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UNLV DECA members attend recording of The Voice

By Bonnie Lei

Members of UNLV DECA were given the opportunity to compete in a Shark Tank-style competition hosted by UNLV DECA. Competitors were tasked with creating a brief marketing plan along with developing a pitch that would secure funds from investors to bring Kona Ice, a shave ice company, onto the UNLV campus. For teams that made it to the finals,the prizes included a $50 prize, an additional $50 for “The People’s Choice Award,” an extra $200 for the first place team, and a trip to attend a recording of The Voice.

Five teams were given one week to create and present their plan to a panel of judges. Of the five teams, three advanced to the final round. During preparation for the final round, the three teams had two days to improve and finalize their presentation and propose their business plan in front of a panel of judges and an audience of high school Nevada DECA members, who chose the recipient of “The People’s Choice Award.”

Andrea DeBrino, Christian Perez, Daniel Yankov Dinev, Olivia Crick, Bonnie Lei, Armandt Lance Sacramento, Rochelle Mae Ruiz, and April Carillo were invited to watch the recording of The Voice on August 11, 2015.

Ruiz, Lei, Sacramento, and DeBrino watched contestants of the Voice in the battle round compete to get into the next round. The contestants sang a song in pairs to battle against each other. One contestant in each pair had to impress their coach, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton or Adam Levine, enough to move on to the next round. If the contestant was not chosen as the winner of the round, other coaches had the opportunity to steal the contestant. If no coach stole them, the contestant would go home.

In addition to watching the Voice, Ruiz, and Lei spent an extra day exploring Los Angeles, California with Nicholas and Randolph Huynh, UNLV DECA’s vice president of technology and president. Instead of booking a hotel room, they booked a room through Airbnb, a lodging rentals website, for the first time. Through the experience, they learned that hotel rooms are not the only method for living for a day.

The group explored Los Angeles and visited Santa Monica beach for a few hours before driving back to Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Never miss an event again

By Blaze Lovell

It’s a new year with more opportunities to #BeEpic. UNLV DECA has some great events planned for its members. To stay up to date with that is going on in the organization, you should sync your Google calendar with UNLV DECA’s. Here’s a quick guide on how to do just that:

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Click on the drop down screen in the upper right hand corner and head to calendar.
  3. On the left side, click on “Other Calendars” and type in [email protected] into the space below and hit Enter. The calendar should automatically sync.
  4. Need to know what’s happening while on the go? Log in to your Google account on your smartphone’s web browser and click on calendar in the drop down menu.
  5. You’ll be taken to a mobile version of the same calendar!
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#FabFriday: UNLV [EPIC] DECA Members

Our #FabFriday goes to all of our UNLV DECA members! No matter if you continue your membership with us, you’re still a part of our family and history. We’d like to take this time to give thanks to all of our members who

  1. Continued to help our chapter grow
  2. Built new traditions
  3. Served on committees either as a committee member or chair/co-chair
  4. Reached our community service goal of over 1,500 hours
  5. Volunteered for long shifts knowing what you’re doing is preventing chaos
  6. Recruited other members by sharing your experience
  7. Volunteered and joined philanthropy events
  8. Make everyone laugh
  9. Completed the surveys to help our events be better
  10. Represented UNLV DECA at networking events and competitions
  11. Presented on behalf of UNLV DECA to different organizations for funding
  12. Embraced our chapter’s culture and made it better
  13. Completed the Passport Program
  14. Always ready for the camera (even if it shots “natural” shots of you)
  15. Being [EPIC]

As our members prepare for their finals and the closing of a 2014-2015 UNLV DECA Chapter Year, we wish you  good luck on your exams and a fun summer break! We look forward to the next year and even more success with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Directo

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#FabFriday: Cecilia Yau

Our #FabFriday goes to Cecilia Yau! Cecilia is a second year UNLV DECA member who started her DECA career at UNLV. She is currently pursing a degree in Accounting and Hospitality. Cecilia started her second year of DECA in the Spring of 2015 after she returned from her international studies in China. While most second year members take it easy, Cecilia jumped right into the various DECA projects happening before the end of the year. From volunteering for various community service projects to leading an important committee, the Chapter Award Ceremony (responsible for planning our annual end-of-the-year banquet). Cecilia leads from the heart and makes sure everyone’s voice is heard in any decision. Thank you for your hard work and we look forward to more amazing years with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: OCA Las Vegas Mentorship Mentees 2015

Our #FabFriday goes to the UNLV DECA members (Dyan Baguio, Helena Lagos, Rochelle Mae Ruiz, and Stephanie Pancho) who will be graduating from the OCA Las Vegas Mentorship Program tomorrow! The mentorship program is a four month long program where mentees are paired with mentors in the mentees’ field of study or interest. Each month, the program hosts a session where OCA Las Vegas brings in prominent leaders to inspire and teach the mentees how to be better professionals. This year, the mentees had an opportunity to learn public speaking from the former White House Commissioner on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Rozita Lee to being a leader in diversity from North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Morgan. Previous mentees of the program have benefited in earning internships to learning valuable skills. UNLV DECA is excited to have members continue to be a part of the program for two consecutive years. Congratulations to the graduates of this prestigious mentorship program!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Nevada DECA Members

Our #FabFriday goes out to all of the Nevada DECA members who will be competing in the 2015 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida! Nevada DECA members competed in the State Conference last February where the best competitors in each category qualified to compete at the international level. At ICDC, Nevada DECA members have the opportunity to learn more about their industry, win international fame, and help members determine where their future career will lead them. On behalf of Nevada DECA Alumni and the UNLV Collegiate DECA members, we wish you all good luck and an amazing experience at ICDC!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward

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#FabFriday: Curtis Haley

Our #FabFriday goes to our favorite Nevada DECA State Director Curtis Haley! Curtis is one of the individuals who have helped make Nevada DECA stronger and continues to be a role model for many Nevada DECA members. Some of our UNLV DECA members have been state officers who were coached by Curtish Haley. These members have made a big impact in our chapter in forming the policies and events we continue to have. Curtis continues to support our chapter in various capacities and helps bridge the gap between Collegiate and the High School Nevada DECA chapters. Thank you for everything you have done for us and Nevada DECA! We look forward to many exciting years!

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#FabFriday: Christian Perez

Our #FabFriday goes to our Conference Coordinator Christian Perez! Christian is pursuing a degree  in accounting and started his DECA career with our chapter. Christian was the first members to ask for a more leadership role in our chapter and was one of the first members to submit his letter to apply for the Executive Council. Christian was an immediate yes for the position of Conference Coordinator after he competed in his first DECA conference at the Utah Fall Leadership Conference. He expanded his role by continuing to be active in various projects from being a leader in committees such as the Applebee’s Breakfast Social Committee to taking lead in organizing the practices for the International Career Development Conference. Christian also competed in UNLV DECA’s 2nd Annual Shark Tank and his team won the competition! In any project, Christian’s sole concern is how members are doing and maintaining morale. Thank you for your hard work and we look forward to many years with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Rochelle Mae Ruiz

Our #FabFriday goes to Rochelle Mae Ruiz! Rochelle is a freshmen pursing a degree in Business and started her DECA career with our chapter. Rochelle’s start to Career Technical Student Organizations was in Southwest Career and Technical Academy’s HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America). As a freshman, Rochelle has made her mark within  our organization. She has proven herself not only to be a leader, but a dependable member of our organization. Rochelle has taken leadership roles in over three committees and made sure the projects are seen to the end. Even if it includes last minute meetings, Rochelle makes sure to come prepared and is willing to take on any tasks. Rochelle has also proven herself to be an outstanding representative of our chapter when she was tasked to represent us at OCA Las Vegas meetings. Thank you for your hard work and we look forward to more memories with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director

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#FabFriday: Bianca Cseke

Our #FabFriday goes to Bianca Cseke! Bianca is a first year UNLV DECA member, but she is no stranger to the world of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). Her CTSO career started at Southwest Career and Technical Academy where she was a DECA member and an outstanding member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). During her high school years, Bianca was elected to the FBLA Southern Region Vice President and made tremendous achievements from organizing conferences with her state officer team and visiting the highest number of local high school chapters. Today, Bianca is studying Journalism and furthers her education by being a reporter for the Rebel Yell (UNLV Newspaper) and UNLV DECA Public Relations Coordinator. Bianca has been an instrumental member in different capacities from reviewing ten articles due in a week and being a team leader in different projects. Thank you for everything you have done for our chapter and we are excited for the future with you!

“The emphasis on individual initiative, accomplishment and recognition is fundamental to DECA’s success during our first 50 years and it will be an important part of our future.” – Dr. Edward Davis, Former DECA Executive Director