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International experience gives students the world

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Chris McConahay on his trip to China

UNIBusiness prides itself on offering opportunities to students to expand their horizons and to learn in and beyond the classroom.

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence, which helps students exceed and build a professional edge for the professional world, is a big part of this effort. It helps fund certification classes and development, international studies and internships and competitions, site visits and other career-specific learning opportunities. The Dean’s Fund is made possible by donors to UNIBusiness.

“I can’t thank the donors and the Dean’s Fund enough,” said Chris McConahay (Marketing and Economics ’17), who now works at Cottingham and Butler in Dubuque, Iowa. “Even outside of the traveling, the stuff they do within the business college, like funding for different competitions, goes a long way to make the business school what it is and what gives it such a good reputation to teach students coming there. All the little things they do that makes the difference.”

McConahay benefited from the Dean’s Fund in various ways, but perhaps the most influential was through international experience. He took two short-term international trips in China and Brazil, where he met international students and got a flavor for the difference between cultures.

He also had a funny story. On his short trip to China, McConahay said he and some friends went to the gym to play basketball with some Chinese students. After starting a pickup game, the Chinese students kept calling McConahay and his friends Steph Curry, the star shooter for the Golden State Warriors. McConahay still gets a chuckle out it.

“The Chinese students were all so excited to meet an American,” McConahay said. “The way we were able to connect with the kids was really cool and definitely something I won’t ever forget.”

McConahay spoke during graduation and specifically pointed out the good things the Dean’s Fund did for him and other students.

“A lot of stuff I did [on those trips] I wouldn’t have the chance to do without funding,” McConahay said.

Dustin Toale (Real Estate & Finance ’16) had similar positive experiences during his international trips helped by the Dean’s Fund. Toale went on a short-term leadership exchange to China and did a semester-long trip to England to study at the University of Hull.

“The big perk is that it gave you exposure to a world outside of the middle of Iowa,” Toale said. “It was a nice eye-opening experience. Just different norms, different cultures, different experiences that we wouldn’t get outside of the states. And it definitely opened my eyes to understanding and being more appreciative of others and their way of living.”

Toale said he uses those experiences even today, while working as a real estate broker with CONLON/Christie’s International in Chicago. He specifically pointed out two clients he has from China. He partly understands the difference in how the two cultures do business, which helps him better serve his clients’ needs.

“Here in Chicago, it’s such a melting pot that being able to have an understanding and appreciation for how other cultures interact and do business is a big plus,” Toale said. “That was one of the big focuses of the trip and one that we spoke to students about is global relations and global businesses, that even having the few lessons that I learned from that helped me there.”

UNIBusiness thanks the countless donors who make international travel possible through their contributions to the Dean's Fund for Excellence.

Posted on 15-Mar-18


  






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International experience gives students the world

Chris-McConahay-inline.jpg

Chris McConahay on his trip to China

UNIBusiness prides itself on offering opportunities to students to expand their horizons and to learn in and beyond the classroom.

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence, which helps students exceed and build a professional edge for the professional world, is a big part of this effort. It helps fund certification classes and development, international studies and internships and competitions, site visits and other career-specific learning opportunities. The Dean’s Fund is made possible by donors to UNIBusiness.

“I can’t thank the donors and the Dean’s Fund enough,” said Chris McConahay (Marketing and Economics ’17), who now works at Cottingham and Butler in Dubuque, Iowa. “Even outside of the traveling, the stuff they do within the business college, like funding for different competitions, goes a long way to make the business school what it is and what gives it such a good reputation to teach students coming there. All the little things they do that makes the difference.”

McConahay benefited from the Dean’s Fund in various ways, but perhaps the most influential was through international experience. He took two short-term international trips in China and Brazil, where he met international students and got a flavor for the difference between cultures.

He also had a funny story. On his short trip to China, McConahay said he and some friends went to the gym to play basketball with some Chinese students. After starting a pickup game, the Chinese students kept calling McConahay and his friends Steph Curry, the star shooter for the Golden State Warriors. McConahay still gets a chuckle out it.

“The Chinese students were all so excited to meet an American,” McConahay said. “The way we were able to connect with the kids was really cool and definitely something I won’t ever forget.”

McConahay spoke during graduation and specifically pointed out the good things the Dean’s Fund did for him and other students.

“A lot of stuff I did [on those trips] I wouldn’t have the chance to do without funding,” McConahay said.

Dustin Toale (Real Estate & Finance ’16) had similar positive experiences during his international trips helped by the Dean’s Fund. Toale went on a short-term leadership exchange to China and did a semester-long trip to England to study at the University of Hull.

“The big perk is that it gave you exposure to a world outside of the middle of Iowa,” Toale said. “It was a nice eye-opening experience. Just different norms, different cultures, different experiences that we wouldn’t get outside of the states. And it definitely opened my eyes to understanding and being more appreciative of others and their way of living.”

Toale said he uses those experiences even today, while working as a real estate broker with CONLON/Christie’s International in Chicago. He specifically pointed out two clients he has from China. He partly understands the difference in how the two cultures do business, which helps him better serve his clients’ needs.

“Here in Chicago, it’s such a melting pot that being able to have an understanding and appreciation for how other cultures interact and do business is a big plus,” Toale said. “That was one of the big focuses of the trip and one that we spoke to students about is global relations and global businesses, that even having the few lessons that I learned from that helped me there.”

UNIBusiness thanks the countless donors who make international travel possible through their contributions to the Dean's Fund for Excellence.

Posted on 15-Mar-18







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