Graduate Community Events
The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business holds a number of events specifically for the graduate community.
The focus of these events is to allow the graduate population to network across programs, to provide a platform for students to meet and share ideas with upper-level administration, and to enhance the graduate curriculum.
Keeping our graduate students’ schedules and priorities in mind, we focus on offering an eclectic assortment of fun, social, and networking opportunities offered at different times throughout the day and week.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
Fall Kick-Off Graduate Student BBQ
The Kick-off BBQ targets graduate students across programs and promotes networking and a strong sense of community. Held on the Knight Lawn, students stop by the BBQ on their way to evening classes or after their day classes to say hello to their classmates, enjoy some food, and listen to music. Over 400 graduate students attend the event. A similar event is held in the spring semester, after students return from Winter Break.
Evening Coffee Breaks
Evening Coffee Breaks are designed to engage students across programs during their short class break offered in evening electives. In addition to coffee and snacks, a raffle is held to continue this social engagement after class—the goal is to afford students relationship building and networking opportunities.
MBA News Hour
The MBA News Hour is an occasional forum designed to complement the MBA program curriculum. The News Hours focus on contemporary issues relevant to the world of business as well as the life and purpose of the graduate-school community at Babson.
MBA International Dinner
The International Dinner invites Students, Faculty, and Staff to represent their home country by preparing food and presenting performances from their culture. Cuisine is tasted by the Babson Community.
Pizza with the Deans
Each semester, the Graduate School Deans host an informal pizza dinner in Olin Hall. Students are encouraged to attend to meet Deans Hanno and Bob Turner, ask questions, and connect with fellow students. Enjoy FREE pizza.
The Globetrotter country presentations derive insights from fellow international students on the living situation, business climate, political outlook, and touristic highlights of their country. The presentations are delivered by graduate students to the Babson Community and are intended to be a real life, behind the scenes look at the country and what it was like to grow up there. Presentations this past year included Iran, Colombia, and India.
Grad Rejuvenation Week
Operation: Grad Rejuvenation is a series of events designed to rejuvenate our busy graduate students during their final exam time. Occurring twice a year, these events coincide with exam week and allow our students to refresh themselves before and during “crunch time”. Diverse groupings of events are offered from massages to movie screenings, to ice cream socials and playing the Wii gaming system.
Globetrotters Presents: Thanksgiving with the Dean
This event is designed to introduce international students to the American Thanksgiving tradition. All graduate students are invited to share a Thanksgiving meal with Dean Hanno while listening to a presentation prepared by fellow students focusing on the meaning and traditions associated with this holiday.
Dinner for Twelve Strangers
Dinners for 12 Strangers is an event series based on a simple idea: Babson MBA students host dinners in their homes for fellow students in an effort to make Babson a friendlier and more connected community. There are two to three dinners per semester, and all graduate students are invited to register.