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Discovering Passions in Business

Students are encouraged to excel in the classroom, but often it is the activities that are not directly associated with the academic fields that impact their lives and shape them into the business leaders they become.  Below are just a few examples of ways that College of Business students are expressing their passions, with the help of their school.

Touring Businesses of Nashville

In February of 2013, students from the APSU College of Business visited several prominent companies in the La Vergne/Nashville area.  Students had a chance to mingle with prestigious APSU business alumni.  Brad Withrow, Tax Partner & CPA at Ernst & Young, LLP discussed with the students the opportunities of Ernst & Young, elaborated on the life cycle of an accountant, and gave the students a tour of his Nashville office.

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They also met Jeff Edmondson, CFO of Curb Records, Inc.  He gave the students a tour of the Curb Records sound studio and pointed out the importance of marketing, business adaptation, and product distribution in the recording industry.  Todd Williams, from Ajax Turner Company, gave students a tour of their large distribution facility.  He focused on the history of the company as well as their recovery from the flood of 2010.  Certain faculty specifically enjoyed the tour of Ingram Content Group, the world's largest and most trusted distributor of content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners.

Walking in Memphis

APSU business students were given the opportunity to experience the rich history and business atmosphere of Memphis, Tennessee.  They toured Wepfer Marine, Inc., Sun Studios, St Jude Children’s Hospital, and FTN Financial.  In addition to their experiential learning activities, they also experienced the rich culture of Memphis by eating at the Blues City Café and strolling down Beale Street.

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The Business of Spirits  

The College of Business and APSU provided students with an opportunity to learn the marketing and logistics strategies of a company with over 130 years of experience.  About 25 students and faculty members visited Lynchburg, Tennessee and toured the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  Not only did they learn about the history of one of the most successful entrepreneurs, but they also witnessed first-hand the processes involved with the manufacturing and distillation of liquors.

Giving Back

Students are taking the skills they have learned in class and applying it to everyday life.  One of the ways they do this is through volunteering.  Students, faculty, and alumni from the College of Business express their knowledge of corporate social responsibility by serving their community.  They joined the team from Extreme Makeover Home Edition and assisted by distributing food to the workers.

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