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Kick-off Meeting Tuesday August 28, 2008. Agenda. MBAA Overview Our vision Roles and responsibilities Cabinet introductions FY Elections and Timeline Available positions Election logistics Application timeline Q & A. MBAA Overview. What is the MBAA?. Two distinct roles:

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  • MBAA Overview
    • Our vision
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Cabinet introductions
  • FY Elections and Timeline
    • Available positions
    • Election logistics
    • Application timeline
  • Q & A

What is the MBAA?

  • Two distinct roles:
    • Traditional student government
      • Represent student interests to administration
      • Vote on matters effecting entire student body
    • Governing board for all clubs “corporate”
      • Allocate and manage finances for all clubs
      • Hold club leadership to accountability standards
      • Set and communicate organizational strategy

Our Roles


  • Ultimate responsibility for strategy of MBAA
  • Ultimate Responsibility for outward facing MBAA communication:
    • Administration, Alumni, Community, Duke University, Media, Prospective Students
  • Responsibility for FY Section Representatives
  • Responsibility for evaluating Vice-President
  • Final arbiter on matters of MBAA authority

Our Roles


  • Ultimate responsibility for oversight of leadership and programming of all MBAA clubs
  • Ultimate Responsibility for inward facing MBAA communication:
    • Cabinet, Clubs, Student Body
  • Responsibility for management of MBAA cabinet
  • Responsibility for cabinet evaluations

Our Roles


  • Responsibility for managing MBAA financial matters (in coordination with Treasurer)
  • Responsibility for developing accountability and evaluation standards for all clubs (in coordination with the Executive Officer & Treasurer)
  • Responsibility for conducting and facilitating weekly meetings

2007-2008 Cabinet

  • Academics
  • Admissions
  • Career
  • Communications
  • Culture*
  • Executive Officer
  • International*
  • Student Life*
  • Technology
  • Treasurer

* Denotes executive officers with voting members on extended cabinet


Executive Director

Susan Hazard

  • Develop accountability standards for all MBAA clubs
  • Monitor club activities and measure club performance
  • Oversee the budget allocation process
  • Oversee chartering of new clubs
  • Ensure that Fuqua brand is well represented by chartered clubs

Academics Executive Officer

Andrea Pawliczek

  • Communicate to students important academic information
  • Support Fuqua participation in academic competitions
  • Promote academic and classroom standards at Fuqua
  • Work to integrate professors in other activities at Fuqua

Admissions Executive Officer

Erika Hamilton

  • MBAA Liaison to Office of Admissions
    • Ensure brand consistency on Class Visits, Tours, Student/Prospective Pairing with Clubs, Admissions Fellows Interviews
  • Coordinates Admissions-sponsored weekends (Weekend for Women, Minority Workshop)
  • Manages Admissions Message Boards

Career Executive Officer

Ben Pinsky

  • Strategic
    • Prepare students for the job search
      • MBAA Programming
      • Assistance to/coordination with the career clubs
  • Feedback
    • Provide feedback to CMC regarding student viewpoints and perspective
    • Assist in communication from CMC to student body regarding key activities and initiatives

Communications Executive Officer

Vasu Rangaswami

  • Communications/marketing support for MBAA, clubs, and students in general
  • Filter/standards-bearer/regulator of all MBAA-sponsored communications
  • Day-to-day MBAA Communications Operations: Mallway signs, Emails, FuquaWorld, MBAA Digest etc.
  • Maintain and enforce school-wide communication policy
  • Yearbook publication

Technology Executive Officer

Kevin Chu

  • Club/organization web spaces
  • FuquaWorld
    • Calendaring
    • Front page advertising
  • Communication between MBAA and Fuqua IT department
  • Club resources
    • ViewsFlash polls
    • Web development for clubs


Damian Kassack

  • Manages MBAA Club Budget
  • Allocates funding to clubs
  • Deals with tricky situations
  • Oversees Club Controllers
  • Works with Accounting department

Culture Executive Officers

Kim Arrington and Yosup Shim

  • Promote
      • Promote “Team Fuqua”
  • Respect
      • Respect and celebrate the diversity of students
  • Initiate
      • Initiate new events and activities
  • Develop
      • Develop enhanced relationships between groups
  • Encourage
      • Encourage individuals to pursue action

Culture: Diversity Chair

Arjun Dutt

  • Leverage the diversity at Fuqua in a way that it enhances the learning and experience of the Fuqua community
  • Understand the needs of minority groups and cater to some of their needs so that they feel more comfortable and at home at Fuqua

Culture: Service Chair

Michelle Mapel

  • Leads community service initiatives at Fuqua
  • Oversee the MBAA’s House That Fuqua Built program
  • Identifying and organize community service events for Fuqua students
  • Work with Sustainability Chair to reduce Fuqua’s impact on the environment
  • Educate students on synergy of business, community, & the environment

Culture: Sustainability Chair

Sally Harrison

  • Identify opportunities to make Fuqua more environmentally-friendly
    • Recycling, water bottles, corn-based cups, etc.
  • Collaborate with the administration, Fox center and students on promoting sustainable practices
  • Educate the community and lend support to student initiatives

Culture: University Affairs Chair

Paul Philpott

  • Liaison to Other MBA Programs at Fuqua and at Other Universities
  • Liaison to Duke University and any Schools or Organizations Associated with the University
  • Coordinates the activities of Fuqua’s GPSC Representatives

International Executive Officer

Daigo Maeda

  • Provides support and resources for unique challenges faced by international students. Ensures that Fuqua learns from and appreciates its international students.
    • Cater to the needs of international students
    • Obtain and act upon feedback form international students about their needs at Fuqua
    • Build events that further enhance relationships between domestic and international students.
    • Ensure both academic, career, and student life needs of international students are well represented

International: Career Chair

Allan Rodriguez

  • Work in coordination with each of the international clubs
  • Train international students on
    • How to start and continue a “lead” from a SIP
    • How to reach out alumni
    • How to conduct an effective informational interview
  • Work closely with the CMC to:
    • Enhance preparation to specific minority job fairs
    • Increase the number of companies open to hire international students
    • Increase the number of international companies hiring at Fuqua to work overseas

Student Life Executive Officer

Aparupa Bhattacharya

  • To remind students that being part of Team Fuqua is special, and that they are integral to the student experience at Duke.
  • To ensure that the Duke MBA is inclusive of events that allow students and other members of the Duke community to connect, engage, and socialize with each other.

Student Life: Social Chairs

Michael Busche and Inigo Bilbao

  • External and Internal
    • External: Fuqua Prom, 80s party, Halloween, Luau
    • Internal: Fuqua Friday’s, Duke Sporting events, work closely with other clubs to increase attendance and meaning of events
  • Communicate with student body more actively of upcoming events and educate the worthwhile nature of events

Student Life: FY Transition Chairs

Erik Balunis, Mary Garris, and Claire Miller

  • To equip all incoming students with the administrative and logistical tools required for successful Fuqua experience
  • To instill the Fuqua culture into the new class and encourage them to develop relationships with the entire Fuqua, Duke, and Durham community
  • To challenge students to realize abundance of tremendous opportunities, stretching their personal and professional limits
  • To communicate the importance of balancing the four key areas of Fuqua life:

- Academics -Career

- Leadership -Participant


FY Positions

  • Section Representatives
    • 1 per section
  • Judicial Representatives
    • 2 representatives for entire FY class
  • Honor Representatives
    • 1 per section
  • FY Curriculum Representative
    • 1 representative for entire FY class

Section Representatives Overview

  • Leader within the school/FY class
    • Serve as member of and provide input to MBAA Cabinet
    • Meet with deans to discuss FY concerns/perspective
    • Work with professors, administration on classroom issues
    • Plan FY activities and events with fellow Section Reps
    • Coordinate Academic Fellow and other nominations/activities









Section Representatives- Responsibilities

  • Leader Within the Section
    • Section voice to the faculty, administration, and MBAA
    • Keep section updated on latest information and key events
    • Address any issues that arise within the section
    • Create section cabinet to assist in the coordination/planning of section activities and events

Section Rep


Social Chair

Academic Chair

Career Chair

International Chair

Service Chair

* Cabinet members also serve on MBAA cabinets


Section Representatives- Commitment

  • Time commitment
    • Weekly meeting with the MBAA cabinet (Tuesday 12-1 pm)
    • Meetings with Dean Hemmerich (approx. once every 3 weeks)
    • Communications/Meetings with Section Cabinets, section members, other section representatives, professors and other administrators on an as needed basis.

Judicial Representatives

  • Purpose
    • Enforce the Honor Code through judiciary process
    • Run all student-body elections
    • Promote understanding of / respect for Fuqua Honor Code
  • Basic Info
    • 2 available positions
    • 2-year term
    • Serve on Judicial Board (2 FYs, 2 SYs, 3 faculty)
    • Platform required, but no speech
  • Required Skills
    • Commitment to ethical academic environment
    • Ability to make difficult decisions
    • Desire to promote academic integrity

Honor Representatives

  • Purpose
    • Provide the link between the FY student section and the Fuqua Judicial Representatives
    • Principal advisors to their Section Representatives and academic instructors on honor matters in the section
  • Basic Info
    • 6 available positions (1 student per section)
    • Students running for HR may not also run for section representative or judicial representative.
    • Platform required, but no speech
  • Required Skills
    • Commitment to Fuqua Honor Code
    • Desire to promote academic integrity

FY Curriculum Representatives

  • Purpose
    • Serve as voting member* of Fuqua's Curriculum Committee
    • Represent student viewpoint in curriculum discussions
    • Sit on MBAA Academics Cabinet
  • Basic Info
    • 1 available position
    • 2-year term
    • Attend 90-minute, bi-weekly committee meetings
    • Platform required, but no speech
  • Required Skills
    • Desire to shape Fuqua’s academic future
    • Desire to promote student needs
    • Strong communication skills

Election Logistics


  • Fuqua has a no campaigning policy
  • All candidates must provide a one-page platform to be posted
  • Candidates for Section Representative will be able to make presentations

Election Logistics


Sept. 9 - Platforms due at 5pm, please send to

Andrea Pawliczek ( and Sebastian Heilgeist (

Sept. 10 - Platforms posted in mallway

Sept. 11 - Section Rep Speeches

Time: 10:30 am-12 pm

Location: Classrooms A-F

Sept. 11 – Sept. 13 - Voting Open (after presentations to Thursday, Sept 13 @ 6pm)

Voting occurs online through a link from FuquaWorld

Sept. 14 - Results announced


Application Logistics

Applications available following the meeting

Contacts: Please contact MBAA Executive Officers with specific questions

Sept. 14 – Applications due at 5 pm to Kim Radford, Locker 683