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The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: January 7, 2016

Program News & Announcements

Jenkins MBA Family Basketball Party

The Jenkins MBA program and MBA Student Association (MBASA) will co-host a pre-game reception (food, hot and cold drinks, cash bar) in a heated tent on the South Plaza at PNC Arena prior to the NC State vs. Miami basketball game on Saturday, January 30th. To register for the event and to reserve your tickets, visit the EventBrite page – which also has more details. Hope to see you there!

Meet-up Groups for Online MBA Students

We are excited to announce two new student run meet-up groups for Jenkins MBA students, with events coming up in both Charlotte and in Wilmington. All of our MBA students who live in the area are welcome to attend – no RSVP necessary. These are casual events for our distance students to get together, network, and share ideas!

Wilmington Online MBA Meet-up
January 16th at 2 p.m.
Bombers Beverage Company -108 Grace St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Student Contact: Rachael Beatty at

Charlotte Online MBA Meet-up
January 16th at 4:30 p.m.
Firebirds – 6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28216
Student Contact: Harry Tidaback at

Looking to buy or sell an MBA textbook?

Or looking for the best deals on where to buy textbooks, according to your classmates? Check out this Google Doc for more information!

Moodle Updates & Maintenance Schedule for Spring ’16

The computers that provide Learning Technologies (WolfWare, WolfWare Classic, Blackboard Collaborate, Moodle, Mediasite) require periodic maintenance to perform optimally. Please see the WolfWare website here for scheduled maintenance windows for the spring ’16 semester, when these tools may experience periods of down time (meaning you may not be able to access your courses, especially online courses). Please make a note of these dates and plan accordingly!

Academic Advising

Welcome Back and Reminders

Welcome to our new students starting this spring, and welcome back to all of our returning students! As a general reminder, all of our Professional Evening students, both Main Campus and RTP, should contact Deborah Wilkins ( for advising assistance. All Professional Online students should contact Sarah Pickel ( for advising questions and help. We have also made many changes to our website over the past few months, so if you have general advising questions, it’s a great place to check for quick answers (specifically the Academic Advising and Policies and Procedures pages). The Academic Advising Syllabus is also a great reference point for information and important deadlines/dates.

Upcoming Dates to Remember: 
January 12th: Last day to add a course without permission of instructor
 January 20th: Census Day! Last day to enroll or add a course with instructor permission

Green Building Course at UNC Kenan-Flagler Open to Jenkins MBA Students

Dr. Christopher Wedding, who teaches MBA 855: Innovations in Green Building in the spring semester at UNC Kenan-Flagler, would like to invite Jenkins MBA students to join his graduate level class on green building strategy, business, and innovation. The class meets just three full days: Jan 15 (Friday), Jan 16 (Saturday), and Feb 5 (Friday), 9 am – 4:45 pm. Jenkins MBA students can contact Dr. Wedding for admission into the class at For a full course description, please contact your academic advisor.

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.

Career Management Center

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

When: Saturday, January 30th, 9 – 11 a.m.
Where: Nelson Hall 2406, NC State’s Main Campus
Register: Please RSVP on Joblink by 5 p.m. on January 28th, 2016 (please cancel at least 24 hours in advance if you can no longer 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

When: Saturday, January 23rd, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: RTP Campus, 1 Davis Drive
Register: Please RSVP on Joblink (events > workshops) by 5 p.m. January 21st (please cancel at least 24 hours in advance if you can no longer attend)

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.

Professional Events & Networking

Raleigh Chamber Young Professionals Network Event: Lessons From My Younger Self – January 21st, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., PNC Arena

Wouldn’t it be great to have a time machine? To be able to travel back in time and impart the lessons you now know to your younger self? Life doesn’t work that way, but there are things others’ experiences can teach us. Hear from Tim Guiliani, president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, as he shares his story and the lessons he’s learned along the way. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Claire Jefferies at by January 12th. These are available for free on a first come, first served basis.

 Poole College of Management Wells Fargo Executive Series – Greg Sheu, ABB

Please join the Poole College of Management for a talk from Greg Sheu, President of the Americas Region at ABB on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sheu will speak on the topic “Making the Workplace & Manufacturing Floor Smarter & More Efficient Through the Internet of Things.” This event is free, but registration is required to attend. For more information and to sign up, visit our website here.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

January 12: Last day to add course without instructor permission
January 16: Online MBA Meet-Up Groups in Wilmington & Charlotte
January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no classes
January 20: Last day to add a course with instructor permission
January 21: Raleigh YPN Event: Lessons From My Younger Self
January 23: Professional Evening & Online MBA Job Search Bootcamp
January 30: Workshop for International MBAs
January 30: NC State vs. Miami Basketball Game & Tailgate
March 2: Drop/Revision Deadline – last day to drop a course/withdraw, without a W grade
March 7 – 11: Spring Break – no classes
March 25: Spring Holiday – no classes
April 26: Reading Day – no classes
April 27 – May 5: Final Exams
May 7: Spring Commencement


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