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The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management is dedicated to providing high-quality business education in Alaska through a unique, active and experiential learning environment. With small class sizes, dedicated and approachable faculty and many opportunities for students to connect with the local community and professionals in their fields, SOM prepares broadly-educated professionals with a wealth of hands-on experience.

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  • SOM Student’s Arctic Experience in South Korea

    August 07, 2019

    In July 2019, Jillian Bjornstad, a senior in the business administration program, traveled to South Korea to attend the 5th annual Korea Arctic Academy (KAA). KAA is sponsored by the Korea Maritime Institute, Korea Polar Research Institute, and UArctic. People from around the world gathered at the Korea Maritime Institute to discuss current issues facing the Arctic. Each attendee gave an informative presentation on issues they have seen or researched. Some presentations were scientific in nature, while others shared observations related to certain Arctic issues.   The KAA participants also learned about the Arctic policies and planning efforts of various countries throughout the program. On the first day of the conference, they heard from ambassadors from Norway, Finland, Canada, Denmark, and Russia.   In addition to educational lectures on Arctic topics, participants had many chances to experience Korean culture. Several people joined a tour of Busan to explore and learn about the city. Other tours included shipyards, ports, the largest palace in Seoul, and the Korea Polar Research Institute. One activity that stood out was the tour of the Demilitarized Zone, a buffer zone of about four kilometers between North and South Korea, where participants learned about the history between…
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  • Students Compete at Leadership Conference

    July 18, 2019

    In April, a team of six students from Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) traveled to the Collegiate Leadership Competition in Ontario, Canada to compete. The competition took place in Brantford, Ontario at Wilfrid Laurier University.   The competition required the students to complete six tasks using specific leadership techniques learned over the semester. All of the tasks focused on teasing a different part of the brain and the students had to use teamwork and leadership to solve each task. For each task, a randomly selected leader was in charge of keeping the team on point and leading the task. Therefore, each group was scored in two different categories. The first was an evaluation of the team as a whole – did they work well together, did they complete the task, etc. Then, the leader of the task was scored individually on their leadership skills and techniques throughout the task. Though their team took last place overall, the SOLD students said that the competition was a great learning experience and they hope to compete again next year.  
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