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Gophers of the Last Decade (GOLD), which connects with recent undergraduate alumni, has been exceedingly busy the last several months. The GOLD board has increased its reach among students by engaging seniors through the Life After College series and GMAT prep events. It also welcomed freshmen on behalf of the alumni community during freshmen orientation for the first time. In 2014, GOLD plans to incorporate a touch-point with sophomores to sustain that engagement and awareness. Also, increased opportunities for alumni and students to engage, in addition to the implementation of an Undergraduate Ambassador program, will assist in making the alumni community a familiar part of the student experience. Perhaps one of GOLD’s greatest successes in the last few months was serving as a leader in a Universitywide “recent alumni” event. This collaborative effort between 10 University of Minnesota colleges brought together recent alumni from a variety of majors. In addition to expanding its reach among current students and alumni from other programs, GOLD also took What’s New In GOLD steps to improve existing programs and track success. GOLD conducted its first survey targeted at alumni of the last 10 years and finished with a high completion rate. The collected data, both quantitative and qualitative, reflects thoughts on alumni programming, communications, financial giving, school pride, and brand awareness. Additionally, the survey identified individuals willing to participate in a recent alumni focus group. In December, GOLD hosted two focus groups, which provided an opportunity to further explore these topics. Attendance at GOLD events continues to rise, and the third annual GOLD Soiree, a growing tradition for alumni and seniors, saw a 40 percent increase in attendance from last year. Connecting with MBA alumni The focus on recent alumni is a priority on the MBA side as well. The Carlson School’s recently revived MBA Alumni Board, made up of recent graduates from the Full-Time, Part-Time, and Executive MBA programs, met for a strategic planning workshop during the first week of the new year. The board will lead initiatives to connect recent MBA alumni to one other, current students, and Carlson School faculty and staff. SPRING 14 CAR2L0SON SCHOOL OFG EMEMNATN A 29 direction and growth of Schwan’s Food Service, the frozen-food selling subsidiary of Marshall, Minn.-based The Schwan Food Company. Rob Cain, ’01 MBA, was named a partner in the technology consulting practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta, Ga. He is now doing IT strategy and CIO advisory. Emily (Lauzon) Deng, ’05 BSB, has joined the Kellogg Company as senior manager, foreign trade operations. Deng and her husband have relocated to Battle Creek, Mich., home of Kellogg’s world headquarters. Jimmer Dorweiler, ’07 BSB, was promoted to vice president at Green Manning & Bunch, based in Denver, Colo., in January 2014. Anthony Gizinski, ’95 BSB, ’00 MBA, is president of SPECTRUM Commercial Services based in Bloomington, Minn. He was previously a vice president with Fidelity Bank. Tim Huebsch, ’07 MBA, was awarded the 2013 Andrea Ruesch Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Minnesota State University Student Association. Tom Ketteman, ’05 MBA, was named business manager for 3M Automotive in St. Paul. Claudia Knowlton-Chike, ’04 MBA, was named senior vice president, supply chain for Nexeo Solutions, LLC, based in The Woodlands, Tex. Brandon Miller, ’02 MBA, became the president and CEO of the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association. Ryan Miske, ’05 MBA, was named presidentelect of the Minnesota chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Shashanka Muppaneni, ’08 BSB, was promoted to vice president, global airway at Smiths Medical in St. Paul. BY MANDY IVERSON


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