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emerson_1By Todd Leber, MBA ‘10 and MBA Student Association President

Over 125 people attended the 2009 Eller MBA Welcome Back Party, co-hosted by MBA Student Association (MBASA) & Emerson on Saturday, August 29. First- and second-year full-time Eller MBA students, faculty, and staff as well as representatives from Emerson gathered at El Saguarito Mexican Restaurant to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.

The event provided the MBASA and Eller administrative leadership the opportunity to address the entire full-time Eller MBA community and to formally welcome the impressive incoming class of 2011. When Emerson approached the MBASA last fall for ideas about how they could engage with the Eller MBA community, I suggested we reinvent the Eller MBA welcome party and reschedule the event after the beginning of school to ensure strong attendance from both the first and second year classes.

As the MBASA president, one of my primary objectives is to help build a strong sense of community among the different MBA classes and the hardworking faculty and staff. The strong attendance, excellent Mexican food, and heart-felt words from outgoing MBA assistant dean Brent Chrite and incoming assistant dean Dan Bens made for a great start to the new academic year and new chapter in Eller MBA leadership. I would also like to thank Price Fishback, Pam Slaten and Jeff Schatzberg from the Eller MBA faculty and dean Paul Portney for joining us.

Recent Eller MBA/JD graduate and Emerson employee Brooke McNett put a friendly face to the Emerson name and expressed Emerson’s continued commitment to the Eller MBA program. This was a great opportunity for Emerson to reach out to the first- and second-year MBA students in a casual setting and to promote their upcoming round of recruiting. Associate dean Bens made a special point to express his appreciation for Emerson’s sponsorship of the event and for the strong, long-standing relationship between Emerson and the MBA program.

We hope this event becomes an annual celebration of the beginning of the new academic year, alongside one of its most valued corporate partners. Thank you to Emerson for co-hosting this memorable evening and for everyone else who made the point to come and help strengthen the Eller MBA community!

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