MBA and Undergraduate Students From Across the Globe Welcomed to the School of Business
August 27, 2011
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The School of Business welcomes more than 550 new students as the fall 2011 semester begins. Orientation began on Aug. 15 for the new full-time MBA class, which includes nearly 100 students from 20
countries. Activities ranged from workshops on ethics to sessions on business research, case learning and analysis, and working in teams. The orientation also included an introduction to the School’s Ziff Graduate Career Services Center, which provided new students with the opportunity to meet the center’s staff, learn about MBA clubs and organizations, and hear about an MBA course that helps students master real-world business skills. The new students also gained insight about the job search process from several current MBA students who reflected on their internship experiences.
The MBA students had the opportunity to hear from some of the School’s distinguished alumni during the “Alumni Experience.” The panel of speakers included Patricio Rubalcaba (MBA ’00), vice president of strategic partnerships for MasterCard Worldwide - Latin America & Caribbean; Tere Blanca (BBA ’81, MBA ’83), president and CEO of Blanca Commercial Real Estate and member of the School’s Real Estate Programs Advisory Board; and Patrick Dwyer (MBA ’93), managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group. The week of activities was capped off with an opportunity to meet and speak with the School’s new dean, Gene Anderson, as well as faculty members at the Dean’s Closing Reception.
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The School also welcomed nearly 450 incoming undergraduate students representing 37 countries at their orientation on Aug 21. Students were paired with their peer counselors and attended academic meetings with Dean Anderson and advisors before touring the business complex and visiting the Business Student Organization Fair in the De La Cruz Center.
Freshmen students begin their first semester with the innovative Management 100 course called the FIRST (“Freshmen Integrity, Responsibility and Success through Teamwork”) Step Program, which is designed to build esprit de corps throughout the business school and provide freshmen with opportunities to learn the interpersonal skills necessary to be successful in team environments. The course utilizes interactive cases, exercises, and reading material focused on business ethics, social responsibility, and social entrepreneurialism. Upper class students work as teaching assistants with the teams in conducting engagement projects within the broader university and Miami communities.
The program also provides students with an opportunity to learn from experts in the field and gain practical business skills. Bill Fisse (BBA ’75, MBA ‘77), senior human resources director of Citi Global Transaction Services, will be speaking to students in their Management 100 classes about the importance of personal branding in the corporate environment, and the Men’s Warehouse will be hosting a “Dress for Success” night on Sept. 13 to ensure students learn to put their best foot forward when stepping into the business world.