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One of the people in the Jacobs Center on Tuesday morning was a major in the Indian Army.

Another was a regular contributor to South Korean television.

One created a nonprofit that builds and donates customized robotic hands to people with disabilities.

And one played in the Women’s Final Four Championship in 2008.

But whether they came from the military, the private sector, academia or professional European basketball, they all have one thing in common — they’re now part of the Kellogg community.

The jewel of Northwestern

On Tuesday, Complete Immersion in Management (CIM) Week 2014 kicked off, welcoming the incoming class of students to the Kellogg School of Management.

“It really is the jewel of the crown,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, who is also a professor of strategy at Kellogg. “I say that not just as a faculty member here, but because the Kellogg School of Management is a really iconic brand and it deserves to be.”

Dean Sally Blount ’92 said the new students should look at their education as a chance to grow both personally and professionally. She instructed the students to do this with an eye not solely toward profit, but toward using the power of business to make the world a better place.

“We’re here to make you these growth-minded leaders who can thrive in this era when change just keeps moving faster and faster, and when technology creates new capabilities,” she said. “We’re here to show you how to find new opportunities and not be daunted by it but be energized by it, be psyched by it, by the potential to change the world and how it works.”

Read more about the CIM kickoff on the Kellogg website.

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