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Lutgert College of Business

Lutgert College of Business

LCOB News and Events


Upcoming Events

December 3, 2016: Eagle Biz Awards - Co-presented by the Institute for Entrepreneurship (IFE)
                            Learn more at the IFE Facebook page  |  Visit the IFE website

CFA logo

February 2017: CFA Event at FGCU

The 2017 Florida CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts) Investment Research Challenge will be held at the Lutgert College of Business at FGCU in February 2017. This event is sponsored by the CFA Society Naples, in conjunction with other Florida CFA societies and the CFA Institute, the international-level organization. 

Learn more about the Research Challenge at the CFA website 
or Contact Dr. Travis Jones at


News of the College

December 2016: Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program

Southwest Florida veterans can now apply for the second installment of the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The application deadline is Dec. 14 for the free program. The Institute for Entrepreneurship (IFE) at FGCU is a network partner of the program.   More at Florida Weekly

Learn More and Apply for the Program

 Go to the IFE Website

Joe Groch accepts PGA award

November 15, 2016: Joe Groch Wins PGA Award

Joe Groch is the Player Development Coordinator in the PGA Golf Management Program at FGCU. He was given the 2016 Horton Smith Award by the South Florida PGA at the SFPGA Awards night at Grey Oaks Country Club. The photo shows Joe accepting the award.

The Horton Smith Award recognizes golf professionals who provide outstanding and continuous contributions in developing and improving educational opportunities for the PGA Professional.

See all the award recipients at the PGA website

2016 FGCU Jones Cup team

November 2, 2016: FGCU Team Takes Jones Cup Second Place

The PGA Jones Cup is an annual 36-hole event. Each of the 19 universities that sponsor the PGA Golf Management program showcases the talents of five players in the team event. This year, FGCU's team led after the first round, and eventually took second place, 3 strokes behind the winning team. 

In the photo to the left: Front Row: Alex Holt, Matthew Chen, Myka Yong; Back Row: Alex Reynolds, Tanner Nipper. Marty Hall, PGA, Assistant Director of FGCU's PGM Program, served as team captain.

Read more at the PGA website

Keith Basik, Veteran and Inventor

November 1, 2016: Veterans to Entrepreneurs

Keith Basik is a US Army Veteran and a runner. He had an idea for a Flip Towel, a wristband that turns into a towel. He was one of the 166 veterans who were part of the Statewide Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program first class of students. Basik and 32 others participated in the program at FGCU's Institute for Entrepreneurship (IFE). He credits the program with helping him raise funds to get his invention to market.

Dr. Sandra Kauanui is the IFE Director. She comments on the "thank-yous" that she gets from participants in the program.

Read more and see a video at the Fort Myers News-Press

BB&T Free Enterprise Lecture Series

October 17, 2016: BB&T Free Enterprise Lecture Series

The topic for the latest in this Lecture Series was Entreprenership, Economic Freedom and Prosperity. The speaker was Dr. Russell S. Sobel, a researcher, author and Professor at the School of Business at the Citadel.

The Lutgert College of Business is grateful to Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T) for their sponsorship of this series.

Read More About Dr. Sobel

ISPA award 2016

October 2016: RHM Student Kelsey Brink Wins Scholarship

The International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation has awarded the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship to two students, one of whom is Kelsey Brink, a student in the Resort and Hospitality Management program. The students were honored at the annual ISPA Convention in Las Vegas. Each was awarded a $5000 scholarship and a trip to the convention.

In the photo, from left: Frank Pitsikalis, ISPA Foundation President, Kelsey Brink, Mary Tabacchi, Margot Mangiarotti (student at Cornell University).

Read more at the ISPA website

August 22, 2016: Dr. Kaitlyn Harger's research cited in recidivism story
July 2016: Performance Newsletter - Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
June 19, 2016: LCOB Finance Students learn Real Estate Fundamentals
June 29, 2016: Video: FGCU grad Cathleen Wong featured on Golf Channel
June 16, 2016: Entrepreneurship Program Profiled in Florida Weekly
May 1, 2016: LCOB Spring Graduation
                   View a collection of photos taken by a local photographer
April 8, 2016: LCOB Student Wins Dean's Award at Research Day
April 5, 2016: LCOB Econ Major Honored by The Association of Private Enterprise Education
          Petra Besenhard Receives Award at APEE event in Las Vegas  
April 3, 2016: Recent LCOB Grad Honored as one of "12 Under 40"
April 1, 2016: News Report on LCOB's Entrenepreneurship Program
March 2, 2016: Associate Dean Wynekoop Elected to Technology Partnership Board
February 25, 2016: LCOB participates in Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program
February 4, 2016: LCOB's Dr. Kauanui describes Veterans Entrepreneurship program
    for veterans: Learn more and apply
December 12, 2015: LCOB Fall Graduation
                   View a collection of nearly 100 photos taken by a local photographer
December 5, 2015: Business and Engineering Students Compete for Eagle Biz Awards
                    Press Coverage: FGCU 360 Magazine  |  Fort Myers News-Press
                                               Naples Daily News    |  Florida Weekly
October 19, 2015: Real Estate Investment Society Awards Scholarships to two LCOB Students
August 3, 2015: Dr. Stansel's Eminent Domain Study Cited in Heartland Institute Newsletter
July 29, 2015: Dr. Dean Stansel Joins Panel to Discuss Minimum Wage on WGCU
June 24, 2015: Update on CEO Academy  Fort Myers News-Press
June 23, 2015: Drs. Stansel and Kerekes' Eminent Domain Study Cited in Forbes
June 20, 2015: CEO Academy Aims to Mold Future Leaders

Program News and Events

Resort and Hospitality Management News

June 1, 2015: RHM's Sherie Brezina quoted on "staycations" on
February 24, 2015: RHM Grad Answers Call at South Seas Resort
February 16, 2015: RHM grad now a mentor at Residence Inn
January 27, 2015: Meet Randall Upchurch, new Director of RHM Program

PGA Golf Management News
October 1, 2014: PGM Director Tara McKenna Profiled in PGA Magazine
March 31, 2014: The game of golf is all business at FGCU 

News of the Small Business Development Center at FGCU: 
May 18, 2016:SWFL Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Winners
Explore the new SBDC Website - Launched in January 2015
Events: The Small Business Development Center, based in the College, presents events providing education, training and consulting to current and prospective small business owners.
See a listing of upcoming Southwest Florida Events and Workshops

Alumni News and Events

Visit the FGCU Alumni Association for news and events information