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Lutgert College of Business

Lutgert College of Business

LCOB News and Events


Upcoming Events

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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

Professional and Career Development

Coming Wednesday February 22, 2017: Employer Express Event

Time: 10am- 2pm
Location: LCOB Atrium
Free LinkedIn Photos - Free Resume Reviews

Where business students meet employers, learn about career paths and make connections. Part time, fulltime and internshipopportunities! All Majors welcomed. Sophomores start NOW!

Amy Scott, Internship Coordinator, has put together a list of participating companies and hints for students.

See Amy's Document


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner
SW Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs 

Join the Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU as we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. At he 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner we will announce the Distinguished Entrepreneur, Distinguished Innovator, and Business Advocate of the Year. This is a must attend business event with networking, fine dining, and a celebration of small business in SW Florida.

Learn More About the Awards             Register for the Event


News of the College

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January 13, 2017: Dr. Totterdale Elected to Technology Partnership Board

Robert Totterdale has been elected to the board of directors of the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP). Totterdale is assistant professor of information systems at FGCU and has more than 30 years of business, information technology and management expertise. Totterdale represents FGCU on the Florida SUS Cybersecurity Council. A Certified Information Technology Professional, he has published in national and international journals and is a contributor to a book on the study of information systems.

Visit the SWFRTP website

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January 5, 2017:  Industry Diversification Report Cited

The Industry Diversification Report is published quarterly by Economics Professor Dr. Chris Westley, with assistance from John Shannon, also of the Economics Department, and two student editors. The report has been cited both in Florida Trend and the Fort Myers News-Press. 

Read the News-Press story

December 27, 2016: FGCU Veterans Entrepreneur Program for ‘Hard Chargers’

If you are a veteran, regardless of age and a Florida resident, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Veteran’s Entrepreneur Program may be that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . . Under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Kauanui . . .

Read the full story at Lee

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December 24, 2016: Dr. Kaitlyn Harger's Research Discussed in The Economist

Dr. Kaitlyn Harger of the LCOB Economics faculty has done statistical studies on the subject of prison tattoos. Her research is discussed in The Economist, one of the most respected publications in the field.

See the story in The Economist

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December 22, 2016: Entrepreneurship - The Runway Program

The Institute For Entrepreneurship's Runway Program provides future business owners with the resources, tools and experience they need to succeed. FGCU students develop cutting-edge companies at the Emergent Technologies Institute using advanced prototyping machinery, including 3-D printers, computers and high-end cameras. Students in the Fall 2016 class produced an Instagram video about the program.

See the Video

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November 17, 2016: Mary Wisnom Wins RCRA Fellowship Award

The Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) presented the 2016 Fellowship Award to Dr. Mary Wisnom, of FGCU's Resort and Hospitality Faculty, at the Association’s National Conference. The Fellowship Award is the Association’s most prestigious award.

See the RCRA Press Release

 Go to the RCRA 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

November 2, 2016: FGCU Golf Team Takes Jones Cup Second Place
November 1, 2016: Veterans to Entrepreneurs
October 17, 2016: BB&T Free Enterprise Lecture Series
October 2016: RHM Student Kelsey Brink Wins Scholarship
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
February 25, 2016: LCOB participates in Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program
February 4, 2016: LCOB's Dr. Kauanui describes Veterans Entrepreneurship program
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