Walker School & SOC Discuss Co-Curricular Program Development Opportunities

| September 3, 2013
School of Communications dean Eric Rothenbuhler encouraged George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology faculty and staff to explore potential co-curricular program development opportunities with the SOC.

School of Communications dean Eric Rothenbuhler encouraged Walker School faculty and staff to explore potential co-curricular program development opportunities.

The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology kicked off its first faculty meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year with a visit from Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications, to discuss potential co-curricular program development ideas between the two schools.

“We see this as a beginning conversation to identify areas where there are synergies and opportunities for joint programs that would benefit our students today and in the future,” explained Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School.

With similarities among course offerings ranging from advertising and marketing to social media, interactive media, mobile computing, and new developments in gaming and game design, Rothenbuhler noted that the SOC and the Walker School have many opportunities for cooperation.

“From basic communication and business skills courses that students in each of our schools need, to entrepreneurship and whole academic programs in areas of common interest, it just makes sense to collaborate and build our strengths together,” Rothenbuhler said.

Marking the first time a sitting dean from another college presented to Walker School faculty and staff in this forum, the presentation was well received. “Dean Rothenbuhler offered cogent ideas and spoke to possibilities between the two schools, and we look forward to moving from conversation to implementation,” Akande said. “In addition to partnering with the School of Communications, our goal is to work with other deans and colleges to explore ways in which we can offer joint programs and be better aligned.”

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