I started attending the University of California at Irvine in
Fall, 1983 and was involved with the University until I left Southern California in 1990.
During those seven years I was not only a student (for three years), I was also
a staff member, volunteer, and financial supporter of the school on a variety of
fronts. Last year, the school changed its name to
The Paul Merage School of Business. This is a short overview of
Teaching Assistant (TA): In 1984 I entered the MBA
program as part of the school's "3/2 Program" in which students were granted
early entry into the program and allowing their first year of graduate courses
to also fulfill their Bachelor's degree requirements. As an Economics major,
this meant my second year of school was counted towards both degrees. It also
allowed me to be a Teaching Assistant for Economics. I led discussion groups,
taught students in small classes, as well as assisting professor's with testing,
grading exams, and other duties.
Research Assistant (RA): While
President, GSM Student Association: In 1985, I was
elected as President of the GSM Student Association (GSMSA). My duties included:
- Serving on the GSM Alumni Association board as the
school's student representative
- Serving on the the Master's Committee (a group that
examined the school's policies and curriculum)
- Members of the Placement Advisory Committee
- Represented the school at University and external events
- Directing all student led activities such as Day on the
Job, Employer receptions, Alumni receptions, annual Awards Banquet, and
weekly student receptions.
I was also responsible for the development of the Rockwell
Reading Room, a resource for students. Click here for details.
In 1985, GSM admitted the first class of it's now highly
acclaimed Executive MBA program. The first Director of the Program was Frank
Largent. Just prior to the recruitment period for the second class to be
admitted in 1986, Frank left the program and a search began for his replacement.
Dean Newton Margulies asked me if I was step into the position until they found
someone and I agreed. I took over the position and started interviewing
candidates for entrance into the following year's program. I also served on the
search committee and ended up "training" the new Director, Ann Jennings. I also
assisted Ann during her first year in the position, including designing a new
recruitment brochure for the program. She went on to successfully run and build
the program for many years.
attending the Graduate School of Management (GSM) and serving as President of
the student association, one of my main goals was to get the University to
provide placement services specifically for GSM. Previously these services were
provided through the University's general placement office, which also provided
job placement for undergraduates. Eventually, the school got funding for a part
time placement officer and after some false starts I was asked if I could do the
job. Although I was working as a Regional Sales manager, I committed to holding
office hours during my lunch breaks several times a week when I was in town. I also spent most of my weekends working to
put together the office, create a database of potential employers, and produce the
Student Resume handbook. I also proposed the school's first Internship Program
and was the first to invite outside companies to schedule MBA interviews
directly with GSM.
- GSM Alumni Association:
I joined the GSM Alumni Association (GSMAA) board in
Summer,1985 as the Student representative. I served on the board for three years
and in Spring, 1988, was elected as President, a position I held until I left
California in January, 1990.
- Membership Committee chair (1987)
- Member, Board of Directors of the UCI Alumni
Association (UCIAA) 1988-1990.
- Member, GSM Corporate Partners Advisory Board
- Major Contributor, GSM New Building Fund.
GSM Corporate Partners Advisory Board (CPAB):
I also served a member of the CPAB, a group which met
regularly to discuss ways we could involve more local businesses with the school
and its students. I worked closely with the new Dean, Dr. Dennis Aigner, and
held regular meetings with local business leaders to represent the school. I
also attended several conferences where I represented the school to prospective