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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: Nov. 12, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Internship Opportunity with the Southeastern Wind Coalition

The Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) is specifically seeking Jenkins MBA student(s) to commit about 5 hours per week to work on the two projects described below during the academic year:

1) Economic Development Potential: The SEWC will be releasing a wind energy supply chain map in the coming weeks. This map contains data on companies currently involved in wind energy across the southeast.  The SEWC would like to continue filling in gaps by contacting companies that should be on the map, but may not have yet filled out their profile.  Second, we would like to leverage this initial map by creating fact sheets that can be used in discussions with policy makers and economic development officials to demonstrate the positive economic impacts of the wind energy supply chain.
2) Wind Energy Development:  There are a number of companies currently involved in early stage wind farm permitting and development in both North Carolina as well as Virginia, Kentucky, and other Southeastern states.  These are long-term processes and involve numerous discussions with a variety of stakeholders, including economic development officials, county commissioners, state policy makers, and others.  SEWC plays a role by educating local officials and providing sound, data driven information to answer questions local communities may have about wind power.

Contact Katharine Kollins, President of SEWC ( by Friday, November 20th if you’re interested in either of these opportunities.

Summer Study Abroad Course in Munich – Registration Deadline is December 1st

The deadline for Innovation and Marketing Systems in Munich is December 1st. Dr. Jon Bohlmann is leading this trip and is faculty instructor for this 3-credit course. More information about Munich can be found on the MBA website and the NCSU study abroad website.

Academic Advising

Late Registration Begins Tuesday, Nov. 17

If you have not yet registered for Spring 2016 classes, please do so as soon as possible.  Students who register on or after Tuesday, November 17 will be assessed a $100 non-refundable late enrollment fee.  Please review this page for important details on Spring 2016 registration.

Before registering, all full-time students must review the academic advising syllabus and, after reading it,  sign the Academic Advising Contract Form confirming that you have read and understand expectations. Your advising hold for spring will not be lifted, and you will not be able to register for Spring 2016 courses, until you have completed and submitted this form.

For information on advising holds,  individual appointment availability, drop-in advising hours, course schedules, and registration information, please visit the Spring 2016 Advising and Registration page on our website.

Career Management Center

 Conversation with Steve Zelnak – Q&A and Networking Opportunity

When:  Thursday, November 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Carol Johnson Poole Club House, 1509 Main Campus Drive,
NC State University Centennial Campus
Register: Click here to RSVP via JobLink
eadline to RSVP is 11:59 p.m. on November 17
Dress code is Business Casual

The Poole College of Management Development Office and the Jenkins CMC present “A Conversation with Steve Zelnak,” featuring Ira R. Weiss, Dean and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr., Chair, Poole College of Management, interviewing Steve Zelnak, retired CEO and Chairman of Martin Marietta Materials. After a brief conversation with Dean Weiss, Steve Zelnak will open the floor for questions and discussion with students.

At this event, mingle with fellow MBA’s over wine and cheese, and learn from a former chairman and chief executive officer and current entrepreneur. Meet one of North Carolina’s most successful business leaders, Steve Zelnak, Jr. and hear directly from Steve about his career path, his experience managing and growing a multi-million dollar global company through significant changes and challenges, and his newest role as a serial entrepreneur, growing new businesses in different sectors of industry. Bring your questions – he is excited to talk with you!

About Steve Zelnak, Jr. – Steve Zelnak is non-executive Chairman and former CEO (retired) of Martin Marietta Materials, a leading producer of construction aggregates, dolomitic lime, and magnesia chemicals. Mr. Zelnak served as CEO of the company from 1993 to 2010 and was responsible for taking the company public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994.

Professional Events & Networking

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with Speed Networking!

When: Monday, November 17, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Port City Java Student Commons, Nelson Hall 2nd Floor
Register: Click here for details and RSVP

Come meet one-on-one with Triangle-based social entrepreneurs. Find out what is involved in creating a business with social impact. Join us at 4:30 for speed networking, then stay for the reception starting at 5:30 pm. This event is a collaboration between the NC State Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative and the NC State Social Entrepreneurship Initiative. See the link above for more details and to RSVP.

Join the Business Sustainability Collaborative (BSC) for Sustainable Spirits Raleigh!

When: Tuesday, November 17, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Circa 1888, 412 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC
Register: Click here for details and RSVP

Sustainable Spirits is a monthly gathering for professionals interested in sustainable business. Join the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative, the NC Composting Council, Swinerton Builders, the NC Triangle Chapter of US Green Building Council and Circa 1888 for the last Sustainable Spirits event of 2015!  Free appetizers will be provided by LoveFoodRaleigh (founded by a Poole College alum) and there will be a cash bar, with 10% of the sales going to the NCSU Compost Training Facility. See the link above for details and to RSVP.

BSC Conversations: Can Luxury Brands Be Sustainable?

When: Thursday, November 19, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Talley Student Union, NC State
Register: Click here for details and RSVP

Can luxury brands be sustainable? Find out on November 19th when the Jenkins Global Luxury Management program and the Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative host a conversation with Francine Espinoza Petersen, Associate Professor of Marketing, European School of Management and Technology and Nancy Cassill, Professor in the NC State College of Textiles and Director of the Poole College Global Luxury Management program.  This event is hosted by the GLM program and the BSC.  Click the link above for more details and to RSVP.

Women in Business Meet-Up with Red Hat

When: Friday, November 20, 4 to 5:30 pm
Where: The Annex, 190 East Davie Street Raleigh, NC
Register: Click here to register via EventBrite

Associates from Red Hat will host the first Women in Business Meet-Up at NC State University. This will be the first of a series of events held on a quarterly basis as a way to connect business students with mentors in the industry. A variety of different topics will be discussed at these meet-ups with a variety of activities to help students develop skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. The first event will feature a panel of students and professionals who will discuss the current state of women in business, the importance of increasing the number of women who work in this field, and tips for finding the job of your dreams. For more information, please contact Morgan Goettge, NC State alumna and Red Hat associate, at or Jasleen Kaur, MBA student, at Please register using the EventBrite link above.

Student Clubs & Events

Vote for Co-Chairs of the Marketing Club!

Marketing Club Elections are open through 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, 11/13).  Please click here to vote for the next co-chairs of the Marketing Club.

Volunteers needed!  Help the Supply Chain Club support Habitat for Humanity

When: Saturday November 14th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
Where: Habitat for Humanity Donation Center
Register: Click here to register

Volunteers are still needed to help the Supply Chain Club volunteer at Habitat for Humanity’s Donation Center on Saturday, 11/14 .  Students can help with a variety of tasks, including helping customers,  unloading items from trucks, and prepare the sales floor.  Click the link above to sign up.  Volunteers must be over 18.   For further details, e-mail Lauren McGuire, Supply Chain Club President, at

Marketing Club Q&A with Jenkins MBA Alum Janelle Tracy

When: Monday, November 23, 4 p.m.
Where: Cup A Joe, 3100 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
Register: Click here to RSVP

Join the Marketing Club as we welcome back one of our favorite alums – former Marketing Club Co-Chair Janelle Tracy.  Janelle is a Jenkins MBA ’15 grad who is now working as a Category Marketing Manager at Target. She has graciously agreed to meet with our marketing students for an informal discussion on all things career and Target.  Please click the link above to RSVP.

MBA Finance Club Service Event: Combat Invasive Plants!

When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Fallon Park, 2406 Oxford Drive Raleigh, NC 27608
(Please park along the road.)
Register: Click here to sign up

Come save the world from invasive plants and get a workout doing it! The MBA Finance Club is hosting its service event on Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. We will be helping the City of Raleigh with an invasive plant project at Fallon Park. Invasive plants are a serious issue. They replace native plants in their natural environment and can lower the quality of wildlife habitat if left unchecked.  We will meet as a group at the picnic shelter.  

Important:  All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (such as work boots or tennis shoes) and long-sleeved shirts and pants. Also, each participant will need to complete a release form before beginning work on the 21st.

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight

Kierstead, Andrew

NAME:   Andrew Kierstead
TITLE:   First-year full-time Jenkins MBA
HOMETOWN:   Newtown, PA (“30 minutes outside that place that’s always sunny”)
PREVIOUS DEGREES: University of South Carolina, M.S. in Biological Sciences; College of New Jersey, B.S. in Biological Sciences

Q: Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out.
A: One time at the beach when I was really young, I took a huge bite out of a washed-up jellyfish.

Q: What’s the most fun and enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
A: Dr. Gilroy Zuckerman! He’s a very wise man with lots of good advice. He goes through an ample number of problems in class that have practical applications. I have saved $5 on my electricity bill because of him. He’s also hilarious. A Survey of Accounting course couldn’t be fun and informative at the same time with anyone else.

Q: If you could have any superpower you wanted, which one would it be?
A: Force Lightning.  I think tooth decay is an unfortunate side effect, though.
(Editor’s Note:  If you never watched the original Star Wars trilogy, do a Google Image search for “Emperor Palpatine lightning” and you’ll see what he’s talking about.)

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
How light works. When you look into the sky (or anywhere), you look into the past. The moon you see is really the moon from about 1 second ago; the sun, from about 8 minutes ago; and the closest possible star around four years ago.

Q: What’s your dream job / career goal? How is the MBA helping you get there?
A: I see an MBA as a means to achieving medium-term goals. I would like to get into capital budgeting and asset management for a biotech company. It would be a really fun way to use my science experience with what I am learning studying finance. In the long term, I want to retire young and open a Christmas tree farm and pizza parlor. It’d be especially cool to have a huge tree that I could make a tree house around and make the pizza parlor in the tree house. Our first semester-classes certainly provide good background knowledge needed to maintain a small business.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

November 13 – Innovative Women’s Conference
November 14 – Supply Chain Club service event
November 17 – Late Registration begins ($100 fee)
November 17 – Global Entrepreneurship Speed Networking Event
November 19 – Lessons from a CEO with Steve Zelnak (RSVP on JobLink by Nov. 17)
November 19 – YPN: Analytics, Big Data, and the Internet of Things
November 19 – BSC Conversations: Can Luxury Brands Be Sustainable?
November 20 – Women in Business Meet-Up with Red Hat
November 21 – MBA Finance Club service event
November 21 – MBA Marketing Club Q&A with Janelle Tracy ’15
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, 1887 Bistro, Talley Student Union
December 18 – Fall 2015 Graduation


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