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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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  • The Scoop on Sports Sales

    September 06, 2019

    We spoke with Travis Misner, Manager of Partnership Development with the Charlotte Hornets, to get the scoop on sports sales and the melding of business education and the sports industry. Travis is a co-instructing the Sport Sales class for SOM’s Sport and Recreation Business program, which has twenty students this semester.   Tell us about your background – both academically and professionally. I received my BA from Loras College, a small liberal arts school in Dubuque, IA, where I studied Physical Education and K-12 Teaching. While on campus, I was a baseball student-athlete and had the unique opportunity to serve on the NCAA Division III National Student Athlete Advisory Committee, where I represented over 10,000 student-athletes from two different Division III conferences. This was where I discovered my passion for the business of sports, and was able to be a part of conversations and decisions that were far outside my realm of understanding. In order to give myself the best chance at success in the industry, I knew I had to go back to school to get my business degree. On the advice of a mentor, I decided to attend Ohio University’s (OU) dual MBA/MSA (sports administration) program, where I…
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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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