On October 26-27, William & Mary played host to alumni and friends for its Homecoming weekend 2012. One uninvited guest tried to (literally) rain on our parade, but Hurricane Sandy spared us and the weekend was a success. Williamsburg did not get hit too hard, but we continue to keep those who were not as lucky in our thoughts. The majority of those who were invited and ventured to campus this weekend were alumni or a part of the current W&M community, but a select group were here to decide if they could see themselves as future alumni of The Mason School of Business.
The Admissions staff hosted its Fall Visit Social this weekend, where we played host to a select group of prospective MBA candidates to give them a snapshot into the life of an MBA student at William & Mary. The day started with a casual continental breakfast which led right into a welcome and overview from the MBA Admissions Team and Julie Hummel, who represented the MBA Programs Team. We all had the opportunity to share a little bit about the program, admissions and a general overview of the weekend’s events. The students then had the opportunity to hear from Peggy Gesing, Director of MBA CareerPREP, to understand how her team works to support the students and guide them through the career search process. Assistant Dean and Professor, Deborah Hewitt, then had the opportunity to show our students what a classroom setting is like by taking them through a mock class session where the students were very engaged and really impressive with their base of knowledge and active participation in the classroom setting. The students were then escorted to Brinkley Commons for a nice luncheon with a group of our wonderful Executive Partners with whom the students were able to engage directly and learn firsthand about their role in our program. After our EPs offered some of their expert advice to the students, some of them were able to have their official admission interview with Amanda or myself before participating in the homecoming festivities for Friday night, which included the Homecoming Parade and the Mason School of Business Opening Reception. At the reception the students received a special shout-out from Dean Pulley along with the assurance that despite Hurricane Sandy the game would not be cancelled, it wouldn’t rain, and that we would win. He would prove to be right on two out of the three, but you will have to keep reading to find out which two.
Saturday was all about student and alumni engagement. Some of the students started their day with meetings with Amanda and me, but the majority of the group started their day with a student/alumni panel. The prospective students were able to ask questions directly to current students and alumni about their experience in the program. I think the students really appreciated the candor of our panel and really walked away with a genuine idea of what to expect as Mason students. The rest of the visit included the Mason tailgate and football game. As I mentioned earlier, Dean Pulley went two for three on his predictions for Saturday and unfortunately, the Tribe lost to Maine by a score of 24-10.
Even though we did not pull out the victory in the football game, the Mason community won big with the candidates who were visiting with us this weekend. We are highly encouraged by all of their candidacies and look forward to reviewing their applications in the near future. With our first application round just passing this weekend, the season for application review has gotten off to a great start! If the group from this weekend is any indication of the type of class we will craft during this application season, the Class of 2015 will be rock stars!
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