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The Weekly Update – Professional and Online MBA: March 31, 2016

Program News & Announcements 

Excel Level 2 Training: Two Slots Available for Tomorrow, April 1st!

Due to last minute cancellations, there are two slots available for tomorrow’s Excel Level 2 Training at the McKimmon Center.  If you are interested in attending, please email Claire Jefferies at ASAP. These spaces will be given to the first two students to respond.

New Interest Group: Families of Kids with Special Needs

A new interest group is forming for the NC State community, including staff, students, and faculty. Families of Kids with Special Needs will share strategies and stories to provide support and resources to one another. In addition, speakers from the greater community will be invited to bring information about the services they can provide. Please mark your calendar for an event with a guest speaker on Thursday, April 14th from noon – 1 p.m. in the 1911 Building on NC State’s campus, Room 129. Feel free to bring your lunch.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be included in all future notices about group gatherings, contact Deb Luckadoo at or Crissy Williams-Brown at

Academic Advising

Important Update: Registration Restrictions

Please note that registration restrictions for online classes will be removed on Monday, April 4th at 8 a.m., NOT at noon as was stated in the last update. Online students, be sure to register for classes between now and then to reserve your spot. Professional evening students, there are limited seats available to non-online students for summer courses, so be sure to check MyPack Portal on Monday morning if you need to register for an online course. Questions? Contact your academic advisor.

Campus & Student Club Events

MBASA Event with Durham Bulls: Saturday, April 9

The MBASA has secured 80 tickets to the Durham Bulls game on Saturday, August 9th at 5:05 p.m. against the Charlotte Knights. This event is open to all dues paying MBASA members. Each member is allowed two tickets for the price of $6.50 per ticket, and the MBASA encourages as many people to sign up by Friday, April 1st as possible in order to flex tickets accordingly. Please use this link to sign up, or email Jenn Majka at with questions.

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:

Volunteer with MBA Service Corps at the Raleigh Rock N Roll Marathon: April 10

The MBA Service Corps invites you to serve our community at the Raleigh Rock N Roll Marathon on Sunday, April 10th. The group will be helping to maintain a water station near the intersection of Gorman Street and Avent Ferry Road from 7 a.m. – noon. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email Kaitlyn Sutton at for directions and how to sign up.

Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative

BSC Conversation: How Will the B Corporation Movement Transform Global Business?: April 12

Join the Business Sustainability Collaborative at HQ Raleigh on Tuesday, April 12th from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for the next BSC Conversation featuring Dr. Joel Gehman, University of Alberta’s Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization and Dr. Rosanna Garcia, Associate Professor in the Department of Business Management in the Poole College of Management and Faculty Director of the BSC. Dr. Gehman and Dr. Garcia, both leading academic experts on sustainable business and B Corps, will discuss the potential of the B Corporation or “for benefit” movement to transform global businesses. Join the BSC early for breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. or stay after to continue the conversation with representatives from local B Corporations. RSVP requested.

NC State Net Impact Lunch n Learn with Joel Gehman, B Corporations: April 12

Join the Net Impact Chapter and the Business Sustainability Collaborative on Tuesday, April 12th from noon – 1 p.m. in Nelson Hall 3220 for an intimate roundtable lunch for students, faculty, and staff with esteemed expert guest from University of Alberta, Dr. Joel Gehman. Dr. Gehman, University of Alberta’s Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Organization, will be leading a discussion of B Corporations and organizational strategy: How do concerns related to sustainability and values affect organizational strategies, technology innovation, and institutional arrangements? And reciprocally, how do organizations, innovation and institutions affect the emergence and trajectories of cultural concerns? Lunch provided; RSVP requested.

NC State Net Impact Lunch n Learn with Lyle Estill, Piedmont Biofuels: April 20

Join the Net Impact Chapter and the Business Sustainability Collaborative Wednesday, April 20th from noon – 1 p.m. in Nelson Hall 3220 for a roundtable discussion with Lyle Estill, president and co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels, a community-scale biodiesel project in Pittsboro, NC. He has been on the vanguard of social change for the past decade, which has placed him at the heart of the sustainability movement. Lyle is a prolific speaker and writer, and the author of Industrial Evolution, Small is Possible and Small Stories, Big Changes. He has won numerous awards for his commitment to resilience, community development, outreach, and leadership. Lunch provided; RSVP requested.

Free Registration for NC State Students to Attend Environmental Tech Summit: April 11

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:

April 1: Excel Level 2 Training
April 8: Excel Level 2 Training
April 8 – 9: MBA Service Corps Volunteer Event at Umstead Park
April 9: MBASA Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knights Event
April 10: MBA Service Corps Volunteer Event: Rock N Roll Marathon
April 11: Environmental Tech Summit
April 12: BSC Conversation: Transforming Global Business
April 12: Net Impact Lunch n Learn with Joel Gehman
April 20: Net Impact Lunch n Learn with Lyle Estill
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 

Chandan Dash photo

Name: Chandan Dash, 1st Year Full-Time MBA Student
Employer & Job Title: Student & Graduate Assistant, Poole College of Management
Hometown: India
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Bachelor of Technology, NIT Rourkela, India

Q: Tell us something about you we might be surprised to find out.
A: Everyone in my class knows about my love for food, especially meat. But I come from a family of vegetarians, and I had non-vegetarian food for the very first time when I was 17 and in college!

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far? 
A: I will say two things here. Firstly, I was really impressed by how welcoming everyone here was when I arrived – the MBA office, my fellow classmates, everyone. We have had so much fun together as a class! In terms of classes, MBA 520 with Dr. Karlyn Mitchell in fall 2015 semester was really an awesome experience.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A: There’s this quote from the Batman movies that has always inspired me. Thomas Wayne tells a young Bruce, “Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” This is a cool way of saying that failure is the pillar of success.

Q: What’s your favorite comfort food, and when do you like to make & enjoy it? 
A: Nothing beats rice, lentils, mashed potatoes, and tomato chutney from my mother’s kitchen. I have been told that I cook really well, but I have never been able to replicate that!

Q: If you had 5 minutes to teach someone something new, what would you teach?
A: How to sleep anywhere in an instant! I can fall asleep anywhere, and quickly, before you can say “fall asleep.” This especially works with the rigor of the MBA program. Also, how to do mental mathematics.

Q: What’s your dream job/career goal? How is the Jenkins MBA helping you get there?
A: I want to become a consultant after graduating from the MBA program. The finance and supply chain knowledge, along with getting to learn so much from everyone in the Jenkins MBA, are helping me get to my goal.

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