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The Weekly Update – Professional and Online MBA: January 21, 2016

Program News & Announcements

Safety Notice – Adverse Weather

NC State University classes scheduled for Friday, January 22nd are cancelled, and university offices will be closed. The adverse weather policy is available here. Please visit the NC State home page at for updates. Stay safe and warm!

Jenkins MBA Family Basketball Party – Tickets Sold Out

UPDATE: TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT TO THE BASKETBALL GAME. If you requested tickets, you should have received a confirmation of your tickets or an email letting you know you are on the waitlist. Please note that this is only for actual basketball tickets to the game itself and does not impact RSVP’s to the pre-game tailgate. We have secured a large-screen TV and will keep the heated tent open (and stocked with food) for the duration of the game. Any questions, please direct to Claire Jefferies at Look forward to seeing you there!

Learn Solar Project Development This Spring

NC State University’s NC Clean Energy Technology Center is offering a 50% discount to NCSU students to take the Certificate in Renewable Energy Management (CREM) program. An online and onsite program, this 40-hour non-credit course will cover topics on the technology, policy, and financial considerations needed to develop a clean energy project. Register with the 50% discount at Learn more about the CREM program here. Dates: February 4 – March 11th. Contact for more information.

Academic Advising

Add/Drop Deadlines

The deadline to add any classes for the Spring 2016 semester is now past. If you have extenuating circumstances beyond your control that necessitate a course add, please contact your advisor to discuss. The deadline to drop a class is Wednesday, March 2nd. You will be able to drop your class in MyPack Portal up until this date. However, you are encouraged to contact your advisor to make sure dropping a class will not delay your progression through the program.

NOTE: While the drop deadline is March 2nd, any class dropped during this time will no longer be eligible for a refund due to a reduction in hours.

Attention Graduating Students

All students who have met their hours for graduation by the end of Spring 2016 should have received an email from their advisor regarding steps needed to graduate this semester. Please check your email for the required steps and complete by the March 15th deadline. If you believe you have met your hours but have not received an email, please contact your advisor for directions.

Plan of Work Due March 1st for Students with 25+ Hours

All Professional Evening and Online students who have completed at least 25 hours in the MBA program are required to submit their plan of work before Fall/Summer registration begins. Please check your email from your advisor and complete by March 1st to ensure your advising hold is removed before registration starts.

Career Management Center

Poole College of Management Career & Internship Fair – Spring 2016

The PCOM Career and Internship Fair will be held on Friday, February 5th from 10 – 3 pm at the McKimmon Center at NC State. A list of attending employers can be found here; note that each employer indicates what majors they are recruiting for, so be sure to look for MBA to see if the companies you are interested in are interested in you!

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)

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 what reputation and network have to do with your success, how word choices and intonation may be undermining your authority, and 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.

Student Clubs & Club Events

Help the MBASA Executive Board Plan Activities

As the MBASA Executive Board plans its semester of activities, the Board hopes that you can take a few minutes to fill out a survey concerning the types of events that should be offered. The survey link is here; please respond by Wednesday, January 27th. Thanks for your help as the board tries to create an MBASA that best serves all of our students.

NCSU’s NAWMBA Chapter Wants Your Help!

Women for Success is holding a fundraiser at Citrix called the Lift Benefit on 2/27 from 7 – 11 p.m. on the Citrix rooftop in downtown Raleigh. This is Women for Success’s largest fundraising benefit of the year; this year they are attempting to raise $10,000 for Dress for Success – Triangle. NCSU’s National Association of Women MBA’s Chapter is seeking volunteers to help with the event. Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering your time. Benefits: networking, warm fuzzy feelings, and free admission to the benefit (donations are still welcome).

Professional Events & Networking

January Mix & Mingle with e51 and SoarTriangle: January 21st, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Did your New Year’s resolutions include networking? Ellevate NC Triangle‘s first Mix-and-Mingle of 2016, held at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, promises to be an exciting event. Co-hosted with e51 and SoarTriangle, this networking event brings together a diverse group of women in the Triangle who are interested in connecting and catalyzing the local community for professional women. Click here for registration information.

Poole College of Management Wells Fargo Executive Series – Greg Sheu, ABB: January 27th, 4:30 p.m

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.

Book Release Event – The Patient Revolution: How Big Data and Analytics are Transforming the Healthcare Experience with Krisa Tailor, NC State MBA Alumna & Healthcare Industry Consultant at SAS: Feb. 4th at HQ Raleigh

Come out for a book release party for Krisa Tailor‘s new book, The Patient Revolution: How Big Data and Analytics are Transforming the Healthcare Experience. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres and network with the local healthcare community. Registration and additional information about the book, Krisa, and the event can be found here.

WolfPack Your Lunch Series – Think Like A Designer: Feb. 5th at Hunt Library

Do you like solving problems? Would you like to make sure your solutions have impact? Or do you have an idea for a new product or service and want to test its market appeal? Join Dr. Leigh Shamblin to learn about the design process and practice human-centered design in action. This is a hands-on session, so be prepared to participate! Click here for registration and parking information.

The Physics of Football: February 8th, 6:30 p.m.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is excited to announce “The Goodnight Scholars Program Presents: Ainissa Ramirez” scheduled for Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Talley Student Union Stewart Theater. Dr. Ramirez, a science evangelist, co-author of “Newton’s Football,” and former associate professor at Yale University, will explore the science behind America’s Game in her presentation “The Physics of Football.” Combining her mastery of science with her love for the game, Dr. Ramirez will use empirical evidence and witty humor to address the complex evolution of modern football. Fans of the gridiron or scientific research will find Dr. Ramirez’s narrative compelling and entertaining, resulting in a new appreciation of the relationship between science and athletics. More information is available at

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

January 21: Ellevate NC Triangle’s Mix and Mingle
January 23:
Job Search Boot Camp
January 27:
Wells Fargo Speaker Event: Greg Sheu of ABB
January 30: Workshop for International MBAs
January 30: NC State vs. Miami Basketball Game & Tailgate
February 4: Book Release Event @ HQ Raleigh with NC State MBA Alumna
February 5: WolfPack Your Lunch: Think Like a Designer
February 5: PCOM Career & Internship Fair
February 8: The Physics of Football
February 27: Women for Success Lift Benefit
March 2: Drop/Revision Deadline – last day to drop a course/withdraw, without a W grade
March 7 – 11: Spring Break – no classes
March 10 – 12: Raleigh Residency
March 25: Spring Holiday – no classes
April 26: Reading Day – no classes
April 27 – May 5: Final Exams
May 7: Spring Commencement

Meet a Jenkins MBA: The Weekly Spotlight 

Karnofsky, Jon

Name: Jon Karnofsky, Professional MBA – RTP
Employer & Job Title: Atlantic BT – Application Architect
Hometown: Guilford, CT; Currently lives in Raleigh
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Computer Science, University of Florida

Q: Tell us something about yourself that we might be surprised to find out.
A: I have acted in many community theatre plays and musicals in the area. I’ve been the lead actor in shows such as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; It’s a Wonderful Life; and The Full Monty. I’m also currently on the board of directors of Cary Players Community Theatre.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: I think the Decision Analytics class with Dr. Stonebraker has been my most enlightening part of the program. I have a math and science background, and knowing there are logical, quantitative methods that can be applied to complex business decisions involving multi-million dollar projects was both surprising and reassuring.

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: Likely it would involve trying to demystify some of how websites and web applications work. Or, maybe some of the incredible cloud technologies that are available, useful, and in some ways critical for business.

Q: Suppose someone offered you a week’s vacation anywhere on Earth – all expenses paid, no cost to you. Where would you go, and what would you want to see/experience while you’re there? 
A: I’d very much like to visit Japan. The current day culture appears to be so vastly different from our own, and what little exposure I have to it appeals to me. I’d like to be immersed and learn. I’d also love to see some the ancient architecture and landscape in person.

Q: What’s your favorite song to cheer you up, get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?
A: For cheering up or facing the day, currently I’d have to say the “Some Nights” album by Fun, or “Vessel” by Twenty-One Pilots. For getting pumped up, I’d go with Cage the Elephant’s self-titled album.

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