MBA

Thank you Circle K

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As I begin to wind down my final term at Saint Martin’s, I have really began to reflect back on all of the clubs and departments who have aided in my growth and development in the SMU community. Throughout my last 5 years at SMU I have met some incredible people, been a pcki 5art of some amazing clubs, teams, events and activities. With only a few blogs remaining it is my time to give back to those who have supported me every step of the way. Before I leave you all with my final farewell next month, some recognition needs to be given to an incredible group of people.

A club on campus that has shown me compassion, as well as helped me rediscover selflessness when I needed it most. A group of students and staff who showed me what it truly meant to put the needs of others before my own, showing me that there is always something you can do to help someone else.

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CKI student athletes, Keirnan & Megan at highway clean-up.

The Circle K club at Saint Martin’s is truly a beautifully complied group of students from all walks of life who come together to do good for the community that surrounds our University. Being one of the most internationally decorated clubs on our campus, they need a little kudos.

Last month, this group of incredible students set off for their District Convention in Yakima, WA. Working hard all year, applying for tons of awards and compiling a scrapbook full of their many service projects and memories as a group. The club came home with 10 district level awards which included:

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Emy Suazo, Lt. Governor of Rain/Cap shaking hands with City of Lacey’s Community Liaison, Mary Coppin.

 

·         District Scholarship

·         Outstanding President

·         Outstanding Member

·         Outstanding Editor/Bulletin

·         Outstanding K Family Relations

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Kaylin Fosnacht,VP of SMU CKI being congratulated.

·         Outstanding T-Shirt

·         Outstanding Scrapbook

·         Club Growth

·         Outstanding Faculty Advisor

·         Walter Zeller Fellowship Award

 

 

 

 

 

This group of students have accomplished so much this last year and the City of Lacey recognized that. Shortly after returning from District Convention they were awarded the Compassionate Community Recognition Award, awarded by the City of Lacey. This is an award that is given quarterly to recognize those who work compassionately in the community.

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Saint Martin’s Circle K accepting Lacey’s City Compassion Award.

I could not think of a better group of students to receive this award. A club on our campus that puts the needs of others before their own. Continuously offering a helping hand to those who need it and helping me to rediscover what it truly means to be a selfless member of society.

Thank you Circle K. I will miss you.

Sarah Salvatori

   

 

 

 

New Opportunities

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Being in the MBA program at Saint Martin’s, we are given the opportunity to connect with many different people one campus along with alumni and businesses in the area.

When I was a junior in college a new professor came to campus, and little did I know she would be one of my favorites and biggest influences in my program. Dr. Wendy Fraser.

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Dr. Wendy Fraser & I at 2016 Spring Graduation

This spirited, smiley and driven woman inspired many students at Saint Martin’s to rediscover within themselves why they chose business as their career seeking path. Her excitement for the industry was infectious and only reassured my feelings towards my undergraduate degree in business.

Senior year came along and Dr. Fraser decided to put her focuses on something she was truly passionate about, which was Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Although she was dearly missed, she was exemplifying everything she had taught us in her classes, find your niche, find what you love, stick with it and you’ll find your happiness.

Now, more than halfway through my MBA program getting ready to graduate this spring, Dr. Fraser has gracefully come back into my educational life, giving me a my classmates in Dr. Conants’ MBA 631 Operations class the opportunity to group together and earn our Green Belt Certifications.Six Sigma (2)

For those of your who do not know, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt is an international recognized program that operates under the supervision of a Six Sigma Black Belt (Dr. Fraser) to analyze and solve quality problems within a business and also involved themselves with the quality improvement projects.

With that said, I have committed to Dr. Fraser and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program. My group is required to pick a business, school department or event to work with, identify quality problems and create a presentation on our findings and provide the business, department or event with those findings along with suggested improvements that we believe would improve the operational quality of the business.

I am so excited for this opportunity to expand my knowledge and apply what I learned in my program to real life situational business problems. I am so grateful for the new opportunities and doors that will be opened through this program and the assistance of Dr. Fraser and Saint Martin’s School of Business and Graduate Studies.

How can we as college students use LinkedIn to our advantage?

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Being in a business program at the university level it is almost certain that one of your professors somewhere down the road is either going to require or suggest that you create a LinkedIn profile.

I know everyone’s experiences are different but when a professor of mine sophomore year made it an assignment to create a LinkedIn account I remember feeling aunnamed little confused with little to no explanation behind why or how it would benefit me. We weren’t given any guidance or in-depth explanation for how making a profile might benefit us in the future. All I remember being told was that “LinkedIn is the Facebook of the professional world” and that is exactly what it is.

I thought that for this blog I would list out some benefits LinkedIn could provide college students, especially those of us who are trying to connect with the professional world as we gear up for graduation in the Spring.

First, by creating a LinkedIn profile this allows you to create a professional network. You can connect with old friends, new friends, professors, old employers, and businesses and professionals you are interested in learning more about.

Second, by connecting with different working professionals this allows you to explore different professions and gain a better understanding for different career paths and jobs in different industries! Having a LinkedIn profile also gives you access to jobs and internships through the search bar. This allows for students or recent grads to open up doors that they may have never had. LinkedIn is just another great resource for getting your name out there for your future.

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Third, LinkedIn allows you to identify with and groups you want or are interested in. LinkedIn allows you to create friend groups, Alumni groups, or any other desired groups to help with network building and allowing for like-minded individuals to connect from anywhere around the world.

My fourth and final feature of LinkedIn that I am going to discuss happens to be my favorite. Recently, through my job search I have discovered that a lot of job applications take place onlinlinkedin-marketinge. When I first learned how to make a resume we were told that your experiences were limited to fit a single page. Well, truth is that is one tall order and super hard. Plus the older you get and the more experience you have the more difficult it is! With LinkedIn you are allowed to expand on your experiences and truly showcase what makes you unique. Here’s the really awesome part… With so many job application processes taking place online they also have working interfaces that actually link up with LinkedIn allowing employers to view your profile as part of your application/resume! How cool is that?!

Here’s a link to my LinkedIn profile! Check it out: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-salvatori-287b468b/

LinkedIn can create so many opportunities if utilized correctly! So visit LinkedIn and create a profile. Welcome to the professional world!

 

Love, Sarah.

 

What Gala Means To Me

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What. A. Night.

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Social Squad members, Lauren Diuco, Andrew Walter, myself and Andrew Kier at the Gala Reception.

I am here to report that the 2016 Saint Martin’s University Gala: A Taste of Brazil was a complete success. It was a night filled with amazing food, good spirits and generous donations to student scholarships.

We were so grateful for the support of Eataly Brazil’s renowned Chef Ligia Karazawa and Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern. With their generosity, as a University we were able to raise $1.1 Million dollars for student scholarships.

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The Marcus Pavilion transformed into a beautiful event space for the 2016 SMU Gala. 

Although, the night was glamorous and full of delicious food and good times, it is no question that the Saint Martin’s University Gala exists in order to support our students and make school possible.

Being a student at Saint Martin’s my educational journey was made possible by the generous donations to our University’s scholarship funds. I graduated in 2016 with my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. I was able to do so without any student loans and debt. Now I am attended Saint Martin’s for a final year to achieve and graduate again but with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in the Spring of 2017.

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My formal attire for the evening

When my journey at Saint Martin’s comes to an end, I will be graduating with two degrees, and debt and student loan free. I owe this great accomplishment to not only my parents and the athletic department but also the generous donors who continue to give to such an amazing cause.

As a student at Saint Martin’s I am so grateful for the opportunities it has provided me and I am honored to be a part of such a generous and giving community. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening, especially those who so generously donated to scholarships for many students like me.

If you were unable to attend the event and feel the contagious urge to empower and support students like myself, you can still make a donation at the Saint Martin’s Giving Page.

Thank you to the Saint Martin’s Community for making education possible. Love – Sarah

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Social Squad members Andrew W., Sarah, Andrew K and Lauren with Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern.

What’s the next step?

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I feel like this is the ongoing question that just never seems to end… “What do you want to do after you’re done with school?”

If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me that question i’d be… well let’s just stay i’d have a lot more money than I do right now, being a broke college student and all.

Even though friends, family and people I work with always ask me the same variations13240735_10209524989991959_5844152029225923527_n of questions, it keeps the process and next step fresh in my head. I’m always thinking about it. I’m always wondering and exploring what kind of fields I might be interested in.

Something I have found is that because I decided to pursue both my degrees in business I have the opportunity to unlock so many different doors. The hard part is finding an industry I can thrive in.

This is where the services and resources of Saint Martin’s can really help! As student’s we are all invited to connect with Ann Adams and Career Services. First of all, she is one kick-butt lady who is hard working and motivational and not to mention A GREAT person to go to for help with resume building.

As a soon to be graduating (again) grad student it is now my turn to utilize the resources that this campus has to offer and she is one of them.

Now, this does not mean that all job are to be found through the help of career services. I encourage you all to also connect with your teachers within your perspective majors. Teachers within your program are great resources since almost all teachers have experience within their field along with contacts who they met along the way.

You never know, those contacts that your teachers have may be looking for some young blood to join their team.

So in conclusion for all of those who ask, over the next several months I plan to work closely with Career Services, perfecting my resume, getting my face out there, apply for jobs and reaching out to my current and previous professors and making new connections. In the business world it’s all about who you know and how far you are willing to go to get it!

Stay tuned to see what happens next!

love, Sarah.

 

Oh the places you’ll will go…

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Wow has time flown by… So many things have changed lately and quite frankly I have never been more excited for my future and all it holds.

For those of you who do not know, I have recently made the decision the put my MBA aspirations on hold. Instead of committing to another year of school I have courageously decided to enter the working world. I know, shocking right? Personally, I thought I was set on my decision to stay and extra year and get my MBA, but as I am learning more and more about myself and who I want to be in this world I am finding that transitioning right into an MBA program isn’t the right fit for me at the moment.

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W. Golf Team dressed to impress at the 2016 GNAC Championship dinner (Left to right: Sarah Salvatori, Celia Beyke, Lisa Zelasko, Jen Liedes & Grace Dyer).

Although I am making the decision to leave Saint Martin’s behind after graduation, I will always remember the moments of clarity and perseverance it has faced me with. From the first day I arrived on the campus at Saint Martin’s, moving into my dorm, meeting amazing friends, faculty and staff, the experience has ultimately transformed me into the individual I am today. Even though, my path has been altered, changes have ensued, and dreams have been challenged, I can still happily say that I would not be where I am today without all the amazing opportunities Saint Martin’s University has provided me.

Through all the ups and downs, deciding a major, changing my major, changing my major again… my experiences as a college student at Saint Martin’s will be ones that I will carry with me through the rest of my life.

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Senior W. Golfer’s after completing final rounds as collegiate athletes (there were tears) (left to right: Sarah Salvatori, Grace Dyer and Jen Liedes)

This past week I concluded my collegiate golf career. What a bittersweet and emotional experience that was. Golf has been an important pillar in my life for nearly 15 years, and now thinking about a lifestyle that does not involve competitive Golf has me feeling all kinds of different emotions. Through the sport, I have made life-long friends who all contributed to my transformation from a young and not-so-wise college freshman, to what I now like to look at myself as a confident, smart, enthusiastic young woman who is ready for what the world has in store for her.

One of the most important lessons that golf and getting a college education has taught me is that you aren’t always going to prepared for the experiences life throws your way. Life is an ever-changing battle and no matter how prepared you think you are, life will always surprise you. Growing up, I found myself frustrated with the things in life that were simply out of my control. I used to lose sleep over how people could sit back and just roll with the punches.

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Throwback to freshman year with roommate, Grace Dyer. Day 1 Saints.

As I got older, experienced life and rediscovered myself and what is truly important to me, I have found that embracing those unexpected moments rather than fighting them make life so much more enjoyable. Although many will question my decision to put my MBA aspirations on hold, saying “Oh, you’ll never go back” I rebuttal those statements and doubts by saying, sure, maybe I won’t go back to school after I graduate with my Bachelors. But, I am confident that if the time is right for me, I will and that is good enough for me. That’s not to say that it isn’t the right decision for one of my peers. Everyone is different, and I have found peace and great joy with my decision.

Best of luck to all of you fellow and future Saints of Saint Martin’s University. Let your passions drive you towards your successes, life-long friendships, and everlasting memories. It has been my greatest privilege to have been able to serve the University in so many ways over my four years. I will miss all the amazing faculty, staff and friends who have helped me along the way. The road was long, stressful and challenging but I would never trade those experiences for anything.  Thank you for all of the amazing opportunities, love and support, SMU! I will miss you!

Love Always, Sarah Salvatori ❤

 

MBA, I’m coming for you!

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This 2015-2016 school year is racing by. With the first semester almost over and finals just around the corner the force is strong in this one to start thinking about what comes next. (corny Star Wars joke)

One would think the most traditional option after graduation would be to get a job. Getting a job right out of college is a great option, but there are always other avenues that you can explore. One of those avenues is enrolling in a graduate studies program (masters). Most graduate studies programs have great opportunities for students who would like to further their education.

Saint Martin’s undergraduate business program and MBA program have a great relationship and make the transition into MBA life seamless. Although I have yet to take an official MBA level course the business program has provided me with plenty of insightful information about the MBA program.

Although I will still continue to look for jobs, I have also made the decision to enroll in 3 MBA courses in the spring semester. Some of you may be wondering, “Wait, how is she taking MBA classes while she is still an undergrad?”. Great question! The answer is that the Business department runs a great program from undergrad to masters. If you are an undergrad student who is in within senior standing you are eligible to take a maximum of 3 masters classes while still enrolled in the undergrad program. Isn’t that cool? Well it gets better! If you are an ordinary student looking to enroll in an MBA program but maybe did not get your bachelors in business you would be required to take a total of 17 courses to obtain a masters degree. But, if you decide the MBA program is something you want to do and you will be graduating from SMU with a BA in Business Administration 5 of those 17 classes will already be accounted for. The first 5 courses in the MBA program are introductory classes that have already been covered for those who will graduate from SMU with BA in Business. Which leaves only 12 courses left to complete a masters degree. Pretty cool, huh?

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Currently students have the option to take a maximum of 3 masters level courses while still in the undergraduate program. Once you have officially graduated and are only enrolled in the MBA program I believe you have the ability to take up to 3 classes a term. I am still working out all of the kinks myself and it is all still a work in progress.

With that being said, I hope to have the ability to take at least 3 MBA courses per term in hopes of getting my MBA by December of next year or even sooner! I would be the first person in my family to get a Masters degree and I think that would be a pretty monumental thing and make my family very proud.

If you are as interested in this masters track program as I was when I first heard of it be sure to contact the School of Business at Saint Martin’s. If you are wondering about student-aid the Graduate Studies Office also offers opportunities for students to apply for Graduate Assistant-ships, which is also something that I myself am looking into. If you are a student who is interested in enrolling in the Masters program but not until after graduation here are some of the application deadlines you should be aware of:

  • Fall session 1 (Aug. – Oct.) — apply by July 1
  • Fall session 2 (Oct. – Dec.) — apply by September 1
  • Spring session 1 (Jan. – Mar.) — apply by December 15
  • Spring session 2 (Mar. – May) — apply by February 1
  • Summer session (May – July) — apply by May 1

I wish everyone the best of luck with the remainder of their semester, good luck with finals and Happy Holidays!

Sarah