School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Business Ambassadors

Business Ambassadors

Oakland Business Ambassadors are a dedicated team of student leaders who represent the OU b-school across campus. You can find Business Ambassadors at recruiting, orientation, alumni, career and business leader events. Ambassadors also serve as a resource for other business students, as well as prospective students and their families. The 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.

Headshot of Matt GuarashioMatt

Major: Accounting
Minor: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Clinton Township, MI

Campus Involvement: Business Ambassador, Co-Treasurer, Oakland Accounting Students Informational Society (OASIS), Member, National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Mentee, Leadership OU

What's your favorite event on campus? Why? My favorite event on campus is a recurring one. Every Thursday from 12-1 pm OASIS hosts a professional meeting where you're able to hear from professionals, faculty members, and other students about various topics that are meant to provide you with opportunities and serve as educational resource to learn more about the accounting profession.

Fun Fact: My favorite TV show hands down is "The Office," I've probably seen all 9 seasons a few dozen times.
Headshot of Cassie HarmsCassie

Major: Accounting
Minor: Music
Hometown: St. Clair, MI

Campus Involvement: President, OASIS; Reporter, Beta Alpha Psi; Business Scholars; Honors College

Why Business?: I took an Intro to Accounting course my senior year of high school and I really enjoyed it. Initially, I planned to study Music Education. After my freshman year, I decided to visit the School of Business advisors to explore my options and I switched to Accounting. It was the best decision I have ever made! I am so much happier studying Accounting and I love being part of the OU Business School.
Stacey JelsoneStacey

Major: Pre-Business Administration
Hometown: Clinton Township, MI

Campus Involvement: Business Ambassadors

Why did you choose to attend Oakland University? I chose Oakland because I instantly fell in love with the campus and community. I love how small and quaint the campus is, but it still offers so many great opportunities.

How did you choose your major? Ever since I was little I have found business interesting. It wasn't until my high school accounting class that I discovered my love for accounting.
Olga SimonOlga

Major: Accounting
Minor: German
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

Campus Involvement: Business Ambassador, Peer Tutor, Supplemental Instruction Leader (SI)

Why are you an Ambassador for the SBA? Being an Ambassador means a lot to me because I can help my peers to succeed in college. Few years ago I was new and was not familiar with campus life; I want to pass on my experience and provide all necessary help to SBA students. Student Ambassadors are a diverse group of students, everyone of us has something unique-- I think that all SBA students can relate to us and find friends and leaders among us.

What is the biggest tip you have for all students in the SBA? I would highly advise you to plan all your classes accordingly. SBA classes can be challenging, so I would advise to research each course and see how all of them can fit to your schedule, so that all of the clanging courses are scheduled in the same semester. Another tip, go to your adviser prepared; this will help you to create BETTER schedule.
Headshot of Asia StewartAsia

Major: Accounting
Hometown: Newport, MI

Campus Involvement: Business Ambassador, National Association of Black Accountants, Oakland Accounting Students Informational Society, Beta Alpha Psi, Fleece & Thank You, Alpha Sigma Tau, National Residence Hall Honorary

What is the biggest tip you have for all students in the SBA? Get involved with something you are passionate about! It doesn't have to be an educational organization or even a school related organization. Volunteer for a cause you care about. Play a club sport.

What was your biggest takeaway from an internship? Trust others when they say your bosses do NOT expect you to know everything. They bring you in for an internship to learn. Ask for help when you need it. Honestly, people worry more if you don't ask questions.
Caroline WallisCaroline

Major: Accounting
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

Campus Involvement: President, Golden Key Honor Society; Secretary, OASIS; Member, Beta Gamma Sigma ; Member, Alpha Lambda Delta; Teaching Assistant, HC 1000.

How did you choose your major? I started out unsure of which business major to pursue. However, after taking Accounting 2000, I realized I enjoyed the subject. I started attending OASIS meetings, talking to other accounting students, and speaking to professionals in the industry. As I learned more about the opportunities within accounting, I realized that an accounting major was a good fit for me.

What was your biggest takeaway from an internship? I completed a tax internship at a small firm this year, and I will be completing an audit internship at EY next year. My biggest takeaway is that it's all about your attitude! It's okay to not know things - you won't be expected to know everything. Just be sure to ask questions, listen, and take plenty of notes.
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 a training on August 21, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Commit to at least four volunteer events in both fall AND winter terms which may include nights and weekends:
    • Fall Events
      • Mandatory Orientation Part Two: September 3, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      • At least 2 15-minute presentations for SBC 1990 (Total amount of time is 30 minutes)
      • Ambassador selects the fourth event that will range from participation in focus groups, ACHIEVE workshops, SBA conferences, etc.
    • Winter Events
      • Mandatory Business Day training meeting: March 4, 2020 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • Mandatory Business Day: March 7, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
      • At least 2 15-minute presentations for SBC 1990 (Total amount of time is 30 minutes)
      • Ambassador selects the fourth event that will range from participation in focus groups, ACHIEVE workshops, SBA conferences, etc.

Contact Meaghan Cole for more information: