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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: October 7, 2015

Program News & Announcements


Application Deadline Coming Soon: McLauchlan Leadership Series

The McLauchlan Leadership Series is open to all Jenkins MBAs who are not currently taking part in a corporate leadership development program.  This premier leadership development program that enables fellows to build their network, receive executive coaching and master the fundamentals of personal, team and organizational leadership.  The McLauchlan Leadership Series is a leadership development program designed to support professional, graduate-level leadership education through experiential learning.

McLauchlan Fellows have unique access to corporate executives and community leaders throughout the series. Fellows build their network and experience unique coaching and professional development to further career growth. McLauchlan Fellows receive a certificate upon completion and are recognized at the Poole College of Management spring commencement ceremony.

“What we define as leadership is developing the skills of perspective and decision making and judgement. Our professors do a wonderful job of constructing on functions and skills…Schools teach economics, accounting, supply chain management, and all the other things that are on the curriculum. But how do you take a young professional and take the rough edges and smooth them so that when they walk into your organization, they already know how to have a perspective of what it means to look outside of their function? Put it all together? That’s what the McLauchlan Leadership Series is attempting to do.”

Russ McLauchlan, founder of the McLauchlan Leadership Series and founder, chairman and former CEO of Calvert Holdings

The deadline to apply is October 16.  Click here for full details.

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,

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

NEXT WEEK: Town Halls with Dean Allen

It’s time for this semester’s Town Halls with Dean Allen!  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. These casual meetings allow students a chance to express their opinions about classes and the MBA program. You are welcome to join the conversation any time during the actual Town Hall itself.

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.

A note from Dean Allen:

nichole-millerI am delighted to welcome Nichole Miller to the Jenkins MBA program as the new assistant dean. Nichole has worked the last 15 years at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. For the last seven years, Nichole served as director of Academic Advising and Student Life for the full-time MBA program at Duke. Before that, she was instrumental in repositioning and growing Fuqua’s Health Sector Management program. Nichole received a BA in psychology from the State University of New York and Buffalo and an MS in Higher Education and Educational Administration from the University of Rochester. Her office is in 2120A Nelson. I encourage you to drop by and introduce yourself! – Dean Allen

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

RSVP by Friday!  Poole College 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

Volvo and Glen Raven Company Visits – Friday, Nov. 6

Curious about marketing, supply chain, finance careers in vehicle manufacturing or specialty textiles?  Hungry for opportunity to discuss career goals and gain networking visibility with senior business leaders at Volvo Group North America and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics?
Senior business leaders at these two companies want to meet you.

On November 6, 2015, these companies will host Poole College of Management students to discuss careers and career opportunities within their companies. This is a chance to meet and experience their culture directly. Students will visit Volvo Group in the morning and Glen Raven in the afternoon. This event is business dress. Lunch and snacks will be provided by host companies.Attendance is capped at 15 as this a joint event with the undergraduate College of Management. These visits are listed as one information event and a résumé book of attendees will be submitted to both companies. Please RSVP on Joblink under information sessions and submit your résumé under Job Postings.
RSVP and résumé submission deadline is Friday, October 30.  We will carpool or bus to the Triad.

Second Annual Jenkins Mix-and-Mingle: Calling All MBAs!

This is the 2nd annual Jenkins Mix-and-Mingle. The first in January 2015 at the Carol Poole Clubhouse was a HUGE success. This is a terrific opportunity for Professional MBAs to meet their fellow Professional MBA and GLM student colleagues, local business community members, and Jenkins MBA alumni in a relaxed, professional environment. We are using an Eventbrite invite and Joblink to RSVP.

Jenkins MBA Mix-and-Mingle
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
City Club of Raleigh, a.k.a. Capital City Club, 150 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Dress code: Business dress
Cost: FREE

Please RSVP on Eventbrite or Joblink by 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015.

Questions? Contact Natalie Stewart, Jenkins MBA Recruiting Coordinator,

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)

Professional & Community Events

Women for Success Triangle Wine & Cheese Event

You’re personally invited to Women for Success Triangle’s annual Wine & Cheese event. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 22.  (The event is not just open to women!)  There will be amazing raffle items including (but not limited to) merchandise from local shops, gift cards to restaurants, yoga studio passes, and much more! (Cash is best to buy raffle tickets, but you can also purchase them using your credit card.)

All proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Triangle, a not-for-profit organization that has already helped thousands of underprivileged women in the Triangle area by providing work attire, career coaching, and a strong network of support and resources. So come help us continue celebrate Dress for Success’ work!

When:  October 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Churchill’s, 1622 Glenwood Avenue (in Five Points)
Tickets can be purchased in advance:

If you cannot attend, you can still make a contribution on the Eventbrite page.  To learn more about Women for Success Triangle, check out the Facebook page and website!

Innovative Women’s Conference – November 13


Tickets are on sale now for the annual Innovative Women’s Conference, bringing together women from around the Triangle area – from graduate students to entrepreneurs to corporate executives – encouraging 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 for only $15 (includes both events). 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.

Ellevate Network Luncheon

The Ellevate Network (formerly 86 Broads) is a dynamic professional women’s networking group, and they’re launching a Triangle Chapter! The N.C. Triangle Chapter Launch Luncheon will be held October 23rd at Prestonwood Country Club, and will feature Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevate Chair, former CEO of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney, who was featured on the Forbes World’s 10 Most Powerful Women list. Sallie will be discussing “Diversity as a Competitive Advantage.” A student rate is available: Click here to learn more & register.

Careers in Sustainability:  Supply Chain & Energy Panels, Oct. 22

The UNC Kenan-Flagler Net Impact chapter invites NC State Jenkins MBA students to participate in the 14th Annual Careers in Sustainability Series.  The first two panels are coming up on October 22, focused on careers in Operations & Spply Chain and Energy (click the links to learn more and register).

Professional Conferences & Networking

2015 Duke University Energy Conference

Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 10-11, 2015

The seventh annual Duke University Energy Conference will capitalize on Duke University’s position as a pretigious academic partner at the center of the global energy conservation. The conference will present balanced discussions with powerful speakers on crucial topics. As we dive into the key factors of investing in the energy future, our speakers will answer the following questions: What will be the model for utilities of the future? How do energy and environmental policy impact business strategies? How do you get technology out of the laboratory? What are the impact and expectations of the recent drop in oil prices.

Registration is now open! Please click this link to register for the event.

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,

MBA Finance Club Fantasy Stock Portfolio Competition

Attention future and seasoned investors! The MBA Finance Club is hosting a fantasy stock portfolio competition to test your investment acumen. Individuals or teams with 2-3 members are encouraged to apply. The competition is active from October 12th to November 13th. A prize will be awarded to the top individual or team at the end of the competition.

Please send an e-mail to Jay Ledbetter at if you are interested in participating or have any questions. Detailed instructions will be shared with interested participants next week.  Good luck from the MBA Finance Club Leadership Team!

Supply Chain Club Industry Panel

The Supply Chain Club will be hosting an industry panel on Thursday October 22nd from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. in Nelson Hall room 2210.  The panel will consist of supply chain professionals in various companies in the triangle area.  They will be speaking about their roles within their companies to give students a better understanding of supply chain roles across various industries. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.  There will be time at the end for networking with the representatives.

Please contact Lauren McGuire, Supply Chain Club President, at with any additional questions.

MBASA Meetups at the N.C. State Fair

The MBASA will hold a meet-up at the State Fair on October 16 and 17. More details to follow!

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight


NAME:   Hugh Fisher
TITLE:  2nd-year Jenkins MBA, Graduate Assistant, Business Sustainability Collaborative Associate
HOMETOWN:  Kannapolis, N.C.
PREVIOUS: M.A., English, NC State University ’07; B.A., English, UNC Wilmington ’01

Q:        What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
      I worked one summer as a campus security patrolman at UNC Wilmington.  I was basically a tall goody two-shoes in a polyester uniform, writing parking tickets and checking the ID’s of anyone who came back to the dorms with alcohol in their bags.  I’m convinced that every parking ticket I’ve gotten since has been karma from those days. 

Q:        Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out.
   I’m way out of practice, but when I was in college, I taught myself acoustic guitar, and I’ve actually written several songs.  Never have tried to capitalize on that, but one of these days …

Q:        If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A:        The basics of proper résumé formatting. You’d be surprised how many people don’t grasp how important it is to present yourself well in those crucial seconds that a hiring manager looks at your résumé.

Q:        What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
     My father told me when I was a teen, “Do whatever you want in life, but always do your best.”  When it came time for me to go to college, he said he didn’t care what I did for a living, as long I gave it my best effort.

Q:        What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
   My career goal is to become a content marketing manager, developing winning strategies to help my firm’s brands and message reach our customers.  From there, I’d love to work my way up to CMO.  I also have a dream of one day finishing and publishing a novel, in which case the MBA will help me market it.  The Jenkins MBA has helped me dial in my career interests and refine the abilities and experience I already had into marketable career knowledge.  Coming here was the best decision I’ve made yet.

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Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

October 8 – Fall Break begins
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 14 – 1st Year MBA Group Advising Session
October 15Marketing Club Lunch & Learn with ROI Revolution
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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