Students take lead role in hosting TUBE Conference


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 10, 2014) – Tuskegee University takes pride in cultivating their students to prepare them for the careers they are striving to obtain. The university also encourages their students to challenge themselves by preparing, hosting, and spearheading events that complement their fields of study. The Tuskegee University Business and Engineering (TUBE) Conference is a testament to this belief

Student co-organized addresses
TUBE conference.

Jenkins addresses TUBE conference.
as it allows students from the university’s College of Engineering and the School of Business and Information Science to come together to host and arrange business luncheons, seminars, and panel discussions. The conference, is a means of helping encourage students in business and engineering understand the cross disciplinary fields of both industries. This year’s TUBE Conference was held Monday-Wednesday in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University.

The theme for the 2014 conference was “Influencing More People Across Campus To Succeed” or IMPACTS. With that theme in mind, the students’ impact on the conference is unparalleled. The student organizers took on the executive roles in foreseeing and administering the conference. They also helped build strong relationships and networking channels with sponsoring companies and participants such as General Electric, Altria, and Proctor & Gamble.

Seminars were hosted by sponsoring corporations and addressed topics that are part of the everyday working environment. Sponsoring companies for the TUBE Conference included: Raytheon, Chevron, John Deere, Boeing, and Edward Jones. With the support of these companies, the event is able to flourish and help propel students into the corporate world well prepared and connected for the road ahead.

Student committees were formed to ensure that the conference was a success. The committees formed included: advertising, events, finance, and planning. The co-chairs of these committees worked alongside the head conference co-chairs to help push the conference in the right direction.

Justin Pittman, senior mechanical engineering major from Wetumpka, Ala., was the head co-chair for the College of Engineering. He said he hoped that the event would help corporations find that student with the “It” factor.

“We want Tuskegee students to go out there and shine in corporate America and show off all of their capabilities. We hope companies come out and find that one student that will flourish in their corporate environment,” Pittman said. 

Danielle Canton, senior sales and marketing major from San Diego, Calif., was the head co-chair for the College of Business and Information Science. Canton was proud of this year’s TUBE Conference and wished the best for the students that attended. 

“I just hope that each student takes away something from the conference that’s going to help them better impact their lives after college,” said Canton. “That way they can be successful after they graduate.”

Story and photos by: David Nixon, Student Reporter, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing

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