Babson Center for Global Commerce

A Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program

Babson Center wraps up Advent semester


The Babson Center for Global Commerce wrapped up its Advent semester programs with three hands-on learning events for students.

On Saturday, November 16, more than 30 students participated in a half-day training session on the fundamentals of financial modeling. The course, taught by the nationally known firm Training the Street, emphasizes the use of Excel spreadsheets as a tool for financial analysis.

On November 20, the 2013-15 Carey Fellows presented the results of a major research project on the potential economic impact of the Mountain Goat Trail, a rail-to-trail project that when completed would link Cowan, at the foot of Sewanee Mountain, to Palmer, in Grundy County. The trail follows the route of a decommissioned rail line.

The study was completed on behalf of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and showed a potential impact on local economies of at least $1.2 million annually. To learn more about the Mountain Goat Trail and view the Carey Fellows' study, click here.

The same evening, students from Saint Andrew's-Sewanee School, an Episcopal day and boarding school near the Sewanee campus, competed in the second annual High School Entrepreneurial Challenge with the support of the Babson Center.

SAS students Fritz Stine, ’17, and Ashton Milford, ‘17, were the winners of the challenge for their proposal for a business to build customized computers for schools.

Saer Brown, C’15, was the project leader for the High School Entrepreneurial Challenge. The project was supported by an internship grant from Sewanee's Canale Internship Fund for Community Service and Leadership.

Earlier in the semester, the Center featured The Rev. Becca Stevens, C’85, as the 2013-14 Humphreys Entrepreneur in Residence; Lee Thomas, C’67, as the Advent Semester Bryan Viewpoints Series speaker; and Douglas Broderick as the 2013-14 Diplomat in Residence.

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