Gleacher Club Facility progress report
We have been meeting with the architects and planners for the
build-out of the fifth floor of the Gleacher Center. Watch for
renderings and floor plans in the next issue of the magazine.
We have still not resolved the issue of what to call itthe Phoenix
Club perhaps. If you have thoughts on the matter please contact
A million thanks
Three key alumni club presidents, each of whom founded their respective
clubs, hung up their gavels recently. In Orange County, longtime
club leader J. Baum Harris, 59, has been succeeded by Ed Siebel,
64; in Tokyo, Atsuhito Sakai, 82, moved to a less demanding
role with the club, allowing Masahiro Nagayasu,84, to take the
helm; and in Bangkok, Burin Kantabutra, 68, has been succeeded
by Charn Sophanpanich, 69. The role of a pioneer can be lonely
and hard. For the heavy lifting on behalf of the GSB and your
fellow alumni, thank you. Two other changes in leadership have
occurred, both in Chicago. GSB Club president Marianne Murphy,
92, has been succeeded by Jeff Gerns, 90, and Dubravka Deppen,
XP-60 (91), head of the Womens Business Group, has turned over
the post to Mary Lynn Faunda,86.
Although the number of GSB alumni clubs have mushroomed in the
past two years, there are still many cities where we simply lack
sufficient numbers of alumni to keep a formal organization up
and running. Alumni living in these areas are encouraged to participate
in our Alumni Ambassador Program. Alumni ambassadors serve as
GSB contacts. They provide information about their community to
new grads and transferring alumni. They might also provide information
about the school to prospective students. Being an alumni ambassador
is a small commitment, and it is a great way to stay connected
to your alma mater. Call (773) 834-0229 if you are interested
As you may be aware, some months ago the portion of our office
that provides career services to alumni gained a name and identity
of its own. Now known as the Office to Advance Career and Corporate
Alliances (OACCA), it has expanded the services available to you
as a GSB alum. Services are offered free of charge or at a nominal
Perhaps due to the rash of M & A activity or the recent turmoil
in the markets, the OACCA team of Bob Wilcox, Anita Brick, and
Wanda Jackson has seen an increase in the number of participants
in coaching sessions and workshops.
Among the aids available to you are the GSBWorks manual and workshops.
The manual is now in its fourth printing, and OACCA has received
requests for it from as far away as Asia. The manual is tailored
to the specific needs of GSB alumni with a framework to help you
effectively manage your career. Alumni are using the manual to
develop the tools to market themselves in their current jobs or
in the job market. The workshops are offered monthly on Saturdays
and on weekdays during part of the year as a brown bag lunch series.
You might also wish to attend OACCAs industry insights presentations.
These programs connect alumni with key business and industry experts.
The most recent events have featured A.T. Kearney, Gemini Consulting,
and the Kauffman Fellows Program and have covered topics such
as the future of venture capital and transaction processing. Future
events with Norrell and Deloitte & Touche are in the works.
In an effort to meet the needs of alumni worldwide, the GSB is
introducing the first phase of the Fisher Library Alumni Research
Service, which covers basic company and executive search firm
research. For more information, contact Maura Barrett at (312)
464-8737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of particular interest to those alumni outside of the Chicago
area is the upcoming debut of workshops over the Web. The M.B.A.
Professional Development Series is being planned for this spring.
This series of regional and virtual workshops and chats will cover
topics from self-assessment to determining your market value to
gaining visibility inside and outside your organization. These
programs are designed to help alumni leverage their skills, experiences,
New expatriate virtual club
A new virtual GSB club is forming for expatriate alumni. This
group will meet online to share experiences, advice, and war stories.
For more information, call (773) 834-0229.
Get your piece of posterity
A limited number of centennial street banners are available to
alumni. The banners are identical to the ones that hung in downtown
Chicago and in Hyde Park, but they were extras that were never
used. The banners are approximately 30 inches wide and 60 inches
long and have a black background with the centennial logo in gold
and maroon. The banners are $50 each and may be purchased by check,
MasterCard, or Visa. Call the alumni office at (773) 702-7727
for more information.
Julian Gross, a native Hyde Parker, is the new assistant director
for awards and student programs. He has his B.A. from Rochester
University in New York. Prior to joining the GSB he played guitar
in a rock band in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is an avid soccer player.
Wanda Jackson joins Bob Wilcox and Anita Brick at Gleacher Center
as the assistant director of OACCA. Previously, she worked in
faculty services at the GSB. She received her degree from the
University of Memphis. Her hobbies include backgammon, volleyball,