By Grant Allen, First-year MBA, Marketing
|Faculty Auction with Core faculty raffling off prizes for charity|
|The Faculty Team a.k.a. "The Geezers"|
Our team practiced together a couple times per week through the winter and spring, so we could be ready for the big day. Pratt’s All-Stars were a formidable group, showing a remarkable display of athleticism and skill, despite their undeniable age handicap*. They won Game One, we students won Game Two, and they pulled out a comeback squeaker in Game Three, to take the “series”.
While it was not the result we wanted, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere. We had a professional musician (who also happens to be our classmate) play the national anthem (check out Ellen and Julia at http://artstobusiness.com), we enjoyed “half-time” shows from some of the women in our program who got together and created a dance team, and had hilarious commentary from a select group of MBA's who were calling the game.
Most importantly, our group in association with the Kelley Black MBA Association, raised $500 dollars for a local charity in the Bloomington area, Stone Belt (www.stonebelt.org).
|Presenting the check to Stone Belt|
When considering business schools, I never imagined I would get the chance to play on a legendary basketball court. I never imagined I would play a game like this against my professors.
What I did try to imagine but was unable to comprehend until coming to Kelley, was the satisfaction I would get from having a personal connection with the faculty and staff. What I thought I understood but vastly underestimated was the value the Kelley network provides, not just from current students but from the entire community of alumni and staff. Everyone at Kelley is invested in you, and they want to become a part of your network in a way that far exceeds any expectation you can have. They may push you to your limits, but it is always with your best interests in mind. Forgive the pun, but that’s a slam dunk.
*While I am not writing under a pen name, I am writing under the assumption that none of the professors will view this post!