OSU Beaver Store

OSU Beaver Store Board of Directors 2019 Candidates

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  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    Over the summer entering 7th grade, I enrolled in a program called Summer of Service. This was a community service-based summer camp out of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. While we were working at a women's shelter sorting out clothes, I saw a friend of mine from my middle school with her mom rummaging through the clothes. That experience touched me personally, as it opened my eyes to the fact that anyone could be in need. From then on I spent every summer working at that camp until I was old enough to be a team leader, and then eventually an official employee at the Children's Discovery Museum. Working at this non-profit organization helped me give back to the community that had raised me and made me understand the impact my actions have on everyone, not just people close to me.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    I have worked under the employment of a non-profit business my entire working life since 7th grade. During my times working at the Children's Discovery Museum, while I started out as just a cashier, over time my responsibilities grew. I began to take more managerial and administrative roles on the staff, through the training and supervising of new employees and coordinating intersectional activities with the various other departments within the museum. In doing so, I grew very close to various managers and departmental directors insofar as they would tell me about their professional responsibilities and how they do their work. As such I have key insight into how a nonprofit organizes itself strategically and how it wishes to conduct its business. The time that I spent at the museum has given me not only the drive to work at non-profits, but also invaluable managerial and leadership experience when it comes to a business setting.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    The Beaver Store is an integral symbol of Oregon State University. Through the store, we are able to purchase books and lab supplies that enable us to succeed in our classes. Were it not for this, we would not be able to effectively get the supplies required for us to successfully learn through the classes we need to get our respective degrees. Additionally, every time my parents or extended family drive up from California or down from Portland, we always have to stop at the Beaver Store to get them decked out in souvenir gear. This helps give students' families a sense of identity and inclusion in the culture of Oregon State even though they might not be attending the university themselves. As such, the importance of the store stretches not only to the day-to-day student activities but also is the first and sometimes only impression of Oregon State for parents of students.
  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    Over the summer I worked at a local restaurant that was struggling to get customers in the door. I was able to work with the managers and communicate with them about what changes I could make in order to benefit the company and community. I also volunteered at Willamette Christian Church and have experience catering to family needs, which is something the Beaver Store does on a daily basis. I am qualified for this position because I understand aspects of finance and operations for running a business. I am currently operations director for my BA 161 microbusiness and oversee the finances as well as ordering supplies.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    I am interested in serving as a Board member because I believe this is an incredible opportunity to get involved with the community as well as other students and faculty on campus. I have a desire to learn new concepts and ideas as well as share my own with the Board. I believe that nonprofit organizations are the most beneficial to society and I want to be involved in making decisions that are best for the community.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    The OSU Beaver Store benefits students at Oregon State by creating a place for students to purchase materials needed for school at a place convenient for all. It also provides a jobs for students who need a close place to work in campus to make commuting easier. For me personally, I know it is not always easy to find books and materials as a Freshman but the Beaver Store makes it easier for me to rent, purchase books, and grab last minute supplies I need for school. Prior to coming to Oregon State I did not have any fan gear and when I took my tour of the campus I was thrilled to find a place on campus to buy some clothing to support my Beavs!
  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    I have previous experience of working with nonprofits whose mission is to benefit a group. A couple nonprofits I have worked with are Oregon Association of Student Councils, YMCA, and Medical Teams International. These experiences and the knowledge I have gained from them have made me qualified to serve as a Board Member of the OSU Beaver Store.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    I am interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation because this experience perfectly aligns with what I would like to do once I graduate and am in the working world. Founding my own nonprofit corporation is a dream of mine and this opportunity will give me insight, knowledge, and experience in the nonprofit corporate world.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    The Beaver Store provides myself and my fellow classmates with opportunities to stay on campus and locally shop for necessities for our classes, such as journals, pencils, and books. The bookstore --more specifically-- benefits the students of Oregon State University by providing us with the opportunity to rent our textbooks, if buying is not a feasible option for us. And we also have the ability to sell our textbooks back at the end of the term.
  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    As an Accounting & Business Information Systems major, I have a very good understanding of how resources flow through businesses and how high-level decisions can drastically affect the operations of an organization. I have formal training in working in teams and having effective meetings. More importantly, I have had experience leading teams in and outside of the classroom. To be an effective nonprofit we need to ensure that we are maximizing the benefit to the beneficiaries of the organization, the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. I believe my deep understanding of business operations and experience in teams would make me an effective advocate for the beneficiaries of the OSU Beaver Store.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    I believe strongly in giving back to the community you live in. One of my strongest values of philanthropy can be seen all the way back to early high school. I supported the local middle schools by tutoring and was very involved in the Lebanon soup kitchen. To this day I stay involved in those volunteer efforts and tutor the up and coming accounting students. I have close ties to the faculty, staff, and students at OSU and I would be honored to serve them by being on the Beaver Store’s board of directors.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    The Beaver Store does a tremendous job at returning profits to the students at OSU. Through the “back to Beaves” discounts the Beaver Store has saved me hundreds of dollars personally. The Beaver Store also employs many students furthering their professional development and giving them the financial resources to finish school.
  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    I have a great deal of sales and customer service experience. Through this I have been able to become very strong in communication and dealing with other people. This experience would allow me to effectively communicate with students, faculty, and staff to truly understand everything that could benefit them. Also, I'm currently a sophomore student at OSU so I believe with my experience at the school I already have a good understanding of what the Beaver Store could do to benefit myself and other students.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    I would love the opportunity to learn how a nonprofit corporation runs from the inside and at the same time work to help my fellow students and the Oregon State community.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    It provides us with a central location where we can purchase all of our books, school supplies, and OSU gear. It is very apparent that the Beaver Store strives to provide all students with the products that they need at the best price.
  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    Throughout high school and now my first two years of college, I have engaged with various leadership positions and activities, always in hopes of maintaining and improving the quality of the organization’s initiatives to benefit my fellow students and community. Along with my experience with leadership, I have also applied these skills towards working with students: serving as a Learning Assistant in the Biology 21X series here at OSU, and next year I will serve as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for that same series. Through these experiences, I have developed an interest and a passion for supporting students, which aligns with the goals of the OSU Beaver Store. These positions have also often put me in a role as a liaison between students and professors, a skill that I would also employ as a Board member, helping bring student's perspectives to the corporation.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    Firstly, I am interested in serving as a Board member for the OSU Beaver Store’s nonprofit organization because I am passionate about improving student life and the community here at OSU, and I believe in the Beaver Store’s mission to benefit Oregon State students. Additionally, I intend to go into Education as a career after college, and I think that the experience and knowledge I would gain while serving on the Board of Directors would provide me excellent context and perspective on a subject crucial to students, but often neglected by most teachers and professors. I think the position as a Board member for the OSU Beaver Store would allow me to both support students here at Oregon State University in the moment, over the next two years, but also gain experience and perspectives I can use to benefit other students later in my career.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    In my two years of being a student at Oregon State, I’ve personally seen the impact of the decreasing prices of textbook costs brought about by the bookstore on myself and my fellow students. The Beaver Store’s initiative to make the cost of books more accessible by their different packaging options, rentals, and commitment to low profit margins make course materials that students need for success available to a wider spectrum of students. The non-profit nature and high student involvement in this corporation lends itself well toward the goal of benefitting students. I and many of my peers have often made note of firstly: the usefulness and efficiency of the bookstore website, specifically the price comparison feature, and secondly: the amount we save in comparison to other retailers and publishers if we did not have access to the Beaver Store’s tools and were left to our own devices to find our course materials. Beyond that, the initiatives by the bookstore working with various groups on campus like the HSRC and others helps not only bring textbook access to students who can afford them, but also those that cannot.
  1. The mission of the OSU Beaver Store is to operate nonprofit university stores to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of OSU. What qualifications, experience, and/or training do you have to offer as a prospective Board member that could contribute to the success of that mission?
    My mother served on my high school's school board for many years. I grew up sitting in on meetings and when the time came I was able to assist them in their strategic planning meetings. I also helped bring the strategic planning to our high school student body and we conducted Montana's first student led strategic planning program. During training to be a resident assistant we worked a lot on conflict management, developing strong listening and communication skills as well as community development. I serve on the Women In Leadership executive board here at Oregon State and I am on the marketing and communications committee. I have learned a lot about leadership, stewardship and the dynamics of an effective team.
  2. Why are you interested in serving as a Board member of a nonprofit corporation?
    I am interested in serving as a board member for a nonprofit because one day I would like to start my own nonprofit. I think sitting on the Beaver Store board would be a great opportunity not only to learn a ton but to also act as a representative of the students at Oregon State. I really enjoy problem solving, organizing and having meaningful discussions on what is best. I have been involved in several committees and boards throughout my life and I have always enjoyed the teamwork and problem solving aspect.
  3. How does the OSU Beaver Store benefit you and your fellow students?
    The OSU Beaver Store provides students with a convenient way to take care of all their school supplies necessities. I know that the Beaver Store works hard to negotiate with publishers to get the lowest prices possible for our students. The Beaver Store also serves as my favorite spot to shop for Beaver gear. I love the atmosphere of the store and I appreciate the work that has been done to ensure that the Beaver Store meets the needs of students, fans and faculty.