Get Involved & Boost Your Resume!

We have all heard throughout our college career, regardless of how long you have been here, how important it is to get involved on campus and in the community.  Not only does getting involved lead to professional relationships and networking opportunities, but it is also a great resume booster.  ECU has numerous clubs and associations for students to get involved and I know from experience that most of these clubs don’t just make you look better, but they are actually a lot of fun to be a part of!

The Student Commerce Club is a student philanthropy society open to all undergraduate and graduate business students that is designed to support COB students by enhancing the quality of academic programs, helping business students succeed, and strengthening ties with COB alumni and the business community.  The Student Accounting Society (SAS), Financial Management Association (FMA), the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), American Marketing Association (AMA), and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are all student organizations open to all majors and I urge everyone to get involved in a least one of these.

How do I get involved?

Personally, I am a member of AMA and I absolutely love it!  Last year we had the opportunity to go on an AMA sponsored trip to tour McKinney, a really interesting advertising agency in Durham, NC.  In November, I will be going to the Advertising Career Conference in NYC with a group of peers and get the opportunity to meet with professionals from Fortune 500 companies and some of the biggest advertising agencies in New York.  Last year we put on a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for AMA by painting glasses for different holidays.  At most of our meetings we have free pizza and drinks and we always have a great time at Relay for Life.  Like I said, these groups can be very beneficial and a lot of fun!

What else can you do to get involved?

There are also numerous honor societies within the COB, something that obviously looks great on resumes.  Some of these include Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Alpha Psi, Alpha lota Delta, and Mu Kappa Tau.  Admittance into these honor societies is based upon academic performance so if you have the grades, I definitely urge you to apply!  If you don’t have the best grades, then you have something to work towards.  Get those grades up and these societies can really help you out!

Leadership conferences are also great resume boosters.  This weekend, ECU is hosting the iLead Conference, a wonderful opportunity for all students.  The iLead Conference is a half-day leadership conference exclusively for ECU students that will build leadership capacity through interactive workshops and activities to enhance personal leadership and professional development.  The conference will be held on Saturday, September 17th in Mendenhall Student center and the cost of $15 includes lunch, a t-shirt, a professional portfolio, and conference session materials.  Keep in mind that most leadership conferences are much longer than a half-day so if you don’t have a lot of time this semester, this could be a great experience for you!

Another leadership opportunity that students can take advantage of is the Emerging Leaders Program.  The program will give students the necessary resources to develop their leadership styles, strengths, and talents.  In addition to being a lot of fun, this program will help participants become better students through learning where resources are on campus, being more engaged within the campus community, learning better time management, gaining friends, and learning more effective ways to network.  Becoming a leader isn’t an easy task; it involves years of practice and interaction with others to find your true leadership style.  Applications are due Tuesday, September 20th and the program starts Wednesday, September 21st.  For questions, email studentleadership@ecu.edu!

Get out there, get involved, & make a difference!

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Student Feature: Brennan Hickey

My name is Brennan Hickey and I am currently a senior here at East Carolina University.  It’s hard to think I will be graduating with a Marketing degree in 235 days, but who’s counting?

Ever since graduating from high school a couple years ago in Cary, NC, I have yearned to be a Pirate.  I remember back in 1999, watching East Carolina beat Miami in football in a game played only 10 miles from my home.  The inspirational game had to be moved to Raleigh due to widespread flooding in Greenville caused by Hurricane Floyd. Looking back, that game sparked my interest in East Carolina and my passion for college athletics, a passion I still have today.

At my freshman orientation back in 2008, I knew I wanted to get involved on campus and knew it should be with athletics.  I communicated over the summer with the Student Pirate Club (SPC) President at the time and planned to help them out my freshman year.  Fast forward to my senior year and I am now the Student Pirate Club President, a position I have held since my Junior year.  Being the SPC President has given me an inside look and participation with the athletic side of this great University.

In my first year as the SPC president, I worked with the Student Government Association and the Athletic Department to plan and name the new 7,000-seat student section (The Boneyard).  That same year the SPC conducted a competitive blood drive against NC State that occurred during the same week as the ECU-NCSU football game.  This is an event we have held twice, and proudly ECU has donated the most blood both times.  I work with a great group of fellow students who serve on our SPC Executive Board and make my job much easier.

Being the SPC President has opened many doors and meshed perfectly with my business marketing degree.  I also currently work part time with IMG College, performing sports marketing and sponsorship activities with ECU Athletics.

This past summer, I was fortunate to travel to China as part of the ECU Business School travel abroad program.  The trip far exceeded my expectations and helped me understand that the world is open to me with opportunities.  We met students from Chinese universities, visited American and Chinese companies and toured many cultural sites.

As a senior, the bittersweet feeling of graduation is slowing setting in.  I am planning on taking the GMAT and am anxiously waiting to see how the job market fairs in May.  Ideally, I could land a job with a University’s Athletic Department and attend graduate school with a discounted tuition.

In my three years at East Carolina University, I have loved being a Pirate and Marketing major. Taking leadership in the Student Pirate Club has complimented my desire to be a strong candidate in the business world and in the competitive job market.  I am looking forward to coming back to East Carolina as a proud Alumni and a lifetime Pirate.

ARRGH!

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It’s Pirate Time!

Hopefully everyone is getting back in the swing of things and well-adjusted to being back in school. I’m sure everyone’s stress levels are beginning to rise, as are mine, as professors begin to pile on the numerous assignments, projects, tests, and essays. Although it has only been a few weeks since the first day of school, my “to-do” lists are accumulating fast and I am already finding myself counting down the days until the weekend.  What gets you through your weeks?  For me, since it’s football season (my favorite time of year), pirate football is what I look forward to every week.  I had the privilege of traveling to Charlotte this past weekend to watch our pirates play USC at the Charlotte Panthers stadium and, although we didn’t win, it definitely got me pumped for football season. Seeing how many pirates set sail for Charlotte this weekend reminded me how passionate our pirate fan base really is! 

This weekend is our first home game so I hope everyone will be able to make it out to the game! I was watching this video of Terry Holland earlier today and it not only made me realize how lucky I am to be a pirate, but made me THAT much more excited about football season. How cool is it that we are able to say that our university is home to such amazing things? 

49,665 people pack into the Dowdy-Ficklen stadium for every home game, ranking the pirate football program 44th in the nation in NCAA rankings for attendance. There is no way to describe what Greenville is like on a pirate football day, you just have to be there to see it. ESPN announcers call ECU’s game day the “best game atmosphere and most electric of any stadium of any size anywhere in college football”. You just can’t beat the feeling of being in those stands with thousands of excited fans, cheering for our fellow pirates out on the field.

 Whether you are a professor, alumni, an undergrad student, a grad student, an accounting, marketing, finance, management, MIS, or whatever major you may be, if you haven’t yet experienced the thrill of a football game in Dowdy-Ficklen stadium, you have to experience it. Come out this weekend and help our fans make the stadium what many of us call “Rowdy Dowdy”…let’s show the Hokies what we’re made of! GO PIRATES!!

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