Culture Talks: Here's How

01/29/2017 18:22

Culture Talks: Here’s How


I was looking for just the right definition of “culture” for a paper I’m writing and found this:

“Maintain (tissue cells, bacteria, etc.) in conditions suitable for growth.”

I scratched “tissue cells, bacteria, etc.,” and substituted “people.” Et voila, it works. It says it all.

Here’s a few examples of how we craft our collaborative culture at the College of Business.

Speed Interviews Make the Difference in Job Search Confidence

Marie Bow, President of the Management Club, provides an update on a popular challenge that prepares students to present their best selves along the job search journey:

“The Management Club, Delta Sigma Pi, and the College of Business organized this year's event,” Marie reports. “Interviewers were David Agoff, Carol Trivedi, Bob Sprague, Joseph Liu, Brooke Banks, Austin Huddleson, and Brianna Ellis, who deserves a special mention for all of her efforts.”

Marie asks us all to consider assisting with the next round of speed interviewing.  “Students appreciate the chance to practice and the feedback that's offered. We don't want to leave anyone out,” she says.  "More interviewers mean we can spend a little more time with each student." 

Thanks to those who were able to help. Your students appreciate you! Let’s be on the lookout for the next opportunity to help our students hone their self-presentation skills.

There’s a Compelling Reason to Invite Your Students to the Grand Finale of the Sweet 16 Sales Competition

Here it is. They'll come away with key insight on how to convey their own value to a potential employer.  Now that’s practical knowledge!  Sheryl Manies offers the following additional information:

This year, 88 students participated in two rounds of role plays during the Sweet 16 Sales Challenge, an annual local competition hosted by the University’s Seufferlein Sales Program. The top five students from each section and the student with the highest overall score were then selected to compete in the Sweet 16 on Friday, December 1.

To test their skills, the competitors will take part in a 12-minute sales role play scenario for Aerotek, a leading staffing agency. Each will convince an employee from a mock engineering company to contract with Aerotek to hire professional engineers for its next project. 

More than 50 executives and recruiters from the Seufferlein program’s corporate partner companies will judge the role plays, which are streamed live into six judging rooms. The top four finishing students will receive cash prizes totaling $1,250.

The competition is preceded by a corporate mixer and speed interviewing event on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Colusa Hall. All Chico State students are invited to attend this event to hone their sales skills; dress is business casual.

For more information, check out the full press  release:

A Key Part of Glenn Hall Culture: Mr. August Connolly

What else makes a fantastic college culture? Folks like August, one of our resident tech gurus. Who among us in Glenn Hall has never needed his help?  I had a chance to visit him at his Glenn Hall headquarters, aka Computer Expert Central.  See the abbreviated transcript below to know what lies beneath August’s laid-back exterior.

Me: So, August, do you have any hobbies? Anything you like to do?

AC: (shrugs) Hobbies? (thoughtful pause). Well. I am a third-degree black belt in karate.

Me: (drops pencil) What?

AC: (noting my interest, offers more.) Oh. I'm a nationally rated fencer, too– foil, saber, and I’m e-rated in épée,.

Me: What's Eppy?

AC: (grins broadly) In épée fencing you can strike anywhere on the body!

Me: Wow. What’s your favorite snack?

AC: (Pauses with characteristic thoughtful look). Ah, York Peppermint Patties. They’re great. I like those a lot.

August, guess what I'm getting you for Christmas? Your competence and willingness to help any of us at a moment's notice is most appreciated. You even take on the Glenn Hall printer when you technically don’t really have to;  in the process, you silence curses and abate the streams of tears. You must know we think you’re terrific!

On a Serious Note: This We Must Also Know

The holidays can be especially challenging to those suffering any stage of grief.  You, or someone you know (or teach), may benefit from the support that articles like this one can provide.  As the featured wise physician notes, grief isn’t relegated to a single event, it’s a lifelong process.

Angela Casler recently responded to news of the tragic death of Wes Shockley - veteran, counselor, and Chico State graduate - with a tireless campaign to financially and lovingly assist his wife and two children.  She’s helped raise nearly $20,000 as of this writing for the young Shockley family as they face the devastatingly difficult road ahead. Angela, thank you for taking the lead on this and encouraging others to help. You’re a special person.

“There They Go Playing the Empathy Card Again,” Said Nobody Ever

Recently a student came by to ask for help with a serious dilemma, and mentioned that “they” had also sought the counsel of another instructor. When I asked about the advice they’d already been offered so that I might respond with this in mind, I literally saw on the person’s face what a comfort that other instructor’s support had been. In recounting the wise words of that advisor, the student began to realize, on their own, the options available.

Listening doesn’t always come naturally to us in the intensity of a given moment. For those interested, here’s a neat video emphasizing the difference between having sympathy, and “being empathy.”