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IMPACT Week (Orientation)

The words that make up the IMPACT acronym embody the Tippie MBA Experience. Activities focus on getting to know your new classmates and team-building. You will register for your first semester of classes, learn about the services available, meet faculty, and interact with second-year students. You are also introduced to the case method and complete your first case analysis and presentation.


Please plan to arrive in Iowa City in sufficient time to complete all of your personal arrangements before orientation begins. Limited free time during IMPACT Week is available for last-minute errands, but it is strongly recommended that these be kept to a minimum.

Above all, plan to be fully involved and enjoy your Tippie MBA Experience!

Don't forget to complete the pre-MBA checklist before arriving for IMPACT.

Attire Information

Business Professional: Women: business suit or dress; Men: suit, sport coat, tie

Business Casual: Women: dress pants/skirt, blouse; Men: dress pants, sport shirt

Casual: Jeans/shorts, t-shirts, walking/running shoes

TENTATIVE 2013 IMPACT Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, August 17
Attire: Casual   
Time Activity Location
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Excel Boot Camp
Optional for all students but highly recommended
C207 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
Monday, August 19: Your Tippie Community
Attire: Business casual
Time Activity Location
8:30 - 9:00 AM Check-in, Continental Breakfast Howe Galleria, Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
9:00 - 9:30 Tippie School Welcome
David Frasier, Associate Dean, School of Management
Sarah Gardial, Dean, Tippie College of Business
S401 PBB
9:30 - 11:00 Team Ice Breaker S401 PBB
11:00 - 11:30 Building a Solid Foundation: Overview of IMPACT  
11:30 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch Downtown Iowa City
1:15 - 2:30 Introduction to your Tippie Experience S401 PBB
2:30 - 2:45 Break  
2:45 - 4:15 Tippie Trivia
Test your team's knowledge in all areas from geography to movies and business. Heavy appetizers will be served
S401 PBB
4:15 - 4:30 Key Take-Aways S401 PBB
Tuesday, August 20:  Your Academic Experience
Attire: Casual (wear Tippie t-shirt that you get Monday)
Time Activity Location
8:45 - 9:00 AM Transportation to Levitt Center for University Advancement Meet Cambus at Jefferson Street (McBride Hall)
9:00 - 9:30 Continental Breakfast / Announcements Levitt Center (LCUA)
9:30 - 10:00 Academy Insider
Meg Thompson (SI), Cathy Zaharis (Finance), and Jason Corpus (Marketing), Academy Business Directors
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Academy Break-out Sessions
Students must attend two Academy Break-out Sessions.

12:15-1:15 Lunch LCUA or City Park
1:30 - 4:00 Build-a-Bike Team Building Activity LCUA
4:00-4:15 Key Take-Aways LCUA
4:15-4:30 Transportation to Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)  
Wednesday, August 21: Your Professional Development
Attire: Business professional  
Time Activity Location
8:00-11:00 Professional Photos MBA Exchange

Building a Solid Foundation: Tippie Toolkit
Optional session covering tips, tools and tricks to successfully navigate your way through the Tippie Student Experience (topics include student information systems like ICON, ISIS, etc.)

11:15-11:30 Transportation to Carver Hawkeye Arena (CHA) CHA
11:30 AM -1:15 PM


Sports as Business, Jane Meyer, Senior Associate Director of Athletics


Building a Solid Foundation: Networking

Jaymin Patel, author of "The MBA Guide to Networking Like a Rockstar"

3:45 - 4:00 Key Take-Aways CHA
4:00 - 4:30 Transportation to Hotel Vetro  
4:30 - 7:00 Leading Change: The Evolution of Fortune Brands
Chris Klein, CEO, Fortune Brands
HotelVetro, Downtown Iowa City
Thursday, August 22: Your Student Experience
Attire: Business casual
Time Activity Location
8:00 - 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast / Announcements S401 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
8:30 - 9:30

How to Approach a Case

Mark Winkler, Director, Business Solutions Center

Jan Fasse, Associate Director, Business Solutions Center

John Carter, 2nd Year MBA Student

Brady Eilers, 2nd Year MBA Student

S401 PBB
9:30 - 9:45 Break  
9:45 - 10:00

Expectations and Responsibilities of Teams in the Full-time MBA Program

Amy Kristof-Brown, Professor, Management & Organizations

S401 PBB
10:00 - 12:00

Building a Solid Foundation: Working Effectively in Teams

Heather Woody, Heather Woody Unlimited

S401 PBB
12:00 - 1:15


Enhancing your Student Experience (Case Competitions, 2nd year Coaches, Student Organizations and Student Ambassadors)

S401 PBB
1:15 - 2:15

Case Introduction and Preparation

Mark Winkler, Director, Business Solutions Center

Tom Gruca, Professor and Faculty Director, Marketing Academy

S401 PBB
2:15 - 2:30 Key Take-Aways
S401 PBB
1:15 - 2:15 Team Case Preparation
Dinner provided at 6pm in MBA Exchange, 4th floor Pomerantz Center
PBB and Pomerantz Center rooms as assigned
Friday, August 23: Competing for Business Success
Attire: Business professional     
Time Activity Location
8:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast / Announcements S401 PBB
9:00 - 11:00 Case Presentations PBB rooms as assigned
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Lunch and Awards; announcement of finalists S401 PBB
12:00 - 12:45 Judges' feedback for teams not advancing to finals PBB rooms as assigned
1:00 - 2:30 MBA Case Competition Presentations - Final Round
Finalists check in at 12:50 PM
W401 PBB
2:45 - 3:30 Closing Mixer TBA
Saturday, August 24
Attire: Casual     
Time Activity Location
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Accounting Boot Camp
Optional for all students but highly recommended
C435 Pomerantz Center (PC)