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.


Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative
This summer, Kenan Institute Asia (KIAsia) will host two Kenan-Flagler MBA interns as part of the ongoing Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative (TRAI). Currently in its fourth year of operation, the TRAI project has helped hotel owners and small business operators in Khao Lak, Thailand, in the province of Phang-nga recover from and market themselves after the 2004 tsunami that destroyed so much of the area. This summer's interns will be working with individual Thai hotel owners to help them market themselves to a wider community in order to increase occupancy rates back to pre-tsunami levels.

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Center for Sustainable Enterprise Consulting

The Kenan Institute's Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) will continue its CSE Consulting Internships this summer. Launched in 2004 and led by Kelly Boone ('01 MBA), CSE Consulting leverages the expertise of Kenan-Flagler students to provide sustainability consulting services to companies. The program offers world-class sustainability consulting services by taking advantage of student/faculty expertise in the field of sustainable enterprise and by managing UNC staff and resources efficiently. This summer, six exceptional MBA interns will work on sustainability consulting projects with Bank of America, Progress Energy, Rockwell Automation and other companies and nonprofit organizations. In this program's unique format, each intern will have the opportunity to be a project manager on one project and a contributing consultant on one or more additional projects this summer. The internship was highly competitive this year with more than 40 applicants.

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Center for Air Commerce Info Session
On Monday March 17, Kenan Institute's Center for Air Commerce held a lunchtime information session detailing all of the opportunities and internship possibilities available to students through the center. MBA students and participants from UNC's Department of City and Regional Planning were in attendance to hear Kenan Institute Director John D. Kasarda give an overview of the center's work. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Stephen Appold on internship and part-time work opportunities. Students interested in work through the Center of Air Commerce or other Kenan Institute Centers should contact Lingmei Howell at Lingmei_howell@unc.edu or visit the "Student Opportunities" page of the Kenan Institute Web site, www.kenaninstitute.unc.edu.

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CIBER Global Business Projects Kickoff Weekend


The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) held the inaugural kickoff weekend for its new Global Business Project (GBP) program in Washington, D.C., from March 14-16. This year, 53 MBA students from seven premier universities (UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, University of Kansas, University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, George Washington University, Temple University, Tsinghua University (China) and Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan) will be working on 11 corporation-specific project teams. The students will work virtually in March and April and conclude their project work in the target country (Brazil, China and Japan) for two weeks in May utilizing their consulting, problem-solving and language skills to address company-specific challenges and action options.

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Business Across Borders: China
In the second installment of the Business Across Borders series, a panel discussion on "Doing Business in China" was held in the Kenan Center Dining Room on Wednesday, Feb. 20. More than 100 students, faculty and other UNC community members were in attendance to hear a discussion of issues related to the Chinese market with Christine Vick, a consultant for the Cohen Group with extensive experience in China; Dick Kahler, former president of Caterpillar China; Michael Chen, vice president of corporate marketing for Red Hat and a UNC Kenan-Flalger alumnus; and Jia Shao, former corporate spokesperson for China Force and a current Kenan-Flalger second-year student. In addition to the lunch panel, Christine Vick held a lecture the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2008 to discuss contemporary issues in Chinese business and policy.

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Center for Real Estate Development Conference
The Kenan Institute's Center for Real Estate Development hosted its annual UNC Kenan-Flagler Real Estate Conference on Feb. 21 at the Carolina Club. The keynote address was given by Anthony Downs of the Brookings Institution. The second speech focused on the overall health of the real estate markets, and the third session comprised a panel of professionals from the banking industry. Alumni and real estate professionals from all over the United States were in attendance, giving the many student participants ample networking opportunities. The event was followed by a reception in a neighboring hall at the Carolina Club.

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Globetrotters: Japan and Mexico

This winter, the MBA Globetrotters Series, put on in conjunction with Kenan-Flagler's International Business Association and the Kenan Institute, hosted the second and third seminars featuring Japan and Mexico. On Feb. 12, Kenan-Flagler's Japanese students drew a full house to hear topics ranging from business etiquette to social gatherings to environmentalism in today's Japan. Enjoying sushi rolls and Japanese tea, audience members delighted in learning the cultural tips certain to give them a competitive advantage on their next business trip to Japan.

Likewise, on Feb. 26, Kenan-Flagler's Mexican community came together to provide an unprecedented glimpse of the thriving business world just south of the border. A packed classroom learned about the cultural attractions, technological innovation and business opportunities available to those who invest their time in Mexico. Attendees enjoyed traditional Mexican platters following the presentations.

 

Kenan-Flagler 2010 Fellowship Recipient Reception

On Feb. 19, the Kenan Institute hosted a reception for Kenan-Flagler Fellowship Recipients for the incoming MBA Class of 2010. Raymond Farrow, executive director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise gave an overview of the Institute and detailed its student opportunities. The prospective MBA fellows then mingled with the many center directors, staff and current Kenan-Flagler students who were in attendance.

 

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.

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