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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: January 28, 2016

Program News & Announcements

MBA Family Basketball Party Reminder

We look forward to seeing you at Saturday’s MBA Family Basketball Party, starting at 1 p.m. on the South Plaza of the PNC Center. You’re welcome to drop by the tent even if you did not RSVP in advance. If you have confirmed tickets, you should have already received an email from the MBA Office with details about picking up your tickets. Please be sure to claim them at the tent by 3 pm. Tickets not claimed by 3 pm will be distributed to a waitlist. We have secured a large screen TV and will keep the heated tent open (and stocked with food) for the duration of the game. Parking is $10. Any questions should be directed to Claire Jefferies at Look forward to seeing you there!

Consumer Innovation Practicum – Apply Now for Fall 2016

The NC State Consumer Innovation Consortium is accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Consumer Innovation Practicum now through March 15th. The purpose of the CIC is to build an academic-corporate partnership that serves to disseminate cutting-edge consumer research to assist firms in consumer-centric product innovation processes, and to provide a new generation of uniquely-trained business graduates who combine strategic consumer behavior knowledge with innovative research and design techniques.

If you have questions about the CIP, email Dr. Colbey Reid, To request an application form, e-mail Dave Knospe,

Reminder: Sustainability Track in 2016 Lulu E-Games

If you’re developing a new idea or working on a startup, you’re encouraged to enter the university’s annual startup competition called the Lulu eGames. The Lulu eGames awards cash prizes along with in-kind awards, such as a year-long community membership to HQ Raleigh. In addition to the prizes, it’s a great opportunity to get feedback on your startup from leading entrepreneurs across the country. This year the competition features a new B Corp Champions Challenge with $9K in cash and prizes for sustainable ventures promoting social and environmental change. To learn more about each track, how to enter the competition and have your questions answered, please visit

B the Change: NC State B Corp Clinic Spring 2016 Launch

Join the NC State Poole College Business Sustainability Collective on Friday, February 5th from 2:30 – 4 p.m. for the launch of the spring 2016 edition of NC State’s B Corp Clinic. This program is designed to connect students to aspiring B Corporations, including local entrepreneurs. The B Corp Clinic offers students hands-on consulting experience and the chance to learn about B Corporations, social and environmental impact assessment, and sustainable business models. Learn more about the event and get tickets here. Learn about how the Fall 2015 B Corp Clinic went here.

Academic Advising

Reminder: 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.

Reminder: Plan of Work Due March 1st for Full-Time Students

All First Year Full-Time MBA students 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

Register Now for the 2016 Carolina MBA Connection Networking Event

Join Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Wake Forest University’s School of Business for the 2016 Carolina MBA Connection Networking Event on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the RTP Headquarters’ Conference Center. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet key business partners in the North Carolina area – some of the companies registered to attend include Hanesbrands, Merz North America, Reynolds American, and The Redwoods Group. For registration information and details, please visit the Carolina MBA Connection website.

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.

Student Clubs & Club Events

Join the Finance Club at Sky Zone Raleigh – Wednesday, February 10th

Come jump the night away with the Finance Club at Sky Zone Raleigh Indoor Trampoline Park on Wednesday, February 10th! Enjoy the wall-to-wall trampoline action while taking dives into the foam pit, playing a fun game of 3-D Dodgeball, or bouncing around in the open jump area. It’s College Night and admission is only $5 per person. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Questions? Please email Chandan Dash at

Professional Events & Networking

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.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

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 24: 2016 Carolina MBA Connection Networking Event
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 

Majka, Jenn

Name: Jennifer Majka
Employer & Job Title: Full-time Jenkins MBA, Marketing Concentration
Hometown: Johnson City, NY
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Human Development, Binghmaton University

Q: Tell us something about yourself that we might be surprised to find out.
A: I was born and raised in Upstate NY and never learned to ski.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: Consumer Behavior – it was such a great class! I encourage everyone to take it, even if you aren’t a marketing concentration. It will totally change the way you shop and experience marketing/advertising as a consumer.

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: The basic steps to Salsa dancing; it’s a good thing to have in your back pocket.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: When things are crazy and life gets in the way, be sure to make time for family and friends, even if it’s just a five-minute phone call or meeting for a drink. Our friends and family are the people that keep us grounded and allow us to let loose and enjoy life, and it’s great to be able to do that during stressful times.

Q: What’s your favorite song to cheer you up, get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?
A: Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close.” This song hasn’t left my gym playlist since it came out!

Q: What’s your dream job/career goal? 
A: To own a winery in Napa Valley.