Donor & Alumni Stories
Kelley Undergraduates Deepen Their Knowledge of Diversity - 10/31/2013
A New Kind of Curriculum at Kelley
In 2012, Kelley unveiled Compass, a new series of three undergraduate courses that concentrate on personal and professional development, while also enriching its academic program to deepen students’ facility with global business, ethics, and critical thinking – elements essential to future success. “With Kelley Compass, students identify their talents, passions, and related career paths – perhaps ones they didn’t even know existed,” said Director Dr. Susan Vargo, who will ultimately oversee career and life preparation for thousands of students. Over the course of three years, undergraduates will take courses on personal growth, teamwork, and leadership.This year, over 2500 sophomores will take Compass II, also known as Team, Inc. Compass II immerses students in teamwork, heightens critical thinking skills, and builds cross cultural competence. As a part of their $150,000 gift to the Kelley School, corporate partner ArcelorMittal recently invested in the curriculum of Compass II.
Students to Produce Promotional Student Recruiting Video
The ArcelorMittal Student Diversity Presentation Project will be the final project for the course. The project will provide students an opportunity to practice what they’ve learned in class. Students will produce a story board for a promotional video aimed at reaching underrepresented minority high school students. In the process, students will learn to:
• Think outside of their own perspective to better understand differences and similarities across cultures
• Work effectively in a team
• Do in depth research on their target audience and organization
• Conduct an audience analysis
• Effectively tell a story that will capture the target audience
• Use persuasive communication techniques aimed at a particular demographic
• Use knowledge and critical thinking skills to build and present a solid case.
The final eight teams will present their projects to faculty, Dean’s Office representatives and ArcelorMittal executives. The top four teams will travel to ArcelorMittal headquarters in Chicago to present their storyboards. The winning presentation will be professionally produced – that team will see their project come to life.
ArcelorMittal CEO Mike Rippey Addresses Students
Mike Rippey (pictured), CEO of ArcelorMittal and Kelley School Alumnus, introduced the project to Compass II students via video this fall. In his introduction, Rippey asked students to challenge themselves. “Dealing with diversity issues takes courage. Be courageous like so many other Kelley students who have gone before you, and like the more than 100,000 alums we have in the US and around the world.” ArcelorMittal’s gift of $150,000 to the Kelley School this fall marks five consecutive years of significant investment in the Kelley School. In addition to this gift, ArcelorMittal also renewed two faculty fellowships for faculty teaching in the undergraduate program. With these gifts, ArcelorMittal exceeded $1,000,000 in lifetime giving. Thank you to ArcelorMittal for their continued involvement and investment in the Kelley School of Business.
For more information regarding this story, please contact
Pam Warden - Kelley School of Business, Office of Development & Alumni Relations.