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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.

Pooja AkkalaPooja Akkala

Major: Marketing
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Campus Involvement: Aside from being apart of the SBA Ambassador Program, I am apart of Alpha Sigma Tau National Sorority & have held multiple leadership positions like Vice President of Finance while being apart of a non-profit organization called Fleece & Thank You which I have held another leadership position in as Secretary. I am also a member of AMA - American Marketing Association and attend various focus groups for while providing my involvement through attendance & participation in the conversations that occur. Other than organizations, I work at the Recreation Center as a Member Services Assistant.

Why are you an Ambassador for the SBA? The SBA has provided me with so many resources that have gotten me where I am today - from peer-to-peer tutoring to business specific career fairs/internships, I cannot thank them enough for giving me all these resources that it only made sense to become an Ambassador for them, so I can show incoming freshman why they made the right choice at Oakland University by going Business.

What is your dream job? Becoming a Marketing Analyst for an Automotive Company!
Headshot of Kristiana BozinovskiKristiana Bozinovski

Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Business Analytics
Hometown: Macomb, MI

Campus Involvement: President of the Association for Information Systems (AIS, Business Ambassador, Volunteer Coordinator for GrizzHacks 3, a 24 hour hackathon hosted by LECS

How did you choose your major? I chose my major by getting involved in the Association for Information Systems in my sophomore year. By joining an academic student org, I was able to understand what a career in MIS would entail and how appealing that was to me.

What is the biggest tip you have for all students in the SBA? Get involved! I am passionate about getting involved on campus in all aspects - attending events, joining student orgs, and more - because it allows you to become part of the campus community at OU and explore your interests. Not only that, but you make many genuine friendships along the way!
Clare GrzegorzewskiClare Grzegorzewski

Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Hamtramck, MI

Campus Involvement: Peer-to-Peer Academic Assistance, Business Ambassadors, Association for Information Systems

What was your favorite class? Why? I loved QMM 2410. Being able to collect, analyze and interpret data effectively is essential to being successful in business.

What was your biggest takeaway from an internship? Network! The connections you make now could be the springboard for your next career move down the road. It also never hurts to have people in your corner to advocate for you as a professional.
Headshot of Matt GuarashioMatt Guarashio

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.
Jahnavi GudiJahnavi Gudi

Major: Finance
Hometown: Troy, MI

Campus Involvement: Financial Management Association, SBA Ambassador, SBA Scholar, Beta Alpha Psi, Oakland University Student Congress, Career Services, Student Activities Funding Board

What is the biggest tip you have for all students in the SBA? Get involved, find an organization that is related to your major, join something you are passionate about and try something that you never thought about doing until college. Give yourself a well rounded experience at OU because that's when you truly get to enjoy the college and get to know who you truly can become. Try to travel abroad at least once, the things you can see and the knowledge that you can get being a business student internationally is breathtaking!
Headshot of Cassie HarmsCassie Harms

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 Jelsone

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.
Alannah PeashAlannah Peash

Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Lake Orion, MI

Campus Involvement: Business Ambassadors, Association for Information Systems

How did you choose your major? I have always had a strong interest in technology, and I enjoy the versatility that an MIS degree provides. I gain the technical exposure as well as the client/customer exposure, and I have found the balance between the two to be perfect for me.

Why are you an Ambassador for the SBA? My experiences with the SBA at Oakland University have helped mold me into the burgeoning young professional I am today. I hope to help other students find their niche in business.
Devon PowersDevon Powers

Major: Human Resources Management
Hometown: Novi, MI

Campus Involvement: SHRM Director of Student Relations, Business Scholars, Head of Recruitment/Membership for Business Transfer Students

How did you choose your major? I was undecided and torn between HRM and Accounting. My mom gave me the advice to apply for both HR and Accounting internships and make my decision at the end of the summer. Luckily for me, my first internship was in HR. It didn’t take me the entire summer to make my decision, I instantly knew HR was the function for me.

What is the biggest tip you have for all students in the SBA? The best piece of advice I received before starting college is introduce yourself to your professors. After your first class, go introduce yourself. You would be surprised how big of an impact one professor can have.
Olga SimonOlga Simon

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.
Alyssa StackpoleAlyssa Stackpole

Major: Management Information Systems
Hometown: Shelby Township, MI

Why Business? After taking MIS 1000 during my first semester at OU, I got to learn the basics of the subject and realized how interesting it is! Even if you don't have interest in some of your pre-core and core classes, try and learn as much as you can from them. You never know where they may help you in the future!

Biggest internship takeaway: You are going to make mistakes, not know things, and sometimes even embarrass yourself. Although this can be frustrating, you will be able to learn and grow from your internship! Treat your internship like a trial run for your future career.
Headshot of Asia StewartAsia Stewart

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 Wallis

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.
Kourtnie WoodcoxKourtnie Woodcox

Major: Human Resources Management
Minor: French
Hometown: Macomb, MI

Campus Involvement: Collegiate DECA, SHRM, Beta Gamma Sigma, Golden Key Business Ambassador

How did you choose your major? I attended the Student to Professional conference my Freshmen year. At that event I met several great Human Resources Professionals and an OU HR professor. I learned a lot about HR from them, and I realized that it would be a great fit for me.

What is the biggest tip you have for all students in the SBA? Take advantage of the peer to peer tutoring and the SI sessions no matter what. Some people believe it is only for students who are struggling in the class. However, I think they are great resources to help students who are passing excel in classes too.
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 15, 2018 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 4, 2018 from 10:00 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: March 2, 2019 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.

Application Process

Contact Bani Bordoloi for more information: kbordolo@oakland.edu