The Nistler College of Business & Public Administration strongly believes in providing experiential learning experiences for our students, faculty, and community.
Experiential education involves “learning by doing." At the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration we strive to meet these goals through the variety of business symposiums that are offered on campus throughout the year. Experiential learning opportunities are an integral way for students to gain insight into the business world.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
- Add more value to their academic studies by giving students a chance to apply theories learned in classes to “real life” situations.
- Assist in identifying the interdisciplinary skills gained from the classroom that are utilized and applied in their field of interest.
Speaker Series and Symposiums
The Hultberg Lectureship Series was established thirty-two years ago with a gift through the UND Foundation by Clara E. Anderson (Hultberg) in memory of her parents Hans and Suzanne Hultberg. Clara was a 1928 UND graduate; her interests were in stimulating challenges and opportunities for students in business. Each year, successful women alumni from UND bring their professional experiences to the University community through this unique event.
The NCoBPA Women's Leadership Summit will host a dynamic group of UND alumnae & leaders for a Hultberg Panel Discussion on networking and leadership. Followed by a keynote presentation by Missy Heilman, Founder & Executive Director of BIO Girls.
2023 Be Bold Event
Monday, April 17, 2023 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. followed by networking social 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Event open to all - all genders are welcome.
The purpose of the Olafson Ethics Symposium is to provide a platform for students and the business community to explore the importance of both personal and professional ethics.
This annual event is funded through the support of Robert Olafson and his dedication to ethical business practices and the University of North Dakota.
2023 Olafson Ethics Symposium
Join us on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Barry Audiotrium in Nistler Hall.
Keynote presentation from Kelly Caruso on The Harmony of Ethics, Values, and Happiness.
About Kelly Caruso
Kelly is a seasoned CEO and board director with 25 years of experience in omni-channel retail, eCommerce, supply chain, technology, and design. She excels at providing vision, strategic direction, and optimizing operations for revenue and profit growth. Kelly's unique approach involves establishing a clear and compelling purpose for the organization, one that extends beyond profits, and aligning values with this purpose to create a cohesive culture. Her emphasis on culture fosters a sense of shared identity and belonging, making her known for creating highly engaged teams. Kelly held senior leadership positions at Target Corporation, including CEO of Shipt, where she emphasized the importance of purpose and values in shaping the company's culture. In 2022, she founded Regarding Design, an interior design firm, and currently serves as an independent board director for private equity-backed Fintech companies and on the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Directors. Her career demonstrates how instilling purpose and values in the heart of an organization creates a thriving and inspired culture that drives success.
The Morrison Leadership Summit has been established by a gift from McCain Foods, in honor of the company's former CEO, Dale Morrison. Morrison, a North Dakota native, is a distinguished alumnus of the Nistler CoBPA.
He has more than three decades of experience within the international food industry. Morrison worked at General Foods, PepsiCo, and Campbell Soup Company until 2004 when he became the President and CEO of McCain Foods. Notable alumni and friends of the Nistler CoBPA who currently hold (or have previously held) leadership positions will be in attendance for the event.
Real World Educational Opportunities
Our students have a wealth of opportunities to apply classroom concepts to real world scenarios. For example:
- Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) allows students to manage and administer a $1 million investment portfolio on the New York Stock Exchange.
- The Dakota Venture Group gives students the opportunity to review and fund entrepreneurial business ventures. Students who participate in Dakota Venture Group gain valuable insight through planning and promoting a special speaker series and visiting alumni at their career sites.
- Students pursuing a degree program within the college also have access to a large pool of scholarships, which are awarded annually, as well as numerous internships that assist in building a student's resume.
Additional Experiential Learning Opportunities
- Executives in the classroom
- Study abroad experiences
- Student internships
- Classroom/interactive projects
- Student organizations