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Weekly Update - Professional Evening and Online MBA

February 2nd, 2017

Program Announcements & Updates

IMPORTANT - Extensive OIT System Maintenance February 4th - 5th
From Saturday, February 4, 6 am through Sunday, February 5, 6 pm, OIT will perform extensive system maintenance. Some services will be offline for the majority of the maintenance window and others may experience intermittent downtime or slow performance.

Student systems that will be offline include, but are not limited to:
  • MyPack Portal
  • Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) services
Student services that may experience periods of unavailability or slowness include, but are not limited to:
  • Any sites that use Shibboleth authentication, including
    • WolfWare
    • Moodle
    • Blackboard Collaborate
    • Mediasite
  • NC State's homepage,
  • NC State WordPress sites
You should still be able to access your online classes and materials during this time, but if you have trouble logging in or the system is responding slowly, wait a bit and try again.

Global Training Initiative Upcoming Cross-Cultural Training Opportunities

The Global Training Initiative (GTI) is offering Foundations for Global Success on February 3, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Developing Cultural Acumen on February 17, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. These workshops are intended for professionals who want to improve interactions with clients and constituents and learn a systematic approach to navigating cultural differences.

Register »

Executive Leadership Series with CEO of Seventh Generation 
Join us for the next Poole College Executive Leadership Series Speaker which will feature John Replogle, President and CEO of Seventh Generation. Learn more about Seventh Generation's leadership in the consumer products industry including their B Corporation certification and the company's recent acquisition by Unilever. John Replogle’s conversation with Poole College Dean Annette Ranft, will take place on Wednesday, February 15th at 4:30pm. Learn more

Spring 2017 B Corp Clinic Launch
Join the NC State Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative on Friday, February 3rd at 10am at the Frontier in RTP for the launch of the NC State Spring 2017 B Corp Clinic. The Clinic offers students hands-on consulting experience and the chance to learn about B Corporations, social and environmental impact assessment, and sustainable business models. Spring 2017 B Corp Clinic projects are being finalized this week. You can read about the Spring 2016 B Corp Clinic and Fall 2016 B CorpClinic to get a better sense of the range of Clinic projects. 
RSVP for the Launch

Join the NCGrowth Team!
NCGrowth is seeking excellent, highly-motivated graduate students with a wide range of skills and professional experiences – including agriculture, engineering, design – to work on applied economic development research and business assistance projects in rural NC.  We are currently recruiting students to join our team of Economic Development Analysts for the summer and fall of 2017.
Analysts have the opportunity to work with NCGrowth staff, faculty, and community and business leaders on projects such as:
  • Making design recommendations for a downtown innovation district
  • Performing a feasibility study for a wholesale food processor or a multi-county food hub
  • Improving plant efficiency for a small manufacturer
  • Assisting a rural community in leveraging natural and cultural assets to promote tourism and economic development
Analysts work on a remote basis with occasional required travel.  Compensation is $20/hr.  Typical projects consist of 100 hours of work done over the course of the summer or a semester, but may extend longer depending on the analyst’s schedule and the project scope.
Application Deadline:  February 10, 2017
Application and more information online at

2017 Study Abroad Programs – Apply Now

Brazil: MBA, Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets with Jessica Thomas
  • *NEW program for summer, moved from spring break 
  • Deadline: February 15 
  • August 5 - 11 | $3400 (includes tuition, accommodations, course excursions, some meals, in country transportation)
  • Explore the historic, economic and business context of the country and gain an understanding of global sustainability-related business challenges, opportunities and strategies.
Germany: MBA, Innovation and Marketing Systems in Munich with Jonathan Bohlmann
  • Deadline: course is full/waitlist available, rolling admissions, program to close shortly
  • May 13 - 21  | $3600 (includes tuition, accommodations, course excursions, some meals, in country transportation)
  • Study customer involvement, fast-cycle innovation, suppliers, market partnerships, and innovation. Visit German companies to hear first hand best practices in managing innovation and marketing systems.
United Kingdom: MBA, Trendspotting for Culture & Design in London with Colbey Reid
  • Only ​a few course seats remaining​
  • Deadline: February 15 or when course fills
  • June 23 - July 2 | $3150 (includes tuition, accommodations, course excursions, some meals, Tube pass)
  • From street to catwalk, experience and discuss street culture, compare and contrast the presentation and dissemination of culture through establishmentarian institutions and popular forms, and identify and forecast emergent design trends.
Program questions can be directed to the ​relevant faculty director. ​Application, cost/payment, and financial aid questions can be directed to

Supply Chain – Call For Scholarships – Deadline February 28th, 2017

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. ( is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976 with a mission to promote the study of material handling, logistics and supply chains by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support. The Foundation will offer scholarship award opportunities to students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics for the 2017/2018 academic term.  Check out for more information

Academic Advising & Registration 

Advising Email Correction:

Professional Evening Student Advising is managed by Deborah Wilkins - 
Professional Online Student Advising is managed by Vilma Mueller -

Graduate Certificates

The Jenkins Graduate School recently launched 4 new Certificate Programs which closely align with some of our concentration areas. 

If you have earned or are pursuing a concentration in Finance, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, or Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization then you may qualify for the certificate. This means the Certificate will officially show on your transcript and you will receive a certificate issued directly from the Graduate School.  For more information on the Certificate Programs please visit the webpage here.

To Apply for the Certificate please send the Graduate Student Certificate Plan Entry Form directly to your advisor at or  Graduating Students should submit the form by March 1st at the latest.

**Please note that this is only for the concentrations listed above and is not a requirement for Graduation from the MBA Program.

** Also, this is different from the Decision Analytics Certificate. If you are completing that certificate make sure to communicate with Dr. Tonya Balan about your requirements.

Raleigh Residency #2 – Save The Date
For all the students required to register for Raleigh Residency #2, this core course is now listed as MBA 590-053 (professional evening main campus) and MBA 590-653 (RTP/online) under the Summer I 2017 schedule. RR #2 is scheduled for June 22-24, 2017 in Raleigh. You will see it listed as a 10-week course under the course title but this is only a 3 day course.  

Career Management Center

Please see the upcoming CMC events that are taking place in February. If you are interested in any of these company engagements, please register in MBA Focus/Gradleaders..

Use LinkedIn Correctly to Elevate Your Visibility, Show Your "Promote-ability", and to Find Your Career Direction - Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8:30am - 12:30pm. Learning Lab - Use LinkedIn Correctly [most people don’t] to  Elevate Your Visibility, Show Your “Promote-abilty”, and to Find Your Career Direction, 2402 Nelson Hall.  For more information and to RSVP click here.  Please RSVP by 11:59pm, Thursday, Feb 9, 2017.

Identify Your Strengths - Punctuate Your Brand! - Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 11:30am-1pm, Webinar - Identify Your Strengths -- Punctuate Your Brand!  For more information and to RSVP click here.  Please RSVP by 11:59pm, Monday, Feb 20, 2017.

A complete list of Spring 2017 CMC workshops under "Upcoming Events in the next 30 days for Professional MBAs" on the Virtual CMC for Professional MBAs.

Meet With A Career Coach to Accelerate Your Career
Did you know that the Jenkins MBA program has three career coaches to assist with you career development?  A coach can help you:
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Strategize a promotion
  • Tell your story
  • Understand your "superpowers
  • Strategize a job search
  • Explore careers
  • Deliver your "pitch
Make an appointment with Elisabeth Zimowski, Mike Brown, or John Hutchings under "Available Advising Appointments" on your MBAFocus/Gradleaders dashboard page.

(All MBA students have MBAFocus/Gradleaders accounts.  If you have difficulty accessing, please a)  request a password reset from the landing page, or email John Hutchings.

Expiring  Jobs:
Working Professional MBAs who are eligible for on-campus recruiting and employer engagement events have access to the MBAFocus/Gradleaders jobs board.

Here is a list of jobs on MBA Focus/GradLeaders which are expiring within the next 2 weeks.

(Click here for more information if you choose to engage with employers and have not met with a career coach yet)

Student Life

Jenkins MBA Basketball Tent Party
Saturday, February 4th, 2016 
PNC Arena 
Tent Party: 1 - 3pm 
NCSU vs. U of Miami game: 3pm Tip off 
Register Here 

(We are still accepting RSVP and will accept them until 12pm Friday, February 3rd)

The NC State Jenkins MBA Program has purchased tickets to the February 4th, NC State vs. University of Miami Game. The program will be hosting a Pre-Game Tent Party on the South Plaza prior to the game with food, drinks and games for both adults and children! 

After the Tent Party, stick around to watch the Game on two flat screen TV's or let us know below if you want to register for any tickets. Please note that tickets to the game are limited and will be given out - first come first served. RSVPs are required for both the tent party as well as for the basketball tickets. 

Tickets will be distributed at the registration desk until tip off at 3pm. Any unclaimed tickets will be be given away.

Celebrate Black History Month at NC State
Multicultural Student Affairs and the Black History Month planning committee present Black History Month 2017. The Black History Month 2017 printable calendar  highlights six featured programs, including lectures, discussions and workshops hosted by various offices, departments and organizations at NC State. The full list of events can be found at At this time, there are over 25 events, with more being added as submitted.

We encourage you to engage in Black History Month on social media using  #NCStateBHM17. We look forward to seeing you at these events and celebrating Black History during February!


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

March    3   - Friday    Schedule for 2017 Fall term published

March    6-10  -  Mon. – Fri.    Spring Break

March    13  -  Monday    Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.

March    13  -  Monday    Drop/Revision Deadline

March    20  -  Monday    Enrollment (Registration) for 2017 Fall term begins

April    14  -  Friday    Spring Holiday for students; no classes

April    17 -   Monday    Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.

April    24-28  -  Mon. – Fri.    Last week of semester
April    28 -   Friday    Last day of classes

May    3 -   Wednesday    Reading Day

May    1-10 -   Mon.-Wed.    Final Examinations

May    12 -    Friday    Grades due by 11:59 p.m.

May    13  -  Saturday    Spring Commencement Exercises

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