Author Archives: Laura Spilsbury

July 11

The ROTC Legacy of Leadership

As a young man, alum Cameron Cozzens never planned to serve in the military; he didn’t even come from a military family. But one suggestion from a high school counselor to look into the military changed his mind—and from there, the BYU Army ROTC changed the course of his life, leading him on a path […]

Brad Harris BYU July 11

Service: A Career and a Calling

Recreation management professor Brad Harris doesn’t want to be one of those people who go through the motions every day. He’s never been the kind of person to just daydream about making a difference—he actually does something about it. This mentality has inspired Harris to work in nonprofits throughout his life. Nonprofit work may seem […]

Scott Sampson BYU June 23

GSC Prof Channels Love for Learning & Service

“I have found that the only thing that does bring you happiness is doing something good for somebody who is incapable of doing it for themselves.” Global supply chain management professor Scott Sampson keeps this quote from David Letterman hanging in his office. In essence, it’s what Sampson is all about. “If I feel like […]

Carly McDonald June 22

Forming New Ties to Thailand

As an LDS missionary living in Thailand, BYU MPA student Carly McDonald helped make a change in people’s hearts. Next she’ll be returning to help make a change in Thailand’s government. Thanks to a prestigious Boren Fellowship, McDonald will spend a year in the Asian nation helping nonprofits and the government work together to empower […]

June 05

From South Africa to BYU

As a child growing up in South Africa during apartheid, Curtis LeBaron, associate professor of organizational leadership and strategy, was exposed to the circumstances and attitudes that defined the era. With age, LeBaron came to realize the impact apartheid had on his thinking about race relations first while living for a time in Canada and […]

June 02

Finding a Home in Finance

Although senior Sarah Lyman has always loved the real estate business, she never expected to find a home for that passion while studying finance. Lyman’s interest in real estate and home design originated from her military upbringing. With her father in the Air Force, frequent moves were par for the course. “My parents would often […]

May 08

MBA Alum Makes the World His Workplace

As an MBA student at BYU, 2016 graduate Mike Johnson walked the streets of Europe, full of hope that he would someday live and work there. Now he lives in Madrid, and he credits the Whitmore Global Management Center (GMC) with helping make his dream a reality. Growing up, Johnson frequently traveled abroad on extended trips […]

May 05

RECM Team Doesn’t Let Opportunity Escape

Time was running out as a team of BYU recreation management students rushed to diffuse a bomb in the office of a Russian spy. Though the stakes felt high, the students were in no danger; this was just an intense escape room game. In escape rooms, players work together within a certain timeframe to solve […]

Vikram Ravi at BYU Marriott School March 30

Closing the Digital Divide for Refugees

For Vikram Ravi, making a difference isn’t a far-off dream—it’s his reality. A strategy senior from Alamo, California, Ravi was recently offered a post-graduation position as a digital literacy and access VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) for the AmeriCorps program through the International Rescue Committee (IRC). As a VISTA, Ravi will develop community partnerships […]

February 24

Social Innovation Aims to Aid Refugees

To assist with the recent influx of refugees in Europe, during the Fall 2016 semester a team of four BYU students worked with the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation (RFBF) to create a business plan for an interfaith business incubator in Manchester, England. The project aims to help refugees integrate into English society and become […]

February 17

Oxford Seminar Takes BYU Students to India

New changes are coming to the Oxford Social Enterprise Seminar this summer, and pre-finance major Julia Mahterian is excited about what this could mean for other alumni of the program. The seminar, sponsored by the Whitmore Global Management Center and the University of Oxford, is sending BYU students to Hyderabad, India, for the first time […]