On Saturday, October 1st, 2011, Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) welcomed 115 new students to the Gael family at the all-day orientation. Faculty and staff warmly received the newest cohorts of Executive MBA (Moraga Weeknight, Moraga Saturday, Santa Clara), Trans-Global Executive MBA, and Professional MBA students.
The day started off with introductions from Associate Dean of Graduate Business, Professor Guido Krickx; Associate Dean, Global Executive Development and Research Programs (SEBA), Professor Shyam Kamath; Assistant Director of Lasallian Formation from the Office of Mission and Ministry, Denis Block; and Associate Director of Financial Aid, Daryl Williams. Professor Linda Herkenhoff then got everyone on their feet for a speed networking session which energized the entire Soda Center with a loud buzz of dynamic individual conversations. More team-building (involving yo-yo's and strategizing) followed lunch, and a campus tour was given to the 115 newest Gaels, topped by a trip to the bookstore.
Some highlights from participants after the event:
- “By the end of the orientation, I was extremely excited to start the program. Definitely a wonderful way to get ready for class. Thank you!”
- "I found all staff to be extremely welcoming and personable. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted so warmly, and by name. But that was one of the things that set Saint Mary's apart - you do not treat people like a 'number.' Wonderful orientation program.”
- “Great orientation, it was very helpful in providing the information I need to begin the program. It was fun and interactive without the cheesiness of most orientations (ice-breakers, etc.) I was really excited about meeting new people and having lunch with future classmates. It was a very great overall experience.”