Each day of BWeek, Carlson students receive a free catered breakfast or lunch from favorite restaurants around campus, including Bruegger's Bagels, Perkin's, Lucky Dragon Chinese, Raising Cane's fried chicken, and Buffalo Wild Wings. All Carlson students also receive free Business Week t-shirts, as well as goody bags from several of our corporate sponsors.
BWeek is full of activities and festivities for everyone. There is a Supply Chain case competition, basketball and volleyball tournaments, and an alumni event. The week starts off with the Carlson community gathering to play our special Carlson version of The Price is Right. The week also includes an Etiquette Dinner where students learn which forks and spoons to use, and how to make pleasant table talk--great skills to have for the business dinners we will surely be attending in the next few years!
One of my favorite events is the Entrepreneurship Club's BizPitch, an event where Carlson students give a 90-second elevator pitch of their business idea to a panel of current entrepreneurs and Carlson alums and professors. Students this year had great ideas, including tracking devices for archery arrows, audio sampling services, and a rentable napping pod for air travelers. The panel gives constructive and encouraging feedback to all participants and a good, and educational, time is had by all!
This year, the Carlson student organization Women in Business introduced a new Carlson event, Mr. CSOM. Carlson students nominated some of their male friends to participate in a comical "pageant-style" competition, involving a choreographed dance, hula hoops, and high-heels. You can imagine the hilarity of the event, which created quite the spectacle in the Carlson Atrium!
The week concludes with the Business Week Dinner. Students, faculty, and staff gather for a dinner and awards ceremony at the McNamara Center. At the dinner, students are awarded Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and Student of the Year. A professor and staff member are also each recognized for their contribution to the Carlson community. One of my friends (and Carlson Ambassador!) Eric, was awarded Freshman of the Year!
I'm off to grab some Duffy's Pizza in the Atrium--yum! Life during BWeek is sure good!