I was born in Saudi Arabia on July 10, 1987,
and came to the United States in 2005 to study Business, first at the University of Central Arkansas,
then at the University of Findlay,
majoring in Systems Analysis and Operations & Logistics.
I graduated from the University of Findlay College of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree Cum Laude in December 2010.
Certificates & Workshops
The International Supply Chain Education Alliance 2011 - Supply Chain Management Certification
The Saudi Chambers of Commerce 2011 - Barcode Workshop
University of Central Arkansas 2006 - English As a Second Language Certificate
Awards & Honors
Outstanding International Student in Business Award 2010, The University of Findlay
Dean's List 2010, The University of Findlay
Dean's List 2007 & 2008, University of Central Arkansas
Senior Graduate Spotlight '10 - The University of Findlay
Mohammed Alghafly '10
Systems analysis and operations and logistics major
Seeking new opportunities and a smaller campus environment, Mohammed Alghafly
transferred to UF in 2008 from the University of Central Arkansas. "I came to
UF because I liked its business program," he said. "At Findlay, I've learned
entrepreneurial skills ... The business program gives you a lot of practical
experience. You learn things in class and apply them to real-life situations." Alghafly's
goal is to build his skills and competencies to be competitive in his career,
and he's meeting that goal by taking advantage of the many opportunities
available to him at Findlay.
In fall of 2009, Alghafly became involved with Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE),
an organization that not only has allowed him to apply the principles he learns
in class but also has helped him to learn a lot about himself, gain confidence
in his abilities, stretch his knowledge base and acquire skills that Alghafly
says will be beneficial to him as he begins a career.
"When I first joined SIFE, I was an observer," he said. Since then, Alghafly sees
SIFE as an investment opportunity for students. "SIFE has helped me acquire
skills I've been looking for - communication skills, business skills, business
Interview with Mike Harrington (President of Oak Ridge Investments) -Saving for the Future
Through his membership in SIFE, Alghafly was invited to attend the 2010 SIFE World Cup
in Los Angeles, Calif., where he presented on behalf of UF's SIFE team.
Alghafly shared UF's program to teach students how to manage finances and debt,
which was funded through the Chartis Credit Challenge. He says that going to
the world competition gave him insight into what other schools have done and gave
him confidence that Findlay's program has been successful and will continue to
A program Alghafly is especially proud of is the Investment Club, which was
started several years ago but recently received
additional funding from the Chartis Credit Challenge grant awarded to SIFE.
The club meets weekly to manage a portfolio to teach students investing and
investment strategies. Club membership has remained consistent at approximately
10-15 students, and though Alghafly is pleased that the club's investments have
made money, he is more pleased that the students involved have acquired
investment skills, and some even have opened their own accounts or pursued
Another SIFE activity Alghafly became involved in was Money Lunch, a radio program on
WLFC 88.3 FM, but it wasn't without some hesitation. "I thought about it during
the whole semester in 2009 ... I thought because of my language barrier, I
wouldn't be able to do it, or I thought I might say something incorrectly," he
said. "When I started doing it, however, I became more confident ... It was a
challenge to myself that I overcame."
Money Lunch attempts to teach listeners, mostly students, skills to start their own
investments and become cost-saving consumers who are aware of their environments.
"To me, that's a big responsibility," said Alghafly. "I try to deliver my
message professionally ... I do research, and I advise my audience to do their
own research, as well."
Alghafly not only educates listeners through the radio but also recently through
YouTube. As a founding member of the SIFE Business Journal, Alghafly and other
SIFE members appear in YouTube videos, produced in the University's television
studio, to educate students about finances. One of the project's segments
includes interviews with business men and women who come to campus as part of
the College of Business' Visiting Executive program.
"It's beneficial to a lot of UF students to see that they could become successful
like these executives, many of whom are UF alumni," said Alghafly. "You could
have a source of investments, dividend payouts, etc., so you don't have to rely
on someone else. It's not just about what comes into your pocket from your
paycheck. You have to look at investments ... The money you earn now is worth
Alghafly credits some of his success at Findlay to Greg Arburn, Ph.D., SIFE and
Investment Club adviser. "He gave me a lot of confidence in myself ... To try to
speak a different language and speak to a native English-speaking audience was
something that was really hard for me, but Dr. Arburn and other faculty helped
me come through those obstacles," said Alghafly. "I think I can't do these
things, but to hear someone say that you can do it is something that has
changed me and will continue to do so."
Alghafly's willingness to overcome his obstacles has not gone unnoticed by other faculty
members within the College of Business, who selected him as the recipient of
the 2010 outstanding international student award.As
an international student, Alghafly encourages other students to overcome their
own obstacles and take advantage of new experiences. "If you're from 1,000
miles away or 100 miles away, we're all the same."
After graduation, Alghafly is considering several options but will likely continue
his studies to earn a master's degree.