Monday, August 26, 2013

Class of 2014 off to a great start

We welcomed our 4th MSBA cohort to campus with a series of activities last week.

On Wednesday evening, a reception was held in our graduate lounge for new students and faculty to get acquainted prior to the start of classes. 

Toughest task facilitator Eric Powers
has thrown at us - the Devinci Arch.
Laura conquers the Flying Squirell
We spent Thursday at the Go-Adventures ropes course in Darnestown, MD for a day of team building and problem solving.  This was a mix of fun and challenging activities.  We found we have a very competitive group that does not like to fail at completing a task.  I was very pleased with the participation and comraderie of the group.  We're going to have a good year!

On Friday, we completed the orientation exercises with a day on campus and an interesting case study about the current Walmart-DC City Council dispute over fair wages.  The students worked in small groups to defend one of the four constituencies in the debate.  Presentation and speaking skills were quite good and gave us a baseline to work from.

Our cohort of 19 students hails from 10 different universities including Notre Dame, Georgetown, William and Mary,  Rutgers, Howard, Boston College, LSU, Ave Maria and Thomas Aquinas.  We have students from 4 countries which adds to a wonderful spirit of diversity.

Stewart McHie
Director, MSBA Program

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