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College of Business Student Organization Update
Spring 2015: Learning experiences, professional panelists, and more!
During the month of April, College of Business Students have been particularly busy fitting in events and experiences before the end of the semester! On April 7, Mavericks for SHRM hosted Managing Innovation, a management panel with experts from Cambria, Target, Shutterfly, Rembrandt Foods, and Bent River Outfitter. During the week of April 16, two College of Business Clubs travelled to Chicago for a professional student experience while a third student organization attended the Lake FX Improvisation and Innovation Expo presented by Google.
Below are students accounts of April events, from College of Business Student Organizations:
Mavericks for SHRM - Management Panel
Submitted by: Erica Ferguson, President of Mavericks for SHRM
On April 7, Mavericks for SHRM organized Managing Innovation, a panel with experts from Cambria, Target, Shutterfly, Rembrandt Foods, and Bent River Outfitter. The purpose was to "hear how these companies are managing innovation and what it means for you!"
All five featured panelists gave awesome insight and extremely thoughtful answers. There was also great networking conversations at the reception following the panel. A handful of students made connections with our guests, exchanged contact information, and even sparked interest regarding internship opportunities. I received multiple compliments from the panelists, College of Business administration and staff, and student attendees regarding the quality of questions, the flow of the entire event, and thanked me multiple times. Thank you to the College of Business for approving our grant and supporting Mavs for SHRM to make our panel a success!
Finance Club and Marketing Club - Chicago Experience
Submitted by: Nathan Caswell, Director of Fundraising for the Finance Club
The students who were able to attend the Chicago trip were those who are active members in the Finance Club. Members ranges from freshmen to seniors. The Chicago experience provided an opportunity for students who previously weren't very close with other members to connect with them and expand their social and professional networks.
Why Chicago? The purpose of traveling to Chicago for our trip was because it is the largest financial city outside of New York City. The Finance Club went there last year and myself, along with the other executive board members, had an absolute blast. That is where we became great friends and have continued that relationship throughout the past year. The city alone is spectacular and to have been able to pass our experiences down to other members was one of the biggest reasons we wanted to go back.
We decided to travel with Marketing Club this year because we thought it would be create an even larger network between the College of Business Student Organizations and expand the reach our clubs had. We were able to take a coach bus with them from Mankato directly to the hotel, which we were lucky enough to book together. This really got the students interacting with one another. On Friday, the Finance Club was dropped off at Northern Trust, the company that helps with the finances of the Maverick Fund at Minnesota State Mankato. From there, we walked over to AssetMark, a firm we visited last year. While at AssetMark, they provided us with a lot of useful industry information along with lunch. After we left AssetMark, we were lucky to visit the firm Evan Karambelas now works for. He was last year's club president and actually interviewed with the firm while on our trip last year. The firm he works for is Invenergy and deals with renewable energy around the world and also works directly with GE. After Invenergy, we visited the Money Museum, which is connected to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. While there, we listed to a tour guide give detailed statistics about the U.S. currency exchanges and debts.
We were very fortunate to raise enough funds for the trip through Bradley's on Stadium, allowing us to hold events there, through the RSO Travel Funding, and through the College of Business grants provided by alumni. Without the help from all of these organizations, this trip would not have happened.
Entrepreneurship Organization - Lake FX Improvisation and Innovation Expo presented by Google
Submitted by Meg Steuer, Director of Marketing and Social Media for the Entrepreneurship Organization
During the week of April 16, the Entrepreneurship Organization traveled to Chicago, Ill., to attend the Lake FX Expo presented by Google. The region's largest conference for creative professionals and entrepreneurs, the event welcomed thousands of individuals, businesses, and organizations for keynotes by industry leaders, professional development panels, workshops and networking opportunities. Club members attended sessions on crowdfunding, social media management, branding, networking and other business strategies.
The highlight of Lake FX was a Google Workshop held at Google's corporate offices in Chicago. The session, Grow Your Brand Online, taught students about the various tools Google has created for businesses. The workshop provided a general overview of Google AdWords, Analytics, Alerts, and Apps. Students left the session with a better understanding of the power Google tools has to help businesses grow and succeed through creating a comprehensive, consistent online presence.
In addition to Lake FX, the club visited The Plant, a net-zero energy food business incubator. This tour was an eye-opening experience for the group, allowing students to see how for-profit, nonprofit and sustainable business models can be combined in an effort to benefit people and the planet while also turning a profit. Still in the process of renovating and creating, The Plant was an excellent example of an innovative business model students wouldn't have come into contact with anywhere else.
Beyond the tours and sessions, the Chicago experience provided members of Entrepreneurship Organization the change to get to kjnow each other, learning about the unique experiences and interests of various members. Exploring the city was another learning opportunity, allowing many students to immerse themselves in big city culture for the first time. And students took advantage of the opportunity, visiting Millennium Park, riding the ferris wheel at Navy Pier, watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and eating lots of great pizza!
Returning home, students were enthusiastic to share their experiences and put the knowledge they gained to use, both in the classroom and throughout their entrepreneurial careers.
For more information about Student Organizations at the College of Business, contact:
College of Business
Office of the Dean