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Business Administration

Fiona Hope interned with Territory Discoveries tourism company as part of the Augustana in Australia program.
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Augustana’s full-time director of business internships works closely with students to place them in their ideal internships, both national and international. Ninety percent of business students complete internships, compared with 75 percent nationwide. Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, Caterpillar, Chicago Bears, Deere & Company, Edward Jones, Kraft Foods and the American Red Cross.

The college’s three-term academic calendar allows students to pursue internships and international study. The college offers a variety of programs, including an eight-week business internship in Sydney, Australia, or in London, England. Also, the Business Administration Department supports programs to Vietnam and Russia.

Recent placements include AT&T Global Accounts, WGN-TV, Chicago Bears, John Deere, Merrill Lynch, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the American Red Cross.

Recent graduates

Here's a sampling of what recent accounting graduates are doing:

Brian DeSimone '12 is the social media content lead at 120 Sports.

Ben Heaton '13 was offered a job at Deloitte LLP in Davenport, Iowa, as an audit assistant.

Kimberly Olson '13 spent a term interning at State Farm Insurance and got a job as an auditor at Selden Fox, LTD, in Oak Brooke, Ill.

Augustana offers majors in business administration and international business. Each business administration major also completes a concentration in one of five areas: management, marketing, finance, international business or management information systems.

Before beginning coursework in their specialty, all business majors complete general courses in economics, statistics, accounting and business writing.

The department’s focus on written and spoken communication is reinforced by small, interactive classes. The class size for business administration generally averages about 20.

Business administration is one of Augustana’s most popular academic programs.

Facts and distinctions

The department has 11 full-time faculty members, eight of whom hold a Ph.D.

The department's international study terms are programs in Australia, London and Russia.

Augustana has four clubs specifically geared toward business majors: Beta Upsilon Sigma (Business Club), Investor's Club, Advertising Developers and the Augustana Accounting Association.

Matthew McIntyre ’12, interned at Case IH in Racine, Wis.

“The Augustana Business Department taught me a lot for life after college. I feel well prepared in any situation and with any task that is thrown my direction because I feel I received such a broad education from our professors."

Paul Kleinhans-Schulz '14, interned at the Cedar Rapids Kernels minor league baseball franchise in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"The Business Administration department does everything possible to help students succeed in the real world after college. They offer great student organizations that help students learn about what professionals do in their line of work and how students need to prepare to enter the job market after college."

Janelle VanWatermeulen '11, business administration-marketing and management; Employed full-time at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque, Iowa, and attending graduate school part-time to earn the MBA.

"I graduated from Augustana in only three years. My peak experience was working part-time at John Deere Seeding Group in Moline, Illinois. I worked at John Deere for three years while at Augustana, and my last summer I was able to travel to China for work! It was an amazing experience, and one I will remember forever."

April Runde '13, international business and Spanish; Pursuing a career as an entrepreneur and successor of her family's startup business, Nack Enterprises, which is involved in the recycling industry

"I am in a better place than where I thought I would be four years ago. I came to college to improve upon my academics, but it is obvious that I have also bettered myself as a person. Today, I have a clearer view of where I stand morally, politically and socially. Augustana has provided me with the opportunities to study abroad in Spain, France, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Each experience was fantastic in its own right, but I feel especially moved by my time in Vietnam. I am forever a different, finer person because of it."

Danilo Panici '15, business administration-finance, accounting Completed internships with Lincoln Way Community Bank as a commercial lending intern and Griffith Laboratories in the corporate finance/accounting department; currently an assurance intern with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

"The business administration department really goes out of their way to help students succeed in the classroom and out in the real world. The variety of classes I took helped me succeed in the two internships I have completed so far. I know that once I graduate, I will be prepared for any job that is
thrown at me-thanks to my advisor and the faculty in the department."


College receives $1.5 million from the John Deere Foundation for data analytics

Augustana College announces a $1.5 million grant from the John Deere Foundation to establish the Robert A. Hanson Endowed Chair in Data Analytics.

White House to recognize Fresh Films

Fresh Films will be recognized by a White House initiative this Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Washington, D.C. Its new 80-minute feature, "Traveling Without Moving," was made with a crew including about 300 teenagers and will premiere at a Landmark theater four blocks from the White House. It is part of the monthly White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans Film Screening and Discussion Series.

After tough trek to Disney, Augie grad helps make magic

The bumpy journey Julie Baner took from Augustana College to Walt Disney wasn't all magical. In a Tuesday presentation to students, the 2002 alumna and Moline native described how hard work and determination led to her ideal job, a production supervisor for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Award goes to Runkel '99, Bancorp exec

Mark Runkel '99, recently selected for the Top 40 Under 40 award by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, originally wanted to become a pilot. "However, while at college, I found that I was more suited for a different role and wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to use my analytical and problem solving skills while helping others,” he said. He is executive vice president and chief credit officer of U.S. Bancorp. He oversees a $260 billion loan portfolio and a team of more than 600.

Zarbuck '14 wins Elijah Watt Sells Award

Austin G. Zarbuck '14 is a winner of the Elijah Watt Sells Award, given to CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and passed all four sections of the examination on their first attempt.

Thome '73 named executive VP at SLM Corporation

Paul Thome '73 has been named executive vice president at SLM Corporation, commonly known as Sallie Mae. Thome serves as the company’s chief administration officer and president of Sallie Mae Bank, a position he has held since 2011. He graduated from Augustana with a degree in business administration.
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