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Why Serve?

By: Randolph Huynh

In Collegiate DECA, serving in the community is more than giving your time. It is also showcasing who you are and what you can do. Many people do not realize this, but the best job offers comes from being involved in the community. Business professionals are constantly watching who they want to hire, and the best way to be out in the view isn’t just at networking events or job fairs but getting involved in community events.

Many of our community partners are related to the business industry and are also well connected in a diverse network that ranges from the medical field to the engineering field. What some students don’t realize is that you must

“Give before you can receive”

The community is always looking for young students who can help grow the community. The majority of UNLV DECA’s community projects are event-based, and at these events, members are challenged with knowing how to:

  • Problem solve
  • Give their 110% effort
  • Stay Focused
  • Make things happen

Many members who serve the community through Collegiate DECA have received internship and job offers. Just spending three to four hours serving and doing the best you can to make an event successful is worth the opportunity to build your professional network.

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Help keep the UNLV DECA community informed

UNLV DECA needs your help to help keep our community informed about all of the wonderful projects and events we’re involved in! This blog serves as a home base for such information and is read by members, alumni and even business professionals.

We’re looking for a variety of interesting content, including event recaps, tips for members and other chapters, leadership lessons and more. Your submissions will also be sent to DECA Direct, our national organization’s official news source. Along with a national audience, this also checks off one of the requirements for the national Passport Program, even if it does not end up getting published!

Guidelines for article submissions are as follows:

  • Members who want to submit DECA Direct articles as part of Passport or Social Media Correspondent programs should contact VP of Marketing to come up with a plan for article topic, content and format.
  • If members interested in completing a program/award that requires article submission do not take initiative to contact VP of Marketing, we will contact you. We may also contact you if we need an article on a particular topic or event and feel you may be a good fit for it.
  • Authors will be guided through coming up with a topic and approach to help improve chances of being published on DECA Direct.
  • If, after being contacted and accepting the assignment & due date, you do not complete by the due date, the topic will be given to another member and original assignee must take initiative to contact VP of Marketing to be assigned another article.
    • If an emergency comes up and you cannot complete your assignment on time, you must contact the VP of Marketing at least 24 hours in advance to be granted an extension.
  • AFTER SUBMISSION: VP of Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator will review & edit for content, grammar and mechanics.
    • If significantly more research and information are needed to improve the article, the author will be contacted and must make edits within 48 hours to guarantee they can keep that assignment.
    • If article can be edited without having to be almost completely rewritten, it will be accepted & sent to DECA Direct and added to the blog if content is suitable.

Any questions should be directed to Bianca Cseke, VP of Marketing, or Blaze Lovell, Public Relations Coordinator.

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Prepare to #BeEpic

By Blaze Lovell and Bianca Cseke

With school, work, a social life (does anyone even have those anymore?), and family (unless you left them back home) taking up most of your time, it may be hard to keep track of all those extracurricular activities you took up this semester.

To help you out, here are some tips on our resources that will help you always stay up-to-date with UNLV DECA:

1.) Email. Subscribe to DECA Direct emails to see what DECA is doing nationwide. UNLV DECA’s emails may end up in your spam folder, so if you haven’t seen anything from us in your inbox, the spam folder would be a good place to check. After, add [email protected] to your contact list and remove the messages from spam so they aren’t deleted. If any email requires a response, please respond promptly. Our team can get very busy, so your speed will help us tremendously.

2.) If you wake up early in the morning, telling yourself you’ll do homework but hop on Facebook instead, then spend that time judiciously and check UNLV DECA’s page for any updates. Like our Facebook page, then go to your preferences by clicking the gear icon on your newsfeed. Go to “Prioritize Who to See First” and find UNLV DECA. This will make it easier for you to see what’s happening in our organization. Then, you can go finish that 10-page aper you procrastinated on.

3.) If you haven’t synced your Google Calendar with our’s yet, be sure to do so. Instructions on how to do that can be found at http://unlvdeca.com/never-miss-an-event-again/.

4.) Read our blog on unlvdeca.com. We’ll post tips, news, and other cool stuff every week to help you #BeEpic. Posts generally will be shared on social media, but head over to our website every Sunday if you want to be the first to be in-the know.

5.) Now that you’re caught up-to-date with all of UNLV DECA’s events, and hopefully caught up on your homework, your last task is to prepare for the unexpected. You’ll never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities will arise. Keep your UNLV DECA shirt clean and your lapel pin ready with a nice set of professional attire thrown in for good measure. You won’t know when it’s time to #BeEpic.

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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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UNLV Students Awarded 1st and 2nd at Utah’s Case Study Competition

Case Studies were created and judged by Boostability & Adobe Digital Marketing

Utah Collegiate DECA’s annual Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) is one of the most exciting, intensive, fun, and rewarding experiences for UNLV Collegiate DECA students who decide to attend. The conference is always filled with leadership development workshops, amazing speakers, opportunities to network, and competition.

The 2014 Utah Collegiate DECA FLC began with the Chapter Officer Leadership Academy (COLA) hosted by Angela Dayton, a professional consultant, serial entrepreneur, and public speaker. After an interactive session of leadership exercises, COLA concluded and FLC’s Opening Session began. Opening session featured a talk from Michael Glauser, a Utah State University professor who embarked on a 4,000 mile bicycle journey across the United States to interview and reveal some of America’s top successful small businesses and entrepreneurs During the conference students also heard from Michelle McCullough, managing Director of Startup Princess on her strategies to leverage social media engagement and Spencer Quinn, Student Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Fiber Fix, a Shark Tank success story whose product can be found in over 1,600 locations world-wide including Home Depot and Lowes. “I still remember the first time we were handed $20 from someone and I thought, WHOA! Someone wants to actually buy this!” said Quinn during his presentation. All of the presenters during the conference were found to be a true inspiration to all the future business leaders and entrepreneurs in attendance.

Representatives from Adobe Digital Marketing and Boostability Inc. were invited to present on their companies and judge the competition. These two companies would be featured in the case studies which students who attended had to work on for the remainder of the conference. Adobe Digital Marketing, who surpisingly has dominated the market over companies such as IBM, focused their case study on strategies to increase sales of the Adobe Marketing Cloud through the use of the Adobe Digital Index. Boostability Inc., a leader in search engine optimization and named #254 in the Inc. 500/5000 list that catalogues the fasted growing privately held U.S. companies, asked students to focus on the employee hiring process and increasing their retention rate.

Since students were placed in random teams, the case study competition was more challenging than a typical team competition. Aside from the intensive research and preparation to present, students had to work together with others they have never met. UNLV Collegiate DECA students embraced the challenge and worked tirelessly through the night with their teams to deliver the best presentations possible to present to the company executive the next morning. The hard work paid off when four UNLV students joined their respective teams as first and second place winners of both Adobe’s and Boostability to be awarded on stage. Adobe’s first place winners were also invited to a meeting with their executive team and to tour the facility in Utah. Dara Tinoco, first year UNLV DECA member said, “FLC was an incredible experience for me as a college Freshman, it taught me to be an influential leader, and overall an excellent entrepreneur, now I’m even more excited to pursue my career at Lee Business School.” With most UNLV students in attendance as first time attendees, the conference delivered the excitement and joy of not only competing, but networking and having lots of fun. We hope to continue this tradition every year and cannot wait for the opportunity to attend again in 2015!

The following students participated or were awarded during the conference. Every UNLV student in attendance put forth their strongest effort to put their industry knowledge to the test, grow as leaders, and expand their professional skill set. Please feel free to congratulate them for a job well done if you see them on campus. You can also email [email protected] to congratulate the members on their success.

Dara Tinoco: Entrepreneurship/Political Science – 2nd Place Adobe Digital Marketing

Celine Endy: Hospitality/Global Entrepreneurship – 1st Place Boostability

Bianca Cseke: Journalism – Participant

Daniel Dinev: Accounting/Global Entrepreneurship – 1st Place Adobe Digital Marketing

Blaze Lovell: Journalism – Participant

Christian Perez: Accounting – Participant

Annie Bellorin: Accounting – 2nd Place Boostability

Rebecca Lychock: Philosophy/Law – Participant

Dyan Baguio: Hospitality/Accounting – Participant

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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.

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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).