Author Archives: Zach McMurray

About Zach McMurray

Sophomore Accounting/Sport Business Major. From Burton, Ohio

Twitter…Not just a place to be social with friends

Twitter…Not just a place to be social with friends

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While Twitter may have been started to rival Facebook, for myself and others, Twitter has become much more useful in the professional world than Facebook could ever be. I admit I use both social media platforms but my main purpose for Facebook is to connect with friends, while I now have begun using Twitter to connect with my future profession – sport business.

You may wonder how Twitter could ever be used as such a networking tool, but I follow numerous sport business executives on Twitter. I tend to follow people that work in sales, marketing and sponsorship. I have been able to find helpful people to follow by the #sbchat that occurs every Sunday night. The #sbchat is a Q and A format talk on Twitter where sport business executives from around the world participate to learn best practices and stay current in the happenings of their profession. If you are interested in working in sports and have a Twitter account be sure to check out this chat every Sunday and be sure to use the hashtag #sbchat.

Some of my more favorite people to follow are the ones who also have a blog and tweet tips and articles that are helpful to those wanting to work in sports. I have also made a few Mount Union connections on Twitter. I follow @Flavil (vice president of sales for the Charlotte Bobcats), @JMikeMcGee (director for ANNIKA Brand), @ryanmrobbins (director of premium seating for the Oakland Raiders), @edkiernanNYC (senior vice president at GMR Marketing) and @NickVolsko (ticket sales in major league soccer). All of these former Mount Union sport business graduates are a great follow because of their success in their profession. Also Twitter gives you the ability to follow some of the brightest minds in the business of sports as numerous vice presidents and presidents of organizations actively use Twitter.

Another Scholarship!

Another Scholarship!

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The last thing you expect during your summer break is a phone call from a professor. Yet, that is exactly what happened to me earlier this month when the faculty advisor for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society informed me that I was selected as a Trow Scholarship recipient. Alpha Lambda Delta, a selective honor society, in which members are chosen for membership based on their first year of college academics. The society gives out approximately 30 scholarships to college students across the nation. Not only was I one of 30 college students in the nation to win the scholarship, I was one of only 10 chosen to receive the highest award. Like I said before, when I won the SME Cleveland Scholarship, every little bit of financial aid that is received is a huge help when it comes to paying off college loans. I contribute receiving this scholarship to Mount Union. All of the professors I have had in my first two years and all the opportunities Mount Union has given me to be involved on campus are the main reasons I was chosen as a Trow Scholarship recipient.

Cavs Draft Party

Cavs Draft Party

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Being a die-hard Cleveland sports fan means having hope that eventually that pass or bounce will go your way. Well luckily, for Clevelanders, a few ping-pong balls bounced our way landing us the #1 and #4 picks in this year’s NBA draft. In 2003, the Cavs got lucky landing the number one pick. And, in hopes that the Cavs would fare even better in this year’s draft, I attended the free draft party held at Quicken Loans Arena.

There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the building, which was not hard to have with all the rumored trades and deals leading up to the draft. While the Cavs never officially announced who they would select as the #1 pick, most people knew all along it would be Kyrie Irving. I was extremely happy with this selection and by the cheers from the crowd when the Irving was announced as the #1 pick, I would say most of Cleveland was too. Unfortunately, the Cavs were unable to land the one of the two people (Derrick Williams/Enes Kanter) I wanted with the #4 pick, but I feel Tristian Thompson will be a solid player for years to come. While no actual basketball was being played (besides young Cavs fans getting the opportunity to shoot free throws on the court), there was definitely excitement in the air and the everlasting hope that this is the first step toward bringing a championship to Cleveland.

Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship

Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship

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Besides studying for finals, the only other task on my to-do list at the end of this semester was to apply for the Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland Scholarship. After getting a few recommendation letters from my managers at both the Cavaliers and Indians, I sent in my application and a few weeks later I was lucky enough to receive a phone call congratulating me on being the scholarship recipient. In addition to winning the scholarship, I also was invited to attend a luncheon where I would be recognized along with the other scholarship recipient from Lake Erie College. The guest speaker at the luncheon was the chief marketing officer (CMO) at the Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic is one of the most respected hospital systems in the world so hearing the CMO speak about brand management through social media and its new sports health sponsorships with the Indians, Browns and Cavs was a great opportunity. At the luncheon were members of the Indians, Browns and Cavaliers along with representatives from numerous organizations and small and large businesses in the area. I made sure I spoke and networked with some of the members of SME Cleveland. The scholarship will definitely come in handy when it comes time to start paying off college, and the free SME membership I received as part of being a scholarship recipient also will help in building my network for when it comes time to apply for full-time jobs. SME Cleveland holds numerous luncheons throughout the year with an array of speakers and I plan to take full advantage of these unique opportunities.

The Big 21!

The Big 21!

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I turn the big 21 on June 3, and birthdays are always great days. I plan on using my free meal from Mongolians BBQ, one of my favorite places to eat. I suggest everyone join the fan group and redeem the free meal coupon everyone gets for their birthday! I will be unable to celebrate much for my birthday because the Indians begin a six game home stand during my birthday, but the weekend when the tribe is on the road, I definitely plan on celebrating with my friends.

Unfortunately, as you grow older, parents seem to have a harder time buying gifts for your birthday so this year I get to pick out my gift for my birthday. I’m not quite sure what I am planning on buying yet but possibly a new business suit or two. A nice business suit is a must for every college student as a lot of presentations in college require business attire and it also never hurts to look professional even if a business suit is not required.

So far, I have had to dress up on multiple occasions for class every semester … so a suit is a great investment. Luckily, it looks as if the weather will be good for my birthday, which is always a plus, but the best present would be a win from the Indians!

Team iPhone

Team iPhone

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Recently I received some of the best advice of my life, get an iPhone. Luckily, for me, I took this advice and now I am glued to my new phone. Last week, I purchased the iPhone 4G from Verizon and while I have yet to get 4g service anywhere yet, the benefits are still unbelievable.

The two apps that I use the most, probably like most any other college student, are Twitter and Facebook. These apps make being connected to social media a whole lot easier than the traditional computer. I have been on a Twitter binge ever since getting the iPhone! One of my other favorite apps is ESPN’s ScoreCenter. For a sports junkie, being connected to breaking news and scores immediately is a huge plus. My iPhone also has turned me onto Pandora radio, which I constantly listen to in the car now. Maybe the best feature of the iPhone is its ability to save me money with the GasBuddy app, which tells me where the cheapest gas in my area is.

As the common phrase goes, the iPhone is not a phone it is a lifestyle. Smart phones are the future and the iPhone is leading the way.

SCHOLAR Day Surprise

SCHOLAR Day Surprise

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SCHOLAR Day is a day in late April when all students at Mount Union get the day off to attend research project presentations by current students. Not only are research projects presented but the school also hosts an end of the year award ceremony. It’s primarily for seniors but Mount always recognizes the success of all undergraduates as well. I was lucky enough to be one of the undergraduates that were honored. At first I had no clue what I was being honored for because all I got was an email telling me to be in the Mount Union Theatre at a certain time. Unknowingly, my parents also got a letter with the same details. Since I knew we did not have classes on SCHOLAR Day I stayed up late and almost decided to sleep through the awards ceremony. However, I did decide to get out of bed before 11 a.m. and head to the theatre. Shortly after arriving at the theatre I got a pamphlet outlining the ceremony, and to my surprise I was chosen to receive the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Sophomore Student of the Year Award. I was also surprised to see my parents and grandparents sitting in the audience, but the best surprise was yet to come… After walking onstage and getting my picture taken with President Giese I sat down and opened the envelope I received expecting to see a certificate in it, but it was a $450 check for my hard work. I was glad I decided to attend the awards ceremony, and it just goes to show that hard work does payoff.

Procrastination

Procrastination

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Procrastination. This is the one subject all college students become the best in. College is a lot different than high school. Projects are assigned and then due months later and the only reminder sometimes is the syllabus you are given on the first day. One of the only ways to combat procrastination is preparing in advance. I personally use a lot of to-do lists and keep track of all my school assignment due dates in my planner. Despite my best effort to be organized and on top of assignments, procrastination still gets the best of me. I have pulled a few all nighters in the 24 our area of the library at Mount Union and even more nights I’ve went with only a few hours of sleep. It’s not a wise decision to stay up late to finish an assignment but when procrastination gets the best of you, it’s sometimes the only option. My best advice when procrastination gets the best of you is to stay up as late as it takes to finish the assignment properly.

It is not the best experience staying up late to finish a assignment but it is worth it to hand in and assignment well done then an assignment half completed. Almost everyone I know at Mount Union has spent late nights in the library; some are more frequent visitors to the 24 hour area than others. Everyone struggles with procrastination and during finals week when it is nice outside, studying for finals is a difficult thing to accomplish. Personally, I cannot wait for finals week to be over as it will be hectic with studying and working for the Indians. This is one week of the year that I believe I can defeat procrastination, after all once finals are over, it is summer!

New Apartments

New Apartments

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It’s hard to believe I am half way through my college career. It seems just like yesterday that my parents dropped me off at Cunningham Hall to begin my freshmen year. Freshmen year was a blast and I got the chance to meet and become friends with a lot of the people in my dorm. Everyone typically complains about the size of freshmen dorms but most of the first-year dorms at Mount are very decent in size. Also, having a community bathroom is not as bad as most would think. The exciting thing about housing at Mount is the ability to have a suite-style bedroom in only your second year. Like I have previously discussed, this year I’m living in Shields Hall, which has two bedrooms connected to a private bathroom. Next year, I will be living in the new apartments near the Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities. The new apartments will be three stories and feature a kitchen, living room and half bath on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor and two bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room on the third. While I enjoyed living in Shields this year, I am definitely looking forward to living in the new apartments where the majority of my friends will also be living.

BEST Program

BEST Program

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The BEST Program is program that connects Mount Union students with business executives. This is an opportunity only available for Mount Union juniors and seniors. Come the fall semester, I will be personally applying for this opportunity because I find the aspects of small businesses very intriguing. The program involves meetings between the group of students and the business executives where real life issues and opportunities are discussed. The participating students get the opportunity to hear directly from the executives about their strategic problems and issues. Not only do students get to hear and discuss the problems, they also get to put their classroom experience to good use as they actively help and advise the executives about possible solutions to their problems. I am looking forward to applying for the BEST Program, and if I am fortunate enough to be offered this opportunity, it will go a long way in building my experiences in the business world.