School of Business Welcomes MBA and Undergraduate Students From Across the Globe
August 20, 2012
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The School of Business welcomes more than 550 new students as the fall 2012 semester begins. Orientation began on Aug. 13 for the new full-time MBA class, which includes over 80 students from 18 countries. Activities ranged from team building exercises to workshops on case learning and business ethics. 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 attend a seminar on business dining etiquette.
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; Patrick Dwyer (MBA ’93), managing director of investments for Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group; and Adam Carlin (MBA ’94), director of wealth management at The Bermont/Carlin Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. The week of activities was capped off with an opportunity to meet and speak with the School’s dean, Gene Anderson, as well as faculty members at the Dean’s Closing Reception.
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The School also welcomed nearly 475 incoming undergraduate students representing 43 countries at their orientation on Aug. 15. Students attended a New Student Convocation at the BankUnited Center which featured Elias Aboujaoude, a Stanford University psychiatrist who has conducted the largest study to date on Internet addiction. University President Donna E. Shalala also hosted a picnic at the Ibis House to welcome new students. School of Business students were also paired with their peer counselors and attended academic meetings with Dean Anderson and advisors.
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.