welcome to the nelson rusche college of business
The Rusche College of Business educates the leaders of tomorrow to meet the challenges of a dynamic global business environment.
At both the undergraduate and graduate level, you will benefit from our personalized student focus, incredible opportunities for intellectual and professional development, and a career-focused curriculum that prepares you for real-world success.
managed by students
At SFA, we believe students benefit greatly from hands-on learning in and out of the classroom.
Transformative experiences are at the core of our academic philosophy.
Sarah Bone, a graphic design major with a minor in marketing from the Rusche College of Business, received a $5,000 Skyline Displays of Houston Graphic Arts Education Scholarship for the 2020 fall semester through the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston. The nonprofit awards scholarships to those working on undergraduate or post-graduate degrees in advertising, communications, interactive marketing, journalism, radio/TV, commercial art, public relations or related fields. Bone also competed on SFA’s team for the National Student Advertising Competition with Adobe as the client, and was on the first-place team at AAF Houston’s ad competition last year. Bone is a senior from Richmond.
Sarah Bone, recipient of a $5,000 scholarship through the
Advertising Education Foundation of Houston
Class of 2015
McKenna Maxwell recently paid a visit to SFA’s campus to meet with current students and impart career wisdom while touting the college’s impact on her education.
“I got a great education from SFA because of professors who are invested with their students and where they go from there,” Maxwell said. “They keep in contact with graduates after they leave, they’re always willing to help, and they gave me an education that is comparable or better than what I would’ve gotten anywhere else. Being able to count on a close, personal relationship with professors gives SFA students a leg up compared to some of the bigger schools in Texas.”
McKenna Maxwell, manager of data science and analytics at Dallas-based
MPower Practice Management, with Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, Department Chair and
Professor, economics and finance
Economics professor makes economics fun through experiential learning
A few years ago, a group of SFA students coined the term “Scanlanomics” in recognition of one of their favorite economics professors, Dr. Mark Scanlan.
Through an online prediction game, Fredcast, developed by the Federal Reserve Bank, students predict key economic variables. Scanlan designates a day each month for students to discuss their predictions and research. Scanlan has been a member of the SFA faculty since 2005. His goal is to make the material “meaningful, interesting and relevant for students.” He invites banking guest lecturers to visit his class and discuss different topics the students have learned in his money and banking course.
Mark Scanlan, Professor, economics and finance department
Scanlan was recognized with a Bright Spot award by the SFA Faculty Senate,
the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the SFA vice presidents.
Class of 1980
Michael Bieler travels the world conducting business as vice president of French IT company Capgemini. While at Capgemini, Bieler has worked with industry leaders such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, GM, Walmart and Sony and is a member of the Rusche College of Business Executive Advisory Board. During a recent visit to the college, Bieler gave a presentation to SFA students on the current state of international business.
Michael Bieler, vice president of French IT company Capgemini
Stacie Shirley, accounting major, class of 1990
Every day is “Tuesday Morning” for Stacie Shirley, a 1990 graduate of SFA’s Rusche College of Business, who since January 2016 has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of the national retail chain with more than 700 stores in about 40 states. Shirley has myriad responsibilities at Tuesday Morning, including financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis, accounting, internal auditing, cash management, capital budgeting and analysis, investor relations, and strategic leadership.
Stacie Shirley, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Tuesday Morning