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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: Nov. 19, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Calling All TA’s – Teaching Assistant Social

When: Friday, November 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Raleigh Brewing Co., 3709 Neil St., Raleigh NC
Register: Click here to RSVP
This event is for NC State grad students who teach, supervise, and mentor undergrads.  Come enjoy pizza, beer, and conversation, organized by the University Graduate Student Association’s Teaching Effectiveness Committee. Click the link above to RSVP.

Internship Opportunities 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 one of two projects, both of which involve wind energy supply and/or economic development with regard to wind energy.  The SEWC promotes wind energy by educating local officials and providing sound, data driven information to answer questions local communities may have about wind power.  Contact Katharine Kollins, SEWC President ( by Friday, November 20th if you’re interested in learning more about 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 Has Begun

If you have not yet registered for Spring 2016 classes, please do so as soon as possible.  Students registering 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.

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.

New Class for Spring – MBA 590.003 Data Driven Decision Making

The MBA Program has added MBA 590.003, Data Driven Decision Making with Professor Kowolenko for Spring 2016. It is a combined section with the Computer Science Department and will be taught on Centennial Campus on T/H from 1:30 – 2:45. Please direct any questions about this course to your academic adviser.

Professional Events & Networking

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 discussion, with Jenkins MBA students Debra Mehta and Lauren McGuire joining professionals to 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

Congratulations to Your New Student Organization Leaders!

MBA Student Association
President:  Gavin Hough
Vice President:  Amanda Cox

Women in Business Club:
Co-Presidents:  Debra Mehta and Ritika Bhatnagar
Vice President (Communication):  Katie Rosier

Marketing Club:
Co-Chairs:  Mounika Dayyala and Kevin Tilley

Call for Nominations: MBA Finance Club

It’s time for the MBA Finance Club’s current leaders to step down and a new team of visionaries to take the club to the next level! Students accomplished a significant amount of work during the last year, co-sponsoring a symposium with the International Society of Tropical Foresters and hosting a fantasy stock portfolio competition. New leadership has plenty of opportunities to reach new heights. Nominations are open for three club positions:  President and two Vice President positions.

Please send your nominations to Rafe Estevez at by Wednesday November 25th. Be sure to include both the name(s) of the person(s) you’re nominating and the position you’re nominating them for.  Voting will be open during the following week.

Plants vs. MBAs! – Finance Club Service Event

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.

Talk MBA Marketing with Jenkins 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.

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight

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NAME:   Theresa Gibson
TITLE:   Jenkins Professional MBA; Project Manager, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University
HOMETOWN:  Oakfield, NY
PREVIOUS DEGREES:  B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Math Education, Buffalo State University

Q:  Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out!
I’m the youngest of 11 children!

Q:  What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
I participated in last year’s MBA Leadership Coaching pilot program.  I had a personal coach whom I met with monthly, who helped me with my career strategy and gave me resources – he was a great sounding board!  Taking the time each month to reflect on my progress and goals was really important.

Q:  What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
“There’s always more to learn!”  This advice came from my prior boss when I was a program manager, and it keeps me grounded. There’s always somebody more expert than you that you should be collaborating with.

Q:  What’s your favorite “comfort food,” and when do you like to make & enjoy it?
Homemade bread. I like to make it when it’s cold out – it’s a comfort food because it reminds me of my mother, and the cold reminds me of my origins in Buffalo. It’s kind of a nostalgic thing.

Q:  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Did that wish play a role in shaping your career? – if so, how?
I wanted to be a doctor.  I always knew I wanted a career that was saliently helping people.  I ultimately chose education over medicine because, ultimately, I think I have an impact on more people working at the Friday Institute.

Q:  What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
A:  I’d actually like to evaluate the use of funds in education – perhaps working for a university, or in K-12 at the district or state level. The MBA meshes my skills as a project manager and as an educator really well. It takes my skill set and applies it to an area where there’s a real need in education.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

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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