Undergraduate Business

Business Student Ambassador Organization (BSAO)

BSAO


About Us

BSAO is now recruiting! Use the online form to submit your application. For more information, click the "How to Join" tab.

Who We Are

The Business Student Ambassador Organization (BSAO) represents the Tippie College of Business and the University of Iowa at a variety of college functions. Ambassadors interact with Pappajohn Business Building visitors, acting as hosts at college functions, providing information and assistance to visiting groups, and assisting in student recruitment activities.

Ambassadors gain awareness of college resources, develop leadership and mentoring skills, and increase their involvement within the college of business. Ambassadors also utilize their skills in public speaking, event planning, and networking as they interact with guests and constituents.

Members of BSAO:

  • Serve as an active member of a prominent student organization
  • Share their excitement and experience as an undergraduate student at Tippie
  • Become more engaged with faculty, staff, and peers
  • Inspire prospective students to become part of Tippie
  • Give time and talent back to their college

What We Do

Our duties include hosting college functions, providing information and assistance to visiting groups, facilitating student recruitment activities, and most importantly, providing answers to questions from prospective business students and their families at college events. Ambassadors typically give 5-10 tours per semester and help with 7-12 events per semester. Ambassadors are paid $8/hour.

The Business Student Ambassador Organization assists with the following events.

  • Admit One kick-off
  • Daily tours of the Pappajohn Business Building
  • Direct Admit seminar panels
  • Peer Mentor Program
  • Hawkeye Visit Days
  • Business Preview Days
  • Transfer Preview Days
  • Biz BBQ
  • Major information sessions
  • Tippie clubbing
  • Tippie Fest
  • Family Weekend
  • Business Week
  • Tippie Homecoming picnic

Members

Hover over an individual's name to view his/her bio.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
I am in Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, a peer mentor for Tippie direct admits, the social media assistant for the College of Business, and a campus tour guide. I love to give back to Tippie and the university!

What is your favorite snack at Pat's Diner?
Walking tacos and Cherry Coke Zero!

What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite class I've taken was one I took over winter break in London—International Marketing with Cathy Cole. Cathy did a wonderful job mixing the terms and information surrounding international marketing with the real life experiences of being in London.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
I love that there is so much to do. Downtown has so many different places to eat, coffee shops, boutiques, book stores, you name it. There is always something going on. If you're looking for something to do, it won't take long. The IMU hosts many different events throughout the year, and when it's nice outside, it's a safe bet that there will be something going on either on the Pentacrest or in Hubbard Park.

What makes Tippie unique?
I love that Tippie is a smaller school within the university. When you walk through the building, you're going to see someone you know. There are so many familiar faces, and even the professors know your name.

What has been your favorite class and why?
Strategic Human Resource Management taught by Greg Stewart. It gave me my first glimpse into human resources, and Professor Stewart made the class so enjoyable. He provided the class with many real-world examples, shared stories and videos, and facilitated group discussion. We had individual assignments as well as group assignments, which gave us the opportunity to get to know our classmates. I looked forward to going to this class, and as a student pursuing a career in HR, it was great to learn such relevant, beneficial material.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
When I first arrived in Iowa City, I was very unsure what to expect. I was in a new city, much larger than my hometown, and didn't know anyone that lived here. Over the past four years Iowa City has become home. I have not only become familiar with the University of Iowa campus, but also the city that surrounds it. The best part about Iowa City is its large city offerings but small town feel. There are so many things to do in Iowa City that it is impossible to be bored. There is a strong sense of community, and I feel part of that community now.

Who has been a mentor to you at Tippie?
My advisor has been my mentor during my time at Iowa. She has helped me make important life decisions and provided guidance and a listening ear whenever I needed it. My advisor's mentoring has been a major reason why I got involved and had the amazing experiences I have had during my time at Iowa. I know we will stay in touch long after I graduate.

Have you studied abroad? Where and how did you grow?
I studied abroad in China during the summer for two weeks and India during winter break for three weeks. These were some of the most meaningful experiences I have had while in college. I have been able to directly apply the things I have learned abroad into my classes at Iowa. I feel that I now have a better understanding for other cultures and have become more open and accepting of others. I recommend that everyone finds some way to study abroad during their time in college. It doesn't need to be a year or semester for it to be a meaningful and life-changing experience.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
I am involved in Alpha Kappa Psi. I am also a volunteer at the Johnson Country Courthouse and Ronald McDonald House.

What makes Tippie unique?
The feeling—how you can be enrolled at such a large university, but when you are in Tippie it feels like you go to a school of a couple hundred. We are all a family, and the atmosphere here is always welcoming. I don't think that is the way it is at all schools.

What is your dream job?
I hope to be an attorney someday. I want to help defend others who, alone, are unable to defend themselves.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
As a senior, I have had the chance to get involved in a lot of different campus activities. In addition to BSAO, I was involved with Women in Business and the Hawkinson Institute. I also dedicated a lot of my time to serving on the Executive Council for my social sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Sit in the front of your lectures! It's hard to distinguish yourself in a room of 300 students but having a face-to-face connection with your professor is the best and easiest way to make the large lecture hall feel smaller.

What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite class at Tippie was Applied Equity Valuation. Professor Houge has an extensive knowledge of valuation techniques and allowed us to apply what we learned during the semester by completing an authentic analyst report. We also had the opportunity to present our analysis to real industry professionals.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
At Tippie I'm a member of the Hawkinson Institute and the Global Engagement Student Advisory Board. Outside of Tippie I am on the executive board of Chi Omega.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Get comfortable being uncomfortable. If you asked me four years ago if I'd be where I was and involved in the organizations I am involved in I would have said there was no chance. Tippie has allowed me to gain confidence in my abilities to take chances and take on leadership positions with great success.

Who has been a mentor to you at Tippie?
Brian Richman, the director of the Hawkinson Institute, has helped me create resumes, prepare for interviews, and develop my professional skills.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Definitely look out for information about majors, classes, student organizations, studying abroad, etc. Simply find out what opportunities are available at Tippie and the University of Iowa. Learn a lot about the different majors so you can make an informed decision about your career. I think it is important to look for what you want to do from the beginning of your time at Iowa (so you do not lose time or regret decisions you made)!

Tell us about your internship.
I did my internship last summer in New York with J.P. Morgan. I worked in structured finance which primarily included asset backed securities originations. I learned a lot about the banking industry during my internship and got to understand how the company is structured. I am going to return full time after graduation.

What has been your favorite class and why?
Advanced Corporate Finance. I think it was a very interesting class where I learned many different useful corporate finance tools. It really helped me prepare for interviews and in my internship later on.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
Both my parents went to the University of Iowa as well as a lot of family members, so it was kind of an obvious choice for me. It was the only school I applied to. I loved the Hawkeye spirit, and I really wanted the Big 10 football experience.

What is your favorite snack at Pat's Diner?
The chocolate chip muffins are earth shattering.

Have you studied abroad? Where and how did you grow?
Yes, I studied abroad twice during my time at Iowa. I spent two months in Santiago, Chile, which was an incredible experience. I learned so much about myself—how much I could push myself to be independent and my ability to dive into new experiences. I also spent seven months in Pau, France, which was also incredible. I couldn't imagine my college experience without it. I learned much more about the world from new perspectives and looking at the United States from a different culture.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
Inside of Tippie, I am in Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. I have been involved with this since my freshman year and am very passionate about the business opportunities it has provided me with in addition to the amazing friends and connections I've made. I am also a peer mentor for the Direct Admit Seminar within Tippie, a member of Business Leaders in Christ, and a student ambassador. Outside of Tippie, I am a leader for a Christian ministry on campus called Salt. Salt exists to bring together University of Iowa students to create a solid, fun community as well as inform and teach them about Christ. I also participate in Dance Marathon every year and hold a position as an intern in the sports marketing department.

What is your favorite snack at Pat's Diner?
Definitely the buffalo chicken sandwich. Not much of a snack, but amazing nonetheless.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and get involved. Odds are, your comfort zone will dissolve along with your preconceived notions about what college is all about. You will transform into the person you are going to be for the rest of your life—take risks, meet new people, and do what you want to do! Getting involved and doing new things will be one of the scariest, yet most rewarding things you'll ever do in your life.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
Tippie and the accounting program have outstanding reputations, and I loved Iowa City when I visited. I couldn't imagine going to a different university.

What is your dream job?
I would love to eventually own my own business.

Tell us about your internship.
I have had four accounting internships. My most recent was an audit and assurance internship with McGladrey. Tippie did an outstanding job preparing me for this internship. I have since accepted a full-time position in downtown Chicago.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
I have volunteered to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, have been a River Run training captain, and am actively involved with Young Americans for Liberty.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Think of your time in college as an investment—both financially and personally.

Who has been a mentor to you at Tippie?
My adviser has been an irreplaceable mentor for me at Tippie. She encouraged me to be active within the college and strive for success. I would not be where I am without her guidance.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
I love the diversity Iowa City possesses. I can walk into campus and be surrounded by beautiful buildings and people, walk a block over to a homey coffee place, or walk another block over and relax by the river. There is always a place to go that will suit my mood.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
I actually applied to eight different schools all over the country. Iowa was my first visit, and the Tippie College of Business made me feel right at home. I was confident that I would be comfortable and have a secure future full of opportunities through the business school. I did not plan any college visits after my Iowa visit and knew that Iowa was the place for me.

Tell us about your internship.
I am currently a sports marketing intern for the University of Iowa Sports Marketing Department. I collaborate with coaches to develop and implement successful marketing plans for Big 10 sports, including soccer, cross country, track and field, and softball. I also create and place radio ads to generate awareness among our target markets for these sports. It is one of the many opportunities Iowa has given me, and I love my job.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
Both of my parents were Hawkeyes, so there was always a push for me to go here. Despite that, I kept a fairly open mind during the college search process. Every time I visited another school, though, I felt myself comparing it to Iowa, and nowhere else measured up to how much I loved it here.

What makes Tippie unique?
At such a large school, I think it's probably very easy to feel lost in the numbers. Tippie is a smaller community within the university. Professors, advisors, and even your classmates take the time to get to know you and push you to do your best.

Tell us about your internship.
I took last semester off to do a winter assurance internship with PwC, a Big Four accounting firm. I assisted with the year-end audits of several large companies in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Upon completing my internship, I was offered a full-time position with the firm after I graduate. I was first connected with PwC through Meet the Firms Night, a career fair catered specifically to accounting students. These unique opportunities have given me an unparalleled advantage in launching my career.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
Within Tippie, I have been a part of Alpha Kappa Psi and HawkTrade. I am also a peer mentor for the direct admit program. Outside of Tippie, I have played a variety of intramural sports and have been involved in the volunteer organization Hope 4 Africa.

What is your dream job?
I would love to be the CEO or CFO of a Fortune 500 company.

Tell us about your internship.
I interned with PwC's risk assurance group, where I assisted with a number of IT audits, SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits, and regulatory compliance reviews that we provided to our clients.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
Beta Alpha Psi professional accounting fraternity, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tippie Build, and Dance Marathon.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
The best advice I have is to get involved early in something that interests you. In doing this, you will meet people like yourself and find mentors that can help you throughout your college experience.

Tell us about your internship.
I have a year-long internship at Transamerica (AEGON) in Cedar Rapids in the derivative operations department. I worked part-time in the spring semester, full-time in the summer, and part-time in the fall semester. I received this internship out of a summer leadership program the company offered in 2013. I have learned so much valuable information about the corporate world, teamwork, and leadership during my internship.

What makes Tippie unique?
Tippie is unique because it feels like a small community within the University of Iowa. You still have the Big 10 school feel, but you don't feel like you are just another number. The people you meet in student organizations and classes become friends and not just acquaintances. The professors care about your future and want to see you succeed, and they take the time to get to know you. The courses offered can be challenging at times, but the knowledge gained is applicable to the real world and only helps better prepare you for your career.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
My one piece of advice would be to get involved! You meet so many different people through student organizations. These people become friends. Having a wide group of friends helps make going to class, meetings, and volunteering fun! These friends not only enrich your life personally, but professionally as well, by being connections for job opportunities in the future.

Have you studied abroad? Where and how did you grow?
I was fortunate enough to study abroad twice and still graduate in four years! Last semester, I studied abroad in Seville, Spain, to further develop my Spanish skills and gain a better global perspective. I lived with a host family and had one of the greatest experiences of my life. You learn to work through many uncomfortable situations, such as not knowing how to express yourself in another language. I learned to value the friendships and relationships I made with Spaniards because it helped me be more immersed in their culture. It showed me I need to reach out more to international students at the University of Iowa because many of them would love to have American friends as well. Many international students are more shy in their second language and just need a friendly and patient person to give them the time of day.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
Along with BSAO, I am a peer mentor for the direct admit seminar at Tippie and the recruiting intern in the Undergraduate Program Office. Outside of Tippie, I am involved in Career Leadership Academy, Dance Marathon, and I work for the Office of Admissions.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
I love the innovative atmosphere. Everyone here is developing new ideas and working to better those around them. It's exciting!

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Network, network, network! The network I have built over my four years here has helped me to meet valuable mentors, land internships, and much more!

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
My favorite part about Iowa City is how young the city is. The city is full of energy and makes for an exciting environment.

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to run my own business, preferably in the financial services industry.

Tell us about your internship.
I worked at GE Transportation this past summer in Erie, Pennsylvania, as a financial management program (FMP) intern. It was a very fun and interactive internship as I was able to interact with senior management, as well as work on a project which had over a $1 million effect on yearly sales.

Describe a project within Tippie that was particularly meaningful to you.
I am involved in the Marketing Institute within Tippie, and I am working on developing a sustainability marketing plan for a city in Iowa. It is valuable real-world experience that will prepare me for a full-time position after graduation.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Wherever you end up going to school, get involved right away and take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way.

Have you studied abroad? Where and how did you grow?
I studied abroad in China for two weeks this past summer. It was a business culture study abroad trip through Tippie to Beijing and Shanghai. While we were there, we learned about the business environment in China, discussed business topics with Chinese-based companies, and had a lot of time for sightseeing, where we visited places such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. I learned so much during my trip to China, and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
Aside from BSAO, I am also in Chi Omega fraternity and involved in President's Leadership Society.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
The amazing downtown area! I love how close everything is, and the restaurants are all incredible.

Tell us about your internship.
I was a logistics analyst for Coca-Cola at TMC, a division of CH Robinson. I managed Coke's inbound transportation and worked with the implementation team. It is actually where I will be working full time!

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
Being a Tippie direct admit was a huge reason that I decided to attend the University of Iowa. Knowing that I could come to the university and already focus on my interests was a huge incentive for me. Also, I love the university campus and come from a long line of Hawkeye alums.

What is your dream job?
To be able to come out of college and work as an analyst in the investment banking industry.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Don't be afraid to try out something new. Often the best opportunities are those that are overlooked.

Describe a project within Tippie that was particularly meaningful to you?
In my Business Communication and Protocol class, I had to compose an email to my professor asking her for a letter of recommendation. It was excellent practice for when I will need to ask someone for a letter of recommendation in the future. I learned a lot about professionalism and sending well-written business emails.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
For me, it's how Iowa City lives and breathes as a whole. The community, the culture, downtown, the parks, even the people make it a diverse, intellectually engaging, fun, and special place to live.

What is your favorite snack at Pat's Diner?
Chicken salad sandwich, garden salsa Sun Chips, an apple, and black coffee.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
I am a member of the Chi Omega executive board and have served on Dance Marathon leadership in the past. I also work part-time at the Undergraduate Program Office.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
I came to Iowa because it offered a Big 10 education and experience, reasonable tuition, and incredible student life. Looking back, I couldn't be happier with my decision.

Who has been a mentor to you at Tippie?
My TA for my Financial Accounting course has been a role model for me ever since I was in his class. He motivated me to go into public accounting, gave me insight to the different firms, and helped prepare me for my interviews. I have recommended taking classes with him to anyone and everyone because I am so thankful for the influence he had on me.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
I grew up near Iowa City and have been an Iowa fan my whole life. When choosing a college I was asked "Do you want to be a Hawkeye?" and I realized how strongly I identified Iowa as part of my persona. The choice was easy after that, and I'm glad to be an Iowa Hawkeye!

Tell us about your internship.
My summer internship with Allsteel in Muscatine, Iowa, provided an excellent professional experience. Working in a manufacturing setting with no prior experience took some adjusting, but it ultimately broadened my horizons and gave me valuable skills necessary to succeed in any workplace. It was a great taste of the real world, and I would highly recommend it to any student looking to advance themselves professionally.

What has been your favorite class and why?
Individuals, Team, and Organizations (ITO) was my favorite class. I have a love of psychology and human behavior, and ITO is where those topics and business intersect. Learning how people function professionally in individual and team settings helps to identify problems and shape work so as to optimize productivity while simultaneously promoting the well-being of each employee. The class was infinitely interesting to me, and the professor was very passionate and knowledgeable on the subject. Easily my favorite class thus far.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
My mother and two older sisters attended the University of Iowa so I spent a lot of time here when I was younger. When I visited as a prospective student, the school and town doubled as a place with great memories and somewhere with countless opportunities where I could see myself growing up. It remains one of the best decisions I have made.

Tell us about your internship.
The Iowa career fair connected me to many internship options. The summer after my junior year, I interned with a logistics firm in Chicago. I got the chance to live in the city and move between departments during my 12 weeks. I learned a lot about transportation strategy and received a full-time offer for June 2015.

What has been your favorite class and why?
Business Process Analysis with Professor Ohlmann has been my favorite class so far. It actually made me excited to get in the working world and apply classroom concepts. It was not a typical lecture/test style class; it was very hands on and dealt with real-world problems.

What are you involved in at Tippie and outside the college?
I am involved with Dance Marathon leadership and hold a job as a sports marketing intern with the Iowa Athletic Department. I also play intramural sports when I can. Within Tippie, I am a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.

Why did you come to the University of Iowa?
I chose to come to the University of Iowa after visiting campus my senior year of high school. I grew up in a family of Cyclones and didn't know much about Iowa City, but once I stepped on campus I knew that this was where I wanted to be. I loved the mix between small town and big city feel. I was also impressed with the Tippie College of Business and the credentials of professors I now take classes with. Along with that came what I felt was a tight-knit community within Tippie while situated on a much larger campus.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would you tell them?
Bring a "Why not?" attitude into anything you do. There are organizations and extracurricular opportunities on campus that suit almost any interest imaginable. These opportunities give students the chance to meet extraordinary people and learn about themselves. Sometimes all it simply takes is saying "Why not?" when given these opportunities. You never know the great things that can happen just by giving something a chance.

What is your favorite part about living in Iowa City?
People are super nice and supportive. I met many wonderful people here and many of them have become my good friends and mentors. Iowa City will be always so special in my heart.

What is your favorite snack at Pat's Diner?
I like the jalapeno pretzel! They are my favorite snack when I get hungry but am not ready for eating a lot.

What has been your favorite class and why?
I had Rich McCarty for a business consulting class at Tippie. It was one of my favorite classes. We got to work with real businesses for project, and I worked with group of four for Kum & Go's project. It really gave me a chance to get to know the real business world before graduating!


Leadership Board

How to Join

BSAO recruits ambassadors in the spring semester using an application and interview process. Ambassadors are selected during the spring and begin formal training the following fall semester.

Applicants must be admitted to the college (or have an application on file for the following fall semester) and have at least two semesters remaining before they graduate.

All ambassadors must attend a mandatory training seminar every Wednesday from 9:30-10:20 a.m. throughout the academic year. In addition, ambassadors are required to complete approximately 15 hours of events and tours each semester.

Use the link below to submit an application!

Desirable Ambassador Attributes

  • Involved!
  • Excited about Tippie
  • Articulate
  • Knowledgeable
  • 15 hours to volunteer each semester

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