Winthrop University: Business Acumen Faculty Sponsorship

Business Acumen Faculty Sponsorship

Each semester, faculty members who wish to sponsor Business Acumen events must submit a request to the Business Acumen (BAM) Advisory Committee.  

Formats for Business Acumen Events

Option 1. Live Virtual Events - Live virtual events may be streamed on Zoom or another university approved virtual events platform such as Blackboard Collaborate or Microsft Teams.  Event organizers who elect this option have the following responsibilities:

  1. They will schedule the event and set up a registration system for students to sign up.  (Instructions for Zoom.)
  2. They will send the registration link to the Director of External Relations to be posted on the CBA Weekly Update and BAM webpage calendar.  
  3. They will monitor student attendance during the event, requiring that students enable their webcams (unless otherwise specified by the host) to receive credit for their attendance.  
  4. They will generate a list of attendees upon conclusion of the event, notifying any attendees whose attendance could not be verified.  
  5. They will send the list of attendees to the Director of External Relations for the processing of Business Acumen credit.  


Option 2.  Pre-Recorded Events - Self-created video recordings of events may be shown in Blackboard if supplemented with quizzes.  Event organizers who elect this option will be have the following responsibilities:

  1. They will send the video recording of the event to the Director of External Relations as an MP4 video file.  The video will be posted in the Blackboard course "CBA Business Acumen Program" for students to access.  
  2. They will send a set of at least five (5) video related questions to the Director of External Relations.  A quiz will be created in Blackboard as a supplement to the video.  The Director of External Relations will maintain an updated record of all students who complete a video assignment.  Upon request, an attendance list may be sent to the sponsor of the event.  


Option 3. In-Person Events - Events may be held in-person if they meet all of the University guidelines.  For more information, please refer to the Office of University Events webpage.  Event organizers who select this option will have the following responsibilities:

  1. They will be in attendance at the event. 
  2. They will notify immediately of any cancellations or changes involving the event.
  3. They will handle any discipline problems which arise during the event.
  4. They will supervise and limit the crowd to ensure there isn't overcrowding. 
  5. If the sponsor of the event is not willing to assume these responsibilities, another faculty, staff, or graduate assistant must assume the responsibilities.   


How to Apply

  1. Complete the Business Acumen Sponsor Application (Qualtrics Form) 
  2. Sponsors need to submit detailed information for the proposed event including information about event facilitators, field experts, and anyone that may accompany the guest speaker (if applicable).
  3. Sponsors may then send an e-mail to the Student Services representative with any additional materials which may support the request (such as details of the nature of the event or information regarding the participant(s) in the event).  Please attach any flyers of this event if such one exists at the time of submitting the application. 


Event Requirements

  1. A speaker with credentials, reputation, and expertise in the subject area. 
  2. A subject of importance and/or uniqueness in any business field that meets the competencies. 
  3. Events must be open to all business students and not only part of a specific class. 


Notification of Decision

  1. The sponsor will receive notification of the decision from the BAM Advisory Committee: (1) Approved-No Further Information Needed, (2) Need Additional Information, or (3) Not Approved.
  2. If the sponsor feels the decision is invalid, they have the right to appeal the committee's decision. Please reach out to the appropriate contact (listed below) for proper direction to begin the appeal process.  

Approved Business Acumen Events

  1. The Business Acumen Advisory Committee is repsonsible for approving on and off-campus BAM events.  
  2. If approved, the sponsor will receive an e-mail that includes instructions and a copy of the BAM logo to put on all marketing materials.  
  3. The sponsor is responsible for submitting the list of attendees to the listed contact below as soon as posible in order for the students to receive credit.  The information submitted must include the student's name and WU ID number.  


Business Acumen Program Contact:
Sarah Kesler
225 Thurmond Building

Last Updated: 2/6/23