The Weekly Update – Professional & Online MBA: Nov. 19, 2015

Program News & Announcements

The Jenkins MBA program is excited to announce two scholarship opportunities for up to 6 professional and online MBA students for 2016 – please see below for details!

MBA Student Speaker Scholarship for Jenkins Professional & Online Students

The Jenkins MBA program is looking for one Professional Evening and one Professional Online MBA student to attend prospective student recruiting events with the Admissions Team and speak about their experiences in the program and as a student.  This opportunity comes with a $500 scholarship, and will be awarded on a semester basis.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current student enrolled in the Jenkins Professional Evening or Online MBA program
  • Completed 9 or more NCSU MBA course credit hours
  • Student in good academic standing (cumulative MBA GPA of a 3.0 or higher)
  • Comfortable speaking in public and has reliable transportation

For more information and to apply, please go to the Jenkins MBA Assistantships and Scholarships page.

Another Scholarship Opportunity!
Professional & Online MBA Student Leadership Board

This spring, the Jenkins MBA Program will launch the Professional & Online MBA Student Leadership Board. The goal of this board is to provide an outlet and voice for professional and online student feedback in an effort to continually improve the quality of the student and academic experience. Four students will be selected to serve a one-year term (January – December), and in exchange, will receive a $500 scholarship in addition to other perks listed below. In order to qualify, students must have completed at least 6 credit hours in either the Professional Evening or the Online MBA program, and must be able to serve for a one-year term (i.e. cannot be planning to graduate in May 2016). Students must be in good academic standing (cumulative MBA GPA of a 3.0 or higher).

Description: 

  • Time commitment:  Approximately 10 hours per month
  • Work with the MBA Student Association Leadership Board to provide input on student clubs and professional/social networking events
  • Meet on a monthly basis to discuss student ideas and concerns, suggest program improvements, and provide feedback to administration
  • Manage a budget dedicated to  professional development opportunities for professional/online MBA students and determine how to allocate funding to best support the student experience
  • Serve as an advocate for prospective and incoming students by participating in at least one recruiting event with the admissions team per semester

Benefits/Perks:

  • $500 scholarship applied toward MBA tuition
  • Leadership experience
  • Opportunity to directly impact and shape the student experience
  • Special swag throughout the year, priority invitations to VIP events, and a dinner with the dean

Interested students should apply online by December 1st, 2015 in order to be considered. Questions should be directed to Claire Jefferies at claire_jefferies@ncsu.edu. Applicants will be notified by December 8th, 2015 whether or not they have been selected.

Summer Study Abroad Course in Munich – Registration Deadline is December 1st

The deadline for Innovation and Marketing Systems in Munich is December 1st. Dr. Jon Bohlmann is leading this trip and is faculty instructor for this 3-credit course. More information about Munich can be found on the MBA website and the NCSU study abroad website.

Academic Advising

Late Registration Has Begun

If you have not yet registered for Spring 2016 classes, please do so as soon as possible.  Students who register after November 17 will be assessed a $100 non-refundable late enrollment fee.  Please review this page for important details on Spring 2016 registration.

For information on advising holds,  individual appointment availability, drop-in advising hours, course schedules, and registration information, please visit the Spring 2016 Advising and Registration page on our website.

Career Management Center

Career Management Webinars for Professional MBAs

There are nearly five dozen recorded webinars and upcoming live webinars on the Virtual Career Management Center for Professional MBAs project Moodle site. More webinars are available in the Career Management Podcast portion of the Moodle project site.  To access the Moodle site:

1)  Go to MyWolfware
2)  Click “Projects” in upper tab
3)  Click “‘Virtual Career Management Center for Jenkins Professional MBAs”

Professional Events & Networking

 Women in Business Meet-Up with Red Hat

When: Friday, November 20, 4 to 5:30 pm
Where: The Annex, 190 East Davie Street Raleigh, NC
Register: Click here to register via EventBrite

Associates from Red Hat will host the first Women in Business Meet-Up at NC State University. This will be the first of a series of events held on a quarterly basis as a way to connect business students with mentors in the industry. A variety of different topics will be discussed at these meet-ups with a variety of activities to help students develop skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. The first event will feature a panel discussion, with Jenkins MBA students Debra Mehta and Lauren McGuire joining professionals to discuss the current state of women in business, the importance of increasing the number of women who work in this field, and tips for finding the job of your dreams. For more information, please contact Morgan Goettge, NC State alumna and Red Hat associate, at mkgoettg@ncsu.edu or Jasleen Kaur, MBA student, at jaslee@ncsu.edu. Please register using the EventBrite link above.

Student Clubs & Events

Congratulations to Your New Student Organization Leaders!

MBA Student Association
President:  Gavin Hough
Vice President:  Amanda Cox

Women in Business Club:
Co-Presidents:  Debra Mehta and Ritika Bhatnagar
Vice President (Communication):  Katie Rosier

Marketing Club:
Co-Chairs:  Mounika Dayyala and Kevin Tilley

Call for Nominations: MBA Finance Club

It’s time for the MBA Finance Club’s current leaders to step down and a new team of visionaries to take the club to the next level! Students accomplished a significant amount of work during the last year, co-sponsoring a symposium with the International Society of Tropical Foresters and hosting a fantasy stock portfolio competition. New leadership has plenty of opportunities to reach new heights. Nominations are open for three club positions:  President and two Vice President positions.

Please send your nominations to Rafe Estevez at rcesteve@ncsu.edu by Wednesday November 25th. Be sure to include both the name(s) of the person(s) you’re nominating and the position you’re nominating them for.  Voting will be open during the following week.

Plants vs. MBAs!  – Finance Club Service Event

When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Fallon Park, 2406 Oxford Drive Raleigh, NC 27608
(Please park along the road.)
Register: Click here to sign up

Come save the world from invasive plants and get a workout doing it! The MBA Finance Club is hosting its service event on Saturday, November 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. We will be helping the City of Raleigh with an invasive plant project at Fallon Park. Invasive plants are a serious issue. They replace native plants in their natural environment and can lower the quality of wildlife habitat if left unchecked.  We will meet as a group at the picnic shelter.  

Important:  All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes (such as work boots or tennis shoes) and long-sleeved shirts and pants. Also, each participant will need to complete a release form before beginning work on the 21st.

Meet a Jenkins MBA:  The Weekly Spotlight

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NAME:   Theresa Gibson
TITLE:   Jenkins Professional MBA; Project Manager, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University
HOMETOWN:  Oakfield, NY
PREVIOUS DEGREES:  B.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Math Education, Buffalo State University

Q:  Tell us something about you that we might be surprised to find out!
A:  
I’m the youngest of 11 children!

Q:  What’s the most fun or enlightening experience you’ve had in the MBA program so far?
A:  
I participated in last year’s MBA Leadership Coaching pilot program.  I had a personal coach whom I met with monthly, who helped me with my career strategy and gave me resources – he was a great sounding board!  Taking the time each month to reflect on my progress and goals was really important.

Q:  What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
A:  
“There’s always more to learn!”  This advice came from my prior boss when I was a program manager, and it keeps me grounded. There’s always somebody more expert than you that you should be collaborating with.

Q:  What’s your favorite “comfort food,” and when do you like to make & enjoy it?
A:  
Homemade bread. I like to make it when it’s cold out – it’s a comfort food because it reminds me of my mother, and the cold reminds me of my origins in Buffalo. It’s kind of a nostalgic thing.

Q:  When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  Did that wish play a role in shaping your career? – if so, how?
A:  
I wanted to be a doctor.  I always knew I wanted a career that was saliently helping people.  I ultimately chose education over medicine because, ultimately, I think I have an impact on more people working at the Friday Institute.

Q:  What’s your dream job / career goal?  How is the MBA helping you get there?
A:  I’d actually like to evaluate the use of funds in education – perhaps working for a university, or in K-12 at the district or state level. The MBA meshes my skills as a project manager and as an educator really well. It takes my skill set and applies it to an area where there’s a real need in education.

Dates to Remember/Upcoming Events

November 20 – Women in Business Meet-Up with Red Hat
November 21 – MBA Finance Club service event
November 25 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
December 1 – Deadline to register for Summer Study Abroad in Munich
December 4 – Last day of classes
December 7-8 – Supply Chain Resource Cooperative Semi-Annual Partners Meeting
December 17 – MBA Graduation Celebration, 5:30 – 7 pm, 1887 Bistro, Talley Student Center
December 18 – Fall 2015 Graduation

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