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UI graduate business students prepare for fall with IMPACT '97
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Executives from several national and local companies will
help about 80 graduate students in the University of Iowa College of Business
Administration learn the "impact" of their education as part of
an orientation for new master of business administration (MBA) students beginning
Monday, Aug. 18.
"IMPACT '97" is a week-long series of activities to introduce first-year
MBA students to the College of Business Administration and their classmates,
and to help students develop some of the skills they will need in the two-year
Events run through Friday, Aug. 22. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.
IMPACT stands for "Involvement, Motivation, Professionalism, Achievement,
Beth Coronelli, coordinator of IMPACT '97, says the week's events are designed
to help students learn what will be expected of them in the MBA program. The
activities also allow students to get to know each other, and to become acquainted
with the offices, resources and support available at the College of Business
"It's more than orientation," Coronelli says. "IMPACT week
introduces them to the program, and also gives them new skills as they begin
their MBA careers."
As part of the program, students are assigned to work as teams to assess
challenges and develop strategies for issues currently faced by the computer
company Gateway 2000, Inc.
At the end of the week, students are required to make presentations to a
"board of directors," which includes area business leaders. The
task introduces students to skills, such as making presentations, working
as a team, resolving conflicts, they will need during the next two years.
Executives from Kimberly-Clark, Marriott International, Inc. and Ingram Micro,
Inc. will participate in the program.
A total of about 195 students are enrolled in the on-campus, two-year MBA