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Retail Day 2011: On The Hunt

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

 

Retail students with the Director of the Retail Management Program, Dr. Mary Ann Odegaard.

Retail students with the Director of the Retail Management Program, Dr. Mary Ann Odegaard.

College students often attend career fairs in hopes of finding potential jobs. It’s usually the same thing: rows of tables full of drowsy recruiters. The Retail Management Program at the University of Washington has been making the typical career fair more exciting for the past 13 years. They call it Retail Day.

Retail Day took place on April 13th. The theme of this year’s event was “On the Hunt,” referring to students hunting for jobs. The decor reflected the theme by incorporating safari touches all through the halls. There were vines hanging from the balconies as the students wore forest green t-shirts with safari hats.

The program provides students a networking opportunity in a more laid back atmosphere. Marie Kapelke, president of the Retail Management Program Student Association, says, “Normal career fairs can be tense and nerve wracking for both recruiters as well as students, but Retail Day allows students and recruiters to feel comfortable being themselves.”

For Retail Day, the awkwardness is removed by small touches making the atmosphere more student friendly. One of the crowd pleasers is the fashion show. Kapelke says it is her favorite part. “You get to see your friends model the latest fashion trends across various clothing and jewelry retailers.”

Anna Fowler was the mastermind behind the show.  She sought out sponsors to donate clothes to dress the models. This year the fashion show featured clothing from retailers such as Mercer and Buffalo Exchange. Fowler also contacted people to do the models’ hair and makeup to give the show a more authentic touch.

The seating area across from Orin’s Place made the perfect venue for the fashion show. The Deloitte Commons served as a food and refreshment center while the retailers lined their tables through the length of the second floor. As the day went on students approached each table and spoke to the retailers. They were able to learn more about the companies and what types of opportunities are available to them.

 Not only does this event provide students with a networking opportunity, but students learn to lead and work with each other as they prepare for the day. Margy Zook, chair of this year’s Retail Day says, “I am able to share [this] leadership experience with potential employers in interview situations and exemplify my position in the success of the event.”

This was the first year Retail Day found its home in Paccar. The students no longer had the spacious comforts of the old Balmer Commons.  Creativity was the result. Mallory Lindberg, an Employment Specialist from Nordstrom, says, “There were quite a few students that were not part of the retail program who were wandering through [the recruiters’ tables]…”

This new layout allowed for a larger flow of traffic to experience Retail Day. Balmer Commons was a secluded room that students had to make a conscious decision to enter. In Paccar, the event came to them in the halls so a larger population was exposed to it.

At the end of the event, the club held the annual raffle where retailers donated many prizes. One student bought just five raffle tickets (at $1 a piece) and won a snow board and a $500 gift certificate for new tires.

Zook says the event benefits the Foster School of Business as a whole. “By having Retail Day, Foster can showcase the RMP certificate in association with any of the business school majors. It also emphasizes that there are so many different majors and choices a student has through Foster.”

 

 –Rachel Zakhary, Senior, Retail Management Program

UMCA/E&Y Case Competition

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Undergraduate Management Consulting Association, in collaboration with Ernst & Young Advisory, hosted the second annual UMCA/EY Case Competition on April 8th. With over 80 participants divided amongst 20 separate teams, this competition was one for the records!

The 2011 Winning Team

The 2011 Winning Team

 E&Y client bizXchange (http://www.bizx.com/) was the subject of the “live case” – meaning students were consulting on a real problem the company is facing today. All materials were created using factual data and written by bizXchange executives. Teams were challenged with figuring out a transformative solution in shifting from B2B to B2C. Cases were handed out only 40 hours before presentation, so as to simulate a strong deadline in the real world. Presentations were 10 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes of collaborative question and answer.

Judges, made up of company management and E&Y professionals, were thoroughly impressed with both the quality of suggestions and the presentations themselves. Each division had one preliminary round winner who advanced to the final round presentations. Congratulations to Kroeg & Mixson Consulting– team members Jared Egge (Senior), Rich Tigges (Junior), Brooke Schwan (Senior) and Vincent Lucero (Junior)– for their first place presentation. All four finalists received bizXchange dollars, LinkedIn recommendations and a gift bag full of E&Y swag!

Case Competitions at Foster continue to provide a unique, out of the classroom application of critical thinking and strategic development skills. Students are asked to work with one another in real life situations and are presented with an amazing opportunity to hone their presentation and professional repertoires. UMCA is inspired by the amount of individuals looking to participate and already looking forward to next year’s event!

-Kevin Durkin, Senior, Accounting
 
A student team collaborates to perfect their presentation.

A student team collaborates to perfect their presentation.

Foster Week of Service 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Foster Week of Service 2011This year marked Foster’s third year of participation in the Foster Week of Service, a week dedicated to students joining together and giving back to the community. Partnering with the Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC), the Undergraduate Business Council was host to ten different student organizations with approximately 11 events during the week of January 18th that focused on hands-on service activities and reaching out to the Seattle community.  More than 200 Foster students and faculty members came together during the week to take part in these events, which ranged from activities such as participating in a Corporate Social Responsibility panel, to tutoring at the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle, and donating items and preparing dinner for the Roots Seattle Youth Shelter.  

This event has steadily grown over the past three years, and organizers hope it will continue to grow in the future. Overall, Foster Week of Service was the perfect opportunity for students to think outside of the typical business-setting and focus on community awareness and philanthropy.

Foster Business Week 2010

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

UBC members sell t-shirts and tickets at the BizBQEach year, the Undergraduate Business Council coordinates the largest student-run event at the Foster School each May. Foster Business Week is made up of individual events– from speakers to barbeques to awareness events– all put on by Foster clubs and organizations in order to raise awareness of the business school on campus, and to celebrate our Foster community.

This year, Michelle Choe won the FBW Theme Contest with her submission of  ”Work it Harder, Make it Better, Do it FOSTER, Makes us Stronger” and the planning kept rolling from there. By the time the week was over, events included: Musical Chairs Tournament sponsored by ABBS;  the 2nd Annual Ethics Case Competition sponsored by MUSH and UBC; the  Spring Cruise sponsored by AKPsi; Salsa Dance Lessons sponsored by HBSA; Sales Career Fair sponsored by USC and the always popular Foster Pub Crawl on the Ave sponsored by UBC.

This was the last year that the annual BizBQ was held at Balmer Hall, due to the building’s scheduled demolition in the Fall. Undergraduate Programs Office staff flipped burgers and veggie burgers for the 12th year in a row, and all of those burgers fed over 450 people in two hours– including some of the construction workers who are completing the new Paccar Hall!

The week was a huge success, and plans are already under way for Foster Business Week 2011!

Members of UBC and MUSH with the winners of the 2nd Annual Foster Ethics Case Competition.

Members of UBC and MUSH with the winners of the 2nd Annual Foster Ethics Case Competition.

Students scramble for seats at the Musical Chairs Tournament sponsored by ABBS.

Students scramble for seats at the Musical Chairs Tournament sponsored by ABBS.

Ernst & Young/UMCA Case Competition

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

 Ernst & Young

 

 

On April 9th 56 students participated in the first annual Ernst & Young and UMCA case competition.

Case Competitions provide an excellent opportunity for students to work together in groups and practice their business skills, analytical thinking, and public speaking.  In the Fall of 2009 the Undergraduate Management Consulting Association (UMCA) decided that as a consulting organization it needed to offer a case competition so that students could actually get their hands on analyzing and solving a business case; just like they would in consulting.

There are numerous case competitions on campus but few that are hosted by the “all-star” companies that numerous students try to get jobs with.  This was where UMCA reached out the Ernst & Young.  As it turned out Ernst & Young was more than eager to partner in setting up a case competition.  The partnership between UMCA and Ernst & Young allowed for both entities to focus on what they specialize in.  UMCA focused on reached out to students and organizing logistics and Ernst & Young set out to find judges and a case.

14 teams, making a total of 56 students, analyzed a case related to how Pandora Radio can generate profit.  The judges were impressed with what solutions the students came up with, ranging from hardware devices to online advertising.  Ultimately the judges were most impressed and awarded first place to Vance Rouch, Venkat Rao, Elaine Raymond, and Cameron Chin.  These students will get the opportunity to have dinner with numerous Ernst & Young Partners and Recruiters.

The first annual Ernst & Young and UMCA case competition was a huge success and with numerous teams on the waitlist this year, we are eager to expand the case next year.

-Peter Fantham, Senior, Marketing/Info Systems

UBC Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Two students discuss goals for the quarter during the UBC Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

Two students discuss goals for the quarter during the UBC Peer Mentorship Kick-Off

The Undergraduate Business Council’s brand new Mentorship Program got off to a great start with our Peer Mentorship Kick-Off last Wednesday, October 14th. The program, which has two tiers, focuses on pairing new students with an upper classmen mentor during Autumn Quarter, and then pairing those upper classmen with professional mentors later in the school year.  New students learned about the program during their summer orientations, and were encouraged to register in order to ease the transition to UW.  Over the course of the Autumn quarter, mentors are required to meet up with their mentees on at least five occasions and are encouraged to attend Foster and campus events together.

More than 80 students are participating in the program this quarter as either a mentor or mentee. The majority of the students involved were at the Kick-off, where mentors and mentees discussed goals and swapped contact information over pizza in a casual setting.   

Ashley M. Farnsworth (Senior, Marketing & HR Management),  Co-Chair – Undergraduate Business Council 

Mike McLaughlin and Alex Wortman get to know each other over pizza.

Mike McLaughlin and Alex Wortman get to know each other over pizza.

Foster Fall Welcome 2009

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Officers from MUSH table at the Fall Welcome

Officers from MUSH table at the Fall Welcome

This year’s Foster Fall Welcome was the largest yet with 22 groups tabling and a many students making their way through Balmer Commons during the event. Student organizations and program offices set up displays to help new and returning Foster students understand all of the opportunities that are available, and snacks and drinks were provided.

This annual resource fair is a tradition in the first few weeks of the Fall quarter, and allows students to connect with Foster clubs, departments and programs in order to enhance the undergraduate experience. 

If you missed the Fall Welcome and are interested in checking out the student clubs, you can find them on the Foster School of Business website!

2009 Business Career Fair

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
UMCA officers coordinate the annual Business Career Fair

UMCA officers coordinate the annual Business Career Fair

Undergraduate Management Consulting Association (UMCA) hosts the annual Business Career Fair every fall quarter in the beginning of the school year. Even though UMCA focuses on careers in management consulting and investment banking, the Business Career Fair features companies hiring for all types of careers. This fair has always been advertised campus-wide and is a great opportunity to interact with recruiters. Hence, this event has always been highly anticipated by both students and employers. Both parties have consistently found success each year where students receive internship and job offers as well as employers hire talented students to add value to their companies.

 In the current state of the economy, we were presented with a few problems in planning for the Business Career Fair 2009. As companies continue to cut their budget, recruiting continues to decline. Therefore, the main concern was: With more students seeking jobs than ever, how do we increase employer attendance to offer more networking opportunities for students?

Students meet recruiters at the annual Business Career Fair

Current student Holly Rubert talks with alum Susan Kramer (BA '07) during the Business Career Fair.

 This year, a committee of eight worked meticulously on developing ways to increase employer attendance and cut costs without degrading the students’ or employers’ experience at the fair. On October 13th, after over 3 months, 1100 emails, and 450 hours of planning later, it all came together in 4 hours as students interacted with over 80 employers, developing relationships, and finding the right fit for themselves and the company. Employers were impressed with the quality and quantity of the students. Many recruiters complimented our UMCA Resume Book, which was given to all employers, featuring the profile and resumes of all UMCA members. In regards to the quantity of students, a recruiter quoted, “I haven’t spoke with this many students in four years.” As for me, it was an extreme pleasure to be working with an enthusiastic committee of UMCA members and officers; although, none would have been possible without the help from the Foster School of Business, UW Career Center, SAO office, and HUB services.

 If you are interested in being involved with the Business Career Fair 2010, come to our UMCA meetings on Wednesdays 7PM in Balmer 214.

 We wish all students the best of luck during recruiting season!

 

Rocky Tang (Junior, Finance)
Career Fair Coordinator
Undergraduate Management Consulting Association

Foster Leaders Go To Camp!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
Foster Student Leaders

Foster Student Leaders

46 Foster students and six staff members spent two nights at Camp Huston in Gold Bar, Washington, in late September for the Foster Undergraduate Student Leadership Retreat.

22 business student organizations sent representatives who practiced communication and conflict resolution skills, discussed the impact of diversity, and found ways to collaborate between groups. The students all mastered a low-ropes challenge course and concluded the weekend with an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt.

The annual event, now it its fourth year, is held the weekend before Autumn classes begin in order for student organizations to better collaborate and communicate with each other during the school year.  Business student organizations are required to send two representatives, and those students are tasked with teaching the group about their clubs, and then brining back information and ideas from the retreat to their membership.

Challenge Course

Challenge Course