MBA graduate connects academic capstone to public need through community bike race

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, September 5, 2014/Categories: 2014

           BHSU Masters of Business Administration graduate Melissa Currier outlines the bike path for the Spearfish Community Bike Race

           to be held this weekend.  Currier worked on the bike race for her MBA capstone project.  

           Melissa Currier, 2014 graduate of BHSU&rsquos Master of Business

           Administration program, bikes the route for the Community Bike Race

           in Spearfish this weekend.  The race, inspired by Currier&rsquos MBA capstone project, will be held Sept. 13 to support positive, healthy, drug-free youth.  


Melissa Currier, who earned her MBA from Black Hills State University this summer, maximized the impact of her capstone project by partnering with the Spearfish Community Coalition to create a community bike race.  The event will be held Sept. 13 and is designed to support positive, healthy, drug-free youth.

"I landed my new job with the Coalition as I finished my MBA program," Currier said.  "One of the goals of the coordinator position is to work on fundraising projects and that fell right in line with my capstone."

Dr. Byron Hollowell, MBA director and assistant professor of finance at BHSU, said capstone projects serve as the culmination of the BHSU MBA experience.

"It&rsquos where the academic rubber hits the road," Hollowell said.  "The BHSU capstone is where MBA theory and practice unite to produce business leaders with vision, cutting-edge business skills, and leading-edge practices."

"The behind the scenes work and determination I learned during the capstone prepared me to meet the challenges I would face in today&rsquos business world," Currier said.

Currier attended BHSU classes at the University Center-Rapid City.

To register for the Community Bike Race, download the registration form posted online at or call 605-717-1417.  Individual entries for the bike race are $35 with a discounted rate of $25 for youth under 18. Individual entries for the Strider race are $10.  Families of five members or less can register for $100, with $10 for each additional member. Participants receive an event t-shirt.

Bike races at the event include a competitive and family bike race along with a Strider race hosted by Rushmore Mountain Sports.  Registration funds collected will be used to support the Coalition&rsquos work with drug prevention and youth leadership, including a prescription drug take-back day in partnership with the Spearfish Police Department.

The BHSU School of Business is a co-sponsor of the event.

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