A three-day networking event created by University students titled “Jumping Into Business” commenced on Tuesday with activities aimed at introducing students to the many business organizations on campus while offering an opportunity to participate in service actions.
A Student Organization Fair will continue today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Virginia’s Courtyard at the Business Education Complex, where 16 business organizations will be present to network with students. There will also be a food drive for the LSU Food Pantry, a snowball stand, a résumé writing seminar and a rock wall.
The event culminates Thursday with a meet-and-greet session with the college’s Dean’s Advisory Council in the BEC Rotunda from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event was created as a joint effort by Daniel Seghers, accounting senior and Alpha Kappa Psi president, and Shane Bickham, civil engineering senior and Pi Sigma Epsilon president. The students’ respective business fraternities are also hosting the events.
“The week is centered around the goals of every business organization, which is to have a professional development event to help enhance interview skills,” Seghers said. “All the organizations participate in service events for the community and are having a food drive and are donating food to the LSU student food pantry. The goal of the week is to put on one long week that student organizations do within one semester.”
Bickham and Seghers enlisted the help of marketing senior and Business College Council President Paul Broussard and the trio began planning “Jumping Into Business” last semester and into the summer.
What began as just an idea quickly evolved into a real event that would benefit students unaware of the positive aspects associated with being involved with a business organization, Seghers said.
“Being in an organization, it’s a key to developing your professional abilities,” he said. “Once you graduate you are looking for a job, so being part of an organization helps to develop professional skills and get ready for life after college.”
Broussard said business organizations also benefit students while still in college by helping them meet new friends and find their place within the college.
Bickham focused on the service side of “Jumping Into Business” by partnering with the LSU Food Pantry.
“I had envisioned it ever since I became the president of Pi Sigma Epsilon, to join students and organizations and raise money and food for those that are less fortunate,” he said.
Bickham said the business organizations will be collecting food for the food pantry, which will help to open students’ eyes and show them how fortunate they are.
Though most of the organizations are affiliated with the business college, Seghers said they are open to all students and majors.
“I would encourage all students to attend,” he said. “Most of the organizations are really open to accepting students to any majors. Juniors and seniors may be more apt to take advantage of it, but I would still heavily encourage underclassmen to attend because this is advice they can use right now.”