The Rankin College of Business has established an impressive collection of new student engagement initiatives that include several ways students can enrich their college career while preparing for their professional career.
“At the RCB we are building on the excellent education students receive in the classroom with programs that engage them with the community and the world,” said Dr. Robin Sronce, RCB dean. “It is the support from our advisory councils and donors along with a committed faculty that make all these exciting things and more possible for our students.”
The RcBiz Living and Learning Community, established this past fall, gives business students the chance to live close to one another in University Hall. They enjoy campus activities together in their hall along with RCB faculty and staff as well as educational trips. On November 14, the RcBiz went to the Arkansas Capitol where students visited with Governor Asa Hutchinson and Senator Bruce Maloch, sat in on a budget hearing, and toured the Capitol and the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
More travel experiences are offered by the College’s RCB On the Road program in which business students learn first-hand about career opportunities. Each of the business academic programs hosts a travel experience at least once every two years to engage with business leaders and tour business operations. There is also a new funding opportunity, the Internship-Away Scholarship sponsored by the Business Advisory Council, to help students complete internship opportunities.
In October, RCB also hosted a series of workshops called “Backpack to Briefcase,” which was aimed at giving students tools to land an internship or their first career position. Workshops topics included resume and cover letters, proper attire, interviewing skills, the job search, and social media presence.