- Occupation: Managing Director at BMO Private Bank
- Hometown: Loves Park, IL
- Program: Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS)
- Graduation Date: May, 2013
For Kathy Weber, like many BSMS students, completing her bachelor’s degree was never a question of if, but when. Through all of her success, even after graduating from RVC, Kathy never forgot her personal commitment to complete her bachelor’s degree. "It was always unfinished business,” she says.
In researching accelerated programs tailored to working professionals, the BSMS at Rockford University rose to the top. "I liked that it was a classroom setting,” she says. "I knew I wouldn’t like [a program] all online; I like meeting and interacting with people.”
Kathy was impressed with the flexibility of the program, and the diversity of thought present in the classroom. "There are different industries represented; different sectors, different perspectives.” She points to the focus of management studies as an enormous benefit. "Cultures have changed, co-workers have changed, environments have changed. It’s nice to be able to come to class and focus wholly on one aspect of management; be it communication, conflict resolution, leadership, etc. Classes are relevant to what I do on a day-to-day basis.”
Kathy will graduate in May of 2013, and credits the BSMS program for one thing in particular, saying, "it’s easy to take your skill set for granted, but this program helped refocus and re-energize me. It sharpened my tools.”