Archive for August, 2012

Freeman hosts national career services workshop

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Career services directors from more than a dozen leading business schools converged on New Orleans in August to take part in a special workshop organized by the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Career Services Roundtable

Career services directors from more than a dozen top business schools visited the Freeman School in August for the first Career Services Roundtable.

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and Associate Dean Peggy Babin conceived the Career Services Roundtable to enable career management professionals from top business schools to discuss issues and collaborate in an intimate workshop setting. While the MBA Career Services Council sponsors a number of conferences for career services personnel, those meetings tend to be large national events with little opportunity for one-on-one interaction and dialogue.

“From student services to technology to corporate outreach, we’re all dealing with the same issues,” said Babin, who oversees the Freeman School’s Career Management Center. “The roundtable was a chance for us to get together and share experiences and best practices in a casual, business-school-focused environment.”

“I had very high expectations for the roundtable,”  added Dean Solomon, “and those expectations were exceeded.”

The daylong workshop included sessions on how to build a high-performance career services center, ways to improve the stature and influence of career services within a business school, and strategies to better serve the growing population of international students. The roundtable also included an open session to allow participants to discuss topics not covered in the earlier sessions.

The Freeman School led the nation with a 98.1 percent employment rate for MBA graduates in 2011, but according to Leonard Williams, director of Freeman’s Career Management Center, there’s still room for improvement.

“Some of those in attendance were interested in learning what we did to achieve that level of employment, but I was just as interested in learning their processes and practices,” Williams says. “I think everyone came away from the workshop with new ideas and insights.”

Among the colleges and universities represented at the roundtable were Rice University, Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Washington, University of California San Diego, Emory University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southern Methodist University, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, University of Virginia and Yale University.

The event earned universal praise from participants, and Babin says she’s already talking with attendees about trying to make it an annual event with hosting duties rotating among the participating institutions.

“Connecting students with employment opportunities is an increasingly important job at most business schools, so developing new resources to improve that process is something we’re all interested in and excited about,” Babin said.

 

 


Freeman Professor Michael Hogg Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The Freeman School’s Michael Hogg, a professor of practice who teaches undergraduate legal studies in business courses, is highlighted in Bloomberg Businessweek this week as part of its “Favorite Professors” series.

The Freeman School’s Michael Hogg is featured this week as one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Favorite Professors.”

Bloomberg Businessweek regularly profiles favorite undergraduate business professors from universities across the nation based on feedback collected in the magazine’s annual survey of senior business students.

Hogg, who also serves as associate dean for undergraduate programs at the Freeman School and vice president for student affairs at Tulane, earned praise in the survey for an unorthodox teaching style that employs some creative techniques to help students understand how the subject matter applies in the real world. That may mean field trips to trial court or Home Depot or test questions that incorporate student Facebook photos to create a relevant — and usually funny — story.

“Students often laugh during tests,” Hogg tells Bloomberg Businessweek. “That’s a little weird.”

To read the full profile, visit Businessweek.com.

 



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