Dr. David C. Birner “Individual Rights and Education” and Dr. Daniel S. Sem “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation”

On April 20, 2018, our students and colleagues met Dr. David C. Birner, Executive Director of International Education, Concordia University Wisconsin, and Dr. Daniel S. Sem, Dean and Professor of Business School, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Concordia University Wisconsin.

Dr. Birner and Dr. Sem touched on many interesting topics in their speeches, and also presented videos about the Concordia University Wisconsin to all listeners.

Dr. Birner’s presentation “Individual Rights and Education” was devoted to the rights of US citizens, in particular civil liberties. The speech was rich in examples and explanations. Also, he suggested that students compare the civil liberties of US citizens and citizens of Ukraine.

The topic of Dr. Sem’s presentation was “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation”. The speaker said a lot about the MBA program at Concordia University Wisconsin. Also, special attention in the speech was paid to the issue of entrepreneurship. Students listened to the offered lectures with great enthusiasm, asked questions and participated in the discussions.

 

 

Feedback from our students:

 

Ronald Mupuka:  I am very grateful and thankful to Dr Birner for taking his valuable time to come and share his helpful knowledge. Hope we meet again in the future. Looking forward to the meeting.

Last Friday we had another enriching lecture in American studies conducted by highly respected Dr David Birner. He explained in depth different topics based on rights, for example individual rights, freedom of expression, religion, political expression etc. He gave his point of view on liberty for individuals, the right to have a fair trial which was not only informative but very helpful to any citizen of any country. He clearly elaborated the Ukrainian constitution relating to his presentation. In the second half he talked about the American university giving insights how people generally live, programs available at the uni and how to join the students in the future in America. What I really enjoyed from the lecture was the elaboration of rights, constitution of Ukraine, because as foreign student I think it is important to know the surrounding environment laws you are living in general and also know your rights as a human… In the event of any law infringement you know where to stand and get the fair treatment like a regular citizen. Also the USA university presentation was very helpful because it’s everyone’s dream to study in America and as students of (UACU) this gave us an advantage to other people in world… I am very grateful and thankful to Dr Birner for taking his valuable time to come and share his helpful knowledge. Hope we meet again in the future. Looking forward to the meeting.

Dr Daniel Sam carried out a successful precise lecture on Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation. He explained the characteristics of an entrepreneurship that is organization, management, risk and innovation. He clearly elaborated the personality traits needed to become a successful entrepreneurship which includes flexibility and motivation. He also gave a great example using apple founder MR Steve Job. The lecture was insightful and valuable for us as future entrepreneurship; it helps us to prepare for the future as business administration students and also as future managers. We are very thankful and grateful for your lecture DR Daniel.

Rita Sandalova:  I’ve found out some new facts about the USA. For example, hate speech is protected there, but not the hate acts… I hope to see Dr. David Birner once again talking about American social lifestyle, it is interesting to listen to.

I was so glad to meet Dr. David Birner again in our university during the American Studies lecture. This time he came with professor Daniel Semester from Concordia University (USA) in order to talk about Individual rights and education in the US. Fortunately, everything was clear and informative. I’ve found out some new facts about the USA. For example, hate speech is protected there, but not the hate acts. Next, I’ve learned a lot about freedom of expression, religion, press etc. The charts were very useful in helping to understand the information. As a future manager, this was useful because we are in the American university and we need to know as much as possible about United States, so such basic but not known for everyone information is very appropriate.

I hope to see Dr. David Birner once again talking about American social lifestyle, it is interesting to listen to.

I’d like to say that I’m really glad that Dr. Daniel S. Sem came to our university with his lecture on the topic “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation File”. He talked about who is an entrepreneur, his/her qualities, lessons we can learn from famous entrepreneurs etc. That was a lot of information which took some time to “load” if to say so. He made understand that even in such a big world every person can change something. All what is needed is believing we are in control. Next, we must not be afraid of taking risk and have fear of failure. Those are simple lessons, but they have a power to create great entrepreneurs, which will definitely be useful in my future studies and work.I hope that Dr. Daniel S. Sem will come back with a lecture on time-managment which as I could notice is one of the greatest parts of any business or entrepreneurship.

Ayia Melayeva: Dr. Birner left us contacts of the university, so we can freely ask any further questions. I would like to thank our university for inviting Dr. David C. Birner for the information he provided us with.

Another American studies lecture was held by Dr. David C. Birner. He identified his topic as “Individual Rights and Education”. He explained us Bill of Rights in the U.S. First amendment is the most important and it is still relevant. It is about freedom of Press, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech and Assembly. It is important to protect individual’s rights. Dr. Birner compared some American aspects to Ukrainian ones. Then Dr. David C. Birner discussed with us American Education focusing on Concordia University Wisconsin. He told us about culture at university, religious diversity, trends, online and MBA programs. I would say that MBA program is strong enough and very impressive. This MBA program can prepare us to meet today’s administrative and ethical challenges and to become a professional. There are a lot of specializations in this university. Dr. Birner left us contacts of the university, so we can freely ask any further questions. I would like to thank our university for inviting Dr. David C. Birner for the information he provided us with.

Daniel Vasylenko: It was a new breath of information in our American studies lectures, because nobody mentioned it before. In overall, I really liked this lecture and really appreciate all experience which I gained.

While it was April of 20th we had a great lecture with Dr. David C. Birner, Executive director of international education at Concordia University Wisconsin. We discussed an interesting topic “Individual rights and education”. There were mentioned such issues: the U.S. bill of rights, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the establishment clause, the courts in free society, critical thinking. Also, he mentioned American education in Concordia University Wisconsin. He provided us an overall course about possibilities which gives this university. I really liked this lecture. It was quite special experience for me. Looking forward to a new lecture.

[Dr. Daniel Sem’s] topic was “Entrepreneurship and new formation”. We have discussed such issues: what is entrepreneur, business model, business plan sections, marketing and customer discovery, entrepreneurship activities in Wisconsin. It was a new breath of information in our American studies lectures, because nobody mentioned it before. In overall, I really liked this lecture and really appreciate all experience which I gained.

Yaroslav Buialo: As I’m very interested in creating my own business after university, the topic about entrepreneurship and first steps in creating your own business was very useful for me. Moreover, some aspects of business planning during the lecture were already mentioned during our Business English and Introduction to Business classes, so now I saw class materials from more practical side.

The United States is world famous bastion of liberty, freedom of thinking and equality. This is why when you want to gather information about roots of democracy and liberty, the history and the present of America is what you need. The main topic of first part of the lecture were American Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The strength and rightness of these historical works are confirmed by the time, as throw centuries ideas of freedom for everyone still exist and the Constitution had only some amendments and the most of it remained the same after hundreds of years. The most important topic to my opinion was the respect of people’s choice by the government, the freedom of speech and protect of religious freedom, as these topics are very actual for Ukrainian society. In the end we listened about American education on the example of Concordia University and got some useful information about study program and opportunities to become students of Concordia. Especially interesting was distance studying variant via internet, as it is much cheaper for Ukrainian students.

As I’m very interested in creating my own business after university, the topic about entrepreneurship and first steps in creating your own business was very useful for me. Moreover, some aspects of business planning during the lecture were already mentioned during our Business English and Introduction to Business classes, so now I saw class materials from more practical side. For me this lecture was the most interesting among all, as it consisted of not only theoretical information and thoughts of lecturer, but also had many practical information, real experience of lecturer and first real steps to create your own business. We talked about ways to find your segment and encourage your customers, thought about business plan from the financial aspect, organization of ideas and targets into clear plan, business canvas and much more. All in all, it was very useful for me, and I hope we’ll have more guests next year.

Dania Shafran: Honestly, I like this lecture and I want to see Dr. David Birner again and again. He always comes with interesting topics to discuss and it is really good.

 It was not the first lecture with Dr. David Birner. I was glad to be present on his lecture again. This time we were discussing Individual Rights and education in US. Dr. David Birner gave us a lot of useful and interesting information and showed a really good presentation which helped us to understand everything. Our lecturer told us about freedom of religion and expression, about structure of education, explained how it works with examples from his own experience. Honestly, I like this lecture and I want to see Dr. David Birner again and again. He always comes with interesting topics to discuss and it is really good.

The last lecture we had was named “Enterpreneurship and New Venture Formation File” and it was held by Dr. Daniel S. Sem. During the lecture we were discussing simple but very and very important things. Dr. Daniel S. Sem presented us an opinion that every person is useful and could change something even in this big world and that’s why person shouldn’t be afraid of taking risks and trying. I like this lecture because it was motivative. Thanks everyone for organization. I hope that Dr. Daniel S. Sam will come again with a new interesting presentation.

Christina Churilova: It was very informative and interesting, especially for the ones who will be connected with the business activities.

First of all, I would like to thank Dr. Daniel S. Sem for delivering the lecture on the topic of Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation. It was very informative and interesting, especially for the ones who will be connected with the business activities.
The main points that were discussed during the class were: What is an entrepreneur? Business model intro; Business plan sections; Marketing & Customer Discovery; Entrepreneurship Activities in Wisconsin.

Always remember that an entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. We are the future entrepreneurs who will learn how to write the business plans, what to do in order to advertise their companies, learn about their customers shortly and use it in every-day life making sure, that the business is growing and successful.

We were also advised on what are good resources for starting the business. As we have never experienced it and it is not something that we could ask our parents about if they were never working in such filed. There are three most interesting ones: Startup Owners Manual (for Lean Startup), Business Model Generation, The Mom Test (Customer discovery). I would definitely buy some of them and apply for my professional future life.

Looking forward to the next lecture!

During the [second] lecture that was held on Friday morning, we learned about the Individual Rights and Education. We have discussed the U.S. Bill of Rights which is taught in 11th grade in the United States.

Bill of Rights, in the United States, the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which were adopted as a single unit on December 15, 1791, and which constitute a collection of mutually reinforcing guarantees of individual rights and of limitations on federal and state governments. The First Amendment is the most important for the citizens (the freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion). Later on, we have discussed the same but what is concerned about our country – Ukraine.  Unexpectedly, the other part of our class, the lecturer started talking about the American Education. As the foreigners, we are able to study online from home-country, getting the American diploma. I find it very cool! Concordia University has 1500 fully online students, 1350 who are taking one or more classes online, diversity of the students enrolled in the program. Seems like this university has everything in order to get the degree we all dream about, they even have the Online Faculty Mentors that equip faculty with 21st century online teaching tools to be successful and engaging in the online world.

Therefore, this would be very helpful for my future.

Thank you for such a great lecture, I even started thinking of applying to this uni!

Ruslana Zimina:  I think, it is very great that Concordia University Wisconsin meets learners where they are and help people make their unique contributions to the world by providing high-impact, flexible, accessible learning experiences.

Last Friday we visited another lecture of American studies course. It was our second meet with Dr. David Birner. This time the topic of the lecture was “Individual rights and education”. The first part of the lecture was about The U.S. Bill of Rights and Civil Liberties. Dr. Birner explained to us that Bill of Rights is an addition to the Constitution and first amendment protections of speech, press, assembly and religion. We also discussed differences in civil liberties between USA and Ukraine. And the second part of the lecture was about American education focused on Concordia University Wisconsin. Dr. David Birner told us about MBA program, especially about Prerequisite course (Business Foundations for Administrative Professions), which fulfills MBA prereq requirements in the content areas of management marketing, accounting, finance, economics, and statistics. But what was the most interesting for me – online programs that have student support services which include online librarian, online tutoring services and writing lab. I think, it is very great that Concordia University Wisconsin meets learners where they are and help people make their unique contributions to the world by providing high-impact, flexible, accessible learning experiences. I believe, knowledge gained at the lecture can be useful in my future career, because individual rights and education are the base of modern society. To sum up, I enjoyed the lecture and I hope to see Dr. David Birner ones more with information about some facilitating tips for starting international study abroad. Thank you!

The theme of another one lecture of American studies was “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation” and was presented to us by Dr. Daniel Sem. Dr. Sem during the lecture covered up such issues like what is an entrepreneur, business model intro, business plan sections, marketing and customer discovery.

So, an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and manage the business undertaking, assuming the risks for the sake of profit. And a successful entrepreneur is a person who is creative, motivated, flexible and always keeps moving. Also Dr. Sem shared with us his own experience as an entrepreneur, what I find very useful and interesting.

I think, knowledge of the information provided to us at the lecture was extremely useful and will help us to start own businesses and become successful entrepreneurs.

To sum up, I had a pleasure to be present on this lecture and I hope to see Dr. Sem ones more with lecture about pitfalls at the beginning of your business.

Thank you!

Anastasia Fliahina: My impressions about the lecture are as great as they can be. It was really interesting and useful, literally every minute of the lecture.

On the 20th of April I had a wonderful opportunity to be present at the lecture delivered by Dr. David Birner. The topic of the lecture as a part of American studies was “Individual rights and education”.
The main issues discussed during the lecture include Constitution of the U.S., Bill of Rights as an amendment to it. Bill of rights protects freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion. And it was quite interesting to find out that amendments are alive every day at magazines, journals and newspapers. Dr. Birner also encouraged us to compare civil liberties and individual rights in the U.S. with those in Ukraine and it was rather interesting.  The second part of the lecture was devoted to education. Dr. Birner mentioned that high education teaches students t be contributing citizens. He also focused on teaching techniques, and new ones for me include flipped classrooms and socratic method of delivering lectures (mostly by law students). We were also informed about MBA program at Concordia University Wisconsin). Dr. Birner also told us about MOCs (Massively Opened Online Courses). It was rather interesting to know about undergraduate accelerated learning degrees and graduate certificate opportunities.
My impressions about the lecture are only the best. Dr. Birner succeeded in maintaining my attention during the whole lecture and I found out a lot of exciting information. As for those points that could be useful in my future profession is the fact that in order to be successful you have to learn all your life. Concerning school- it just teaches you how to learn. In conclusion I would like to thank Dr. David Birner for coming. It would be great to meet him once more and learn a bit more about how to successfully enter a university in the US…

On Friday I was happy to be present at the lecture delivered by Dr. Daniel Sem. The topic was: “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation.”

The main issues highlighted during the lecture were: entrepreneur personality traits, which include flexibility, creativity, motivation, ability to learn from mistakes and stubbornness (thanks to it you’ll stay motivated and will never give up). Moreover, you as an entrepreneur should be unafraid of failure or risk, opened to criticism, impatient, able to find solutions, passionate and persistent. Dr. Sem also mentioned a Steve Jobs’ word of wisdom: “You should have a sense that you can change things”. You also have to learn how to fail and how to get up after a failure. As Thomas Edison said: “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.

My impressions about the lecture are as great as they can be. It was really interesting and useful, literally every minute of the lecture.

The idea that will surely be useful in my future profession is that you have to make profit to survive, but you have to do it an ethical way. You main goal is to help people. And just your second goal should be to make a profit.

Dr. Sem, thank you very much for coming! It would be great to see you again and to hear from you a bit more about ethical business.

Yulia Konon: The thing I liked about this part is that Dr. David Birner asked about the Ukrainian Constitution, our civil rights and liberties and compared them to the American ones.

Last Friday, April the 20th I was given a chance to be present at an awesome lecture delivered by Dr. David Birner, Executive Director of International Education in Concordia University. His narration was about “Individual rights and education”. The first point mentioned during the lecture was that America is the most free nation and concerning the U.S. Bill of Rights, which is actually an addition to the Constitution of the U.S and consists of 10 amendments that list the rights the federal government must protect, i.e. the rights of people. The Bill of Rights protects such freedoms as speech (the most basic one), press, assembly, religion. There are lots of ways to protect the freedom of speech, but the one I liked is the LEMON test maybe not only due to its name, but owing to its effectiveness. Moreover, it was quite interesting to know that particularly in USA that though the hate speech is protected by government, hate crimes are not, unfortunately. The thing I liked about this part is that Dr. David Birner asked about the Ukrainian Constitution, our civil rights and liberties and compared them to the American ones. In the next part of this lecture, Dr. Birner talked us about American education and about Concordia University (Wisconsin). This university was started by a bunch of people from Lutheran Church, so they pay a special attention to the religion and the spiritual and moral education of their students. Moreover, Concordia University teaches students how to make their country better. The way of teaching in Concordia differs from ours a lot. For example, in law school teachers don’t teach students, they usually ask questions and try to stick to the Socratic method.  Also Dr. Birner focused on the online courses (MOOCS), which are available for every human being and they are quite cheap, but also it is possible to study on campus and attending the F2F lectures in different centers. There are 77 different majors in this university, which include Management, Accounting, International Business and so on, several of which STEM designated, i.e. the students get Visa benefits and able to get the job in the U.S. after graduation, so the education will be paid off. Well, to be honest, the lecture was very interesting and sweet, because the lecturer was a kind, polite man and he encouraged and answered to all our questions. I think that the opportunity to study at university-partner is rather a good chance to get various knowledge concerning the specialization I am really interested in. Furthermore, it is a perfect practice for every single student. In conclusion, I want to express my appreciation to Dr. David Birner that he managed to come to our university and hold such an informative lecture! I hope to see him again)

The students of UACU were able to attend one more lecture “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation” that was delivered by Dr. Daniel Sem.

Firstly, he explained in detail the meaning of “entrepreneur” and his personal traits, like creativity, flexibility, persistence, etc. Dr. Sem was relying mainly on Steve Jobs and his lessons. The ones I liked the most were “Believe you are in control; you can change things” and ‘BE-FLATpp’, i.e. Big idea –Execute it Fearlessly Learn from mistakes Ask for help, be Tenacious – passionate — persistent. Moreover, this principles were basic for Dr. Daniel Sem when he was establishing his own business, which was quite hard, but in the long run worthy.

Secondly, Dr. Sem focused on Capitalism. As an example, he told abut Enron and WorldCom that were closed and their owners were imprisoned for unethical business practices. So, as I understood, you have to find a balance between maximizing profit and caring about people to have a good reputation. But also it is important to care about the environment because it suffers a lot from different businesses.

Dr. Sem is a smiley man with a good sense of humor, which kept us listening to him all the lecture.

Regarding the things that can be useful for my future professional activities, I think that it is definitely the triple bottom line (maximize profit, positive social impact,stewardship of the environment) and the ‘BE-FLARpp’ concept.
From the next lecture it would be great to here maybe about the whole process of establishing a business on Dr. Sem’s own experience.

So, I want to express my gratefulness for this catchy, interesting lecture. I’m looking forward to see Dr. Daniel Sem again!)

Sasha Basova: I had only the best impressions of the lecture, I was glad to see you again. Thank you for coming!!!

On April 20, we met with Dr. David s. Birner, Executive Director of International Education, Wisconsin Concordia University. The speech of Dr. Birner was devoted to the rights of US citizens, namely civil liberties. The speech was rich in examples and explanations. In addition, he suggested that we compare the civil liberties of US citizens and citizens of Ukraine and also discussed with us an American education at the University of Concordia in Wisconsin. He told us about the MBA program and online programs. I had only the best impressions of the lecture, I was glad to see you again. Thank you for coming!!!

On Friday I had the opportunity to attend the lecture of the beautiful speaker Dr. Sem. He told us about the topic “Entrepreneurship and the creation of new enterprises.” in particular, we were told a lot about the MBA program. In addition, special attention was paid in this speech to the issue of entrepreneurship. The lecture had a lot of practical information. He told us how the entrepreneur should behave in this or that situation and about the resource for starting a business. Since many of us are interested in starting our own business, I think this lecture was very useful for us and informative. During the course of the class, we discussed many aspects of the business and that we should not be afraid and risk. As much emphasis was placed on Steve’s work and his lessons. This lecture really got me hooked and immediately wanted to conquer new heights in the opening of business. I look forward to the next lecture. Thank you!

Vasyl Havryliaka:  I really like our last lecture. It was informative and interesting.

April 20, 2018 Dr. David C. Birner “Individual Rights and Education” and Dr. Daniel S. Sem “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation”. I really like our last lecture. It was informative and interesting… Thanks so much. Because now after this lecture we understand how to behave in a team and show your best quality.

ArinaTokarenko:  Mostly I liked the way of presenting the information: it was brief, clear and interesting. We had an opportunity to discuss all the issues with the lector – Dr. David Birner.

 On 20th of April another American studies lecture was held in our university… This time the topic for discussion was “Individual Right and education”. The first part was devoted to “The US Bill of the Rights and Civil Liberties” and the second one was about the new MBA programs in Wisconsin University. Mostly I liked the way of presenting the information: it was brief, clear and interesting. We had an opportunity to discuss all the issues with the lector – Dr. David Birner. I think that all the information (or at least most of it) will be useful in my future, as the education – is a basement of any career path. Waiting for the next lecture)

Jane Kalmykova:  I want to say that this lecture with Dr. David C. Birner was very useful, as we discussed the topic directly related to each of us – our human rights. Thanks very much for such a detailed description; it was very interesting and instructive

The last American studies in this semester were held on April 20 and made a presentation to us by Dr. David C. Birner. The topic of the lecture is “Individual Rights and Education”. We began with Civil liberties, or rather with an assessment of seven countries on a scale from 1 (least free) to 6(most free), according to this scale in the first place was the United States, and the last – Russia and China. Also our group decided that Ukraine was somewhere between Guatemala and Russia. The next point of the presentation was the Bill of rights, in which we learned more about the ten amendments, which listed the rights that the Federal government should protect. More details, our guest told us about freedom of expression – as an integral part of US citizens, so they express their opinion directly, only if it does not harm other people. When we discussed freedom of speech, we touched upon the problems of the twentieth century as national security needs early in the cold war, tests of government actions to limit speech: clear-and-present-danger test, and imminent lawless action and hate speech protected, but not hate crimes. I consider that these are very important moments of modern society must be resolved immediately. Next is the right to religion – a very important right not only for the United States, but also for other countries, where many different religions present, it allows a person to choose his/her own path and not to be rejected for it. A few more important points that related to the religious theme that government may not favor one religion over another or support religion over no religion, is prohibited from interfering with the practice of religion, interference is allowed when the exercise of religious beliefs conflicts with otherwise valid law. Summing up, I want to say that this lecture with Dr. David C. Birner was very useful, as we discussed the topic directly related to each of us – our human rights. Thanks very much for such a detailed description; it was very interesting and instructive.

The theme of Dr. Daniel S. Sem’s lecture was “Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation” What our guest emphasized is the peculiarities of American education. First we discussed Culture: Classroom etiquette – lecture vs. active learning; flipped classroom, MBA – group projects – build on life experience (also, DBA), JD / Law – Socratic method; analytical thinking, Ph.D. – independent / mentored research; publication & thesis. We also touched upon the theme of religion connected with private vs. public schools; separation of Church and State; nondiscrimination. The most prevalent are Christian denominations; Muslim; Jewish. And talked about treands: MOOCS, adult learners and online learning. We were presented with different MBA programs such as Business scholars (MBA & BS in 4 years), online, use of video conference, 8 weeks vs. self-paced, traditional; face-to-face or centers; adult learning (accelerated over 6 weeks). What I particularly liked that students may complete multiple concentrations. So, if you have no time or each minute counts, you can use MIB 570 Short-term Study Abroad. Dr. Daniel S. Sem told us who is OCDE – people who meet learners where they are, help people make their unique contributions to the world by providing high-impact, flexible, accessible, Christ-centered learning experiences. Personally, I am very interested in these programs, and I hope that I will be able to take advantage of this offer. Thank you very much for taking the time and told a lot about the peculiarities of education in the United States.