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Our Time with the Crosby MBA Program- A Goodbye

Our Time with the Crosby MBA Program- A Goodbye.

The Crosby MBA Program is supported by some of the best staff in higher education. While this staff works hard for its students and alumni sometimes they too must move forward in their careers and lives. We would like to wish Matthew Wunderlich and Robyn Ridgway the best as they move forward in these pursuits within the coming week.

Matthew has spent the past two years in the role of Assistant Director of Admissions for the Crosby MBA Program and recently, as the Interim Director of Admissions for the Graduate Programs Office. He has dedicated himself to be the cheerleader for the Crosby MBA students and staff and for all who are lucky to work with him. After much thought and exploring many options, Matthew has accepted admission to the MBA Program with the University of Illinois. We are so excited for him and can’t wait to see where he will land when he completes the degree.

After 16 years of working with the “creamiest of the crop” of graduate students, Robyn Ridgway, along with her husband, Randy, will relocate to St. Louis to be near their daughter and her family. Robyn has accepted the position of Director of Undergraduate Advising for the College of Business Administration for the University of Missouri St. Louis. In addition, she will be Program Manager for the Doctorate of Business Administration. She begins her journey on June 4th, but not without reflecting on the wonderful career at Mizzou. Here are her personal thoughts:

“Wow! 16 years!! What a wonderful career at Mizzou. I have so many to thank for this time. I received so much personal satisfaction watching MBA students grow into wonderful people and watching them succeed. Whether it is serving on the Crosby MBA Advisory Board or hiring a current student- our alumni really have been engaged. How wonderful it is to have a career that allows one to see the complete circle!  I always felt a mother’s pride in each one of them and thanks to social media, I continue to enjoy watching many of them flourish in their lives. I also reflect on the warm family environment offered by the Trulaske College of Business and the bigger MU campus and the many colleagues I have worked with throughout the years. There is thankfulness that fills my heart. Thankfulness for Dr. Michael Christy who had faith in me and offered me the Senior Academic Advisor position and thankfulness for his continued mentorship I can always count on. I have thankfulness too, for the team I have worked with that was always there to celebrate my successes with me and who mourned the losses with me. It has been a wonderful time. Thank you to all who touched my life and made me a better person.”

Matthew and Robyn have said what a privilege it has been to be part of this wonderful program. Working for the Trulaske College of Business and the Crosby MBA program was a great step in their career and their lives. They went on to add: “We have been touched by the best students, alumni, and colleagues that one could ever hope to work with. Thank you for helping us grow in our time here and preparing us for our next adventures. We are both excited but will always remain true to our Tiger spirit.”

Mizzou Places at the 2018 SEC Case Competition

As I entered the Crosby MBA program in the fall of 2016, I knew I wanted to be very involved. I wasn’t sure what I would take part in, but I knew I wanted to take advantage of as many opportunities as I could. Fairly quickly, I was asked to be part of a case competition team with three of my classmates. I had never been involved in case competitions before. But, I liked the thought of solving real-world problems and competing against other schools and, at the same time, learning incredibly valuable skills that will help me in my career.

Mizzou had never placed in the SEC Case Competition, so I knew the pressure would be on to show the rest of the SEC that we are a school that brings real competition. The SEC Case Competition is 24-hour format case competition, which means all competitors get the business problem and then are required to present the solution 24 hours later. The abbreviated time frame truly tests the abilities and bounds of the competitors. Each team has to analyze the problem, create multiple recommendations, find the research to prove the recommendation, create the presentation, and practice presenting all before the time limit is up.

Twenty-four hours may seem like plenty of time, but many teams often don’t even sleep during the competition.


Mental Health: The Emotional Barriers of a Business Student

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we decided to share a blog about the common stigma associated with mental health issues as a business student.

 I struggle with depression.

I wasn’t always like this. In my undergraduate education, I was overly-involved, driven, and so sure of what I wanted out of life. When I went out into the world and started following my dreams, I experienced happiness like you only see in movies. Eventually, circumstances in my personal life changed beyond my control, pulling me lower than I could’ve ever imagined. At that time, I decided I needed a change. I started business school trying to cope with all of these changes, while at the same time learning how to be a student again — but I couldn’t shake it off. Finally, six months into the MBA program, I decided to talk to someone about it. That is when I was diagnosed with moderate depression.

But we’re business students. Professionals. We are not known for being emotional unless we need to market to our target audience, and we definitely do not struggle with our mental health.

The truth is, depression – or any other mental health issue for that matter – doesn’t care who you are, how successful you think you are, where you’ve been, or what your hopes and dreams are. In fact, study after study shows that people who are highly intelligent – the types you would normally find in graduate school – are more likely to suffer from mental illness than the general population. (more…)

Crosby MBA Association: March and April Organizational Update

One of the Crosby MBA Association’s (CMBAA) primary focuses each year is on philanthropy. Last month, CMBAA hosted a trivia night fundraiser to benefit the Central Missouri Humane Society. Coupled with the wine tasting fundraiser held in the fall, the organization has raised over $2,000 for the Humane Society this academic year. To expand upon our philanthropic initiatives, CMBAA will also be sponsoring a table for Girls on the Run on April 26th in Columbia. (more…)