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The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: October 22, 2015

Program News & Announcements

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 announcment 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.

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Academic Advising

Important news for December graduates!

Fall graduation will be held this year on Friday, December 18th at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. For those of you planning to graduate in December, there are some important housekeeping items which must be completed no later than Thursday, October 29th, 2015. Full, step-by-step details are located here on our website.

Save the date for our MBA graduation celebration on Thursday, December 17th from 5:30 – 7:00! Details to come.

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

Professional & Community Events

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 – 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.

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 – American Marketing Association – 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

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.

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).

Professional MBA Career Management Video Series

Career Management Podcast/Video-On-Demand Series  
In partnership with NC State Alumni Career Services, we will provide weekly real-time podcasts on job search strategies, career management and exploration, leadership skills and retirement. Podcasts are recorded and housed as video-on-demand for 24/7 access.

Confessions of a Former Recruiter Teleseminar
Six weekly teleseminars (audio, no video) presented at 12:30 pm. Listen to executive recruiters share their secrets about résumés, interviewing, negotiating, using LinkedIn, getting through the online application process, and pet peeves. Click here for a sample of “Interview Confessions of a Former Recruiter.”

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.  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 Professional MBA Virtual CMC site.

MBA Student Association

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 5 to 6 p.m. at the RTP campus to mingle with MBASA and your fellow classmates!

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, 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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