In early April, the School of Business held a colloquium event entitled, “Ask Your Professor Anything: Putting Your Prof on the Hot Seat.” Eight faculty and staff, including four Walla Walla University alumni, answered the student questions. More than 130 students attended the colloquium event, filling the lecture hall, the isles, and even spilling into the hallway.
Emma MacLachlan, junior business administration major, said that she enjoys events where the professors share about themselves and their backgrounds. “The knowledge we gain from the classroom is great, but I especially appreciate time to listen to the professors talk about their personal lives and experience,” she said.
Student questions explored career paths and goals, advice professors wished they received in college, lessons learned from running a business, and keeping God a priority in busy times.
One student asked the professors why they stay at WWU when they could make more money elsewhere. Bruce Toews, professor and dean of the School of Business, said, "the professors’ answers reflected the mission-minded commitment that WWU professors have about continuing to make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of their students.”
Professors were also asked what their least favorite class was in college. Faculty who specialized in management, marketing, and economics unanimously said that accounting was their least favorite class in college. Toews chuckled that accounting was “unsurprisingly, the favorite class for the three accountants, who marveled that anyone could dislike accounting.”
MacLachlan said, “Events such as this one remind me of how blessed we are here at Walla Walla University. The professors are truly top tier professionals and people. I am sure you don’t find the same level of hard work and devotion to the students and God at other places.”
To learn more about the School of Business, visit wallawalla.edu/business.