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Meant to Be: An Interview with a Music and Business Double Major

by Becky St. Clair

Sophie Jalomo is a senior music and business major from Fresno who didn’t end up quite where she expected. She is our choral librarian, creating and keeping order amongst the shelves and shelves of choir music, and plans to graduate in spring 2022. We are thrilled to have her in our department for another year, and were so glad she shared her experiences and thoughts with us.

Why did you choose PUC? 

Each of my siblings went to the same university for college, and because of this, the school wanted to make us their poster children. I felt like I was being pushed to go there, and decided that was not the reason that I should go to any particular school. So I began searching for peace about which school to attend. Even after meeting with a counselor in financial aid, not knowing how I was going to pay my tuition, I had complete peace about choosing PUC. That’s why I’m here–because God gave me the peace that I was meant to be here.​​

You started out a business major. What drew you to music? 

The first class I took with the music department was group voice class with Dr. Anderson. I have always loved singing, but I felt handicapped when it came to music, so I wanted to learn more. A good friend of mine told me that I should try out for choir, but I was really scared to. Then Dr. A asked me to audition, and after some work, I joined Chorale and Vox Pro Musica (VPM). I was hooked. It quickly became a passion, and I couldn’t stay away! I still wanted to learn more about music, so I began poking around and asking questions. I loved how passionate everyone in the department was, so I asked Dr. A and some students about double majoring and if they thought it was the right choice. I then talked to my advisors about double majoring and how that would affect my getting a job after graduation. Everyone was saying the same thing: That it would be the best choice I could make for myself. Over a year later, I know I made the right decision.

Before PUC, you didn’t have a lot of experience with music performance. What inspired you to join an ensemble? 

I always wanted to join a choir. I sang a little at my church, but it was basically five people trying to sing to a recording track. PUC Chorale was my first real choir. If my friend and Dr. Anderson hadn’t encouraged me to join, I would have been too afraid to join. Actually, my freshman year I auditioned for VPM. I was told that I had a good voice, but I was a soprano and she needed altos. I didn’t like that answer, so I decided to become an alto! Shortly after that I got a cold and lost my head voice, so I could only sing in my chest voice, and I became the next alto in VMP.

As a double major in both business and music, how do you think the two work together? 

In some ways, they are incompatible, but I think when you apply the collaboration it takes to make music in an ensemble or group, the connections become clear. More than anything, these majors are complementary. I have had to learn completely new ways of studying and practicing, new ways of managing my time. Working with others can be challenging, but in music, it’s required that everyone is on the same page and communicating well to be able to function. That is the thing music and business have most in common.

Tell me about a music course that has really impacted you.

Oh my goodness, where do I even start? I think I would choose my basic conducting class or theory. I have learned that there is so much I do not know, and that there’s so much more to learn. With every new chapter that we study, I am blown away at things I did not know. I used to think conductors would just be able to sight-read a piece and it was fine, but now I understand how much practice and preparation go into being able to direct an ensemble. I am constantly learning something new in my music courses!

How has being part of two very different departments benefitted you? 

The best part is that I get to take a break from different types of learning and questioning. I have felt that much of what I learn as a business major is mostly just logical and easily makes sense to me. With music, it is not like that. There aren’t just definitions, rules, ethics, and people; there is art. In music there is technique and variation, there are fewer black-and-white moments and more creation and personality. But for now, I get to learn the foundations of things in both areas. 

Being a double major in two completely different fields has stretched me in every way. I have learned new study techniques, learned how to apply myself more effectively, and learned how to make new connections. I am much happier having both music and business as a major; it’s nice to know I can be successful as a double major and I am able to study what I am passionate about.

Who in the music department has been instrumental in making you feel at home, and how? 

Honestly, everyone. Everyone was so encouraging in my transition into the music department, that they made me feel it was a joy for them to receive me into their family. My professors have worked so hard to accommodate all of us students so that we can get the classes that we need and they’re always there when we have questions or need help!

What is your career goal? 

My primary goal is to have a career in business. This summer, I will be attending the Business Internship program at Kettering Health Network (KHN) in Ohio. After graduation I plan on working with them for a few years, and then branching off, hopefully, to own my own business! 

Since you’re planning to focus on the business side of things, how do you think studying music will play a part in your future? 

I will always have that joy that comes with being able to produce music and learn more. I love music and I want it to be part of my life forever. I want to carry these abilities that I am learning forward, and while I hope that someday I will be able to work for a music program, I love that I can make music and have understanding no matter where I end up.

Academic Spotlight: Business Administration

The department of business is another popular choice at PUC and is often combined with the pre-medical program as students seek a well-rounded college experience.

PUC’s department of business prepares students for careers in all facets of the business world with practical training and multiple specialties to pursue. No matter what business program you choose, you will be equipped with problem solving and interpersonal skills that prepare you for graduate school, and the challenges of the workplace beyond.

Programs offered:

  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Accounting
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Finance
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Healthcare Management
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in International Business
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Management
  • B.B.A., Emphasis in Marketing
  • B.A. or B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. in Management for Medical Professionals
  • M.B.A., Business Administration

A Student’s Perspective

“I decided to major in business mostly due to the advice of many physicians that are members of my home church who all wished they had taken business classes when they were in college. After graduating from PUC and medical school, I hope to use my business management degree to help start up my own pediatric clinic. I feel confident the skills I will have gained during my time at PUC will prepare me well as I look toward my career.” — Kenneth Grae McKelvie, sophomore, honors student

Fast Facts

  1. Of PUC’s departments, the department of business consistently graduates the largest number of students with bachelor’s degrees.
  2. The department of business gives out over $10,000 in business student scholarships every year.
  3. The curriculum for all business degrees has recently has been updated and revised and internships are now required for all degrees, helping equip students with real-world experience to succeed after graduation.
  4. The Enactus Club engages in social entrepreneurship, utilizing entrepreneurship skills developed in business classes for service learning projects. Local businesses have recently implemented a number of suggestions from these projects.
  5. Distinguished business department alumnus Loree K. Sutton, ’81, earned the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army in 2005. Less than 1% of all general officers in the Army ever earn this title. She has also received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Order of Military Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

What You Can Do With This Major

With a business degree from PUC, your career path options are endless. Here is just a short list of some of the many opportunities available to graduates.

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Fraud examination
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Law firm associate
  • Marketing
  • Real estate
  • Small business owner
  • Stock brokering

Learn more about the department of business at puc.edu/academics. Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s business programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

#FacultyFriday: Meet Abram Fisher

This #FacultyFriday, meet Abram Fisher, an associate professor of business administration who has taught at the college since 2013, first as an adjunct contract instructor and then as a full-time faculty member. Previously, for several years he worked as the risk and insurance coordinator at the college, assisting with fiscal and legal analysis and research, internal controls research, ledger review and adjustment, commercial lease management, and contractual drafting, review, negotiation, and revision.

Name: Abram Fisher
Title: Associate professor of business administration
Email: ayfisher@puc.edu   
Faculty since: 2014

Classes taught: Business Law, Personal Law, Healthcare Law, Financial Accounting, Estate Taxation, Problems in Finance

Education: Bachelor’s in business administration, from PUC, 2007; bachelor’s in communication, from PUC, 2007; Juris Doctor, from the University of Maryland Law School, 2011

What made you decide to be a teacher?
I hadn’t planned on it originally, but after teaching on contract when the school found itself without a Business Law professor, I decided I really liked it—and the department was nice enough to let me stick around.

What are some of your hobbies?
Reading (as long as it’s a good story, and isn’t remotely useful), generally trying to be less physically sedentary (walking, elliptical, rack), recently trying to learn basic guitar (I’m ridiculously horrible), occasional gamer if the mood strikes me.

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
My parents are Caucasian (Polish and Russian/German descent lines IIRC).

What’s your favorite thing about PUC?
The students. MY students in particular.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The Clark Stairs. #sarcasm

What’s your favorite book?
“The Dark Tower” series.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
Your teachers don’t bite. In fact, they’re generally here because working with, advising, and helping you is the best part of the job—so if you need something, ask.

Interested in learning more about all of PUC’s business programs? Visit puc.edu/admissions!

Why Should You Consider Majoring in Business?

By John Nunes, Associate Professor John Nunes
Business Administration & Economics Department

So, why in the world should you consider a major in Business Administration at Pacific Union College? The title doesn’t sound particularly exciting, does it?

Do you want to be a leader? Having business skills are important! Fact of the matter is, ALL of you will end up working in some type of organization, whether profit or non-profit in scope, a mammoth multi-national conglomerate or a small enterprise, which you own and operate in size. Regardless of size or mission, you will face these fundamental challenges:

  1. Being a good steward of resources. In any organization, expenses must be less than revenues or your organization will not survive. In addition, the time, talent, and financial resources your stakeholders (employees, suppliers, customers, investors, etc.) commit to your enterprise must be fruitfully and ethically managed or they will move on to an opportunity that better suits their needs and interests.
  2. Vision and Purpose. Why are you here? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? Who do you want to serve and how can you best serve them? Personally and organizationally, these questions are essential to success and survival. You have to possess a dream to create a plan and once you have created that plan, you must act on it!
  3. Change and Innovation. As important as dreaming, planning, and action are, you must be willing and able to adapt based on changes in a host of internal and external environmental factors. Having the capacity to proactively and reactively manage and create change and innovate individually and systemically are fundamental to building a sustainable enterprise. You must learn to love change and own the future or you won’t be around!

As a business major, we will provide you with the resources to master the skills shown above. By exposing you to the entire continuum of the business administration discipline, combining quantitative training in accounting, finance, economics, information systems management, and operations, critical thinking and communication skills gleaned from extensive writing, research, and presentations, and leadership development through marketing, management, internship, and service learning courses, we will not only instruct you on how to do things the right way, but will model the essential art and science of doing the right things, in a learning environment that is committed to nurturing your unique growth needs inside and outside of the classroom! WE VALUE YOU!

The competencies developed in our department have been leveraged with distinction by our numerous graduates in wide ranging organizations and careers, including accounting, dentistry, law, medicine, healthcare administration, entrepreneurship, management, sales, information systems, education, marketing, and finance among many others.

Come join us!