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.
of the businesses presented included Chevrolet, Dairy Queen, and Paper Shopping
of the most interesting presentations was for Dairy Queen.
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.”
each presentation, students had to have a trifold, slideshow, and performance
where participants dressed like they worked for the business at the time.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
students who participated in Eberly Connections the first year came back as
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.
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
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