Friday was MBAdmit Day @ UC Davis! The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the Daytime Class of 2011 joined us on campus to get a taste of student life. They started the day with a case workshop featuring Professor Yetman, an introduction to Career Services, and an overview of the Lam Research Leadership Skills Development Program.
I joined the group just in time for the networking lunch and student club fair, held at the Buehler Alumni Center. Among the admitted students, I met teachers, entrepreneurs, and scientists from Davis, Southern California, and the East Coast. After lunch, we enjoyed a hard hat tour of Gallagher Hall, our program’s future home. (I got the best hard hat. It was hot pink.) We learned about the building’s energy-efficient radiant slab heating system, as well as the central lightwell that brings daylight into the interior offices. Other cool features include an expanded student lounge and an innovation lab. Plus, you can see the traffic on I-80 from the third floor, so you’ll know if you should hit the road or keep studying. We caught a glimpse of the adjoining conference center and restaurant, including the space slated to be a Starbucks store. I wonder if it’ll be like the Starbucks in the ARC… Construction is on schedule and the building is expected to be open for classes in the fall. Too bad for those of us that are graduating in June!
I took the group on a short tour of the UC Davis campus, stopping by landmarks like Shields Library, the Memorial Union, and the Eggheads. The day wrapped up with a faculty reception, where I learned many important things. For instance, Professor Barber’s dog looks like a mini-Chewbacca and has its own Facebook page. Who knew? The admitted students headed off to dinner at Bistro 33, while I went home to get ready for Saturday’s awesome Women in Leadership conference at UC Berkeley. More on that later, my term papers are calling…
Thanks to everyone who helped make MBAdmit Day a success!