May, 2011

1st Annual Pacific Northwest Case Competition

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

*On April 22 – 23rd, Foster School of Business hosted the 1st annual Pacific Northwest Case Competition. Participating schools included: Gonzaga University, Seattle University, University of British Columbia, University of Washington Bothell, University of Washington Seattle, University of Washington Tacoma.

The UW Seattle Team celebrates being done

Walking across the stone mezzanine in Paccar Hall and passing the numerous team rooms equipped with ceiling-to-floor windows and flat screen TV’s, it is easy to imagine how this building was designed with the intention of hosting case competitions. This April, the Foster School’s Strategy Club brought that goal to fruition with the 1st Annual Pacific Northwest Case Competition. Bolstered by the sponsorship of Starbucks Coffee Company and Adobe System Inc., the Strategy Club and the Foster School of Business welcomed teams from across the Pacific Northwest to our school. These teams competed by building and presenting strategic plans for the future of a struggling CPG company.

Case competitions are excellent opportunities to practice working as a team under tight deadlines and presenting to business professionals. For those of us involved in organizing the event this weekend represented an end to several months of meticulous planning and we were enormously pleased by how well it was received by the participants, judges and sponsors. The competition culminated in an intense final round with the winning team inching out the runners-up for the final prize of $2000. All said, this was a memorable battle of the brains between students from the premier NW business schools and we are all looking forward to doing it again next year.

Team Pikes Place Partners from Seattle University - 1st place!

-Guest Blogger, Anders Zwartjes, Full Time Class of 2012

First Annual Foster Golf Classic

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

2011 marked the beginning of a new tradition at Foster. The MBA Association, in conjunction with the Sports Business Club and Women in Business, was proud to present the Inaugural Hogan Brothers UW Foster MBAA Golf Classic. On April 30, after months of preparation, the event brought together alumni, friends of Foster and current MBA students for a day of networking and golf at the Golf Club at Newcastle.

Last year, student leadership of the Full-time MBA Program decided to strengthen ties between current MBA students, alumni and friends of Foster. After looking at all the options for engagement, the MBA Association decided on a couple of key events, one of which was a golf tournament. The Foster School of Business has a successful history with golf tournaments—the Evening MBA Program hosts an informal event and the Technology Management MBA Program holds an annual Bettin Cup. Therefore, the planning committee, composed of myself and other MBA students, were hopeful that the Full-time MBA Program could start and maintain a new tradition. For more reading, please refer to Foster Unplugged, the Blog for the entire business school. http://depts.washington.edu/foster/inaugural-golf-classic-connects-mba-students-and-alumni/

~Guest Blogger Matt Eliseo, Full-Time class of 2011

April Admit Weekend

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Day One. Foster’s April Admit Weekend began with a Welcome Reception, and walking into the midst of it was equal parts nerve-wracking and exciting. I grabbed a drink, took a deep breath, and jumped into the closest group’s conversation. Shortly afterward, Tim announced it was time to sit down for the Celebration Dinner, and the table I chose included two alumni, a staff member, and two of my future classmates. I appreciated the mix of former, current, and upcoming Foster topics and perspectives. Chatting continued at District Lounge- the week’s Pub Club location. A bunch of first-year students were there and doling out all kinds of helpful advice. I left in a great mood, marveling at how quickly I was starting to feel like an official Foster MBA.

Day Two was an abrupt about-face from Day One’s wining and dining. My fellow admits and I got a taste of an intense school day at Foster: seven hours of back-to-back sessions, workshops, and presentations. It was critical information and definitely beneficial, so we were glad to have it. By the day’s end though, the glazed eyes and drooping posture evinced that we had reached max mental capacity. Having a “TG” (short for “Thank Goodness…”) that night couldn’t have been more fitting. TGs are biweekly themed parties/gatherings sponsored by a Foster club or affiliate group. We were lucky enough to attend the Bollywood TG, and the Indian food, music, and dancing were just what we needed to unwind!

The fun and bonding continued on Day Three, which we kicked off with an Underground Tour of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. The stories about Seattle’s founding and early history were fascinating- even the admitted students in our group who were born and raised in the city learned a ton. We had lunch at a luxe spot overlooking Lake Union’s picturesque pier and made plans to stay connected online or in person. I, for one, cannot wait for this Fall.

~Guest Blogger Annie Koski-Karell, Full-Time Class of 2013