New management board for RSM study association STAR

STAR, the study association of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) announced its new management board for the 2016-2017 academic year. The board’s nine dedicated students are responsible for heading the association on a daily basis.

STAR is the biggest study association of Europe and has more than 6,500 members. It brings RSM students from all full-time bachelor and master programmes together through its many activities, which benefit students on a social, academic, career and societal level.

Real-life business experiences

This 39th STAR management board consists of RSM students Julie Geelen (chairman), Floor Theunissen (secretary), Lizz Jansen (treasurer), Davey van Gilst (commercial relations manager), Mercedes Roggen (brand manager), Devin Oosting (project manager bachelor), Rik Helsloot (project manager master), Ruben List (project manager and vice-chairman), and Max van Soest (information processes manager).

STAR’s new chairman, Julie Geelen, has experienced the study association’s advantages first-hand during her bachelor studies at RSM. “The STAR events have given me new perspectives on the business world through real experiences in organisations. This has helped me discover my interests,” she says. “Gaining experiences in a multinational organisation has taught me to take responsibility in crucial situations, and how to effectively work in teams.”

Enriching student life

STAR organises various career events throughout the year, for example the STAR Management Week and the Erasmus Recruitment Days, which offer a bridge between RSM students and businesses. Through the Erasmus Recruitment Platform, co-managed by STAR, students can search for part-time jobs, internships or career opportunities. STAR links many events to various charities, which is co-ordinated by STAR’s iCare and ReachOut committees. In addition, the STAR Academy offers members personal and professional development through various courses. STAR’s social events include international study trips, parties and barbecues. There are study-specific Master Study Clubs and more than 50 committees to become active in.

Geelen will lead STAR during the 2016-2017 academic year. “I aim to add value to the lives and careers of all RSM students,” says the chairman. “We can enrich students’ lives through STAR’s activities. The more students, the merrier!” Geelen adds that she is excited to run STAR. “It’s similar to running a business, so I hope to learn a lot this year,” she says.

STAR membership and committees

The new management board had its first meetings in late July, and can be found in the Mandeville (T) Building in room T4-53. RSM bachelor and master students can become STAR members or join one of the STAR committees via the association’s new website.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s leading research-based business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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