School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Business Ambassadors

Business Ambassadors


Oakland Business Ambassadors are a dedicated team of student leaders who represent the OU b-school across campus. You can find Business Ambassadors at recruiting, orientation, alumni, career and business leader events. Ambassadors also serve as a resource for other business students, as well as prospective students and their families. The Business Ambassadors also serve as members of the Advisory Board for the Business School Dean and Associate Dean.
Meet the Ambassadors

The current team of Business Ambassador include students representing all of the business majors as well as a host of different backgrounds and life stories.

Julia Julia

Major: Management of Information Systems
Minor: Marketing

Campus involvement: Social media chair for Women in Business, Admissions Ambassador, School of Business Ambassador, and a student in the Business Honors Program.

Lessons from internship experience: Take advantage of every opportunity given to you, even if it’s scary. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember that you don’t have to know everything about your field right away. That’s what internships are for.

Most interesting aspect of the OU business program: The fact you get to learn a little bit about each field of the business world. I like I get to take courses in marketing, finance and HR, even though I’m majoring in something different.
JohnJohn

Major: Accounting
Minor: Business Analytics

Campus involvement: Officer for both OASIS and FMA; Business School Ambassador; and member of the Ecology Club. .

Why Oakland University: I chose Oakland University because of the lovely campus and smaller class sizes.

Why major in business: I believe that it will lead to a satisfying career that will present exciting challenges and rewards.
TamiaTamia

Major: Management Information Systems

Campus involvement: AIS, Women in Business, CRU, and The Honors College.

Why Oakland University: I love how small the campus is! OU has given me the chance to create professional relationships with my professors where they know me by name.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: The business school’s structure is the most interesting aspect of the program. The classes help you with more than just moving forward in the business industry, they teach you life lessons as well.
RyanneRyanne

Major: Actuarial Science

Campus involvement: I am actively involved with Student Ambassadors, Business School Ambassadors, Alpha Sigma Tau, Fleece and Thank You, OASIS, and Beta Alpha Psi. I also participated in Leadership OU.

Why Oakland University: From the minute I toured campus, I knew Oakland was the right university for me. I could see there are countless opportunities and programs for any and all students. There is also a large support staff that’s willing to help you every step of the way.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: The thing that stood out to me about the business program was the encouragement you get from not only the staff, but upperclassmen. Going in as a freshman, you don’t really know what to expect or how to go about using your resources. I had several students genuinely offer to help and talk to me about anything I needed. I take so much comfort in knowing that I have people who actually care about me and my success.
JenniferJennifer

Major: Accounting

Campus involvement: Business Ambassador, OASIS Member

Lessons from internships: The most important thing I have learned is that it is okay to ask questions and take as many notes as you need. You're not expected to be an expert yet and they want to help you learn. Even if you think you'll remember something later, write it down anyways because you will most likely be overwhelmed with new information and a reference never hurts.

Why major in business: When I was in my senior year of high school, we were given the option to take calculus or accounting for our math credit. I decided to try accounting to get a different side of math and I ended up enjoying the class. Once I got to Oakland, I knew I wanted to do something in business. In the first ACHIEVE class, an Ambassador talked about his story with accounting and the many opportunities accounting offers. This reminded me of my high school class. Once I took ACC 2000 and looked forward to going to that class, I knew that accounting was the major for me.
RachelRachel

Major: Accounting
Minor: Finance

Campus involvement: Cross Country/Track and Field teams and Business Ambassador for the business school.

Why Oakland University: The exceptional business program, the beautiful campus and athletics.

Why major in business: I chose to major in business because I enjoyed previous business classes in high school and I love the connections that you make with others.
OrsolaOrsola

Major: Finance

Campus involvement: Career Ambassador for Career Services, Legislator for Student Congress, Business Ambassador, and Treasurer for Financial Management Association.

Why Oakland University: The sense of community that OU holds was one of the biggest aspects that made me chose Oakland.

Lessons from internships: My internship at Northwestern Mutual taught me that success will never be reached without discipline. It is important to be constantly motivating and pushing yourself for the next big thing.
AsiaAsia

Major: Accounting

Campus involvement: I am actively involved with Student Ambassadors, Business Ambassadors, Alpha Sigma Tau, Fleece and Thank You, OASIS, and Beta Alpha Psi. I also participated in Leadership OU.

Internship lessons: I have had numerous internships. The most important lesson I have witnessed is to openly communicate with your team members! Most companies are very understanding if you are a student and will happily work with your schedule. I also made it clear when I had questions or needed more work. Your employers will be more nervous if you don't ask questions and communicate.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: The most interesting aspect of the business program is how much the teachers and staff want you to succeed. There are so many opportunities to get involved, learn about different majors, obtain scholarships, and get education-related help. There are SO many available resources for students.
CassieCassie

Major: Accounting, MAcc
Minor: Music

Campus involvement: In addition to Business Ambassadors, I have been in many other roles in School of Business organizations. I was part of the Business Scholars program and Oakland Accounting Students Information Society (OASIS). I served as President of OASIS this past year. In addition, I am a member of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), a national honor organization for ACC, MIS, and FIN majors. I served as Reporter this past year, and serve as the current President of BAP.

Why Oakland University: I chose Oakland University because the environment is very similar to my roots back home. Our size reminds me of my hometown where I know a large majority of the people I had classes with. The smaller class sizes allow me to stay connected with my professors and build relationships with my peers, as I did in high school. You don’t get to have a personable experience at other schools.

Internship lessons: I just completed a summer assurance internship with EY. This was my first experience working in my field of study. The most important lesson I learned from this experience is the value of time management. I learned how to not only balance my time spent on tasks with my team, I also learned how to manage my personal time against my work schedule.
CarolineCaroline

Major: Accounting and English

Campus involvement: I've been involved on campus in a variety of different capacities. I've held e-Board positions with several student organizations, including the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Student Philanthropy Committee, Business Ambassadors, OASIS, and Beta Alpha Psi. Currently, I am secretary for both OASIS and Beta Alpha Psi. Beyond this, I have also been involved with the Honors College; last year, I was a TA for HC 1000.

Why Oakland University? I chose Oakland University because the school offers very generous scholarships, it is close to my home, and it has a great business program!

Internship lessons: I have completed three internships. They were all completely different; one was in tax, one was in audit, and one was in corporate accounting. Despite the differences, they all taught the same three lessons: ask questions, take A LOT of notes, and have a positive attitude. Regardless of your role, doing these three things goes a long way in helping you be successful!
OlgaOlga

Major: Accounting
Minor: German Language

Campus involvement: I am involved with Business Ambassadors, OASIS, BAP, and Society of Scholars.

Internship lessons: I have had two internships. One at Norma Group as a tax intern, and one at Deloitte Tax. It is important to establish good relationships with your engagement teams and provide all necessary support to them.

Why major in business: This major fits my personal skills and my mindset. Most importantly, it is in high demand and is very respected in the field.

MattMat

Major: Accounting
Minor: Criminal Justice

Campus involvement: Treasurer, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Mentee, Leadership OU, Vice President, Oakland Accounting Students Informational Society (OASIS), Ambassador, Business Ambassadors.

Why Oakland University? Looking back, I probably chose Oakland University for the same reasons many of you did, being close to home and offering a nice aid package. Now coming up on my last semester here (yes, time flies) I couldn't imagine attending another university. OU is close in proximity to amazing companies whether they be down the street or a 30-minute drive south to Detroit. OU has great programs and organizations that are at the tips of our fingers waiting for us to utilize them. I do not think I would have had the countless opportunities I've been fortunate enough to have if I would've gone to a different university.

Internship lessons: From the internships I have had, I've come to realize that it's important to ask questions and learn as much as possible -- especially if you are only there for a short period of time. This keeps you engaged, makes you more visible to both your coworkers or higher-ups, and functions as a form of networking. If you have a question and can't find the answer: seek someone out. They're more likely than not to respond so get in touch.

Become an Ambassador

Undergraduate business students interested in being a Business Ambassador must apply for the program.

Students selected as Business Ambassadors develop skills in:

  • Leadership
  • Group dynamics
  • Public speaking
  • Presentation development

To qualify for the program you must:

  • Have attended OU in the previous semester
  • Be familiar with Oakland University
  • Be a pre-business or business major
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Commit to a training on August 21, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Commit to at least four volunteer events in both fall AND winter terms which may include nights and weekends:
    • Fall Events
      • Mandatory Orientation Part Two: September 3, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      • At least 2 15-minute presentations for SBC 1990 (Total amount of time is 30 minutes)
      • Ambassador selects the fourth event that will range from participation in focus groups, ACHIEVE workshops, SBA conferences, etc.
    • Winter Events
      • Mandatory Business Day training meeting: March 4, 2020 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • Mandatory Business Day: March 7, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • At least 2 15-minute presentations for SBC 1990 (Total amount of time is 30 minutes)
      • Ambassador selects the fourth event that will range from participation in focus groups, ACHIEVE workshops, SBA conferences, etc.

Contact Meaghan Cole for more information: mcwalter@oakland.edu