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MBA Alumni Weekend was a Big Win for Everyone

Put TCU MBAs in a competitive, fun situation, and you have a hit on your hands. The Neeley School’s first MBA Alumni Weekend was a big success with friendly competition around the casino tables and on the greens.  

May 08,  2014

By Elaine Cole

What’s a little friendly competition between TCU MBAs? A lot of fun.

More than 50 golfers teed up for the tournament Friday afternoon, April 25, at Iron Horse Golf Course. More than 300 people attended the casino-themed event Saturday night, April 26, at the exclusive Champions Club in the Amon G. Carter Stadium. All vied for prizes that included weekend stays at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Rangers tickets, a football signed by Coach Patterson and lots of TCU swag.

Morgan Maxwell MBA ’14 and Dustin Schelle MBA ’14 planned the first annual MBA Alumni Weekend so MBA alumni could reconnect with TCU, the MBA program and their former classmates.

“Our goal was to make a big splash and give everyone who joined us an unforgettable experience,” Schelle added.

The golf tournament was certainly unforgettable for Mark Phillips MBA ’04, commercial banker with PlainsCapital Bank. He scored a hole in one, much to congratulations (and envy) of the other players.   

The next evening at the casino-themed dinner and gala, everyone crowded around the tables and slot machines to play for prizes. The action was so lively that most stayed until the end.

Grant Moise MBA ’04 said, “The best part of the event for me was seeing so many of the faculty members, many of whom I have not seen in 10 years.” Moise is senior vice president, business development and niche products at The Dallas Morning News.

Bill Cron, associate dean of graduate programs, said that he enjoyed seeing former students and hearing about their careers.

“Having the chance to talk to our alumni about their successes is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job as educators,” Cron said. “Hearing the credit they give to faculty and staff for helping with their accomplishments is a testament to the spirit and atmosphere that exists at Neeley, the kind of atmosphere that attracts great MBA candidates.”   

The weekend gave alumni and students a chance to network and build relationships among the vast TCU MBA alumni base.

“It was great for current MBA students to see the strength behind our alumni base,” Maxwell said. “Being such a small program, I think we forget just how big our network really is.”

Schelle said that there hasn’t been a better opportunity to speak with so many MBA alumni at one event. “It was significant to finally have an event where all Full-time, Professional and Executive MBAs could network together,” he said.

Amanda Hale MBA '01, director of the Americas Regional Office for Deloitte, called the event "outstanding" and said her favorite part was reconnecting with classmates.

“Although we had not seen each other in almost 13 years, we picked up as if no time had passed at all, discussing everything from alternative energy strategies, to data analytics, to our personal lives,” Hale said. 

Schelle and Maxwell thanked the event planning committee, which included students and staff from the MBA and EMBA programs, especially Ed Riefenstahl and Cristina Barbosa in the MBA office, plus Neeley external relations, Neeley alumni and constituent relations, TCU advancement, TCU athletics and TCU alumni relations.

“Long term, we hope to make MBA Alumni Weekend an annual tradition to help TCU keep strong ties with its alumni base, which not only helps TCU and the MBA program, but enhances the reputation of all TCU MBA alumni,” Schelle said.