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The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: December 17, 2015

Program News & Announcements

Looking to buy or sell an MBA textbook?

Based on a student recommendation, Claire Jefferies has created this Google Doc for anyone who wants to buy or sell a textbook for a Jenkins MBA course.

Consumer Innovation Consortium Seeking African American Female Millennials for Research

The Consumer Innovation Consortium is looking for African American female millennials (36 and under) to assist with ethnographic research for a partner company. The optimal candidate is available at NC State on most Thursdays from 10 – 11:15 for class sessions, plus a few additional daytime hours for meetings with companies, team members, and training workshops Phone/Skype permitted when possible. For more information about the CIC and its 3-credit research practicum please contact Dr. Colbey Reid at

Student & Academic Engagement

Calling all Professional Evening & Online Students With 25 Credit Hours

If you are a professional evening or professional online student who has completed 25 of your 39 required credits for your MBA degree, please note that the first two weeks of the spring semester you will be hearing from your academic advisor. The purpose of this outreach is to do a preliminary degree audit to ensure that you are on track to complete your degree on time and to ensure you are taking all the courses you need in order to graduate. Please be on the look out for this communication and note that you will be required to follow up with your advisor before March registration in order to have your advising hold lifted for Summer and Fall ’16. Your advisor will provide additional context and details next semester.

Let us hear from you:  Student & Academic Engagement Survey

Please take a few minutes to tell your Student & Academic Engagement team – Claire Jefferies, Sarah Pickel, and Deborah Waller Wilkins – how we’re doing and where we can improve. We’re also collecting data on concentrations to help faculty better plan for course offerings in future semesters. Please take a moment to fill out the survey – and please be honest, your responses are anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to help us serve you better.

Career Management Center

Fall 2015 CMC events are winding down, but save the dates for two live workshop training events in January:

Increase Leadership Effectiveness by Improving Relationships with U.S. Co-Workers:
Live workshop for international Professional and Full-Time MBAs

When: Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Nelson Hall 2406, Main Campus
Register: Please RSVP on Joblink by 5 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2016
(Please cancel at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend)

Business school not only teaches hard business function skills, but soft leadership and management skills as well.   Work success isn’t only about doing excellent work, but managing how you relate to your coworkers and others in your company. Managers in U.S. work environments must be proficient in relationship skills in order to be effective.

This workshop, taught by Helene Bumbalo, recognized expert in demystifying business management and soft skills for international students, will address relationship skill best practices necessary to make fellow co-workers, employees, and external business contacts comfortable with your leadership.  This workshop will teach you:

  1. What reputation and network have to do with your success
  2. How word choices and intonation patterns may be undermining your authority
  3. Habits to develop that make you relevant to your team

Professional Evening & Online MBA Job Search Bootcamp

If you have now reached a point in your MBA career where you need advice on job hunting, interviewing, resume writing, or any other job hunt related help, this is the event for you! The CMC will discuss what services they provide to professional students as well as cover what to expect out of the corporate recruiting cycle. This event is exclusively for Professional Evening & Professional Online MBA students.

When: Saturday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: RTP Campus
Register: Please RSVP on Joblink (events > workshops) by 5 pm, Thursday
January 21st, 2016
(Please cancel at least 24 hours in advance if you must)

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