Monday, March 1, 2010

A Note to Those in the MA Program


It is hard to believe that it is already March. Perhaps just as hard to believe, we have reached the final week of classes of Module 3. After Spring Break, you return for final exams and then begin your fourth and final module.

I know many of you would have preferred to have your exams over before the Spring Break. However, I encourage you to look at the positives of the schedule. Classes have been in session for less than two months since Winter Break and Spring Break consists of nine days plus an additional reading day. While I definitely encourage you to take some time off to recharge your batteries (or in Steve Covey’s terms, sharpen the saw), I also encourage you to use some of the break to prepare for your exams and continue your job searches.

I thought I would also take this opportunity to introduce you to your Module 4 professors. As it turns out all of your professors have similar educational backgrounds to yours. Michael Lord will be teaching your International Competitive Policy course and has a BA from Harvard in Government and International Relations. Dan Fogel will be teaching your International Business course and has a BS in International Economics, an MA in Linguistics, and a PhD in Behavioral Studies.

image006 Adam Hyde (left) will teach your Macroeconomics course. He just joined our faculty and is finishing up his PhD in economics from the University of Virginia. I have no doubt you will find that each of these instructors will deliver an outstanding educational experience.

In terms of upcoming events, on Thursday, March 4, we will have a town hall meeting from 4:15 to 5:15. Topics to be discussed include MA Program Scheduling, feedback on MA classes, CMC and the mentor program, and other issues/concerns you may have. Also, on March 24 we have arranged for former Walmart CEO Lee Scott to meet with you.

As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. If your team has not already done so, please schedule a time for me to take your team to breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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