From Hampton U. business school to the boardroom

By Kevin Kee 

Since September 1898, the Hampton University School of Business has been producing leadership professionals who are over the business world.  HU’s business school offers six majors: marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics, and entrepreneurship.

There are about 300 students currently seniors who are currently enrolled in the school of business who plan to take what they learn in the school of business and use it in their future professions. But do the educational practices and views of the professors of business parallel with the future goals and expectations of the students?    

According to the HU Web site, the mission of the school of business is to “produce professionals, leaders and scholars of strong character for the technology-based global marketplace. The goal is to deliver relevant business education, practical application experiences and behavioral competencies to achievement-oriented undergraduate and graduate students. Although teaching is the primary emphasis, faculty shall continuously engage in research and grantsmanship to provide a curriculum that is appropriate for successful business practice.”

“As a professor of business my goal is to adequately disseminate information and give knowledge to my students, while teaching ethics and business principles, said Kay Braguglia, Ph.D., a professor of business research at Hampton. I want my students to advance in their chosen career and to be able to take leadership positions.”

“Although the school of business has its own mission statement,” said Braguglia, “I feel that the business school’s main objective is preparing students for their field and the global economy.  I want the students to gain an appreciation for a diverse work force and to help my undergraduate students prepare for graduate school and for the business world.”

It is a professor’s job and duty to make sure that their students learn and understand the terms, definitions, and the overall objectives of a course. Pure understanding and comprehension can only take a student so far, but practical work and actual hands on assignments that will prepare them for their chosen field will be more beneficial to them in the long run.

“My decision to enroll into Hampton University’s School of Business was not an easy choice but a very influential one,” said Cassandra Gunn, a senior management major from Brooklyn, N.Y.   “In my opinion, the professors in the school of business are very effective when it comes to implementing lessons and preparing students for the actual business world.  Don’t get me wrong all the professors in the school of business do not adequately prepare their students, but from my personal experience most of my professors have.

 “Over the past four years I’ve written research papers in organizational behavior, constructed a business proposal in business research, and prepared cases for business law and with all these assignments came hands- on experience.  Although the assignments were based on my knowledge and skills that I acquired from each course, I would not have been able to complete them properly if it had not been for my professors.”

“Hampton University’s School of Business has helped me to prepare for a future in marketing.” said Feliciea Seabrook, a senior marketing major from Jersey City, N.J. “From my freshman year until now I’ve been exposed to what the business world will be like.  Wearing business attire when I have a presentation, attending the annual career fair held at Hampton University’s Convocation center and the overall exposure to business professionals who teach at and visit Hampton University.”

The end result of a four-year student at the school of business is to be well prepared for any and all business opportunities that may come their way. The decorum and professionalism of the students and professors in the school of business is what helps them work together and to reach specific yet tangible goals, such as preparing a student for what’s to come or utilizing a professor’s experience and knowledge to better equip yourself for a future career in business.

The student is a junior at the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.