said. “They’re willing to help their students in a way you don’t typically get at bigger schools.”
December 2, 2013
Avila senior business students recently earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their simulation company's Overall Score performance of the week (11/25/13-12/1/13)!
In the Business Strategy Game (BSG), student groups team manage an athletic footwear company that produces and markets both branded and private-label footwear and competes head-to-head against footwear companies run by other class teams in a simulated global marketplace. Each team is responsible for assessing market conditions, determining strategic and tactical courses of action for all functional areas of the business.
The Business Strategy Game is an integral part of the business capstone course and is used along with the ETS Field test for School of Business assessment purposes. We are quite proud of our students for such an excellent performance — one that reflects well on them and the caliber of instruction that they are receiving at Avila University.
Congratulations to team members Charles Jones and Joe Scott and Professor Daniel George!
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