By Natalia Achucarro
The United Business Student Senate held different events and club fairs to promote Business Week at Cal Poly Pomona.
UBSS, a council of the different clubs within the College of Business Administration, held numerous opportunities throughout the week to get students and faculty involved in marketing what the college has to offer and the various student clubs.
The week’s events included two club fairs during U-Hour. The fairs were designed so that UBSS clubs could set up a table and have representatives answer questions and give out information to students.
Krystal Betanzos, UBSS president and fourth-year international business and marketing student, shared the multiple club organizations that are offered to business students and the difficulty in making people aware of them and getting involved.
“It’s always a challenge to get those who are not aware or interested, involved,” said Betanzos. “We want to target those who aren’t participating in the program to come out and see what we have to offer. We have about 20 organizations under UBSS. There is a club for everyone to enjoy and be a part of.”
UBSS also set up a student-faculty mixer for business students to be able to interact with faculty in a non-formal manner and build relationships outside of the classroom.
“The faculty, staff and student mixer was where the faculty from all the different departments came out and mingled with students,” said Betanzos. “It was a great networking time for students, especially to see their teachers without the pressures of a classroom interfering.”
Betanzos’s responsibilities as the president of UBSS includes running meetings that are held for the council, as well as managing and overseeing a team of 17 members. Her goal is to be able to give back to her team and allow them to grow.
“I know when I started with the club, I am definitely not the same person that I am now, and that was because of UBSS,” said Betanzos. “That was because the club allowed me to grow, learn, meet new people and network things. I want to give my team the ability to do the same thing.”
The events that took place were planned and set up by Yeme Alemayehu, UBSS’s senator-at-large.
“After I reached out to last year’s senator-at-large, I then went over budget and put everything together,” said Alemayehu, a fourth-year management and human resources student. “I ordered what we needed for the events and then had to put a presentation together that I had to share with the council. I had to do this to show the group what I was planning and inform the clubs what days everything was going to get done.”
Alemayehu was able to witness the success of the events by watching students pursue the clubs and desire information.
“During the club fairs at U-Hour, many students passed by and took some information from a lot of the clubs,” said Alemayehu. “Students approached the clubs to find out different ways to get involved.”
Alemayehu can take away a lot of experience from her role in UBSS and the people she is surrounded by.
“I really do like UBSS and what they are doing and stand for,” said Alemayehu. “I am excited about the group that I have. I am looking forward to growing professionally, bonding with my group and learning a lot about my position.”
Associated Students, Inc. Business Senator Melanie Young also contributed to the events that took place for Business Week.
“When Business Week arrived, I did help in preparing the day or tabling at the UBSS table, and I made sure that all the clubs were settled down,” said Young.
Young, a fifth-year management and human resources student, enjoyed the mixing and encounters between clubs.
“My favorite part about Business Week is seeing all the clubs come out and meet each other,” said Young. “We have club e-boards that were meeting for the first time, and we even had some clubs decide to collaborate with each other because their clubs were related in majors.”
Young enjoys being a part of UBSS and her role within the club.
“I love UBSS and the things that they strive to do,” said Young. “[Betanzos] is amazing, and she really dedicates all of her time to UBSS. We help to guide all the clubs with their budgets. We also help clubs when they need assistance putting on an event.”
Racieli Andrade / The Poly Post
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