Elevating the CIM experience
Teaming up with the Executive Committee, Kellogg faculty members aimed to make this year's CIM Week better than ever
More than 600 incoming students participated in this year's Complete Immersion in Management Week (Aug. 29-Sept. 3), a weeklong orientation program featuring academic courses, community service activities and interactive workshops.
New this year, four Kellogg faculty members were appointed by Dean Sally Blount to play an integral role in planning and elevating CIM Week's offerings. The Faculty Committee worked in conjunction with the CIM Executive Committee, led by President Hannah Gay '12.
The Faculty Committee — which included Associate Professor of Management & Strategy Leemore Dafny, Morris and Alice Kaplan Professor of Ethics and Decision in Management Adam Galinsky, Associate Professor of Marketing Derek Rucker and Finance Professor Annette Vissing-Jorgensen — collaborated with the CIM Executive Committee and Associate Dean of MBA Programs and Dean of Students Elizabeth "Betsy" Ziegler to orchestrate several of the week's events and create a superior orientation experience for new students.
After reviewing past CIM offerings and data from student surveys, the Faculty Committee focused on elevating the intellectual tone of the orientation program. To that end, they participated in initiatives to educate students about Kellogg's classroom etiquette and expectations; increased faculty participation in class section times; and offered more organized opportunities for students to study or work on pre-term projects. On the whole, the Faculty Committee and Executive Committee aimed to set the stage for students' academic experience at Kellogg — and better prepare them for Fall Quarter.
An increased faculty presence "can strengthen the fantastic program put together by the student executive committee and make the [CIM Week] experience even better for new students," says Rucker. "It reinforces the collaborative element of Kellogg, and recognizes that having different voices allows for better opportunities to create a more meaningful experience."
During an opening speech, Blount encouraged students to explore ways to leverage their Kellogg experience and relationships with faculty, alumni and fellow students.
"This is your chance to reset your trajectory," Blount said. "Think about who you are, what you can learn and where you can go."