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The Weekly Update: August 20, 2015

Academic Advising

Academic Advising Syllabus

To get the semester started off on the right foot, the Student & Academic Engagement Team has created an Academic Advising Syllabus that will be your go-to resource for academic advising over the next year. This syllabus outlines for you what you can expect from your appointments with your advisor, how to contact your advisor, a general calendar of academic activities, important resources for your academic success, as well as our expectations of you as an advisee. You can access the advising syllabus here; however, this is a living document, so please check back regularly as it will be updated throughout the semester. After you read it, we ask that you sign the Academic Advising Contract Form confirming that you have read through and understand the syllabus. This is required and your advising hold for spring will not be lifted until you submit this form.

Scheduling Advising Appointments

As a reminder, if you wish to schedule an advising appointment, use the following link to sign up for a time. When signing up, please indicate in the “where” box if you prefer an in-person or phone appointment:

Deborah Waller Wilkins:
Sarah Pickle:

Advising appointments for the week are set up at the end of the previous week. Check back later if no appointments are open, as we will be adding appointments as time allows.

Important Advising Dates

Tuesday, August 25th is the last day to add a course without permission of the instructor. Tuesday, September 1st is the last day to add a course with permission of the instruction and the last day for tuition refunds due to dropping a course or changing from credit to audit.

Career Management Center

Job Search Bootcamp for Professional and Online MBAs

The Career Management Center (CMC) will host a bootcamp for Professional Evening and Online MBA students on Saturday, August 29th from 8:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Nelson Hall, Room 2402. If you have now reached a point in your MBA career where you need advice on job hunting, interviewing, resume writing, or any other job search related help, this is the event for you! The CMC will discuss what services are provided to professional students, as well as cover what to expect out of the corporate recruiting cycle. This event is exclusively for Professional Evening and Online MBA students. RSVP on JobLink (Events & Workshops) by Thursday, August 27th to reserve your spot.

Dressing with a Purpose Workshop

The CMC hosts “Dressing with a Purpose” on August 24th at 1:00 PM in Talley Student Union for all Jenkins Graduate Students. The featured workshop leaders will be Kate Leser, makeover expert; you can learn more about Kate here.

Professional Conferences & Networking

Raleigh YPN Event – Peak Performance with Rob Stevenson

Don’t forget to RSVP to Claire Jefferies by September 10th to claim your ticket to the next Raleigh Chamber Young Professional Network event at PNC Arena on 9/17!

Creative Mornings

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series that meets monthly in 123 cities across the globe. Raleigh hosts this series at the Contemporary Art Museum, and the next event is August 28th from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. August’s theme is Action, and the featured speaker is Heather LaGarde, the producer of SwitchPoint, a global conference on humanitarian innovation, global health and tech for good produced by IntraHealth International where she serves as Senior Strategic Partnerships Advisor. Read more about Heather and register for the event on the CreativeMornings website.

Student Clubs & Events

MBASA Back to School Mixer

The MBA Student Association welcomes all current MBA students and their partners to a mixer at Flying Saucer this Saturday, August 22nd from 6 – 9 p.m. Appetizers provided.

Last Tuesdays

The MBA Student Association hosts Last Tuesdays, where they provide snacks and coffee for all MBA students, faculty, and staff. Please join the MBASA in the graduate commons this coming Tuesday, August 25th from 9 – 10:30 a.m. and again at the RTP campus from 5 – 6 p.m. This is a casual, drop-in event and no RSVP is needed.

MBA Wine Club Presents “The New World Tasting”

Join the MBA Wine Club for a free tasting event on Saturday, August 22nd from 1 – 4 at The Raleigh Wine Shop at 126 Glenwood South. The tasting will start with a Riesling from South Africa, and will sample a variety of whites and reds including a Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, and a unique blend of Carignan, Valdiguie, and Syrah. Questions and RSVP to Austin Henley at

Meet a Jenkins MBA: The Weekly Spotlight

Dave Knospe, Full-Time MBA Student

Name: Dave Knospe, Second Year Full-Time MBA Program
Concentration: Marketing
Hometown: Southampton, New Jersey
Previous: B.A., Marketing, University of Miami

Q: What is your favorite thing about living in the Triangle?
A: The accessibility to the mountains and the coast. No matter what kind of outdoor things you’re into, you can easily get to it within a few hour’s drive. I love to go crabbing, so my favorite place to visit is the Outer Banks.

Q: If you had five minutes to teach someone something new, what would it be?
A: I would teach them about the importance of philanthropy and how it can have a positive impact both personally and professionally. Non-profits often have board members who work for great companies in the area, and becoming a volunteer for these organizations puts you in contact with some really influential members of our community. It also just feels good to volunteer – and it’s also fun. My favorite service project during my time with the MBA program was working to build a fence through Coalition to Unchain Dogs. Just knowing that a couple of hours of our effort meant that a dog who had previously been confined to a chain would have a yard to run around in from now on was hugely rewarding.

Q: What did you do with your summer vacation?
A: Well – it wasn’t much of a vacation! I spent my summer at Nestle Purina as a Brand Management Intern in St. Louis. I was on a team that was tasked with developing a new product that would appeal to the millennial consumer who shops at boutique pet stores. As an animal lover, I had a great experience there – in fact, we set a world record for bringing the most animals (281 – dogs, cats, birds, ferrets…) to work in one day.

Q: What are you most excited about accomplishing in the next year of your MBA program?
A: I’m a Consumer Innovation Scholar, and I’m really excited to partner with Bayer Crop Science and Burt’s Bees and work on solutions to some of their marketing initiatives.

Q: We are welcoming our largest class ever – almost 200 full-time, online, and professional students! – to the NC State Jenkins MBA program this fall. What’s one piece of advice for our incoming students?
A: Get involved as much and as early as you can, no matter what program you’re in. Take advantage of things like the mixer at Flying Saucer this Saturday, or philanthropy events through the MBA Service Corps, wine tastings with the Wine Club, even things that may not interest you – like tailgates if you’re not a football fan – are still great ways to meet other MBA students and build a support group to lean on as you work your way through the program.

Dates to Remember

August 22 – MBASA mixer & MBA Wine Club Events
August 25 – Last Tuesday mixers
August 25 – Last day to add a course without instructor permission
August 28 – Creative Mornings
August 29 – Job Search Bootcamp
September 1 – Census Day
September 7 – Labor Day – university closed
October 8 – Fall Break begins
October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 4 – Last Day of classes

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