Staying joyful despite challenges, helping hometown heroes and a Cedar-Valley themed Monopoly game all helped UNI students bring home accolades from Pi Sigma Epsilon’s national convention.
The University of Northern Iowa announced a change to the name of its marketing department to reflect long-held entrepreneurial values that in recent years have surged in popularity for current and prospective students. The new name, the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was approved by the Board of Regents at a June 4 meeting and both reflects and legitimizes the department's commitment to teaching the mindset, values and strategies of entrepreneurs.
The path to real estate certainly wasn’t straightforward for Larry Stewart. It started with a career in education, of all places.
Robert Sales arrived at UNI knowing he wanted to be an entrepreneur. The Pella native’s business instincts had been apparent since he was a first-grader who won a contract mowing vacant lots in his neighborhood. At UNI, Sales focused on the food industry, launching a food truck business and then, with help from professors and mentors, narrowed his focus to selling mini doughnuts.
UNI's real estate degree program is a small, yet mighty force in the real estate industry. Oftentimes alumni will find themselves connected long after graduation. Below are some notable alums and deals they've made recently.
It was 1976 and Arthur Cox was at his first day on the job as salesperson at a Quad Cities real estate firm. Excited to learn the ins and outs of his new position, he followed his boss to the open-office area where the company’s brokers spent a portion of their workdays. Rows of desks filled the space, and Cox’s then-boss pointed to an empty workstation and left Cox to do his job without any more introductions or training.