Eberly Business Honors Event and Luncheon

Posted on 9/15/2015 2:36:36 PM

Honors Program Freshman-Junior

On September 13, 2015, 65 Honors Program students, faculty, and administration attended a luncheon and team-building event at Stephenson Residence Hall and Pierce Hall. Students ranging from freshmen to senior year were able to mingle and gain insight from older members and faculty of the program.

Dean Robert Camp spoke to the honors students about the prestige that the Business Honors Program brings to the Eberly College of Business and IUP. Assistant Dean Kara Romance also touched on the opportunities that the program provides students such as the trips, networking events, bonding among members, and having access to business faculty and administration.

Students who have attended past business honors trips gave detailed descriptions of what they learned while on Washington. D.C., New York City, and India trips. Then, Ramesh Soni, Joseph Rosendale, and Tracey Missien talked about their role as faculty teaching honors students.

Cohort representatives spoke about their experiences in the business honors program. Because of the integrated curricula, collaborative groups, and small classroom setting, students have been able to enhance their business knowledge and personal skills in order to gain internships and jobs at companies, including Google, Deloitte, and Giant Eagle.

In addition to the catered lunch, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors were invited to a program hosted by ROTC personnel in order to build leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Students were broken up into teams and asked to complete a task for each of the three parts of the program. First, students designated leaders and were asked to draw a picture based on a description given by a leader in another room in order to understand communication barriers in the business world.

Business Honors Program TaskDuring the second exercise, the teams were broken up differently and new students were given a leadership opportunity when they were tasked with creating the tallest tower using only raw spaghetti, marshmallows, paper plates, and cups. The structure also needed to support the weight of an egg, posing another challenge in their strategy.

The third task required task forces comprised of the entire group. To complete the missions, one central leader split people into teams and sent them off with ROTC students as guides.

Students were able to complete all tasks given by the ROTC program and gained valuable experience through each task in which they participated. Student responses found that these events not only contributed to their leadership and communication skills, but also helped to enhance their peer-to-peer bonds within the honors cohorts.

A concern was voiced from a residence hall member who saw a civilian/student carrying a practice weapon while participating in an outdoor tactical leadership exercise. Campus police were notified and responded quickly and determined no real weapons were on campus nor was any IUP student, faculty, or staff member ever at risk.