Meet David Schenker, Teamwork project group

I had the pleasure of interviewing David Schenker, class of 2015, who sits in a chair position of the Teamwork group. David came up with the exciting idea of organizing the biggest event we have ever seen in the Business Honors Program – an Anaheim Ducks hockey game, complete with broomball and fun on the ice afterwards. This is not a small undertaking by any means (150 seats are being held for our group), and did I mention it is OPENING NIGHT too?! What a gem. David has been involved with every step of this strategic plan, and I know I cannot wait to attend! The game will be on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7 PM. We still have a few tickets available, so please contact David so you do not miss out on this great opportunity!! (562) 225-2429.

**Check out my interview with David below to learn about his journey to the Business Honors Program, and the emotional intelligence that has helped him succeed in his educational journey.

David Schenker

Concentration: Entertainment/Tourism

CH: “What business skills have served you best in your current position for the Teamwork” group?”

DS: “My initial connections were very critical in the planning stages of this project. Because I work for the Ducks, I had the idea to incorporate Prianca’s (Senior, teamwork leader) idea of ice-skating, with this larger scale event. I felt this would be a fun opportunity for the Business Honors students to bond and get to know each other outside of the school setting. Additionally, organization has played a key role in the success of this project. I have had to create spreadsheets to keep track of the expenses and money collected, as well as allocating jobs to other members of my team to ensure the success of this event.”

CH: “I know you, like myself, transferred this year from junior college. How has this leadership position benefited you in the transition and helped you adjust to a larger scale university?”

DS: “The great thing with these project teams is that they allow you to bond over an organizational goal. I missed out on the initial bonding opportunity in the summer because I was unable to attend the Fall Kick-Off in August. Since then I have gotten to know people in my teamwork group through the planning of this event. Interacting with them, putting together what we have learned in our classes, as well as incorporating something that I am passionate about (the Ducks), has really given me so much pleasure, and has allowed me to get to know my fellow Business Honors students on a more personal level which has been a great transition to a larger school.”

CH: “What advice can you give to future transfer students and/or students interested in joining the Business Honors program?”

DS:  “Specifically for me, I had a long road to the Business Honors program. I attended Junior College in Long Beach, and initially wished to transfer to CSULB. I came to realize the Business focuses offered were more vast here at CSUF, and had to change my road plan based on the classes CSUF required. I had my eye on the Business Honors program, but because I was short on classes to be accepted, I needed to complete them immediately and it was virtually impossible to get them all finished over one summer in order to be a part of the program. I ended up hunkering down and staying at Junior College in Long Beach to complete the classes (something I was not too happy about), and eventually made my transition into the program. My major piece of advice to give anyone about this program is that it is not a race. At the end of the day it is about the way in which you set yourself apart, and the Business Honors program allows you to do just this.”

CH: “As juniors we are currently enrolled in Management 339. Have you come across any situations in your group project where you had the ability to utilize some of the skills we learned in class?”

DS:  “One of the first topics we discussed in class had to do with emotional intelligence which really grabbed my attention. This was so powerful to me because I feel there is a fine line between someone in charge who has this “power” attitude compared to someone who has a calm demeanor and is respectable. In our group and just in general, I try to work hard to not be that guy who is a loudmouth because it is easy to cross that line and get there when you are given power. Additionally, you have to know who you are working with because everyone is so different. I want to be like-able because that is important to me – like-able people are hired. It is easy to have a good relationship with people you come into contact here in this program because everyone is just so great.”

CH: “Where do you see yourself after graduation as far as career aspirations/goals?”

DS:  “I would like to take advantage of the doors that have opened for me (specifically with the Ducks). I am very interested in hockey operations, where I am hoping to land a potential internship in the near future. Here I would have the chance to work in the front office and interact with executives responsible for the day-to-day operational tasks of the organization. I definitely would like to go to graduate school, however I know there are opportunities when we graduate from this prestigious program to get a job and join a company where they may even pay for my higher education. Imagine that! “

CH: “Thank you so much for setting aside the time to talk to me today.”

DS: “Thank you Cat. I hope everyone comes out and supports the team and our program. It is going to be an exciting event in an electric atmosphere. Get your tickets today!“

2013 Fall Kick-Off Event

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, 88 new and continuing Business Honors students got together for the annual Fall Kick-Off. The students participated in creativity and collaboration icebreakers and “game shows” to get to know one another. Students with the most clever ideas or the correct answers were able to choose their prize from a collection of Business Honors swag.

The signature event for Business Honors students was the scavenger hunt. The incoming freshmen and juniors were paired into groups with continuing sophomores, juniors and seniors to find various locations around campus using the clues provided. Once the scavenger hunts concluded, each team came together to demonstrate “what it means to be a Titan” through creative and humorous presentations.

At the end of the day, the new students went home with new friends, Business Honors goodies, and a better understanding of the Business Honors culture.

Food drive ~ holiday spirit

Talented, motivated, and dedicated. These are all words that describe the Business Honors students. And this coming week, we have decided to dedicate our time to people in need of help. The holidays are close and in the spirit of the season, millions of people will be holding canned food drives to distribute to families.  In the coming weeks Business Honors will also be holding a canned food drive as well as getting involved in philanthropy events to do our part. On November 3rd Business Honors will be working with Project Buddies, an on campus organization that holds events for special needs college students. We will be taking a trip to Disneyland and spending a few hours with these students. I have worked with them before and know for a fact that all the students have a lot of fun and it really means a lot to them. We will also be having decorated boxes in the Business Honors Center SGMH 1407 next week to collect canned food for donations. The boxes will be separated between the four years for a little competition since we are competitive business honors students! This is the first year that Business Honors will be holding this event, so come out and give your support and hopefully we will be able to turn this into a tradition!

~Caroline

BH Speaker Series V: Careers at Boeing

On Friday November 9, we had an awesome guest speaker: Mark Tiffany with The Boeing Company. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, then the name Boeing might! Since CSUF just had a week of Boeing case study competitions, we thought it would be great to have someone from the company speak with the Business Honors students.

If you weren’t there, you definitely missed out on some great food and opportunities! The first thing that caught my eye as we sat down for the presentation was the slogan on the front page of the power point: “What others dream, we do.” And Boeing does just that. Anyone ever dreamt of flying? Well if you don’t know a single thing about Boeing, then one thing you should know is that Boeing makes airplanes! And not just airplanes, they make anything from satellites to aircrafts for the military.

How would you like to work for one of the leading companies in the world? Well you can! Our speaker shared with us many opportunities that business students can acquire with their company and what you should do to get started. So if this is something you’re interested in, I would definitely get on top of the information right now! If you happen to have missed the meeting, no worries. The information shared with us is all on the Boeing website – so feel free to check it out!

~Caroline Liang

Boeing Case Study Competition: Part II

So you all remember the Boeing Case Study you read about earlier, right? Well the results are in, and two of the top three winning teams are from our very own Business Honors Program! Taking first place was the “Boeing The Distance” team: Eric Don, Natalie Chau, and David Peterson. Following close behind in third place was the “Number Navigators” team: Irina Arora, Tyler Stewart, and Steven Rodriguez.

Now let’s find out what some of them got out of this experience. Senior Eric Don explained that he “learned how to capitalize on each team member’s strengths.” Eric and his group were invited to a private luncheon with top Boeing executives at their El Segundo facility. Not going to lie, but I’m pretty jealous.

After hearing about these student’s experiences, I definitely want to participate in this case study next year.

~Paayal Bhakta

BH Speaker Series IV: Internships and Community Engagement

How many of you know about the process you have to go through for internships? See, this is why you should come to our workshops! Last Friday, November 2, Robert Pierce with the Center for Internship and Community Engagement came to talk to Business Honors students about the steps to take for an internship.

First of all, you have to start looking for internships a couple months before you want to take the class. For those of you that need help looking for one, you can go to your student portal and look under Titan Connections, or you can always go to the career center. Just make sure your internship is in your concentration. The internship course that you have to take is 3 units and the professor in charge is most likely the department chair.

For those of you who are juniors and seniors, you better get on this internship ASAP! As for freshmen and sophomores, you might as well start early. So start applying and make sure to apply for multiple internships. You want to keep your options open when it comes to an internship.

~Paayal Bhakta

Project Buddies and Canned Food Drive

Talented, motivated, and dedicated: these are all words that describe the Business Honors students. And this coming week, we have decided to dedicate our time to people in need of help. The holidays are close and in the spirit of the season, millions of people will be holding canned food drives to distribute to families. During the next few weeks, Business Honors will also be holding a canned food drive as well as getting involved in philanthropy events.

On November 3, Business Honors will be working with Project Buddies, an on-campus organization that holds events for special needs college students. We will be taking a trip to Disneyland and spending a few hours with these students. I have worked with them before and know that all the students have a lot of fun and it really means a lot to them.

We will also be having decorated boxes in the Business Honors Center (SGMH 1407) next week to collect canned food for donations. The boxes will be separated between the four years for a little competition since we are competitive Business Honors students! This is the first year that Business Honors will be holding this event, so come out and give your support and hopefully we will be able to turn this into a tradition!

~Caroline Liang

Communication Skills Workshop: “FREE TO B”

So who doesn’t know Professor Clark? Of course we all know her because she’s the director of our program! On Friday October 26, the speaker at the weekly Business Honors Workshop was none other than our very own, Professor Clark.

Let’s take a look at what we learned about communication skills. One thing to remember is FREE TO BBE. What does that even mean and why is be spelled wrong? Don’t worry, it’s not wrong. Focused, Relaxed, Energetic, Expressive, Tone, Organize, Body language, and be what. When you introduce yourself, focus on your objective and relax. Engage with the other person by bringing energy and expression. Explain your current situation with your tone and make sure you’re organized. Present your request with your body language and what you want to be (what characteristic you want to express).

Professor Clark made the students put these new pointers to use by pairing everyone up and having them take turns in conversations with a “local business person.”

This last workshop had the highest turnout number yet, so keep it up Business Honors students!

~Paayal Bhakta