Below is the transcript to the most recent online Master of Business Administration Virtual Open House.
[00:00:25.82] ZACH BERGLING: Hello, and thank you for joining us for tonight's open house. Again, we are very excited to see so many people are joining us. A lot of familiar names are logging in as we are beginning to begin the presentation here. Again, if you'd like to take a moment and engage in any chat, dialogue, what have you, you should have a section on the webinar feature there to go ahead and ask questions and potentially chat with me as well during the presentation here. I will again do my best to facilitate any questions as we move forward with the presentation. Elizabeth, are you still with me?
[00:01:11.33] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Can you hear me?
[00:01:13.15] ZACH BERGLING: Yes, I can, loud and clear.
[00:01:15.22] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Great, thanks.
[00:01:17.94] ZACH BERGLING: So folks let's go ahead and get started. I will be respectful of the time of everybody involved. So good evening again. My name is Zach Bergling, executive program manager here for our online MBA at Queens.
[00:01:29.45] Joining me tonight is Elizabeth Henderson, director of admissions for the McCall school of business. So for tonight's agenda, obviously we'll go over our introduction, tell you a little bit more about Queens University of Charlotte, the McCall school of business, and then we'll share some more details about our innovative online learning platform. Finally, we'll go over admission requirements before opening up to questions and answers.
[00:02:07.61] So a little bit about Queen and McCall School of Business. Queens is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and founded in 1857. We're currently ranked 18th by US News World Reports among regional universities in the south, ranked 12 by US News World Reports for private master level universities in the south as well. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
[00:02:29.30] Obviously you can tell that there's a rich tradition of credentials, most of which students will be looking for and also future employers. At the very bottom, you'll notice that we are accredited by the AACSB International. Elizabeth, if you can tell us a little bit more about that, that would be great.
[00:02:44.95] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Yeah, so AACSB is basically the gold standard of accrediting bodies for business schools. And only about 5% of business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited. And so we received this accreditation I believe it was about 10 years ago. And every five years, they come through to make sure your curriculum is still rigorous and that you still meet all of the requirements for being accredited by that institution.
[00:03:11.27] And so on their most recent visit we were re-accredited, which was great. And I think it's also noteworthy to point out that at the time of our accreditation, we were the smallest school to be accredited by AACSB. So you get the best of both worlds with that small classroom and intimate learning environment and an AACSB accredited institution.
[00:03:35.48] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent, excellent. Thank you so much. So moving forward, the educational programs at the McCall School of Business are shaped around our namesake and former Bank of America chairman and former CEO, Hugh McCall's three C's model of leadership, which encompasses character, competence, and commitment to community.
[00:03:56.36] Each student receives support to explore and develop his or her individual leadership abilities through coaching and guided exploration built around these three principles. To apply these ideals, the McCall school draws from a strong concentration with Charlotte's thriving business community. Elizabeth, can you tell us a little bit more about the three C's models and how it enables McCall school graduates to become stronger, more effective leaders?
[00:04:21.69] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Absolutely. So when Hugh McCall gave his name to McCall School of Business, he really wanted us to focus on leadership development, and in doing so wanted us to focus on these three Cs that Zach just mentioned. Confidence is what you should be getting out of any business school. That's the marketing, the finance, the economics, the accounting. All of those business skills.
[00:04:45.38] The character is not about telling you what your character should be. It's a self-discovery piece that really inspires you to look deeper into what your motivations are and how that can make you a more effective leader in your organization and in the community.
[00:05:02.61] Which brings us to that final C, which is the commitment to community because an organization can only be as strong as the community that it's within. So we really encourage our students to focus on these three Cs throughout their time in the MBA program. And we have lots of opportunities to develop our students as leaders. And I think that we're going to get into that a little bit later on during the information session.
[00:05:29.08] ZACH BERGLING: Absolutely. It is extremely important for the commitment to the community and for the general good of the area, so beautiful. So why earn a master's degree here at McCall School of Business? Why an MBA?
[00:05:43.20] Obviously the business administration is more than just a title. It's an education that you need to achieve your goals, advance your career, higher leadership positions, more responsibilities, or just to increase your skill set. Interact with leaders within the industry, obviously a top priority for many of our students. And they have the ability to learn from top faculty, guest speakers, alumni, and successful people from a variety of different organizations and career base.
[00:06:08.35] Moving forward. Obviously you can see some of our recent attendees for our last residency that were able to take part. So why Queens University of Charlotte? Our MBA program specifically develops leaders, not just graduates.
[00:06:27.86] McCall School of Business strives to provide a complete learning experience for its MBA students, expanding the curriculum beyond the typical day to day classroom-only lectures and leveraging guest speakers, executive mentorship, residency opportunities, leadership profiles, and workshops to create not only a knowledgeable graduate, but those that are ready to lead in their given communities. As you can see on the presentation, this is our latest residency that was able to take part. Great experience with all.
[00:07:01.32] So moving forward onto our executive mentorship, this is going to be a very unique component within the Queens program. Obviously there's some quick bullet points here that individuals can pull from. Elizabeth, can you tell us a little bit more about the executive mentorship program and how it really differentiates the Queens MBA from other MBA programs locally and also nationally?
[00:07:24.14] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Absolutely. I think that this is a huge differentiator for our program, and it's been a differentiator for our own campus programs as well. So in the online MBA, each student gets to work with an alumni mentor. And that mentor is matched with that student based on surveys that are completed by the mentor and the mentee so that you can develop a relationship with someone who has been through the program, understands how you're trying to juggle your career, the online MBA program, and life in general.
[00:07:58.65] A lot of you and a lot of our alumni have families that also were a huge part of their time commitment. And so having someone who understands all that you have to juggle I think is really important in helping get you through the program. In addition, that mentor is there to help you with advice. They may have a similar career to you or have a similar career to which you aspire. And they can help you in that area as well.
[00:08:24.21] I do want to point out that there's a difference between this alumni mentor and the executive coach that you'll have the opportunity to work with. Queens and the McCall school have a history of executive coaching. We have Doctor John Bennett, who is the directory of our Masters of Organization Development and our coaching certificate program, brought executive coaching to Queens. And it's really become a huge part of our culture.
[00:08:50.61] And so we have a network of pro bono coaches who volunteer their time to our students. And that relation is different from a mentor because a mentor you're going to be asking a lot of questions of them, whereas an executive coach is more like a councelor. They're going to ask a lot of questions of you, and to help you sort of discover what your motivations are and bring about a sense of self awareness.
[00:09:15.82] And then the final bullet point that I mention on this slide is the expert faculty, who have been CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, consultants, entrepreneurs. And they're there for you to build relationships with and really learn from. I think the combination of those three things is really a differentiator for this program.
[00:09:37.94] ZACH BERGLING: I couldn't agree with you more. I had an opportunity to meet and speak also with Doctor Bennett and also Doctor Sparks as well. And you can tell just from their presence of the background and experience that they've had within the business community is definitely inspiring.
[00:09:54.48] So moving forward, below you can see one of our testimonials by a recent student here at the McCall School of Business. Students will gain insight into their own leadership style and how to improve it through the actualized leadership profile. It's again developed by our very own Doctor Will Sparks, as I previously mentioned. This exercise helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses and how to really leverage them to be more effective leaders. Mimicking the workplace, so to speak. Elizabeth, the students in the residency complete the ALP at the start of the program. How does this influence the development as a leader during the rest of their MBA study?
[00:10:33.69] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: So the actualized leader profile is really geared towards seeing what quadrant you fall into and what your motivations are. If you are an affirmer, or if you are an assertor, so someone who wants to take control of the situation. Or if you're motivated by the need for affiliation. And in all of those, you're trying to move to being a more self-actualized leader who understands the impact that your decisions and your style has on your employees and the people that you work with.
[00:11:07.41] And so throughout the program we are really going to be working on understanding what your motivations are and where you have some strengths, but also where you have some opportunities for improvement and really moving more towards self-actualization. This profile is something that you'll complete before you start the first residency session, and you'll get the result of that residency and be able to see how you compare to other people in your cohort. And then you'll be placed in team based on the results of your actualized leader profile so that each team is diverse in terms of not only their background in industry, but also where they fall in that actualized leader profile. And it really is a great experience in terms of understanding group and team dynamics.
[00:12:00.31] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. Thanks so much. Elizabeth. Moving forward to the residency with the access to leaders. This is a unique feature of the residency in that you'll have access to gain knowledge from top business leaders. You'll actually have a chance to meet your alumni mentor, your powerful insights from guest speakers, such as Hugh McCall and Doctor Pamela Davis as well. Elizabeth, can you expand on how the alumni mentors are chosen, and what type of suppoort do they provide students during their time at the McCall school? I know you kind of went into that a little bit, but if you could expand upon that a little bit as well that would be excellent.
[00:12:38.23] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: I think I jumped the gun on that a little bit earlier. But what you'll do before you start the program is you're going to complete a survey that has a lot of questions about your background in terms of your undergraduate education, your work experience, and also your aspiration, where you want to go in your career. And it doesn't just focus on your career, but also volunteer activities, what your family looks like, if you have children, and things like that so that when we pair you with a mentor then you'll have some commonalities there. And they can really help you get to where you want to be and as I mentioned earlier juggle that balance between work, life, and school.
[00:13:24.22] And the mentors will be completing a similar survey to you to make sure that you are matched appropriately. And it's part of the second part of that question, I think you asked what type of support they provide to the students. And really it's what I've been talking about, the support in terms of how to juggle everything. But they'll also make sure to touch base with you at least once a month to make sure that you are feeling comfortable with the program, make sure that you don't need any assistance with anything that's going on in the MBA.
[00:14:04.64] ZACH BERGLING: Moving on with the continuation of the residency, it's one of the most exciting parts, hands down. I was actually able to take a part of this residency for our 2014 August one. It's an awesome team-building exercise. This is a very hands-on group activity. It really helps teams to get to know each other through working together on a challenging activity that goes beyond the classroom.
[00:14:26.88] Again, for example, during our fall 2014 cohort, we participated in the white water rafting team building exercise at the US National White Water Rafting Center. Students went rafting with their new teams and had the opportunity to really work together, overcome challenges, stay afloat, and find out what the roles are within the team, and how they can become the emerging leader as well. Elizabeth, could you tell us the value of the team building excursion to really set the tone for the teams and who will be working together throughout the program?
[00:14:57.81] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Yeah, well first of all, I'm not quite sure how many of the teams actually stayed afloat in their rafts. But I think that even if they didn't stay afloat, they had a lot of fun doing it and would agree with you that this is probably one of the most fun parts of the whole weekend. And everyone really enjoyed it.
[00:15:15.52] But it's also a very valuable team-building exercise because you're going to be working with your study teams throughout the program. And it really creates an opportunity for you to build those relationships from the get-go, and understand the strengths and even the weaknesses of other members of your team, and how you all can leverage each other's strengths to be a strong team and succeed and do well in the program.
[00:15:41.37] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. We see another testimonial here by Ty Lewis at the very bottom as far as for the team building exercise as well.
[00:15:52.73] So a little bit about the McCall school alumni network. This is just a real brief sampling of some of the respected corporations and industries where our current students and alumni are employed. As a online MBA student here at Queens, you'll have access to the McCall school alumni association, with its robust network of successful alumni, and connections to prominent business leaders in the majority of the financial sector here at Charlotte, really creating a valuable networking opportunity for our alum and also current students. Many of these professionals act as guest speakers, mentors, lecturers at our residencies, and other special events on campus, which some online students are also welcome to attend obviously.
[00:16:31.55] Elizabeth, could you tell us a little bit more about being McCall school Alumni Association and its activities such as the leaders in action or food for thought?
[00:16:39.25] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Yes, absolutely. So the McCall school alumni association is really unique because as soon as you're a student, you're a member of the alumni association. And you get to take advantage of a lot of their networking activities. So we have affinity groups within our alumni association that are associated with different companies in different industries. They have events and activities throughout the year that if you're a part of that network, then you have an opportunity to become involved in. And then we also sponsor several other networking activities. There is an annual networking event at Blackfinn, which is in uptown Charlotte, each year. We also have the Billy O. Wireman golf tournament, which raises money for the McCall school excellence fund. And a variety of career services events that are available to McCall school alumni through the Career Services Committee that's part of MSAA, and then just a whole I'm sorry.
[00:17:42.36] ZACH BERGLING: There's a lot to list.
[00:17:44.81] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: I know. I kind of got off track.
[00:17:46.83] ZACH BERGLING: No, you're doing great.
[00:17:48.10] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: I do want to mention that we've got about between 1,800 and 1,900 McCall school alumni from our graduate programs. And a huge group of them are based here in the Charlotte area. And I think a lot of you are actually from near and around the Charlotte area. And so they would be available to meet with you and be a great connection to make here in Charlotte.
[00:18:13.27] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. Yeah I had a couple students take part in the BB&T leadership challenge and absolutely loved it as well. That was a wonderful experience. And definitely always looking forward to hearing this feedback from students as well, which is very, very encouraging. So excellent. We'll continue on.
[00:18:30.76] Here's a quick listing of two of our distinguished faculty that we have already mentioned., Doctor John Bennett and Doctor Will Sparks. As you can see, each have a vast experience leading and consulting for established corporations in a variety of different industries. We're definitely not limited just to one particular sector. Would you have anything that you would like to add to this, Elizabeth, as well on this screen?
[00:18:55.58] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: No, they are just two great faculty members. I think one thing that's also great about them and a lot of our other faculty members is their availability to students. And they really have a passion for teaching, and really seeing their students succeed. So on top of all of these credentials that make them absolutely amazing professors, they really care about their students and they take the time to go grab lunch or talk with someone about an issue that they're having in class or with their career, and try to help them bridge those connections to help them advance their career, even once they're alumni in the program.
[00:19:36.46] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. And again, I have an opportunity to speak with both of these individuals and you can just again hear the encouragement coming from them. And to see them interact with other students during thier residency is just another facet that's very just encouraging to continue onward with your education. So, excellent.
[00:19:55.15] So here is just some of the curriculum, some core courses. The curriculum does provide a comprehensive view of different aspects of business that leaders need to really grasp. You'll start off with nine courses that all students are required to take. Elizabeth, could you tell us a little bit more about the core curriculum and provide maybe some course highlights and whatnot?
[00:20:13.69] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Yeah. So it's a 36 credit-hour program. And you have the opportunity to choose a concentration in either health care or leadership. And I know that Zach and any of our admissions counselors would be happy you go into more detail about all of the courses and those course descriptions. But basically, as Zach mentioned, there are nine core courses that all students will take. And then in addition we have three courses that are split between the health care concentration and the leadership concentration.
[00:20:46.00] The very first course that you're going to start off with in the program is leadership development. And I think it's a great way to start the program because the McCall school has always been focused on developing leaders. And Doctor Will Spark teaches this class. So that actualized leader profile that you'll do at the very first residency, it's sort of the kick-off to that leadership development. And then that's an eight-week course.
[00:21:08.98] And then you'll follow that with managerial accounting, which is another eight-week course. And so that's what each semester kind of looks like. You're going to have two eight-week course. Generally there are a few exceptions to that. But then it is a total of 24 months, and you'll make your way through those courses at the same pace as all the other students that start at the same time as you.
[00:21:32.59] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. And again as a program manager here I can definitely go into that with a lot more detail for any students do have any further questions with that. I just moved forward to the next screen as well because it does show the concentration.
[00:21:45.84] As you can see for the health care concentration, economics of health care, legal and ethical issues, health care policy and strategy, and then obviously for the leadership concentration as well, the strategic planning implementation course, corporate governments and ethics, economics for managers. Obviously once you've completed your core coursework, you will begin your concentration. Again the two concentrations that are available currently is the healthcare concentration and the leadership concentration.
[00:22:12.84] Moving forward to the online learning environment with "My Courses". So students will access course lectures and assignments via a virtual classroom called "My Courses". With various interactive features to really help optimize your learning, staying engaged, and feeling like part of the Queens community in general.
[00:22:30.09] This is the home page of "My Courses". It really provides a quick access to upcoming assignments. Your professors, if they post lectures, are accessible from this home page as well. You could see the instructor's contact information in the upper right hand corner.
[00:22:43.43] There's a course wall as well where you can post quick updates to your classmates, faculty, and you can see who's online with you at the same time, which is actually very, very valuable as the students who can engage in conversation immediately with either your professor and/or other students, or your team members as well. On top of all these great features, "My Courses" is also fully accessible on a tablet mobile device. You can literally do your homework from anywhere.
[00:23:09.87] Here's another screenshot for the "My Courses" availability as well. This is going to be an example of a student Skyping as well. Again it's just a great way to stay in touch with your peers throughout the programming, engage in conversations about assigned readings, using discussion forums and integrated Skype features along with chat features.
[00:23:29.98] So, many of our students are familiar with Blackboard, Moodle, eCollege. This is going to be similar to that, except just with a bunch more bells and whistles, I guess is the best way to put it. And again this is something as a program manager I can really help you navigate through. It's very, very simple. It's kind of like riding a bike. Once you become a little bit more familiar with it, it does really take care of the learning environment.
[00:23:57.31] Here's another great example of what students can actually do with "My Courses". Here at Queens you can actually create your own digital profile, or portfolio. Excuse me. So upon graduation, you can actually submit this to a potential employer, showing them some of your greatest accomplishments within the program. And then also too, something that you can utilize so you can reference back if you're going to be working on a different project and you want to reference something from your leadership class in the very first one, you can utilize it in your strategy class at the very end as well. So this is a great way to really help you stay organized and share the information with other students within the program.
[00:24:32.81] Again, if there are any questions with this I'll be happy to address it after the presentation here tonight and or tomorrow. I will be here as well to answer any questions for that.
[00:24:43.37] So as far as for the application requirements and before we move into the final question and answer section, let's go over the application requirements and we'll briefly touch on each. So obviously it's very standard, as you can see. We require a graduate application , obviously, transcripts from all universities that a student attended. So it doesn't matter if it's a junior college, community college, you got your degree conferment here at Queens or NC State. We would need transcripts from each and every school.
[00:25:12.60] A statement of purpose describing personal and professional goals. It's a very standard letter of intent. So the past, present, future, who you were, who yoare, who do you want to become. Why Queens? How you're going to be able to fit it in, that sort of approach.
[00:25:25.64] Your second essay-- and again I will be able to send out some guidelines on this to students that are interested in this-- is a leadership effectiveness essay. So we want to know as you can see a reoccurring theme of leadership within the program, we would like to know what you witness as ineffective or effective leadership in your career path and how does it impact you moving forward. Most of the time, a lot of students have a challenge at limiting it just to 500 words, which can be a bit of a challenge.
[00:25:53.00] Also, in addition to that, two letters of recommendation from previous and current supervisors, past professors, current professors, would all be acceptable, except for obviously friends and family members. Also again, there are going to be some case-by-case scenarios that some individuals will really want to reach out to your program manager for. And again discuss specific details with that in regards to the individual.
[00:26:18.59] Here at Queens, we do look at every individual in a very whole-person point of viewpoint. So we want to make sure that, again you reach out your program manager and that we do our due diligence and making sure that your application is as strong as possible moving forward. Elizabeth, I'm sorry. Was there anything that you wanted to add to that as well for prospective students on how to really create a strong application?
[00:26:41.43] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: No, I just wanted to reiterate what he said about really utilizing your program managers to make sure that you have a strong file to be presented to the admissions committee. And that that essay that's the personal-- the statement about your professional and personal goals. And it's really a two-part question. It's why do you want to get your MBA and why the McCall school.
[00:27:04.25] So we really want to understand the motivation behind getting your MBA and what has brought you to this point. In our own campus programs, a lot of times we have an interview at the end of the process, which puts some context around the application. And so the essay is your opportunity to put your personality into your application and really make us understand why you are wanting to pursue this program. And then just reiterate that we're really looking for professional letters of recommendation, and that's going to be an important part.
[00:27:38.48] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. Thanks so much. So now we're moving on to the fun question and answer section. I actually do have a question as well for some international learning opportunities. Can you delve into that a little bit potentially, Elizabeth?
[00:27:52.55] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: Yeah, so each summer we have an international trip. And this is planed by our Executive MBA director and program manager and faculty. But it's also open to our professional MBA students, our masters in organization development students, and our online MBA students on a space-available basis. So you definitely have this option to go on the trip.
[00:28:16.09] The trip usually is anywhere from-- it's right around $4,000. And we've gone all over the world, except for Australia because it takes a little bit too long to get there and we try to be mindful that the students who are going on this trip are working professionals and we don't want you have to take off too much time from work. They're usually about 8 to 10 days. Last summer we had a group in Europe, the summer before that we actually had two trips. One was to Europe and one was to South America. Before that, we had a trip to Asia. Several years ago, it was a trip to South Africa. And so this is something that students really, really enjoy.
[00:28:54.64] ZACH BERGLING: Awesome. It's a lot of opportunities there to really tailor your own education dependent upon what the student is looking for. Excellent.
[00:29:03.59] So another question that I had come in, Is the residency mandatory? Yes, the residency would be mandatory. It's only really two short weekends. It's an invaluable experience. Obviously as Elizabeth had mentioned, it is something that is one of the most fun and interactive parts of the entire program.
[00:29:20.26] So it gives you really some good access to the university, faculty, mentors, alumni. Really just increases your overall learning experience. Excellent. Is there anything that you'd like to add into that as well? Yeah, I would just add that being at the residency session, thoroughly enjoyed it and was blown away at how great it was. But also at the end of the weekend, had several people who came up to me and wanted to say what a great time they had and that they came into the weekend thinking that this was just going to be something that they were going to have to check off their list, it's a requirement, it's part of the program, and that they got so much out of it. And that it was really such a valuable weekend and they had such a great time. So I think that it's noteworthy to point that out, that people went into feeling one way about these residency session and came out just completely inspired and excited about the program.
[00:30:12.71] ZACH BERGLING: And I would say in general that's what part of a graduate program is really meant to do is to expand the student's opinions on certain things to give you a different perspective and to really stretch an individual's mindset to really help you engage in a learning activity and what have you. So yes, definitely it's a great experience and just can't emphasize that enough.
[00:30:33.98] So one of the other questions coming in is when can I start the program. Obviously we are accepting applications here for January. This is for our kickoff for our spring 2015 start date. So we are accepting applications now for spring as well.
[00:30:47.98] Obviously seats are limited, so it is something that I would definitely encourage students really take an aggressive approach with the application process. Again, being a program manager, having the ability to kind of guide a student through the process, I would just really strongly encourage to get the application done sooner rather than later. It really helps us really set you up for success coming into the program. So, excellent.
[00:31:12.29] Another question coming through that I'll answer, Elizabeth, is what kind of support do we offer for students online. We do have a 24/7 help desk support. You also have me as your program manager. You also have a student services coordinator to help you progress throughout the program all the way through graduation. So you have a real big team of individuals here in addition to the executive mentor, your executive coach, faculty, alum, your professors and what have you. You're going to have individuals really giving you guidance throughout the entirety of the whole process.
[00:31:44.98] So we're exceeding the 30 minute mark here so I'm going to start wrapping it up here real quick. Is there anything that I have missed that you would like to really touch on, Elizabeth, before we sign off tonight?
[00:31:57.76] ELIZABETH HENDERSON: No. The only thing that I don't think that I went into as much that has to do with the leadership development [INAUDIBLE] I know we mentioned. But you said the BB&T leadership challenge at Wildacres. That's another great extracurricular activity that students can participate-- that online MBA students have the opportunity to participatory in. And it's free, thanks to a grant from BB&T. And our students go and spend a weekend in the beautiful mountains of Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
[00:32:25.95] And actually it's on the front of my mind because they just got back from that trip, from that weekend a couple weeks ago, and have an opportunity to have an intellectual and then an outdoor challenge. And they work with a group out of Santiago, Chile, called Vertical. There are mountaineering team that had climbed Mount Everest. And I think it's successfully completed hikes to five of the seven summits of the world. But it's a really amazing, great experience that I would encourage anyone who does the program to take part of.
[00:33:04.91] And then there's also the leaders in action lecture series. So if you can come to campus and attend one of those lectures, that's another great opportunity to see an executive come and talk about leadership and how they got to where they are and then network with them and other students and alumni afterwards.
[00:33:28.81] So I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that there are lots of opportunities outside of this virtual classroom environment for you to engage with the McCall school.
[00:33:40.42] ZACH BERGLING: Excellent. Yeah, it's all about networking when you're getting into an MBA program and reaching out to other individuals, seeing what they're doing with their degree, seeing what other individuals have done and pursued with their own MBA as well. So we just really try to encourage as many opportunities for students to really expand your horizon and obtain as much knowledge as possible to really prepare yourself for success moving out of the program, but also again making a very strong commitment to our community and paying it forward and even potentially being a mentor for students in the future, and being a coach and helping them really develop their own leadership styles as well.
[00:34:15.33] So just wrapping up folks. Again you will see now on your screen if you are interested, you can obviously feel free to call or email address. Again, my name is Zach Bergling. I will be here for a little while after the conversation has ended just to answer any questions and concerns that students might have. I am available via phone or via email. Most of the students that are logged in would have my direct contact information as well. So I will be more than happy to facilitate and answer any questions. There was one final one about a GRE or GMAT, if they are required for that. Do feel free to reach out to me directly. I don't want to keep Elizabeth too long. I want to be mindful of the other students online as well. I can definitely answer any of those questions about any test requirements and what have you as well.
[00:34:56.77] So other than that folks, again, thank you very much for attending tonight's open house session. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate. Feel free to reach out to me. Thank you very much, Elizabeth, for your time tonight. We really do appreciate that. From the admissions team and with all the students online, we do appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to help us tonight with our open house. So thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. I do hope you all have a wonderful evening and a fantastic weekend ahead. Thank you very much. Have a great night.