June 27, 2012


The week leading up to graduation was called "Disorientation" for all graduating second years.  It involved a week of fun activities fully planned by students.  Here's a look at what went down...

Kimball Farms - arriving by school bus
Batting Cages
Bumper boats
Disorientation bracelets
Barbeque lunch
F1 racing - scoping out the course
Ready to race!
The final lap
An afternoon Red Sox game
Field Day - wheelbarrow races
Field day - three-legged races
The end of an awesome week!

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June 11, 2012

Welcome from Graduate Student Council President, Sonal Dhingra

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Sonal Dhingra
MS-MBA/PNP, 2013
Pictured from left to right: Sonal Dhingra (GSC President 2012-2013), Gail Justino-Miller (Director, Graduate Programs Office and GSC Advisor), Carl Palme (GSC President 2011-2012)

I’m not sure how long I can hang on to this “first-year” moniker, but I am going to try to keep it for as long as possible.  This first year of business school has flown by and it has been a blast!  From the galas to the team meetings, from IP to finals – this year has been challenging and amazing.  But seeing the class of 2012 graduate made me realize that it is all going by way too fast.  

What made this year so great were not only all these new experiences but also all the new friends I have made here - from all programs, classes and cohorts.  As the 1st year representative on council for Cohort C this year, I had the unique opportunity to be the voice of my peers, but also to bring us all together.  Often people come to business school and think the secret to success is learning how to calculate NPV or understanding marginal cost.  But I’ll tell you the real secret: it’s having friends who are willing to give up their time to teach you how to calculate NPV when you don’t understand or explain marginal cost to you so you can do well on your midterm.   This place is about more than building your network; it is about being a part of a community where you gain friends that will last well beyond your time here. 

I am glad to have gotten the chance to know the class of 2012, and while I am sad to see them go, I am excited for the new adventures in store for the centennial class of 2013.  This coming year will be filled with some old events, like boat cruise (which is on Saturday, September 15, 2012 by the way), Link Day in February and the traditional Thirsty Thursdays, but also new events like the Health Care Case Competition in October and even more great speakers for the Dean’s Speaker Series starting in September.  Council will also be focused on increasing events with alumni, collaborations amongst clubs and increased connections, both internal and external, to increase opportunities for our students.   

Summer is here now, and while we’re off at our internships right now, we are all also looking forward to returning to SMG in the fall to meet the class of 2014.  Welcome to the family - we can’t wait to make some great memories with you.  See you all in August and get ready for an amazing time – we hope that it all doesn’t go by too fast! 

PS: Be sure to check out the council website and facebook page for info on events, clubs and BU GSM happenings.

Sonal Dhingra
Graduate Student Council President
2012 – 2013 
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June 4, 2012

Farewell from Graduate Student Council President, Carl Palme

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Carl Palme
MS-MBA, 2012

Speaking at Graduation

 Business school came and went, and I am glad that I was able to take advantage of everything it had to offer.  Particularly, I really enjoyed being part of the Graduate Student Council as a Cohort Representative and then as President.  It was a great experience because I was able to give back to the Boston University community and work with really amazing people.

Myself and Erin Gregory (2012 chosen class speaker) on stage at Graduation

As a council we were in charge of helping student organizations with funding for conferences, events, and bringing speakers to school.  We also helped students attend Case Competitions as well as organize certain events.  Most importantly, we were there as student representatives and as a liaison between the student community and faculty & staff.

When we started as council in the spring of 2011, we set a few goals for ourselves:
  •        Build an even stronger community
  •        Improve internal and external communications
  •        Pilot a student led speaker series
  •        Broaden alumni outreach
I would say that we succeeded at everything.  Our community became even stronger than it already was, we used our marketing and analytic skills to improve all methods of communication, we had great speakers attend the school (including Gustavo Valle, the CEO of Dannon), and had fruitful interactions with alumni.

We were successful because of the amazing people that worked on council, as well as the support and excitement we received from the community at large.  BU really attracts incredible people and that makes the experience a whole lot better.

Now that I have graduated, I am really pleased with my experience and with having spent time with the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013.  I look forward to seeing what the new council will do as well as meeting the incoming class in the fall.  

2012 Graduates celebrating after Commencement
 Grad school went by way too fast, but it was worth every minute!

Carl Palme
Graduate Student Council President
2011 – 2012


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