Dean’s Message – Dr. Hugh Courtney, Associate Dean of Executive
What's up? The inquiring minds of your fellow Smith alumni,
current EMBA students, faculty and staff want to know!
I know that you all have many ways to stay connected to your
Smith EMBA network. We hope that this newsletter might become
one more vehicle for sharing your personal and professional
stories with this network. So please send us your updates, and
we'll publish them in the next newsletter. And if you are
looking to reconnect in-person, check out the calendar of
exciting upcoming events below, including our
EMBA Alumni Reception on April
14. I am looking forward to reconnecting with you all
Until then, let me fill you in on what's up on campus. Believe
it or not, we were closed for
eight straight days during Snowmageddon 2010, something
this native Michigander can't quite fathom. As you might
imagine, the storms wreaked havoc on our EMBA schedule, and both
cohorts have been scrambling to make up for lost time. Our ninth
cohort – the "Wolfpack" – is gearing up for the integrated
business simulation exercise and commencement in May, and our 10th
cohort is juggling accounting, economics, strategy, ethics and
marketing as they "ease" into the curriculum. As usual, never a
dull moment in Van Munching Hall (although I suppose many of my
students would beg to differ).
EMBA Alumni Reception, April 14
The Smith School EMBA Alumni Community is inviting all EMBA
alumni and students to spend an evening with Dean Anand,
classmates and professors. Dean Anand will give an update on the
Smith School, and Dr. Jahangir Boroumand will present his
"Current Economic Trends Update."
Wednesday, April 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
The University Club
Washington, D.C. 20016
Register here for the EMBA Alumni Reception.
Upcoming Events – The Smith School has a variety of events over
the next few weeks.
Women MBA Association
9: Robert M. Sheehan Jr.,
Mission-Driven Organizations, Baltimore, Md.
30: Clifford Rossi,
Risky Business: How Incentives, Governance and
Management Impact your Firm's Risk Profile,
Joyce E.A. Russell:
Build Bench Strength by Developing your Employees,
Social Enterprise Symposium. For more information, please
www.rhsmith.umd.edu/ses, or contact
April 7 -
9: The Directors' Institute. For more information, please
www.rhsmith.umd.edu/directorsinstitute, or contact
The Center for Social Value Creation presents
The Ripple Effect of your
Cup of Coffee. For more information, please visit
www.rhsmith.umd.edu/svc/coffee or contact
Center for Complexity in Business will hold its Second
Annual Conference, featuring a variety of distinguished
speakers. The center's research focuses on practically all
areas of modern management, including marketing, information
systems, operations, logistics, finance and organization
science. The theme of this year's conference is
globalization and technology in a complex world. For more
information, please contact
CEO@Smith presents Barbara Krumsiek, chair, CEO and
president of Calvert Group, Ltd. For more information,
May 7: UM
Business Competitions Day, featuring Cupid's Cup with Kevin
Plank '96, founder, CEO and chairman of the board of Under
Armour. For more information, please visit
June 10 -
11: Fifth Annual Global Business School Network Conference,
Innovation for Impact:
Business Schools at the Crossroads of Development,
Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit
What's Happening at Smith EMBA? – EMBA Lunch & Learn
By Shelbi Brookshire, Director, EMBA Recruiting
We value your perspective on Smith's EMBA program. You are one
of our best advocates for the continual recruiting of bright,
motivated business professionals to join the growing ranks of
Smith EMBA alumni. Finally, we know you are constantly in the
business community, meeting just such potential Smith EMBAs.
To that end, have you found yourself discussing the program with
prospective students but wanting to do more? If so, the EMBA
Lunch & Learn opportunity is just the thing to keep the momentum
going with your colleague. The lunches are designed to bring you
and your interested colleague together with a Smith
representative in an informal manner to discuss the EMBA student
experience, Smith's value proposition and the next steps - all
at a time and location convenient for you.
It's simple - just contact me at either 301.405.2386 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll work with both you and your
colleague to arrange the time and place.
FYI - the first application deadline of
April 30 is just around
the corner. Formal information sessions will be held on Tuesday,
April 6. Interested individuals can visit
www.rhsmith.umd.edu/emba for dates and registration
Hope to see you soon,
Calling all Venture Capitalists!
Be a venture capitalist for the Business Simulation course, held
May 17. Do you remember what it was like to beg, plead and
borrow from the ruthless EMBA alumni as you and your team
struggled to stay afloat? Well, how would you like to be on the
other side of the table? We are in need of EMBA alumni to play
the role of venture capitalist. The day begins at 9 a.m. and
presentations run through the morning. We invite you to stay for
lunch and hear the results in the afternoon. Space is limited,
so please contact Dr. Joyce Russell at
email@example.com if you are interested.
Dontá Wilson, EMBA '02, has been named to
Birmingham Business Journal's
"Top 40 Under 40." Read the write-up about Dontá in its entirety
Rosa Mariduena Sylvania (EMBA Cohort 2) and her husband Daniel
Weissbein welcomed the birth of twin boys on Jan. 21, 2010. Eli
Simon Weissbein was born at 2:34 a.m., weighing 4.5 lbs., and
Leo Jacob Weissbein was born at 2:35 a.m., weighing 2.5 lbs.
We have three areas where we ask you to make sure your e-mail
and mailing addresses are up-to-date.
- UMD – E-mail University Relations at
firstname.lastname@example.org. This is important if you want to
keep getting Smith Business Magazine and other UMD
- Smith Alumni Portal - This service will
soon convert to
- EMBA Office - Our office attempts to
keep track of all e-mail address changes. Please e-mail us
Don’t forget to look for the Smith School on
Finally, we would like to request personal updates to share with
all of our EMBA alumni. We would like to highlight your
Please send any updates you want to share, such as a new job or
a new baby.
We are looking for a few of your classmates, as we do not have a
good e-mail addresses for them. Please
e-mail us if you have their contact information. Thank you
for your help!