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February 12, 2002 -- News Brief

Executive MBA and MBA alumni gather for "Hot Topics" seminars

An opportunity to refresh their graduate degrees was embraced by more than 100 alumni of the Illinois MBA and Executive MBA programs on February 9, 2002. The alumni gathered on a Saturday morning in Wohlers Hall for a light breakfast before the education program began (below left) with a plenary session by Larry DeBrock, professor of economics. Concurrent sessions before and after lunch featured presentations by faculty from the Department of Business Administration: Don Kleinmuntz, professor, Brian Wansink, associate professor, Nick Petruzzi, assistant professor, and Jeffrey Krug, assistant professor. The Illinois MBA's Office for Strategic Business Initiatives updated attendees during lunch, and Dean Avijit Ghosh (below right) moderated a wrap-up discussion.

Conveniently the day wrapped up in time for attendees to watch the Illinois-Purdue basketball game. Despite an early deficit, the Illini staged a comeback and won the game 69-67.

The Hot Topics seminars were the result of discussion among the Executive MBA Alumni Association board of directors. Reacting to input from association members who asked for opportunities to continue their learning experiences, the board developed the all-day event. Noted one alumnus, "[Hot Topics] was a great success. It was a shame to have to choose between sessions."

Executive MBA Director Merle Giles was pleased with the attendance, the quality of the presentations, and the overall reaction to the day's events. "From the responses we have received so far (both from alums and from the faculty), the day was a smashing success!"

The Hot Topics event was hosted by the Executive MBA Program, the Illinois MBA Program, and the Office for Alumni and External Affairs. The Executive MBA Alumni Association funded the educational program and the MBA Alumni Association sponsored the game party.


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