Business Honors Program Students Gather for Fall Meeting and Leadership Event

Posted on 9/25/2014 8:54:55 AM

Fall 2014 Business Honors Event Phase 2Students in the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Business Honors Program recently gathered for their annual fall kick-off meeting on Tuesday, September 9 in Stephenson Hall. 

Over 80 freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior cohort members were in attendance. With such a great turnout, the students had endless opportunities to meet students across the four cohorts. This also served as a great opportunity for freshmen, who have just begun their journey in the honors program, to gain valuable advice from the seniors, who are finishing their last course in the honors program this semester.

Fall 2014 Business Honors Event Lego TaskThe students were welcomed to the fall meeting by Dorothy Gracey, Business Honors Program codirector, and heard from Dean Robert Camp and several professors who teach courses in the honors program curriculum. Micki Hyde, a management information systems professor who the students have during their sophomore year, Ramesh Soni, a management professor who the students will have during their junior year, and Joseph Rosendale, a professor of business communications who the students will have during their freshman and junior years, all spoke of the importance of the program as well as what is expected of them as students in the Business Honors Program.

A representative from the junior cohort, who will be going on the annual January trip to India that Eberly offers its students in the Business Honors Program, said a few words about the trip and encouraged all freshmen and sophomores to strongly consider taking advantage of the opportunity to go when they are juniors.

Lisa Fletcher, sophomore honors accounting major, said of the event, “The all-honors business meeting is the perfect place to eat, mingle, have fun, and discover the talent and potential that distinguishes these students as honors. I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Following the meeting, the freshmen students moved to Pierce Hall where CPT Toby Angove and Glenn Sudol greeted them for their Leadership Event that all freshman business honors students complete each year. Angove and Sudol were very excited about presenting their leadership program to the students this year. Their program was separated into two segments: Phase I and Phase II.

Phase I consisted of the students dividing into teams and completing an indoor Lego activity. For this activity, the leader of each team was sent into another room where a Lego model was displayed. Using two-way radios, the leader had to effectively communicate to the rest of the team how to construct the model in order for them to replicate the model the leader was describing.

Phase II consisted of taking the group outside to complete two different activities. The first of these activities involved the students dividing into teams again and moving supplies up a hill while following certain directions and commands. These directions and commands made moving the supplies more challenging and forced the students to think critically and communicate effectively with one another.  

In the second activity of Phase II, the students were divided into teams one last time and were instructed to move various supplies while overcoming obstacles set in their way without the supplies touching the ground. The obstacles included monkey bars, two walls, and even a rope at the end of the course to swing the students to safety.

After Phase II was complete, the teams all came together as a group to perform a review and assessment of the ROTC activities they had just completed based on their strengths and weaknesses found while participating in the events.

The purpose of the ROTC’s Leadership Development program each year is to introduce and re-enforce the leadership processes to the Eberly College of Business students through a hands-on approach to learning. 

“The Army’s Leadership Process is a universal template that can be applied by leaders in a military, academic, and business setting. This process can be applied to various projects in today’s business world. Planning, motivating people, and controlling resources are common themes in both the military and the business world,” said Angove.

It was unanimous across the freshman cohort that the main takeaway from the leadership event was that communication is key. “If you want to be a good leader, you need to be able to convey your message so that everybody understands it,” said Seamus Bishof of communication, “because if nobody understands the message or goal, then they will never be able to help you achieve it.”

—Bethany Barefoot

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology