Another quarter approaches

So another quarter is complete...

  • grades are in
  • books for next quarter are on order
  • teams are already forming for some classes and meeting times are being set up

Winter quarter has some really great elective options for second year students!

Intopia is a really interesting course - it's a full business simulation, where each week represents one financial quarter of a business. Teams of four people compete against each other, and use the skills we've learned during the MBA program to make the most viable business decisions. My team members are very intelligent people, with different backgrounds and strengths - I definitely recommend considering this course.

There is also a Lean Six Sigma project course that partners teams of 4 - 5 students with local businesses. The students run a project over 1.5 quarters - meeting with the company to kick off the project, moving through the DMAIC process (define, measure, analyze, improve and control) and using all the skills we've learned in the Lean Six Sigma course last quarter. I'm really looking forward to this - I've done some Lean Six Sigma work at my last company, and am excited to get into it again!

Of course, coursework isn't the only thing that MBA students (should) think about, especially this time of year! One of the great things about the quarter system is that we all get a decent amount of time off between Fall and Winter quarter. I'm glad to hear that many people were able to go home to visit their families and friends - it's definitely great to get the chance to "recharge" the mental batteries before another quarter begins.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday break, and I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces in Gerlach Hall at the beginning of 2011!


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