Posts Tagged ‘Freshman Direct’

BUILDing Leaders

Monday, December 13th, 2010
Students participate in a discussion group based on leadership topics

Students participate in a discussion group based on leadership topics.

The second annual BUILD Leadership Summit brought together business and pre-business students of varying experience for one day of workshops and networking. While many at UW took the day off, Foster freshman through seniors participated in discussions, communication activities, a campus scavenger hunt and various workshops held during the Veteran’s Day holiday.  

The day-long event was part of the popular BUILD Program (Business Undergraduates in Leadership Development) and earned student participants two  BUILD credits– 1/4 of what is needed to earn a BUILD Certificate.  Students who earn 8 BUILD Program credits throughout the school year can earn a certificate and an invitation to a VIP reception at the end of the year. The BUILD Program hosts five events per quarter.

Alumni volunteers came back to help Undergraduate Programs Office advisers facilitate discussion groups and activities aimed at improving students’ leadership skills. Each student walked away with new contacts of peers and alumni, as well as a certificate of completion for participating in the day’s events.  

Mandy Baker helps guide her teammates through a communication exercise.

Mandy Baker helps guide her teammates through a communication exercise.

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.

Dawg Daze Ice Cream Social

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
UPO staff serves ice cream while students choose their toppings.

UPO staff serves ice cream while students choose their toppings.

Over 300 students, faculty and staff converged on Balmer Commons on September 29th for the annual Foster Ice Cream Social, which is a part of the Dawg Daze program to welcome students to campus.  

The Undergraduate Programs staff served free ice cream and everyone was encouraged to build their own sundae with various toppings. 

The event was the first chance for newly admitted Freshman Direct students to mingle with faculty and staff, while older students and a wide array of students interested in business from across campus enjoyed the festivities as well.