Earlier this month, Saint Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) welcomed three full groups of MBA students to the Gael family. Executive MBA (San Ramon) students, Trans-Global Executive MBA students, and Professional MBA students were warmly welcomed by a team of Graduate Business staff and faculty for an all-day orientation at the Soda Center.

Carole Swain, Vice President, Office of Mission gave the new Gael MBA students an introduction to the Lasallian mission and core principles, and facilitated a dynamic discussion. Other guest speakers included students and/or alumni from each program, as well as the co-president of the new Net Impact student club. Activities included academic resource overviews, networking ice-breaker activities, and team-building games and exercises. Program directors spearheaded intimate breakout sessions with their newest students, and an optional campus walking tour rounded out the day’s agenda.

“Saint Mary’s Graduate Business is in a unique position in the marketplace. Based on demand, we offer different degree programs in various locations. Even with 12 graduate business degree programs beginning each year, I am continually impressed by the caliber of applicants and students we attract – those who not only want to continually improve themselves, but those who want to gain or enhance their global and responsible business perspectives,” says Professor Shyam Kamath, Associate Dean of Graduate Business & Global Programs.

Some highlights from our newest Gaels:

“The staff was so helpful and already knew a little bit about me which felt so welcoming and refreshing.”

“Everything and everybody was absolutely amazing! I was very impressed with the orientation and left excited about starting the program.”

“It was a great kickoff of a journey of "rigor and vigor" as Professor K [Kamath] said. The guest speakers, professors, staff and alumni were engaging and candid. I am eager to get begin. Thank you!”

“Really great experience. The enthusiasm of the staff really came through and left me excited about getting started!”

For photos from the orientation, click here.

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