Although Chico State is the second oldest state campus in California, established in 1887, the university has grown leaps and bounds in the last couple years with its College of Business. Chico has always been a community focused and group oriented campus and starting in the spring of 2016, the College of Business (COB) has tried to incorporate those values into its program on an even larger scale.
A project management group for the COB started putting on a competition every semester to get all the business-related organizations together to network, have fun, and engage in some healthy competition. The event consists of earning points for many different types of participation including races, tug o’ war and overall enthusiasm.
Although at the competition’s debut, Pi Sigma Epsilon did not take home the gold, the organization redeemed itself this Fall when they left the competition victorious. Eta Theta hopes to continue their winning streak next semester when they, again, can be a part of this fun, dynamic competition.
After Pi Sigma Epsilon’s new chapter, Eta Theta, was founded in Chico in 2015, the organization has put a huge effort into growing it’s presence on campus, in the community, and in the nation. One of the ways that the chapter has grown is through it’s accumulation of corporate sponsors.
Corporate sponsors support the organization by providing them with a donation to be used for growing the organization and in return, the chapter markets for them. After the hard work of our members, we gained the support of our very first gold corporate sponsor, Bay Alarm. Bay Alarm is a home security company that was established in California and has been around for more than 70 years. After pairing with Bay Alarm, the company came out to speak with our organization on campus and in return, we proudly sport their logo on our T-shirts and at our events on campus.
In more recent news, Eta Theta picked up a second corporate sponsor, Umpqua Bank. Umpqua Bank is an investing firm that focuses primarily on small communities and now is helping Chico’s Pi Sigma Epsilon grow in it’s own community.
As the chapter finishes out the semester, they are hoping to continue their reach into the rest of the world by partnering with other companies and showing them how great it is to be on PSE's team.
The Pi Sigma Epsilon team comprised of Jonathan Wylie, Madelynn Martinez, Sarah Dillabaugh, Michael Soldate, Cody Bard, Ryan Holloway, and Diego Lopez made the 10 hour drive to San Diego to compete against other PSE chapters from schools such as: Berkeley, UCLA, and Cal Poly Pomona.
The team of 7 represented Chico State in the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition where they successfully executed a sales pitch to a board of judges composed of corporate sponsors. Although we did not take first place in the Sales Competition, our very own Michael Soldate was awarded the National Speaker's Competition for his speech on the founding principles of Enterprise.
The team stayed in San Diego for three days and in between training for the competition, they had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful San Diego weather, meet many other Pi Sigma Epsilon chapters, and network with various sponsors.
Eta Theta is planing to make their way to the National Sales Competition in April, with the hopes of taking home a National Award.