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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

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Business Ambassadors

A dedicated team of student leaders, Oakland Business Ambassadors represent the OU School of Business Administration at events across the campus and community. You can find Business Ambassadors at recruiting, orientation, alumni, career and business leader events.

Business Ambassadors are a vital resource for current and prospective business students and their families. Business Ambassadors also serve as members of the Advisory Board for the Business School Dean and Associate Dean.

Meet the Ambassadors

The current team of Business Ambassador include students representing all of the business majors as well as a host of different backgrounds and life stories.

Business Ambassadors
Business Ambassador, MayMay

Major: Marketing and Piano Performance

Campus involvement: Women in Business, K-Pop Club, Honors College, Business Ambassador, Business Honors

Why major in business: When I took a marketing and advertising class in high school, I really enjoyed the class. I like the aspect of helping people, and business seemed like a pretty good choice.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: As a member of the Business Honors Program, I like that it is a small group of people who will grow closer over the next few years. The Business Career Services team is also phenomenal. I went in for resume help and they were extremely helpful.
Business Ambassador, MustafaMustafa

Major: Operations Management
Minor: Management Information Systems

Campus involvement: Muslim Student Association, Grizz Pantry Volunteer, Business Ambassador

Lessons from internships: A high school internship taught me communication skills, working with professionals across the district and experiencing life in an office. I hope to have a college internship in my junior and/or senior year.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: It is cool there are many options and internship opportunities in the OU School of Business. Being able to network with professionals while taking classes that help you with your future career is a great thing. I also like how, even though student organizations tie in with what major or minors a person pursues, anyone is welcome to attend and explore.
Erin McElreath Business ScholarErin

Major: Marketing and Management Information Systems with Business Analytics specialization

Campus involvement: Business Ambassadors, Business Scholars and Business Transfer Students

Why Oakland University: I decided to attend OU for its academics, transfer student program and campus involvement opportunities.

Why business major: Majoring in business perfectly integrates my passion for analytics and creativity.
Lisa is an OU Business AmbassadorLisa

Major: Management Information Systems with Information Security Management specialization

Campus involvement: Association for Information Technology and Business Ambassadors

Why Oakland University: I chose Oakland University because I wanted to stay closer to family and attend one of the best business schools in the state.

Why business major: I chose to major in Business, and more specifically Management Information Systems, because I noticed that I have a driving passion for influencing the world of technology in more ways than one. I am also very analytical, yet creative, so it gives me a great place to be both.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: The most interesting aspect of the business program is the level of student to faculty interaction. We have an amazing hands on faculty that is always available for help when needed.

Major: Accounting

Campus involvement: Women in Business (WIB), WIB mentorship program, OASIS, Alpha Lambda Delta, Honors College, teaching assistant for HC 1000 and Business Ambassadors

Why Oakland University: I chose Oakland University because it is close to home and it has a good business school.

Most interesting aspect of the business program: The wide variety of services available and the numerous opportunities to get involved.

Why major in business: There are lots of opportunities in business. There is a lot of job security associated with the accounting field specifically.

Major: Pre-business

Motivation: Studying business allows Kayla to turn her passions into a professional career.

“I chose to major in business because I am interested in math and the financial aspect of businesses.”

More: Kayla also stays connected on campus through the Growing Grizzlies.

“I really like the campus and the people.”
Business Ambassador Andrew, white male, wearing dark suit coat and dark tie, smiling at camera for professional headshotAndrew

Major: Accounting

Motivation: Andrew wanted to attend a university with a reputation he could trust, and Oakland University presented a great fit.

“I chose Oakland University because of its reputable business program and its highly regarded campus.”

More: Andrew is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. He balances his business education with career preparation and professional networking through the many opportunities available at the business school.

“The business program provides resume reviews, mock interviews, networking with actual professionals, and so much more. All these opportunities and perspectives help me grow and learn as a business student.”

Business Ambassador Zane, white male, dark hair, wearing white suite and blue striped tie smiling at camera for professional headshot.Zane

Major: Pre-business

Motivation: Zane values the opportunities to grow through Oakland University’s “interconnected” student organizations.

“I chose Oakland because of its strong cybersecurity program and for the many awesome academic opportunities at Oakland.”

More: Zane also finds support with other students who share his studies as a member of the Association for Information Society.

“I chose my major because of how interesting it is to me, and the many opportunities there are in the field.”


Major: EGR/CS Candidate

Motivation: Oakland University is home to a diverse community. The opportunity to meet new people and make connections is an interesting aspect to OU’s business program.

The people who I met in the summer before attending [OU] really cared about my questions and concerns that I had as a first year student, and it was amazing to know that I had resources.”

More: Kimberly also builds connections through the Society for Human Resource Management, Women in Business and Feminists of OU.

“Everyone has a different experience with things such as classes, professors and internships so the help we give each other is a powerful thing.”

Major: Finance Major with Wealth Management Specialization
Minor: Accounting

Motivation: Kyle plans to turn her passion for math and customer service into a career by studying business at Oakland University.

“[In my summer job at a small business] I learned a lot about how to run a business and the steps that are needed to have the business run smoothly, especially in times of stress and surprises.”

More: As a member of the Finance Management Association and the Honors College, Kyle has discovered “countless events and programs provided for the students.”

Major: Pre-business

Motivation: Victoria appreciates Oakland University’s active atmosphere, where students “never feel alone.” The array of organizations, including the Business Ambassadors Program, give students a community.

“I love being in a team role and I love the opportunity to lead when provided.”

More: Through the Business Ambassadors Program, Women in Business and the Society of Operations Management, Victoria is gaining hands-on management experience.

“Planning and organization is the most interesting [aspect]. Sometimes you don't get to see all the behind the scenes of how or why things operate.”

Major: Accounting
Minor: Dance

Why did you choose Oakland University? I chose Oakland University because of all of the academic opportunities it offered, the location, and having family members who are Oakland alumni.

What activities/organizations are you involved with on campus? Oakland University Athletics Dance Team, Business Ambassadors, D.A.N.C.E.R.S, and OASIS

Major: General Management
Minor: Human Resource Management

Have you had any internships - if yes what was the most important lesson from that experience? I have my first internship this summer at American Axle Manufacturing- Headquarters Location in Detroit. The most important lesson I have learned from them is to build your network with people that have similar interests.

What is the most interesting aspect of the business program? Meeting a ton of amazing people and being able to network.

Major: Marketing

Why did you choose Oakland University? OU felt natural to me. The campus is close and safe for me.

What activities/organizations are you involved with on campus? Business Ambassadors and I played intramural basketball in the Winter 2022 season.

Major: Integrative Studies with Specialization Business
Minor: Marketing

Why did you choose Oakland University? Oakland fits my needs on both an academic and athletic level. The campus is very attractive and I appreciate all the resources and opportunities Oakland offers to its students.

What activities/organizations are you involved with on campus? Track & Field Team Member (hurdles), American Marketing Association, Business Ambassadors and Women in Business

Major: Accounting

Why did you choose Oakland University? I fell in love with the campus and atmosphere when I was taking a tour there my senior year of high school

Have you had any internships - if yes what was the most important lesson from that experience? I started my internship with Detroit PAL this summer. It is a nonprofit organization, so I am looking forward to learning while also giving back to the community.

Major: Finance

What is the most interesting aspect of the business program? The most interesting aspect of the business program is that we can take a number of different courses in a variety of areas, that way we can learn a little bit of every major and decide which one is a good fit for us.

What activities/organizations are you involved with on campus? Currently I’m a member of the Woman in business organization, Business Ambassadors and Financial Management Association.
Become an Ambassador

Undergraduate business students interested in being a Business Ambassador must apply for the program.

Students selected as Business Ambassadors develop skills in:

  • Leadership
  • Group dynamics
  • Public speaking
  • Presentation development

To qualify for the program you must:

  • Have attended OU in the previous semester
  • Be familiar with Oakland University
  • Be a pre-business or business major
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Commit to at least four volunteer events in both fall AND winter terms which may include nights and weekends, as well as semester trainings