The Dean's Digest - March 2014
Alpha and omega. Input and output. Raw materials and finished goods.
Those thoughts ran through my mind recently as a result of several McColl School of Business and Queens University of Charlotte events.
Over the past month, the McColl School has been holding alumni receptions and information sessions at major employers in Charlotte. Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Ally Bank have traditionally supported our MBA and MSOD programs by sponsoring students. In addition, many graduates have taken jobs at those employers, creating in a healthy base of alumni at each company.
Annually, in the spring, we schedule on-site receptions at these companies, inviting alums and prospective students to join our faculty and staff for an informal reception and networking session.
At these events, I get an opportunity to listen to our graduates talk passionately about their time in the McColl School. EMBA alums recall their international study trip or Dr. Bob Finley's mantra ("cash is king") or one of Dr. Bill Berry's cases. PMBA alums talk about how meaningful the classes were, enabling them to use freshly taught material the next day at work or about the promotion they earned because of completing their degree.
These stories help me realize that a degree from the McColl School is truly a transformative experience. Our alumni are indeed our "output." They are talented, upwardly mobile, and wonderful ambassadors for our degree programs.
Sandwiched in between a couple of these receptions was the alpha to these omegas. On a recent Saturday we held our Fourth Annual Undergraduate Scholarship Case Competition involving high school seniors competing for scholarships worth up to $7,500 annually. These 17- and 18-year old prospective students were challenged to study a case scenario, take a position, defend it in writing, and then come to campus and present their position orally before a panel of judges.
Freshmen-to-be represent the other end of the spectrum, our "raw materials." It made me wonder how they will develop over the next four years, what would be their fondest memories, and where they will go with their careers.
What a unique opportunity to see the beginning of the McColl School experience and the resulting transformation. The future is bright!
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