UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Reunion Weekend Agenda

All of our activities are for our alumni, however we do encourage and focus on reuniting classes to attend and reunite!
Friday, April 24, 2015
9:00 am – 2:30 pm Alumni Golf Outing: Join your classmates, Kenan-Flagler faculty and students for a day of golf at a local course. Tee times start at 9:00 am.  Foursomes will be set closer to the date. Contact Catherine Nichols with any special requests.
11:00 am Registration Opens Tillman Lobby, McColl Building -  Kenan-Flagler Business School
Throughout the Day Career Coaching Sessions with Elizabeth Wallencheck: McColl Building, Kenan-Flagler Business School - Elizabeth Wallencheck, Director of Alumni Career Management, will be available for individual career coaching sessions for any interested alumni. Click the link above for all the details.
 11:30 – 1:00 pm

Welcome Lunch and Networking: McColl Courtyard - Join us for a casual luncheon where you will meet current UNC Kenan-Flagler students. Alumni have told us how much they look forward to meeting current students and supporting their career aspirations. In addition, staff from many of the academic centers and all our degree programs will be present to interact with you.

Open until – 4:00 pm Carolina Basketball Museum: Ernie Williamson Athletics Center, Skipper Bowles Drive - Visit the Carolina Basketball Museum during the afternoon. The museum is just a short walk from the McColl Building. We will have students direct you to the Museum.
 1:15 – 2:30 pm “Non-Traditional Classroom Experiences” seminar Professor Wendell Gilland.  Over the past decade, new technologies and learning approaches have altered the education landscape.  At UNC Kenan-Flagler, non-traditional classroom experiences range from activities that have been incorporated into traditional programs to entire degree programs that are built around non-traditional approaches to education.  In this seminar, we will see examples of several different learning opportunities that have emerged at UNC Kenan-Flagler, as well as discuss the implications of these curriculum changes and the opportunities they present to both current students and alumni.
1:15 – 2:30 pm Big Data: Motivation and Challenges" seminar - Professor Adam Mersereau.  What exactly is Big Data and why should a business school graduate care?  We will answer this question and discuss the future of data analytics using the Walt Disney World resort as a case study.  We will also explore the analysis of unstructured data, pitting alumni versus machine to comprehend and compare samples of written text.


1:15 – 2:30 pm

“Great Deals without Haggling: A Refresher Course in Negotiations” seminarProfessor Noah Eisenkraft.  This interactive seminar will help you learn (or re-learn) skills that are central to successful negotiations.  We will introduce a toolkit of useful negotiation skills, strategies, and approaches that, when mastered, can help you reach a mutually beneficial deal while simultaneously building trust and long term relationships.
2:30 – 3:00 pm  Break

3:00 – 4:30 pm

"Only at UNC Kenan-Flagler" - Join us in Koury Auditorium for an interesting and wide ranging set of TED Talks, delivered by some of the most engaging and accomplished faculty at UNC.

"Bracing for the Silver Tsunami"  – Professor Jim Johnson.  Global Aging--the sharp increase in the share of the population 65+--will dramatically transform all of the world's social, economic, and political institutions. This talk will focus on the impacts of the silver tsunami on the workforce, workplaces, and consumer markets.

“The Real Power of Words, across History and In Your Business Dealings Today”  – Professor Tim Flood.  We’ve all heard the clichés about pictures being worth 1,000 words, but what about the varying power of those words themselves?  We’ll look, during this session, both at the historical impact of words and other forms of messaging, and we’ll bring all of that history to bear on best practices for the business world today.  This session will produce not only some high-concept considerations but also some immediately-implementable strategies and tactics.  Word.

“Why Won’t People Do as They Are Told? - Executing Strategy”Professor Dave Roberts.  People (employees) can resist change, even if it is "good for them."  This session will discuss how to treat the 4 types of people within your company to best achieve sustainable, and actively supported, change. 

"Business Is Improv. Huh?" - Professor Greg Hohn. What do you do when your plan is no longer working or relevant? You improvise. It turns out that the skills that make for a good improviser on stage make for a good professional in the workplace too, from playing the character you want to play with authority, to collaborating with others, to adapting and creating on the fly. 

4:30 – 5:30 pm “Asset Valuation and Allocation in the Capital Markets Lab” seminar - Professor Bob Connolly.  The Capital Markets Lab (CML) is an integral part of preparing students in several degree programs for jobs in financial services.  This session highlights how we use the CML to train students to solve portfolio allocation problems and perform market analysis.
5:30 pm Welcome Reception -  McColl Courtyard - Catch up with our fellow classmates under our festive and climate-controlled tent in the McColl Courtyard. Enjoy great food and drink and music.  This will be a great chance to visit with many former and current UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

1975 MBA Friday Night Coffee and Dessert Reception Kenan Center Dining Room, Kenan-Flagler Business School
The 1975 Class Leaders have organized a special reception, featuring wine and cheese, and a specialty coffee and dessert bar.  Designed to allow people to attend the Welcome Reception that starts at 5.30 pm and then move to the nearby Kenan Center, the reception provides an opportunity to spend quality time with classmates and our special guest, Cal Atwood, former director of admissions at the Business School.  There is an additional $20 registration fee for this event separate from the Reunion Weekend daily rate.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1990 MBA Friday Night ReceptionCarolina Inn Bryan Courtyard
The 1990 Class Leaders have organized a special reception with drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There is an additional $30 registration fee for this event separate from the Reunion Weekend daily rate.   
 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 1995 MBA Friday Night Reception140 West Franklin, The Clubroom
Located in the heart of Franklin Street, this event will serve as a great gathering place for the MBA Class of 1995 on Friday night. Drinks and food provided. There is no charge for the event thanks to our hosts, Ritch (MBA 1995, BSBA 1989 and current UNC Kenan-Flagler Board of Visitors member) and Susan (BA 1989) Allison
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1980 MBA Friday Reception - Upstairs at Spanky’s
The 1980 Class Leaders have organized a special reception with drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. There is an additional $30 registration fee for this event separate from the Reunion Weekend daily rate.  
9:00 pm Veteran's AssociationLa Residence Restaurant - On April 24th, the Kenan-Flagler Veterans Association will be hosting its inaugural Veterans Alumni Evening. This is a great opportunity to reconnect with and meet fellow Kenan-Flagler military veteran alumni and current students. Past participation in the Kenan-Flagler Veterans Association is not required to attend, however you must be a veteran of the US (or an allied) military. The event will kick off at 9pm at La Residence (near Franklin St) in Chapel Hill. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres  will be served, and spouses are welcome.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
 9:30 am - 11:00 am
"UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School - Then and Now" - Carroll Hall - Join Professor Emeritus and former dean Jack Evans for a look back at our Business School in years past, and how UNC Kenan-Flagler has evolved and grown over the years.   Also joining us will be Cal Atwood, former MBA Admissions Director, as well as many other Emeritus Faculty from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  This session along with a continental breakfast will be held in Carroll Hall, the home of the Business School for many of our graduates.
11:00 am Registration Continues: Tillman Lobby, Koury Auditorium Kenan-Flagler Business School - Current students will be present to welcome you on Saturday as you register or return for Saturday Reunion activities.
Throughout the Day Career Coaching Sessions with Elizabeth Wallencheck: McColl Building, Kenan-Flagler Business School - Elizabeth Wallencheck, Director of Alumni Career Management, will be available for individual career coaching sessions for any interested alumni during the day.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch on the Lawn: McColl Courtyard, Kenan-Flagler Business School - Enjoy a fantastic Carolina barbecue lunch, music, fellowship and drinks with your fellow classmates.
1:00 – 1:45 pm Kenan-Flagler Update:  Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School - This will be your chance to learn about the Dean Doug Shackelford's key initiatives for UNC Kenan-Flagler.
2:00 – 3:30 pm

"Only at UNC Kenan-Flagler" - Our informative set of TED Talks by wonderful UNC faculty continue in Koury Auditorium. 

“Why Does a Liberal Arts Education Shape Successful Leaders?”Professor Lloyd Kramer.  Critics often question the practical value of studying the liberal arts as university students prepare to enter the technologically advanced global economy.  This session will discuss why deep engagement with the liberal arts (including the humanities) remains the creative foundation for so many of America’s most successful social and economic leaders.

“Notes to my Mother, or How I Became a Writer” - Professor Daniel Wallace. This session is about the circuitous path Daniel Wallace took to being a writer. It’s not so much a ‘session' as it is wisdom clothed in comedy, and the providential, mostly accidental ways a writer discovers that he is one.  

"What’s Going on in China?  Their Structural Transformation and our Business Risk” - Professor Christian Lundblad. China’s monumental economic transformation is creating significant political tensions at home and elevated business risks for foreign firms with local investments and/or operations.  We will look at the underlying drivers behind these challenges, with an eye to appreciating the historical re-allocation of economic activity within China.  These dynamics shape the necessary conversations any global firm with Chinese aspirations must have in the context of their strategic planning.

“One Town.  Two Stoplights. Unlimited Possibilities” with Brent Comstock - Current Kenan-Flagler student (BSBA 2017). The buzzwords entrepreneurship and innovation are often accompanied with images of Silicon Valley, Google, and large urban areas. Brent’s session will serve as a testament – and challenge – to think differently about these buzzwords. He’ll share a message about one entrepreneurial venture that embodies the start-up trends of today, reaches millions of people per year and was created in a town with two stoplights.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Evening Reception: McColl Courtyard, Kenan-Flagler Business School - Join us for drinks and appetizers, before our Celebration Dinner.

6:00 pm

Reunion Weekend Celebration Dinner: McColl Courtyard, Kenan-Flagler Business School - Come back to our fabulous Reunion tent for the signature event of the day, our Celebration Dinner, where we will honor all classes, and recognize those classes who have distinguished themselves through participation in the Reunion Giving Program.

Sunday, April 26, 2015
9:00 – 11:00 am Farewell Brunch: Carolina Inn- This is a wonderful and relaxing way to end the weekend – the fabulous Sunday brunch at the Carolina Inn in the Alumni Room. It's also a great chance to talk with staff from all the degree programs at the school.

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