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SFA's Rusche College of Business to connect students with corporate partners through new initiative

September 6, 2018 - University Marketing Communications
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A new initiative involving Stephen F. Austin State University's Rusche College of Business and corporate leaders will help support student success and provide a link between the academic and corporate worlds.

Through this new launching partnerships program, corporate partners can have a consistent and lasting impact on the Rusche College of Business' students, programs and facilities.

"The launching partnerships initiative is special because everyone wins," said Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business. "Employers have new opportunities to get to know our students, and students have the opportunity to network with business professionals. As a whole, the Rusche College of Business wins because all aspects of this program advance our Learn, Launch, Lead mission."

Building business networks for students is a key goal of the college. This partnership will provide opportunities for corporate partners to visit classes multiple times per year to meet with students, discuss job opportunities and share insight into the business world.

Additionally, the college will host corporate events dedicated to the partner company to give business leaders an avenue to meet with students one-on-one. Corporate partners also will be recognized with special signage within the college's McGee Business Building.

Dr. Trey Turner, executive director of development, said this initiative aligns with the university's SFA Envisioned Strategic Plan to provide transformative experiences for students and increase connections.

"The launch of the new corporate partner initiative creates an ideal opportunity to secure new sponsorships from business and industry, as well as increase the visibility of these new corporate partners on campus," Turner said. "The additional funds and collaboration that stem from these partnerships will create exciting new experiential-learning opportunities for many SFA students."

To learn more about this endeavor, contact Bisping at (936) 468-3101 or bispingto@sfasu.edu.