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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: October 1, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Consumer Innovation Practicum – Apply Now for Spring ’16

The NC State Consumer Innovation Consortium is accepting applications for the Spring 2016 Consumer Innovation Practicum. Applications are being accepted through October 31.  If you have questions about the CIP, e-mail Dr. Colbey Reid,  To request an application form, e-mail Dave Knospe,

Register Now for the Innovative Women’s Conference – November 13

IWC_logoTickets are on sale now for the annual Innovative Women’s Conference.  This conference capitalizes on the power created when bright, innovative minds come together to learn from one another. The conference is specifically designed to bring together women in the Triangle area – from graduate students to entrepreneurs to corporate executives – to encourage discussion and hands-on learning in the areas of business innovation, science, technology and entrepreneurship.  You will leave this conference inspired and better prepared to effectively lead people and organizations in a technology-rich, global marketplace.

The conference will be held at the Talley Student Union on November 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a networking social the evening before at HQ Raleigh, November 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students can purchase tickets (which include both events) for $15. Non-student early bird tickets are on sale for $40 until October 31, 2015.  Tell your friends and family to purchase early for great savings!

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Women for Success.

Study Abroad Spring Trips – Dates Announced

Save the dates for our spring study abroad trips to Munich and London! More details and registration information to come:

  • Trendspotting for Culture and Design with Dr. Colbey Reid, March 5 – 12, 2016 – London
  • Innovation & Marketing Systems with Dr. Jon Bohlmann, May 7 – 15, 2016 – Munich

14th Annual Careers in Sustainability Series

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Net Impact chapter invites NC State Jenkins MBA students to participate in the 14th Annual Careers in Sustainability Series.  This series of events focuses on sustainability careers in the areas of Operations and Supply Chain, Impact Investing, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, and more.  To learn more about each panel and to register for your choice of panel(s), visit

Save the Date: SCRC Partners Meeting

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) will hold its semi-annual partners meeting on December 7-8, 2015 at Talley Student Center. The theme of this meeting will be “Predictive Procurement Analytics.” Registration will open in October for this meeting. More details to follow.

Let your voice be heard!  Town Halls with Dean Allen

This semester’s Town Halls with Dean Allen are coming in the near future.  We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback on the Jenkins MBA experience.  Dean Allen will also share important program news and updates. Food will be provided.

October 12 – 2nd Year MBA, MBA Lounge, 12 pm
October 14 – 1st Year MBA, MBA Lounge, 12 pm

Important news for December graduates!

There are some important housekeeping items which must be completed no later than Thursday, October 29th, 2015 if you plan to graduate in December 2015. Full, step-by-step details are located here on our website.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising Syllabus

This is a reminder to all full-time 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. You will not be able to register for Spring classes when your window comes up until you complete this assignment. Students who wait until the day of registration to complete the form will not have their hold released immediately so please plan in advance.

Get Ready for Spring ’16!

Spring registration is coming soon. For information on advising holds, group advising sessions, individual appointment availability, drop in advising hours, course schedules, and registration information please visit the Spring 2016 Advising and Registration page on our website for details.

Full-time students seeking advising help should first attend the group advising session for your year: 

  • 10/12 – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, Nelson 2403 (2nd Year MBA Students)
  • 10/14 – 4:20 pm – 5:20 pm, MBA Lounge (1st Year MBA Students) (NOTE:  NEW DATE & TIME)

Please note: First-year full-time MBA students who have plans to attend the Business Etiquette Dinner at 5:30 p.m. may leave a few minutes early so they can attend that event.

Group advising sessions are an essential first step in helping you prepare for Spring ’16 courses.  All students with advising questions or needing guidance on courses are expected to attend these sessions, unless there is an outside conflict with a fellowship/GA obligation. After attending a group advising session, students who need more individual advising assistance can schedule further advising meetings or attend drop-in sessions.

Career Management Center

Poole College of Management Etiquette Dinner

Business dining manners matter. Dining in a fine restaurant can be intimidating if you don’t know the etiquette involved. Learn all the finer points of dining in the 5th Annual Poole College of Management Etiquette Dinner, featuring certified etiquette trainer Sharon Hill. The event will take place at the NCSU McKimmon Conference and Training Center from 5:30 to 8 pm. You will receive etiquette training, a four-course meal, and the opportunity to network with employers. Participating employers include: PNC Bank, Fidelity, Cisco, Vanguard, Travelers, NetApp, Enterprise, E&J Gallo Winery, Norfolk Southern, and more.

This event is being sponsored by the undergraduate College of Management CMC.  However, all Professional and Full-time MBAs are invited. Please RSVP on Joblink.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
NCSU McKimmon Conference and Training Center (click here for directions)
Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015

Career Management Video Series

International Student Video-On-Demand Series: The Jenkins CMC has partnered with Beyond B-School to give international students access to career experts who lecture at business schools throughout the world. They present leading-edge job search techniques to international students in order to meet the special challenges they face. Through this partnership, you will have access to the presentations addressing a comprehensive range of topics, each consisting of one-hour lectures and panel discussions available online, on demand,24/7 on any device.

Video-on-demand webinars are added at 8 a.m. on Thursdays, starting Sept. 24. Each video will be available on-demand through August 2016. Watch presenetations on employer perspectives of hiring international students, legal issues regarding immigration, writing effective emails, networking American style, and interview strategies.

Series information and registration are on the Full-Time MBA Virtual CMC site.

CMC Upcoming Events:

October 2 – Poole College Career & Internship Fair
October 14
 – Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by Friday, October 9)

Student Clubs and Events

Join the Marketing Club for Lunch with ROI Revolution!

The Jenkins MBA Marketing Club will host a digital marketing lunch with ROI Revolution on October 15 from 12 to 1 p.m.  This event will be held in the SCRC Conference Room.  ROI Revolution is located in the Triangle, and has several internship and full-time positions available.  They also hire international students.  Register for this event on JobLink.  For more information, contact Catalina Aguirre Burneo,, or Dave Knospe,

Professional Conferences and Networking

Howard University MBA Exclusive Conference

Register today for the 20th Annual MBA Exclusive (MBAX) Conference, October 15-16 in Washington, D.C. This two-day conference offers opportunities including engaging developmental workshops, a Career Fair Exposition with industry-leading companies, and the 11th Annual Minority Case Competition sponsored by LMI.  More information is available at

Atlanta Fall Break Trek, Oct. 7-9

Join full-time MBA classmates for a trip to Atlanta over Fall Break, with three goals:  Get an insider’s view of top area companies (including meetings with executives, many of whom are also NCSU alumni); advance relationships with alumni and employers; and get to know your classmates and the Atlanta area. Sign up via JobLink. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 25th.

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight

Brian Kearns Headshot

NAME:  Brian Kearns
EMPLOYER & JOB TITLE: 1st Year Full-Time MBA Student; working with NCSU Center for Innovation Management Studies
PREVIOUS: B.S. Business Administration from William Peace University (formerly Peace College)

Q: Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out.
A: While on a cruise vacation in the Bahamas, I could not sleep one night and went on a stroll along the deck of my cruise liner. It was almost 2 a.m. and I noticed someone drowning in one of the massive oversized pools. I dove in and pulled him to safety. I very well may have saved someone’s life that night.

Q: If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one would it be?
A: Telekinesis. I’d love to read people’s minds and extract their information adding it to mine own. Think what you could learn from Warren Buffett. Or, just a floating glass of wine as a cool party trick.

Q: What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
A: I was a car salesman for a time. I met some truly “unique” individuals, and learned a lot about life. Example: Don’t judge a book by its cover. One of my most profitable sales was from a very “disheveled” toothless man … who happened to have $60K in a brown paper bag. I thought it was half a sandwich!

Q: What’s the most fun and enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
A: The first major case study for MBA 560 Marketing Management and Strategy. Going that in-depth through our discussion was really enlightening. We all had very different viewpoints on how the Marketing and FDA should be handled for the Pepcid AC case study.

Q: What’s your dream job / career goal? How is the MBA helping you get there?
A: CEO of a very profitable startup company. I would love to helm a thriving and young business. I am rounding out the edges and increasing my skill set with each and every class.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

October 2Poole College of Management Career & Internship Fair
October 8 – Fall Break begins
October 7-9 – Atlanta Fall Break Trek
October 122nd Year MBA Town Hall
October 122nd Year Group Advising Session
October 14Business Etiquette Dinner (RSVP on JobLink by October 9)
October 14 – 1st Year MBA Town Hall
October 151st Year MBA Group Advising Session
October 15Marketing Club Lunch & Learn with ROI Revolution
October 15-16 – Howard University MBAX Conference
October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 16 – McLauchlan Leadership Series applications due
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
November 13Innovative Women’s Conference
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 4 – Last day of classes
December 7-8 – Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Semi-Annual Partners Meeting

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