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Wall Street Trip Highlight of Rio's Capstone Business Class

October 22, 2012

University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College faculty member Roger Watson takes his students to New York City every year to talk with people in the business world, but earlier this year he was invited to take an active role on Wall Street and do something that was watched by millions of people around the globe.

Watson is an assistant professor in the Evans School of Business at Rio Grande, and one of the classes he teaches each semester is in Strategic Management. This capstone course for seniors brings together all of the different topics the students have been focusing on in their academic programs in the Evans School of Business.
The course has many facets, including running a simulated business in a competition that includes students from around the world, and a trip to New York City. On the trip, Watson gives the students the opportunity to talk with representatives from firms such as Goldman Sachs, takes them to the New York Stock Exchange and sets up a dinner for the students with representatives of different Wall Street firms.

“It helps them see the business world from a different perspective,” Watson said. The trip is important to the seniors, and Watson is proud that Rio Grande is able to provide this for its students.
Watson has made many connections on Wall Street over the years, and talks often with representatives from different firms. And over the last two summers, he was also invited to take part in the New York Stock Exchange Euronext’s Teacher Training Program.

The idea behind the program is to give teachers and professors a greater insight into Wall Street and the business world so they can convey that knowledge to their students.
“They want to increase awareness about the role of market conditions, the changing state of the market, today’s economy and the business world,” Watson said.
Teachers and professors from around the country applied for the competitive program, and Watson was honored to be chosen for the program. He has learned a great deal through the experience and made many new connections through the program.

And at the end of the program this summer, Watson was given an amazing opportunity of his own when he was asked to officially ring the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, Aug. 2
The bell ringing was broadcast live by the C-NBC television network  and other networks, and was seen by more than 100 million people around the world.
“It was exciting,” Watson said. He explained that he pushed a button to ring the bell, which rang for 10 seconds to officially open the stock exchange.
It was an experience that he will never forget, and it now gives him another perspective as he teaches his business students at Rio Grande each year. Watson enjoys teaching on the small campus, and said he appreciates the small class sizes where he can work closely with the students and provide them with one-on-one instruction.

Rio Grande provides its students with outstanding learning opportunities such as the trip to New York City, and Watson is proud to be teaching in the Evans School of Business.

For more information on Watson’s experience with the New York Stock Exchange or on the trips his students take to New York City each year, call Watson at 1-800-282-7201. For additional information on the Evans School of Business, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on Rio Grande’s scenic campus, log onto www.rio.edu.