Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Weekend of Activity

What a great weekend! I have been traveling so much this fall for weddings, career management and other things that it was so nice to finally be in Bloomington for the weekend. When you are a part of a two year MBA program, you have a limited amount of time to spend enjoying it, so I could not have picked a better weekend to stay in town full of MBA student activities. Friday evening was the Kelley Women Faculty Auction and a great showing of first and second years were ready to get their bid on to raise money for charity. Several faculty members put up items for auction, things like dinners in Bloomington, music events, and even a basketball game against the faculty in Assembly Hall. There was also a silent auction where several Kelley students and their families generously donated their time and talents, like Nicole Garland's cookies of the month or language lessons with Gerardo Ubaghs Carrion all to raise money for some great causes.

I am excited to be on the winning auction teams for an Italian dinner in Indy with Anne Bastonelli (a repeat victory for our group and we couldn't be more excited) and wine with Pam Roberts, Director of the MBA Program. From the silent auction, I won three beautiful hand made necklaces crafted by one of the wives of a first year student. I am giving them as Christmas gifts to a few of my friends back home and am excited to have an early start on my holiday shopping!

This year, the money raised was divided between four local charities voted on by the students, including: Boys and Girls Club, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Monroe County Humane Society and Olcott Center for Cancer Education. While we do not know how much money was raised yet, in years passed, it has been around $20,000. Pretty impressive for students living on student loans.

Saturday continued the fun with the last home football tailgate of the season. The weather was sunny and clear and there were so many people there, despite the upcoming first year quant exam, case competitions, and second year job search simultaneously going on. There were also several recently graduated Kelley MBAs in town and I know all the second years enjoyed catching up with our second years while they were in Bloomington.

At the MBA Tailgate with Tito Ghosh

I rounded out the weekend with a trip to Indianapolis for some fall shopping, catching up on Tivo and having dinner on 4th Street with Kate Fricke, another second year student. There are so many incredible programs, events, restaurants, people, etc to take advantage of while pursuing your MBA professional degree, and I am so happy to be a part of this one of a kind community at the Kelley School.

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