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Experiential Learning

The business administration major supplements traditional learning with valuable community work. Below are some recent activities that gave our students practical experience in the real world.

  • Gave away a café in Sherburn, Minnesota. The students promoted a contest, worked with the city, previous owners, and interviewed local people. The students then collected the applications, reviewed them and invited four in for interviews. From there the students made a recommendation to the previous owner on which applicant to select. The students also worked closely with the Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Center (RCEF) on this project.
  • Planned, promoted, and hosted a seminar on trade with Russia. Two people from Russia, as well as three business professionals from the Twin Cities, spoke on trade and IP issues. 
  • Planned and hosted the first hall of fame banquet for the local softball association. Also created a silent auction that raised more than $1,000.
  • Worked with the Minnesota Vikings to help with setup of the 2013 Draft Party as well as coordinate autograph sessions and other activities.
  • Planned and conducted an event at the Minnesota Vikings Family Football Day in which they shot video of participants announcing a broadcast for a Vikings game.
  • Worked with the Mankato School District, The Entrepreneurial Center, and Frozen Yogurt Creations to promote Bethany Lutheran College, video production, and entrepreneurship at a career fair for junior high students.
  • Worked with Minnesota Valley Action Council to conduct projects in support of the non-profit mission: a clothing drive, a fundraiser with Pizza Ranch, selling apple pies at Hy-Vee, and a marketing drive with a local radio station.
  • Individually completed a 10-15-page Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis of a business by interviewing a company owner or executive.
  • Created short marketing videos in the production studio with Bethany media students and students from East High School. Projects included marketing and research on local businesses: Angie’s Kettlecorn, Lucky’s Popcorn Dressing, and Bent River Outfitters.