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School’s Global Outreach Efforts Bring Alumni Together in Europe

November 21, 2008
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The School’s global outreach effort continued this month with stops in Barcelona, Madrid and London. Dean Barbara Kahn and members of the School and University development teams hosted an alumni reception in Madrid Nov. 4 and in London Nov. 6, drawing some 100 School of Business and other UM alumni living in and
 Dean Kahn speaks with alumni in Madrid
Dean Kahn shares her strategy for global
at the alumni event in Madrid.

around those European cities.

While in Spain, the dean also met with administrators of several leading business schools in Barcelona and Madrid as part of the School’s effort to establish partnerships for global student and faculty exchange programs. At the alumni reception in Madrid, a number of School of Business alumni agreed to work together to establish an alumni chapter in that city.

Both receptions provided an opportunity for the dean to share the school’s strategy for achieving its vision for global preeminence. At the London reception, sponsored by Humana Inc., the dean was introduced by Mark Bevridge (BBA ’84) who sits on the University’s President’s Council. Bevridge is managing director at Goldman Sachs & Company in London. Other alumni represented such leading companies as The Gallup Organization, McKinsey and Company, Standard and Poor’s, JP Morgan, and CNN International. Like the reception in Madrid, the London event provided a boost in the effort to establish a local alumni chapter. Christian Hasenoehrl (MS ’95, MBA’95), a partner with Gallup who is spearheading that effort, says a London chapter is needed for several reasons.

“I think one is to attract more students to UM from the United Kingdom.” said Hasenoehrl. “And raising our profile as a leading university [is also important]. “We should have a good profile here,” said Hasenoehrl, who also thinks the chapter will help UM alumni who move to London settle in better. “Most of the people who come here, come here on assignment and when you first get here, you don’t know many people,” he said.

Others attending the reception agreed. School of Business alumnus Colin Johnson (MS ’97), who has been
Dean Kahn with the Herberts 
Dean Kahn (right) met with School of Business
alumni Allan and Patricia Herbert at the
London reception.

working in London as a consultant for about a year, said he came to the reception to connect.

“I wanted to do some networking and meet some alumni in London,” said Colin Johnson.

The event drew some especially well-known UM alumni from the U.S., namely long-time supporters Allan and Patricia Herbert. The Herberts, who own the Richmond Hotel in Miami Beach, recently donated $8 million dollars to the University to name the Wellness Center. The two met while earning their business degrees at the University in the 1950s.

The reception also drew UM undergraduate students who were in London as part of foreign exchange programs, as well as European students who had spent time at UM on exchange programs. The exchange students included accounting and legal studies major Alicia Mucci who is attending classes at Queen Mary University of London. Mucci noted that she found it especially interesting to be in Europe in the run up to the
Alumni in London 
Alumni and students gathered at the Royal
Institute of British Architects in London.

U.S. presidential election, which was held just two days before the UM reception.

“It’s nice to see how our political system is viewed in the eyes of so many others, from their perspective,” said Mucci.

The reception on London was sponsored by Humana thanks to Jack Lord (MD ’78), who serves as senior vice president – chief innovation officer at the company. The European trip was part of the School’s continuing alumni outreach program which has taken the dean and other School leaders around the U.S. and the world over the past year.
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