We’re about a month into the fall semester and we have been busy here in COBA.

Here’s a brief update of what’s been going on:

Guest Speakers
– Luanna Cole from The Plantation House and Rachel Hollis of Chic Events {Career Connect: Event Planning}
– Chad Baker from Jones Lang LaSalle {Career Connect: Commercial Real Estate}
– Shannon Wilburn, founder of  “Just Between Friends” consignment business  {Women in Business and Intro to Business classes}
– Paul Sprague of The Warwick Group, Inc {Griggs Center’s Entrepreneur Forum}

– The first annual Business Mixer – hosted by AMA; opportunity for all students to join a COBA student organization
– Our first ever Elevator Pitch Competition is underway. Students have submitted a business plan ‘pitch’ for a chance to win $1500 cash in a live ‘pitch off’ final round during the first week of October.
– Two Career Connect events: Event Planning and Commercial Real Estate

– Research done by Dr. Ian Shepherd and Dr. Brent Reeves using the ipads in the classroom has been featured in publications around the world and nation. Most recently, a report he contributed to was featured on KEYE News in Austin, TX as well as the news stations here in town. For more information about the research and the awards they’ve won, read this.
– Dr. Rick Lytle’s Consumer Behavior class was featured on local news outlets earlier this week for a research project they did based on Texaco’s “5 Point Service” check. Read more about what they learned here.

Upcoming Events
– Jump Start information sessions: Required for Juniors and Seniors in order to receive their advising code. Juniors will receive more information and training on internship search and prep and Seniors will receive more information on job search and interview prep.
– A group of approximately 20 students as well as faculty will travel to New York City over Fall Break to visit Wall Street and the headquarters of Johnson & Johnson and Tommy Hilfiger.
– Leadership Summit applications are now available in the Dean’s Suite and the Connections Office. An interest meeting will take place next Wednesday, 11am, in COBA rm. 301.
– Venture Out teams (project in Intro. to Business) will be selecting their products to sell and pitching these products to the Venture Out board starting at the end of next week.  

If you are a parent of a current student, find out what events in which your student has participated or what speakers they have heard from. Please continue to encourage them to join in on all of the things that are happening in COBA. If you are the parent of a prospective student (or you are a prospective student), please feel free to send an email to coba@acu.edu to find out more information or schedule a time to come see us. 

We are truly blessed with a great community of students, faculty, staff, friends, alumni and prospective employers.