25 students, faculty, and staff of the Shields School of Business traveled to Washington, D.C. on Thursday February 21st and Friday February 22nd to gain exposure to financial regulation, US history and civics, and career advice.
Joining the Enactus members, Investment Club members, and Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) research fellows.
The students learned about the missions of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and received career advice from staff economists at each agency.
The students also received private tours of iconic D.C institutions. Alumnus Daron Denny ('94, Criminal Justice and minor in History) led the students on a two hour "behind the scenes" evening tour of the US Capitol including a stop on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Denny is a Federal Police Officer and Firearms Training Instructor with the United States Capitol Police.
"I received so much in both formal and informal education during my four years at SFU," said Denny, "so I naturally want others to take advantage of the same rewards I did. I'm really honored to be able to play a part in these Saint Francis students' lives.”
Professor Kent Tonkin was one of many faculty and staff members who accompanied students on the trip. A 1994 alumnus himself, Tonkin's friendship with Denny began when the two were freshmen at Saint Francis. The friends still keep in touch, and enjoy working together to bring business students unique experiences.
"I think the SFU connection is a difficult thing to explain to people who haven't been here," said Tonkin. "Sometimes underclassmen don't believe that we truly have alums everywhere doing big things! It's surreal for me to realize that this Capital Police Office giving my students a behind the scenes tour of the heart of our government is the same guy who's been one of my best friends since I set foot on campus in 1991. I say to my students every semester that you might be sitting next to the person who will be your maid of honor or your child's god parent; these connections and bonds are for life. My friendship with Daron is proof!"
About the Shields School of Business
With accredited undergraduate, graduate, and online degrees, the Shields School of Business affords students every opportunity to obtain a high-caliber, student-centric and values-based business education. Our graduates have the knowledge, skills, confidence, and experience needed to succeed personally and professionally.
Shields students have the opportunity to frequently travel to places like Washington D.C. and New York City on educational trips. They are also welcome to participate in the annual Spring Break in London trip, which gives students an up-close perspective of European financial systems and the Bank of England.