With snow on the ground and finals coming near, students at Cleveland State University are currently in a rush to get things done. While students are ready for the semester to come to a close, that doesn’t mean organizations can’t make their last week a little more fun.
So, Campus Activities Board (CAB) created Winter Fest, a wintery midday event hosted on Dec. 4 in the middle of the Student Center.
The main attraction of CAB’s end of the semester event was an indoor ice skating rink, which saw many students slowly glide around in their rented neon blue ice skates.
Before they could enter the rink, students would rent out the skates and sit in a designated area to put these fashion-forward blades on. See above a student gearing up to brave the slippery ice of CAB’s indoor ice skating rink.
While some students were okay about risking a hospital trip, others wanted a less slippery time, so CAB also allowed ornament decorating. Here are three students showing off their creations, that included ornaments and printed out coloring pages, during the event.
Two students (who did not wish to be named) painting their Christmas ornaments and drinking hot chocolate.
An overview shot of CAB’s event, where students could decorate their own ornaments, sit near the Christmas tree, ice skate indoors and listen to holiday music, all the while enjoying a stress-free school day.
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Discussions and hands-on activities attracted students to the auditorium of the Monte Ahuja College of Business Nov. 7 for an hour-long presentation about how to manage distractions in the work place.
Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor and service organization that focuses on students in career fields that deal with financial information, such as accounting, financial and information systems, hosted the event.
The organization brought in Clifton Larson Allen, the eighth largest accounting firm in the United States. The company also has a few offices in the Cleveland area.
As most can guess, cell phones, social media, co-workers and music can all be considered distractions, but even work itself can fall into that category. With emails, meetings and having to issue and give feedback to others, it can take attention away from the tasks originally at hand.
So, how to manage these distractions?
Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. One of the speakers at the event, Brittany Marcelli, explained that checking email in-between tasks, looking at phones once every hour, separating yourself from the workspace if you need a moment alone, planning things out and most importantly, knowing yourself, can get the job done.
“Not everyone manages distractions the same,” Marcelli said. “Just kind of knowing your personality, that can actually go a long way. Do you need to make to-do lists? For me, I love making to-do lists and that becomes a distraction. So just knowing [and knowing what causes a distraction for you] is important.”
A group activity helped demonstrate how managing key things in life can be separated by managing it one thing at a time.
In the exercise, groups of four or five students received a bag full of ping-pong balls representing those key things. One person in the group was assigned to be the bag holder, while other were assigned to be real-life tasks. The bag holder would have to quickly hand out each ping-pong ball to the person that represented the letter on the ball.
The activity lasted about five or six rounds, and it was meant to show how all of these life tasks can become overwhelming if you don’t find a way to manage these tasks in a strategic way.
Students left the auditorium with a new idea of how to manage the growing number of distractions in the workplace.
Gathering around a stack of books, students and faculty members met at the Monte Ahuja College of Business’ boardroom to have an hour-and-a-half-long conversation about the ins and outs of creating and maintaining one’s business.
This meeting was the third of a series of presentations hosted by the college called Founder Fridays, which is an event students and faculty members can go to network with founders, co-founders and entrepreneurs of businesses in the Cleveland area.
Matt Souful, a life-long Clevelander and the co-founder of the Business Quarterback and Consolidated Casework, Inc., helped guide the discussion for the third Friday Founders event on Nov. 30,
“We [the Business Quarterback] call ourselves ‘profit warriors,’ [because] we are constantly working with our clients to drive profitability in their businesses,” Souful said. “We leverage my chief financial officer background and my accounting background to provide three buckets of services.”
Those buckets of services he refers to are accounting and traditional bookkeeping for smaller businesses; outsourced chief financial services; and profit-first advising and coaching, which is a certification his company offers based on a book called “Profit First.”
These services are what Souful has spent years crafting and trying to maintain, and he’s done so with a lot of hard work and homework.
In addition to explaining what exactly his company is, he also explained during his presentation what his approach to finance is, how he started, and how he’s been able to maintain that success.
Souful was the third and final entrepreneur to host the Founder Friday event for the fall semester. The College of Business will host more of these events next semester, when Ossemble founder Joshua Koszekski will discuss how he started his business.
Koszekski will be coming to Cleveland State University to discuss the trials of starting his business on Jan. 25.