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Blessing in Disguise

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to celebrate graduation from grad school with a trip to Torunrtorontoonto.  At the time the trip was just another vacation.  Little did I know it would have such a tremendous impact on my life…

Traveling to another country is always scary.  Try doing it without a cellphone with a group of individuals you’ve only had class with.  I was a little uneasy to say the least.  “You only start living once you’re outside your comfort zone”.  I don’t think this quote could be more true.  I was forced to navigate through a country I didn’t know with people I didn’t know.  I quickly learned what an amazing experience life can be when you put down the cell phone and interact with people you wouldn’t normally engage in conversation with.  I learned so much about the country from the locals and was able to build friendships with people I would not have been friends with.

Why is this important to you?  We live in a society which ignores the basic enjoyments of life.  We are overwhelmed by materialistic goods which don’t provide life value.  We are programmed to think you can’t impact the world unless we are impacting millions of individuals.  But I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The University of Nevada, Reno is providing students an opportunity to explore global business while earning college credits all while networking.

The leaders in the College of Business have created an educational experience which is changing the lives of their students. The program provides students with an insight about Canada’s culture, history, and fundamentals for international business operations. The class is structured to have pre-course work  followed by a week in Toronto.  The instructors, Dean Greg Mosier and Jim McClenehan arrange business tours with top executives.  Students gain valuable insight from the nontraditional educational experience.   During our time in Toronto, we met with top executives from organizations such as Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Transit Commission, and Woodbine Entertainment. During the day, we toured the city and met with businesses.  During the evening, students took the opportunity to debrief about the learning experience all while networking with fellow students.

If there is one thing I would recommend to fellow students at the University of Nevada, Reno; it would be the Extended Studies Global Business program.  I regret not taking advantage of this program sooner.  This program teaches students more than you’ll ever learn in a book, while providing you the opportunity to network with colleagues and executives. Don’t let this life changing opportunity pass you by! I’m glad I didn’t.


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Mary Groves – Improving Business Communications

grovesMary Groves is a professor in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her class, Effective Business Writing is designed to give students a greater appreciation of, and real-world practice with, the many forms of business communications.  Throughout the class, students will be asked to write letters, memos, e-mails, cases, reports, proposals, give presentations and much more.
But Mary Groves is teaching more than just effective business writing, she is teaching students how to communicate in the real world.  The skills students are learning are imperative to success in the business world.  And the best part of the whole class, is she makes sure students do each assignment with little to no errors if they want to pass.  Mary Groves is challenging the students in the College of Business to ensure each and every one of them can communicate effectively in the business world.  Her leadership and passion for communication is truly inspiring.
Interested in learning more on her class?  Please visit to find out more.

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Bret Simmons – Helping Students Build Their Personal Brand

bret simmons Bret Simmons is the master mind behind all the content being created at the University of Nevada, Reno. Bret is a professor for the College of Business who teaches the Personal Branding class offered to both undergrads and master level students.  His class provides the necessary education to build a strong framework for a students’ personal brand.  As a student in the class, you actively participate in various social media platforms.  These platforms included Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, Yelp, and various other sites which the student must create an account and actively participate in.

But the Personal Branding class isn’t just a class you’ll take and forget about.  Bret Simmons’ class is life changing and for some, may create a lifeline.  By building a personal brand on the various social media sites, many students are reporting positive feedback within their careers and personal lives.  Not only are they creating a strong digital footprint which positively reflects their brand, some students have been offered jobs via social media platforms.  The students who successfully complete the course will have created a professional image of themselves online while learning how to successfully navigate online.

Although some still believe social media is not necessary within the business world, Bret Simmons is proving reasons why it is imperative to participate in these platforms.  Various successful professionals and business owners share their stories from social media and what it has done for them.  Dr. Simmons is truly challenging the norm, and inspiring students to build their personal brand.

Interested in improving your social media awareness and personal brand? Contact Bret Simmons to learn more.

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