Who Are We?
Established in 1987, the Asian Business Students Association (ABSA) is now one of the largest and most prestigious organizations at The University of Texas at Austin with over 300 members a year. Our purpose is to develop Asian Americans as successful leaders in the professional world.
At its foundation, ABSA is built upon the dedication of hard-working members and generous sponsors. With the help of our sponsors, we prepare our members for success in the corporate world by providing insightful resources, creating exposure to a wide array of industries, and building strategic partnerships with leading firms.
What we provide our members is found directly in our three pillars: Professional, Social, and Philanthropic. We offer around 150 events every year for our members in the hopes of creating well-rounded leaders who thrive in the business world, establishing a family in a large university, and making a difference in the community.
Our Three Pillars
Spring Case Competition
Case competition is designed to simulate a real-world consulting scenario where teams of four students must develop and present a solution for a given problem. The event officially begins at kick-off, where the case is introduced by a company representative. Within the week-long time frame, all teams have an equal opportunity to research and compile their solutions. A panel of judges, consisting of corporate recruiters and professors, evaluate teams based on feasibility of recommendations, logic of critical thinking, and delivery of presentation. Selected teams advance to the final round, and the top three teams are ultimately awarded cash prizes. ABSA hosts one case competition per semester, with 80-100 participants. This serves as an excellent opportunity for students to network with recruiters, practice case analyses, and improve presentation skills.
Register for Case Comp at the website: http://texascasecomp.org
Corporate Dinner provides a personal setting for members to interact with recruiters in a relaxed environment. Prior to the dinner, members and corporate recruiters mingle freely at our networking reception. The evening progresses with a delicious three-course meal, entertaining performances, and interactive activities. Our purpose is to help our members feel more comfortable at networking events that are typically stressful. ABSA’s Corporate Dinner is unique because we prefer to keep the event small and the pace relaxed. We strive to provide a professional yet enjoyable evening for our guests.
The Mentorship Series is a distinguished program that gives aspiring individuals the opportunity to become familiar with the corporate world through one-on-one interaction with working professionals. After a selective application process, mentees accepted into the program are assigned both a local and a virtual mentor. The local program takes place in a casual setting, where mentees converse with their respective mentors and seek advice on their future careers. To facilitate a productive and educational experience, we often suggest topics to discuss. The virtual program is the alternative solution for mentees who wish to interact with mentors of a specific field, but do not reside in the area. They communicate primarily through e-mails and phone calls.
Through ABSA’s Mentorship Program, mentees gain insight on various majors, career paths, and corporate life. Additionally, receiving advice from an experienced professional may diminish myths and uncertainties about the future. A mentor is an invaluable source of guidance for our members, and a potential lifelong friend.
Scoring Careers Expo is not your typical career fair. Co-hosted with the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA), Scoring Careers offers a festive, yet professional atmosphere for recruiters to interact with high-caliber students of diverse backgrounds. It is also the ONLY student-run career fair at UT. Over the past seven years, the event has grown from a casual recruiting mixer to a fair unlike any other, featuring over 30 companies and 400 students in attendance.
Company Field Trip
For the benefit of our members, ABSA coordinates numerous company field trips every year, including one out-of-state company field trip in the spring. The purpose of company field trips is to allow ABSA members to gain exposure to living and working in cities outside of Austin, assist members in developing their professional networks, and to provide members with a chance to learn about future employers. By attending these trips, participants receive first-hand exposure to the company’s operations, culture, and career opportunities.
The LAUNCH Leadership Conference seeks to connect students across Texas in order to exchange ideas on leadership, to inspire students to become leaders in their communities, and to provide students with similar backgrounds and interests an opportunity to network and form relationships that will last throughout and beyond their college careers. LAUNCH brings together youth during the most pivotal points in their lives to provide new perspectives on having a positive influence in their communities.
Learn more about LAUNCH at: http://www.launchconference.org
ABSA Camping Trip is one of the biggest events of the year. Every year over a hundred new and old members show up for a day of grilling, games, and a night of ghost stories, truth or dare, and s’mores. This event is where new friendships are formed and memories are made. But remember, what happens at camping, STAYS at camping!
Our End-of-Semester Banquet is one of the most anticipated events of the semester. The EOS Committee plans the event from start to finish and members can enjoy the beautiful decorations, delicious food, and hilarious/sentimental entertainment with new and old friends. We recognize our graduating seniors, present awards, and recap the highlights of the semester. It is truly an unforgettable experience. Best of all, paid ABSA members get free EOS with perfect attendance at General Meetings!
ABSA members get the benefit of participating in intramural sports for FREE! Traditionally, ABSA has played flag football, volleyball, basketball, and softball, but sports vary from year to year depending on member interest. Our Men’s Basketball Team won the IM Championship title in the Spring of 2008. Whether you want to join the team or support the players with cheers, we welcome you to join us for IM sports!
The Family Program truly sets ABSA apart from all other organizations. 2-3 upperclassmen join together to become “Big Sibs” and serve as friends and mentors to all the “Little Sibs” in the family. Our alumni have often mentioned that the Family Program was one of the main reasons why they stayed active in ABSA and where their closest friends came from. Families also compete for the title of “Family of the Year” by earning points every time they do a family outing or win a family competition. Organized family events include Thanksgiving Potluck, Family Olympics, ABSA’s Next Top Model, Iron Chef, and much, much more.
ABSA members not only work hard, we play hard too. Socials are a great way for new and old members to mingle, bond, and explore all the things UT/Austin has to offer. We’ve done picnics at Mt. Bonnell, field days at Pease Park and Zilker Park, boat parties, ice skating, bowling, haunted house, and much, much more! There’s never a dull moment with ABSA!
ABSA upholds our strong presence within the University and Austin communities through countless philanthropic opportunities. By involving our members with a diverse variety of local non-profit organizations, ABSA cultivates the interests of our members to make a difference in their community on- and off-campus. We have several ongoing collaborations that have become our traditional volunteering events, such as Keep Austin Beautiful. Through our partnership with their Adopt-a-Street Program since the Fall of 2007, ABSA has adopted half a mile of Guadalupe Street from 30th to 38th Street, and has since held four cleanups each year to keep our streets free of litter! Some other community partners we have worked with include:
- Austin Habitat for Humanity
- Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
- Eastside Community Connection Food Pantry
- Junior Achievement of Central Texas
- Micah 6 Food Pantry
- Starbright Preschool
- Sunshine Community Gardens
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
- The Junior League of Austin: Coats For Kids
- Town Lake Animal Center
- UUMC Open Doors Soup Kitchen
- The University of Texas at Austin: Longhorn Halloween
- The University of Texas at Austin: Student Events Center: 40 Acres Fest
- The University of Texas at Austin: Student Volunteer Board: Project Reach Out & The Project
- The University of Texas at Austin: UT Chapter of Habitat for Humanity: Shack-A-Thon
Dodge for a Cause
Relive your glory days in gym class by competing in Dodge for a Cause, a charity dodgeball tournament, co-hosted by ABSA, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). This university-wide tournament strives to raise awareness and funds each year for a local Austin charity, while promoting a fun, competitive environment among UT students. In the past two years, we have successfully raised $550 for Wonders and Worries in 2009, and $500 for Dress for Success in 2010. Donation Creation
Co-hosted by ABSA and the McCombs Diversity Council, Donation Creation puts ingenuity and teamwork to the test in this exciting “can-struction” competition! Teams of five students are given an hour’s time to build a themed structure out of donated canned goods that raises awareness about the issue of hunger in Austin and Central Texas. Through the united efforts of student organizations and the generous support of our company sponsors, we collected and donated 2,013 cans to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas in April of 2010, or the equivalent of 1,610 meals!
In addition to building lasting partnerships with local non-profits, ABSA also seeks to strengthen ties with our influential McCombs faculty through two events: Tuesdays with BBA Professors offer members a unique opportunity to get to know their professors outside of class and office hours! Each event will feature professors from different departments, allowing members to ask their burning questions and discuss topics at ease over breakfast and coffee.
Faculty Appreciation Week is an annual event dedicated to giving back to our wonderful faculty and staff at McCombs! Throughout the week, ABSA recognizes and thanks them for all of their hard work and support by decorating the staff lounge, writing personalized thank-you notes, and providing breakfast, lunch and goodie bags.
Feed Your Mind
ABSA hosts Feed Your Mind, a food giveaway event, at the end of each semester to help students rejuvenate during exam week. A philanthropic event at its core, Feed Your Mind serves over 800 UT students each semester by giving out generous donations from food vendors. As well, Feed Your Mind serves as a place for local food vendors to display their samples for UT students. These food vendors include Good Bike Café, PolkaDots, Bite Mi, and Texadelphia. Feed Your Mind also receives sponsorship from large food vendors including Amp, Chipotle, Domino’s Pizza, Jamba Juice, and Schlotzsky’s.