Carnegie Mellon University
May 02, 2016

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2016: Not Business As Usual

A combined total of more than 400 alumni and guests from nine different countries and across the United States traveled back to the Tepper School of Business to reunite with former classmates and professors, all the while making new connections within the Tepper School community.

Alumni Reunion is an opportunity to reconnect with the Tepper community…to give back a piece of what we’ve accomplished since graduating,” said Michael Tam, MBA ’11, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

“As alumni, we treat every member in our community as family, because this is where it started for us. It’s where we learned how to challenge ourselves, and eventually rise to new levels and find success not only in our careers, but also in the broader aspects of life.”

At the 2016 Tepper School Reunion Weekend, hosted April 15-16, entertainment and education intertwined as alumni attended both social events — such as class parties and Alumni B**rs — as well as presentations from their former faculty members. Saturday’s talks included a progress report on the Tepper Quadrangle from Bryan Routledge, associate professor of finance, and Dean Robert Dammon’s school update.  Alumni heard insights from esteemed faculty including Michael Trick, senior associate dean of faculty and research and Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Operations Research; Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair and professor of operations management; Taya Cohen, Carnegie Bosch Junior Faculty Chair and associate professor of organizational behavior and theory; and Timothy Derdenger, Frank A. and Helen E. Risch Faculty Development Professor of Business and assistant professor of marketing and strategy.

“Attending Tepper alumni events allows us to reconnect on a personal level to the start of our careers and appreciate the friends, classmates, alumni, professors and administrators who helped us get to where we are today,” said Ting Shen, MBA ’06, from San Francisco, California.

On Saturday evening, alumni and their guests, including many little ones, headed to Heinz Field for the all-class celebration, a highlight of Reunion Weekend each year.

New to Reunion Weekend and the Heinz Field celebration this year was the addition of the Tepper School Alumni Awards ceremony. Recognized for their professional success and dedication to the school were: Manoj Singh, MSIA ’76; Joel Adams, MSIA ’86; Rimmo Jolly, MSIA ’95; Geoffrey Bent, MBA ’07; Shamir Karkal, MBA ’06; and Joshua Reich, MBA ’06.

“It was wonderful hearing the personal and professional successes of my classmates,” Shen said. “Tepper alumni are doing amazing things all over the world — from starting and running companies to developing new products that make life delightful.”

Many returning alumni also marked the special occasion and inspired one another with generous donations in support of the Tepper School. Class giving participation was at an all-time high with the new all-class reunion giving challenge. Preliminary results as of Reunion Weekend included:

  • Highest amount of giving:  Class of 1986 ($323,304)
  • Highest giving percentage: Class of 1996 (33%)
  • Most new donors:  Class of 2011

In addition to monetary contributions, 78 class ambassadors — including volunteer leadership from the Carnegie Mellon University Trustees, Business Board of Advisors and Tepper School Alumni Board — contributed their time to help to plan the weekend’s events. The group participated in a total of 37 conference calls leading up to Reunion Weekend.

“The Tepper MBA extends far beyond the diploma that you receive on graduation day. At its core, it’s about people: the classmates that you form lifelong friendships with,” said Tam. “Reunion gives us a chance to celebrate that — to relive a time when you were part of something special and just on the cusp of discovering all that you’re capable of.”

Save the dates for Alumni Reunion Weekend 2017: April 21-22

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