Kansas Chapter, Joint Event with Wichita State University Professional Edge Program: Interviewing - How to be the Fit
The RMA-Kansas Chapter hosted Wichita State University (WSU) college students on 10/10/19 for a panel discussion on Interviewing – How to be the Fit and held on campus in the Rhatigan Student Service Center. The Chapter's Academic Chair, in collaboration with WSU Professional Edge program director, partnered for the first time in creating a special one hour credited program for college business students. The WSU Professional Edge program is a two-year certified and credited program within the Barton Business School. The program was provided as a professional learning and networking opportunity and included a panel of industry professionals. In addition to the primary topic discussed, the benefits of RMA student membership and the RMA Foundation Scholarship were promoted both verbally and with RMA student membership handout and scholarship flyers provided to each registered student. The event was the most successful direct contact event achieved by the chapter to date and the most successfully attended event reported by the director of the WSU professional Edge program with 65 registered students in attendance.
The featured panelists, moderator, and event organizer each represented highly respected companies within the Wichita community and institutional members of our RMA Kansas chapter, INTRUST Bank, Allen Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. and Biggs Paul, LLC. The speakers shared candidly with the students regarding a vast array of topics pertaining to interviewing, résumés writing, career mapping, job descriptions, networking, skills, professional development, mentorship, organizational memberships, education, and community involvement. The panelist covered current and future careers within Wichita and nationally in accounting, banking, finance, law, and human resource management. Additionally, the program offered students the opportunity to ask specific panelist questions, which provided a bit of humor on the final note.
This event was promoted to more than 2,300 students through WSU student direct email by the director of the Professional Edge at WSU. Additionally, the Sunflower WSU college newspaper, RMA KS website and INTRUST Bank corporate supported and promoted the event.
The RMA Kansas Chapter has a great relationship with each of the colleges within our footprint and continues to promote RMA Foundation scholarship annually and hosts special events on campuses in promoting RMA student membership, education, mentorship and careers in banking.
The Sunflower newspaper photo coverage of event
Event LinkedIn Posts (PDF)
New England Chapter, Student Ambassador Program
The New England Chapter created a student ambassador program with the goal of strengthening the relationship between the New England Chapter and local partner schools by building awareness of RMA on campus, recruiting of RMA Student members and Academic members for educators, and encouraging RMA scholarship opportunities. The program was piloted at Bryant University for the 2019-2020 school year. Interested students submitted an application that included a letter of recommendation from a professor and completed an interview process with RMA New England Board Members. We chose one student ambassador for the pilot year who worked closely with the Board Members in charge of the program.
Our Ambassador was successful in promoting RMA on campus. She posted RMA scholarship flyers at strategic places throughout the business school, promoted student membership, and organized a Careers in Banking Panel Discussion at Bryant with over 140 students in attendance. Our ambassador received a stipend for the work she did promoting RMA on campus.
The New England Chapter looks forward to continuing the ambassador program at Bryant and hopes to expand this program to other partner schools in the future.
Ambassador Program Information Packet (PDF)