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Eberly Connections Showcases Historical Businesses

Students at Dairy Queen presentationIn a trip through time, nearly 100 students presented projects showcasing businesses working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries at the Eberly Connections event on December 10, 2013.

Some of the businesses presented included Chevrolet, Dairy Queen, and Paper Shopping Bags. 

One of the most interesting presentations was for Dairy Queen. 

“Some of the students created their own aprons that said Dairy Queen and two of the people dressed as ice cream cones,” Eberly Assistant Dean of Academics Dorothy Gracey said. “I thought that was pretty creative.”

For each presentation, students had to have a trifold, slideshow, and performance where participants dressed like they worked for the business at the time. 

In addition to the presentation, students had to write a 15–20 page report that covered all aspects of society at that time, including socioeconomic, religion, educational, and political information. 

Students in Introduction to Business and American History (HIST 196) worked on their projects through most of the semester to create group presentations that connected history and business. The presentation served as the students’ final for the linked courses which make up Eberly Connections. 

Students with their presentation displayEberly Connections was created in Fall 2011 as a spin-off of Crimson Connections. It allows students take the two classes simultaneously with the same people to help them get to know one another and feel more bonded. The purpose is to engage and retain freshman, get them to be more engaged with their professors and get them more connected to their peers. 

“We link the concepts of business and history because it’s important for our students to understand that business doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” Gracey said. “It really is tied to history and to the entire economic, social, and political setting.” 

To decide the winners, students were judged based on their trifold and table design, the content and impact of their slideshow, and their knowledge, participation, and design of their performance. 

Some students who participated in Eberly Connections the first year came back as judges. 

“It really shows how the retention has occurred from the freshman class through to the juniors, and the students have taken ownership of that,” Gracey said.

In the history class, students had to do another project tied to both history and business in which they had to create a job fair set back in time. Students made presentations in the auditorium and were interviewed about the job that they were assigned. They had to discuss cost of living during the time period and why someone would want to work in that particular job such as a locksmith or a baker.

—Aleda Johnson

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