In a joint effort by the College
of Business and its many organizations, cans were placed
throughout Melcher Hall to
collect food for the needy.
Photo by Paul Nicosia
Gotta Getta Job
Undergraduates' career opportunities, personal experiences,
and general sense of belonging
can be increased by joining a business organization.
"I don't know why more students don't take advantage of the
opportunity to go further in their
particular majors (by joining an
organization)," said Sam Smith, a
professor of marketing in the College of Business.
Dottie Phillips, assistant director of student services in the college, said, "Recruiters aren't just
looking for book learners anymore."
Skills, contacts and experience
gained through club membership,
Phillips said, are useful for students pursuing any field.
Active membership in an organization shows prospective employers that a student has experience in working with people as a
team, Phillips said.
Though organizations don't literally place people into jobs, Parker said, they do offer connection
to the business world. After graduation, club alumni status allows
members to call on those contacts
for job search assistance.
Organizations are not only
good for job contacts, but also for
career counseling, Smith said.
Once a student gets involved in a
particular club and becomes more
familiar with the business end of
the major he's chosen, he may not
DECA — Front: Lenny Roberts
Gloria DeWitt, Michael Gonzales
Back: Frank Bell, Grady Gibbs, Maurice Collins.
wish to pursue that major.
In marketing, for example,
"They may decide that the pressure is too much," Smith said.
Making such a discovery in one's
junior year, through the club, is
better than on the job, after graduation, he said.
During school years, organizations offer a sense of belonging,
and friendship, said Lisa Cheek, a
member of Delta Sigma Pi, a coed
"The stranger, the newcomer
or the individual who is relatively
quiet can meet a lot of people, get
involved in a lot of committee
work and really find a comfortable role and warm reception in
student activities," Smith said.
— Denise Kersey Rose
"Though organizations don't literally
place people into jobs, Parker said, they
do offer a connection to the business
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Dr. Ross Lence, advisor, Vice Chairman Alan J. Cox, Chairman Scott
Fiddler, Treasurer Shelton M.
Vaughan, Secretary Ronald K. Kennedy.
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