Business Day 2013

Business Day 2013By Tim Pate

I have to confess a secret – I’m not technically a business student. I’m actually a journalism student pursuing a business minor. (Perhaps this isn’t so much a secret; after all, it says so right in my biography.) Though I’m not a true business student in the strictest of terms, I am still immensely excited to attend Business Day 2013 on Wednesday, April 3 in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

This year’s theme is “Defying All Odds,” and the College of Business has enlisted some excellent speakers to motivate students of all backgrounds to conquer their personal obstacles. Whether or not you are a business student, the speakers at Business Day 2013 are sure to present material to which you can relate.

Take, for example, Aron Ralston, who will be presenting the final speech of the day. Ralston is a Colorado outdoorsman and motivational speaker, author of Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and the subject of the movie “127 Hours.” Ralston famously amputated his own arm in order to escape death in the Blue John Canyon of Utah after an 800-pound boulder pinned his arm against a canyon wall. Movie buffs and thrill-seekers alike should enjoy this presentation.

Another adventurer will join Ralston in the lineup of speakers for Business Day 2013 – Luiz Benitez. Benitez has summited Mount Everest six times, including a 2001 expedition with blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer. He also conducts an annual “Leadership and Change Management through Mountaineering” seminar in Ecuador and Chile for the University of Pennsylvania‘s Wharton School of Business, and he will share these incredible experiences with us.

If you want to learn about how business leaders and innovators have tackled problems, I suggest attending speeches by Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of RE/MAX; Chris Hutchins, sourcing partner with Google Ventures; and/or Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of The Western Union Company.

The Linigers will discuss Dave’s battle with a septic staph infection that nearly took his life and how Gail managed to support Dave while continuing to lead RE/MAX.

Hutchins, a business graduate of Colorado State University, is the founder of LaidOffCamp, an initiative to help the unemployed learn new skills for the evolving job market in order to face their own challenges, and will discuss these experiences during his presentation.

Ersek will explain in his speech how in less than three years as CEO he was able to help The Western Union Company increase its retail money transfer business to more than 510,000 worldwide agent locations, expand into electronic and mobile channels, add a global cross-border business, and broaden its financial services product line to include stored value cards/e-wallets.

I chose to seek a business minor in addition to my degree in journalism because I knew that business knowledge would benefit me no matter what field I entered after college. I believe that same philosophy applies to Business Day, where I will get the chance to hear inspirational and reputable speakers share their knowledge. We all face challenges, and we all handle them differently. Maybe one of these speakers will say just the right thing to help you – or me – overcome current hindrances.

Below is a full schedule of events for Business Day 2013:

9:00 a.m. – Chris Hutchins, LSC Theatre

10:00 a.m. – Hikmet Ersek, LSC Theatre

11:00 a.m. – Dave and Gail Liniger, LSC Theatre

12:00 p.m. – Luis Benitez, LSC Theatre

2:00 p.m. – Aron Ralston, LSC Theatre

For more information, please visit http://biz.colostate.edu/newsEvents/Pages/eventDetails/businessDay13.aspx.

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Top Three Reasons to Attend the College of Business Career Expo

By Annie Burnham

Tomorrow, February 6, the Career Management Center is hosting their semi-annual College of Business Job and Internship Expo. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. join more than 50 different companies for networking in the Rockwell West Atrium. Why, may you ask, should you take advantage of this? Because graduation will be upon us before you know it and looking for potential jobs now will save you a lot of stress later. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, here are the top three reasons why you should sign up to attend the Career Expo tomorrow:

  1. Distribute your Résumé: You have the potential to get your résumé submitted for dozens of jobs. This will require you to do some research tonight and tomorrow morning. The Career Management Center has a list of the employers coming, so go ahead and browse the ones that appeal to you. See what positions they have open that you can fill. You might have to tailor your résumé a bit for specific positions but the fact that you prepared ahead will demonstrate your attention to detail.
  2. Networking Potential: Not only will this help with your possibilities for careers but also it will allow you to explore different options to meet your needs and interests. The more network connections you have, the more likely you are to get a job after graduation. The saying “It’s all about who you know” nine times out of ten is correct. Be confident and assert yourself. What do you have to lose?
  3. Free LinkedIn pictures: You will already be dressed up to present yourself to companies, so you are bound to look professional in your LinkedIn profile picture. This will help your page viewers see that you are able to present a professional image of yourself. Updating your LinkedIn page often is a good plan to increase your chances for landing a job.

2013 Involvement Fair

SLiCE

by Tim Pate

I know I’ve said it before, but it deserves to be said again: getting involved with extracurricular organizations at Colorado State University is a great way to get the most out of your college experience. Student organizations are designed to complement your coursework and enhance your time at CSU, and there are literally hundreds of organizations that would love to have you.

That’s why you should stop by the 2013 Involvement Fair at the Lory Student Center, Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The Involvement Fair is an opportunity for CSU students to get involved on campus and in the community by connecting with student and community organizations. The Involvement Fair will feature dozens of organizations to match the interests of students with diverse backgrounds.

This semester, a number of business-oriented organizations are set to make an appearance, including BizMiss, DECA, and the Marketing Club. Following is a full list of registrants as of Jan. 29:

• 220 (formally The Net)

• Ability Club

• Alpha Phi Gamma

• Alpha Phi Omega

• ASCSU

• Beta Gamma Nu

• Biomedical Student Association

• BizMiss

• Brew Crew at CSU

• Christian Challenge

• Colorado State Shotgun Sports

• Dance Marathon

• Minecraft Club

• Science Fiction and Fantasy Club

• Snowboard Team

• DECA

• Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

• Fair Trade U

• Farmhouse Fraternity

• Fort Collins Rotaract

• Global Ambassadors Program

• Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

• Hui O Hawaii

• Insideout Serve

• Japan Club

• Journal of Undergrad Research

• Lambda Theta Nu Sorority

• Leaders in Free Thought

• Lutheran Campus Ministry at CSU

• Marketing Club

• Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity

• On the Bright Side

• OtterBox

• Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority

• Premedica

• Psi Chi/PSA

• Ram Runners

• Rams Organizing for Animal Rights

• SACNAS

• Sigma Alpha Epsilon

• Sigma Lambda Beta

• Sigma Lamda Gamma Sorority

• SLiCE

• Snowriders

• Social Work in Action

• Society for Conservation Biology

• Society of Global Health Researchers in Actions

• Students United for Reproductive Justice

• SURG

• Swim Club

• Team Handball

• TEDxCSU

• The Wildlife Society

• Theta Chi

• Timmy Global Health

• Triathlon Club

• Women in Physics

• Women’s Rugby

• Women’s Volleyball

• Young Americans for Liberty

 

Whether you want a club that corresponds with your studies or simply to find a group of people who share your interests, there exists an organization at CSU for you. Stop by the Lory Student Center today and connect with an organization.

Giving Thanks

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and we at the College of Business have a lot for which to be thankful. Without the support and dedication of some terrific people and organizations, the College of Business would not be renowned program it is today. With that, we would like to take the time to thank some people who have helped build this college to be one of the best in the nation.

Our Students

CSU StudentsWith the right tools, any college can build the framework for a successful program. However, actually achieving success is impossible without hardworking students to make it happen. We believe that within the CSU College of Business you can find the nation’s best students, and they are at the heart of our program. Thank you students: for your hard work, your involvement, and your commitment to your school. We are consistently amazed by your accomplishments. Keep it up!

Our Faculty and Staff

In each of our five departments, you can find professors who are thought leaders in their fields. Their research continues to make an impact in the business world, and we are proud to have them at CSU. We are also excited by the stories we hear from students of professors going beyond their roles as researchers and teachers and becoming mentors. Our professors are dedicated to not only instilling knowledge in students but also building character and helping them reach their goals. Thank you to our professors for being so awesome!

Our Centers of Excellence

No matter what your interest in business, CSU’s College of Business has the programs and people to help you reach your goal. That’s why we’re so glad to have a number of centers dedicated to the specialized interests and aspirations of our undergraduate and graduate students. To the Beverage Business Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise, the Career Management Center, the Everitt Real Estate Center, the Center for Marketing & Social Issues, the Center for Professional Development & Business Research, the Tribal Technical Assistance Program, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship – thank you all for enriching our students’ experiences.

Colorado State University

Finally, we want to thank Colorado State University as a whole for…well…just about everything. From the students to the faculty and staff to the multitude of programs and organizations, everyone that works to make CSU a special place has gone above and beyond. Thank you all for doing what you do, and doing it so well.

Get Caffeinated: Where to Get Your Coffee Fix on Campus

by Tim Pate

Like many of you, I had a little trouble getting out of bed this morning. Luckily for us, Colorado State University has a great selection of coffee hubs on campus so that we can get that pick-me-up to embrace the day. Below you’ll find information on five campus cafes and what is great about each of them.

1. Sweet Sinsations – Lory Student Center

Located directly across from the Information Desk, Sweet Sinsations is perfect for students traveling through campus’s central hub. Many students travel through the LSC on the way to classes in the Engineering Building, Clark, Eddy, Computer Sciences, and Rockwell, and Sweet Sinsations makes it easy to grab a cup on the go. Sweet Sinsations also offers a smoothie bar if you’re interested in trading coffee beans for fruit.

2. Sweet Temptations – Behavior Sciences

The younger sibling of Sweet Sinsations, Sweet Temptations is a newer coffee shop located in the elegantly modern Behavioral Sciences building. The Behavioral Sciences building is the prime location for study groups on campus, with study rooms available for reservation and laptops available for checkout. The coffee shop also offers $1 coffees if you just need that basic spark to get you going. Grab a cup, meet with your study group, and get productive!

3. Morgan’s Grind – Morgan Library

You’re in college, so it’s safe to assume you spend a healthy portion of your life in the library. Hours of studying and reading can be draining, and it’s nice to have a spot to grab a cup of joe to help you refuel and get back to work. Morgan’s Grind, on the lower level of the library, offers various coffee drinks as well as snacks to keep you going. There is also a study lounge in the coffee shop, complete with tables and chairs for group work or a den of pillows in the back, notoriously conducive to nap time.

4. Ram’s Horn Express – Academic Village

Do you spend more time in the dorms and less time near the center of campus? No need to fret – Academic Village has a coffee shop just for you. Ram’s Horn Express is in the same building as Ram’s Horn (the AV dining hall), and here you will find a convenient spot to grab a cup of coffee, a smoothie, and a variety of light snacks. Open until 1 a.m. every night of the week, Ram’s Horn Express is perfect for the freshmen who elects to cram the night before a big test.

5. The Bean Counter – Rockwell Hall-West

Of course I chose to save the best for last. The Bean Counter, New Rock’s favorite café, is perfect for the business student on the go. Located on the first floor of Rockwell Hall-West (near the ticker), the coffee shop offers close proximity to the classrooms, labs, auditoriums, and meeting rooms of Rockwell. Service is quick, so business students can grab a cup in between classes or on their way to a meeting with a professor.

Bonus points: Check-in to each of these locations on Foursquare to view tips, meet up with friends, or even unlock specials (free coffee, anyone?). 

What CSU’s Rocky Mountain Showdown Victory Teaches Us About College and Business

On the first day of September, virtually the entire Colorado State University community had one thing on its mind: the Rocky Mountain Showdown football game against the University of Colorado Buffaloes.

Defense

For those who were able attend the game in Denver, the Rams put on an exciting show both schools have come to expect from the annual faceoff. After 48 minutes of white-knuckle action, the CSU Rams emerged victorious in a 22-17 win over the Buffs.

If you watched the game, you know that the play wasn’t always smooth. Penalties inflicted harm on both teams, and there were turnovers to go around. However, the Rams were able to fight for the win, and the tactics that gave them the advantage serve as a great analogy for personal success in the collegiate and professional worlds…

You have to earn respect and recognition.

Before the game ever started, Coach McElwain sent a message with his choice in uniforms for the 2012 season. McElwain ditched the pizzazz of the previous year in favor of plain, sharp jerseys.

“To me you have to earn the uniform,” McElwain said. “As of right now, we haven’t done any of that. I do believe we will.”

In the professional world, you have to expect to work your way to the top. Your first job will likely not be an upper-management position, but there is nothing stopping you from reaching your goals. If you begin your career humble but determined, you will earn the deference you seek in time.

When an opportunity comes along, take it.

 The Rams found opportunities on both offense and defense that aided in their victory. On defense, the Rams were able to hold the Buffs to a grand total of 58 rushing yards for the entire game. The CSU defense also put a great deal of pressure on CU’s quarterback, Jordan Webb, and made it difficult for the transfer from Kansas to compensate for the team’s weak running game.

On offense, the Rams were able to capitalize on two mistakes by the Buffs. The first was a bad punt that gave the Rams excellent field position. CSU was able to move the ball forward and score before halftime. The second mistake was a personal foul by a CU defenseman, which moved the Rams an additional 15 yards forward, and subsequently led to another touchdown.

Finding and taking advantage of prospects is crucial in college. Especially in terms of networking and finding job opportunities, students should always be on the lookout for chances to advance their careers. At work, employees also need to seek these opportunities. Taking the lead on projects and going the extra mile in your position are great ways to grab the attention of your boss.

Solid leadership is essential for success.

CSU was truly invested in a “Bold New Era” when McElwain was brought to Fort Collins from Alabama. He brought with him not only a solid skillset as a coach, but a mentality of winning that the CSU football program desperately needed. McElwain’s statement that hard work would produce results was an indispensable component of the Rams’ victory.

Becoming a good leader is not necessarily something that students can gain from textbooks – it takes experience. That’s why the College of Business encourages students not only to get involved in the many programs and organizations available through the College, but to also take part in a leadership position. The ability to govern groups (be they small groups for class projects or large teams for national competitions) is a skill that automatically boosts your employability.

 

A Big Ram Welcome

The day has finally come: the Class of 2016 has arrived on campus. Ram Welcome festivities began at 8 a.m., when doors to the dorms officially opened. After you’ve moved all of your belongings and knick-knacks into your new room and met your roommate, CSU and the College of Business have a plethora of activities to keep you busy until classes begin on Monday.

Below you can find the events which pertain to you specifically as a College of Business student as well as other events of interest from Thursday to Saturday.

Thursday

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Carnival and President’s Concert: Games, snacks, carnival rides, and live music on the Intramural Fields located in front of the Student Recreation Center. Venture inside The Rec to explore “Retro Rec”, an interactive decade-themed adventure leading you through each area of the Rec Center. Explore programs and services offered through Campus Recreation, play games, and win prizes.

Friday

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | College Welcome: Meet with other College of Business students in the Rockwell Courtyard. Here you’ll get a chance to register, meet with advisors, learn about concentrations within the College, and explore various business-related student organizations. There will also be a raffle, and you could win prizes such as a new bike, a dinner in Old Town, or cool CSU swag. Companies who donated prizes to the College of Business’s Ram Welcome event include:

  • Butter Cream Cupcakery
  • Rams Book Store
  • Café Bluebird
  • Recycled Cycles
  • Noodles & Company
  • Pizza Casbah
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Big Dog Textbooks
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Kilwins Ice Cream
  • Chipper’s Lanes
  • Beau Jo’s Pizza
  • Sonny Lubick Steak House
  • Canino’s Italian Restaurant
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Ethics Matters Boot Camp (Required for new College of Business students): Establishing an ethical base before starting your college career is imperative to achieving success in both your college courses and later in the business environment. Ethics is the underpinning of College of Business courses at CSU and this boot camp is a great way to get started! “Ethics Matters” Boot Camp is designed to provide students with a preview of the ethical principles and foundations that will be embedded throughout the College of Business experience. Come prepared for an engaging, interactive, and fun learning experience!

7:00 p.m. – Midnight | Ramapalooza: Join Campus Activities at Ramapalooza for endless entertainment including live comedy and music performances, casino night, caricature artist, crafts, food, prizes, and much more. Watch The Hunger Games under the stars and meet GUIDE staff at this GUIDE sponsored movie event on the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Saturday

10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | Ram Night @ SuperTarget: Stock up on supplies for your room and enter to in great prizes at an exclusive late-night shopping trip to SuperTarget. Catch the bus directly from CSU Transit Center, the south side of Corbett Hall (on Plum St.) or on the north side of Summit Hall (on Pitkin St.).

Upperclassmen: What do you remember about Ram Welcome and your first days at CSU?

Summer Session: An Overview

by Tim Pate

College offers a variety of ways for students to ensure their success, and summer school is among those available opportunities. At Colorado State, summer school is offered in three sessions throughout the season, each lasting four weeks. Students have the choice to take classes during all sessions, or to just choose one or two to fit their schedules.

SunflowerHaving never participated in summer school myself, I decided to investigate the benefits and drawbacks of the sessions. The choice of whether or not to enroll in summer classes is highly subjective, so this post aims to serve only as a guide for students who may be considering the option. The following information was gained from asking multiple summer-school participants to share their experiences.

Positives

Summer school sessions, as mentioned earlier, are much briefer than classes taken during the regular school year. However, students in summer sessions have the capability of earning the same amount of credits in a shorter time period. This characteristic is highly beneficial for students who need to catch up on classwork in order to graduate on time. Short summer classes can also simply lessen the course load students need to take, which can decrease stress levels during the normal school year.

Classes during summer sessions are predictably smaller – most with only 20 students or fewer. This means that professors have more capacity to address individual student issues than during the regular school year. Students enrolled in labs have found this feature especially useful, because the hands-on coursework occasionally requires specialized attention.

Depending on how students schedule their courses and which classes they take, summer sessions generally still allow time for students to work. It is not difficult for students to schedule their classes in strategic blocks of time in order for them to still be available for work. While the regular school year and its full load of credits can make work schedules difficult to manage, summer classes can be squeezed together easily, and students can earn money while still attending classes.

Negatives

Some students have had issues with the fast-paced nature of summer classes. Because coursework is all crammed together over a four-week timescale, professors must conduct tests more frequently – usually every week. This means that students have less time to study and must move quickly in order to keep up with the coursework. Depending on your study style, this feature could be a drawback.

Given the brevity of the classes, it is almost inevitable that some content be cut from summer courses. I have heard that math and engineering courses generally provide the same content just at a much quicker pace, but most classes appear to leave bits out. Depending on the depth of understanding a student hopes to glean from a class, this fact should be something to take into consideration.

Finally, one must consider the tradeoff of free time for education. Each individual must analyze whether to devote time to classes or to enjoy the summer months. Sometimes summer classes are necessary, but other times it’s a matter of spreading the college work load over a longer time frame to reduce stress. The decision is truly that of the student.

The consensus from the folks with whom I talked regarding Summer Session at CSU was quite positive. Despite some minor challenges that come with enrolling in summer classes, every student with whom I talked recommended the courses as a way to stay on track for graduation. None of them felt overwhelmed by the course load, but did emphasize that it is a commitment to attend class five days per week. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. Make the choice that best serves your needs; just be sure that you come to a conclusion with all the necessary information.