Scavenger Hunt Livens up SOM Summer Class

Posted: June 24, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

If you see a group of School of Management (SOM) students posing for a picture in front of Career Services or Fenwick Library this summer, don’t be surprised. As a new component to SOM 301 Business Models: A Learning By Writing Introduction, students are participating in a scavenger hunt that develops their business communication skills and also makes them more familiar with the resources of George Mason and the community.

The class is designed to introduce the fundamentals of business models–including accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, and operations–with an emphasis on writing. But

course coordinator Beth Schneider and section leader Kathy Hansen developed the scavenger hunt as an added dimension to familiarize students with SOM, George Mason as a whole, and the surrounding business area. “Many students are not aware of all the resources that surround them,” she says. “This exercise forces them to explore, investigate, and share knowledge with the rest of their team.”

Throughout the term, the students collected items such as a bookmark from the Writing Center, a photograph of each other in front of Dean Rich Klimoski’s office, a business card from the president or CEO of a local company, and a list of student organizations on campus. Information about each place or person they visited was needed for their final quiz.

“They may have obtained a job announcement from Career Services, but the question on the quiz might have to do with the other resources available in that office or the name of the director,” says Schneider. “The students not only learn how to divide tasks and gather information efficiently, but also how to share that information with their other team members. Communicating is a basic foundation of all business skills.”

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