Hannah Chapman ’16 will be the president of the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) for the 2015-2016 academic year. She discusses the BICC’s activities and club involvement opportunities for Mihaylo students.
“Club involvement is not only fun, but it provides students with advancement opportunities not available in the classroom,” says Mihaylo management student Hannah Chapman ’16, president of the Business Inter-Club Council for the 2015-2016 academic year. “Depending on the club and the experience the student is hoping to gain, clubs can be social outlets, opportunities for networking events with potential employers and a support system. Employers often expect extracurricular involvement, and club involvement is an easy and enjoyable way to meet this requirement.”
Chapman notes that Mihaylo College has an incredibly diverse selection of clubs for its students. “We have clubs that are concentration-specific, fraternity-based and intercultural,” she says. “I encourage new or uninvolved students to talk with club members tabling in the Mihaylo Courtyard during the first few weeks of the semester and during Discoverfest during the second week of the semester to find out about clubs.” A complete listing is also available online at http://mihayloclubs.fullerton.edu.
CSU Fullerton is predominantly a commuter campus, which often equates to lower participation rates in clubs. Still, Chapman believes commuters – and transfer students – can and should get involved. “If you are a commuter, I suggest scheduling classes on the same days as your meetings to save you another drive through traffic,” she says. “Transfer students should get involved right away to meet others with similar academic interests. Practically every organization will provide networking opportunities with employers that can lead to internships and full time jobs,” she says.
Chapman discusses her role as BICC president and the mission and activities of the council: “My role as president, with the assistance of the executive board, is to facilitate the distribution of student fees between business clubs within Mihaylo College. It is not my job to decide what financial support goes to which club, but rather to host meetings for business club representatives to formally propose and discuss how to best allocate funds to advance Mihaylo students,” she says. The council is also responsible for special event planning, such as the annual Business Madness week, held the first week of March, and collaborating with other colleges at CSUF. “I hope to contribute to Mihaylo’s success by supporting business club representatives in their decision-making and informing students of the opportunities available to them,” she says.
Chapman balances her college courses, a job as an assistant accounting manager at Southern California Motorcycles in Brea and on- and off-campus volunteer and leadership positions. In addition to administrative, event planning and mentoring positions with the BICC and Business Honor’s Program, Chapman has volunteered overseas, interning with the Josiah Venture in Lviv, Ukraine, from May to August 2013.
For more information on the BICC, visit them online.