COBE Cast: Mens Wearhouse Presentation

Hello everyone in case you missed our wonderful presentation about professionalism and professional dress. Here is the link to the COBE Cast of the presentation.


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Dennis Martin

Here is the COBE Cast from our last speaker! Check it out it, he gives some great advice!!



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COBE Cast From Speaker: Caroline Wilkes

Here is the link from the COBE Cast last night. Our wonderful speaker Caroline gave us some awesome insight! Check it out if you missed it!!


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Wise Words of Advice

            On my first day of college my mom gave me some great words of advice that are still helping me to this day. This words were “do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone”. These words really stuck with me and have gotten me to try things that I was not very familiar with. These included getting involved in student orgs, getting a job on campus, making new friends, and the list goes on and on.

I always encourage everybody I meet to do the same. Continue to push your comfort zone. Only at this point can you figure out who you are, who you do not want to be, and what you are truly interested in. DECA has helped me do all three of these things.

DECA has shown me that I am much more outgoing than I once thought. Joining DECA taught me that I had a drive and motivation to push myself to new horizons. On the flip side DECA has shown me that I do not want to party my college years away. It has shown me that I have a lot to learn and accomplish before I am ready to join the job force in the real world.

DECA has also shown me what I want to do with my career. Coming into college I was dead set on getting my degree with a Water Resources major. But through my VP of Information Technologies position at DECA I have found that my true passion lies in technology. I am now an I.T. and Supply Chain Management double major.

Again I encourage everybody to “not be afraid to step out of your comfort zones”. You never know what it’s going to teach you. You could find interests you never knew existed. You can meet some of the most amazing people in your life. And you can find out who you truly are. Thanks to these words of advice these experiences have made my college experience unforgettable, and I guarantee they will do the same for you!

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Help DECA to Help Yourself

DECA has helped me out in so many ways. Everything from time management to social skills has been strengthened though my experiences. I originally joined DECA to get involved but had no idea what I wanted to get out of it. From there I rolled with the punches and it wasn’t until during my first state competition where I choked hard during role plays that I realized what I wanted to get out of it. I wanted to use DECA to get better with my social skills. So it I could communicate with people better and more professionally.

After realizing this I knew that I wasn’t going to get much out of DECA without putting something into it. So with this in mind I decided to run for an e-board position. This might just be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  By giving my time to DECA I learned to be far more organized, how to manage my time, how to communicate better, work in a professional setting, etc… The list could go on and on. Through DECA this has been an eye-opening year for me and what I am truly capable of.

So I urge you if you have something you would like to improve. Help DECA to help you. Get involved take a lead position in a committee, run for e-board, or do more volunteer work. Do anything and everything you believe you need to do, because let me tell you it works.

And if you don’t know how to get started myself or any one else on e-board would be more than willing to sit down and talk to you about it. So get out there and help DECA to help yourself.


Gary Hackney

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Rick Daniels COBE Cast

Here is the COBE Cast from our last speaker meeting. If you missed it check it out its really motivational!

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Preview – Prepare – Practice

With competition season starting to gear up, any DECA veteran or readied new member has heard the drill a thousand times.

These have been the three beats, or “Three Ps” that I live my DECA experience by.  From the moment competitive event information becomes available on the events page (, you can bet I’m already browsing to see what events are open and how to succeed in the events I’m interested in.   This is the first P, preview.

Whitewater’s chapter has been lucky to have built a well-rounded student body representation that attends our meetings.  We often joke about how we are one of the only business student organizations on our campus that can proudly say we have active English and Biology majors attend and excel in competitive events at State and National levels.  Between business simulations, case studies, and prepared business presentations, it’s guaranteed that you can find an event that will benefit you in your career path.  Take some time and check out the different events.  If there is something you are interested in, especially for individuals who might not have decided on a career path yet, consider checking it out.  Competition is a great way to get very unique first-hand experience in the field.  If you know the career you want to go into, practice your skills and show your competitors that you know your stuff.  Doing well in competition isn’t only a resume builder, but also a display of what your capable of doing.

The second P is prepare.  This may seem a little obvious, but you need to know your event if you want to do well.  Take time to look up vocabulary.  Understanding terms and being ready for questions from your judge(s) is half the battle when it comes to presenting.  Whenever I’m getting ready, I like to review my class notes from any classes I have taken that may relate to the event I’ll be competing in.  Find different ways to learn the information you will need.  Look at the performance indicators and find out what your judges are looking for!  Don’t be afraid to ask any PDC members or even your professors for assistance as well!  Other members or people who has competed in the event during previous competitions are a great resource.  Never be afraid to fall back to your DECA family whenever you need a hand.

Finally, we get to our last P.  This is something that also seems like common knowledge, but so few take the time to do.  If you want to do well, make sure you practice.  Whitewater’s chapter takes a little extra time to make sure our members are ready to do their best.  At any point in the year, our Executive Board is more than willing to help out our members.  Study nights, practice role-plays, and helping to explain different aspects about competition can make a big difference.

The biggest practice opportunity that we make available at whitewater is a competition simulation. Through participation, our members can get hands on experience in a friendly low stress environment. This practice can give the student time to debrief with the judges and seek room for improvement before going into the “real thing.”  If it wasn’t for our amazing faculty and friends volunteering, our members would not have this opportunity.

I mentioned three Ps to success earlier.  These are things that almost anyone who has competed in a DECA conference will tell you.  In all honesty, I have a little secret.  I believe there is a fourth part to this equation that a lot of people forget about.  Play is our fourth and last P.

More importantly than anything else, you have to enjoy what you do.  If you want to do well, competition is a very serious thing, but it is also a time to relax and have fun.  Even practicing can be a great way to build a friendship.  You’re striving for a common goal and will spend a lot of time working with your event partners.  You will meet a lot of great people, have time to spend with your chapter and hang out with friends.  Explore and see new places that you may not normally have the opportunity to visit.

So, what are my thoughts on success?  If you want to do well preview, prepare, practice and play.

If you want to hear more about some of the random stories I’ve had at competition, preparing for my events, or even from when I’m just having a good time with some DECA friends/family, check back soon!

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Matthew Ross

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Hello Everybody,

Here is where we will post blogs. Blogs we can be about just about anything. A few examples could be past DECA experiences, tips for competition, or just other general professional information. Please check this out they will only help you to succeed!!

~Your Friendly E-Board team

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Competition Video

Hello Everyone,

For all of you that missed our last meeting. We had speakers come in and talk about competition, here is the COBE Cast video from that meeting. Please watch if you have any interest in competition and want some in depth information on it!


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BMEA Judging

Get pumped DECA, BMEA judging is this saturday Dec. 1st from 8:30am till 1:00pm. We will be meeting in the lobby of Hyland around 8:15am. Lunch is provided and business professional attire is required. Hope to see all of you who signed up there!!

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