Business is serious, but that does not mean it cannot be fun.

In order to promote the College of Business and Economics and foster interclub relations, DECA, Alpha Kappa Psi, and the Professional Women’s Association have come together to put on the first ever Mr. CBE event.

The Mr. CBE professional male competition will take place on Friday, May 18th at 6 p.m. in the Old Main Theater. Tickets are $4 for everyone.

AKPsi Fundraising Committee Chair Jordan Tuchek said that the competition is meant to test both the professional and fun personal traits of the contestants.

“It’s not supposed to be some sort of big serious event where everyone’s stuck in a suit with a stick up their butt,” Tuchek said.
Any business major, pre-major or male individuals involved in CBE clubs are eligible to be Mr. CBE contestants. Interested individuals can email to sign up to compete in the event.

The event will consist of professional and casual wear modeling, testing participants in both professional and informal hypothetical situations, an interview section and a talent show.

Participants will also have to submit a resume to be reviewed by a panel of faculty judges.

“I’m really excited for the situations,” Rachelle Durfey, DECA president and co-president of the Professional Women’s Association said. “I’m just really excited to see how different guys react to different situations. It’s fun because it gives that personality-side, but also lets people in the audience think about what they would do in that situation.”

Both the audience and judges will vote on the professional male contestants for a variety of awards. First place will receive a golden tie, an engraved mug and have their photo displayed near the main entrance to Parks Hall.

There will also be awards for Audience Choice, Mr. Congeniality and Mr. Photogenic.

Durfey said that the main purpose of the event is to bring CBE clubs and individuals together to form a more personal and professional relationship.

“Business is about working together,” Durfey said. “When you get out into the real world, you’re going to be working with tons of people, so it is important to start that networking and that’s what we wanted to start working on.”