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Janeese Carter
Janeese Carter

Krannert Graduate Student Association (KGSA) Update

by Janeese Carter, KGSA president

This year, the Krannert Graduate Student Association set out to provide “something for everyone.” Through our new joint venture with the dean’s office and our expansion of activities exclusive to dues-paying members, the KGSA board is overwhelmingly pleased with the progress made.

The joint venture, which focuses on leadership and professional development, is off to a tremendous start. On the diversity front, both the Society of International Managers and the Hispanic Business Association hosted international breakfasts to share cuisine and culture from their native lands. More than 150 students, faculty, and staff attended these events, and at least two more will be offered this spring.

To familiarize students with our faculty and administration, spotlights were held during our weekly social hour. The Management Volunteer Program (MVP) and Operations Club highlighted integral faculty members through speeches and trivia, while other spotlights recognized award-winning faculty, Dean Cosier, and Prof. Diane Denis, our new associate dean for programs and student services. The year will finish with spotlights hosted by the Krannert Graduate Society of Black Managers and Finance Club.

The 2005-06 Krannert Graduate Student Association Executive Board
The 2005-06 Krannert Graduate Student Association Executive Board

Understanding the importance of networking, KGSA now hosts the Executive Conversation Hour, which allows students to spend time with speakers from Dean Cosier’s Krannert Executive Forum class. KGSA also held its first case competition, giving first-year students the chance to see the case method in action.

Students also had opportunities to network outside of Rawls Hall. Dinner with the Dean brought eight students together with Deans Rick Cosier and Gerry McCartney at McGraw’s Steakhouse, where they swapped stories and enjoyed great food. The Lunch with a Professor program allowed more than two-dozen students to interact with faculty outside of the classroom. KGSA also sponsored events during Unite Week and continued the tradition of hosting football tailgates.

To better serve our dues-paying members, KGSA expanded the scope and number of opportunities available to them. Membership privileges include joining a club for free and receiving discounted Krannert merchandise, which has been reintroduced in response to student demand. Dubbed “Krannertwear,” the available items include polo shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and button downs.

In addition, 12 KGSA members won a chance to golf with a trio of faculty; a rematch is scheduled for the spring. Twenty members saw the Pacers take on the Houston Rockets in November, and plans are under way to organize a second trip to see the Pacers play the San Antonio Spurs. Members will also receive discounted/free admission to the annual Charity Ball (co-sponsored with MVP), as well as the annual Etiquette Dinner.

Reflecting back on this year provides a great sense of accomplishment. I am extremely grateful to every officer who put in such hard work and dedication — together we have realized the objectives set forth last spring. The KGSA board owes a huge debt to the faculty and administration for their support, especially Dean Cosier, without whom there would have been no joint venture.

And finally, on behalf of the entire KGSA Board, I would like to sincerely thank our classmates. With their support and participation, these programs have helped to set a new standard for business education at Purdue. New KGSA officers will begin their terms this spring, and we wish them all the best as they set out to make their mark on Krannert.

For more information on the Krannert Graduate Student Association, visit www.krannert.purdue.edu/clubs/kgsa or contact president-elect Koji Sado at ksado@purdue.edu



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