Celebration of Shared Choice:
College of Business Welcomes Members of the Class of 2008
"My four years
at Illinois were the most instrumental, important, and best years of
my life. You'll meet tremendous people on campus."
McMillan, class of 1980, met his wife at Illinois and formed several life-long
friendships. More than a quarter of a century after his arrival on campus
as a freshman, he took to the stage at Foellinger Auditorium to serve
as the keynote speaker at the inaugural freshmen welcome, hosted by the
Cammack Office of Undergraduate Affairs.
whose career has included senior positions at Arthur Andersen and Sara
Lee Branded Apparel, urged the students to avoid the natural tendency
to associate with those people with whom they are most comfortable, saying
that college was an opportunity to "think about opening your mind,
where the sky is the limit." Reflecting on his experience as an undergraduate,
he was frank in his personal assessment, saying that he did not seize
the many opportunities available to him as a student.
new opportunities was a recurring theme in brief presentations from three
Business undergrads: Jajah Wu (sophomore, accountancy), Patrick Hatch
(junior, accountancy), and Manny Rodriguez (senior, BA-organization administration).
"Get out of your dorm room and get involved," said Hatch, who
was a spectator at U of I women's volleyball meets as a freshman and who
now serves as the team's manager.
campus of 37,000+ students -- 3,000 of whom are enrolled in Business --
and with classes that can get as large as 700, Rodriguez told the almost
300 celebration attendees that it is easy to get lost in the crowd. Introducing
the concept of faculty office hours, he urged the freshmen to make the
effort to get to know their professors and to meet with college staff
members, particularly the academic advisors in the departments and undergraduate
the faculty, Professor of Accountancy Ira Solomon told the students that
their classes, led by faculty "at the top of their game," will
take them "beyond the textbooks to new ideas and knowledge."
He promised that the professors will "help you learn how to think
as business professionals, but not what to think."
the event a celebration of the future, Dean Avijit Ghosh said that the
students, faculty, and staff share a "mutual destiny" during
the 1,373 days before the undergraduates receive their diplomas as members
of the class of 2008.
proud, because you are special," said Ghosh. "College is a watershed
of your life."
photos of the first College of Business Freshman Welcome are online!