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Business Organizations Staying Busy With Fall Events

Posted on 9/25/2014 8:25:36 AM

With the fall 2014 semester underway, students are immersing themselves in their studies and the many opportunities available to them. Eberly’s student business organizations are seeking out these opportunities and have been staying busy this fall semester.

The International Business Association spent the evening of Monday, September 15 volunteering at Wallwork Hall for the “Around the World” Passport program. This program served as the big kick-off event to the Global Adventure Series in the Wallwork Global Awareness Living Learning Community. Each lounge in Wallwork was transformed into various countries around the world. Attendees were able to have  their “passport” stamped as they went from country to country. Among the many cultural experiences at the event, attendees were able to sample tea at a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, Asian Calligraphy, Hispanic dancing, and much more. “The Passport program gave me the opportunity to get to know the international students better. My favorite thing was learning how to do Japanese calligraphy with the students from Japan,” said IBA member Emily Simpson.

On Wednesday, September 17, the Student Accounting Association (SAA) held its annual Accounting Career Day in the KCAC. The day began with a networking session, in which current IUP accounting and finance major students were able to network with various employers in the industry. Following the networking session, students were able to engage with these employers in a more way casual way during a luncheon. A second networking session followed the luncheon, which was also open to students from surrounding colleges and universities. A record number of students and 29 employers, including all of the “Big Four” international accounting firms and government agencies such as the FBI, were in attendance. Matt McCullough, a senior accounting major, said of the career day, “The SAA Accounting Career Day gave me the opportunity to network with recruiters and make valuable connections that will ultimately help me start my career in public accounting.”

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Management Association recently cohosted an Undecided Majors Event for current Eberly business students who have not yet declared a major in the field of business. A student representative from each major in the business college was present during the event to speak to the undecided majors about their respective major and also to answer any questions they may have had. Lara Weisbach, SHRM president, said, “The goal of the event was not to have a light bulb pop on in the students heads and have them choose a major on the spot. The goal was to get them to start thinking about the different majors and the kinds of subjects that they enjoy. That way, they can start exploring their interests and eventually choose a major that fits into those interests.”

Looking forward into the fall semester, the Association for Management Information Systems (AMIS) will be hosting a Tech Week from Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 16. Each day, a different presentation or event related to technology will be held. Among the many topics that will be introduced during Tech Week is 3D printing, alternative networking concepts, and more. More information regarding Tech Week will be provided closer to the event date.  

As noted in a previous article, many of the business organizations stayed busy during the week of the Newman Used Book Sale at the St. Thomas More University Parish and Catholic Student Center. The volunteers were busy sorting books, moving boxes from the church’s storage unit to the book sale tent and church lounge, and packing any unsold books at the end of the sale. This turned out to be a great community service project for many of the organizations.

COBSAC would also like to announce that they have chosen It’s About Warrior Foundation as their community service project for the 2014–15 academic school year. Throughout the year, COBSAC will hold various fundraisers and volunteer events to benefit this foundation. 

—Bethany Barefoot

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology