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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: October 15, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Upcoming Moodle / MyPack Portal Maintenance, Nov. 7 & 8

NC State’s Office of Information Technology will perform extended maintenance on several core components of the OIT Datacenter Infrastructure from Saturday, November 7th at 6 am through Sunday, November 8th at 6 pm. During this time, MyPack Portal, Moodle, and other DELTA resources will be unavailable for extended periods of time. Students should be aware of this outage and plan accordingly.

Schedule Changes for Spring 2016

The following changes have been made to the Spring 2016 course schedule. Contact your academic advisor with any questions.

MBA 521 moved from Monday to Tuesday evening
MBA 553 moved from Monday to Thursday evening
MBA 590 (609) meeting dates are 2/6 and 2/27
MBA 590 (014) meeting dates are 1/22 and 2/12

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY: 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. The deadline to apply is Friday, 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: Registration Now Open

More information, including application details, on the MBA website.

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,

A Signature Accomplishment …

Be sure your NC State e-mail account has a professional signature. Doing so is easy, and adds a professional touch to your official e-mails that will help you make the right impression on potential employers. Click here to get the proper format and to download official NC State logos for your NC State Gmail account. If you need help setting up a signature for the first time, here’s a handy guide.

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

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.

Career Management Center

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.

Professional & Community Events

COMING THURSDAY, OCT. 22:  Women for Success Triangle

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 merchandise, gift cards and more.  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.

When:  October 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Churchill’s, 1622 Glenwood Avenue (in Five Points)
Tickets can be purchased in advance:  (*Donations also accepted via Eventbrite, if you cannot attend)

To learn more about Women for Success Triangle, check out the Facebook page and website!

Careers in Sustainability Workshop with Katie Kross – Oct. 28

Join us on October 28th from noon to 1 p.m. in Nelson Hall 1130 when the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative and the NC State Net Impact chapters will partner to host Katie Kross, author of Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability and Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. This Careers in Sustainability workshop is open to all NC State undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. We hope you can join us!  Click here to RSVP.

Learn About MergeLane – Thursday, Oct. 29

The Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs, a new initiative at NC State, will be hosting MergeLane, an accelerator program, at the Frontier in RTP. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. and meet Sue Heilbronner, co-founder of MergeLane. This workshop is a chance for startups, mentors, and investors to learn more about the details of the accelerator, and find out what is unique about MergeLane, which provides a $20,000 investment in firms accepted to their program.

Please register for the event here (via Eventbrite). Tickets are free and we are hoping for a great turnout! Please e-mail Rosanna Garcia,, with questions about the event or how to sign up on Eventbrite.

Please pass the word to those in your network. The more the merrier! We want to show MergeLane that North Carolina has companies to invest in.

Ellevate Network Luncheon – Oct. 23

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.

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.  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.


YPN: Analytics, Big Data, and the Internet of Things – Nov. 19

Join us on Nov. 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. to hear from Michael Rappa, Ph. D, Goodnight director, distinguished professor, and founder of the NC State Institute for Advanced Analytics. Rappa will moderate a panel discussion that introduces the topics of Big Data and analytics and discusses how new trends and technologies are shaping our future.  Panelists include:
Paul Kent, vice president of Big Data at SAS Institute, Inc.
Bruce Thompson II, partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
Bill Nowicki, vice president of Ticket Operations, Carolina Hurricanes
Aric LaBarr, Ph.D, assistant professor of analytics, NC State Institute for Advanced Analytics

The MBA program has eight free tickets to this event. E-mail Claire Jefferies,, for more information.

Professional Conferences & Networking

Deadline is Friday!  Help NC State welcome Verge NC – Networking + FUN!

The Jenkins MBA sponsors Verge NC, a relatively new tech startup networking event in this area. This month’s Verge event will be on Wednesday, October 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frontier building in RTP.

Verge is asking the Jenkins MBA program to be part of the group building mini-golf holes for this event! Lewis Sheats and Christine Ferrell have committed to building a hole to represent the Jenkins MBA and the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic. We’ll get a designated area to design and build our own hole. Verge will provide the cup/hole, golf balls, and an extra putter, but it’ll be up to us to build and decorate our own golf hole. Verge NC will allow for 75 minutes of open networking and encourage everyone to play through the course. Prizes will be given for the man and woman with the lowest score, plus we’ll give away a prize for a hole-in-one at our hole.

We want to identify 3 MBA students to join 3 E-Clinic students (undergrads) to form a team to design and build the hole. We’ll hold our first team meeting on Monday, Oct 19 at 1 p.m. – students will need to be prepared to build the hold at the Oct 28 event (6-8). The MBA program will provide the materials needed to construct our golf hole.

Please email if interested. She will notify the three chosen Jenkins MBA participants by Friday, Oct 16.

Katz Invitational Case Competition

The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business is hosting an invitational case competition that will showcase the skills and talents of participating MBA students January 29-30, 2016. The case will be multi-dimensional, designed to test the teams’ ability to collaborate on different business disciplines, and will focus on a current issue within the energy industry.  Click here to learn more.

Global Change Award

The Global Change Award is looking for bold ideas that can shape the future of how fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled. It takes on one of the fashion industry’s biggest challenges – to create fashion for a growing population, while reducing its environmental impact.
Five winners will share a grant of €1 million, and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator.
The Global Change Award seeks early stage ideas that add circularity throughout the fashion industry’s entire value chain.
How to participate: Sign up at:
Submit your ideas by 31st October 2015 (10pm CET)
Cost: Free
Prizes: Five winners will share a grant of €1 million and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator as well as fashion industry access.

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

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.

Join MBASA at the State Fair – Oct. 16 & 24

The MBASA will be sponsoring two MBASA days at the North Carolina State Fair. We have purchased 20 tickets for Friday, October 16th (meet at 6 p.m.) and 20 tickets for Saturday, October 24th (meet at noon). We will meet at Gate 9 (the main entrance) at these times.  Tickets are first-come, first-served.  Bring your significant others, kids, etc. and meet your fellow MBASA members.

Use this Google sign-up sheet to add your name to the list (the first 20 members who sign up for each day). See you at the fair!

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight

Lu Athnos

NAME:  Lu Athnos, Jenkins Professional Online MBA
TITLE & EMPLOYER:  Engineering Manager / Regional Technical Advisor, ABB Inc.
HOMETOWN:   Originally Beijing, China; now based in Raleigh
PREVIOUS:   Master’s degree in Paper Science, NC State; dual bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and English, Taiyuan University of Technology, Shanxi, China

Q: Tell us something that people would be surprised to learn about you.
A: Well, I’m Chinese, but I sound like a “local girl”. A lot of people ask me, “Did you grow up around here?” Of course, I have to say “no” but that I do travel all over the country for work. I am travelling at least 40 weeks out of the year, and that has given me many experiences and a great deal of confidence in myself. Some of my interests and hobbies include riding my motorcycle, fly-fishing, kayaking, shooting a bow instinctively, shooting guns of all kinds, hiking, camping, photography, etc. I even use some Southern slang, like “y’all!”

Q: If you had five minutes to teach a stranger something new, what would you want to teach?
A: I want people to be interested in technology. People call me the “gadget girl” because I keep up with technology and like helping other people solve any problems with their new equipment. Talking to you right now, I’ve got two computers and three monitors running in front of me. So, I’d show people how to use this technology. For example, I’d pull out my new iPhone 6S Plus and show them useful applications. Evernote, for instance – I used that at the online MBA residency to take notes with. I also have the Apple Watch. And, at the residency, I had my “Selfie Stick” with me for taking pictures of the group or to get more height to a picture. My group used that in our presentation on how to motivate Millennials!

Q: If you could meet any famous person, living or dead, for coffee or a beer, who would you meet and what would you want to ask about?
A: Wow, I’ve got so many people going through my mind right now. I’m a born-again Christian, and someday I’m going to go to Heaven and meet Jesus the Christ. I know it’s just a matter of time, but I can’t wait to meet him. I would humbly ask him why he gave people “free will” since it has allowed such trouble in the world. I have my own understanding of course, but I’d really like to hear his wise counsel.

Q: Tell us about the Online MBA Raleigh Residency – what did you find interesting, enlightening, and surprising about that experience?
A: It was awesome to connect with my fellow MBA classmates and make friends. It’s very encouraging to see that there are so many people who are doing what I’m doing. And it feels good going back to school after so many years. We had some really good speakers there, and it was great to meet our professors and learn about opportunities, including the new McLauchlan Leadership Program. I was very impressed.

Q: What are your long-term career goals, and how is the Jenkins MBA going to help you achieve them?
A: I’m planning on staying with my company, ABB Automation. In the short term, I want to do a better job of managing my team – to develop their talents and figure out how to better coach and mentor them, along with the rest of the engineers in my company. Long-term, I’m thinking about the “big picture.” I want to know how I can help my company with its strategic planning, while also answering the question, “How can we plan for a sustainable future?” The Jenkins MBA is helping me to acquire this knowledge, especially the financial aspects of doing business and helping us understand those challenges.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

October 16 – Last day to withdraw or drop a class
October 16 – McLauchlan Leadership Series applications due
October 20 – Registration for Spring 2016 begins
October 21Fall Mix & Mingle Networking Event
October 29 – Fall 2015 graduation paperwork due
November 11 – Deadline to register for Spring Break Study Abroad in London 
November 13Innovative Women’s Conference
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 1 – Deadline to register for Summer Study Abroad in Munich
December 4 – Last day of classes
December 7-8 – Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Semi-Annual Partners Meeting
December 17 – MBA Graduation Celebration, 5:30 – 7 pm
December 18 – Fall 2015 Graduation

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