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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.

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UNLV Collegiate DECA Works the Nevada DECA State Conference

This February, UNLV Collegiate DECA assisted in the 2013-2014 Nevada DECA State Career Development Conference. A ton of members came out to prep and carry out various tasks to make the conference as much fun as possible, along with holding the first Alumni Reception for current senior class members and other alumni that have graduated in previous years. Volunteers captured the attention of conference staff, high school advisers, and DECA members by the enthusiasm for working the conference, and the ability to go with the flow of how everything was carried out. Their help made a huge difference and had a positive impact for current high school and potential collegiate students.

Being able to collaborate and re connect with the high school sector of DECA was beneficial on both ends. The UNLV Collegiate DECA chapter enhanced their resume by working the conference, and the high school students were encouraged to participate in the coming year’s UNLV Collegiate DECA membership. All in all, it was a success for everyone.

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UNLV Collegiate DECA Attends Fall Leadership Conference in Utah & Brings Home 8 Award Winners!

This is the first year University of Nevada Las Vegas Collegiate DECA attended the Utah Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) at Park City, Utah. The two day conference held November 1st and 2nd proved to be an intense two days of workshops, networking, and case study preparations. The UNLV chapter had eleven of its members in attendance and eight of them were awarded during closing session.

At the beginning of the conference students were placed into teams with other Utah Collegiate DECA members. Each team was given a business case scenario in which they must prepare by researching the company, problem they are tasked with and create a presentation for their judge, which is an executive from that company. This year’s case studies and judges were supplied by Sundance Film Festival and Zagg Inc. which challenged members to develop a marketing campaign,, target select markets, analyze e-commerce strategies, increase sales, and increase event attendance.

FLC also provided opportunities for Collegiate DECA members to develop and expand their professional skills by networking with area entrepreneurs who mentored them thru the case studies, attending a chapter officer leadership training, and listening to speakers. One of the inspirational messages given was from speaker Matt Berrett who said “The greatest thing you can do is create someone like you.” Other speakers included Scott Huckinson (ifrogz) and Bryan Brandenberg (Salt Lake Comicon).

During the conference UNLV Vice President of Membership Daniel Dinev gave a twenty minute brainstorming workshop which encouraged members to collaborate as a state on ideas they wanted to implement in the upcoming year. Stephanie Pancho, the Vice President of Public Relations also sang the national anthem during opening session.

At the end of the conference there were nine teams awarded for their case study presentations and of those teams eight UNLV Collegiate DECA members were recognized. The winners included: Daniel Dinev (Zagg 2nd Place), Xin Gan (Sundance 3rd Place), Tim Kwist (Sundance 2nd Place), Cecilia Yau (Zagg 3rd Place), Andrea Rocca-Capano (Zagg 3rd Place, Natasha Garcia (Sundance 2nd Place), Daniela Sanchez (Zagg 2nd Place), and Desiree Tolentino (Zagg 1st Place).

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UNLV Collegiate DECA Hosts 1st Annual Diamonds in the Alley Fundraiser

University of Nevada Las Vegas Collegiate DECA hosted their first annual Diamonds in the Alley, a bowling fundraising event, which was held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino on October 14th, 2013.

The event is proudly sponsored by Country Financial, OCA Las Vegas, Jamba Juice, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Kona Ice, and the help of Orleans Hotel and Casino Bowling Staff. The contribution from the sponsors helped open up 9 lanes for the partaking bowlers.

A total of 26 bowling participants attended UNLV Collegiate DECA’s bowling fundraiser. The bowlers socialized and picked their bowling team members as they arrived to the bowling alley. The night consisted of fun and friendly competitions among the teams and individuals within each team.

The bowling fundraiser event ended with raffling gifts and presenting awards to players for various accomplishments such as DECA Alley Cat, Gold Medal Team, DECA Xtraordinaire, Diamond All Star, and Gutter Pro.

UNLV Collegiate DECA plans to make Diamonds in the Alley an annual fundraising event in the following years to come for their chapter members, family, friends, and any members of the local community.