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The Welcome Back Cookout is an annual tradition at Olin. Held on Aug. 31, it was the 21st year for the feast that welcomes all business school students, faculty, and staff back to campus. Dean Gupta and staff members don aprons and serve up hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers with all the fixins.

Thanks to our video student workers: Ricardo Solis was the videographer at the Cookout and he edited with Ross Arkin.  Enjoy!

The annual Olin Ice Cream Social attracts professors and staff like moths to a flame. And their children miraculously appear, too! They line up for scoops of ice cream and a smorgasbord of toppings that would make Ted Drewes blush.

Ice cream social 2

There’s the St. Louis Ices cart with every flavor of syrup to pour over perfect white snowballs of crushed ice. Young and old dance around the circle of the Cake Walk in hopes of bringing home MORE sweets.






And don’t forget the Balloon Lady – perhaps the most popular person at the Social because of the magic she performs with multicolored balloons. Dogs, swords, princess wands, bows and arrows…dream it and she will make it out of thin air!

Thanks to the Aramark staff for serving up another great Ice Cream Social! Counting the days until next year….

You’d think the smell of fresh, hot coffee would attract a lot of attention on campus, especially if it’s FREE! That was the idea behind the new “Coffee Connect” launched last semester by the Graduate Programs Office. There’s been a growing turnout for the bi-monthly coffee break in the Frick Forum between classes, but fewer students have taken advantage of the chance to sip a free cup of java and mingle with professors, staff, and other students in Simon Hall. The event location alternates between the Forum and Simon.

As Jackie Carter explains in the video, Coffee Connect is still a new venture…and the organizers hope it will continue to grow and become an event that the whole Olin community looks forward to next semester and beyond.

The final Coffee Connect of the semester was held April 22 in Simon Hall.

Image: Alpha, Caffe Latte – Small World, Flickr Creative Commons

Videographer: Tucker Pierce, BA’15, Sam Fox School.

Actually, it’s already here! It arrived at 7:30 this morning in preparation for today’s event celebrating WashU’s partnership with Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA). Here’s the schedule:

What: Washington University and Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA) present “Innovate, Accelerate, Transform: Investing in People, Businesses and Communities,” an event showcasing the beneficial results of their unique community partnership.

When: 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

Where: Washington University’s Danforth Campus, Knight/Bauer Hall campus map

Who: Washington University students, faculty and alumni, as well as Wells Fargo Advisors President Mary Mack and other community representatives.

Dozens of balloons will drop from the 3rd floor Atrium level onto the Frick Forum at the celebration.

Dozens of balloons will drop from the 3rd floor Atrium level onto the Frick Forum at the celebration.

More details: The event is designed to showcase the benefits to the St. Louis region and to society resulting from four major initiatives at Washington University being funded by a gift from Wells Fargo Advisors. The four initiatives include development of entrepreneurial internships; a financial literacy curriculum to teach families in need; practical application of financial research; and United Way fellowships for MBA students.

The event begins at 3:30 p.m. with an exposition in Frick Forum with Washington University students, faculty and alumni describing their involvement in these initiatives, which began in 2012.

At 4 p.m., the program will move to Emerson Auditorium for a dialogue that will feature individuals telling stories of innovation, acceleration and transformation. Each of the four initiatives supported by WFA will be represented.

Mack’s remarks will conclude the event. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Read more about the WFA-WashU partnership in Barbara Rea’s RECORD article.

Images by Tucker Pierce.

The 2015 Olin Women in Business Charity Auction in support of The Scholarship Foundation hit a homerun again this year. While many excellent events were auctioned off by faculty members, those of us at Greg Hutchings’ gourmet dinner party are certain we got the best deal.

Guest blogger: Steve Pinkham, MBA’15

Greg Hutchings

Greg Hutchings

Greg is the Assistant Dean and Director of Specialized Masters Programs, but a true member of the whole Olin community. This past Friday February 13th, he welcomed 17 students across the PMBA, MBA, JD/MBA, and Architecture/MBA programs into his home for fine dining, wine pairings, and most of all, a lot of fun.

I was very excited to bid on this event, having lost out in the auction the year prior. In fact, during my candidate visit to Olin two years ago I met with another military veteran escorting me on the program visit who raved about having just taken part in Greg’s famous scholarship dinner. Suffice it to say, the meal and the party lived up to its billing.

In addition to an excellent three course meal with terrific wine pairings, Greg proved a tremendous host showing us the nuanced and unique facets of his home and its layout.  OWIBAuctionDinner02_2015_3With such a wide variety of students in attendance, many of whom are in their final semester and preparing for life after Olin, it was a nice opportunity to get several of us together and connect before the spring semester rolls to an end.

Moreover, it provided many of us a great example of what hosting an intimate dinner should truly look like.  Even though we had 17 student attendees plus our host, the entire experience was familial and, again, quite fun.

For those who are not members of the Olin community, I believe this dinner provides yet another example of a top caliber business school finding a way to make each of its individual students feel welcome and at home. And of course, the funds raised in celebrating the night went to benefit a great cause. Dinner this past Friday will surely be remembered by all in attendance as they begin looking at post-graduation plans, with the only regret being they didn’t bid higher to take part last year too!

The free coffee break sponsored by MBA programs, known as “Coffee Connect,” is back and will be serving coffee and tea on both sides of Mudd Field this semester. Join your colleagues and classmates at these upcoming Coffee Connect breaks held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the following dates:


WHEN                                        WHERE

Wednesday, Feb. 11                Frick Forum – Knight Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 17                     Grand Piper Hallway – Simon Hall

Tuesday, Mar. 17                    Frick Forum – Knight Hall

Wednesday, Mar. 25             Frick Forum – Knight Hall

Tuesday, Mar. 31                   Grand Piper Hallway – Simon Hall

Wednesday, Apr. 8                Frick Forum – Knight Hall

Tuesday, Apr. 14                   Frick Forum – Knight Hall

Wednesday, Apr. 22            Grand Piper Hallway – Simon Hall

Image: jgbarah, Le Meridien Ciberport Hotel, Hong Kong, Flickr, Creative Commons