The inaugural cohort of the Online Executive MBA program at The University of Nevada graduated on Saturday, August 24, 2013. We were pleased that nine of our thirteen graduates were able to attend the ceremony. The students were addressed by University of Nevada Provost Kevin Carman, College of Business Dean Greg Mosier and Associate Dean and Executive MBA Director Kambiz Raffiee. Each student also received a framed certificate of completion (the official diploma comes in the mail!) and College of Business Medal. The graduates then attended a reception in their honor.
Our second cohort of about twenty-four students will graduate next year at this time. Our third cohort of thirty-three students starts their first semester next week. Even though it is just getting started, the program is already being recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Online Executive Programs for 2013.
For more information about the program, please visit our website.
Here is the video of my recent talk for TEDxReno. I have to tell you honestly that they had some problems with audio that day, starting with my talk. They edited out the entire front end of my talk, so I share it with you again below so you can know how it really started:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” President John Kennedy gave us this mantra of citizenship in his 1961 inaugural address. Two hundred and seventeen words before this now famous call to action, he told us why it matters with these words: “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.”
I’m glad I got the opportunity to do one of these. It is the most difficult talk I’ve ever given in my life. I bet I spent about 50 hours preparing – something I’ve never done before. The folks at TEDxReno did a very good job helping their speakers to prepare, something that I will try to copy when I help my team organize our next TEDxUniversityofNevada.
Ryan Dolan spoke at TEDxUniversityofNevada 2013 about the impact a business can have on a community through charitable giving. Ryan goes beyond simple giving to connecting with students personally through the projects his business developed to give money directly to local classrooms. Ryan personally visits each winning classroom to distribute a check and to talk to students about simple principles for success in both life and business. Ryan closed his talk with this quote: “A wise man once told me the more I give, the luckier I get. I like to change it to the more I give, the more successful I will be in life and business. And Dad, luck has nothing to do with it.”
After you watch the Ryan’s talk, please share your thoughts in the comment section below!
I want to share with you another video from one of our TEDxUniversityofNevada speakers, Mark Estee. In this video, Mark discusses how relationships are the key to his success. Strong relationships with suppliers, customers, employees, the community, professional advisors, and family help Mark’s business thrive.
I am a raving fan of Mark and his business, Campo Reno. Oddly enough, the first experience I had in Mark’s restaurant was not a good one. But I gave him another chance after he reached out to me personally to try to recover, and I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with Mark and his business ever since.
I hope you take the time to watch the video and hear from Mark first hand his advice for success. After doing so, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Online Executive MBA program at The University of Nevada was the sole sponsor for TEDxUniversityofNevada. The event was held January 25, 2013 on the campus of the University of Nevada. There were 18 total speakers from the community, 100 registered participants, and about 30 volunteers. By all accounts the event was a big success.
One of the speakers in the business and entrepreneurship session was Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno. In her talk, Laura briefly discusses how she started her company and has quickly grown it to a seven figure revenue stream. Laura gives examples from her own life about how the ability to dream big and stay flexible are important entrepreneurial skills.
Take the time to watch this video – it is very insightful. After you do, please share your thoughts in the comment section below!
In this video from TEDxUniversityofNevada, James Kosta of 3G studios shares how the next generation of young adults will be very attracted to online gaming. Kosta identifies the “3R’s” of regulated gaming as risk, randomness, and reward, then explains how online platforms will excel at providing this experience to users. Because of this, Kosta makes a call for a fourth “r” – responsibility.
Kosta provides extensive research and insight in this 15 minute talk. Take the time to watch it and then share your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Online Executive MBA was the proud sponsor of Reno’s first ever TEDx event, TEDxUniversityofNevada. The event was held on Friday, January 25, 2013 and featured 16 dynamic presentations in the topic areas of health, education, entrepreneurship, and bold ideas.
In this talk, Dr. Michael Morkin of Renown Health discusses the 2011 Reno Air Races Crash. Dr. Morkin helped treat patients in the Renown ER that day. In this video, Dr. Morkin describes how good planning helped the community respond effectively to this crisis. His main points are you can’t micro-manage a crisis – you have to have a team of good people and trust everyone to do their job. Thick books full of plans to cover every contingency just won’t work, because no plan ever survives contact with “enemy”, or situation is was designed to address.
Please watch the video and share your thoughts in the comment section below.
My name is Bahram Adrangi, and I teach BADM 700 Statistics for Decision Making. I have been teaching a variety of statistics, econometrics, and forecasting classes for over thirty years. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to class, and hope that this will be a productive and enjoyable learning experience for all of you. I also want to say a few words about statistics and its uses and applications in life.
I am aware that statistics is often viewed as the bogeyman of most schools of business. I try in my classes, online and on ground, to dispel that image. Statistics has also been confused with probability theory, drenched in combinatorial arithmetic that students suffer through and forget about after finals. I must say that I have been able to dispel that one too. While statistics is imbedded in probabilities, it is more than esoteric probability problems. Furthermore, I cannot remember a single student of mine from schools of business who pursued a career in actuaries.
In my years in academia, which has coverd my entire professional career, I have applied some form of statistics or econometrics in my academic research, forecasting, and limited consulting. I hope I can bring my years of experience to this course. Ultimately, I hope that some of you will put these skills to immediate use. We will cover data analysis, graphing, descriptive statistics, making inferences from samples about populations, and see applications of regression analysis in almost all fields of business, from management to production and finance. Furthermore, our course constitutes a strong foundation for some to continue and be certified as quality control engineers. I have had a few students, undergraduate and MBAs, who pursued that path very successfully. I am excited to work with UNR EMBAs for the first time and hope that the excitement will be mutual.
Bahram Adrangi is professor of economics at the Robert B. Pamplin School of Business Administration, University of Portland. He received his BS in economics in 1973, his MBA in 1975; and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1982. His areas of research interest are financial economics, transportation economics and international economics. His published papers have appeared in the Journal of Futures Market, Financial Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Transportation Journal, The Logistics and Transportation Review, and Journal of Industrial Organization, among others. He is also a regular presenter at economics and finance conferences nationally and internationally.
We held a mixer for the first and second cohorts of students in our Online Executive MBA program on September 7, 2012. The mixer was optional, and was the first opportunity many of the students have had to meet each other and the faculty in person since we don’t require any campus visits as part of our program. Posted below are some of the photos from the event:
Students from our first cohort
Students from our second cohort
Executive MBA Director, Dr. Kambiz Raffiee
Faculty and staff of our program
The Online Executive MBA program at the University of Nevada was approved by the Nevada Board of Regents in late spring 2011. With minimal time to market and recruit, we were able to start our first cohort in the fall of 2011 with 14 exceptional students. For the second cohort, we got another round of exceptional applications and are expecting to select 30 students to start in fall 2012.
The online EMBA at UNR continues to improve, expand, and evolve. Our program is housed in an AACSB accredited College of Business and is taught by many of the same faculty that earned our part-time MBA a top national ranking. Check us out – we think you will find that we offer an excellent program that is also an exceptional value.
If you are interested in joining our 2013 cohort, be sure to apply early!