MU students compete for "Best Pitch" at 性能的学习 Showcase
Gaining real world experiences 和 preparing for successful careers is all part of Millikin University's emphasis on 性能的学习. Millikin学生 live out their learning through many h和s-on opportunities across campus 和 on March 28 students had a chance to reflect on those opportunities during a 性能的学习 Showcase sponsored by Millikin's 职业中心 和 Center for Entrepreneurship.
From student-run ventures to paraprofessional roles, to class consulting projects in the local community 和 abroad, Millikin学生, representing over 20 different organizations, shared how their 性能的学习 experiences have helped shape their educational experience.
这次活动，在Bob举行 & Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms of the University Commons, featured members of Bronze Man Books, Millikin's own student-run publishing company, 还有Blue Brew, Millikin's student-run coffee shop located in downtown Decatur, 生病了.
"The idea is allowing students to have ownership, so we have an executive board, 和 we're creating an advisory board,丹尼尔·里维拉说, a junior business management major from Franksville, 威斯康星州.，也是Blue Brew的成员. "We have all our different segments in our company, 和 we discuss in our class, 或者在银河app平台网址的执行董事会, 和 we decide if ideas are feasible for the company to do."
The showcase was set up much like a reverse career fair where student-run ventures 和 other 性能的学习 groups were asked to share their pitch with guests who visited their tables. Guests were asked to vote for the "best pitch" in two categories – one vote for student-run ventures 和 one vote for student organizations, paraprofessionals or projects.
Big Blue Backpacks also took part in the showcase providing insight into how they prepare 83 bags of food a week for Dennis School to h和 out to students who might be hungry over the weekend 和 school breaks.
"We're actually getting experience in the food service field as well as helping others 和 things that relate to any job you get in any other field,莱斯利·钱德勒说。, a senior human services major from Decatur. "It gives you the opportunity to see if this is really something you're passionate about doing."
The showcase also provided an opportunity for more recent start-ups such as Blue Point Connection 和 Agile 4 Entrepreneurship to network with the Decatur community. Blue Point Connection is a start-up that was created during Agile 4 Entrepreneurship's Fall 2017 Launch Weekend. 初创公司的首席执行官, 布莱斯Kapitzky, a junior business management major from Decatur, created the company with the intent to create an efficient medium for students to get connected with short-term projects, such as creating a marketing plan for a local business, to long-term work such as an internship.
"We were thrilled to be a part of the evening, gaining more exposure within the campus 和 Decatur community,”Kapitzky说.
The winner for the best student-run venture pitch was Blue Brew, represented by Daniel Rivera 和 Sophia Schwalbach, a junior communication major from Decatur, who oversees marketing for Blue Brew. Rivera 和 Schwalbach spent the spring semester focusing on gaining more exposure 和 increasing sales for Blue Brew by hosting nine different events in the past three months in the Decatur community.
"It's taking skills from the class 和 putting it into real experience for us to grow ourselves as individuals 和 hopefully grow the students to build networks 和 possibly job opportunities as well,”李维拉说.
The award for "best pitch" for the student organizations was given to the University Commons Building Managers. The building managers provided information on how the University Commons is operated 和 how the new Millikin structure has provided not only a common space for the University, but a perfect environment for the Decatur community to come together 和 hear from keynote speakers 和 attend events.
Pam福杰尔, director of the 职业中心 at Millikin, says she plans to create future events, 比如橱窗, 提供学生, faculty 和 community members alike opportunities to come together 和 celebrate what Millikin is all about, 性能的学习.