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Babson in the 21st Century

2000

  • The first class to go through the new undergraduate curriculum, featuring the Intermediate Management Core (IMC I, II, and III), graduates.
  • The Stephen D. Cutler Center for Investment Management is dedicated on March 9th.
  • The ADE inducts Pleasant T. Rowland, George N. Hatsopoulos, Robert Annunziata, and Patricia Gallup into the Academy.
  • The Asia Institute at Babson is launched in July.
  • Edward Hirsch is the Thompson Visiting Poet for 2000 (February 9th.)
  • Jerry Kanter, Director of the Center for Information Management Studies, is this year’s Carpenter Prize winner.
  • The Fourth and final Babson Journal is published.
  • The Babson Players perform Little Shop of Horrors in the spring and Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect in the fall.

2001

  • Babson Intel MBA Program is launched in May.
  • On June 30th Leo I. Higdon ends his term as President of Babson College.
  • July 1st, Brian Miller Barefoot, Babson Class of 1966, becomes the 11th President of Babson College.
  • C. K. Williams is this year’s Thompson Visiting Poet (February 14th.)
  • Rick Echlov, Director of Summer Programs, is this year’s winner of the Carpenter Prize.
  • The Center for Women’s Leadership is founded.
  • The “Miss Babson” and “Mr. Babson” contest begins.
  • The 2001 Class of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs consists of Robert Davis (MBA 1985), Kay Koplovitz, and Robert Rosenberg.
  • Babson Players produce Damn Yankeesand Drop Dead.

2002

  • Kelly Petersen-Fitzgerald, MBA Class of 2003, becomes the first woman President of the Graduate Student Association.
  • Brian M. Barefoot is inaugurated the 11th President of Babson College on September 20th.
  • Steven B. Dodge and Leonard Riggio are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • Alicia Suskin Ostriker is the Thompson Visiting Poet (February 12th.)
  • Librarian Frances Nilsson is the 2002 recipient of the Carpenter Prize.
  • Babson Players perform How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Bottoms Up.
  • Babson College is awarded the 2002 Hesburgh Award from TIAA-CREEF for its “Reinvention of Undergraduate Education.”

2003

  • Information Technology Management is created as a new academic division.
  • David Ferry is the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet for 2003.
  • Donna Stoddard (Information Technology Management) receives Babson’s first National Science Foundation grant.
  • The Reynolds Campus Center Coffee Bar is named for “Woody” Lapen on April 28th.
  • MBA Alumni Academy of Achievement is launched in May.
  • Babson Players present Pippin in April.
  • In separate ceremonies Ben Cohen and Michael R. Bloomberg are inducted into the ADE.
  • The first Babson Literary Magazine titled Unfiltered...is published.
  • The Institute for Family Enterprising is launched in September.
  • The Lone Star Love Potion is the fall play by the Babson Players.
  • William C. Lawler, Babson Leadership Professor, is this year’s winner of the Carpenter Prize.
  • The Fast Track MBA program begins.
  • The second issue of the Babson Literary Magazine titled The Morning After... is published.
  • A new “bird’s eye” campus map in unveiled. The work was done by award winning illustrator Laszlo Kubinyi.
  • The Writing Center is twenty-five years old this fall.
  • The Speech Resource Center is fifteen years old this fall.

2004

  • The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet is Ellen Bryant Voigt who read on February 11.
  • The 58th Founder’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd. The 25th Anniversary of the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs is featured with the premier of Lemonade Stories.
  • Babson Players perform Li’l Abner for the spring show. The fall show was But Why Bump Off Barnaby?
  • Babson holds the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Celebration on March 1st.
  • On April 17 Liz Kebbe, career counselor at Babson from 1947 until September 1973, died at the age of 96.
  • Babson held its 82nd commencement on May 15th.
  • The Babson Literary Magazine published its Spring issue called Cock-a-doodle Blue.
  • William D. Bygrave, Frederick C. Hamilton Professor for Free Enterprise Studies, is this year’s Carpenter Prize recipient.
  • Babson College becomes the first business school to become a member of the Posse Foundation.
  • The Babson Student Federal Credit Union is 20 years old on October 21st.
  • On October 23rd the Board of Trustees vote to start a Ph.D. program in Entrepreneurship.
  • The Babson Toolachs (the Babson spelling bee team) wins!

2005

  • Paul Muldoon is this year’s Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet. He read on February 16.
  • The Babson Players present Guys & Dolls in the spring and Whose Wives are they Anyway? in the fall.
  • Babson College celebrates its 83rd Spring Commencement on May 21st.
  • Julian Simcock, Babson Class of 2005, becomes Babson’s first ever Fulbright Scholar. Julian will be doing his research in South Africa.
  • ...Why Not? is the spring 2005 edition of the Babson Literary Magazine.
  • Beginning with the Spring issue the Babson Alumni Magazine is now called Babson Magazine.
  • In July the Information Management Technology division was reorganized and renamed Technology, Operations and Information Management (TOIM).
  • ITSD announced the first Babson Portal in August.
  • Suggestions... Seductionsis fall 2005 issue of the Babson Literary Magazine.
  • The 2005 Carpenter Prize was awarded to Melissa Shaak, Associate Dean and Director of Student Financial Services.

2006

  • Marjorie Agosin will be this year’s Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet and read from her work on February 14.
  • On Founder’s Day Robert K. Kraft and Earvin “Magic” Johnson were inducted into the ADE.
  • There was no Carpenter Prize this year.
  • Christian Dambolena, Babson Class of 2002, Babson’s second Fulbright Scholar studying in Argentina.
  • Patricia G. Greene became the Provost at Babson College on July 1st.
  • Of This I’m Sure and Green Lineswere the two editions of the Babson Literary Magazine for 2006.
  • The Babson Players produced Big: The Musical and RUMORS in 2006.

2007

  • Glyn Maxwell was the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet this year.
  • This year’s Carpenter Prize recipient is Kathleen Kelly, Professor of English.
  • This year the Forbes family and Molson family were inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • Ariah Reilly, Babson Class of 2007, will be teaching English in South Korea as Babson’s 3rd Fulbright Scholar.
  • The Babson Players produced Sweet Charity and Noises Off!
  • The Babson Literary Magazine produced two editions this year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.

2008

  • In January it was announced that on July 1st Leonard Schlesinger will become the 12th President of Babson College.
  • Natasha Trethewey was this year’s Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet.
  • On April 9th Ernesto Bertarelli (BS 1989), Lee Man Tat, and Sunil Bharti Mittal were inducted in the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • The Babson Players perform Beauty and the Beast.
  • Allan Cohen, Edward A. Madden Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership, is this year’s recipient of the Carpenter Prize.
  • The Babson Free Press published a special Commencement issue.
  • The entire first Posse class graduates.
  • The inaugural class of Weissman Scholars enters in the fall.
  • The 30th anniversary of the Writing Center and the 20th anniversary of the Speech Resource Center are celebrated.
  • The Lewis Center is founded with a gift from Alan E. Lewis and Harriet R. Lewis for the purposes of expanding the College’s social entrepreneurship programs. AACSB notes other member programs expanding their interests in social entrepreneurship.
  • The Babson Players present You Can’t Take It With You for their fall show.
  • Leonard A. Schlesinger is inaugurated the 12th President of Babson College on October 17th.
  • In November Babson College is accredited by EQUIS. Only three colleges in the United States have been accredited by them and only Babson earned a five year accreditation.

2009

  • Tom Sleigh is this year’s Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet reading on February 11.
  • The College closed from 5 p.m. March 28 until 5 a.m. April 1 due to an outbreak of norovirus.
  • The Babson Player’s spring production is Bat Boy: The Musical.
  • Babson College announces participation in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • A Babson first? Summer theatre by a Babson student group. The Babson Players present A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Shahid Ansari, Dean of Faculty, Professor of Behavioral and Managerial Accounting was named Provost on May 26.
  • Babson, Olin, and Wellesley Colleges launched a collaborative agreement to build on their geographic proximity and complementary curricula.
  • The Babson Players’ fall production is The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
  • More than 90 new venture ideas are presented by alumni and students at the 10th Annual Rocket Pitch.

2010

  • Claudia Rankine is this year’s Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet.
  • Supported by the Student Government Association, Dining Advisory Board, and Babson Green Tower, Trim Dining Hall goes green by eliminating the use of trays.
  • The Babson Players’ spring production is The Wedding Singer.
  • Henri A Termeer, Chairman and CEO of Genzyme Corporation is inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs.
  • The Latin Entrepreneurship Forum hosts former Mexican president Vicente Fox to discuss entrepreneurial opportunities in that region.
  • Professor Jean-Pierre Jeannet is the winner of this year’s Walter H. Carpenter Prize for Exceptional Contributions to the College.
  • Director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee comes to the College to discuss diversity and inclusion, the keys to success in business.