Mason School of Business gets Hot & Spicy!

The last couple of months have been pretty busy for us in MBA Admissions and we know we have not been blogging as regularly as normal. We have been hard at work crafting our next class, and we are excited about what the 2015 cohort will contribute to the Mason School of Business family. In the midst of this hectic season, we were able to step away from our computers and enjoy the last cultural night of the year, Hot and Spicy, a celebration of Thailand, Latin America and Africa! Students, faculty and staff all came together and through a combination of skits, dances and awesome food, we were able to learn a little bit about many diverse countries.

The night began with a dinner catered by our favorite Thai restaurant in Williamsburg, Bangkok Garden, along with some dishes prepared by some of our students. After dinner our tour around the world began in Thailand. Our wonderful country-guides, Pavich and Sup took us through the distinct attributes of the different regions in Thailand-Northern, Central, Northeastern and Southern. One interesting fact I learned was that Bangkok is not really Bangkok.  The city’s name is actually 170 characters long and takes at least 2 breaths to say. In addition to some great facts about Thailand we were treated to 2 traditional Thai dances and a skit depicting Muay Thai,-a Thai style of boxing and martial arts.

We then hopped on a plane and headed to Latin America where we have students representing countries such as Mexico, Dominican Republic, Peru, Venezuela and Brazil. Once we arrived in Latin America, we were welcomed with a wonderful performance from the W&M Salsa Club. Our students, then, decided to share information about each country represented in our program through a presentation of key facts about the country and one thing everyone can relate to, food!  Unfortunately we were unable to sample all the food from each location, but we certainly know what to order the next time we are in a restaurant from these different countries. We also enjoyed a dance competition featuring the samba, salsa and bachata, where a cash prize was awarded to the most talented performers.

Our last stop was the continent of Africa. We are lucky enough to have students who represent several countries in Africa including Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and the Congo. Second year-student Damilola Ashaolu began this portion of the night by singing the national anthem of South Africa and sang it beautifully. After a fashion show that displayed many different African clothing, we were lucky enough to have the undergraduate African Cultural Society perform a dance medley. The finale of the night was a step performance by students and staff (the admissions staff that is), led by first-year MBA, Montique Warren.

The entire night was a lot of fun and at a busy time of the year, we were happy to have the opportunity to not only show our support in attending the event, but also participating. It was also a great finale to all our culture events this year. From Diwali to Chinese Lunar New Year, Japanese Cherry Blossom night to Hot and Spicy and everything in between, it has been a great year for our students and I am lucky and happy that I had the opportunity to be a part of it all.

Even though the academic year is coming to its end, we continue to focus on our next talented class of MBA candidates. Our Round 4 application deadline of April 28 is approaching quickly. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis through May and June. Now, back to the applications and computers we go to put the final touches on the W&M MBA Class of 2015!

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Randy Tripp

Randy currently serves as the Associate Director of MBA Admission for the Mason School. After graduating from William & Mary with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 2005, Randy worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office at William & Mary for 5 years. After being away from W&M for a year and a half, he returned to the Mason School in May 2012 to serve in his current role.

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