Cathy Martin, Stetson University Executive MBA alumnus from Cohort 4, says that little things can make a big difference when it comes to your online persona. Have you posted something that was helpful or harmful to your career or personal brand?
Members of the Stetson University Executive MBA program’s Cohort 7, Class of ’11, showed unity at graduation, May 7, 2011. The classmates decorated their graduation caps with letters and lined up so that their back view read: C7 Better Together! The cohort has been a close-knit group since the beginning. “I miss seeing my cohort already,” said Susan Golinsky, a Cohort 7 member. (You can click on the photo to see it bigger.)
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!
- B.A.S.S.: Abu Garcia Revo S baitcast reel, one-year subscription to Bassmaster Magazine and assorted lures; $175
- Celebration Golf Club: 18 holes of golf for 4 people; value $340
- Jump Florida Skydiving Center: skydive for one; value $160
- Orange County National Golf: gift card; value $200 (two packages up for auction)
- Sea World Parks & Entertainment: four Sea World/Aquatica tickets for 14 consecutive days; value $489
- Yow Dance: four tickets to Orlando Fringe Theatre Festival; value $40
- Walt Disney World: four one-day Park Hopper passes; value $544 (two packages up for auction)
- Bohemian Hotel Celebration: one-night stay; value $199
- Chalet Suzanne: one-night stay and breakfast for two; value $500
- Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek: one-night stay and breakfast for two; value $200
- International Palms Resort: two-night stay and breakfast for two daily; value $350
- Mona Lisa Suites & Hotel: three-night stay in a two-bedroom suite with breakfast daily; value $1,000
- Delicious Meals from My Kitchen: dinner for four; value TBD
- Foodie Catering: dinner party for six; value $1,000
- Puff ‘n Stuff: dinner buffet for 10; value $250
- Too Jay’s Catering: gift card; value $50
- Boston Market: 10 Be My Guest passes; value $100
- Cafe D’Antonio’s: gift card; value $25
- Celebration Town Tavern: gift card; value $25
- Columbia Restaurant: gift card; value $100
- Earl of Sandwich: 15 free meal coupons; value $120
- Imperium Food & Wine: bottle of wine and $25 gift certificate; value $50
- Orlando Magazine: three $50 gift cards for dining; value $150
- Padrino’s Cuban Bistro: gift card; value $60
- Panera Bread: gift certificates; value $40
- Pei Wei: gift certificates; value $50
- Sweet Tomatoes: basket of kitchen gadgets, cooking utensils and catering gift certificates; value $100
- Thai Thani: gift card; value TBD
- Tijuana Flats: gift certificates; value $40
- Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom Lodge: wine and gift card; value TBD
- Kilwin’s: gift card or sweets; value TBD
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: gift card; value $30
- Tropical Smoothie: gift card; value TBD
- Venezia Bakery & Cafe: gift certificates; value $50
Gifts, Pampering and Miscellaneous
- Aveda Salon: basket of personal care items; value TBD
- Barker Specialty: Flavia Milano Handblown Globe; value $80
- Celebration Health & Fitness Centre: gift card for spa; value $100
- DBG Promotions: Stetson sports bag; value $22
- Debbie Huffman: four hours of house-cleaning service; value $250
- Disney Photo Imaging: complimentary photo CD; value $150
- In Style Nails: gift certificate; value $25
- Massage Envy: sample products and one-hour facial or massage; value $60
- One Hour Martinizing: dry cleaning gift certificate; value $50
- Salon de Cruz: haircut and style; $45
- Soft as a Grape: Celebration T-shirt and baseball cap; value $20
- Starbucks: basket of coffee-related items; value $60
- Stetson University: Stetson athletic gear, jersey, tickets and hat; value $185
- Tower Products: gift certificate; value $100
- ULTA: beauty products; value TBD
- West Orange Times: four one-year subscriptions; value $86
- Woof Gang Bakery: basket of pet-friendly items; value $75
Recently, a Stetson University Executive MBA graduate flipped his former role as student to that of a professor — at least, for a day.
On March 17, Russell Lowe (Stetson Executive MBA ’09) was a guest lecturer during a STAT500 class, Issues in Decision Science, at the Celebration campus. Dr. Betty Thorne had asked him to present; she had been his teacher during his MBA experience.
“I often use statistical methods, including regression analysis, to assist in making forecasts and estimates on future sales volume for my business unit,” said Lowe, who is regional sales vice president for Acuity Brands Lighting in Orlando. “During my lecture, I was able to share these real-world applications and methods to help Dr. Thorne’s students increase their identification of statistics information in a business context.”
“It was a great privilege to have Russell speak with my students,” said Thorne, professor of Decision and Information Sciences for Stetson University. “His analysis and interpretation of data made statistics come alive! Russ emphasized the value of a graph, looking for outliers, and recognizing variation and its possible causes.”
Students enjoyed the presentation, as well. “Russell demonstrated how statistics can take raw data such as orders placed and sales and turn this into a tool to forecast for future months and set goals for his team,” said student Philip Pilarz. “Russell used principles we have used in class, such as standard deviations and regression, to understand sales numbers across different regions as well as the relationship between variables to better understand what can be expected in time to come.
“Overall, it was very refreshing and encouraging knowing that the material we are taking our time to study can have real life practices in our future business careers, whatever they may be,” continued Pilarz.
Pilarz’s classmates Matthew Durak and Debra Gatlin echoed his sentiments, adding that Lowe’s visit was a great help and provided invaluable information.
“It was my pleasure to have Russ in class during his Executive MBA education at Stetson,” added Thorne. “As a professor, it is my joy to know that Russ is able to apply knowledge gained in his studies to his career. Thanks, Russ, for your willingness to return to Stetson to demonstrate applications of data analysis to our current students.”