Foster C4C Sports Weekend 2015 Recap: Go Dawgs!

Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a MBA student-led non-profit organization that brings together nine West Coast Business Schools to support the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local charities. Their signature event is the annual C4C Sports Weekend in Palo Alto. It’s an awesome time and one of the most cherished memories for many Foster MBA students. It’s my pleasure to introduce Erin Poulter, one the outgoing Challenge For Charity (C4C) co-presidents, who provides some great insight on what it was like to be at the C4C Sports Weekend this year!

That magical time of year was here again…Challenge for Charity Sports Weekend! 200 Dawgs (and Dawg supporters) made the trip to Palo Alto to participate in what is unanimously known as an MBA experience no Dawg can miss.

We kicked off Friday afternoon with softball, soccer, and football. People in purple attire were scattered around the Stanford campus cheering on their friends. It turned out to be an exciting evening for UW, with Jim Howes taking the crown in the Spelling Bee and Meredith Sciarrio and Hartley Riedner’s choreography to Uptown Funk bringing down the house. A little while later, UW stormed the court as the men’s basketball team (captained by Graham Mills) won the B league. This led to a Dawg procession to watch the final round of the trivia competition, where the UW team of Jared Wilkins, Scott Knackstedt, Libby Waterbury, Rick Hendricks, and Greg Seals, took home first place!

Men's B-league Basketball Champs!

]3 Men’s B-league Basketball Champs!

Saturday started early and was filled with fun, sports, and companionship. Co-ed softball, captained by Ryan Bedwell, took first place and a celebratory jump in the hotel pool!

Co-ed Softball champs!

]4 Softball champs!

Ultimate frisbee, led by Jessi Green, Vince Kearns, James Truitt, and Ben Troop, also placed first, which was sweet revenge for last year’s loss.

Your 2015 C4C Weekend Frisbee Champs!

]5 Your 2015 C4C Weekend Frisbee Champs!

Dawgs could be found sitting in the grass and watching cricket or crowded around the beach volleyball courts. In the evening, Death Spiral (the Foster MBA band) brought down the house, with upbeat tunes and guest appearances from the Sax Man and Michael Jackson.

Death Spiral, the Foster MBA band bringing down the house

]6 Death Spiral, the Foster MBA band bringing down the house

Despite coming in a close second to USC (UW won volunteer hours and USC won fundraising and sports), UW MBAs lived it up in Palo Alto. Whether on campus cheering and playing sports, at the pool with drinks and on floats, or partying it up downtown, the weekend was a time for celebration. This year the MBA classes raised over $118,000 and contributed over 3,000 volunteer hours to the Special Olympics of Washington and Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. Overall, many memories were made and the fire was lit to inspire next year’s cohorts to work even harder to bring home the coveted Golden Briefcase. Go Dawgs!

About the Author:

erin poulter Prior to Erin’s enrollment in the Foster MBA program, she was a member of the New Orleans 2009 Teach for America corps. Erin taught special education in a K-8 charter school for two years and then spent two more years as the operations manager at the same school. Her concentration at Foster is in marketing. She is originally from New Jersey and received her BA in psychology from Colgate University, where she was also a 4 year Division 1 lacrosse player. For more on Erin Poulter, you can reach out to her via LinkedIn. To learn more about UW’s Challenge for Charity club, click here!


Posted by Nelson Tang - July 25th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



The summit is only the halfway point: thoughts on the first year of the MBA

mount st helens summit A few short weeks ago, the MBA class of 2016 breathed a collective sigh of relief as the last final was turned in, we had our end of year celebrations, and said our farewells to the graduating class of 2015. The class of 2015 is now transitioning into their post-MBA careers, and the class of 2016 is already starting their summer internships. We are now officially “second-years.”

For anyone looking to embark on their own MBA journey, here are my thoughts on the first year:

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Posted by Nelson Tang - July 1st, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



Introducing the New 2015-2016 Social Media Coordinator!

It’s my pleasure to introduce the new Social Media Coordinator for the Foster Full Time MBA Program, Roberto Molina! He’s a first-year MBA (Class of 2016) and originally hails from Mexico City. We had a great time on the same study team in Winter Quarter together. Read on for more about Roberto!
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Posted by Nelson Tang - June 25th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



What was your favorite elective, and why?

Here at Foster, we have a variety of elective classes that we can take, but there’s not enough time for them all! However, there are some elective classes that everyone seems to love. Several members of the Full-Time Class of 2015 gave us the inside scoop on their favorites:

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Posted by Nelson Tang - June 4th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



Blue Dot Perspective: Mattie

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Guest post by Mattie Winistorfer, a wonderful 2016 Blue Dot! Mattie’s fiance is a current student here at Foster, and she is a member of the ‘Blue Dots’ – the network of spouses and significant others whose loved ones are in the Foster MBA program. The name comes from the blue dot stickers that were put on their name tags during Admitted Student Welcome Weekends, to indicate that they were the spouse/significant other of an admitted student.

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Posted by Nelson Tang - May 27th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



MBA Study Tour: Spring Break in Japan!

Alum gathering in Japan Every year, Foster MBA students get to travel the world as part of long-term MBA exchange programs or on short-term study tours/projects, led by the Global Business Center. This is Peter Kazarian’s account of the March ’15 study tour in Japan. Super jealous.

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Posted by Nelson Tang - May 18th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



Powerful conversations: FOSTERing MBA Access

Fostering mba access

Interview with Junny Kim, 1st-year MBA, Class of 2016. FOSTERing MBA Access is a student-run series of events sponsored by the Diversity In Business Club, Women In Business Club, and Out In Business Club. The events are dedicated to increasing awareness and access to MBA-level education in underrepresented communities.

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Posted by Nelson Tang - May 11th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



Blue Dot Perspective: Greg

blue dot perspective - greg

Greg’s boyfriend is a current student here at Foster, and is a member of the ‘Blue Dots’ – the network of spouses and significant others whose loved ones are in the Foster MBA program. The name comes from the blue dot stickers that were put on their name tags during welcome weekends, to indicate that they were the spouse/significant other of an admitted student.

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Posted by Nelson Tang - May 6th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



The New Inside the MBA Blog Coordinator appears!

Nelson Tang, Class of 2016

]1 Nelson Tang, Class of 2016 – Your New Blog Coordinator!

Hi, my name is Nelson Tang, a first-year MBA from the Class of 2016 and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be taking over the Inside the MBA Blog for the next year! We also have several new Admissions Coordinators on the team, and in the next week or two you’ll hear from them here. But first, here’s a little about me:

What did you do before the MBA?

Prior to the MBA I was an Air Force Acquisitions Manager (aka Product Manager), but my background is in Mechanical Engineering. I supported cool stuff like satellite launches and advanced weapons research, but after 8 years I was ready for a life of peace, and for an opportunity to recharge. So I chose to get an MBA and devote two years of my life entirely to personal development, and Foster had just jumped up in the rankings. After the MBA, I hope to work in marketing or product management, working with cool people and tackling new challenges!

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Posted by Nelson Tang - May 4th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink



Foster MBAs do Bollywood

The monthly TG* usually draws a big crowd but none larger than the annual “Indian TG.” Hosted by current students, this TG is popular because it is always filled with delicious food, fun music and, of course, a Bollywood dance! Check out this year’s student dance, performed during the Indian TG and the Welcome Weekend for admitted students.

* The origin of the “TG” event name has been explained differently over the years, but it is most commonly explained as a shortening of T.G.I.F. (Thank goodness it’s Friday). These events happen monthly throughout the year and each one always has a theme associated with it.


Posted by Sarah Eytinge - April 13th, 2015 - 0 comments - Permalink