Manning School of Business News and Highlights

Evan Phinney: Obstacles are there to be jumped!

If ever there was a metaphor for achievement, BBA marketing student Evan Phinney is right on top of it. The show jumper and her horse, Bling, participated in the Canadian Equestrian Team Equitation Finals in Calgary. And how does one go about studying for the Canadian Equestrian Team Equitation Finals? It’s not just getting on your horse and going, Evan laughs. I ride four or five times a week; it’s definitely a huge time commitment.

Evan Phinney

After her showing at the Calgary Stampede Grounds, Evan and Bling participated in the Running Fox Equitation medal finals at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Marketing professor Dr. Donna Sears, herself a rider and an equestrian coach, puts Evan’s accomplishment into perspective: Equestrian sports require an unparalleled level of dedication and commitment. Evan’s hard work and tenacity have brought her to an elite level of her sport and will continue to reap rewards in the classroom and her career beyond. I’m so proud of her achievement as the first Maritimer to qualify for this prestigious event. After courses like Digital Marketing and Advertising & Promotion Management, Evan sees the intersection between sport events and marketing and is more aware of what goes on behind the scenes. At Acadia, she sits on the Board of Governors as a student rep, is on Student Council, and continues working on her BBA degree. She has also won JUMP Scholarships and a PPPC Scholarship. Between the stable and the university, she finds time to pursue an interest in sports photography. For Evan, obstacles in studying, scheduling, and extracurricular activities are there to be jumped. Best if they are jumped in tandem with a thousand-pound friend who knows where all the high points are.

About the Manning School

Founded in 1957, the Manning School at Acadia University is home to over 600 students from over 20 countries. With 23 faculty members from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the Manning School offers small classes that encourage concentrated interaction between students and faculty. Our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom through co-op placements, projects with local enterprises, and international exchanges. Firmly rooted in a rich institutional legacy that personifies the very essence of a liberal education, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Acadia is challenging and flexible, allowing students to explore a broad range of interests and producing well-rounded graduates who are well-positioned to pursue varied professional opportunities. Our graduates work in leadership roles across Canada and around the globe, with many having made their Acadia BBA degree a pathway to prestigious graduate programs.