On Wednesday evening, University of Connecticut School of Business alumni, faculty, and MBA students joined together at the UConn Graduate Business Learning Center for a networking & cocktail reception hosted by the School of Business. Event guests included representatives from Cigna, GE, and UTC, as well as faculty and administration from across the University.
The annual event welcoming new MBA students and alums for a networking reception featured new School of Business Dean John A. Elliott as keynote speaker. Dean Elliott was welcomed by University Provost Mun Choi. Choi briefly discussed future plans for the University, addressing the upcoming development of innovative, up-to-date infrastructure projects over the next three years. These projects include the UConn Health Center’s Bioscience Connecticut and a new Technology Park at the Storrs Campus, which will be designed to create an environment where industry partners, entrepreneurs, students and faculty can collaborate on exciting new projects that are expected to add billions of dollars to the Connecticut economy over the next few years.
In just the eighth day of his position as Dean, Elliott noted his observations of the impressive level of commitment to education and the university from President Herbst, alumni, corporate partners, and the State of Connecticut. He commended the numerous collaboration efforts taking place between University departments, and stressed the value of Learning Accelerators in supplementing business education with practical experience.
In closing, Dean Elliott provided the incoming MBA class with some advice, encouraging students to maximize their time in the MBA program by being “active learners,” seizing opportunities as they arise, and using the many resources available to them as students.