By Aaron Mitchell – Advanced Seminar in Business (BUS 451) is a course in which students investigate, discuss and practice effective principles and practices of entrepreneurship, leadership and creativity with exposure to both emerging and time-tested perspectives. Led by Executive In Residence Donald Huntington, the course format includes topical assigned reading, independent secondary research, presentations by expert guest speakers, lectures and student-led roundtable discussions. Students apply their learning and critical thinking skills in written assignments, oral presentations and class discussions centered on course topics and guest lectures. Each student contributes to the course content and to the educational experience of all students through active participation and collaborative behavior. Since the creation of the course three years ago, over thirty experts from the regional business community have come to participate in discussions with the students.
The course centerpiece is the lineup of distinguished guest lecturers who meet with students in the classroom throughout the academic year. The schedule for 2011-12 includes:
- Gary Bussing, Founder and CEO, The Mutual Fund Store Oklahoma
- Tom Laming, Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager, Scout Investments
- The Honorable Peggy Dunn, Mayor, Leawood, KS
- Phil Hatterman, Founder and CEO, The Corkscrew Agency
- Patricia Garrett Campbell ’68, Independent National Sales Director, Mary Kay
- Scott McCormick, Founder and Chief Vision Officer, VML
- Ed Place, President, Lead Capital
- Mike Goff, Vice President – National Advertising, Sprint Corporation
- Tom Bloch, Former CEO, H&R Block and Founder, University Academy
- Dr. Bill McCollum, Department of Command and Leadership, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
- Jeff Long, B-1 & B-2 Stealth Bomber Pilot & Aircraft Commander, USAF Ret.
- Dr. David Sallee, President, William Jewell College
- David Owens, Vice President – Product Management, Sprint Corporation
- Russ Cline, President, RCA Group
In addition to lectures and other learning activities, the course features a creativity workshop, led by Mr. Phil Hatterman, founder and CEO of Corkscrew Agency, in which students learn to recognize their creative potential and develop creative thinking skills in ways that are compatible with their personalities and core strengths. Other aspects of the course include investigation of concepts of economic freedom, the nature of change and how science and technology create paradigm shifts in business and society.
Business 451 is an optional capstone class that is offered for high-achieving juniors and seniors with an interest in the field of business. Students interested in enrolling should contact their advisor or Professor Huntington for further information.