The Energy Commerce Association (ECA) is Tech's student-run branch of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). Each semester the ECA hosts meetings and social events that allow students to meet each other, network and share past experiences from internships and full time jobs. The ECA engages in fundraising events, philanthropy, socials and guest lectures, among other things.
Who is eligible to join the ECA?
All students who have been accepted into the Energy Commerce major, as well as Energy Commerce Certificate students, are eligible to join the ECA.
What are the details about membership requirements and responsibilities?
Members must be in good standing within the Energy Commerce program to participate in the organization. All members are invited to participate in events and are rewarded for their involvement. There is a point system in place and awards are given out to the most active members at the end of the year.
Are there any upcoming activities/events for the ECA?
In November, the ECA will host a bowl-a-thon, which is a bowling tournament for members. In association with this fun night, the organization will be arranging a toy drive with Toys for Tots. Members who donate a toy valued at $20 or more will earn free admission to the bowl-a-thon. The ECA also participates in co-ed intramural sports through the student recreation center. Although sign-ups for football have passed, the organization plans to enter teams into other intramural sports, such as basketball and softball. On October 1, the ECA spent the morning volunteering at the South Plains Foodbank's apple orchard and plan to return this semester for another day of volunteering.
What are some benefits of joining the ECA?
The oil and gas industry is a tight-knit community. It is important for students to build relationships now to benefit post-grad careers. The ECA is a great tool for networking opportunities. Not only do students build relationships with each other, but the ECA provides opportunities to network with alumni and industry partners.
"The ECA has given me the opportunity to build friendships with fellow energy commerce majors, find new opportunities, and most importantly, serve Texas Tech and the Lubbock community," senior Taylor Stockton said.
"We gave back to the community by volunteering at the Lubbock South Plains Food Bank, and I had the opportunity to talk to one of my future professors in the program. This gave me a chance to interact with him outside of the classroom and on a more personal level. I have also been given the opportunity to meet my classmates, as well as those in my major who are not the same classification as I am. They have all been so welcoming and have given me excellent advice," junior Tori Jordan said.
"Being a part of the ECA has given me a chance to get to know other energy commerce students while participating in fun events, such as intramural games and socials. The ECA also provides opportunities to give back to the Lubbock community by volunteering with local charities," senior Landon Darwin said.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.