Honors Business Program

Honors Alumni Networking Event

On February 26, 2015, current Business Honors students met up with alumni at the White Stag Block in Portland for dinner and networking at the annual honors alumni networking event.

The alumni networking event was a great opportunity for us to meet and interact with past Business Honors students who are currently excelling in their respective fields. We met alumni from various graduating classes who currently work in industries like investment banking, management consulting, tech, accounting, and many others. Being able to network over dinner meant gaining personal insight about current industry trends, as well as unique job and internship opportunities.

The night started with networking over dinner. Honors students were able to sit near professionals with similar career goals and talk while enjoying the catered food. The event then transitioned into a panel discussion about career paths, the impact of the honors program, and other topics sparked by a question and answer session. The alumni panelists—Ryan Dangaran, Brian Feeney, Ashley Lund, Nicole Wickswat, and Renn Anderson—spoke about their experiences in the program and described the traits they look for when hiring. The panel discussion helped us learn how we could stand out when we apply to competitive jobs and industries.

After the panelists finished taking questions, attendees were free to continue building connections with the professionals on a more casual basis, which created a great networking atmosphere.

— Xiao Liang ’17 and Josh Bryant ’17

XiaoLiang

Bio: Xiao Liang is an accounting major and economics minor who will graduate in 2017. His dream career is to work for a Big Three consulting firm.

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Bio: Josh Bryant is currently a sophomore studying business administration with a concentration in finance and economics. He hopes to one day work in private equity. A fun fact about Josh is that his parents own a blueberry farm in Albany, Oregon.

 

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

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Honors Program Ninkasi Site Visit

Ninkasi was the first site visit I attended with the Honors Program. I did not know what to expect or how it would connect with my own experiences. I was apprehensive because of my lack of knowledge around beer and the brewing industry but I still found the visit extremely interesting and felt that I learned a lot.

We met with staff members from different areas of the company and toured their new brewing facilities. We covered topics from their financial structure to the cool projects they were working on, such as new flavors and launching yeast into space. They told us that the reason they included a rock climbing wall and a rooftop bar in their headquarters was because it created the culture they were trying to foster.

As a student pursuing a marketing concentration, the most interesting thing to me was discussing how they decided on which areas of the state and country they would distribute to. They are growing very quickly but they are very selective about where they distribute because they want to make sure that the product is moving quickly and customers are getting it relatively fresh. This can pose a challenge for them in smaller markets and showed a direct application of some of the principles I was learning in class.

What made this opportunity and experience even better was the fact that I got to share it with many of my closest friends. Walking around Ninkasi, learning about how they are growing and developing, along with the great conversation and questions of my peers, made this site visit fun and memorable. I would encourage all those who have to chance to attend site visits in the future to do so and to make the most of every opportunity being in honors affords us.

—Rebecca Kistler ’15

RebeccaKistlerNinkasiBio: Rebecca Kistler is currently studying business administration and psychology and will graduate in the fall of 2015. Her dream career is to work on the marketing and advertising of headline tours with Live Nation and a fun fact about her is that she was a camp counselor for five years.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

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Honors Program Paintball Social

Twenty-five students from the Lundquist College of Business Honors Program set out for the evening to Paintball Palace, Lane County’s premier paintball and laser tag destination. This was an opportunity to apply the skills learned within the classroom out on the paintball arena. Critical thinking and strategic communication skills with other teammates were the key to succeeding in the war zone. This event was a great bonding opportunity and an awesome experience outside of Lillis with both honors cohorts coming together.

It is safe to say I was not the most outstanding player out there. I’ll admit, my loyalty to fellow team members was tested as friendly fire did come from my direction. It showed peoples’ true colors and tested their endurance. Blood, sweat, and tears were shed, but we all came out as better friends at the end of the night.

The Honors Program social events are an opportunity to create memories and build stronger friendships within the cohort. My experience in the program during the past two years has shaped me into the individual I am today and has prepared me for life after college. I have made lifelong friendships with some of the most genuine and intelligent students at the university and cannot thank the Honors Program enough for the variety of opportunities provided to me during my time in Eugene.

—James Coghill ’15

JamesCoghillPaintballBio: James Coghill is a senior in the Business Honors Program who will graduate in June of 2015 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. Coghill looks forward to starting his career with Kroger in its general merchandise department.

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Career Readiness for International Students

Career Readiness for International Students – Aron Zhang

Recently launched by Lundquist College Career Services, the International Student Career Empowerment (ISCE) initiative provides international prebusiness majors with a structured approach to gaining practical work experience and expanding their professional networks. The Career Readiness for International Students event was a one-day intensive workshop put on by ISCE that taught students everything from writing effective resumes and cover letters to networking strategies. Business alumni also virtually visited the current students to share their own experience with transitioning from being an international student at the UO to working for an American company.

Below, Aron Zhang gives his experience from the event:

What was your favorite part about the Career Readiness event?
I enjoyed the resume workshop, and the guest speaker for Curricular Practical Training & Optional Practical Training

What was the most useful thing you learned during the Career Readiness event?

How to construct my resume based on the companies I like and am applying for instead of submitting the resumes randomly to job openings. 

What were you most surprised to learn?

I am surprised by how competitive it is to get a H-1B Working Visa nowadays. 

—Aron Zhang ’17

Hometown: Shantou, China
Major: Business
Concentration: Sports business
Certificate: International business communication
Campus Involvement: President UO Table Tennis Club, member Warsaw Sports Business Club, resource consultant in Mills International Center, works in Undergraduate Advising Office for Lundquist College of Business.

 

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.

Career Readiness for International Students

International Student Career Empowerment

Recently launched by Lundquist College Career Services, the International Student Career Empowerment (ISCE) initiative provides international prebusiness majors with a structured approach to gaining practical work experience and expanding their professional networks.

Below, Fang Zhou shares her experience from ISCE’s recent Career Readiness event.

What was your favorite part about the ISCE? 

My favorite parts about ISCE were the timeline requirements and the one-on-one consultation.

Timeline requirements were great, I didn’t know what I could do initially. Having those deadlines urged me and directed me to take action in personal career exploration. With continuous participation, I gradually felt how it influenced my life positively. I began to enjoy and actively participate in activities, events, and clubs.

One-on-one consultation with ISCE director Xiaoying (Ava) Chen was also very helpful. I really appreciated her advising and help. As an international student who started exploring careers in my junior year, there was a lot I had to make up for. I didn’t know how to articulate my past experience on my resume, how to get ready for an interview, or what I should do to better prepare for my future. Through the conservations with the Xiaoying, I felt encouraged to solve the problems I met and keep exploring my career options. When I have difficulties, there is always someone to help me. I’m grateful for the support.

What was the most useful thing you learned from the ISCE?

The most useful thing I learned from ISCE was the idea that the more you try, experience, and participate in, the more you will gain. There are a lot of good resources and opportunities available on campus and there are many friendly people willing to help us. If I didn’t try or take the initiative, I never would have known how great it could be.

What were you most surprised to learn?

I was most surprised to learn how many resources are available in our university from ISCE. For example, just in the Career Center, students can make appointments with an advisor to have one-on-one consultations, sign up for workshops and career events, get practice interviews, or pick up a resume or cover letter writing guide. For the business school, there are even major specific guides and international student specific guides available.

What would you tell a friend who is considering joining ISCE?

If you are an international student who wants to look for career options in United States and you don’t know how to do it, but you have initiative to do it well, don’t miss the opportunity. ISCE is like a good friend who will help you and motivate you to make progress.

—Fang Zhou ’16

Hometown: Wuhan, China
Major: Accounting
Minor: Economics
Campus Involvement: Beta Alpha Psi and International Business and Economics Club
Dream Career: Accountant

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The UO Lundquist College of Business empowers an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders who create, apply, and disseminate knowledge that contributes significantly to their professions, communities, and society. The college delivers a dynamic learning environment where world-class professors engage and get to know students, where students work on real projects for real companies, and where alumni go on to high-powered jobs worldwide.