I never thought that I would spend several hours walking around Davis in front of thousands of people in boxers. But today, that’s exactly what I and 20 of my classmates did. And it was awesome. Today was Picnic Day, a day when thousands of people — alumni, prospective students, families and friends — pour into Davis for what is essentially a campus-wide open house.
The GSM has a business class called the International Study Trip (IST). The class is offered twice a year, during the winter and summer quarters. During the quarter, the class studies a country — the culture, the businesses, and the business practices. Each student sets up at least one business meeting abroad. At the end of the quarter, the class culminates in a 2 week trip to the country to visit businesses and learn about the country and its culture (with plenty of time for sightseeing and other fun activities). This year, the trip was to Turkey!
So I was just sitting here, studying like crazy for next week’s finals, when I got an e-mail from a classmate informing us all that our own finance professor Brad Barber was quoted in today’s New York Times. For those of you admitted students who were here Friday, he’s the one who facilitated the lecture and discussion on the financial crisis.
MBAdmit Day is finally almost here! Students who have been admitted to the Graduate School of Management Class of 2012 have been invited to Gallagher Hall on Friday, March 12, for a full day of activities, including a presentation from Professor Brad Barber about regulatory reform and a wine reception featuring wineries connected to GSM alumni.
Thomas L. Friedman boldly proclaims that the world is flat. I couldn’t agree more. I sit here in class among a great collection of diversity. It boggles my mind to think that a program of 120 students could have such cultural and linguistic variety. In the little family that is the GSM, dozens of countries are represented. Over twenty different languages are spoken. Ten students speak three or more languages.
“Show me your guts,” says Professor Tsai in his first lecture for 203B – Forecasting and Managerial Research Methods motto. This mantra, the title of his first lecture, is definitely an ongoing theme throughout the two courses he teaches at the GSM.
We might all be really busy with school, clubs, and the rest of our responsibilities at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, but we somehow found the time to take a weekend off and head up to the mountains.
Former CIA director, turned-clean tech venture capitalist, R. James Woolsey spoke at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management on Jan. 22 to discuss renewable energy and energy security. Woolsey says that U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil ranks “very high” as a national security concern.