"Through the Rawls College of Business, it is not only possible to succeed, it's expected." - Dean Lance Nail
On October 23, 2013, the executive members of Rawls College of Business student organizations came together for a meeting with Dean Lance Nail.
"This meeting with Dean Nail and all the previous meetings this semester have revolved around one intention: bringing our student organizations and their leaders closer together," said Stuart Biltz, a senior marketing and management major.
Through his position as the Vice President of Outreach for the Rawls College of Business Ambassadors, Stuart Biltz spent the semester bringing the leaders together for collaborative efforts on behalf of the college.
"At the Rawls College of Business, student organizations have a very strong presence. However, when it comes to working with each other, we do not have a standard system of communication in place. My initiative this semester was to help bridge some of the gaps between these organizations, both for the collaboration of ideas and for easier communication amongst student organizations in the future."
"It is my belief that having student organizations work together to solve problems will result in the best solutions for their future members and for the Rawls College of Business" Biltz continued.
Dean Nail spoke and engaged with the group of student organization executive members, both sharing his perspective on the college, as well as responding and providing understanding to student feedback.
Peter Atore, president of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), believes "the platform was a tremendous opportunity."
"I got the chance to have a meaningful chats with other leaders in particular Star Marlette, who had a great perspective on how conflicting events hurt attendance to mutually beneficial workshops. I applaud the effort to arrange such a forum and I view it as an indicator of a collaborative future for the student body and the Office of the Dean within the Rawls College of Business," Atore continued.
Collaborative efforts between organizations will allow for increased student involvement, open communication between students, staff, and faculty, as well as increased recognition for student and organization accomplishments.
Topics of discussion included:
- 1) How the college can improve its communication with the student body
- 2) Student organization competitive grants, and the importance of national organization affiliations
- 3) Tweet, Meet and Eat: A unique initiative for students to share #RawlsIdeas with Dean Nail
- 4) Rawls LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan: #RawlsLeads and strategic initiative to have 50% of the student body involved in a Rawls student organization
- 5) Importance of student participation in national ranking surveys
Dean Nail discusses the Rawls LEADER in 2020 Strategic Plan
The Rawls student organizations represented include:
- Accounting Leadership Council (ALC)
- Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity (AKPsi)
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity (DSP)
- Energy Commerce Association (ECA)
- Finance Association
- Financial Advisors and Analysis Society of Texas Tech (FAASTT)
- Multicultural Student Business Association (MSBA)
- Phi Sigma Beta Service Organization
- Real Estate Organzation (REO)
- Tech Supply Chain Association
- Sigma Iota Epsilon
- Rawls Graduation Association (RGA)
- Society of Advanced Management (SAM)
- Rawls College of Business Ambassadors
- Rawls Eloquent Raiders Toastmasters
- Student Government Business Senators
- Tech Marketing Association
- Women in Business
- Rawls Student Business Council
Written By: Kacie Phillips