Management

Profiles

Nancy E. Chisholm

~Alumnus~

Nancy Chisholm
Nancy Chisholm

Nancy E. Chisholm

Western Alumna and now Vice President and General Manager of Tyco Retail Solutions.

Nancy E. Chisholm
Tyco Retail Solutions

Lakewood, Colorado

Nancy Chisholm is the Vice President and General Manager of Tyco Retail Solutions, a $1B vertical business unit of Tyco, headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. Tyco Retail is a leading global provider of integrated retail performance and security solutions, deployed today at more than 80 percent of the world’s top 200 retailers. Chisholm has responsibility for sales, manufacturing, and operations support for this business throughout the world including North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. 

Previously, Chisholm served for three years as Vice President, Global Human Resources for Tyco’s $9B Security Solutions division. Throughout her 19 year career at Tyco, she has held broad functional and line leadership roles, both globally and in North America, in the areas of general management, operations, and human resources. Chisholm has been recognized internally as a Tyco Chairman’s Award winner, and externally as one of Diversity Magazine’s “50 Women Worth Watching.” 

She has a passion for mentoring and development for early to mid-career professionals, and serves as an Executive Sponsor for Tyco’s “Women’s Growth Network.” She graduated from Western Colorado University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1990. Chisholm lives in the Denver area and enjoys skiing, sports and the outdoors with her 18 year old son, Reid.

Allie Huizenga

~Student~

Allie Huizenga
Allie Huizenga

Allie Huizenga

Through her successful summer internship and experiences at Western, Allie learned "your future is determined by how much effort you put in." 

Allie is junior Business Administration major with an emphasis in Professional Land and Resource Management. Originally from Elizabeth, Colorado, Allie decided to attend Western after visiting for a campus tour.

“Western was just a fit from the moment I got here. I remember thinking, 'this is it, this is where I’m going to school.'” 

She liked the idea of a fresh start in a smaller school that wasn’t too big and overwhelming. Allie describes the students at Western as “really special kinds of people. I haven’t met anyone I don’t like.” 

During school semesters she works for the School of Business as a work-study student, as an Ambassador in Admission and is in the Honors Program.

One of Allie’s favorite classes so far has been her marketing class, because her professor kept it very lively, related it to current real world topics and was passionate about the subject. 

One of the biggest things she’s learned at Western is, “Your future is determined by how much effort you put in.  Because I’ve put so much effort in, I’ve had great results.”  She just experienced a very successful summer internship with SM Energy, and was honored to be invited back for a second summer.

While living in Gunnison, Allie has taken up fly fishing, and often spends her free time hiking, biking around town and enjoying campus events like pool parties. Allie’s advice for incoming freshmen is to “meet one new friend your first day, and take the time to meet with your advisor! My advisor has helped me more than I can say.” 

Scholarships

Scholarships associated with academic programs usually have a specific scholarship application form that can easily be obtained by contacting that academic program's office or visiting that academic program's web page. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid office at 970.943.3085 or 800.876.5309. To find scholarships based on year of study (e.g. - Freshmen Scholarships), please see the navigation to the left.

 Denver Association Of Petroleum Landmen

Available to:

Full-time students with at least a junior status, enrolled in the Energy Management program. 

Provided by:

Denver Association of Petroleum Landmen

Amount:

Award depends on funds available

Selected by:

Chair(s) of the Energy Management program

Application: 

Contact The School of Business for scholarship application and deadline information. 970.943.2019 - Borick Business Building 213

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Ralph Hanke, Ph.D. headshot
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Graduate Faculty in Outdoor Industry MBA
B.A., University of Waterloo, M.A., University of Waterloo, M.A., Bowling Green State University, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Phone: 970.943.3020
Office Location: Borick Business Building 242

Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a sample of courses offered by Western Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the university course search.

 BUAD 100 - Business in Society (3 credits)

A study of the role of business in modern society. Topics include the private enterprise system, consumerism, management functions, major functional areas of large business, vital areas of small-business operation, and the environment of business.

 BUAD 150 - Introduction to Hospitality (3 credits)

An introduction to hospitality management, including historical developmental patterns, current business trends, and future international expectations. Current job market, working environments, personal risks, and rewards are explored.

 BUAD 300 - Business Ethics (3 credits)

A study of how ethics apply to business organizations today. Special emphasis is placed on developing moral reasoning. The course provides multiple perspectives on actual cases and ethical dilemmas faced by organizations with an emphasis on allowing students to think through ethical problems. Topics studied include moral philosophies, moral agency and development, ethical underpinnings of free markets and economic systems, and ethical concerns with the environment, future generations, and other stakeholders such as employees and consumers. Prerequisites: completion of Base Curriculum; BUAD 309 or COTH 202; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 311 - Essentials Excel Skills for the Workplace (1 credits)

This course prepares the student for Microsoft Excel Office Specialist certification. This course covers all of the topics tested by the certifying examination including managing worksheets and workbooks, applying formulas and functions, analyzing and organizing data, visual presentation of data, and sharing worksheet data with others. Prerequisites: college-level mathematics requirement with a minimum grade of "C-" or instructor permission

 BUAD 312 - Advanced Excel Applications (2 credits)

This course emphasizes the use of computer spreadsheets to organize, analyze and present quantitative information to aid managerial decision-making. The course exercises include examples from several disciplines including business, energy and environmental impact analysis, natural sciences, and social sciences. Specific topics will include business planning and budgeting, capital budgeting and net present value analysis, time value of money, cost / benefit analysis, goal seeking, scenario planning and pivot tables.Prerequisites: BUAD 311, Excel Office Specialist certification or instructor permission.

 BUAD 315 - Business Law (3 credits)

Study includes: sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and agency. Prerequisite: BUAD 210.

 BUAD 325 - Management Information Systems (3 credits)

A study of how managers can and should be involved with systems planning, development, and implementation; what information systems resources are available to managers for decision support; and how information and technology can be used to supportbusiness strategy. Also, this course takes a managerial approach to information systems concepts and applications in business, while exposing the student to various types of software in the business sector. Prerequisite: BUAD 220 or CIS 120.

 BUAD 335 - Marketing Communications (3 credits)

Advertising, sales promotions, media utilization, public relations, and personal selling are highlighted in this course. Legal regulations and ethical considerations in mass media advertising and promotions are also covered. Finally, the student is exposed to the principles of planning and budgeting for such media events. Prerequisites:MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of ÒC-Ó; ACC 201 with a minimum grade of ÒCÓ; BUAD 270; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 337 - Hospitality Law and Risk Management (3 credits)

Provides an awareness of the rights and responsibilities that the law grants to or imposes upon a hotelkeeper and illustrates the possible consequences of failure to satisfy legal obligations. Also included is risk management as a means of mitigating exposure to lawsuits and fines. Prerequisites: BUAD 150; BUAD 210; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 340 - Global Business (3 credits)

An advanced course with application of management and marketing principles to the inter-national marketplace. Cultural, political, and geographic differences are analyzed in order to develop market strategies for global markets. Prerequisite: BUAD 309 or COM 202; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 345 - Consumer Behavior (3 credits)

Utilizing theories from the behavioral sciences, this course provides an in-depth examination of the individual customer learning and decision-making processes, segmentation, as well as culture, subculture, and social class relationships with marketing. Students develop an understanding of consumersÕ shopping behavior, utilization of different marketing channels, perception of products, and reactions to advertising and other selling methods. Prerequisites: completion of Base Curriculum; BUAD 270; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 350 - Human Resource Management (3 credits)

Provides students with an understanding of the functions, content and challenges of Human Resource Management (HRM) in organizations today. Insights will be developed on basic dimensions of HRM such as recruitment, selection, performance management, rewards and retention, as well as particular challenges concerning strategic HRM and global environments. Emphasis is placed on how the complexities of HRM relate to students' past and future experiences as members of organizations. Prerequisites: BUAD 309 or COM 202 or instructor permission.

 BUAD 375 - Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Toolkit (ICE: Toolkit) (3 credits)

This course helps students identify and frame business and other societal problems that are characterized by complexity, uncertainty, volatility, and ambiguity. Students learn to think problems through by understanding the situation and framing problems in new ways that might alter how they generate and evaluate solutions. Prerequisite: ACC 201; BUAD 275; or instructor permission.

 BUAD 491 - Strategic Management (3 credits)

The formal analysis of an organizationÕs macro and industry environment; its mission and goals; and strategy formulation, implementation, and control. This is a capstone course which integrates the studentÕs knowledge from the areas of accounting, finance, marketing, and management. Students are encouraged to take this course during their last semester; graduating seniors are given priority in enrollment. Prerequisites: completion of Base Curriculum; BUAD 309; BUAD 333 or 350; BUAD 360; and senior standing.

 BUAD 499 - Internship in Business Administration ( credits)

A course designed specifically for junior- and senior-level students. Internships provide guided, counseled, and progressive experience under a dual-tutelage program of a businessperson and an academician. An academically monitored activity to assure quality experience. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: completion of Base Curriculum; or instructor permission.

 ECON 201 - Macroeconomics (3 credits)

An introduction to the methods, models, and approaches used by economists to analyze and interpret events and policies related to the overall operation of the economy. The course endeavors to make sense of unemployment, inflation, recessions, debt and deficits, economic growth, the expanding role of the Federal Reserve, and policies to provide stability to the economy. Additional attention is given to the making of economic policy in an era of globalization. Finally, students are exposed to multiple schools of thought regarding macroeconomic reasoning. Prerequisite: ACT math score of 19 or above; SAT math score of 500 or above; pass MATH 099; or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test score of 85 or higher, or university-level math requirement with a minimum grade of C-. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 102.

 ECON 303 - International Economics and Globalization (3 credits)

An exploration of economic, political, and social effects of globalization. This is examined from the perspectives of trade, development, finance, and the environment. The first half of the course focuses on the impacts of international trade. This includes preferential trading relations, protectionism, global trade agreements, competitiveness, and possible conflicts between trade and social objectives. The second half of the course focuses on international monetary relations and regimes. This includes understanding the balance of payments, exchange rate determination, currency crises, and international debt. Prerequisites: MATH 140, MATH 141, or MATH 151with a minimum grade of ÒC-Ó; ECON 201; ECON 202 recommended.

Emphasis
Major in Business Administration
School of Business

Western’s Management students work and learn in small classes. This encourages trust and transparency with fellow students and faculty,  which is a critical quality for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Program 

Today’s managers face mounting demands. They must anticipate customer needs, grow and motivate their workforce, be visionaries and a tactical leaders while doing more with less. The Management emphasis at Western is a balanced approach of:

  • People management
  • Project management
  • Operational and strategic analysis

Careers 

Our management graduates find success in many fields, including: 

  • Business analysis
  • Education
  • Energy and utilities
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Financial advising
  • Law enforcement
  • Project management
  • Sales consulting