Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Dear Students:
Do you feel the energy that comes with a campus that’s – once again – teeming with people? Fall quarter 2014 is out of the gate, with more than 1,800 Anderson students across different programs charging full speed into another academic year. A warm welcome to our new students, and welcome back to those of you returning to campus. Summer was busy for us, as I’m sure it was for you. We celebrated a few commencements and sadly parted with graduates we won’t be seeing regularly on campus. And we put the finishing touches on new MBA, FEMBA and EMBA cohorts that are each comprised of remarkable individuals.

Judy Olian, Dean

Judy Olian, Dean

Your summer, I am certain, was also busy and interesting, whether working at internships or full-time jobs, or planning the transition into Anderson. Hopefully, there was also time to rest, relax, refresh and reconnect with family and friends. It’s now time to delve deeply into the learning process that is the hallmark of the Anderson experience. Learning covers many facets – exposure to conceptual frameworks and a knowledge base about the various functions of management, the discipline to analyze organizational or market challenges, increasing your knowledge of emergent trends in business, refining and structuring your own business ideas, and digging deeply into your values and disposition in order to become more self aware, and ultimately  a better leader.

These learning goals are front and center as we continuously innovate in our courses and programs. This year will bring several new developments including new senior associate deans for both MBA and FEMBA programs: Mark Garmaise, Professor of Finance; and Margaret Shih, Professor of Management and Organizations, respectively. We’ve hired five excellent assistant professors with PhDs from Columbia, Berkeley, Stanford, Wharton and UT Austin. Spend some time getting to know them and their viewpoints.

For MBA and FEMBA, we are launching our new Google collaboration, a course taught by marketing Professor Sanjay Sood called “Digital Marketing Strategy”, featuring Google execs and new Google cases. FEMBA GAP program participants are working with their first companies from Sweden. Students also will have a new automated system for recording and documenting their research, the OSCAR System, thanks to GAP Fellow Oscar Rodrigues. The EMBA and GEMBA Asia Pacific students combined forces this summer taking classes together for the first time, during the August Elective Block.

On the career-search front, Parker Career Management Center has a new eBook version of their Parker Binder, which provides a wide range of information from critical steps in the career search process to industry-specific overviews, so you can take it with you wherever you are. We’re in the process of making major changes to our website. Over the next few months, you should see a total overhaul. The MBA and FEMBA sites are complete, with the rest on the way. You might also have noticed my new communiqué. We’re excited about our new look, so please check it out.

We talk about the character of the Anderson community – that we share success, think fearlessly and drive change. These are shared qualities that drew you here in the first place, attracted us to you, and create a natural connection to the 36,000 Anderson alumni who embody these qualities in their careers and communities. Let’s continue to realize these qualities in our actions, and in the plans we pursue – as a school and as individuals.

The faculty and staff are here to support you in your transformative journey at Anderson – to stretch your understanding and world view, and to discover and refine your life’s purpose. As always, I truly value your ideas and feedback and want to hear them. Connect with me, whether on email (judy.olian@anderson.ucla.edu), during my office hours, by scheduling an appointment, or when we bump into each other around Anderson. Some of our very best ideas come from you.

Here’s to a great year.
Judy Olian, Dean

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