A business student recently started a video series called “Coffee with the Dean.”
Students sit down for coffee with Dr. Steven Agee, dean of Meinders School of Business, and ask him questions regarding his educational journey, business experience and advice.
“It’s basically to make the dean more accessible and to bridge that gap between the dean’s office and the students,” said Joe Wathika, economics/finance junior and creator of the series.
“It’s to make it where the students can feel more comfortable going up to the dean and talking with the dean and asking him whatever questions they might have.”
There have been two coffees with Agee so far, and Wathika said he hopes eventually to have a waiting list of students willing to participate.
“We want Meinders to feel like home to students, not just a place where students go to class,” Wathika said.
The video interviews are posted to the Meinders School of Business Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
“As a senior, getting to know Dean Agee more helps me feel comfortable asking him for future career advice,” said Chandler Hardy, economics senior and guest on “Coffee with the Dean.”
Wathika said he hopes to make the series a weekly occurrence in the future and sees it as an opportunity for students to learn from Agee’s personal experience.
“I hope people ask him more about his own college experience because he’s such a good resource in Meinders School of Business,” Hardy said. “Students who interview him can view him as more of a real person, not just a dean.”
For more information, students can contact Wathika at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maranda Kitchingham, director of outreach and special projects, at email@example.com.