A message from the dean, Dr. Bret Becton,
This semester has been filled with many accomplishments. Our recently introduced online MBA program has received tremendous interest with 201 students enrolled while our traditional MBA continues to enjoy strong enrollment numbers with 195 students enrolled. At the undergraduate level, we introduced a minor in entrepreneurship and a concentration in analytics to provide students with innovative and relevant curricula. The Maraist Financial Services Lab is under construction, and we anxiously await its Fall '18 completion as it will provide our students with unparalleled access to financial market data and will have a tremendous impact on their career options. Our faculty continues to engage in research and grant activity that impacts theory, practice, and our community at large. It’s a great time to be a Ragin' Cajun, and we hope you are just as excited about the great things happening in the Moody College of Business.
Hospitality Management students achieve certification
Hospitality management students earned a 95 percent pass rate for the Certified Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) exam. Thirty-seven students can now add this credential to their resume and beat out competitors in the job market. This certification is a new addition to the program and is the first certification to be offered to students outside of food and beverage. Lisa K. Bowles, the course instructor, earned her CHIA this past summer and recently attended HX 2017: The Hotel Experience in New York with four hospitality management seniors. They participated in two days of seminars, chatted with vendors on the trade show floor, and received a personal tour of NYU from a faculty member to discuss potential hospitality graduate programs.
Beta Alpha Psi achieves Superior Status
Students compete in sales competitions
Three UL Lafayette students placed highly in the eighth annual collegiate sales competition that was recently hosted by the Moody College of Business. Wendy Hebert, a marketing senior from Lafayette, La., placed first. Sureena Patel, a general studies senior from Lafayette, La., placed second. Brooke Landry, a marketing junior from Lafayette, La., placed third. The Service Chevrolet Ragin’ Sales Team also finished sixth overall in the Russ Berrie Institute National Sales Challenge that was held in New Jersey. While there, Sureena Patel placed among the top ten Sales Challenge Champions.
College of Business hosts Alumni Tour and Open House
MBA program receives national recognition
The Princeton Review recognizes the UL Lafayette’s MBA program as among the best in the nation. The education services company profiled the program among its “Best Business Schools 2018.” The Princeton Review has recognized the MBA program in this list since 2008. Earlier this year, CEO Magazine rated UL Lafayette’s MBA program among the top 68 in North America. The designation put the MBA and EMBA programs on the international business magazine’s top tier lists.
Hospitality Management students fundraise and volunteer
The Hospitality Management Program recently partnered with The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) for the inaugural event, “Acadiana Food & Wine Soirée.”
The event provided guests with over 40 wines and tasty cuisine from 20 different area restaurants. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) and the UL Lafayette Hospitality Management Program. The program will use the monies raised to fund Ragin' Hospitality Association events, scholarships and aid students in attending Regional and National Conferences.