The JSerra Business Magnet Program traveled with over 35 members to UCI to attend the first of the college’s 2012-2013 Distinguished Speaker Series. Headlining this event was president of the Disneyland Resort, George Kalogridis.
Located in the campuses’ Irvine Barclay Theatre, the students were greeted to a spectacle that could only be expected from the happiest place on earth.
Mickey Mouse and his helpers danced down the aisles of the lecture hall, performing on stage before the arrival of the speaker. The students were not expecting such a performance, and were pleased by the surprise. “ I sat down and all of a sudden Mickey Mouse came skipping out of no where. I felt like I was at Disneyland…it was incredible,” said JSerra senior John McCarthy.
After the initial performance was over, George Kalogridis began his presentation, which proved no less engaging. Kalogridis covered the major transformation of the Disneyland California Adventure Park over the last few years, and how it stemmed from the support and critique of the Disneyland guests and employees alike.
Following Kalogridis’ speech, students were asked to reach under their seat where they found a unique version of the Mickey Mouse hat. Once put on, the guests were all treated to a light show emitting from the Mickey ears, showcasing the room in color, to end the night on a magical note.
The University of California, Irvine hosts the annual international student college fair, Tuesday, September 25 at 2 p.m.
The event will host opportunities to speak with college representatives from all UC campuses, selected Cal State universities, community colleges, and private four-year universities. College representatives will provide helpful tools and information to international students about their campus, application process, scholarships, visa processes, and more.
The JSerra Business Magnet program is half way through it’s inaugural year and has already opened an on-campus student run store, designed a spill-proof liquid container for the school, attended multiple seminars and conferences among many other great accomplishments.
The Business Magnet program had the honor of hearing speakers share their knowledge and experiences this year, but the program has also attended a seminar at University of California, Irvine last November hosted by Bixby Land Company President and Chief executive, Bill Halford.
UCI Paul Merage School Of Business was so impressed by the students at the seminar they have been invited to another seminar with speaker Jim McCluney, Chief Executive Officer Emulex corporation.
The Business Magnet Program students will be visiting Fullerton College March 3 to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America Southern Sectionals competition.
Many of the students are taking exams on business topics of their choice and many others will be doing co-op test where multiple students will work together on a range of topics.
Junior Max Palmer and senior Cody Dupuis will be competing in the Global Business group testing.
“We are excited to put the knowledge of ours together and the things we have learned in our intro to business course. We plan on making it to Nationals together and expect great success from our classmates as well,” said Palmer and Dupuis.