Do you know who makes it all happen at the MSB?

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Do you know the Dean of the Manning School of Business? Shouldn’t you? Better yet, shouldn’t she know you? Well, here she is!

 Kachen George, Director CVIP Umass Lowell, and Kathryn Carter, Dean of Management

To the right is Dean Kathryn Carter.

The Dean’s Student Leadership Council is introducing a Dean’s Forum for the Manning School of Business! The Dean’s Leadership Council (DSLC) serves to enhance the educational experience for all students by providing a vital connection between the students of the college and the Dean.

Their next step in enhancing the educational experience for the Manning School of Business is to make sure that you all know who the heck runs this place. Knowing the MSB staff is crucial to your experience and educational career at UMass Lowell. Meeting the Dean of the college and more about what she does for the college and for you is one of the many steps in doing just that.

By the end of this year, the DSLC will organize a continuous Dean’s Forum where the Dean will share some of her current work and goals and answer your questions!

What do you want to learn from her? What are your questions and ideas regarding the MSB? Share with us and share with Dean Kathryn Carter!

UMass Lowell’s First Annual Chili Cook Off

 

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The UMass Lowell Marketing Club participated in UMass Lowell’s First Annual Chili Cook Off yesterday, Saturday, February 15th.

The Chili Cook Off took place during the women’s and men’s basketball double header against StonyBrook at the Tsongas Center. Competitors included UMass Lowell clubs, faculty, departments, student groups, and Lowell based businesses/organizations. Attendees were given the opportunity to try all of the chili recipes and vote on their top three favorites. At the end of the basketball game, five judges voted on the texture, flavor, consistency, spice, taste, aroma, and color.

The team who received the highest score from the judges, which was the Hawk’s Nest on South Campus, was named “Chili Cook Off Champion”. The team who earned the highest score from the attendees received “People’s Choice” which was the Inn and Conference Center. Although the Marketing Club didn’t win either of those awards, their chili recipe will be served as a special at Hawk’s Nest South because the judges still enjoyed it.

Six teams participated in the Cook Off, and the Marketing Club was the solo student group. Next year, your club can be the winner of the Second Annual Chili Cook Off! Keep your eye out for opportunities for you clubs.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Marketing Club, feel free to contact them through email at: umlmarketingclub@gmail.com. If you want to learn more about student events and activities, contact Student Activities here: http://www.uml.edu/student-services/student-activities/.

How to Make This Semester Your Best

Lisa Armstrong is the Coordinator of Student Success at the Manning School of Business. Her position is new this year and is meant to provide an individual person solely to help in the advising process for first-year students. After completing her first semester in the position, Lisa has some advice for everyone.

 

Hi, all.

I hope that the spring semester is off to a great start for all of you!

I thought I’d share some tips to hopefully make for a successful semester:

ADVISOR. Get to know your advisor.  I care and want to see you succeed at UML! Stop by and see me in Pasteur 305 anytime.  You do not have to wait for the advising period to meet with me.

FACULTY. Try to get to know at least one new faculty member this semester. Faculty at UML are very approachable.  This can be very helpful if you should need some assistance with the course.  Take advantage of their office hours.

GET INVOLVED. Participate in a club activity or sport. This is a great way to meet new people and have some fun participating in your favorite activity, or learn a new one! Visit https://umasslowellclubs.collegiatelink.net/Organizations for a list of the clubs and organizations.

HELP! Don’t wait to get it if you need it.  They semester will fly by.  If you are struggling early in the semester visit the Centers for Learning or check out the tutoring schedule: http://www.uml.edu/CLASS/Tutoring/Drop-In-Tutoring.aspx

SLEEP. I know you are laughing right now, but try to avoid the all-nighters!  Get plenty of sleep.

STUDY BUDDY. Find a few friends to study with. The thought is you would be able to help each other fill the knowledge gaps.

TIME MANAGEMENT. Plan your time. Schedule study time. Keep a calendar of all your assignment deadlines and exams.  If time management is a problem for you, visit the Centers for Learning.  They offer study skill workshops in Time Management that prove to be very helpful.

UPCOMING DATES. The advising period for the Fall 2014 semester begins on April 7th through April 22nd.  Please do not feel like you need to wait until then to talk about any concerns, issues or plan for your fall courses.

Another date to keep in the back of your mind is April 9th.  This is the last day for you to withdraw from courses with a grade of “W”.

Lastly, if you are interested in a Co-Op you should plan to attend an information session.  There are (3) being offered: March 10th 12:00 – 1:00pm and 5:00-6:00pm.  March 27th 5:00-6:00pm and April 4th 12:00-1:00pm.  Location is TBD.  Pre-registration is recommended.  http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Career-Services/Cooperative-Education/Co-op-Info-Sessions.aspx

Again, have a great semester and I look forward to see you all during the advising period, if not sooner.

Best,

Lisa

Women Don’t Study Business

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It’s true. The number of women enrolled in the Manning School of Business has lowered over the past couple of years to under 50%. UMass Lowell is a male dominated campus, but there is no reason that it has to be that way.

What are we doing wrong? Why don’t women want to study Business? Is it that they lean toward jobs with more security such as nursing or teaching? Or, do they pursue business as a career with an educational background in something else?

With the Marketing Club, I am exploring these questions. I am asking business professors and professionals their opinions on this topic and I would love to know what your opinion is, too.

Why are you studying business? Or, why aren’t you?

Back to the Grind

And we are back! Welcome back, all.

I hope that everyone is enjoying the first few days of class. I know that I am supremely overwhelmed already yet I am enjoying every minute of it.

I am interested in knowing what you guys want to know more about from the Manning School of Business. Would you like to learn more about the school itself? The staff? Why you have to take certain classes? What it’s like to live in certain dorms?

I can answer all of those questions and more with the help of you.

Let’s get through this semester together – and let’s do a good job at it.

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Lowell Bound – NOW Please!

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Broken Budgets Public Transit

You know you’re ready to go back to school after break when the most mentally challenging task throughout your day is organizing your social calendar. I have not gone to class or worked this entire break, yet somehow that has resulted in a decrease in my mental stability.

I am ready to go back to school, get into the swing of things, and leave the town where I am recognized everyone that I go. Going back to your hometown always seems like a good idea, until about a week later. About four weeks later I can definitely say that I am ready to return to Lowell!

 

 

Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Directly Correlates to Your Success

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No matter how hard I try, I cannot get away from restaurants. I land a job in retail, but I still need to work as a server at night to pay my bills. I am hired as an intern in the field of my major, but 15 hours a week on an hourly wage can’t support my lifestyle, so I find myself applying to a new restaurant in the area to pay for rent.

This time, I find myself applying to Beer Works in Lowell to help me save for a car. This week I had two interviews, and next week I will begin training.

Interviews don’t make me nervous. Sure, I have to prepare for them and I may get anxious a minute for the interviewer enters the room, but I do not lose sleep the night before or gain a pool of sweat in my armpits as I wait.

Going into Beer Works for my interviews, I felt prepared and assumed that the interviews would be a breeze like all of the other interviews I have had for restaurants in the past. Surprisingly, during my second interview with the General Manager of Beer Works Lowell, I was asked some questions that threw me off guard. These included “What is your favorite ice cream?”, “What sort of music do you listen to?”, and “If you could sit down and chat with anyone in the world right now, who would it be?”

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Because I know it matters, my favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip.
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Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook, and recently published a book names Lean In. I would love to sit down and pick her brain!

Somehow, I answered these questions and supported my answers with explanations and examples. They made me wonder though, what if the person interviewing me hated mint chocolate chip ice cream? Or, what if he thought that Alanis Morissette was some whiny feminist? Would his personal opinions have a large influence on whether or not I would be hired? Or, was he asking these random questions simply to see how I handled the seemingly unrelated questions?

I know that many employers ask nonchalant questions to learn more about prospective employees. My question is how much weight does the actual answer to the question hold? Or is it merely the way the question is answered that matters?

Sometimes, I think that I am the queen of interviews. When someone asks if I’m nervous before an interview, I shrug my shoulders and ask them why they think I should be. As I grow older, though, I may be growing more worried about my interview performance. Does being nervous help or hinder a prospective employee?

As per usual, contact me with your thoughts through the MSB Facebook page, Twitter (@UMassLowell_MSB) or email me (Thalia_Chodat@student.uml.edu)! With your input, the MSB can make workshops that help us approach these topics regarding interviewing skills.

Is it too late for a New Year’s resolution?

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I am guilty. I am not perfect. I am human. Is it too late for a New Year’s resolution? Because, I need one!

I do this thing where when I love something, I work hard at it. If I hate something though, I don’t always push through and try my best. My grades are a constant reminder of this. Math has always been a weakness of mine and as I continue to study business, the struggle continues. Fortunately, I love studying business so I keep trudging on.

My New Year’s resolution is to stop my habit of taking the easy way out. I need to face the reality that even though I struggle with it, I can do well in my math classes as long as I put in the extra work.

This is where I need your help. I want you to share your New Year’s resolutions with me, whether or not they relate to academics. Then, we can hold each other accountable for them. I welcome you to comment on the Facebook page or email me at my student email (Thalia_chodat@student.uml.edu) and ask me if I am trying harder in my courses that involve math. In return, I will do the same to make sure you are staying on track with your New Year’s resolution.

We can make 2014 an even better year than 2013. Happy New Year!

Dorm Life or Apartment?

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As I enter my second semester as a sophomore, I am considering my living options for the rest of my time at UMass Lowell. It seems to be a rite of passage at this age to move onto living into an apartment. It requires more responsibility, is often less expensive than living on campus, and offers a year-round living location near to campus.

 

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This is a picture of my friend, Delaine,
and I touring the University Suites in the spring of 2013 before they were
completely built. It was so exciting to know that we would be a part of the new
addition that was University Suites!

I’m so stressed, though! I am very active in clubs and the MSB and I want to be near the excitement of campus. This seems to be one of the only times during my life where I have the opportunity to live among so many different kinds of people in a more intimate way than the environment that an apartment, or home can provide. Better yet, this could be the only opportunity that I have in my whole life to live in a melting pot of people who are all working to better their education, sense of self, career and future.

I want to live year round in Lowell in order to fully commit to my undergraduate commitments, and I want to take on the responsibility of signing my first lease. At the same time, living in the dorms provides a home and sense of support that the apartment life seems to lack…

What are your thoughts on living while in college? What works best for your lifestyle and learning style? Any advice? I need it!

Life is FLYING By!

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As I write Christmas cards for my siblings, I find myself wondering how is it possible that time can go by so quickly?! It seems like if I want to know how anybody’s life is going, I need to make an appointment with them. Does that mean I’m getting old?

The older I get, the more I realize what the holidays represent. I no longer have the luxury of living with my siblings and being up to date with their lives. Life is moving way too fast! For me, this holiday season represents reconnecting with my siblings.

 

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This is a photo from Christmas years ago with me, my siblings, and grandmother.

 

This time of year is meant to remind us to think of others and not ourselves.
Normally, I spend my school breaks working in order to save money for the
coming semester. I am making a promise to share my time with my siblings and
loved ones this Christmas break instead of directing my time toward providing
for only myself.

What are you doing this Christmas break? What is something that you can do to give to those around you this time of year?