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March 2014

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UNLV DECA Shark Tank

UNLV Collegiate DECA is hosting its own version of Shark Tank on March 29th and March 30th. The event is free and open to public to attend. 11 teams will be competing in a case study about a mystery company associated with the growth of Downtown Las Vegas. The teams will only have one day to create a presentation focused on securing investments and promoting company growth.

The opening session is on March 29that 12 p.m. in BEH 242. Angel investor Bill Payne and Shark Tank Survivor Jayson Sandberg will be presenting a special keynote session. This is also the time the case company will be announced and the teams will be receiving their case study challenge. The teams will present the next day to a panel of preliminary judges who will decide the 5 teams to advance to the live finals. Preliminary judges are Susan T. Spencer (Executive Director and Host of Not Just Sports), Joe Murphy (Senior Vice President of numerous casinos), and Rey Dos Santos (COO of Rebel Venture Fund and Director of Sales and Business Development of Walls 360).

The closing session on March 30th at 4 p.m. in the Student Union room 208C will feature the live finals round with People’s Choice Award as well as a special presentation from the case study company owners. At this session the top 5 teams will present in front of a live audience and final judges which consists of Felix Daniciu (CEO and Founder of Elmcore Group Inc.), Dominic Marrocco (Millionaire Entrepreneur), and Sophia Liang (CEO of Rebel Venture Fund and Executive Intern for Brennan Capital Partners). In addition to the judges panel, students and public attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Awards during the final round of the closing session.

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Get Pied For Charity

Who would have thought donating to a charity could end up with an officer’s face full of pie? The spontaneous idea of hosting a coin war did just that. Eight jars were created, each one representing an officer of the UNLV DECA team. Members had the option of adding or subtracting points from officers they wanted to see pied or saved. Out of eight officers, one lucky officer had the honor of being pied at UNLV DECA’s Jeopardy Night.  The proceeds went to a great cause. UNLV DECA paired up with Children’s Miracle Network to help raise funds for children’s hospitals and medical research in their continuing efforts to making children’s lives better and happier.

It was an exciting experience, both watching the member’s debate on which officers they would like to see pied and which officers they chose to save. Knowing their money was going towards a well-known, trustworthy charity such as Children’s Miracle Network was also reassuring. The success of the CMN Coin War was astonishing. Having only planned the Coin War for two days, at two different DECA events, the funds raised were tremendous. More than $170 dollars was raised within those two days for Children’s Miracle Network. In the end, it was the VP of Public Relations, Stephanie Pancho, who was the “unfortunate winner” of the CMN Coin War. But a face full of whip cream is worth it, knowing the proceeds are going to help children who truly deserve it.