Moving Forward: The GSM Alumni Association’s Annual Progress Report
by Roger Halualani MBA 91| President, GSM Alumni Association
UC Davis just completed its first comprehensive campaign, raising more than $1 billion from more than 100,000 donors. The GSM raised over $25 million to support the campaign. In the past several years, we’ve continually seen how the School is advancing under the guidance of Dean Steven Currall, who we will miss as he moves into a new leadership role at UC Davis in October.
Below is a short list of some of the School’s recent achievements. We should all be proud to be alumni.
- This was the second year of the Integrated Management Project, a core course in the new MBA curriculum. For those “more experienced” alumni, these team consulting projects offer an experience similar to MGT 240.
- The second class of the nine-month Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program graduated on June 14, making the class of 2014 the largest in our history, with 212 MBA and MPAc graduates.
- The Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the top 9 percent in the nation, and the Part-Time MBA program is ranked in the top 8 percent by U.S. News & World Report.
- The School is the the fastest-rising business school in U.S. based on alumni return on investment (Forbes, 2013), and No. 13 worldwide in faculty research productivity (Financial Times, 2014).
- The School is ranked No. 1 worldwide for diversity of corporate recruiters seeking MBA graduates (The Economist, 2013).
- The School is No. 6 in the U.S. for offering the greatest opportunity for women (Princeton Review, 2013).
The GSM Alumni Association board continues to recruit amazing individuals to ensure we have the skills and talent needed to effectively promote alumni perspectives, expand alumni engagement, and support student and alumni networking. Please join me in welcoming our new board members:
- Joy Faletti, Full-Time MBA 89, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.
- Vickie Sherman, Sacramento MBA 13, Golden 1 Credit Union
- Carolyn Weiner, Full-Time MBA 11, PG&E Corp.
- Brian Woodall, Full-Time MBA 06, Lamplighter Financial LLC
The board continues to focus on improving the School’s financial stability and helping to reduce its reliance on public funds. While our alumni giving levels have improved significantly over the past few years and last year we raised a record amount from alumni giving, we still lag behind UC Berkeley Haas and UCLA Anderson in the percentage of alumni who give. To be mentioned in the same sentence as these great schools, we don’t need to match their giving rates—we need to exceed them.
So, what can you do to help the School and your Alumni Association? Here are some ideas:
- Make a financial donation to the Annual Giving Campaign, supporting an endowment fund or the General Fund
- Volunteer to support ongoing GSM activities. Become a class agent to enhance engagement with your class.
- Attend GSM events
- Refer colleagues who would make great MBA or MPAc students to the Admissions Team
- Recruit and hire GSM graduates as interns and career employees
- Provide ideas, suggestions and feedback to the board
I’d like to give special recognition to Brian Hoblit MBA 07, who served as president of the board for the past two years. Brian is the type of alumnus who attends almost every event; interacts with alumni, students, faculty and staff; and is a role model for other alumni board members. Through Brian’s efforts, building on the work of previous president John Argo MBA 04, the GSM Alumni Association is stronger, energized and actively involved in helping the School achieve its strategic vision and plans.
And one last thank you to the four board directors who rolled off at the end of June: Jill Abrams MBA 03, Anne Barefield MBA 01, Steve Gabelich MBA 98 and Jennifer Pockell-Dimas MBA 00. These alumni spent the last three years working to improve the Alumni Association and the School.