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From the Edward Jones Dean - June 2020

This past month, we were very happy to have something big to celebrate: our students’ graduation. While we wish that we could have held an in-person ceremony to honor their accomplishments, we were grateful to “Honor the Day” with virtual celebration, and we look forward to being with them again in 2021 for a proper commencement. Until then, we will continue to recognize our graduates on our website and social media accounts, so follow us at SLUChaifetzBiz to keep up with their achievements.

And despite the challenges of the times, we have plenty of good things to highlight: many recent graduates have accepted jobs both here in St. Louis and across the U.S. Others will be pursuing graduate degrees in business, while some plan to begin studying medicine or law in the fall. A few of our service-oriented students will be serving in volunteer programs like the Jesuit Volunteer Corps beginning in August. For all those still searching, the Chaifetz School’s Valerie A. Davisson Career Resources Center remains available to support students in the search for jobs and internships. 

In other good news this month, a recent graduate of our Professional MBA program shared how SLU’s Jesuit values have helped shape her passion for nonprofit work, and we hear from two high school participants of the "Angels in the Outfield" pitch competition hosted by the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship this spring. 

Finally, President Fred P. Pestello offered our Saint Louis University community words of guidance and comfort regarding the recent unrest in our country: “For those in our community who are feeling scared, tired, weary, or wondering when or if we will see the day where the hateful rhetoric and dehumanizing violence come to an end, you are not alone. Solidarity and community mean that we never have to face such evil alone.”

We know these last few months have not been easy, but I remain grateful for our community and our ability to lift each other up through difficult times, and I am especially glad to share a bit of our good news with you in this month’s newsletter.


Scott Duellman
Scott Duellman, Ph.D.
Interim Edward Jones Dean
Alfred V. Dunkin Endowed Associate Professor of Accounting
Chaifetz School of Business
Saint Louis University