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alumni world – alumni events

Breakfast Speaker Series

May 2, 2012

Professor Myles Shaver, Strategic Management and Organization
Atrium, Carlson School of Management


First Friday

May 4, 2012

The Bulldog Northeast
401 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis


Carlson Night at the Minnesota Twins

June 14, 2012


New York City Annual Summer Social

August 14, 2012

1st Tuesday Speakers Series

May 1, 2012

Jeff Ettinger, Chairman, President,
and CEO, Hormel


June 5, 2012
Charles and Paul Mooty, Chief Executives, Faribault Woolen Mill Company

More 1st Tuesday information can be found at

For all alumni events,
visit carlsonschool.umn.edu/alumni/events.html

alumni world – board corner

Alumni Board Seeks New Members


Each spring, the Carlson School Alumni Board asks for recommendations on potential new members. These members should have previous board or volunteer experience at the Carlson School. Board members serve a three-year term, attend three board meetings per year, and act as the face and voice of the entire Carlson School alumni body. We are currently seeking nominations to fill four spots. If you are interested in being considered for the Carlson School Alumni Board or know someone who would be a great fit, please email Todd Gordon, Director of Alumni Relations, at tgordon@umn.edu.

alumni world – network

Now on LinkedIn


Volunteering for the Carlson School can now be as simple as connecting through the Carlson School LinkedIn Subgroup, the Student-Alumni Career Network, to share your career experiences with current students.
        By joining this Carlson School exclusive subgroup, we encourage alumni to connect with students and one another through this channel by posting employment/internship opportunities, tips on securing a job, tips on moving to new regions, questions on going back to school, questions on securing a job, etc.
        Submit your request to join today by visiting linkd.in/CareerNetwork.

alumni world – auction


The sixth annual Carlson MBA Charity Auction scored big at TCF Bank Stadium by raising approximately $35,000, the highest total in its history. The event, held February 24, was attended by over 350 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the MBA program.
        Proceeds from the auction will benefit the youth entrepreneurship programs at the Brian Coyle Center, a nonprofit organization located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood working to create choice, change, and connection for people from all walks of life. The center offers numerous resources for the community, including youth and teen programs, adult education and employment, essential resources, civic engagement, and wellness programs. The center is a member of Pillsbury United Communities, and also houses the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, Emerge Community Development, and Pan African Legal Aid.
        The Carlson School MBA Charity Auction is organized by Carlson 4 Community (C4C), a service group led by Carlson School MBA students. C4C’s mission is to promote volunteerism and community involvement both at the Carlson School and within the community.

from the dean

Health Care.

The topic of health care remains at the forefront of our national discourse. Whether we are reading about new technologies or treatments on our front pages or hearing our political leaders debating the merits of nationalized health care, we are bombarded with information on the topic almost daily.
        As a business school, we certainly are not immune to the topic. And in many aspects, our work is reshaping the health care landscape and this issue of Carlson School provides a wonderful overview of our school’s impact on this extraordinary industry.
        Our faculty members play key roles in the national discussion—researching difficult questions, posing potential solutions, and sharing their knowledge and ideas with industry leaders and policymakers. In this issue, you will see that no matter the topic, whether studying the impact of mass media campaigns on health behaviors or the effect of competition on health insurance premiums, our faculty are driving innovation and debate in a global industry marked by fast growth and even faster change.
        Health care is deeply imbedded in our curriculum as well. Since 2005, our Medical Industry Research Institute (MILI) has been, and continues to be, a wellspring of opportunity for students seeking a health care specialization. Through experiential learning via MILI’s Valuation Laboratory, where students evaluate the market potential of new medical devices, to being taught by recognized leaders in the field, MILI graduates are much sought after by the largest and most creative companies in the medical industry.
        After graduation, these students continue their ties with MILI through its new Affiliate Program. This program puts them in close contact with industry professionals in virtually all areas of health care, such as device manufacturers, policymakers, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies. In this issue, we will show you how the networking and knowledge sharing of these Affiliates helps to generate improvement and innovation within the medical industry.
        Of course, our students are driving health care advancement in their careers as well. You will learn about those who are providing policy analyses to Congress, improving the efficiency of blood centers, and founding new health technology companies, to name a few. In common, all of them stand among the future leaders and change agents in the health care field.
        On a personal note, last month I was named the new dean of the Carlson School—an honor for which I am extremely grateful. The Carlson School is a very special place. These are very special times. And I am excited, proud, and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to assume the duties of dean. In the weeks to come, I will be meeting with a wide range of stakeholders and crowd-sourcing extensively to learn of the many views regarding our school. I encourage Carlson School alumni and friends to visit my blog and share their views. Our alumni are among the many enviable strengths of our school and I look forward to working together to establish the Carlson School as a crucible for ideas and innovation that will shape the future of business worldwide.

Sri Zaheer, Dean
Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility

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