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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.

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How my Crosby MBA Developed Me as a Service Leader

Integrate, defined as “to bring together or incorporate (parts) into a whole.”

I came to Mizzou my freshman year striving to build something out of infinite components and limited instructions. Each year added to my University of Missouri experience has connected those disconnected fragments of knowledge and moved me in a forward direction. Numerous mentors, faculty, friends, and Columbia community members pushed me to be better, to connect the pieces and weave them into a singular thread that ultimately leader on Mizzou’s campus. When I started the Crosby MBA program, I was provided me the opportunity to integrate my classwork and skill sets I had been developing throughout my undergraduate career.

I currently serve as one of two graduate assistants for Mizzou Alternative Breaks, or MAB. MAB is a student-led program that sends groups of students across the country and internationally to volunteer during all academic breaks. It promotes the idea that grassroots service is something greater than a week or an event– it is a global movement. MAB is the largest alternative breaks program in the country. We run an over a half a million-dollar fundraising campaign, and operate similarly to a non-profit organization. (more…)

Crosby MBA Elective Course Highlight: Turnaround Management

Turnaround Management with Scott McNair

Over the course of my last semester as an MBA student, I have been taking a Management elective course called Turnaround Management. Not only is it a wonderful course, but it also provides interesting insight into how a company undergoes a strategic turnaround. This course is taught by Professor Scott McNair, a professional turnaround expert with a specialty in the food industry. Every week, students are assigned a business case that we read and write a report on, which is then discussed with the help of discussion leaders in the class. The past two weeks, we have had a couple of guest speakers who helped us to gain a deeper understanding of this concept by discussing the various sides of turnaround management consulting.

One especially impactful speaker was Mike Juniper from CR3. CR3 is a turnaround management consulting firm that helps businesses and companies during crisis situations. To give a bit of a background on Mike Juniper, he has a BBA in finance from University of Arkansas and got his MBA from Washington University. He got into the turnaround business by accident, after witnessing his first restructuring in Pretium Packaging in St. Louis and his first bankruptcy in Southern Products Company, also in St. Louis. (more…)