Featured Business Major: Taylor Seaman

Taylor Seaman is a Finance major who will be graduating this spring. Taylor has been very active in campus clubs and the community and was a finalist for the Spark Awards. You can learn more about Taylor by reading the interview below.

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CB: Tell a little us a little bit about your background.

TS: My name is Taylor Seaman and I am a Senior Finance major at CBU. I was born, raised, and have lived in the Memphis area my entire life. I have two loving parents, Tommy and Denise Seaman who have helped shape who I am today. I also have a little brother and sister, Bryan and Kaitlyn. I attended and graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. During my time at SBA, I learned a lot about the Catholic faith and how giving back and helping the community was important. During my sophomore year at SBA, I went through the RCIA program and became a member of the Catholic Church. During my high school years, I also had a love for the game of baseball and played all 4 years. The values I learned at SBA as well as my love for the game helped me choose to attend CBU.

CB: Why did you choose CBU?

TS: During my time at SBA, I learned a lot about the Catholic faith and how giving back and helping the community was important. During my sophomore year at SBA, I went through the RCIA program and became a member of the Catholic Church. During my high school years, I also had a love for the game of baseball and played all 4 years before I was offered a scholarship to play at CBU. I also loved the small school environment that CBU seemed to have. The values I learned at SBA as well as my love for the game and the size of CBU helped me choose my college.

CB: What drew you to the field of finance and what has your experience been so far?

TS: Honestly, I loved the idea of money! Analyzing, evaluating, even the way it is manipulated interested me. I had always been a stellar student in the field of Mathematics and just simply loved the idea of using my math skills with money. My experience so far has been everything I could have ever imagined. I love Finance and have been very successful in all of my classes dealing with it. It was definitely the right field for me to go into and I could not be any happier with my choice.

CB: You have been highly involved with campus life. Tell us a little about your experience with campus activities, groups, fraternities/sororities, etc., and what it means to you.

TS: Being involved on campus is the single most important thing I would stress to any prospective student or even current freshmen or sophomores on campus. During my freshmen year, I was a member of the baseball team, but was not involved with any other organizations on campus. I believe that I was more or less getting a feel for the college environment and enjoying my first year of freedom. Towards the end of my freshman year, I realized that I needed to be involved in something on campus. Most of the faculty members didn’t really know me and I was not seen participating with really anything on campus. I felt like I was missing out on all the wonderful things that CBU had to offer and was holding myself back from standing out in a crowd. During the Fall of my sophomore year, I decided to change this perspective. I decided to pledge Delta Sigma Pi, where I immediately inserted myself into a leadership role being the pledge class president. After being initiated in December, it was only a short 4 months before I was elected President of the entire Epsilon Psi Chapter, but this still was not enough. During the following summer, I attended a 5 day leadership conference in Seattle, Washington, and a 2 day conference the following fall that Delta Sigma Pi offered. Since joining Delta Sigma Pi my Sophomore year, I have received 4 Delta Sigma Pi Scholarships and was selected as the 2013 Mid-South Regional Collegian of the Year, but I was still not yet satisfied. During the Spring of my Junior year, I was approached by a School of Business faculty member about starting up a new Entrepreneurship organization on campus called Enactus. I was quick to jump on board with this idea and wanted to make a sustainable and lasting impact on CBU once I am gone. Dr. Vitali and I decided to pick a core group of 15 to start this organization. After selecting our beginning core group, we had officer elections where I was elected as President. Being a new organization on campus, we have had our initial struggles, but I am confident that by the time I graduate, I will have left a lasting impact on CBU and the community.

CB: Have you done any volunteer work or performed community service through any of the organizations you’ve been involved with?

TS: More than I can honestly remember! I believe it is extremely important to give back to the community and promote growth and change in the Memphis community. The first step in any community service or volunteer work is getting involved with an organization that shares these views!

CB: I understand you are completing an internship with FedEx. What can you tell me about your internship, the business, how you got there, and what you’re learning in the process?

TS: My internship with FedEx was an amazing experience. It was great to find and work for a business that shares some of the same morals and values as me. FedEx operates through the PSP principal: People, Service, Profit. Any organization that puts people and service before profit really stands out to me. I received this internship opportunity largely because I went to Career Services on campus! This is where I first found out about the opportunity at FedEx. I applied, got an interview, and landed the summer internship all before February! During my internship, I was responsible for learning all the bells and whistles of a new software program that my department had recently begun using. After I learned just about everything there was to learn about the program, I had to create a user guide for others who would begin to use the program after I was gone. I excelled in my work as an intern at FedEx which lead to my recent job offer for a full time position upon my graduation. I recently accepted the job offer of being an Associative Corporate Financial Systems Analyst. All of this was made possible from taking a small step through Career Services’ door.

CB: What accomplishment are you most proud of at this point and what would you like to achieve next?

TS: I think I am most proud of being selected as a finalist for the Spark Award. The Spark Award in the collegiate category was given to an individual who had ignited positive change in the Memphis area. Although I did not win, it was a great honor sitting at a table with other finalists. I also was happy to see that FedEx was a recipient of one of the corporate Spark Awards.

I honestly don’t know what is next. I am a true believer that when an opportunity presents itself, I need to jump on it and give my all in making it successful.

CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college?

TS: My goals in life after college, hmmm. You know, I haven’t really thought about my extended future. If I had to talk about my years to follow graduation, I would like to own a house, get married, have children, receive a promotion, continue to participate in community service, and keep the relationships with the people that have got me this far in life.

CB: You have worked very hard to get to where you are right now. Who (or what) has inspired/motivated you?

TS: I would have to say my mom and dad. I grew up on the outskirts of Memphis in a pretty rural community where there was always work to be done. From an early age, whenever I would be lazy and not complete a task to the best of my ability my parents would drill one thing into my head. “If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” This principal has motivated me throughout my life. Every time I take on a new challenge, a new project, a new class, or even a new assignment, I have worked hard to make sure that I am doing it right the first time. I think that this discipline has gotten me to be where I am today. All of my success can be traced back to this fundamental principal.

CB: What will you remember the most when you look back on your college experience at CBU?

TS: The single thing that I will remember most about my experience at CBU will be the lasting relationships I have made with other students, professors, and faculty members. They are the people that have helped make me successful in my time at CBU and the gratitude and appreciation that I have for them is overwhelming. I don’t think I could ever thank each and every one of them enough, but I hope they realize how important they were to me.

CB: Looking back at all that you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to a first-time freshman?

TS: Get involved! Your college experience is completely dependent on the decisions that you make. If you do not want to be just another face in a crowd, then get involved and get busy! There is no such thing as a non-busy college student, so it is best to go ahead and get involved with something important. Also, I would tell them to use their resources on campus. CBU has so much to offer their students that some may not even be aware of. When the time comes for you to get a real job, visit career services and they will help place you in the exact job that you are looking for. And last, but not least, your professors are your friends, not foes! Get to know your professors and develop lasting relationships with them. They are at CBU because they love teaching and helping develop students into professionals.

Delta Sigma Pi

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Vanessa Ramirez-Ortega (President) and Eric Nelson (Vice President) represented the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at the Fraternity’s annual LEAD Southern Provincial Conference this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. The Chapter received special recognition for its outstanding participation in Buck$ 4 Brotherhood, a national fundraiser for Delta Sigma Pi’s scholarship program. Delta Sigma Pi encourages every chapter to collect and donate as many can tabs as possible for every conference as their national community service. All can tabs are later given to Ronald McDonald House Charities which supports families with sick children. Epsilon Psi attained first place for being the chapter to collect the most can tabs, 39.6 lbs., defeating their closest competitor, the University of Central Florida (UCF), by 4 ounces. The chapter members are deeply grateful for the contributions made by the faculty and staff of the School of Business, Career Services, the Physician Assistant Studies program, as well as family and friends for helping Epsilon Psi collect thousands of tabs.  The chapter would greatly appreciate it if they continue to receive the wonderful support of all of you to make this victory a winning streak. Epsilon Psi is now collecting tabs for the fall semester and they can be dropped off at the School of Business in the Dean’s Suite (Buckman Hall 334).

FBLA and DECA Regional Conferences @ CBU

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The CBU School of Business hosted the regional FBLA and DECA conferences on January 29 – 30. This was the third year to host DECA and second to host FBLA. These conferences bring nearly 800 students to the CBU campus for two full days of using our facilities and interacting with student leaders from the School of Business. Professor Cayce Lawrence and Christina Brown (School of Business) worked with representatives Tanika Lester (FBLA) and Taura Turner (DECA) for months of planning to make this a successful and enjoyable event for all involved. The School of Business is especially grateful for all of the volunteers from Delta Sigma Pi who assisted with every aspect of both events. You can watch a clip of the events from WREG Channel 3 News online at http://tinyurl.com/lty977c.

 

WINTER 2013 STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Gina Bui (Business Admin/International Business/ Hospitality & Tourism Mgmt ’13) received the award letter from Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation and has been awarded the Alfred Moroni/Epsilon Psi Scholarship for 2012.

On October 25, CBU students Artur Bascompte, Alex Barmel, Albert Furnells, Jaime Garcia, Eduardo Iglesias, Alex Shipp, and Ivan de Souza participated in a round table discussion on international economics and environmental issues at the annual convention of the Missouri Valley Economic Association in Memphis. Patricia Papachristou chaired the round table discussion.

Catherine DelBove (Accounting ’13) was listed as one of the few “Exemplary Scholarship Award Recipients” in the September/October 2012 edition of the Tennessee CPA Journal for being awarded the 2012 Paul L. Royston Scholarship Award. The publication explains this honor: “This scholarship recognizes the top accounting student in the state of Tennessee” (28).

Lady Buc libero Corinne Doder (Business Administration ’13) earned the Gulf South Conference Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week award for the period ending October 2. Doder led the Lady Bucs to a 2-1 week, averaging six digs per set. She also etched her name into the CBU record books, tying the single-match school record with 38 digs in a five-set loss to Shorter. Doder also moved into first place in school history in career digs in the match against Shorter. She capped the week with a 23-dig effort as the Lady Bucs defeated West Georgia in five sets.

Melissa Duong (Marketing ’13) hosted Mr. CBU for Zeta Tau Alpha.

Goalkeeper Jaime Garcia (Business Administration ’15) earned a spot on the All-GSC Second Team for the second consecutive year after going 10-7-1 with 1.29 goals against average and 45 saves this season.

Defender Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) also repeated on the Second Team after scoring two goals and four points as he started all 17 games this season.

Soccer midfielder Yannick Skull (Business Administration ’13) represents the Bucs on the All-GSC First Team for the third straight year after scoring three goals and six points as he started all 17 games.

Ivan de Souza (Accounting ’14) was selected for a Minority Scholarship for 2012 – 2013 by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). As stated on the AICPA website: “The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. For over four decades, this program has provided over $14.6 million in scholarships to approximately 8,000 accounting scholars.”

The CBU Buccaneers won their second consecutive Gulf South Conference Soccer Championship on November 4 with a resounding 5-1 win over Delta State at Brosnaham Park in Pensacola, FL. Forward Adamandios Toras (Accounting ’14) earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

FEATURED STUDENT: MELISSA DUONG

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CB: Tell us a little bit about your background. As Lizzie McLean (Sport Management ’13) asked, “do you have a cat? What’s the cat’s name? What’s your favorite color?” On a serious note, are you from Memphis? Did you grow up here or travel?

MD: I am 100% Memphian born at the Methodist Hospital downtown. I have never lived anywhere else and I pride myself in coming from a city of great music, food, and people.

Yes, I do have a cat. My cat’s name is Spooky and I dressed her up as a ghost for Halloween.

My favorite color at the moment is anything pastel. Light purple, turquoise, lime green… it changes from time to time depending on my mood. Ask me in a month and I’ll give you a different answer.

CB: Why did you want to major in marketing? What made you choose CBU?

MD: I wanted to major in something that I felt very strongly about. I knew I wanted to primarily stay in the School of Business, but I had no idea what to concentrate in. With the help of Jenny Cowell, I had two informational interviews with different advertising agencies around Memphis. After that, I knew marketing was my calling and I have been obsessed ever since.

CB: We heard you completed a marketing internship at First Tennessee Bank downtown over the summer 2012 semester working as a “B2B and Wealth Marketing Intern,” and inquiring minds, such as Catherine DelBove (Accounting ’13), would like to hear all about it. What can you tell us about the internship?

MD: First and foremost, can I point out that I never imagined myself working for a bank? When you think of marketing, the last thing you think of is marketing for financial services. I had always seen First Tennessee around my community and had heard they were a wonderful company to work for. When I saw their company pop up on CBU’s NACE Link, I jumped on the chance and filled out an application immediately.

During the summer, I worked under two marketing managers, one in Business-to-Business and the other in Wealth Management. I worked on more than 30 projects from creating sales sheets, pitch books and flyers, updating the FTB.com website, creating web ads for various FT products and services, event planning for a high profile client event, research that corresponded to a new marketing campaign (this was my most important project), and much more (I have a spreadsheet of projects available on request). The intern program coincided with the Memphis Leadership Academy so I also got to attend awesome events around the Memphis area and network with executives of various companies. It was the most amazing experience, and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to join such a wonderful program.

CB: Are you involved with campus life? Tell us a little about your experience with campus activities, groups, fraternities/sororities, etc., and what it means to you.

MD: I am heavily involved with two organizations, Zeta Tau Alpha and Delta Sigma Pi.

Growing up, I never had a sister (even though I begged my parents…. I would find out later that you cannot choose the gender of your siblings). When I started my freshman year, my roommate mentioned the sororities on campus, but I never really thought anything of it. We both decided to go through recruitment together and it was the best decision I have ever made. Joining ZTA has opened up major possibilities for me that I would have never imagined for myself. Through them, I gained leadership skills, developed my personal character, and overall discovered who and what I wanted to be as a person.

When sophomore year came around and I became more enveloped with business classes, I decided to rush DSP. Through DSP I learned more about the business side of, well, everything. With the professional events my chapter hosts and LEAD, I have gained so much insight into the business world from networking to business etiquette. Having a leadership role in an ever-growing organization, such as Deltasig, has given me the motivation to make positive change, not only through the Epsilon Psi chapter, but in my life.

CB: Have you done any volunteer work or performed community service through any of the organizations you’ve been involved with?

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CB:Beth Adkison (Accounting ’12) wants to know, “Who is your inspiration? Who has taught you the most?”

MD: My inspiration is my mentor, Miss Martha Beard. I have known her since I was eight years old, and she has definitely made a huge impact in my life. From my choice of college to my career she has influenced me so much in large life decisions. Seeing that she is so successful in her career and in the Memphis community has made me realize that I could do so much more than just having a full time job.

CB: You’ve been working as a social media project specialist in the work/study program for the School of Business, as the B2B and Wealth Marketing Intern at First Tennessee, and were recently named Vice President of Delta Sigma Pi’s Epsilon Psi chapter. How do you think these experiences have been valuable to your future career path?

MD: All these experiences have taught me to: 1) Be accountable for my actions, and 2) Take the initiative. Being in these roles, I have realized that in the real world, people want to get things done. There is no time to sit around and wait for something to happen; you have to do it yourself. Opportunities aren’t just going to wait for you to take them; you have to try your hardest to be the opportunity before it is available to everyone else to take.

CB: Do you consider yourself a leader, follower, or independent innovator? Why? And how has this affected you at work and in the classroom?

MD: I would say that in new situations, I tend to be a follower. I observe what is being done and why it is being done and assess the situation. Once I get familiar with my surroundings and learn the background info then I slowly make my way to voicing my opinion more and gain more responsibility from my supervisors.

CB: What are your plans and goals for life after college? How has CBU helped you on the way to achieving those goals?

MD: My plan after college, like any other college student, is to find a full time job. I would prefer to work in marketing with an advertising agency or a marketing department for a large company. After that, I want to go back to school to get my MBA.

CBU has helped me realize that there is more to attending college than just getting a degree, it’s about the relationships you form with people on the way there. I would not be in the position I am now without the support I have gotten from the people here at CBU.

CB: Looking back at all that you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to a first-time freshman?

MD: Reputation is everything. You will be very surprised at how many people you know and how many people will talk poorly about you if you do something questionable. Memphis is a “small” big city and CBU is smaller. You might meet someone who just talked to one of your worst enemies and now has made an assumption about you before you even shake their hand. A quote I always adhere to is: “Be careful how you treat others on your way to the top because you never know who you are going to meet on your way back down.”