Four senior business majors spent a chilly but “enlightening” weekend at the recent Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) annual convention.
Phil Mason, assistant professor of business, and the four students attended the event, Nov. 1-4 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
For Sean Claassen, Elmira, Ore., “the MEDA conference was an enlightening experience. The seminars I attended expanded my knowledge of business practices and provided me with alternative perspectives to my current education.”
Claassen was particularly intrigued with plenary speaker Jeff Van Duzer, dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University and author of “Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to be Fixed),” InterVarsity Press, 2010.
“He spoke on the nature of ethics in today’s workplace and explored the question of why good people end up doing bad things,” Claassen said.
“Another great experience was the student case competition,” he added, “in which we were given the opportunity to critique a real-life business plan, develop solutions to address challenges within the plan and present our findings in person to the owner of the business.”
The Bethel students competed as a team and came in a close third out of seven, all from Mennonite colleges in Canada and the United States.