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When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

MBA Games is a collection of events that take place throughout the academic year and culminate in a weekend of competition each spring among MBA students from a dozen or more North American business schools. The purpose of MBA Games is to support Special Olympics North Carolina, which students do by volunteering for events each month with athletes from the organization (e.g., tailgating, skating, bowling) and by participating in various fundraising events (e.g., sports tournaments, organized races, parties) and auctions. The MBA Games site proclaims that since the event’s founding in , it has helped raise more than $2M for Special Olympics North Carolina.

Each year, Fuqua students host a fundraising auction for the MBA Games—which is reportedly Fuqua’s largest annual philanthropy event. One alumnus recalled how he bid on and won the opportunity to sumo wrestle one of the core professors, with both of them wearing humongous padded suits. The auction takes place during a Fuqua Friday in mid-February. Students and professors bid on dozens of items donated by corporate sponsors and members of the Fuqua community. Donations in the past have been as varied as dinners/lunches with several professors and Duke University President Richard Brodhead, a VIP table at the Black Eyed Peas concert afterparty, a three-night golf vacation on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, a UNC/Duke beer-pong table, and a one-on-one basketball game with former NBA player Pat Garrity. The auction has both a silent component and a live, called component.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Fuqua and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.


Sours: https://www.mbamission.com/blog//07/07/beyond-mba-classroom-duke-fuquas-mba-games-auction-3/

The MBA Games is an annual competition that brings teams from top MBA programs across the country to Durham to compete in fun events alongside amazing Special Olympics athletes. The competition started in and since then, has evolved into one of the largest student-run events on campus! This year, participants included MBA students from Rice, Penn State, Syracuse, UNC, UVA, Purdue, CMU Tepper, Babson, Vanderbilt, and Duke (including Duke MBA alumni and Duke MMS students).

Syracuse student group

Additional fundraising events are held throughout the year for the MBA Games, which benefits the Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC). These events include a dodge ball tournament, Halloween party, turkey trot run, and charity auction – and everything culminates in the MBA Games Weekend!

For the MBA Games Weekend (March 30 – April 1), I was a “team captain” and I cohosted the Syracuse Team. Basically, this was an excuse to hang out with the team during the competition and social activities. The games themselves included a dance competition, beanbag toss, business suit relay, 50M dash, crab walk, briefcase toss, tug of war, basketball shootout, trivia, and dizzy bat competition.

On Friday afternoon during the dance competition (the first event of the weekend), I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Syracuse both held an application process for team members and practiced games like the 50M dash and briefcase toss before coming to Durham. Apparently, they did not place in last year‘s competition and wanted to change that! Moreover, they came fully equipped in special dancing outfits for Friday and custom designed jerseys for Saturday. They even brought two extra jerseys for Pam and Anthony, who were the Special Olympic athletes on Syracuse’s team. Their preparation was evident and they rocked individual competitions including the Dance Competition (2nd place) and the Tug of War (1st place). In the end, they also placed first in the entire MBA Games competition!

Together, the 12 participating teams raised over $45k for the SONC! This was a new record and roughly $7k above last year’s amount.

Overall, the games were a lot of fun and definitely brought more color to Durham … My “ordinary” weekend was replaced with meeting various MBA students from across the country, bonding with the Special Olympic athletes, watching the games, and seeing the outpouring of support from the entire Fuqua community (student fans, professors, partners, etc.). The whole event was completely student run, so it was incredible to see my classmates volunteer in various capacities, including emceeing the dance competition, refereeing the games, dressing up as Superman and Superwoman, helping set up for lunch, and even coordinating behind the scenes amongst the large group of volunteers. Undoubtedly, lots of work and planning went into the weekend, and seeing the joy on the athletes’ faces during the games made everything worth the careful preparation.

Sours: https://blogs.fuqua.duke.edu/duke-mba//04/09/diana-yarmovich/mba-games-a-weekend-of-fun
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Note: The MBA Games club is now called the Fuqua Special Olympics Club

The school's involvement with Special Olympics helped Brittany Bowlen choose to come to Fuqua.

Bowlen taught figure skating to Special Olympics athletes in Colorado before coming to Duke. When researching MBA programs, she was looking for community involvement.

“When I read about MBA Games I got really excited,” she said. “It was a perfect fit.”

MBA Games is a Fuqua student club that fundraises and advocates for Special Olympics North Carolina. The club launched in and has raised over $ million since then, making it one of the organization’s largest and longest-running fundraisers.

The effort is spread throughout the year, with familiar-sounding events: a wing-eating contest, a 5k run, an ugly sweater contest. A Fuqua twist comes with a silent and live auction each February. Local businesses donate items, while faculty and staff invest their time in auctioning off personal prizes, such as dinner or wine-tasting at their homes. Careers Counselor Mary Beck White-Sutton makes some of her famous pecan pies (“They’ve sold for more than $, which is crazy,” she said) and a flier for the auction teases dinner with Fuqua “heartthrob” Professor Ryan McDevitt.

“Obviously it’s flattering,” he said. “People have said worse things about me.”

At its root, however, the club is about student activism.

“I didn’t plan to get as involved as I got”

Bowlen is one of three Daytime MBA students who led the efforts. Colleague Zach Smith said he knew he wanted an outlet that would help him “step back from the business school bubble” while at Fuqua, and contribute to something that would have an impact on Durham.

“I didn’t plan to get as involved as I got,” he said. “I thought it would be a hobby on the side, but I fell in love with the passion the whole school has for MBA Games, the energy, enthusiasm and support. It’s been the most impactful thing I’ve done here.”

The third member of the team is Matt Rappaport, whose youngest brother has autism. Rappaport said he’s been volunteering to support the special needs community in his native New Jersey for as long has he can remember.

“MBA Games is the most inclusive club at Fuqua,” he said. “That’s a breath of fresh of fresh air at business school, where things can get very intense and very competitive. Fuqua is very good at setting that team atmosphere, but you’re still at a very competitive place. This is a chance to take a step back from that.”

That spirit of inclusion is at the core of the MBA Games event itself, the climax of the club’s yearlong fundraising effort. Teams from the College of William and Mary and the universities of North Carolina and South Carolina joined Fuqua students on Duke’s East Campus to play games alongside people with intellectual disabilities from across Durham County.

They tugged ropes and shot hoops. They raced in business suits and tossed briefcases. They hugged and high-fived.

That kind of interaction is key to Special Olympics North Carolina, which is as focused on bringing the public and people with intellectual disabilities together as it is on fundraising, said Keith Fishburne, the nonprofit’s president.

“Duke was way ahead of this when they got involved in the late ‘80s,” Fishburne said, “because it was immediately an inclusive event. So it was a model in the community.”

“These are the students who are passing the flame from year to year"

Watching the games unfold on a warm morning in April, Fishburne said this kind of fundraiser tends to die off after a few years as leaders move on and no one picks up the slack. But Fuqua has kept it going for three decades, making it one of the organization’s longest-running events.

“These are the students who are passing the flame from year to year,” Fishburne said. “The fact that they keep this going says a lot.”

Beyond keeping the Duke flame burning, Fishburne said he hopes the students involved will stay involved with Special Olympics and spread its message throughout their careers. 

“They’ll end up all over the world,” he said. “There are Special Olympics programs all over the United States and in countries that need their leadership.”

Denise Wilson said her year-old son Derek, who has epilepsy, looks forward to the games every year. She said he gets a boost from mingling with the students, and suspects they do too.

“I think it’s wonderful the college students are interested, because they don’t have to do this,” she said. “It speaks to their character that they’re willing to work with people who have challenges. I think they learn from each other.”

For Bowlen, who plans to return to coaching Special Olympics athletes after graduation, the MBA Games means she has made a personal difference and a wider effect through the money raised.

“We’re driving all the impact,” she said. “The personal connection you make when you are working with Special Olympics athletes outside Fuqua is really special, and through MBA Games we can help every single one in North Carolina.”

Sours: https://www.fuqua.duke.edu/inclusive-spirit
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Over the past two summers, I led trips to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where my team of high schoolers volunteered at the Mephibosheth House, a home for kids with disabilities. The kids at the “M House” had disabilities ranging from autism and down syndrome to deformities and cerebral palsy making them wheelchair-bound. Never have I met kids with so much joy and perseverance, which was especially inspiring given many of them were abandoned, abused and forgotten. One little girl with autism was literally left naked at the gate of the M House with a note taped to her saying “she is no longer needed.”

My experience in Haiti was a pivotal moment in my life. I decided I wanted to use my education, resources, and finance skill set to make a difference in the world for people who might not have the same resources as me.

After spending six fulfilling years working at Target Corporation in finance, I came to Fuqua this fall because of its world-renowned social entrepreneurship program. My time here has been filled with amazing experiences alongside classmates who are also looking to use their business skillset to make a difference in the world. One of my favorite experiences in the impact space has been outside of the classroom at Fuqua where I serve on the cabinet for MBA Games—a student-run club that started in with the goal of raising money and advocating for Special Olympics of North Carolina (SONC). We&#;re SONC&#;s biggest donor, raising over $40, last year alone.

Several dozens students ready to run at the MBA games fundraiser

Special Olympics is near and dear to my heart. Prior to Fuqua, I volunteered monthly at Hammer House, a home for adults with disabilities in Minnesota. I played soccer in college and each spring we would help our friends at Hammer House prepare for the Special Olympics. Through interactions with the Durham athletes and advocacy for SONC, MBA Games makes me feel like I’m at home.

In April, we&#;ll host our annual capstone program, MBA Games Weekend, where Special Olympians will come to campus and compete in a variety of events alongside students from Fuqua and other peer MBA programs. Preparation has already begun for the big weekend, and we’ve also been busy this fall with several other fun initiatives to raise money for SONC and to get to know the local athletes.

Stephanie and a Special Olympian holding up a sign at the MBA games fundraiser

In October, MBA Games hosted a contest where MBA students, professors, and our very own Deans, Russ Morgan and Steve Misuraca, raced to see who could eat the most chicken wings in front of a packed auditorium of students. Some Special Olympians came by to cheer on the contestants. One of the athletes, Matt, said he plans to compete in the competition next year!

We also hosted our Turkey Trot and Ugly Sweater Party fundraisers, as well as a movie night and gingerbread making party with the athletes this fall. It&#;s amazing to see the unwavering support and enthusiasm from our Fuqua community, including classmates, staff, and professors who participate in our events throughout the year. It makes me happy to see them all as excited to be involved in Special Olympics as I am.

Students and a Special Olympian being silly while building a gingerbread house during an MBA games event

I&#;ve learned so much from Special Olympians about perseverance, determination, and how to work hard but have fun along the way! The athletes emulate the meaning of Winton Churchill’s quote “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it’s the courage to continue that counts.” As much as we put into preparing for events and raising money, nothing will ever come close to what we learn from Special Olympians. These are lessons that my classmates and I can&#;t necessarily learn in a classroom or from a textbook, but nonetheless are irreplaceable as we prepare for internships, full-time job opportunities, and careers filled with meaning and impact.

Sours: https://blogs.fuqua.duke.edu/duke-mba//12/28/stephanie-salem/learning-from-giving-mba-games-and-special-olympics

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Smith Wins First Place at Duke MBA Games

Since , Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business has hosted an annual weekend event for teams from top MBA programs across the country to take part in friendly competition alongside Special Olympics Athletes:  the Duke MBA Games.  This year, April in Durham, NC, MBA students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business took home the first place prize for

The teams of 10 to 12 MBAs are paired up with two to three Special Olympics Athletes for the weekend and compete in a variety of games:  bean bag toss, 50 meter dash / crab walk, tug of war, izzy dizzy bat race, brief case toss, and basketball toss / soccer kick.  Students vie for supremacy in additional areas such as the school dance competition, and critically, the fundraising challenge benefitting the Special Olympics. 

“The most rewarding aspect of the Duke MBA Games experience was cheering on our Special Olympic Athletes and seeing first-hand the kind of programming that the funds we raised will go towards,” said Jason Berkowitz, one of the Smith team’s leaders.

Smith placed first in both the dance competition and the fundraising competition – maintaining their commitment to fun and charity, and helping to secure their first place finish overall. 

Other teams participating in the MBA Games were Carnegie Mellon – Tepper, Clemson, Duke – Fuqua, Penn State – Smeal, Purdue – Krannert, Rice – Jones, and Texas A&M – Mays.

Team Smith has been preparing for weeks.  In order to continue their run of wins in the dance competition category, the students have been diligently practicing their detailed choreography in the third floor atrium of Van Munching Hall. The team’s fundraising campaign was marked with an auction which saw over $21, raised in a single night – making it the third straight year Smith was the largest contributor to the MBA Games’ charitable donation to the Special Olympics organization.

“The incredible generosity of the Smith community has made it possible for us to split our fundraising efforts between North Carolina and Maryland and still win the fundraising portion of MBA Games,” said Samson Ro, vice president of community development and social value for Smith’s MBA Association, “It’s a testament to how special Smith is.”

Smith MBA students and administrators pride themselves on the tight community of the full-time MBA program.  The effort and camaraderie associated with Smith’s participation in the Duke MBA Games is a testament to that. 

Andrew Kneale, Smith MBA Candidate , Office of Marketing Communications 

Sours: https://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/news/smith-wins-first-place-duke-mba-games
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Duke MBA Games!

Normally it takes me a few days to collect my thoughts about an event and get it down on the blog but while at the Duke MBA Games this past weekend, I kept thinking, "I need to write about this is as soon as possible." The reason was that it was an amazing weekend.

A little back story first

The Duke MBA games is a competition that brings MBA schools from all over the country to compete against one another, all while raising money for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. This year Fisher along with over 15 other MBA programs attended the event. What made this weekend amazing was not just the fun we had as a team but what we got out of it as well.

Each MBA team was paired with an athlete from the Special Olympics. Our athlete, Grant, was with Ohio State last year and requested to be with us again this year. He not only was awesome at all the events but had the best personality and great sense of humor in joking around with us on the field.

So how did we do? Well not only did we place in almost every event, Fisher raised more then $2, for the Special Olympics of North Carolina. This ultimately put is in Second place over all in the competition, the highest we have ever finished! Needless to say I am very proud of our team!

This past weekend was one of the best I have had at the MBA program for an amazing cause, one that my team and I are going to continue to work with locally in the future outside of the Duke MBA Games.

Here's a pic of our awesome Fisher group and athlete Grant who promised to join us again next year to try to win it all.

Sours: https://fisher.osu.edu/blogs/gradlife//04/07/duke-mba-games

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You Oughta Know

Must-attend events. As we mentioned, Fuqua is a fun environment and the students host many, many social events throughout the year. Below are some of the activities that students have said you “must attend” to have a complete Fuqua experience. This will give you just a small taste of life at Fuqua, and how it differs from many other business schools.

Fuqua Fridays. The aforementioned Fuqua Fridays offer a weekly opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to mingle; many are often themed, so it&#;s not only food and drink. Different student clubs often choose to host one, and themes have included celebrations of different cultures (Indian, Asian, Latin, African-American), a marketing brand challenge that pits branded products against private label brands in creative ways, and Casino Night, where students get to play games such as blackjack, poker, and roulette.

FuquaVision. Many business schools produce an end-of-year follies show to highlight all the awkward moments, inside jokes, and common experience of the year. At Fuqua, they produce a show after every quarter! Each FuquaVision production includes skits and videos lampooning all aspects of Fuqua life.

Winter ski trip. First-year and second-year students descend upon a different ski resort each year for the annual ski trip. Everyone goes all-out for their costumes during the themed parties each year, particularly the perennial ’80s party.

MBA Blue Cup. Each year, Fuqua competes against cross-town rival, UNC Kenan-Flagler, in a series of intense competitions for the MBA Blue Cup title. Events include golf, ping pong, bowling, volleyball, and other sports, with bragging rights extending a full year!

MBA Games. Fuqua invites business schools from around the country to compete against one another in various light-hearted competitions to raise money for Special Olympics. MBA Games events include dance-offs, tug-of-war, the izzy dizzy bat race, the business suit relay, and briefcase toss, among others. The weekend also includes a couple of parties and good times had by all.

LDOC.LDOC (Last Day of Class) is a campus-wide event hosted by Duke undergraduates featuring A-list musicians performing on the campus quad.

Beach Week. Hundreds of second-year students invade the beach homes of North or South Carolina in the gap between their final classes and graduation. This is the last big party for Fuqua students before they have to face “the real world” again.

Where to live. Almost all Fuqua students live off campus, and the majority live in just a handful of complexes. American students without families tend to live in Station 9, Trinity Commons, and the Lofts at Lakeview, which are closer to Fuqua and near nightlife. International students and Americans with families more often live at Alexan Place, Pinnacle Ridge, and Alexan Farm, which are about 15 minutes away from Fuqua but are much less expensive.

Getting around. The cost of living in Durham is substantially lower than in cities like New York, Boston, and San Francisco, meaning students can maintain a relatively comfortable standard of living without breaking the bank (or maxing out their student loans). However, public transit is minimal, and many of the apartments are far enough from campus that you’ll need a car, so make sure to budget for that—and if you’re a city kid without a license, that’s one more test you’ll have to take (after the GMAT, of course). The driving averse will want to consider the one of the several apartment complexes within biking distance to campus.

Facilities. The Fuqua School of Business has grown significantly in the past 30 years and, at roughly , square feet, it is quite an impressive sight. What began as one large building is now several state-of-the-art buildings all linked together. These buildings house innovative technology to enhance productivity, teamwork, and strategic decision making. Ample team rooms fill the Fuqua School along with the newly expanded Ford Library, computer center, auditoriums, and classrooms. All of the Fuqua MBA programs, from the full-time program to the numerous executive programs, are housed in the Fuqua complex, although some of the executive degrees are distance-learning programs. At the heart of Fuqua is the Fox Student Center. Opened in , the Fox Center, with its indoor winter garden and outdoor terraces, has been compared to a grand hotel lobby.

The Fuqua complex also includes the R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center, a ,square-foot facility named after the founder of Wendy’s. The center includes guest rooms, executive suites, a seat luxury dining room, and a full bar where many Fuqua students congregate prior to Fuqua Friday events. The Thomas Center is primarily used by the school’s executive education and executive MBA students. One of the newest additions to the Fuqua Campus is Breeden Hall, added in The new building spans 91, square feet with state-of-the-art classrooms, team rooms, auditoriums, and a rooftop terrace.

Cross-campus interaction. Although the Fuqua School of Business resides in close proximity to other distinguished Duke University graduate schools, there is little interaction between Fuqua students and other Duke graduate students. This is partly due to the business school’s self-contained facility, which hosts an abundance of Fuqua-related activities and services. Because the center boasts a state-of-the-art facility and robust activity calendar, graduate students from other Duke University programs are often spotted enjoying Fuqua amenities. Undergraduate Duke students and Fuqua students also rarely interact, partly because there is no formal undergraduate business school. Nevertheless, the business school’s convenient location relative to the football stadium, lacrosse field, and ever-popular Cameron Indoor Basketball Stadium provides ample opportunities to enjoy the full collegiate experience with the entire student body.

Sours: https://www.veritasprep.com/mba-essential-guide/fuqua/culture-campus-you-oughta-know/


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