2011 Stetson University Executive MBA Alumni Reception

One lucky alumnus who RSVPs by May 1 will win a two-night stay at the Hilton in Daytona Beach.

The 2011 Stetson University Executive MBA Alumni Reception is just around the corner! It will be a great opportunity to rekindle old friendships and make new connections with others who have gone through the Executive MBA program in Celebration. The event begins with cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and a brief awards/recognition program. The rest of the time is yours to visit with your fellow alumni. Here are the details:

Saturday, May 14, 6-9 p.m.; Celebration Golf Club, 701 Golfpark Drive, Celebration, FL 34747; RSVP here; a $25 per person donation is suggested but not required.

Dr. Wendy B. Libby, president of Stetson University, will be in attendance, as will many Stetson University Executive MBA faculty members, including Dr. Carolyn Nicholson (Marketing), Dr. Carolyn Mueller (International Business and Finance) and Peggy Stahl (Organizational Management). Dr. Stuart Michelson, dean of the Stetson School of Business and director of the Executive MBA program, and Wendy Lowe, program coordinator, will host the event.

Alumni who RSVP by May 1 will be entered into a drawing for a three-day, two-night stay at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort worth $458. In addition, all attendees will be able to set your own price on a number of great silent auction items! Below is the list of products gathered to date (subject to change). It’s the perfect opportunity to get a deal on a getaway, a meal or a gift. Check them out, and we’ll see you May 14 in Celebration!



Personal Catering


Sweet Tooth

Gifts, Pampering and Miscellaneous

Cohort 8 gets South Africa itinerary

Lewis Chidziva, center, met with Stetson EMBA Cohort 8 to discuss the group's plans for the international trip to South Africa.

On Saturday, April 2, members of Stetson University’s Executive MBA Cohort 8 met Lewis Chidziva, who will lead the students on their international experience this June in South Africa. The managing director of MBA Vista visited the classroom to tell the students what to expect culturally and business-wise, and to give them their first look at the itinerary. Chidziva has secured executive level meetings with various businesses in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“I was jazzed before, but I didn’t really know what all would be included,” said Jacob Walters, a member of Cohort 8 who works for Walt Disney World. “Now, I can tell that the whole experience is going to be phenomenal!”

Members of the cohort will begin their trip in Johannesburg, where they will meet with executives from Nissan, Vodacom, Billion Group, Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Cullinan Diamond. They will also go on a safari, visit the Apartheid Museum and ride through Soweto on bicycles.

Torrance Johnson, a classmate of Walters’ and a manager at Celebration-based B.A.S.S. LLC, said he is most excited about visiting the stock exchange, the largest exchange in Africa and among the Top 10 largest in the world. “I’m also excited about going to the Apartheid Museum, where we’ll get to learn about the history of the country and walk in someone else’s shoes for a day.”

In Cape Town, the students will meet with Investec, Spar and Warwick Winery. They will experience Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, and Robben Island as well.

The Executive MBA students will experience South Africa to its fullest — the culture, cuisine, music, business practices and the astounding beauty.