Celebrating 40 Years of the ND MBA

Author: Kim Claeys

Celebrating 40 Years of the ND MBA

On a crisp fall weekend more than 100 alumni from the classes of '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, and '08 returned to campus to reconnect with friends, faculty, and the spirit of Notre Dame. 

Alumni learned about the new Career Development tool, ONWARD, presented by Laura Bellis and Marc Burdell.  ONWARD is a series of career and professional tools and resources to aid in identifying employment opportunities. These resources are designed to focus and simplify one's job search, and to discover and implement special skills and abilities to secure that next position. To access ONWARD, you must be registered with Irish Online. Once registered, you will have full access to the ONWARD program and all the support, response and benefits it provides. 

Scott James, MBA '99, served as the keynote speaker.  Scott James is the founder of Fair Trade Sports, offering the world's first line of sports balls for soccer, football, basketball that are eco-certified and Fair Trade Certified. Like the Newman's Own brand, all after-tax profits are designated for charity.  Scott previously worked for Microsoft, but says that he escaped from the ample marketing budgets and cushy benefits packages and is now enamored with all things open source. He’s the marketing instructor at the sustainable MBA program at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.  Scott also serves as the "Free Market-er" at an abolitionist group called the Not For Sale Campaign that seeks to end human trafficking and slavery. Scott completed his undergraduate work at Baylor University and his MBA at the University of Notre Dame. He was recently named by BusinessWeek as one of America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.  

Returning alumni and their guests had time to reconnect at the Dean's reception.  Dean Woo provided an update on the Mendoza College of Business and her reflections on the graduate programs.  Two awards were given out by Dean Woo at the reception.  Christina Glorioso, MBA '99, VP of Marketing Partnerships for MTV Games, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award, given for outstanding continued support of the graduate programs.  Christina is very active in the Notre Dame Alumni community as a founding member of iNDustry Alliance, the professional development group connecting Notre Dame Alumni within the media and entertainment industries.  Christina also serves as a young alumni representative of the Mendoza Business Advisory Council.  Most of all, Christina loves mentoring current students or recruiting new students to the Mendoza community. Nitin Jain, MBA '05, Finance Manager (Global Financial Planning & Analysis) for GE Water’s Ultra Filtration Membrane Unit (UFMBR), was awarded the Recent Alumni Service Award, given for his continued commitment to the graduate programs.  Nitin is a proud and supportive Notre Dame alumnus and is a great resource for current Notre Dame Students.  During his MBA experience he served as the Chair of the Admission Committee and continues to help the admissions team in recruiting quality students and people to the Mendoza College of Business.  In addition, since his graduation, he has remained engaged with the program by assisting in the development of a very popular MBA Interterm Intensive course, the GE Mergers & Acquisitions class.   He also continues to provide guidance and support to students looking for networking and career opportunities. You can learn more about our award winners on the Graduate Alumni Relations website.

This year the College of Business celebrated a milestone with the inaugural class of MBA students.  The MBA program began in 1967 and graduated 50 MBA students 2 years later.  "'Those first students', [Assistant Dean, John] Malone recalled years later, 'came to a program that didn't exist and to a building that didn't exist.  The steelwork was just going up next door as we built a terraced classroom in the northeast corner of Hurley's second floor.  The students stayed there all day; the professors rotated in and out.  But we were excited.  We had enthusiasm.'" - excerpt, O'Hara's Heirs: Business Education at Notre Dame 1921-1991.  Thirteen members of the class of 1969 came back to campus October 23-24th.  The campus may have changed since graduation but their love for Notre Dame certainly hadn't.  We would like to thank the class of 1969 for paving the way for the Notre Dame MBA. 

Our office would also like to thank all our reunion representatives who worked tirelessly to find their classmates and invite them back to campus.  Many classes celebrated reunion all weekend with numerous dinners and entertaining gatherings.  Thank you for bringing the spirit of the Notre Dame alumni to the 2009 Reunion.