Introducing “The Exchange”

Thanks to the generous support of our friends at FAIRWINDS Credit Union, next week the Magruder Lab becomes The Exchange.

The idea behind The Exchange is simple: The best education occurs when you get a chance to sit and have a conversation with someone who has something interesting to say.  The more opportunities you have to participate in such conversations, the more you are going to learn.

So, we plan to have 25,000 opportunities for such conversations in The Exchange each semester.  You read that right: 25,000.

Here’s how that’s going to work.  Every week day, we will have someone in The Exchange with something interesting to say.  That person could be an employer, alumnus, faculty member, expert, writer, provocateur, leader, elected official, or fellow student.   They are going to be there to engage you in conversations like:

  1. Here’s what’s going on in my industry and how you can be a part of it.
  2. Here’s is my career story and what you can learn from it.
  3. Here’s my latest research project and why you should care about it.
  4. Here are smart choices you can make now that will position you for success later.
  5. Here are new skills and experiences that are in high demand and how you can acquire them.
  6. Here are obstacles and pitfalls college students face and what you can do to overcome them.
  7. Here’s an emerging trend or issue that is going to impact your life and how you get out in front of it.

I expect these conversations to expand your horizons, change how you view the world, help you make good choices in your life and career and give you the perspective you need to compete with anyone, anywhere.  It is my hope that The Exchange will quickly become the centerpiece of a distinctive UCF College of Business student experience that energizes everyone in the College.

Some days there will only be one session in The Exchange, but most days we expect there will be multiple sessions. Each of our guests will be hosted by a key member of the College: me, an associate dean, department chair, or faculty member.  Each conversation will have up to 120 seats available for students to join the conversation. Each Friday, we will provide students, faculty and staff with a list of the people, topics and times of The Exchange conversations for the next week.  You will be able to reserve your seat through Eventbrite and join the conversation.


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