MBA Classes of 2008 & 2009,

On behalf of the Kenan Institute, I'd like to update you on recent and upcoming events at the Kenan Institute. As an MBA Liaison, I will be writing to you periodically to fill you in on some of the key MBA events you may have missed and to let you know about new opportunities within the Kenan Institute.

MBA Welcome Reception - August 29
I think those in attendance would agree that this year's MBA Welcome Reception was a lot of fun. View more photos from the event.
MBA Student Opportunities Panel - September 13
At this very successful event, several of your classmates (listed below) gave their insights about working with the Kenan Institute. Additionally, four Kenan Institute center associates provided highlights on upcoming opportunities for practica, paid work, and internships. Please feel free to contact any of our speakers if you are interested in joining a project.
    Student Panelists:
      Marisa Glassman — Thailand Tsunami Recovery Project
      Kyley Schmidt — Entrepreneurial Fellows Program
      Tina Prevatte — Center for Competitive Economies (C3E)
      Jeremy Riberdy — Gazelle Project
      Valeria Orozco — CSE Sustainability Consulting
    Kenan Institute Centers:
      Noel Greis — Dr. Gries from the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy talked about her center's new JV with Tsinghua University in Beijing. She said her center will have opportunities in China throughout the year.

      Terry Kale — Terry from the Center for International Business Education and Research outlined a new international practicum program in association with other top business schools around the country. There currently are opportunities in China, Japan, and Brazil. Check out this new practicum, Global Business Project, MBA 889, at

      Pat Garner — Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Pat Garner have been developing a practicum opportunity in Latin America. See below for more info.

      Steve Appold — Dr. Appold from the Center for Air Commerce currently mentioned two current projects available for MBA students. The first project focuses on land value assessment for airports and the surrounding land. The second relates to strategy analysis using real-option and game theories.

'Business Across Borders' Luncheon Series - Latin America - October 23
Please join Ron Scheman, former United States Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank, Chairman of the International Finance Practice of Greenberg Traurig, President of Porter International, and, most recently, Director General of the OAS Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD), and your fellow Latin American classmates, professors, and other business professionals for a discussion panel on "Doing Business in Latin America." This discussion panel will address the current business environment in Latin America as a whole and in each of the major Latin American economies.

Later that afternoon Ron Scheman and the Kenan Institute will hold an information session at 3:30 - 4:30 pm in Kenan Center - Room 406 regarding a potential social entrepreneurship practicum in Latin America for a new venture founded by Ron Scheman called iMalls (review details at This practicum will be designed for Mods III & IV and may include an in-country immersion during Spring break to El Salvador and/or Ecuador.

As always, please feel free to check out the various activities and opportunities at the Kenan Institute at or contact Associate Director Lingmei Howell or any of the MBA Liaisons if you have any questions.

Andy, Marisa, Jeremy, Guarav


Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute or Private Enterprise

The Kenan Institute, through its centers and MBA Liaison Program, links students' skills, talents, and ambitions to opportunities through which they can demonstrate and further develop their leadership, entrepreneurial, and problem-solving competencies, as well as apply their coursework to real-life situations in some of the world's most dynamic markets.

See our current list of opportunities.