By: Katelyn Storms Rizer
My first week at the IU Kelley School of Business is officially complete! I couldn’t be happier that I took this job and am really looking forward to getting everything rolling. My first week I was thrown right into meetings, introductions and learning all about Kelley. I’m the kind of person who is constantly on the go, so this week has been great. I’m working on putting dates together for events in the fall and details on events coming up this summer. Tuesday, I met with the MBA Alumni Council to discuss what the group wants to achieve moving forward. Great group of alumni who are very passionate about their school and organization! I was energized and ready to hit the ground running after meeting with them. They had great ideas and we are in the process of planning some great things for the future. Stay tuned for that! I’m also going to be working with the Young Alumni Council which I’m very much looking forward to.
On Wednesday, External Affairs director Mary Chappell and I met with the Children’s Museum to discuss upcoming event opportunities through their Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. I had not been to the Children’s Museum since I was in 3rd grade, so it’s been a long time! All I can say about the current exhibit/theme is WOW! Walking in you feel like you have been flown to China. They have covered everything from the exhibits to the decor to the staff’s attire and music. We are going to have the opportunity to host two of our Kelley evening classes in the actual exhibit. This will be an awesome experience for the students as they will get to learn about China while feeling like they are part of it. We will also be having a Faculty Panel Presentation that will feature some of our faculty members talking about different aspects of China and International Business. This event will be part of the After Dark series that the Children’s Museum is starting this summer. After the panel, guests will have the opportunity to see the exhibits, network and have drinks and appetizers. This event will be open to students, faculty, alumni, and the general public. This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow and former Kelley students. I’ll post details on the event once we have the date finalized. And how much more fun can it get than going to the Children’s Museum?!
I have met so many people this week and have learned so much about the school and the legacy. However, I would definitely fail a test if I had to go around and remember everyone’s name! There are so many people who make up the school and keep it succeeding. Everyone has been so nice and patient as I ask questions and try to learn the ways and means around the building. If this first week is any indication of how my time at Kelley will be, I couldn’t be happier and more excited about it! My door is always open so come by and introduce yourself! (well I don’t have an actual door…but you get the idea :))