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Provide caring mentoring relationships between new students and 2nd/3rd year students.
Encourage and support new students in achieving student success through their academic and personal goals.
Promote involvement in the GSM community.
What is a Peer Mentor?
A 2nd or 3rd year student who assists a new student by…
Sharing your MBA experiences
Relieving anxieties of the unknown
Answering the who’s, what’s, where’s, how’s and when’s of the program
Your Mentoring Relationship
You are expected to assist a new student by providing friendship, explaining the campus, taking them under your wing, giving them information & insight, and serving as an advocate throughout their first year at UC Davis.
Be available to your mentee!
Don’t say “Call me when you need me” and wait for them to call you. They won’t do that, so check in with them regularly.
Don’t give up on your mentee if he/she becomes withdrawn. Keep trying through all contact methods & notify the mentor coordinator.
Do your best to meet your mentee (ideas include: eating lunch/dinner together, meeting for coffee, etc.).
Anything your mentee tells you should be considered confidential.
Let the mentor coordinator know as soon as possible if you are not able to keep your commitment to the program and your mentee(s), so we may reassign them.
Contact your mentee after receiving their information. Please maintain contact with them throughout their first year.
Refer your mentee to GSM administration when necessary (program manager, registrar, etc.).
You’re not expected to know everything! Feel free to ask your program manager or mentor coordinator questions and/or refer your mentee to an office on campus.
Q. Who can be a mentor?
A. Bay Area MBA students who have completed the first year core AND who plan to be in the program through fall, winter and spring quarter of the year they are a mentor.
Q. How much time does it take to be a mentor?
A. Not much time at all. Minimally, we ask that the mentor student reach out to their mentees via email prior to the beginning of the fall quarter, and continue to check in periodically throughout the year to answer questions or offer assistance with registration, etc.
Q. What do I do if my mentee is not responding?
A. Contact the peer mentor coordinator to verify contact information.
Q. What do I do if my mentee asks me a question and I don’t know the answer?
A. First refer to the resources, otherwise contact your program manager.
Q. What is a peer mentor coordinator?
A. The peer mentor coordinator helps with the recruitment of mentors and assists with the matching process of mentor to mentee. The coordinator can also help mentors with difficult questions or communication with mentees.
Q. How am I matched up with my mentee(s)?
A. Based on your responses to the sign up survey, we will try to match you with a mentee who has similar interests, career background and education goals.
March 1 – April 19 – Pre-order for GSM Delivery Cap & Gown Rental
On the gown rental site, you will first choose your degree. Please note that there are 3 MBA options for the 3 geographic program locations as well as MPAc. Please choose your program carefully so that your gown will be delivered to the appropriate location.
The deadline to order your grad pack is April 19: orders placed after this date may incur additional fees.
Early-bird rental cost is $35 and includes the cap, gown, and tassel. Prices increase as the season progresses.
More information about purchasing regalia can be found on the Commencement Website under academic dress.
TBA – Personalized Invitations
Personalized commencement invitations are available for purchase at the UC Davis Bookstore.
April 10 – Student Speaker Selection
Deadline for student speakers to be selected and names submitted to Student Services.
ASM and the Dean’s Student Advisory Councils are responsible for coordinating speaker selections for their respective programs.
April 10 – Sullivan/Smiley Awards Nominations Due
Students are in the best position to nominate one of their peers for their service, dedication and leadership acumen.
The James F. Sullivan Award is given to the graduating MBA student who has made a significant contribution to the Graduate School of Management, the UC Davis campus and/or the community during his/her tenure here. This award recognizes the importance of students who balance many other commitments in addition to academics and yet continue to give back to the campus or community.
The Robert H. Smiley Leadership Award is given in recognition of MBA students (one each from Day, Sacramento and Bay Area programs) who have shown outstanding leadership in activities and enterprises that they have been involved in since becoming a student at the GSM. These students have shown leadership and initiative in starting new programs or taking existing programs to new and improved levels of operation and success.
April 10 – Teacher of the Year Award Nominations Due
Graduating students in all three MBA programs have the opportunity to recognize a faculty member that most inspired them during their time at the Graduate School of Management. Please nominate the Professor of your choice and provide the reason for your nomination.
The faculty member chosen will be acknowledged by the Dean at Commencement.
NOTE: Last year’s recipient of the Teacher Award are not eligible to be nominated again this year. They will be eligible to be considered for this award again in 2016.
April 15 – Commencement Participation Registration Deadline for all Participants
Any student graduating in 2015 (March, June, September, or December) who wishes to participate in the June Commencement ceremony needs to sign up by April 15. This registration will also serve to reserve 6 tickets for your Commencement guests.
If you missed the April 15 deadline and wish to participate, contact your Program Manager directly.
TBA – Academic Dress Cap & Gown Rental Deadline
Students who do not order their cap & gown by this deadline will not have their cap & gown delivered to their GSM location. You will be responsible for picking up your cap & gown on campus at the posted times.
June 12 (Time TBA) - New Alumni Welcome Event, UC Davis Campus
This event is limited to graduating students, faculty, and GSMAA Board Members. Families are welcome to join us at the reception following the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday.
Reservations are required to attend.
This event is a great opportunity to meet fellow graduates from all four programs.
June 12 - Rehearsal (Time TBA), Mondavi Center
You are strongly encouraged to attend.
You do not need academic dress at rehearsal.
Hooders do not need to be present at rehearsal.
Be prepared to return keys/employment survey or access cards/alumni survey if you have not already done so.
Note: The Office of Student Services will be closed Friday.
June 13 – Commencement Day
GradImages® is the official photographer for Commencement. Proofs will be available by clicking here. Simply enter your Last Name and select 2014 from the dropdown menu.Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at email@example.com.
Pictures will be taken on time! There is no time to accommodate candidates arriving late.
7:30 am – ALL CANDIDATES arrive at Jackson Hall, ready for photos.
7:45 am – Enter through back door for pictures (only candidates will be admitted through the back door). Pictures will be taken from 7:45-9:00 am. All guests must enter at 9:00 am when tickets are taken at the front door.
9:00 am – Mondavi doors open for guests. Guests are not allowed inside until doors open. We suggest you drive separately from your guests if you are arriving early for pictures.
9:15 am – Candidates will assemble, in academic dress, in the Studio. Fill out Hooder cards.
9:30 am – Doors to Jackson Hall open.
10:00 am – Commencement Ceremony
12:00 noon – Reception with light refreshments will take place in the Vanderhoef Theatre, Mondavi Center. Many graduates and family attend the reception for a short time prior to departing for family parties or lunch reservations.
•Contact the Office of Academic and Student Services, (530) 752-3593.
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 2015 Leadership Fellows Program for our part-time MBA students. This program is intended to help participants understand leadership, build self-awareness, and strengthen leadership capabilities. The Leadership Fellows Program is designed to complement the UC Davis MBA core curriculum and continue the school’s mission to prepare innovative leaders for global impact. This training series gives participants additional tools to boost both leadership skills and professional achievement.
Qualified students who are interested in the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) will go through a selection process. The accepted cohort will consist of students from the Bay Area and Sacramento programs. To qualify, students must be:
Currently enrolled in either the Bay Area or Sacramento MBA Program.
Finished with all first year core coursework.
In good academic standing.
This includes students that may complete their degree during the course of the Leadership Fellows Program. We will give preference to students who are closest to graduating.
The participants chosen for this program will attend three workshops, develop a personal Leadership Development Plan, and complete a 360° survey. The 360° survey will consist of a self-assessment, as well as ratings from eight raters selected by the student. Throughout the duration of the program students will receive continuous feedback on this assessment as well as the Leadership Development Plan drafted in the workshop. Subsequent workshop topics include Competency 360° Assessment, Leadership Development Workshop, and a final workshop on Becoming a Trusted Leader. Participants will wrap up and reflect on their experience and insights and be awarded their certificate of completion. Participating students will:
Attend all three workshops. The workshops have been scheduled so they don’t conflict with any currently scheduled courses.
Complete a 360° assessment: The 360° assessment includes you and 8-12 professional colleagues completing a confidential survey that rates your skill level on 27 different leadership competencies.
Create a Leadership Development Plan. You select three competencies for your LDP and receive feedback on them.
Purchase For Your Improvement: You can purchase it here for about $100.00 (no ebook version is available).
Applications are due Sunday, January 25, 2015 and include:
A current résumé
A list of previous and current leadership activities
An essay describing:
Considering your personal and professional experience, describe what leadership means to you and why you want to join the program.
What you hope to gain in your role as a Leadership Fellow.
Attend Leadership Competencies and 360° Assessments: Sunday, February 8, 4:00-7:00 p.m. (San Ramon)
Submit List of 360° Raters: Monday, February 16
Complete 360° Ratings: Monday, March 9
Attend Leadership Development Plan and 360° Assessment Results: Sunday, March 29 (San Ramon)
Submit Leadership Development Plan: Monday, April 20
Attend Workshop: Closing Session – Sunday, May 31 (Davis)
What is the Program Commitment?
During the program, fellows will attend three targeted workshops, create a personal Leadership Development Plan, and complete a 360° survey. Students will also be asked to purchase For Your Improvement, which is available for purchase here. There is no ebook version of this text available.
Can I still apply if I graduate before the program ends?
Yes, as long as you were enrolled for at least one quarter in the year you apply for, you are still eligible to participate.
Do I have to attend all workshops?
Yes, all workshops are mandatory. Exceptions will only be made in extreme cases.
How soon will I find out if I was accepted into the program?
We will notify all applicants by February 2, 2015.
Where will the workshops be held?
Workshops will be held on the following afternoons:
• Sunday, February 8 – San Ramon
• Sunday, March 29 – San Ramon
• Sunday, May 31 – Davis
Can anyone enrolled in the MBA program attend the workshops?
No, the workshops will only be open to those who have been accepted into the LFP.
Can I earn academic credit by participating in the LFP?
No, the workshops will not count toward your graduation requirements.
What happens if I miss a workshop?
You will not be able to continue the program if you do not attend all sessions.
Can I participate more than one year?
No, the program is not designed for participation more than once.
If I am not accepted the first year, can I try again the following year?
Candidates who are not selected in their first year can reapply. Preference will be given to students in their final year.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.
At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.
U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.
Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:
(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
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