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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: October 22, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Jenkins MBA Ranked #29 in the U.S.

This week, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked NC State’s full-time Jenkins MBA program #29 in the United State among AACSB-accredited programs – a substantial jump from last year’s ranking of number 54. “This ranking places the Jenkins MBA among some of the best and well-established programs nationwide – NYU (24), USC (25), Georgetown (26), Brigham Young (27) and Indiana (28),” said Dr. Steve Allen, associate dean of NC State’s Jenkins Graduate Management Programs.

Click here to read the full article on the Jenkins MBA website.

porch party

Bring Your Family!  12th Annual Homecoming Poole Porch Party

You are cordially invited to the 12th Annual Homecoming Porch Party on Friday, October 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nelson Hall. Join fellow alumni, their families, faculty, current  students, staff and friends of the Poole College and College of Humanities and Social Sciences on the front steps of Nelson Hall. We’re teaming up with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to enjoy refreshments, BBQ, bluegrass and games hosted by NCSU Libraries in our Kids Zone.

In addition, don’t miss out on our newest event at the Kids Zone – a costume contest for the kids to try out their Halloween costumes ahead of time. Judges will be roaming the porch party and we will gather all the kids for a special announcement at 5:15. We will also watch the NC State Homecoming parade that begins at 6:00 p.m. right in front of Nelson Hall.

Get your glam on for the Poole College Photo Booth (bling and appropriate festive apparel provided). There will also be a drawing every 20 minutes until the parade begins for a chance to win NC State prizes.

There is no charge to attend, however, please register here by October 26, 2015.

How will you sign?

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Academic Advising

Academic Advising Update

Due to an unexpected family emergency, Sarah Pickel, your academic advisor, is out of the office indefinitely. In the meantime, we ask for your patience. If you have
advising questions, please email them directly to Deborah Wilkins at, and she will respond to them as quickly as possible.

All full-time students must view the academic advising syllabus and, after reading it,  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.

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.

MBA 590: Value Creation Practicum – Course Description

The Value Creation Practicum course is about creating new value and competitive advantage. The development, utilization, and protection of technology and innovation are central to competing in our fast paced global economy. This course is designed to give students an advantage by learning to create new value, rather than managing existing assets. In this practicum course, you will be matched with a team to work on a project to create value. The project may be for an existing company or a startup company or even to start your own company. Each team will be assigned to a company working on a major growth initiative such as a company startup, spinout, new line of business, expansion, spin in, new product, corporate restructuring, merger or acquisition, or realignment of a product or market opportunity.

Career Management Center

BACK BY DEMAND:  How To Network Without Feeling Slimy

The October 7th WebEx webinar was so popular it filled up in two hours, SO WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!!!

The term “Networking” has negative feelings for many people. “Self-promote-y”, “not true”, “fake” are some terms that people use. But the fact is 80% – 90% of jobs  at the Professional MBA level are obtained through this method. Attend this webinar to —

1. Learn how to reframe how you think about networking so that it feels less “sales-y” and more authentic
2. Take away important tips to network comfortably at an in-person event
3. Learn how different your approach should be when networking in-person vs. online

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Presented via WebEx (attendance capped at 12).
Please RSVP on Joblink (Events>Workshops) by 5:00pm Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.

WebEx log-in information will be sent to you after registering.
Because attendance is capped, the CMC no-show policy will be enforced (please cancel within 24 hours if you must).

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.
Careers in Sustainability Workshop with Katie Kross – Oct. 28

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.

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 Events & Networking

Make a Difference & Win Some Cash! – Oct. 27 / 28

Interested in social entrepreneurship? We have the competition for you! The UNC system is sponsoring a statewide competition to create a business plan for a sustainable new venture that achieves a social objective important to North Carolina. Ideas for social impact can be any you choose, and can include such challenges as poverty, hunger and food scarcity, clean water and waste reduction, new energy solutions and more

The Entrepreneurship Initiative and Social Entrepreneurship Initiative will be hosting two information sessions for interested students. FREE FOOD!


October 27, 2015, 12 pm
Innovation Hall Multipurpose Room, 381 Initiative Way


October 28, 2015, 5:30 pm
Hunt Library, Room 5100A

Learn About MergeLane – 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.

Innovative Women’s Conference – Nov. 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.

Shoestring Marketing: Differentiate Yourself on a Budget – Nov. 19

Being asked to get big results with little to no marketing budget? This panel will discuss how to get creative with your marketing, including sharing pro tips for marketing on a tight budget. You will learn how to leverage the network in your industry, tap into your passion, and be authentic in your marketing.  The panel includes:

Scott Crawford, head chef and co-owner of the brand-new Standard Foods
Sam Ratto, chocolatier and co-owner of the magical Videri Chocolate Factory
Lionel Vatinet, passionate master baker and co-owner of La Farm Bakery

Find out how they manage to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. You will be able to use the skills you learn to stand out among your competitors and nail your marketing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Brier Creek Country Club, 9400 Club Hill Drive, Raleigh
Click here to register

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.

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.

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.

Student Clubs and Events

Join MBASA at the State Fair on Saturday

The MBASA will be sponsoring our second MBASA day at the North Carolina State Fair. We have purchased 20 tickets for Saturday, October 24th. We will meet at noon by Gate 9 (the main entrance).  Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  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!

Last Tuesday is This Tuesday, Oct. 27

Join us from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the MBA Lounge to mingle with MBASA and your classmates!

Tour the Citrix Building With The Marketing Club – Oct. 28

Come tour the impressive new Citrix building in downtown Raleigh and learn about one of the most talked about companies in the Triangle. This event will take place on October 28th at 12:30 p.m. and should last about an hour.

Click here to sign up. Space is limited!

MBASA Halloween Party – Friday, Oct. 30

The MBASA will be hosting a Halloween Party on Friday, Oct 30th, beginning after the Poole College of Management Porch Party. The porch party is from 4 to 7 pm at Nelson Hall, and the Halloween Party will be from 7 to 10 pm. We are finalizing the venue now, but it will be on Hillsborough St. (within walking distance of Nelson). Dress up in your best Halloween costume and come join your fellow MBA peers for a night of fun!

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight


NAME:   Melissa Metzler, Jenkins Online MBA
TITLE & EMPLOYER:   Sr. Marketing Manager, LexisNexis
HOMETOWN:   Kettering, OH
PREVIOUS:  Bachelor of Science, University of Dayton

Q:  Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out.
 In first grade, I wanted to be a brain surgeon. We were tasked with drawing a picture of our profession and then writing a sentence about it. I drew a big brain and said “I want to be a brain surgeon”. My teacher refused to hang my paper in the hallway with the rest of the class because “Girls can’t be brain surgeons.”  Imagine social media getting ahold of that these days!

Q:  If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
If I had 5 minutes, I’d introduce someone to some of the great foods from Ohio– buckeyes, Killer® Brownies, buckeyes, Cincinnati-style chili. Did I mention buckeyes?

Q:  What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
  I had a summer marketing job that required me to dress up in a dog costume – it was the mascot for the group. It was only for 15 minutes at a time, but it was in 90+ degree heat and my sight was severely restricted. The second summer, I made sure that the honor of being the mascot went to a newbie.

Q:  What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
In my very first job, my VP told me to start putting money into my 401K and to max out my contributions. I wasn’t sold on the idea but blindly followed. I can’t thank him enough.  The second best piece of advice is to be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a battle.

Q:  What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
 I’d love to own my own company someday. The experiences and knowledge of the Jenkins MBA is not only helping me fill gaps in my skill set but helping my think in different ways. Interacting with other MBA professionals gives me new perspectives I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

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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