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EE Experience Your Education
The Experience Your Education (EYE) Program provides experiential learning opportunities such as internships, clinicals and service learning projects, all of which can take place either at the university or off campus. Under the program, students who participate in an EYE-approved contextual learning opportunity are mentored by a faculty member on campus and by a worksite supervisor. By immersing themselves in these types of authentic environments, students can develop professionalism and self-responsibility and hone their skills of communication, collaboration and problem solving.
Kristen Louden Spring 2011 Graduate Business Administration – Accounting Emphasis
Military Science & Leadership (ARMY ROTC)
The Department of Military Science and Leadership conducts leadership training and runs the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Lander University. The ROTC program is designed to enhance a student’s college education by providing unique training and practical experience in leadership and management – qualities essential to success in any career. Upon graduation, contracted cadets who have successfully completed ROTC training are awarded a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve. Lander is a member of the Scottish Highlander Battalion, along with Presbyterian College and Newberry College.
What will I do in the program? To prepare students to become commissioned officers, the ROTC program combines college courses in military science and leadership with summer training. The military science curriculum consists of a two-year basic course and a two-year advanced course. The Basic Course, which is open to all Lander students without any military obligation, comprises freshman- and sophomore-level classes that focus on the fundamentals of leadership and personal development. The Advanced Course comprises junior- and senior-level classes and requires students to commit to a military obligation prior to entering the course. The Advanced courses focus on developing leadership and tactics, and cadets learn to lead small units through a mission in both tactical and everyday environments. Cadets also attend a 30-day Leadership Development Assessment Course, located at Fort Lewis, Wash., during the summer of their junior/senior year.
Spring 2011 business administration graduate Kristen Louden knows firsthand what it’s like to work in the accounting industry. In the fall of 2010, she began an EYE-approved internship at Lakelands Federal Credit Union, where she was given the opportunity to learn how credit unions operate from a regulatory point of view. While there, she was appointed chairperson of the Supervisory Committee, which ensures that the credit union’s management practices and procedures safeguard members’ assets. In that role, she said, she participated in audits of newly issued loans, new accounts and employees’ personal accounts. She also developed reports of audit findings and presented those reports to the credit union’s Board of Directors. Following the completion of that internship, Louden gained additional field experience with an internship in the accounting department at VELUX Greenwood Inc. In that role, she assisted with nearly every area within the department, she said, including entering invoices into accounts payable, conducting material cost analysis with the cost accountants, developing direct and indirect wage reports for management’s use and helping audit physical inventory. “The two distinctly different internships gave me the opportunity to seamlessly bridge those concepts I learned in my accounting and finance courses with the concepts I learned in my management courses, my communications courses and my information systems courses. The internships taught me that you must take initiative and actively seek knowledge. You must ask questions, you must seek learning opportunities and you must commit yourself to excellence. If you do, you can be successful.” 11
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