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  • My favorite MBA class!

    Posted by Thuy Vien on 12/16/2009 04:23:12 PM

     One of the most informative, interesting and relevant classes I have taken in the MBA program is BLAW 575. It is designed for entrepreneurs but I found that the knowledge I gained from the class is useful for all business people, especially those seeking executive or managerial roles. The topics we covered included the legal responsibilities of executives and key employees in starting a new company and recruiting employees, structuring ownership agreements and dividing ownership claims, issuing stocks, how to save money using tax planning, forming and working with a Board of Directors, how to raise money through family and friends, angel investors and venture capital, human resources and employment law, managing legal issues in mergers & acquisitions and how to protect your company’s intellectual property. I found that this class was a good combination of the global perspective that executives need, along with enough details to ensure proper legal management of a company. I enjoyed analyzing and discussing the various cases involved with each topic and the panel of entrepreneurial experts that joined our class for one session to share their experiences in forming companies. This class has given me a solid foundation in business law. For those considering it as an elective, I would highly recommend this class!

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at


    Tips for Surviving Finals Week

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/11/2009 02:28:17 PM

    How time flies!  This is finals week.  When I walked to the library, the computer lab and even Pigott lobby, I felt the intense atmosphere about final exams.  For me, it was not an easy Quarter because I worked two part-time jobs, took care of a newborn son and took two MBA classes at the same time. I am happy that I finished my finals on the 9th of December, so I would like to share some tips that I used to deal with the finals. 

    1: Get enough sleep.

    You will do better if you are rested.  Cramming often leads to a superficial and confused knowledge of the material you studied.

    2:Resist the urge to party before finals.

    This is the holiday season.  You might be invited to different parties.  Why don’t you use this free time to get started on your class materials?  The earlier you start studying, the better results you will have.  The final is a big part of your final grade (usually 30% or more), in which case it is more likely to make a significant difference in your final average. REMEMBER: if you party, you will need to recover!

    3: Manage your time with a system like time log.

    I found out it is very effective to make a time table before finals.  This includes study time (big chunk), sleeping (another big chunk), exercise time, and some small breaks.  You will study more effectively if you spread things out and take breaks.

    4:Stay focused.

    You cannot change the grades of the assignments that you have done, so the best strategy is to stay focused by reviewing the class materials and studying with good group members.  You will learn more and be better prepared if you find someone who is also committed to studying.

    5: When the exam is over, let it go, have some fun.

    You should forget about the exam when it is over.  Life needs to move on, so why not enjoy a break and prepare for a new quarter?

    Written by Derek Zhao,



    Posted by Thuy Vien on 12/7/2009 03:21:46 PM


    One of the things I have appreciated about the Albers School of Business is the easy access to resources I have to accomplish my tasks.  For new students and admitted students, I would highly recommend checking out the databases and articles at the Interim Library, such as Harvard Business Review, LexisNexis, Value Line and Morningstar. They provide rapid access to information you will need in researching industries. I have found them indispensible in preparing market research studies for my Marketing, Finance and Business Law classes. Best of all, this access is FREE!

    To gain access, simply begin your search at the Interim Library’s webpage, type in the resource you are interested in and log in using your student ID and password.

    Another convenience I have frequently taken advantage of is the online access we have to computer programs at the Albers School through Virtual Desktop. By logging in at this website, we can access all the computer programs the Albers School from our homes, rather than having to come onto campus. Virtual Desktop has allowed me to use a Monte Carlo simulation program while working from home, a feature I have found invaluable for getting through my finance class.

    Written by Thuy Vien. Thuy can be reached at




    Amazing MBA 510 retreat builds future team leaders

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/4/2009 12:38:33 PM

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    Can you imagine standing on a ladder that was shaking and 50 feet off the ground on a rainy cloudy day?  I remember that my heartbeat increased dramatically and I could not breathe.  Two of my teammates and I supported each other by pushing, pulling, and cheering.  I heard nothing except very loud voices from the classmates on the ground such as “You can do it, you can do it”, “We are here for you”, “Almost there, and you got it”, etc.   Each activity was designed to be completed by all team members.  We played rode jumping, cable walking, flat wall climbing, blindfolded walking, ladder climbing and many other challenging games.  I was amazed to see how each individual came up to help the whole team to finish each task even though some of them had back pain, twisted ankle and fear of heights.  I never realized how important an effective team was until this retreat.  From the retreat, I confirmed again that people are different.  We have different strengths and weaknesses.  In order to complete a task successfully, we ought to help each other and trust each other.  For example, I realized the necessity of teamwork while I was climbing the 13 foot flat wall with no safety gear except my teammates who were pushing and holding me on the bottom and some pulling me from the top.  If you ask me what three things I had taken away from this retreat, I would say “trusting your teammates”, “listening to others” and “willingness to help others at any time”.  Moreover, my classmates and I became very good friends.  We enjoy going out together because our relationships are much deeper.  I am sure that this intense 3-day retreat will stick in my mind and influence me positively for a very long period of time.  Finally, I wanted to say that “MBA 510 Tuesday Session” rocks!

    What is MBA 510?

    MBA 510 focuses on self-assessment, tools for developing leadership skills, and concepts of, and practice in group dynamics. A retreat component and service project emphasize individual growth and team building. It is completed in the first or second quarter of the student's program.

    Written by Derek Zhao,