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The Weekly Update – Full Time MBA: September 3, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Town Halls with Dean Allen

Town Halls with Dean Allen happen once a semester, and are a great opportunity to give the Dean direct feedback on all aspects of the program. We encourage all students to attend these if possible, as it’s important for us to hear your concerns and make adjustments as needed to continually improve the student experience. This is also a chance for Dean Allen to share important big-picture program news and updates. These are casual events, and food is provided. Please save the dates below; more details to come:

    October 12 – Second Year Full-Time MBA, 12 – 1:30 pm, MBA Lounge
    October 14 – First Year Full-Time MBA, 12 – 1:30 pm, MBA Lounge

Student Ambassadors Needed

The most frequent request we receive from prospective MBA students is the opportunity to interact with current students, and our Ambassadors enable us to give them a perspective only an NC State MBA student can provide. The time commitment involved is minimal (typically 10 hours/semester) but the impact you have on our program is significant. Some Ambassador tasks might involve hosting a prospective student in one of your classes, answering prospective student questions via email, and taking prospective students on a campus tour. Interested in learning more? You can read more about what’s involved and fill out the Student Ambassador form here on our website.

Penn State Smeal MBA Sustainability Case Competition

The Smeal College of Business has personally invited Jenkins MBA students to participate in its second annual 2015 MBA Sustainability Case Competition. Six major corporations are sponsors, and the prizes for first, second, and third place are substantial ($10,000, $5,000, and $2,500). Two teams from NC State are eligible to compete, and teams must have at least three members who are current MBA students. The Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative will cover the $100 registration fee. Deadline to register is September 14th. For more information, please visit the case competition website, and email Jessica Thomas, Director of Poole College Sustainability Collaborative, at if you are interested in participating.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising Syllabus

This is a reminder to all full-time, professional evening, and online students to view your academic advising syllabus and, after reading it, to sign the Academic Advising Contract Form confirming that you have read and understand expectations. Please note that your advising hold for spring will not be lifted until you complete and submit this form.

Career Management Center

Fall Career & Internship Fair

The Poole College of Management Career & Internship Fair will be held on Friday, October 2 from 10 – 3 at the McKimmon Center on NC State’s Main Campus. Over 100 employers will be in attendance and MBA students are invited to attend. To view a list of participants, click here.

Upcoming CMC Events

September 8th, 4:30 – 5:45 – Personal Branding and Diversity Conference Prep Workshop. This is a must if you are attending NBMBAA or NSHMBA.
September 8 – 11 – Mock Interviews with the CMC. Please sign up for a time in JobLink. Business professional dress please.
September 10th – All revised resumes must be uploaded to JobLink to be added to the official resume book. Please reach out to the CMC if your resume needs to be reviewed.
September 14th – Crack the Case Interviewing Workshop

Professional Conferences and Networking Events

Last Call for Upcoming YPN Tickets

If you are interested in attending the next Raleigh Young Professionals Network event on September 17th, please email Claire Jefferies at by end of day Friday (9/4) to reserve your free ticket. This month’s guest is Rob Stevenson, international speaker and best-selling author, who will discuss key elements of optimum performance. You can read more about the event here.

Student Clubs and Events

Finance Club

The MBA Finance Club will hold their first informational meeting of the semester from 12 – 1 pm on Wednesday, September 9th in the Nelson Hall Board Room (3rd floor of Nelson Hall, above Port City Java). Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. This meeting is a great opportunity to meet other club members and finance enthusiasts. For our professional and online students who are unable to attend this session but are interested in participating in club activities, please send an email to Rafe Estevez at

Marketing Club

Join the MBA Marketing Club for an introduction meeting on Wednesday, 9/9 from 12 – 1 in Nelson Hall, Room 2403. The club will provide pizza, introduce students to club officers, and discuss different ways to get involved with the club. This will be a great time to meet other members and learn more about upcoming activities and events. For professional and online students who are unable to attend this session, but are interested in getting involved, email Catalina Aguirre ( or Dave Knospe (, Club Co-Chairs.

Supply Chain Club

All students are invited to join the Supply Chain Club for their first meeting of the year on September 16th from 12 – 1 in the Nelson Hall Board Room. Lunch will be provided. This is a great time to meet others and hear about upcoming activities. Students unable to attend but interested in getting involved, email Lauren McGuire at

MBA Service Corps

Only two spots remain for the first Service Saturday event of the semester: the Second Chance Pet Adoptions Dog Wash at Unleashed in Raleigh on September 19th. This monthly dog wash is a fun and rewarding fundraiser, and volunteers can either work registration or get hands on and wash dogs themselves. For more information and to sign up, email Dave Knospe at

Innovative Women Conference (IWC) Coordinating Team Seeks Volunteers

The IWC coordinating team is looking for volunteers interested in gaining hands-on marketing, PR, and event management experience, as well as networking opportunities and exposure to top female executives in the Triangle. Some of the different ways to get involved include serving as a moderator in one of the conference’s panels, assisting the conference coordinators with specific event-related tasks, being a host in the networking event/conference or during the registration process, just to name a few. The coordinating team is looking for a diverse group of volunteers that include full-time, professional, and online students with a genuine interest in giving back to the community. Tasks for volunteers typically require between 2 – 10 hours, depending on the nature of the task, and not all volunteers need to be present for all conference events. This year’s conference will be hosted at the Talley Student Union on NC State’s Main Campus on November 13th. A networking event will be held the evening of November 12th at HQ Raleigh to kick off the conference. Volunteers will be able to attend both the networking event and conference free of charge. There are limited volunteer spots available, so you are encouraged to express your interest soon by contacting Jen Wiles ( as soon as possible.

Meet a Jenkins MBA: The Weekly Spotlight


Name: Diane Michot, Professional MBA – RTP Campus
Employer: Financial Analyst, Allscripts
Hometown: Meridian, MS
Previous: Millsaps College – BS, Biology; Portland State University – Post-baccalaureate, Accounting; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – BS, Nursing; CPA licensure in OR and NC

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Sleep on it; everything will look different in the morning.

Q: If you have could have any superpower, what would it be?
A: I’m not sure if this is a recognized superpower, but I’d like to be able to add a couple of extra hours to the day (but just for me).

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: The tremendous power of being grateful for the good things and good people in your life. I worked as an Oncology nurse, and that experience gave me tremendous perspective about what is really important in life and how many of the things we worry about are really not all that important in the grand scheme of things. The good people in your life and the here and now are the best things – and the only things – you can count on.

Q: What is your dream job or career goal, and how is the Jenkins MBA program helping you get there?
A: My career goal is to expand my understanding of the business world. I feel like I have a fairly good handle on the accounting end of things, but most of what I see from other areas is on the back end, as the numbers flow through. I’d like to understand how and why decisions are made in other areas of the business so I can add value in new ways to my role and future roles. The Jenkins MBA program appealed to me in particular because it is hands on, technology focused, and very real world in its perspective. I’m excited to see where this degree takes me, and I’m open to new possibilities.

Q: What is the last book you read/movie you saw/concert you attended?
A: I know this is not a concert or a movie, but I saw the Paperhand Puppet Intervention in Chapel Hill last weekend for the first time after wanting to see it for years. I will definitely be going to their next show. If you have never been, I suggest checking it out.

Q: What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?
A: This is a hard question to answer, so I’ll pick what came to mind first. My sister has treated me to many fun trips – a cruise in Alaska, ski trips to CO, MT, and VT. I have the best big sister in the world.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

September 7 – Labor Day – university closed
September 8 – Personal Branding and Diversity Conference Prep
September 8 – 11 – Mock Interviews with the CMC
September 9 – Finance Club Meeting
September 9 – Marketing Club Meeting
September 14 – Crack the Case Interviewing Workshop
September 16 – Supply Chain Club Meeting
September 17 – Raleigh YPN Event at PNC Arena
September 19 – Service Saturday at Unleashed
October 2 – Poole College
October 8 – Fall Break begins
October 12 – Second Year Full-Time MBA Town Hall with Dean Allen
October 14 – First Year Full-Time MBA Town Hall with Dean Allen
October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
November 13 – Innovative Women Conference
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 4 – Last day of classes

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