June, 2011

Warm Weather Comes to Seattle

Monday, June 13th, 2011

We made it to the top!

Last weekend, Settle saw a preview of what will hopefully be a beautiful summer. At one point on Saturday, I looked up and there was literally not a cloud in the sky anywhere. Unfortunately, most of the weekend was taken up by the last of finals. So, on Monday, another gorgeous day, several of the MBA ladies decided to do a girls’ hike to mark the end of the school year. We did the low intensity Rattlesnake Ridge. I classify it as “low intensity” because we saw not just one or two, but numerous small dogs making the trek; dachshunds, Scottish terriers, and pugs. It was my first ever Seattle-area hike so I was ok with just a 2 hour round trip. The view from the top was incredible and we enjoyed a variety of snacks and entertainment from a friendly chipmunk. When we completed the round trip and were standing in the parking lot deciding where to celebrate our accomplishment with beer and food, four of our male classmates emerged from the trailhead! Seattle really is a small world!

Evening Program Events

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I can’t believe Spring quarter and my first year in the Evening MBA program are coming to an end. Thinking back on the past year, so much has happened that my head is still spinning:
– Meeting future classmates at Evaluation Day & EPRIME
– 6 rigorous core courses and 5 amazing professors
– Weekend study group sessions with 4 exceptionally talented and smart guys
– Participating in mentoring events at Russell Investments and SeaBear
– Flying off to Peru for the best study tour Foster students have ever seen
– Meeting future Foster hopefuls at campus night events and class visit
– Not to mention all the extracurricular fun like playing on two Foster intramural volleyball teams, happy hours, TG’s and the Fall Ball

Through it all, the one common aspect that made everything enjoyable and the experience invaluable was that I connected with so many different people in the Foster community. Everyone from the professors, faculty & staff, classmates and especially my study group members have made the journey thus far, an incredible one. And, now that I am able to serve as the Evening MBAA VP of Membership, my goal is to help build the MBAA community that will further bring everyone together and add value to everyone’s educational and career goals.

This Summer, the MBAA will be looking to plan events that will strengthen the connections made over the past year. Some events that have already been calendared are:
– The Evening MBA End of Year Celebration & Leadership Recognition on Saturday, June 4th 7PM start at Woodshed Studios in South Lake Union
– 1st Annual Challenge For Charity Walk on Wednesday, June 8th, 6PM start at the Greenlake Community Center
– Death Spiral’s last stand – The MBA Band’s last performance on Thursday, June 8th, 10 pm start at Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater

Additional events that are being planned include:
– Summer BBQ
– Mariners/Sounders Game Night

So, as I look forward to closing out my first year in the program, I am even more excited to find out what lies ahead in the second year. And, these Summer events will be the perfect springboard to dive in!

~Guest Blogger, Mark Ninomiya, Evening Class of 2013 and Evening VP of Membership