Exploring New Frontiers with a UND MBA


Kate Menzies

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College of Business & Public Administration


From Grand Forks, N.D. to Namibia, Africa, UND MBA graduate, Daniel Appel has utilized his education to the fullest while simultaneously improving the education of others.

Daniel Appel has traveled the globe, but continues to take a piece of home with him-his University of North Dakota (UND) education. Born and raised in Wheaton, Minn., Appel has used his UND education to take him on many adventures in countries such as China and Namibia. From 2007-2013 Grand Forks and UND were home to Appel as he studied finance before pursuing his MBA. Appel found his passion for the classroom experience while working as a MBA graduate assistant in the finance department. In the fall of 2013, Appel was given the unique opportunity to teach a course as an adjunct UND professor at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST) as part of a USST teacher exchange program.

His teaching experience helped fuel his desire to improve the field of education. In July of 2014, Appel began a two-year commitment with the Peace Corps as an education volunteer in the country of Namibia. While living in a rural village in sub-Saharan Africa and working at the junior secondary school, Appel has taken on a variety of different roles. Teaching math was his primary assignment, but he has additionally worked closely with school administration to improve organization, acquire resources, and effectively utilize technology. Appel’s secondary efforts have focused on improving the school library, school garden, and a world map project. Appel earned his MBA degree in May 2016 and subsequently completed his Peace Corps service in September 2016. He has recently returned to Minnesota looking for an opportunity to utilize his MBA degree and his passion for education. From Grand Forks, N.D., to Namibia, Africa, Appel has utilized his UND education to the fullest while simultaneously improving the education of others.