The Rawls College hosted a welcome lunch on Sept. 6 for Business Learning Community students living in Murray Hall. The lunch was open to the 240 students in the learning community, as well as Rawls College faculty and staff.
The Business Learning Community provides a unique experience for students in the Rawls College to live together in an environment supporting their academic, personal and professional success. The community, which is open to all classifications but consists of mostly freshmen, gives students opportunities to connect with other business majors, enjoy in-hall events, explore career options and get connected with valuable resources on campus.
"It was great getting to meet the students in our learning community and seeing them interact with some of our faculty and staff," Madison Proctor, undergraduate recruiter for the Rawls College, said. "The Rawls College is a great place to network, both with faculty/staff and other students."
Jake Lester, a freshman in the learning community, chose to live in the learning community to be more involved in the Rawls College and to be connected with other business students and resources.
"I am excited to take advantage of all the opportunities being in the learning community brings," Lester said. "I'm excited that, as school picks up, we will have more opportunities to meet with other students and faculty and take advantage of resources like the Career Management Center."
Professors, advisors and faculty from the Career Management Center (CMC) went around the room and introduced themselves to students and welcomed them to the college. Dr. Francisco Delgadillo, faculty director for diversity and associate professor of practice in ISQS, sat down with students and talked about the benefits of working within groups and leading groups, as well as briefly describing each of the 25 business-related student organizations available.
"I had an excellent visit with Rawls Learning Community members at the event," Delgadillo said. "We discussed how a university education, especially in business, should include favorable conditions to network with alumni, employers, faculty, staff and fellow students and how the Rawls College of Business excels at creating those favorable conditions for our students."
Delgadillo emphasized the advantages of getting signed up for a Handshake account and learning about all the events and workshops that the Rawls CMC has to offer, such as networking workshops, mock interviews, how to dress for success, personal branding, as well as the importance of signing up for at least one business student organization.