Students Embrace Business Clubs

March 2, 2013  |  by Lauren Agnello

The College of Business Administration student organizations had a very active fall 2012 semester. Thirteen Niagara University’s Finance Association members, accompanied by Ed Hutton, assistant professor and director of the Financial Services Lab, traveled to Toronto to meet with executives of several banks, including Bank of Montreal, CIBC and Citibank. While in Toronto, the finance students also had a networking dinner with NU alumni who are currently working in the Toronto area. In addition, four finance students, Peter Pane, Steve Boyle, Ling Zhou and Brandon Gallegos participated in the CFA Investment Research Challenge, held at Canisius College Feb. 19, 2013.  They earned the silver medal due to their hard work and preparation.

Accounting students were also quite busy, especially members of Beta Alpha Psi, the International Honor Society for accounting majors. They held several technicals on campus with professionals who provided insight and answered questions about careers in accounting. Students were also able to attend open houses and tour the facilities of several accounting firms, including Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP and Brock Schechter & Polakoff LLP. Lastly, students attended a dinner sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), where the guest speaker, Marc Matla from Homeland Security, discussed the topic of fraud. After quite an eventful semester, students will be focusing the majority of their time and resources this semester assisting with the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA), which offers free tax preparation for the local community.

The Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO), with its mission “to inform, support and inspire business students to be entrepreneurial,” celebrated its record high involvement and enrollment this school year. This was illustrated in part by the organization’s annual 5K Turkey Trot in November that raised over $600 for Heart, Love and Soul, a local food pantry. They have also brought in a series of speakers that included entrepreneurs, business owners, accountants, lawyers and specialists to talk about their experiences. One of the most fascinating speakers, Daniel Gomez Iniguez, a 22-year-old multimillionaire, spoke to the students about his experiences co-founding SOLBEN, an alternative energy technology company in Mexico. This semester, they are looking forward to site visits to Coca Cola Field, home to the Buffalo Bisons, and North American Breweries to gain more business insight.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) had several planning meetings including an informative visit from their SHRM professional liaison Ashley Weaver from Ingram Micro and both a learning and networking opportunity from a meeting with their professional SHRM chapter advisor. Over the coming semesters, they have plans to participate in resume building activities, networking opportunities, experiential trips and host exciting speakers. They are currently sponsoring a 50/50 raffle.

The Business Organizational Leadership Development (BOLD) club spent last semester introducing this year’s freshmen to the Sustainable Sandals Project. Members familiarized them with their operations as well as introduced the fundamentals in business management. This semester, they are currently working to ship out sandals through distributors to those in need of footwear in Central and South America. BOLD is also working to strengthen its ties to the local community in an effort to teach about the importance of the project and what they can do to help.

The Accounting Society has been generously volunteering its time to help the foundation Recycle for a Cause. They held a Halloween bake sale raising $200 and have aided with the bottle drive on campus for RFAC, contributing countless hours and helping to collect roughly 1,300 bottles. This semester, they will continue to support the efforts of Nikki Sepielli, the founder of RFAC, to help her foundation grow.

Niagara University’s Marketing Association (NUMA) has also been volunteering its time for RFAC, as well as a number of other various projects as they have begun a new initiative to work with Niagara University and the community to assist in marketing and research. NUMA members have been working with NU’s athletics department, marketing for the women’s volleyball and basketball, and men’s soccer and baseball teams. They have also have been working with the United Way of Greater Niagara, assisting them with their marketing research. Lastly, they have moved to join the Rochester chapter of the  National Marketing Association.

Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the College of Business Administration, commended the students on their hard work, stating, “The activities of the NU College of Business student organizations continue to expand and the clubs take on increasingly important directions. These accomplishments encompass high-value community service, as well as engaging in events that build the awareness of the institution in business and the community at large. We’re proud of what the students achieve and, in turn, I believe their activities are rewarded in the marketplace through the positions they are offered upon graduation.”