This transfer student isn’t what you’d call traditional. Cody Crawford started his higher education at another university after high school but then took a break in order to raise his newborn son. Not surprisingly, Crawford says his son is his inspiration. “I know it sounds cliché,” he said, “but it’s the truth. My parents have also been inspirational. I’ve watched them work hard my entire life.” Once he was able to continue his education, Crawford enrolled at Owens Community College and spent two years in its business program. Upon completion, he decided to take the next step to finish his degree at The University of Findlay.
Choosing The University of Findlay seems like an obvious and convenient choice since Crawford lives and works in Findlay. In fact, his family runs a local business called the House of Awards. Crawford says that his parents have run a small business for as long as he can remember. Needless to say, majoring in business management was a natural fit for him.
Crawford knows he made the right choice. He said that he “absolutely loves the small class sizes, the one on one advising and the fact that all of the instructors are nice and welcoming.” Crawford mentioned one instructor who has been particularly helpful. A class taught by Scott Grant, assistant professor of business and director of the Sport and Event Management program, emphasizes networking and getting to know people in related fields. He said that Grant is easy to talk to and is helpful in giving advice about preparing us for future jobs.
Casey Pritts came to The University of Findlay with dreams of landing a job in Marketing. After graduation, she applied for a marketing position at Target but quickly found herself accepting a position as an Executive Team Leader of Human Resource for Target. In fact, they were so happy with her that they asked "where can we get more people like you?"
She credits her success to her experiences at UF. Casey expressed that her marketing skills have helped her with understanding the needs of different audiences. Pritts indicated that her skills translate well in the field of Human Resources, "I work with a variety of different people from interviewing to helping individuals that are having difficulties; my internship experiences prepared me through the ability to tailor my message to each person based on the situation." Knowing
SAP was also beneficial for her in this position. Target is new to SAP and recently implemented the software. Having learned it while at UF, Casey was able to assist in the training of personnel.
Pritts also credits her internship experiences to building her skill set. She said that "Many times you have to start at the bottom at an internship. I appreciated the fact that I learned a lot and was able to get that experience under my belt before I graduated. You start off at a better pace when you already have the 'grunt work' done."
The faculty go out of their way to help students build a strong resume prior to graduation. Casey speaks highly of Dr. Chris Ward stating that she "can't begin to describe how much she has helped me. She is someone I can aspire to be like, a true role model".
Mallett’s many activities and successes in the classroom and out earned him the prestigious Founding Father’s award upon graduation. The award is voted by the faculty and is awarded to a student who exemplifies the ideals of the University’s founders and recognizes high achievement in scholarship, extracurricular involvement, service to the University/Findlay community, leadership and moral, personal and spiritual integrity.
All of these activities played a vital role in his development at the time and in his later success as a businessman.
“I grew socially in the fraternity and student organizations,” he said. “It’s a microcosm of the business world. I learned how to run a meeting. I learned what to do with no-shows at meetings. I learned how to get along with people. I learned and practiced all this on campus.”
Mallett, who is a member of the College of Business Advisory Council, recently accompanied Sears on a U.S. State Department trip to Africa to promote entrepreneurialism. Sears said that Mallett’s approach to success in business was evidenced when Mallett, hearing a budding entrepreneur’s plan to open Niger’s first automatic car wash, advised the young man “to open 100 car washes!” “I know people who would be willing to invest in that!” Sears recalls Mallett telling the man.
“My professors took an active and personal interest in me,” Mallett remembers. “They knew me by name and they knew when I needed extra help and encouragement. And it wasn’t just me. They did that with all the students – and they still do. I get to see the faculty interacting with students all the time. Nothing has changed; it is still a great place to be a student and to prepare for life. “Whatever success I’ve had goes right back to the experience I had at Findlay,” he says. “It gave me the skills and the confidence I needed to meet challenges and seize opportunities. I’m forever grateful.”