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I'm pleased to welcome the Class of 2013 to campus begin our year long journey together. As with our first two classes, this is a diverse group representing 9 different undergraduate universities, ten different undergraduate majors, and 3 different countries. Our students range from schools in California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina and the DC area and represent a wide array of experiences, backgrounds and cultures. This will indeed be an exciting year and I'm looking forward to learning from these students.
We have a tradition of beginning our journey with orientation activities prior to classes commencing. Because our students study as a cohort, it is important to establish trust and a sense of teamwork early on. We started with a Meet and Greet at the venerable Colonel Brooks Tavern last Tuesday. A sad note; Colonel Brooks is closing in September to make way for new facilities to serve the CUA community. Progress is good but sometimes it causes sad farewells!
Bright and early the next morning we traveled to Darnestown, Maryland to spend the day with Eriq Powers at Go-Adventures. This is our third year with Eriq and he did his usual great job. The students shared information about their backgrounds, their reasons for being in the program, and at the end of the day, what the experience meant to them. We worked on teambuilding, developing trust, leadership and communications. By the end of the day, we discovered we had a highly functioning team ready to tackle this rigorous one year graduate program.
Our final orientation exercise took place on campus where expectations and procedures were clearly defined. The MSBA program adopted a Professional Code of Conduct last year that spells out our expectations for attendance, dress standards and classroom participation. The program models business behaviors and we seek to practice these behaviors down to the smallest detail. Borrowing on a popular sports metaphor, "you play like you practice", we intend students to adopt these behaviors as second nature. During this session we introduced and practiced a case study discussion which the students will use throughout the program. This affords them an opportunity to not only hone their critical thinking skills but also their communications skills as demonstrated here.
|Welcome Class of 2013|
|Chris, Caroline, Adaobi and Tracey|
enjoy the fare at Colonel Brooks
|Students prepare for their|
|This is probably what construction|
on the Alaska pipeline looked like
|Tracey explains her teams solution |
as Caroline, Winfred and Anthony look on