Ambassador Profile: Drew Houser



Hello, my name is Drew Houser.  I am a Junior Mechanical Engineering major who completed the Summer Business Institute the summer of 2013, after my Freshman year.  Besides SBI ambassadors I am a member of Villanova Singers and in my spare time I enjoy working out, reading, and spending time with friends.

SBI has proven to be a pivotal moment with lasting consequences in my professional, personal, and academic life.  Professionally I have used the knowledge and skills I developed through SBI’s courses to improve my resume, utilize on campus resources, and network in attempts to land a summer internship and find long term employment after graduation.  Having already completed one program last summer, I am currently reapplying my skills to find another.

During the 10 week program I made a great group of friends whom I had not known before and whom I probably would not meet elsewhere. From fellow engineers in my classes whom I had not talked to before to complete strangers in other colleges and years, I am glad to say that I have met some of my best friends through SBI.  One particularly memorable experience is the amount of games I played with everybody during our down time.  From Basketball to Pokemon Stadium to Soccer, there was hardly a dull moment.

I decided to become an SBI ambassador for several reasons.  Encouraging other students to pursue a business minor is the primary purpose of Ambassadors.  Explaining the ins and outs of the program, answering any questions people may have, and encouraging Freshmen to utilize their time off during the first summer break are all rewarding.  Another benefit of ambassadors is the availability of guidance available, such as the academic coursework I need to obtain another minor in the business school.  Free sweaters and insomnia cookies at information sessions are both very nice too.

Back In Action


Why hello there, Liz Roller here and I am so excited to be writing to you today as the new editor of the SBI blog. The previous editor, Greg, is basically a blogging super star. So, I’m stoked to take over, but realize that I have some pretty big shoes to fill.

I have just completed my training, your average Karate Kid learning how to paint the fence… but blog style. While I have been learning the ropes of what I do, I figured I’d share with you what this blog is going to be about. Bottom line- this blog is about all things SBI. Each day of the week has a theme with the intention of introducing you to all the aspects and facets that make SBI what it is. Starting off our week, I will do “Motivational Monday” because we all can agree that if Monday had a face, we’d take some pleasure in punching it. Taking that into consideration, I’ll be posting something that, hopefully, makes you chuckle just enough to make it through that dreaded day. Tuesday will be a post about a SBI Ambassador so you get to meet the spokespeople for SBI because they are casually awesome. Wednesday is going to be a potpourri of post- it will keep things fresh so you don’t know what to expect (I can’t tell you all of my secrets, now can I?). Thursday will feature our fantastic faculty, administration, and alumni that make SBI the amazing program that it is. Friday will finish off with a “Fast Five” post that introduces you the ins and outs of SBI from the perspective of an alum. That’s pretty cool right? Super helpful for all of you interested in SBI and want to know every teeny tiny detail.

Now, I figured I should tell you a bit about myself so you know who will be writing to you this year. I am a nursing major and SBI alum of 2014 (what what) from Northern Virginia. Here’s a picture of me- I like putting faces to names so If you’re like me here ya go!IMG_5756

Fresh out of the SBI program, I can whole-heartily say that it was the best thing I have done at Villanova thus far. It was truly the most worthwhile ten weeks of my college career and recommend it to everyone. Don’t get me wrong, it was ridiculously rigorous and I believe my temporary address for the summer was actually Bartley 2001, but I would definitely do it again if I could. Anyway, in order to get to know me better, here are a few fun facts about myself. First off, I hiccup at least once a day. It’s a thing, I swear- I was diagnosed with a spastic diaphragm in the fourth grade and actually hiccuped when I logged in to write this post. Second, I hate pants. I never wear them, always in dresses or skirts. In fact, if you ever see me in pants, I’d suggest not asking me how my day is going because it’s probably sub par since I’m wearing pants. Third, I love mac and cheese more than life. Seriously. In fact, if you every see me wearing pants and you bring me mac and cheese, odds are I will forget how upset I am by the whole pant situation. Also, I do a killer fish face, second to none actually, I am obsessed with country music,and am a hard-core nationer (#gocats). Finally, I love corny jokes. A lot. Your should expect to be bombarded with them through the course of this year. Alright, you probably think I’m insane by this point. I promise I’m not… well, I promise I don’t think I am. But I truly am so excited to be writing to you this year and I hope you are all pumped to love SBI as much as I do.

I hope you all are as excited as I am for this year. Stay tuned for our Fast Five tomorrow and all of the posts to come. I’ll leave you with a joke ( I told you I love them) and hope you have a fantastic Thursday.  Until tomorrow!


Liz Roller

How do you find Will Smith in the snow?

You look for fresh prints.

Let What You Love Be What You Do.


Hey there– Samantha Wheeler here!  The new Assistant Director of Business Minor Programs in the Clay Center at VSB–the long way to say I am students’ main contact in VSB during the business minor experience!  I took over the reins from Trish Burdo in November of 2013, and have since been affectionately nicknamed “The New Trish” by SBI alums and interns alike.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a very visual person, so here’s a picture of me with my favorite Big Cheese.


I came to Villanova off a year-long stint at KPMG LLP working as an Audit Associate.  I graduated from VSB in May of 2012 with a degree in Accountancy and Management Information Systems (MIS).  I could not be more excited to be back home at Nova, and I am absolutely thrilled to working with students who have chosen to enhance their Villanova Experience by investing in their futures through the business minor programs.

My office is located on the first floor of Bartley Hall in the Clay Center Suite.  It’s easy to locate with the Quote of the Week portion of my office wall and my oversized, colorfully-decorated chalkboard.  I also strive to have upbeat music playing at all times (see the playlist below for a sampling of my musical prowess– I promise, it won’t disappoint). I try to be in my office every day from 9-11a and 1-5p and I’m always available for both scheduled and walk-in appointments along with answering questions via phone call and email.

Currently, I am in the throws of the SBI recruiting and application busy season.  My favorite part of the position so far has been meeting with students who have applied for the 2014 SBI program and connecting with SBI alumni.  It’s great to put applicants’ faces with names and profiles, and the SBI alums and ambassadors are constantly making me feel welcome; it’s like I’ve always been part of the SBI family.

Like the SBI Class of 2014, this will also be my first experience with the Summer Business Institute and I cannot wait until the program is in full swing.  Knowing some of the students’ backgrounds who are participating in the 2014 program, I’m also excited for the team presentations at the end of the summer.  Through talking to alums, I know there are additional high points throughout the summer, such as the Professional Success course’s Etiquette Lunch and Snack-time on Friday.  I know that the coming summers are going to be amazing and feel truly blessed that I am able to share in students’ Villanova Experiences.

Now if only I knew who to talk to about planning some awesome and delicious Friday Snack-times…

Interested in contacting Sam?  Email:  Phone: (610) 519-6669