|Reinhardt University SIFE Advisors and students were invited to attend the exclusive Coca-Cola Inside Look event. Pictured are (from left to right) Peggy Collins, advisor and director of career services; Elizabeth Williams, a marketing major from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Alexandria Osinbowale, a marketing major from Kennesaw, Ga.; Tony van der Hoek, Coca-Cola’s director of strategy and business solutions for the Walmart global account team; Monica McKnight, an accounting major from Jonesboro, Ga.; Katie Glowka, an accounting major from Waleska, Ga.; Nathan Baer, a management major from Hoffman Estates, Ill.; and Tina Boosel advisor and instructor of business.|
A select group of Reinhardt University students recently got an “inside look” at business by stepping out of the classroom. Students on the University’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team were invited to attend the exclusive “Coca-Cola Inside Look,” which was held on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
“Students were able to step out of the classroom for a learning experience that they will remember for a lifetime,” said Tina Boosel, SIFE advisor and instructor of business. “How many chances do students get to be able to directly interact with Coca-Cola management for panel discussions about their business models, ask for career advice, and practice their business etiquette at a dinner? Not to often.
“This event gave our students a chance to really shine and learn at the same time. We were thrilled to have been able to attend the event, and we hope to get our students to other similar events with the SIFE corporate partners.”
SIFE members Monica McKnight, an accounting major from Jonesboro, Ga.; Nathan Baer, a management major from Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Elizabeth Williams, a marketing major from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Alexandria Osinbowale, a marketing major from Kennesaw, Ga.; and Katie Glowka, an accounting major from Waleska, Ga. attended the event. The students and their Reinhardt advisors, Peggy Collins, director of career services, and Boosel, were treated to a “behind the scenes” tour of the headquarters facility, a networking dinner, and a panel discussion with Tony van der Hoek, Coca-Cola’s director of strategy and business solutions for the Walmart global account team. Students were encouraged to network with Coca-Cola employees, other SIFE students from around the region and SIFE headquarters’ employees.
“The students will be able to take what they learned from the event and apply it to the upcoming projects they have planned,” Boosel said. “Our SIFE team is working on several community service projects this year including the Campbell's Stamp Out Hunger Food and Toiletry Drive to benefit CARES in Jasper, Ga., the “Souls for Soles” shoe drive for the needy around the globe, and a walk to be held on campus to raise awareness about the need for clean water in Africa, with donations from this event going to build a well for a community in Africa.”
SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. In addition to the community aspect of the program, SIFE’s leadership and career initiatives create meaningful opportunities for learning and exchange among the participants as well as the placement of students and alumni with companies in search of emerging talent.
For more information about Reinhardt’s SIFE team or the service projects planned, please contact Boosel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-720-5580.
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