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Nov. 14, 2015
Nine Northwest Missouri State University students and three faculty advisors attended the Delta Mu Delta biennial conference in Kansas City, Nov. 6-8, and one Northwest student came home with a first place award for her elevator pitch promoting the value of a Delta Mu Delta membership.
Jordan Wittrock, a junior accounting major from Arcadia, Iowa, received first place in the student competition and a cash prize of $200. Wittrock also serves as president of Northwest’s Delta Mu Delta chapter. The business honor society represents the top 20 percent of business majors.
The elevator pitch competition allowed students one minute to engage and persuade another student, who has qualified for Delta Mu Delta membership but knows nothing about the organization, to join the honor society. A panel of judges then evaluated the content, creativity, design and delivery of Wittrock’s presentation.
Wittrock used personal examples and humor to describe how students can benefit as members of the organization. She began by congratulating the student and provided a brief overview of Delta Mu Delta, including scholarship and networking opportunities. She also mentioned her experiences with Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that aligns with Delta Mu Delta to prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.
Wittrock calls her membership with Delta Mu Delta one of the best experiences of her time at Northwest and says the biennial conference provided additional opportunities.
“I met a lot of new people from different places, and it was very interesting to hear their back stories,” she said. “I attended many sessions about business and personal life topics that were both informational and intriguing. These sessions also provided lessons that I have already begun using, such as how to have stronger listening skills and creating an image for yourself.”
The three-day conference, using the theme of “Start Up Your Career: Connect with DMD,” offered a variety of sessions related to career preparation and featured speakers from VML, Cerner and The Kansas City Star.
Allison Hoffmann, senior instructor of management in Northwest’s School of Business, moderated a young professionals panel. Northwest alumni Heather Misemer, Pat Solomon and Kelsey Knowlton participated as members of the panel, sharing advice about beginning their professional careers.
Cindy Kenkel, assistant professor of management, conducted an interactive presentation, instructing students and faculty how to effectively mix and mingle at a networking event.
Erika Ford, a senior director at Cerner and Northwest alumna, provided the keynote address at the chapter’s recognition banquet.
Dr. Joni Adkins, assistant professor of computer science and information systems, was elected to a two-year term as vice president of the honor society’s board of directors. Adkins is part of an active executive team that oversees the honor society, which inducts more than 9,000 members annually. She also serves as chair of the scholarship committee, which awards about $60,000 in scholarships each year.
Adkins served as the conference chair for the conference, and Hoffmann served on the conference planning committee.
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