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|Persistence pays off for accounting major
Sarah Ruff, Accounting and Business Club Publications Assistant
When it comes to its accounting graduates, Manchester has no trouble finding success stories to tell. Melissa Grinstead’s, however, is a non-traditional story of determination and perseverance with a happy ending that paid off for both her and Manchester College.
When Grinstead began working at Manchester in 1989, she came with an associate’s degree in accounting from International Business College and intentions to turn it into a bachelor’s degree. Manchester’s tuition remission program and flexible schedule would provide a perfect opportunity for her to attend the classes she needed to take her education to the next level. But when her credits didn’t transfer, she found herself starting over, and took her first accounting class in 1994 with Professor Art Gilbert.
She continued at a non-traditional pace, working in the alumni and public relations offices and attending classes as best her schedule allowed – one, sometimes two classes per semester. Finally, in December 2011 – after nearly 18 years –Grinstead completed the required coursework to earn her Bachelor of Science in accounting.
In the meantime, her career flourished. Her tenacious work ethic earned her a series of promotions and she’s now director of advancement services in the Office of College Advancement, where she utilizes much of what she learned in her studies.
Persistence paid off for Melissa Grinstead. At commencement this May, she’ll be the only non-traditional student to walk the aisle to receive her diploma. She’ll miss being in the classroom, she says, but her affinity for Manchester, the students, faculty and staff, will endure in her career. “It took a while,” she says, “but I’m glad for the opportunity afforded to me to earn my degree. Now I can give back to Manchester with a deeper knowledge and better tools to do my job.”
For January session 2012, seven students traveled with Joe Messer, assistant professor of accounting and business, to the Czech Republic. In the class, “Snow Business,” students studied international marketing, tourism and event promotion by examining seven different companies and their place in the snow industry.
Before leaving the United States, students researched the companies, which included ski resorts, ski and snowboard manufacturers and a glass factory. Their preparation and subsequent travel abroad was insight to working and traveling internationally and real world business lessons at all levels of the distribution chain. Students also acquired experience with video recording and editing, taking turns each day as videographer and condensing the entire day’s footage into a three-minute production.
The snow wasn’t all business – students enjoyed the practical application that came from studying the ski business, hitting the slopes to try out the companies’ products.
Come along next January, Matey
Professor Joe Messer values a global perspective when teaching business to Manchester students. His January 2012 trip to the Czech Republic was the third class he’s taken abroad in as many years of teaching at Manchester, and he’s making plans now for next year.
January is summertime in Australia, and Messer’s 2013 class “Selling: Sun, Surf, Sand and Speeches” will take students and interested alumni to Sydney to study the sun industry – surfing, swim suit, sun tan lotion manufacturing and retailing – and to get a sampling of the Aussie culture.
Alumni are welcome to join the excursion. Email Joe Messer at email@example.com to request details as they come available.
Rosemary Bond '10 has started a job as an administrative assistant with Lindstrom & McKenney.
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