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The Weekly Update – Professional and Online MBA: February 25, 2016

Program News & Announcements 

Professional and Online MBA Social: This Saturday at Nickelpoint Brewing

Join other professional and online MBA students for an event on 2/27 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Nickelpoint Brewing in Raleigh, organized by our PMBA Leadership Board! You should have received an EventBrite invitation; if not, email Brian Neal, Professional MBA student and Social Events Chair for the PMBA Board, at

Graduation Deadline Application is March 15th!!!

All students planning to graduate in the spring, you have some steps you need to take. Your deadline for completing the first two steps is Tuesday, March 15th. All the steps to graduate are detailed on the NCSU MBA website, (under Current Students/Graduation) along with a comprehensive list of FAQs.

Career Management Center

Professional Evening & Online MBA Job Search Bootcamp: February 27th

If you have 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 and will be held at the RTP campus on Saturday, February 27th from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP on JobLink if you are planning to attend.

Inside the Mind of an Executive Search Recruiter: Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Reception – March 18th, 6 – 8 pm

For a seasoned professional, Executive Search can advance your career and give you access to thousands of vacant positions in the hidden job market. But how do you connect with executive search consultants? How does the process work? Join the CMC for a panel discussion, Q&A, and networking featuring professionals from executive search firms who will discuss their work and share best practices of working with executive search. Panelists include Ingrid Sanchez, CEO,; Shawn Warren, Executive Recruiter, Ajilon Supply Chain and Logistics; and Cristen Vaughn, Accounting and Finance Consulting Services Director, Vaco Raleigh, LLC. This event will be held 3/18 from 6 – 8 pm in 1130 Nelson Hall, and is open to Jenkins Professional Evening and Professional Online MBAs and second-year full-time MBAs. Dress is business casual.

Student Clubs & Campus Events

Women in Leadership & Science: New Student Organization at NC State

Women in Leadership and Science (WILS) is a new graduate student organization dedicated to advancing women into leadership roles in the industry through building professional networks. They are hosting an informal lunch event on March 14th with Kristen Eads, Self-Service Delivery Specialist at GlaxoSmithKline, at the Frontier in RTP. For more information or to RSVP, please visit their website. Questions? Contact Madeline Cambo, President and Founder of WILS, at

Professional Events & Networking

Women’s Leadership Conference 2016: March 11th

Join hundreds of professional women at this half-day educational and networking conference which features a keynote from Claire Shipman. Shipman is a regular contributor on Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. She is the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers: “The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance – and What Women Need to Know” and “Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better.” The event will also offer a panel discussion and breakout sessions further exploring executive presence. The conference includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and book-signing. RSVP here by March 4th in order to attend.

Raleigh Chamber’s YPN Event: Professional Development through Volunteerism: March 24th – ONE TICKET LEFT

In today’s world, young professionals are so busy with their daily lives that it can be difficult to find time to volunteer and serve the community. Following a TED-style format, three dynamic speakers will:

  • Help you determine what volunteer and service opportunities best suit your career, personality, and interests
  • Explore the resources available to young professionals who want to volunteer or serve on boards
  • Share how community service and volunteerism have led to success in their own careers.

Speakers include Will Barfield, Frankel Staffing Partners; Allison Warren-Barbour, United Way of the Greater Triangle; and Cailin Williams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. RSVP to Claire Jefferies for your free ticket (limited availability) by March 17th. This event will be held at the PNC Arena on Thursday, 3/24 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

February 27: Women for Success Lift Benefit
February 27: Professional Evening & Online MBA Job Search Bootcamp
February 27: PMBA Networking Social at Nickelpoint Brewing
February 29: White People: A Documentary
March 2: Drop/Revision Deadline – last day to drop a course/withdraw, without a W grade!!
March 2: Well’s Fargo Speaker Bill McDermott of SAP
March 2 – 3: High Five Conference
March 4: Wolfpack Your Lunch: Strategic Thinking
March 5 – 6: Extended Moodle Maintenance
March 7 – 11: Spring Break – no classes
March 10 – 12: Raleigh Residency
March 11: Women’s Leadership Conference 2016
March 14: Women in Leadership & Science Event
March 24: YPN Event – Professional Development Through Volunteerism
March 25: Spring Holiday – no classes
April 26: Reading Day – no classes
April 27 – May 5: Final Exams
May 5: Jenkins MBA Graduation Reception
May 7: Spring Commencement

Meet a Jenkins MBA: The Weekly Spotlight 

Robert Terranova photo

Name: Rob Terranova, Jr., Professional Evening MBA
Employer & Job Title: Operations Officer, Navy Recruiting District Raleigh; Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Le Moyne College, B.S. in Finance and Marketing

Q: Tell us something we might be surprised to find out. 
A: I’ve been to over 50 countries for either work or adventure. I love to travel! I had to get a new passport because all the pages were full.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: Most fun I’ve had so far was actually during a Saturday elective – I know, right? A Saturday class; I must be out of my mind. All I can say is, take Dr. David Henard’s negotiating class. There are so many practical applications, such as negotiating your salary after you complete your MBA, or even just closing on a house or buying a new car!

Q: If you had five minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: There is a very distinct way to eat chicken wings! When my family moved to Buffalo, NY, I was relentlessly made fun of for eating chicken wings “the wrong way.” Unknowingly at the time, there is a way to wiggle the smaller bone out of the wing, followed by the larger bone. This leaves you with the entire wing to devour, not leaving any meat on the bone.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: Every action has a reaction; think about that before you cannonball into the pool, trying to make a splash!

Q: What’s your dream job or career goal? How is the Jenkins MBA program helping you get there?
A: My dream job has always been to become a general manager for a Major League Baseball team. Obtaining the Jenkins MBA will definitely boost my credentials when applying for entry-level programs and working my way up within a franchise.