The Business Residential Learning Community
The Business RLC is a unique partnership between the School of Business and the Office of Residence Life and Education. The Business RLC targets two groups of students in its companion programs:
- Undergraduates who are interested in business or who intend to declare a business major
- Business majors in their senior year who are interested in serving as live-in advisors.
The Business RLC includes the following:
- Fall semester class: Intro to Business (MG 110)
- Spring semester class: Personal Finance (FI 201)
- Classes in Copley Quad
- Special luncheons and programs with business leaders from the Kansas City area
- One-on-one mentoring from Park student business advisors
- Special advising sessions
- Consultation with the School of Business academic program manager
“The School of Business at Park University is dedicated to helping our students succeed. This starts with our students working with our faculty, developing life-long relationships with their fellow students, and pursuing an education that will result in a career where they can succeed anywhere in the world. The Business Residential Learning Community is the first step to a student’s lifelong success.”
Dean, School of Business
“Students in this program will learn how to bridge the gap between the business and academic worlds from their first day in class. They will receive firsthand experiences in building networks that they can use well beyond graduation.”
Assistant Professor of Business/Management
Bill Venable is the Academic Program Manager for the Business RLC. Venable has been a member of the School of Business faculty since 2006. He teaches undergraduate courses in marketing and management as well as the capstone course in the MBA Program, Business Policy and Strategy. He has served as a department chair, assistant dean and president of the faculty senate. He is a co-founder of the Park Summer Business Academy, which introduces Park University to high school students in the Kansas City urban core and surrounding school districts.
Prior to joining Park, Venable spent more than 20 years in marketing and finance in positions with divisions of Merrill Lynch, 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, AMC Entertainment, UMB Bank and Sprint. He also served as an adjunct instructor in the marketing departments at Rockhurst University and Avila University. He is active in the business community and serves on the board of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation and its Center for Urban Enterprise. Through his interest in international trade, he has participated in three economic missions to Mexico since 1996. He also has served as a consultant, helping Mexican firms to identify target markets in the United States.
Venable has degrees from the University of Kansas, Rockhurst University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was awarded the Arthur Mag Ph.D. Fellowship in the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. He is completing a doctoral degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where his research is focusing on the cost of health care and the aging population.