News & Notes
When I think about how the conversation around MBA programs has changed in the 20 years since I enrolled as a first-year student, several themes emerge.
First, there is a significantly greater focus on global commerce. Our own program now has dual degree options with partners in Europe and study abroad options in several locations. In this edition of the newsletter, current student Brian Beckmann offers reflections on his first several weeks in Beijing, where he is spending a semester as an exchange student at Tsinghua University.
Second, the curricular material on social responsibility has matured tremendously over the last two decades. In addition to the core course on business ethics, we now offer new electives including one on responsible marketing. Related to this, current student Lacy Strickler is profiled in this edition of the newsletter. Her fascinating work at an environmentally friendly start-up is worth a read.
Finally, there is substantial interest in MBA programs today at the intersection of business and healthcare. While we have always drawn MBA students from the field, we are now finding fascinating ways to partner with firms in the sector as well. Our story on Health Diagnostic Laboratory, a rapidly growing Richmond firm, illustrates what is possible when business schools partner with the business community to the benefit of all involved.
Please know we welcome your feedback.
Senior Associate Dean
Robins School of Business
A Glimpse Inside with Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. leads to a Capstone Project, faculty research and more.
Brian Beckmann, GB '14, writes a blog post about his time abroad from a rooftop coffee bar in Wudaoku, Beijing.
Lacy Strickler went from pursuing a nursing career in a neonatal intensive care unit to working for an organization developing the first wireless electric vehicle charging system.
MBA Alumni Society Happy Hours
The MBA Alumni Society is starting a series of monthly happy hours to reconnect and network with fellow MBA alumni and current students. Please join us every third Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at a designated local restaurant. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!
November 21-Secco Wine Bar, Downtown
December 19-Keagan's, West End
MBA Student & Alumni Updates
Send us the latest news about your promotion, new job/business venture, relocation, honors, awards, family, educational advancement or other news to the Robins School of Business. We'll post it in the next edition of our e-newsletter.