Carlson School students celebrate achievement during Business Week

by Eddie Glenn

For some students in the Carlson School of Management, this is the best week of the year, said Becky Upton, a marketing and advertising sophomore and publicity co-chairwoman for Carlson School’s Business Week.

Business Week is an annual celebration of Carlson School undergraduates’ accomplishments.

They kicked off the celebration Saturday with volleyball and basketball tournaments in the recreation center.

Monday’s events included a catered lunch and fashion show sponsored by KPMG public accounting firm and The Foursome Clothing and Shoes.

The Carlson School is hosting a variety of professional, social and service events throughout the week for students, faculty members and business professionals. The week has existed for 45 years, Upton said.

Events are designed to provide all attendees with food, entertainment and a place to meet and enjoy one another’s company. This year should bring between 200 and 300 people per event, Upton said.

Fifteen students from the Business Week Executive Committee organize the week. Finance and accounting junior Adrian Dykstra leads the committee.

Dykstra chose his team of executives during the summer, and they began working together to brainstorm themes and events at the beginning of the year.

“Everyone on the committee gave 100 percent, and you can see it all paid off,” Dykstra said. “We had over 300 people here today.”

Carlson School students sat in the main atrium to watch their classmates model business and casual attire from The Foursome Clothing and Shoes.

Steve Tobkin, a finance and entrepreneurial studies junior, said some Carlson School events are serious, but this one is different.

“With things like this, we get to see the social side,” he said.

Chris Lund, also a finance and entrepreneurial studies junior, said he liked it was a social event.

Tobkin said, “We know it takes a lot of hard work by the coordinators. To see it come together, and for such a turnout, is great.”

There were students laughing, joking and dancing Monday throughout the Carlson School’s main atrium. Even the models were laughing and playing on the runway. Meanwhile, there was a line of students waiting for lunch weaving across the main atrium.

The rest of the week will offer more events, including national speakers and a student-versus-faculty quiz bowl. Different sponsors will provide food every day.

The week culminates with the Business Week Dinner on Thursday at the Holiday Inn Metrodome with keynote speaker Al Schuman, chief executive officer of Ecolab.

The rest of the week’s speakers include Patrick Kuhse, a nationally known speaker, and Craig C. Culver, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Culver’s.

The week is sponsored by Target, Unisys, General Mills and KPMG, among others.

“We like showing support for the school and for the students as we build relationships with the students,” said Megan Van Duyn, primary recruiting manager at KPMG.

Upton said this week is a sort of celebration for undergraduate students’ achievements, as well as a way to prepare for the future.

“I’ve been looking forward to this week all year,” she said.