International Business Education and Research Tours Embark to Europe this Month

Innovative Student-Faculty Excursions Engage Local Leaders and Academics in Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and Italy
May 27, 2016

Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced four international engagements in May and June, including student and faculty visits with foreign businesses and scholars in Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and Italy. 

From Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics:

"Experiential learning sets Sonoma apart and these international study tours are a key component. Both students and faculty are afforded an opportunity to interact and learn from foreign officials and counterparts at the local level. This provides valuable perspective on all aspects of business management and education back at home." 

Schedule of International Engagements:

  • May 19 - May 28: Korbel Professor of Wine Business, Dr. Armand Gilinsky, is in France to engage wine business researchers and international members of the Wine Business Case Research Journal editorial board. Professor Gilinsky is also teaching a series of wine business seminars at Kedge Business School in Bordeaux. 
  • May 19 - June 3: Distinguished Professor of Wine Business, Dr. Liz Thach, MW, and Dr. Janeen Olsen, Certified Sommelier and Professor of Marketing and Wine Business, are leading a group of 26 wine business students on a study tour of Italy's Amalfi Coast, including the wine regions of Campania, Puglia, and Sicily. 
  • May 25 - June 5: Dr. Michael Visser, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Dr. Rich Campbell, Professor of Marketing, will guide 13 business students on an international study tour, including meetings with the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association in Dublin, Ireland; retail banker Lloyd's of London in London, England; and Euris, a semiconductor equipment company in Paris, France. 
  • May 26: Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business, Dr. Damien Wilson, will address innovations in marketing and technology at the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium on May 26 in Brighton, England.  

For more information regarding international study tours and faculty research, or for information regarding certificates and degree programs in the School of Business and Economics, please visit or contact (707) 664-3477.



View the Facebook Photo Album