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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: March 24, 2016

Program News & Announcements 

Excel Level 2 Training at McKimmon Center: Two Slots Left

There are two slots left for Excel Level 2 Training at the McKimmon Center – one on April 1st and one on April 8th. If you are interested in attending, please email Claire Jefferies at ASAP. These spaces will be given to the first two students to respond. In your email, you should indicate if you are interested in 4/1, 4/8, or either. For more information on this course, see last week’s update.

Share Your Pictures for the Graduation Reception!

In the next two weeks, an invitation will go out to all students graduating this semester with details for our spring ’16 graduation reception on Thursday, May 5th at the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse on Centennial Campus. This is a great event and we encourage students to attend with their spouses/significant others and/or family members. We also encourage students to submit photos from their time in the program for a slideshow. Please email any photos (from class, events, volunteering, study abroad, etc.) to Ritika Bhatnagar at by Monday, April 18th.

Maintenance to Impact OIT Services April 2 – 3

The Office of Information Technology will perform extended maintenance affecting multiple core components of NC State’s primary data centers from 6 a.m. Saturday, April 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Services impacted include MyPack Portal, WolfPrint services, and Virtual Computing Lab services. Please plan accordingly!

Academic Advising

Key Dates and Advising Information

  • March 22: Summer registration opens at 9 a.m.
  • Mid-April: Fall registration opens. Exact date TBA, but this is later than usual. Registration will open for all MBA students at the same time.
  • Late registration for fall begins July 20th, so you will have about two months to register for classes prior to the late registration period.

For additional details about summer and fall registration or to book an appointment for summer advising with your academic advisor, please visit the MBA website.

Career Management Center

New International Student Recruitment Page on NCSU MBA Website

The CMC is excited to share a new page on our website dedicated to recruiting international students that helps employers and students understand more about navigating the international hiring process. Please take a moment to check it out – and share your feedback if you have comments or suggestions.

Campus & Student Club Events

Volunteer with MBA Service Corps at Umstead State Park: April 8 – 9

The MBA Service Corps has planned two upcoming volunteer events to help with invasive species removal and general trail maintenance at Umstead State Park in Raleigh for Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th. The Saturday volunteer event has been added in the hopes that there will be a diverse mix of full-time, online, and evening students in attendance. If you are interested, please RSVP below:

April is Financial Literacy Month at NC State

Dollars and Sense at NC State is sponsoring a variety of events and activities to help our campus community establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Events are free and open to all students, faculty, and staff. Check out their website for a calendar of April events!

Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative

Free Registration for NC State Students to Attend Environmental Tech Summit

Join environmental professionals and software/hardware developers at the first Environmental Tech Summit on April 11th at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh. The Summit will inspire the next generation of techno-environmental professionals by exploring commercially available technologies. Hear from keynote Nicholas Albergo (GHD Services, founder and CEO of HSA Engineers & Scientists) as well as representatives from ESC Lab Sciences, Duke University, Rutgers University, Souther Environmental Law Center, Smashing Boxes, and many more. NC State students can use the code NCSUETS2016 to receive complimentary registration.

Professional Events & Networking

SwitchPoint Conference: April 21 – 22

SwitchPoint is an annual conference held in Saxapahaw, NC, where humanitarian innovation, global health, and technology collide. If you have big ideas for greater global good – or want to discover the next big idea – you can’t afford to miss it. SwitchPoint’s speakers are building medical devices out of broken toys, using drones and 3D printers to save lives, creating innovation hubs, crowdsourcing crisis response, driving policy, shaping investment, and mapping everything. The conference schedule is two days of powerful stage talks, hands-on microlabs, interactive networking, mentoring sessions, field trips, great food, and live performances. For more information or to register, visit SwitchPoint’s website at

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March 25: Spring Holiday – no classes
April 1: Excel Level 2 Training
April 8: Excel Level 2 Training
April 11: Environmental Tech Summit
April 21 – 22: SwitchPoint Conference
April 21: 8th Annual Student Leadership and Innovation Showcase
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 

Lauren McGuire

Name: Lauren McGuire, 2nd Year Full-Time MBA Student
Employer & Job Title: Graduate Assistant, Poole College of Management
Hometown: White Plains, NY
Previous Degrees & Institutions: B.S. in Mathematical Decision Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: The Global Trendspotting class which was a week in London with Dr. Colbey Reid. It was a great way to experience the city and see things that you don’t usually get to see as a tourist. If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend taking one of the international courses.

Q: If you had five minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: I would teach someone how to throw a Frisbee in five minutes. Disc golf is becoming a really popular activity and it’s a relaxing way to get outdoors and hang with friends. The best part might be that it is considered exercise!

Q: What’s your favorite comfort food, and when do you like to make & enjoy it? 
A: Having family from New Orleans, my mom would make a nice pot of gumbo for the holidays (usually Thanksgiving). While I am not a good enough cook to make it myself, I always like to come home in November and be able to sit at the table and enjoy a few bowls with family.

Q: What’s your favorite song to cheer you up get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?
A: This is so difficult for me to pick, but the first song that came to mind was “Good Day” by Nappy Roots. I can’t listen to the song without cracking a little smile and dancing.

Q: What’s your dream job/career goal? How is the Jenkins MBA helping you get there?
A: One day, I would love to work towards improving business processes for an international firm so that I could have the opportunity to live and work abroad. My MBA is helping me learn how to look at the business operations and identify ways to improve internal processes, while also providing me with a larger picture of how all of the departments work together to achieve business objectives.

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