BUIES CREEK -- Alumni of Campbell’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business returned to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to share their career successes with students in the same classrooms where it all began.
Around Campbell 25 alums took part in the seventh annual Alumni Recognition Day, a chance for students to peek into the future courtesy of those who went on to successful careers after leaving Buies Creek.
Speakers offered advice on job searches, professional behavior and career changes. Invited guests included business owners, vice presidents and even politicians, like North Carolina State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1992 and his MBA in 1996, both from Campbell’s Camp Lejeune campus.
Brown said he looked at programs across the state before entering college, and he chose Campbell because its business school had the most to offer.
“I was in my 30s when I decided to go back to school,” said Brown, who also owns two car dealerships in Jacksonville and one in Spruce Pine. “I appreciate what Campbell has done for my life, and I want to give back.”
Brown said he wanted to instill in the students in attendance Wednesday that education is important and was key in helping him in his business.
“Young students sometimes miss opportunities,” he told the students. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Failing is sometimes the best way to learn.”
School of Business Associate Dean for External Relations Dr. Shariar Mostashari said Alumni Day also gives the students a chance to network with the men and women who are already out in the workforce.
“These speakers tell out students about employment opportunities, internship experiences, advice on how to excel in the workplace,” Mostashari said. “We especially talk about the importance of faith, learning and service. This is a life-long learning process.”
The alums agreed Campbell was an important stepping stone in their success.
“Campbell more than adequately prepared me for my career,” said Kate Anders, a financial advisor for Waddell & Reed in Raleigh.
Dave Emswiler, senior vice president and trust officer for U.S. Trust, credited Campbell for giving him a “practical” education.
“It prepared me for what the working world was really like,” he said.
PHOTO: North Carolina State Senate Majority Leader and Campbell University alumnus Harry Brown speaks to students in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business on Sept. 22 during the school's annual Alumni Day.