As a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing with a minor in Sport Business, Landon Bahl is just one example of the many passionate students at the UND College of Business & Public Administration. While at UND Landon takes advantage of numerous leadership opportunities around him serving as a student ambassador, public relations officer for Delta Tau Delta fraternity, member of the Sport Business Student Association, marketing intern with UND Athletics, president of NoDAK Nation (student booster group), as well as a member of the Dakota Venture Group, which has allowed him the opportunity to hold a seat on the Edgewood REIT board of directors.
Through the partnership with the B. John Barry Challenge Grant, UND Alumnae Dottie Dekko established the Dorothie Alm Dekko Endowment aimed to provide scholarships to students interested in the area of entrepreneurship. This scholarship was awarded to Landon for the 2013-2014 academic year. In the spring of 2013, Landon and Dottie had the opportunity meet and share stories while Dottie was on campus for the 2013 Morrison Leadership Summit. Dottie has a wealth of knowledge as she has held a variety of positions to include a school teacher, home economist for Northern States Power, author of three books, co-founded the first professional soccer team in Minnesota, and opened a chain of clothing stores in the Twin Cities area. Dottie and her daughters Lezlie and Danna, bought the license rights for Chico’s in Minnesota, opening stores throughout the metro area to include stores in St. Cloud, Duluth, and Rochester. Dottie has hence sold their territorial license rights for all of the stores and she is currently retired in Naples, Fl.
While on campus Dottie spent the day with students sharing valuable insights through her vast experiences throughout her career. At UND we are delighted to see how our passionate students turn into exceptional alumni that continue to give back to the university in time, talent, and treasure!