Fall greetings from the Yale School of Management. As I write this, the Class of 2009 are in the throes of their first SOM exams, while the Class of 2008 are enjoying their newly-elevated status as 2nd years — and reveling in the fact that their first SOM exams are now a distant memory. There are many exciting developments to report from the SOM campus, but perhaps the most exciting development is about the campus itself.
Reunions: Returning, Reconnecting, Re-energizing
More than 400 SOM graduates from across the U.S., and an amazing array of countries spanning five continents, gathered at the School for two Reunion Weekends. In September the Class of 1982 celebrated their 25th anniversary, and in October the Classes of 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 marked their 20th, 15th, tenth and fifth anniversaries.
New Audio Features from Yale SOM Faculty
Listen to three new online audio features: Professor Art Swersey describes how experimental design methods add value to marketing and service activities; Professor Nicholas Barberis talks about the emerging field of behavioral finance; Professor Ted Marmor discusses the role of healthcare in the upcoming presidential election and analyzes the likelihood of real reform.
Alumna Supports New Internship Foundation for Students in Environmental Sector
Two students were named the initial recipients for the Ripley Family Foundation internships. The program, supported by a gift from Rosemary Ripley ’80, is intended to help fund international internships for students interested in the environmental sectors. The first recipients were Genevieve Biggs FES/International Relations ’08 and Rita Hudetz SOM/FES ’09.
Read a profile of Rosemary Ripley '80 in Q2 magazine.
SOM Students Win CNBC Fast Money Challenge and Energy Finance Challenge
SOM students have been on a winning streak lately. In August, a team of SOM students won the first ever CNBC Fast Money MBA Challenge, which aired live from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Another team took first place in the third annual Energy Finance Challenge at the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business last month.
SOMAA Message: Become an Alumni Mentor
On behalf of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association (SOMAA), I invite you to participate in the SOMAA Alumni Mentor Program. We have been extremely grateful for the level of alumni support we have received for the program. Alumni who have been active Mentors have found it to be fun and one of the most rewarding ways to remain connected to SOM.
The Class of 2009 — Who Are They?
As the Class of 2009 settles in and the fall semester gets underway, the Admissions Office would like to thank all of our alumni who have given so generously of their time and assistance this past year to help bring another exemplary group of MBA students to Yale SOM. This year’s class of 178 students is an exceptional group of individuals.
Not only are they academically strong, with an average GMAT of 700 and an average GPA of 3.5, but they are also tremendously diverse.
Yale Cup: SOM Alumni Win
They may not have been the youngest team on the field, but they finished on top. Beating a team from the MIT Sloan School of Management in the final match, a group of Yale SOM alumni won the 2007 Yale Cup soccer tournament, held the weekend of September 29-30.
The Yale Cup is a highlight of the year at Yale SOM. This year’s tournament drew more than 300 players from business schools and other graduate programs.
Upcoming Conferences and Opportunities
Founding Dean Bill Donaldson is among the keynote speakers at the seventh annual Private Equity Conference in early November. The third annual Philanthropy Conference will offer strategies to achieve greater effectiveness in philanthropy, looking at resource allocation and measurement tools. Alumni interested in social enterprise are invited to support the first student-run business plan competition that supports and promotes social ventures.