Investing in the Future
First Security Bank hosts an openhouse for the School of Business Administration
By Christian Kiemele
High school students looked around the Gallagher Business Building with gleaming eyes one Thursday evening in May at a School of Business Administration recruitment event. With raffles, games, prizes, and an open house format, SoBA gave students the opportunity to explore the building and get to know their staff and programs.
“Primarily, this event is to let students know that we’re here and what we’re about,” says Kathleen Tarkalson, the student services and internship director at SoBA. “We really appreciate the high schools in town, and we would love to have those high school students consider UM.”
The event itself was funded by First Security Bank, who has been a long-time ally of the University.
“Without First Security’s support of this event we wouldn’t be hosting it,” says Tarkalson. “To put on an event like this is outside of what our budget would allow. It means everything that they are helping with this.”
Students ranged from local Missoulians to out-of-staters. For some, like Trevor Taussig from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, it was their first time visiting UM. Trevor wasn’t visiting alone; his father, Dan, joined him.
“It’s great anytime that a local bank is involved with the business school of a university like this,” says Dan Taussig. “You see doors opening for future job opportunities when you see partnerships like this.”
For other students, this was a time to get to know an already familiar campus more intimately, and to see the relationships it helps students create.
“I think an event like this shows that UM is definitely branching out,” says Sara Shooshtari, a Missoula native and senior at Sentinel High School. “They’re using their connections around the entire community and pulling support. It really just shows the community ties that they have here.”
SoBA faculty and administration see events like these as key to establishing a relationship with future students.
“There are so many prospective business students that have just never been in the building,” says SoBA Dean Chris Shook. “We wanted to bring them in, show them around, show them the services, and make sure they can get to know us a little bit more.”
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