Q & A with Finance Senior Nicole Hawley

Nicole Hawley of Moyock, NC, recently interned with GEICO, a frequent participant with the Career Center’s Employer in the Foyer. She shared her experiences about the internship and how the College’s Career Center prepared her.

How did you learn about the internship?

At the beginning of fall 2016, the College’s Career Center sent out an email informing students of a scholarship opportunity from GEICO. I applied and ended up being a recipient of that scholarship. The scholarship was the GEICO Achievement Award. Once I received the award, a college recruiter at GEICO reached out to inform me of an internship they offer over the summer. Read more

Sophomore Sundae Social

The first ever Sophomore Sundae Welcome Back Event was a great success! College of Business sophomores celebrated the start of their semester by making ice cream sundaes with fellow students and members of the College of Business staff. Great networking event, great people, and even greater food!

Interested in participating next year? Leave a comment down below to let us know!

Q/A From the Student’s Perspective:

Q.) I found this event to be beneficial, why:

A.) “Wonderful connections”

A.) “Questions about major answered”

A.) “Networking and new ideas”

A.) “Information on internships”

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Leaving Australia

The Longest Day Ever

By Loren Butler

Today ended our two-week journey “Down Under.” It was a day of mixed feelings about leaving Australia. For me, I was extremely happy to be going home and sleeping in my own bed. I couldn’t wait. After about day seven, I was starting to feel a little homesick anyway. I woke up excited about leaving and packed my things. We checked out of the hotel and headed to brunch. It was the most beautiful day we had seen in Australia. The sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. There was the perfect breeze so you didn’t get too hot. All of this made me a little sad considering we had rain 11 out of the 14 days we were there. After brunch, we had some time before heading to the airport. My roommate and I decided to walk along the water and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Cairns. Read more

Tjapukai Visit

By John Gary

Throughout the trip through Tjapukai I could not help but notice all the similarities between their creation story and that of all other religions. It seems that some characteristics are universal. Watching their creation story was definitely a highlight of the trip through their sanctuary. It was interesting to hear everyone’s opinions on the story. Read more

Queensland University

By Tori Ingerson

Queensland University was an impressive campus as you enter. The grounds were beautifully kept and there were winding walkways as we headed to the large open grass area. Nothing was as impressive as the large sandstone blocks that the school was made of. They stood three stories high and each had their own unique hue and texture that came together masterfully. Colors of yellow and orange ruled most of the blocks with swirls of purple and red spotted around the courtyard. We lined up for a photo in the grass. The females were very attentive. The photographer was prettier than all of us. No problems smiling at him.


We finished and walked into a ground level classroom. We were met by a middle-aged woman that was very friendly. I struggled to listen but she greeted us with a welcome presentation. Oddly it was a welcome to Australia, not just Brisbane. Since we had already been there a week, most of us had realized they drive on the opposite side of the road but she made sure to emphasize this. The presentation was short and had little to do with the city however we did get to learn about the University and its’ history. We are spoiled in America having so many Ivy League schools, the significance of the school was slightly lost on me until it was further explained.

The student body was mixed. There were many people of different races. There seems to be a large Asian presence everywhere in Australia. Some students were dressed in business casual, some seemed to have a uniform of some sort. Many of the young ladies had the same skirt and blazer on, perhaps it’s a cultural thing. Very few students were in jeans and tee shirts but there were some speckled throughout. The campus seemed very large although the vegetation made it feel homey and not so much like an institution.

Kuranda Railway

By Josh Hutchinson

Growing up accompanying my grandfather on trips along the old railway line where he worked, I was not unfamiliar with their workings and capability to surprise even the most well-traveled guest. However, the historic Kuranda Railway has a charm rarely seen on tracks elsewhere in the world.

Snaking its way through the Macalister Range, this 23-mile track passes several waterfalls and crosses 55 bridges providing breathtaking views throughout. Upon boarding the train, I was impressed with the rustic feel of the carriage. Red leather seats in rows of 4 awaited us with space for up to 40 passengers per carriage. As the friendly voice tape reminded us, the carriages have all recently been restored in order to retain their original look and feel.

After several initial squabbles over who was to secure a prized window seat, the train slowly pulled away from the historic Kuranda Railway Station to make its steady way towards Cairns via Freshwater and also a quick stop at Barron Falls for photo opportunities. Aside from the obvious scenic views, the train provides an interesting glimpse into the lives of the over 1500 workers who toiled away in the baking heat in order to make the railway a reality. Read more

The Great Barrier Reef

by Catherine Clark

A brief, brisk walk down to the docks and before I knew it, we were boarding a magnificent sailboat that would take us to the small sandy island of Michaelmas Quay. After about an hour of windy, rocky sailing, we arrived at our destination. The water was as clear as glass, filled with fish and sea creatures of all kinds. The day ahead was full of fun opportunities to explore the miraculous ecosystem right below our feet. Read more

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

By Elise Karriker

Today was a day of dreams come true. I got up-close and personal with kangaroos that roamed freely; got to hold a cute, cuddly koala; and saw a baby kangaroo in its mother’s pouch.  Truly, my ‘bucket list’ just took a triple hit! When we arrived at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the anticipation was real. So real. I couldn’t wait to hold, and get my picture taken with, a koala. I’ve always loved koalas and thought that they were so cute. With their calm and deliberate ways, they remind me of my favorite animal, the sloth. To set the stage for our visit, we heard a brief lecture from the general manager about Lone Pine and some of its marketing and other business strategies. It was so interesting how little the nonprofit spends on marketing each year, yet it continues to grow steadily, as does its customer base. Lone Pine simply lets its guests do the marketing with their pictures and reviews, and this approach is obviously working. I mean, koala pictures are a pretty great marketing tool! Even more, I am proof of the contagious enthusiasm generated by the experiences the sanctuary offers. After the lecture, we walked further into the zoo and to the first exhibit: the koala exhibit. I went immediately to the store and got my photo pass as fast as I could, then got in line to hold one of these adorable creatures. Finally, it was my turn. I held a koala. She was soft and cuddly, and I felt like “Cordelia” was giving me a hug. Even though I was filled with such joy, I had to work to contain my excitement so I wouldn’t frighten this sweet Aussie ambassador. Read more

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