Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Graduation Details for NoVA 08 Alumni

We at McIntire are starting to work seriously on May graduation planning, so we need to know if you’re planning on coming! I need to put in orders for your academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) very soon, so please email me no later than Monday, March 2nd, to let me know if you’re planning on being here. My plan is to have the regalia available for you to pick up at the Bechtel Center during NOVA ’09 class days in April and early May.

Plans are still being formed, but the basics of Sunday, May 17th, are these:

8-8:30ish – Breakfast for all graduates (C’ville ’09 and NOVA ’08) in Robertson Hall; getting everyone into their regalia
9:30 – Walk to Poe Alley to line up for the procession
10:00 – Lawn procession and graduation ceremony begins
Approx. 12:00 – McIntire diploma ceremony begins (location TBA, but we’re hoping for the Lawn!)

Much more information to come, but again, please respond no later than next Monday to say if you plan to attend. And please let me know if you have any questions.


Ben Jamieson
Program Manager, M.S. in Management of Information Technology

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Upcoming M.S. MIT Events

UVA Men’s Basketball vs the Hokies
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
8:00 pm
$42 per ticket
Please RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater, Fitzwater@virginia.edu
**Still a few tickets left!

Washington Capitals vs the Thrashers
Thursday, February 26, 2009
7:00 pm
$40 per ticket
Please RSVP to Nicole Fitzwater, Fitzwater@virginia.edu

Globalization is Reality Are You Ready?
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
1900 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
*For more information please contact Nicole Fitzwater

PMIWDC’s Quarterly Educational Breakfast for PMs, “Conversation to Commitment”
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
8:00 am
At the National Press Club in downtown Washington
*For more information please contact Nicole Fitzwater

I am working to plan as many events as I can for both students and alumni for this calendar year. Please take a look at the below:

March 4th, Wednesday - Wine Tasting Event on downtown mall from 5:30 – 7:00

May 17th, Sunday – Graduation – Breakfast in the Grad Lounge

May Golf Fundraiser – week of either May 11th or 18th – confirming with Spring Creek soon

June 6th – Overall UVA Reunions Weekend

June 11th, Thursday – Big Easy Study Break during Residency

July 25th – Cville Summer Picnic for students and alumni

August 8th – NoVA Summer Picnic for students and alumni

Sept/Oct – Fall Forum and Football Tailgate

Sept 18 – NoVA Golf Fundraiser

Oct 29 - 30 – Second Annual Knowledge Continuum

Jan 23 – Winter Warming Reception Bechtel Conference Center

Video Link from the “Managing Your Career” Workshop

If you missed the “Managing Your Career Workshop” offered in Charlottesville and NoVA, please click on below link for video of the workshop and slides:


Upcoming M.S. MIT Recruitment Events

Please see below list of upcoming M.S. MIT recruitment events that alumni are welcome to invite their colleagues to attend:

Class Visit on Saturday, Feb. 21 (Reston), 8:00 am to 10:30 am
Info Session on Thursday, Feb. 26 (Reston), 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Final Application Deadline is March 15. There are still good seats available!

Feature Article on Music Intelligence Solutions, Inc. from Feb. issue of The South Magazine (annual music issue)

David Meredith (M.S. in MIT ’03), CEO of Music Intelligence Solutions, has been busy building his one-of-a-kind music business—and getting the word out. Check out Music Intelligence Solutions’ new public beta website for music artists at http://artists.uplaya.com/, and read the feature article on David’s musical mission in the February 2009 issue of The South magazine at http://www.uplaya.com/news.html.

“Driving Results Through Social Networks”, by Rob Cross

Rob Cross’s new book is on his web site listed below and he has a new piece in the current issue of Sloan.

February M.S. MIT Alumni Reading List

List of new articles and books for February’s Reading List:

Financial Intelligence for IT Professionals, Karen Berman and Joe Knight, Harvard Business Press, 2008

“The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution”, by G.L. Neilson, K.L. Martin, E. Powers, Harvard Business Review, HBS Reprint R0806C

“Can you say what your strategy is?” by D.J. Collis and M.G. Rukstad, Harvard Business Review, HBS Reprint R0804E

Judo Strategy: Turning Your Competitors’ Strength to Your Advantage, D.B. Yoffie and M. Kwak, Harvard Business School Press

Blue Ocean Strategy, by W.C. Kim and R. Mauborgne, Harvard Business School Press

Kindle 2: More Than a Pretty Face