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The Weekly Update – Full-Time MBA: April 21, 2016

Program News & Announcements 

How Can We Help You?

Please take a few minutes to tell your advisors how we’re doing and where we can improve! Take a moment to fill out our brief survey and please be honest, your responses are anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to help us serve you better!

NCSU Helpdesk Phishing Email

The email circulating on campus from “NCSU Helpdesk” asking users to click on a link to update their account information or risk losing access to it is NOT a legitimate email. This email was not sent out by anyone affiliated with University IT. Recipients should NOT click on the link in the email or provide any information as it will then be used to compromise their accounts.

Please note that NC State IT personnel will never ask for your password, by email or otherwise. Anytime you receive an email asking you to do this, you should consider it phishing. If you wish to report it, you can forward the message, along with the full headers, to

Spring Graduates – Take the MBA Oath!

Before you step out into the world as an MBA Graduate, please consider taking The Oath. The MBA Oath mission is to facilitate a widespread movement of MBAs who aim to lead in the interests of the greater good. The Oath is a voluntary pledge for graduating MBAs and current MBAs to “create value responsibly and ethically.” This year is the first year that students from the NC State Graduate School of Management are participating in MBA Oath…leave your legacy! What kind of leader will you be? Look for the signature table at the Graduation Reception on May 5th.

Send Us Your Pictures for the Graduation Reception!

Please send us pictures from your time in the MBA program for a slideshow we’re putting together for the graduation reception. These could be from class, events, clubs, volunteering, study abroad. Email your photos to Ritika Bhatnagar at ASAP.

RSVP for the Graduation Reception

If you are planning on attending the Graduation Reception on May 5th and haven’t yet RSVP, please make sure to reply to the paperless post invite no later than April 28th for yourself and any guests you may be bringing.

Graduation FAQs

Still have questions about where to go and when? Make sure to consult our Graduation FAQs page for all the details about preparing for Graduation and making sure you are in the right spot at the right time!

Academic Advising and Registration 

Fall Registration

We are finally able to announce that Fall Registration will open up for MBA classes on Tuesday, May 3rd at 12pm. 

While the course schedule will not be available in MyPack Portal until that date, you can use the Fall 2016 MBA Course Schedule document to plan your selections.

Please check our Summer and Fall 2016 Advising Page and your email from your advisor for more details, resources to help you plan, and for information on signing up for an advising appointment.

Professional Events & Networking

Raleigh Chamber’s Young Professionals Network – Do What You Do Best: Leading With Strengths: May 19

At this unique YPN program, you’ll have the opportunity to take the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment to determine your top five strengths. Doug Bacon of Throwing Words will then explore how to develop your strengths for amazing breakthroughs and leverage the individual strengths of a team for maximum results. RSVP to Sarah Pickel at by May 12th if you are interested in attending. There are still 3 spots left. YPN events are held at the PNC arena from 7:30 am – 9:30 am.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

April 21: Late Registration for Summer Session I Begins
April 22: MBASA End of Semester Party
April 26: Reading Day – no classes
April 27 – May 5: Final Exams
May 3: Fall Registration Begins at 12pm
May 3: Summer I Tuition Bills Due
May 5: Jenkins MBA Graduation Reception
May 7: Spring Commencement

Meet a Jenkins MBA: The Weekly Spotlight 

Name: Nathan McKittrick, Professional Evening MBA
Employer & Job Title: Field Applications Engineer, Seagate
Hometown: Tobaccoville, NC
Previous Degrees & Institutions: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, NC State

Q: Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out!

A:  I think most people are interested when they find out that I used to be a licensed skydiver and I’ve made over 300 jumps.

Q: What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?

A: MBA 511, Data Security and Privacy, with Dr. Earp was very enlightening for me.  Besides providing some very useful technical information, it really opened my eyes to how much complexity and risk are involved in this rapidly-changing topic.

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’ve got a big travel wish list, but since we’re talking all expenses paid, I’d choose Maldives.  I would just love to hang out on those beaches and relax.

Q:  What’s your favorite song to cheer you up, get you pumped up, or ready to face the day?

A:  Wow, to narrow this down to one song is tough, but one of my favorites is “Right Now” by Van Halen.

Q: What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the Jenkins MBA helping you get there?

A:  I think it would be great to own a business with my wife, who already finished the MBA program.  We’ve tossed around a few ideas, such as a wedding venue or doggy day care.  The program is helping to expose me to aspects of business to which I didn’t previously have much knowledge or experience.