Cassanda Morano has been elected as the CUS President for the 2018/2019 school year. Her presidential platform can be read below.
Cassandra Morano–Presidential Candidate
2nd Year Bachelor of Commerce Student – Accounting
My name is Cassandra Morano and I am excited to announce that I will be running for the Presidential position for the Haskayne Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS) for the upcoming 2018/19 term. I am currently a second-year student at the Haskayne School of Business (HSB), concentrating in Accounting. Outside of academics, I volunteer at the University of Calgary’s Leadership and Student Engagement Office (LSE) as a Peer Helper for the Meal Exchange Program, the Emerging Leaders Program, and UCalgary Strong Student Life Program. Working as a Peer Helper has enabled me to develop and strengthen my leadership, communication, and time management skills. I joined the CUS in my first year as a General Consultant, volunteering under the Events Portfolio.
Currently, I am the Director of Dress and Dine for Success as well as the Director of Student Engagement and Social Events. Being a Director for these positions, as well as my history with CUS, has given me the opportunity of participating in Case Competitions presented by the Academic Portfolio, attending and organizing faculty-wide events such as Dress and Dine, and volunteering at various Community Development initiatives. It has allowed me to make meaningful relationships with other students within and outside the club who strive to get the best out of their University experience. I would like to be able to give back to the Haskayne community as next year’s CUS President, and with your support, I hope to share these opportunities with the rest of the student population within the faculty. During my term, I would like to focus on increasing student engagement by doing the following:
- Working with Haskayne Student Clubs:
As CUS is the umbrella organization for all student clubs within the HSB, my primary goal is to increase student engagement within the business faculty by having students engaged through the student clubs. I would like to provide increased socials within the CUS club by working with Directors focused on internal engagement. Externally, I would like to collaborate with other Haskayne clubs to create events that are open and inclusive for all Haskayne students, regardless of concentrations, as an opportunity for us to network, connect, and celebrate as a whole.
- Providing Opportunities and Support for First and Second Year Students:
Transition into University is difficult – we have all been there. In order to better first-year transitions, I would like to provide opportunities for incoming first-year students that will allow them to feel confident as they start their degree in Haskayne. I plan on promoting events to the students during the fall 2018 Orientation Days in order to welcome them to the faculty. I would also like to promote programs and workshops, such as Case Competitions, that are exclusively for first and second-year students that will allow them to develop the necessary soft and technical skills that can help them thrive in their future years.
- Continuing Partnership with CCAL:
This past year, CUS has had an amazing opportunity in collaborating with the Haskayne Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership (CCAL) in producing events which include Lunch with Leaders and the 48th Annual Business Day Conference. This partnership with CCAL has allowed CUS to facilitate events at a bigger scale and at lower costs for students. In continuing this relationship with CCAL, I plan for CUS to collaborate with the CCAL to create more events that will enable CUS to access CCAL’s resources such as contacts to Haskayne alumni, that will benefit Haskayne students in the future and provide value for CUS members.