Gene Castellitto, Aramark General Manager for The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center shares the news that his staff has received recognition for one of the hundreds of special events it caters each year.

Louie AwardCongratulations to the entire Knight Center team on their Louie Award for the annual Scholars in Business Dinner held last fall in the Atrium of Knight and Bauer Halls.

Each year since 1999, the International Special Events Society – St. Louis Chapter has given Louie Awards to outstanding professionals in the special event industry. The award acknowledges the extraordinary efforts, performance, planning, design, and execution of special events in the metro St. Louis area and surrounding cities.

141106_naunheim_olin_scholar_dinner_018At the awards dinner March 6, the Knight Center received the award for “Best Overall On-Premise Catered Event, Budget $30,000 and Over”.
Images: Scholars in Business Dinner by Jerry Naunheim.


A Healthcare Hackathon will be held this weekend, March 20 – 22,  at CIC @4240 Duncan. Wash U and the Skandalaris Center are sponsoring the event. It’s not just for programmers or people with software solutions!  People from universities and industries with varied and multiple areas of expertise are invited to bring their knowledge and innovations to find solutions to challenges in healthcare.

Discount codes are available for registration: contact to request a code.

The hackathon will offer:
·         opportunities to connect to St. Louis healthcare entrepreneurs
·         educational breakouts on hot healthcare issues + skill building
·         help to commercialize your ideas
·         chance to bring many disciplines and skillsets to work on your idea
·         FREE FOOD

More information and registration available here.



It was spring break here at Olin these past two weeks, and we said goodbye to the Mini A term, which means it is time to be back in school and enjoy some spring spirit. My mind is reeling with all the things that are coming up in the next few weeks. The job search process is continual and we are springing forward with our efforts. In the meanwhile, the SMP’s are also gearing up for some major events all in March. Interestingly, as the snow melts off the ground, there is a sudden excitement in the air at Olin. New committees are being formed, new leadership is taking charge of various clubs and new plans are concocted for the upcoming year. And some of us had the chance to order regalia, which also means we can almost see the finish line!

hands holding earthAlright coming back to the events that are lined up in the next few weeks, the SMP students are going to revel in two main events for the year – One World and SMP Follies. One World will bring out the best of Olin, weaving in the spirit of diversity this spring. This is one event where everyone basks in culture, food and festivity from all over the world. Without fail, you will get a glimpse of it in this space soon.

Humor is an essential part of life and it goes without saying that life at Olin does have its moments of laughter. This spring we are gearing up for the SMP Follies to be held on April 10th. We will get together for an evening filled with laughter, food and fun! The background work for the Follies is in full force, you will find students excitedly chattering about things or planning the evening out at the tables in Knight Hall.

Of course, there is more! The Olin Supply Chain & Operations Association (SCOPA) is working to bring to us the first Olin Supply Chain Symposium on March 23rd. The symposium will focus on building sustainable and ethical supply chains. With participants from BJC Healthcare, Emerson and Monsanto, the event will be a learning experience for supply chain buffs. As always, watch this space for more after the event.

If you are thinking that is the end of my list, you are wrong. The GBSA Spring Formal is coming up in March too! On March 27, we put our best foot forward at the formal event involving dinner and dancing, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, Crystal Ballroom. The night will see many Olin graduate students regardless of their program come together and enjoy the evening. So bring out those dancing shoes!

You must be wondering if that is the end of my list and this time you will be right! Spring at Olin will be spectacular this year and we will shine through the various events. Interestingly, the supply chain students are also gearing up for a Supply Chain Risk Management class this March and I think the learning will help us through the many events.

Campus image courtesy of WUSTL Photo Services.

All of Washington University’s MBA programs are in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Grad Schools published March 10, 2015. The annual ranking puts Olin’s MBA program at #19; the PMBA program ranks #24; and the Executive MBA program ranks #23.

USNews logo 1Only one out of the top 50 ranked schools could boast better placement numbers than Olin in 2014. We are proud to say that 96.9% of Olin MBA grads were employed 90 days post-graduation. Job placement success accounts for more than a third of the U.S. News ranking score.

The MBA rankings are based on placement and admissions data from 2014. Peer assessment provided by business school deans and directors accounts for 25% of the MBA ranking, 50% of the PMBA ranking, and 100% of the Executive MBA ranking.

To see the criteria and methodology for the U.S. News ranking, click here.



For nearly 30 years, Olin has celebrated alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers with our annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Over the decades, we have celebrated some amazing individuals who serve as models for all Washington University students and alumni.

In today’s fast-paced world of real-time data, disruptive technology, and global issues, Olin graduates are entering a business world that demands thought leaders able to function swiftly and strategically. Not only are our amazing alumni up for the challenge, they step up to make an impact in their organizations . . . and beyond.

We are proud to honor a handful of such recent alumni with our new Emerging Leader Awards. Please join us for the inaugural reception on Thursday, April 16, 2015. This event will take place in Knight Hall and is open to all students, alumni, and the St. Louis community. The event includes a roundtable panel discussion on leadership. Join us to celebrate our Emerging Leaders and to network with alumni and friends.

2015 Emerging Leader honorees:

Tamiko Armstead, MBA ’06
Cardinal Ritter College Prep

David Brown, MIM ’03, MBA ’04
Datotel, LLC

Lauren Herring, MBA ’07

Jonathan Kaufman, MBA ’11
Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies

Valerie Toothman, BSAS ’01, BSBME ’01, MBA ’08
Anheuser-Busch, LLC

For more information and to RSVP go to:

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