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A Letter from Dean Clark

photoWelcome to the winter 2012 edition of Cameron Insider, our alumni newsletter. While budget cuts prevent us from printing our semi-annual publication at this time, we want to continue providing news and information on events to you in a timely fashion.

In this newsletter you will find interesting articles about the professional development resources available to the business community through our recently named Swain Center for Business and Economic Services as well as a new professorship made possible by the McNeill family. The position is part of an endowment to benefit both the business school and the nursing school.

With this edition we begin highlighting a business that has worked closely with the business school providing opportunities for our students as interns and our graduates as full-time employees. ATMC is the first company that we are featuring.

We are also featuring a faculty member and are pleased to present Tom Janicki, professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management. I hope you are as impressed as I am with Tom's dedication and compassion for our school and our students.

We continue to provide updates on faculty and staff as well as a section dedicated to the activities and announcements of our alumni. If you have not provided us with your news, please log on to the UNCW website and fill us in. We are also on LinkedIn and Facebook if you prefer to communicate through social media.

Many of you will remember experiencing Business Week speaker sessions during your time at Cameron. This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary of Business Week. We have more than 100 speakers scheduled to talk about their careers and insights into their success. Thanks to our Executive in Residence, Dick Morrison, Mr. Rick Wagoner, former chair of the Board and CEO of General Motors will be our kick-off speaker on Friday, March 23rd. Our students benefit greatly from the interaction with all of our guests, many of whom are alums.

I am also very proud to recognize the 10th Anniversary of the Cameron Executive Network (CEN). We were most fortunate to have two great founding co-directors, Dick Verrone and Skip Jones, along with then Associate Dean Becky Porterfield, to launch CEN. There were 15 mentors in the first CEN class and today we have more than 225 active mentors. Several years ago, Bruce Gibson succeeded Dick as a co-director when he moved into a new role for us.

We continue to have many great things happening at the Cameron School of Business even with a very difficult budget situation. Your personal contribution to Cameron helps us sustain these activities and more effectively retain our best faculty. Now more than ever before your support will make a difference.

Please email me if I can be of assistance to you or answer any questions you may have - clarkl@uncw.edu.

Your participation makes a difference for our students today and in the years to come!

Larry Clark, Dean