Career Road Show – Fall Break Networking Trip

Apply now for this unique opportunity to network with alumni/professionals in Houston and New Orleans! During Fall Break, 45 students will be selected to participate in the Career Road Show, which will allow you to travel via bus with students, faculty and staff to both Houston and New Orleans. While in each city, you will be able to attend a company site visit, career panel, and networking reception. Food, travel and hotel accommodations will all be covered for the student rate of $100.00. The bus will leave CBU on Sunday, October 19, and return to CBU on Wednesday, October 22.

We anticipate that spots on the bus will go quickly so apply today! Sign in to your CareerLinX account at https://cbu-csm.symplicity.com/students/ and reference position #3852 for full details and application procedures.

Get Happy? CBU Offers Course On Happiness In The Business Environment

Research overwhelmingly indicates happy employees are higher performers. With that in mind, Christian Brothers University (CBU) is offering Happiness 101 this summer, an online course designed for working adults.

The Happiness 101 course is being offered as a Business class through CBU’s new College of Adult Professional Studies and will be taught by Dr. Bevalee Vitali, an associate professor of management at CBU. The course is designed to be highly interactive, with discussions, activities and assignments all developed to promote happiness and well-being. Because the course is completely online, students can improve their happiness level in a convenient, non-threatening environment.

Read more and see the video now at http://www.cbu.edu/news/2014/05/get-happy-cbu-offers-course-on-happiness-in-the-business-environment/.

CBU BUSINESS IMMERSION CAMP

Program Dates: July 21 – 26, 2014

Rising seniors in high school are invited to apply for this challenging and dynamic summer camp. The camp is an on-campus residency program designed to enable academically talented high school students to explore their interests in a business education and career. The participants engage in interactive workshops and activities that introduce the student to specific business disciplines and potential career paths. The participants also will visit local companies in and around Memphis and be guided through the inner workings of the industry.

Learn more now at http://www.cbu.edu/schoolofbusiness/businesscamp.html.

NABA MEMPHIS ACCOUNTING CAREER AWARENESS PROGRAM (ACAP)

Program Dates: July 13 – 18, 2014

ACAP is a program of The National Association of Black Accountants, designed to increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting. ACAP revolves around a one-week summer residency program for high school students. The program introduces students to career opportunities in accounting through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lecturers from business and government. Students selected for ACAP receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, room, meals, books, supplies and transportation. Students also compete for college scholarships in a Group Case Study Competition.

Learn more now at http://www.cbu.edu/schoolofbusiness/acap.html.

Brian Summers Appointed Director Of Athletics

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., has appointed Brian Summers as CBU’s seventh Director of Athletics, effective June 30. Summers comes to CBU after a distinguished 13-year career at Lewis University, a fellow NCAA D-II Lasallian school in Romeoville, Ill.

“I am so pleased to welcome Brian Summers to the CBU family,” Smarrelli said. “Having served at our sister university, Lewis, in Chicago, Brian brings a deep awareness and respect for CBU’s Lasallian heritage and mission. Integrity and character are important to me, and I’m very impressed with his strengths on those attributes. His professional and operational skills and his commitment to improving the experience of our student athletes both on and off the field will help to position our athletic program for significant growth.”

“I’d like to thank President Smarrelli and the search committee for entrusting me with the Christian Brothers University Athletics Department,” Summers said. “I am honored to replace CBU icon Joe Nadicksbernd, and I look forward to working with the student athletes, coaches, staff and University community to develop the program into a model NCAA Division II athletics department. Also, I relish the ability to continue serving students in the Lasallian tradition.”

Read the full story online now at http://www.cbu.edu/news/2014/04/brian-summers-appointed-director-of-athletics/.

DEAN'S NOTE

Happy New Year!  As we begin the new semester, we hope you enjoy the winter edition of our CBU School of Business newsletter.  This newsletter includes student activities and achievements with a spotlight on featured student, Melissa Duong (’13), followed by Delta Sigma Pi news, a section on alumni activities and achievements featuring alum Adam Heitzman (’04), the latest faculty activities and achievements, information on the AWNY and SEVT conferences, and study abroad opportunities.  We close the newsletter by acknowledging the loss of alums and family members of our graduates.  In November, we lost a very special person, Wesley Turner Pitts, son of Dr. Sarah Pitts. Please continue to keep all the deceased, their family, and their friends in your thoughts and prayers.If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact me at:

Jack Hargett, PhD Dean, School of Business Christian Brothers University jhargett@cbu.edu

WINTER 2013 STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Gina Bui (Business Admin/International Business/ Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt ’13) received the award letter from Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation and has been awarded the Alfred Moroni/Epsilon Psi Scholarship for 2012.

On October 25, CBU students Artur Bascompte, Alex Barmel, Albert Furnells, Jaime Garcia, Eduardo Iglesias, Alex Shipp, and Ivan de Souza participated in a round table discussion on international economics and environmental issues at the annual convention of the Missouri Valley Economic Association in Memphis. Patricia Papachristou chaired the round table discussion.

Catherine DelBove (Accounting ’13) was listed as one of the few “Exemplary Scholarship Award Recipients” in the September/October 2012 edition of the Tennessee CPA Journal for being awarded the 2012 Paul L. Royston Scholarship Award. The publication explains this honor: “This scholarship recognizes the top accounting student in the state of Tennessee” (28).

Lady Buc libero Corinne Doder (Business Administration ’13) earned the Gulf South Conference Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week award for the period ending October 2. Doder led the Lady Bucs to a 2-1 week, averaging six digs per set. She also etched her name into the CBU record books, tying the single-match school record with 38 digs in a five-set loss to Shorter. Doder also moved into first place in school history in career digs in the match against Shorter. She capped the week with a 23-dig effort as the Lady Bucs defeated West Georgia in five sets.

Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13) hosted Mr. CBU for Zeta Tau Alpha.

Goalkeeper Jaime Garcia (Business Administration ’15) earned a spot on the All-GSC Second Team for the second consecutive year after going 10-7-1 with 1.29 goals against average and 45 saves this season.

Defender Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) also repeated on the Second Team after scoring two goals and four points as he started all 17 games this season.

Soccer midfielder Yannick Skull (Business Administration ’13) represents the Bucs on the All-GSC First Team for the third straight year after scoring three goals and six points as he started all 17 games.

Ivan de Souza (Accounting ’14) was selected for a Minority Scholarship for 2012 – 2013 by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). As stated on the AICPA website: “The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. For over four decades, this program has provided over $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars.”

The CBU Buccaneers won their second consecutive Gulf South Conference Soccer Championship on November 4 with a resounding 5-1 win over Delta State at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola, FL. Forward Adamandios Toras (Accounting ’14) earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

FEATURED STUDENT: MELISSA DUONG

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CB: Tell us a little bit about your background. As Lizzie McLean (Sport Management ’13) asked, “do you have a cat? What’s the cat’s name? What’s your favorite color?” On a serious note, are you from Memphis? Did you grow up here or travel?

MD: I am 100% Memphian born at the Methodist Hospital downtown. I have never lived anywhere else and I pride myself in coming from a city of great music, food, and people.

Yes, I do have a cat. My cat’s name is Spooky and I dressed her up as a ghost for Halloween.

My favorite color at the moment is anything pastel. Light purple, turquoise, lime green… it changes from time to time depending on my mood. Ask me in a month and I’ll give you a different answer.

CB: Why did you want to major in marketing? What made you choose CBU?

MD: I wanted to major in something that I felt very strongly about. I knew I wanted to primarily stay in the School of Business, but I had no idea what to concentrate in. With the help of Jenny Cowell, I had two informational interviews with different advertising agencies around Memphis. After that, I knew marketing was my calling and I have been obsessed ever since.

CB: We heard you completed a marketing internship at First Tennessee Bank downtown over the summer 2012 semester working as a “B2B and Wealth Marketing Intern,” and inquiring minds, such as Catherine DelBove (Accounting ’13), would like to hear all about it. What can you tell us about the internship?

MD: First and foremost, can I point out that I never imagined myself working for a bank? When you think of marketing, the last thing you think of is marketing for financial services. I had always seen First Tennessee around my community and had heard they were a wonderful company to work for. When I saw their company pop up on CBU’s NACE Link, I jumped on the chance and filled out an application immediately.

During the summer, I worked under two marketing managers, one in Business-to-Business and the other in Wealth Management. I worked on more than 30 projects from creating sales sheets, pitch books and flyers, updating the FTB.com website, creating web ads for various FT products and services, event planning for a high profile client event, research that corresponded to a new marketing campaign (this was my most important project), and much more (I have a spreadsheet of projects available on request). The intern program coincided with the Memphis Leadership Academy so I also got to attend awesome events around the Memphis area and network with executives of various companies. It was the most amazing experience, and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to join such a wonderful program.

CB: Are you involved with campus life? Tell us a little about your experience with campus activities, groups, fraternities/sororities, etc., and what it means to you.

MD: I am heavily involved with two organizations, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Sigma Pi.

Growing up, I never had a sister (even though I begged my parents…. I would find out later that you cannot choose the gender of your siblings). When I started my freshman year, my roommate mentioned the sororities on campus, but I never really thought anything of it. We both decided to go through recruitment together and it was the best decision I have ever made. Joining ZTA has opened up major possibilities for me that I would have never imagined for myself. Through them, I gained leadership skills, developed my personal character, and overall discovered who and what I wanted to be as a person.

When sophomore year came around and I became more enveloped with business classes, I decided to rush DSP. Through DSP I learned more about the business side of, well, everything. With the professional events my chapter hosts and LEAD, I have gained so much insight into the business world from networking to business etiquette. Having a leadership role in an ever-growing organization, such as Deltasig, has given me the motivation to make positive change, not only through the Epsilon Psi chapter, but in my life.

CB: Have you done any volunteer work or performed community service through any of the organizations you’ve been involved with?

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CB:Beth Adkison (Accounting ’12) wants to know, “Who is your inspiration? Who has taught you the most?”

MD: My inspiration is my mentor, Miss Martha Beard. I have known her since I was eight years old, and she has definitely made a huge impact in my life. From my choice of college to my career she has influenced me so much in large life decisions. Seeing that she is so successful in her career and in the Memphis community has made me realize that I could do so much more than just having a full time job.

CB: You’ve been working as a social media project specialist in the work/study program for the School of Business, as the B2B and Wealth Marketing Intern at First Tennessee, and were recently named Vice President of Delta Sigma Pi’s Epsilon Psi chapter. How do you think these experiences have been valuable to your future career path?

MD: All these experiences have taught me to: 1) Be accountable for my actions, and 2) Take the initiative. Being in these roles, I have realized that in the real world, people want to get things done. There is no time to sit around and wait for something to happen; you have to do it yourself. Opportunities aren’t just going to wait for you to take them; you have to try your hardest to be the opportunity before it is available to everyone else to take.

CB: Do you consider yourself a leader, follower, or independent innovator? Why? And how has this affected you at work and in the classroom?

MD: I would say that in new situations, I tend to be a follower. I observe what is being done and why it is being done and assess the situation. Once I get familiar with my surroundings and learn the background info then I slowly make my way to voicing my opinion more and gain more responsibility from my supervisors.

CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college? How has CBU helped you on the way to achieving those goals?

MD: My plan after college, like any other college student, is to find a full time job. I would prefer to work in marketing with an advertising agency or a marketing department for a large company. After that, I want to go back to school to get my MBA.

CBU has helped me realize that there is more to attending college than just getting a degree, it’s about the relationships you form with people on the way there. I would not be in the position I am now without the support I have gotten from the people here at CBU.

CB: Looking back at all that you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to a first-time freshman?

MD: Reputation is everything. You will be very surprised at how many people you know and how many people will talk poorly about you if you do something questionable. Memphis is a “small” big city and CBU is smaller. You might meet someone who just talked to one of your worst enemies and now has made an assumption about you before you even shake their hand. A quote I always adhere to is: “Be careful how you treat others on your way to the top because you never know who you are going to meet on your way back down.”