The Mendoza College of Business has launched the Notre Dame MBA Mini Deep-Dive Challenge — a virtual case competition — where individual participants analyze a contemporary business challenge offered by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and submit a proposal for judging. Registration for the challenge opened on Jan. 17 with the deadline for entries of Feb. 4. The case is presented by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the manufacturer of Keurig coffee makers and several coffees, teas and other products. The challenge invites individual participants to explore a real world business challenge, analyze the business problems and propose a solution that has a real impact on a sustainability issue while simultaneously strengthening the company’s brand. The top submissions will be selected by teams of Mendoza faculty and staff and then submitted for review to social responsibility and relations and customer development executives of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. The competition is open to anyone, but provides an ideal opportunity for prospective students considering the Mendoza MBA program to glimpse the type of real world case studies offered as part of the program’s interterm intensives. These interterm intensives are a signature feature of the Mendoza MBA program and involve concentrated four-day case studies of contemporary issues faced by Fortune 500 companies. Competition prizes range from a first place grand prize of a $10,000 fellowship to various second and third place prizes, including Keurig coffee brewers, McDonald’s and Adidas gift cards and Notre Dame apparel. In addition, the first 200 contestants who register for the challenge will receive prizes valued at $30. With such prizes on the line, interest and participation are expected to be high. “We have seen a huge response thus far,” said Brian Lohr, director of Notre Dame MBA admissions. “There is a lot of energy surrounding the competition and it seems to be resonating with a lot of people.” The competition illustrates the mutual benefits derived from partnering with a major global corporation. “The value of the program is that it gives students a glimpse into case analysis,” Lohr said. “It really is a win-win in that students get to see what an MBA program is like and the corporate partners get to evaluate potential real-world solutions to problems.” The case briefing will be available to registrants online at the Notre Dame Mini Deep-Dive Challenge website today. The website will also feature videos that follow a team that competed in a similar competition in the fall.
The University announced Friday the creation of the Fighting Irish Initiative, made possible by a $20 million donation to Notre Dame by 1988 graduate Sean Cullinan and his wife Sue, according to a University press release.The Fighting Irish Initiative will be a “groundbreaking” program to fund fully the education of students coming from low-income households making less than $50,000 annually, the press release stated. The program will also create a “comprehensive enrichment program” to help students glean the most from their time at the University.University President Fr. John Jenkins stressed in the press release the importance of making the Notre Dame education available to all students regardless of socioeconomic status.“We want to ensure that the talented students who are admitted to Notre Dame are able to attend and find a supportive home here,” Jenkins said in the release. “We are tremendously grateful to Sean and Sue for their willingness to fund an initiative that will make a Notre Dame education a reality for those who are in need of financial assistance, and then to make the years they spend here on campus as successful and rewarding as possible.”The initiative will cover all official costs of Notre Dame, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and transportation but will also cover less obvious expenses such as winter clothing, study abroad expenses and tickets to athletic and dorm events, according to the release. The Cullinans’ donation will also fund the hiring of a full-time staff to lead the program. Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, said a diversity of students provides an asset to the University.“Notre Dame has established itself among the top 15 national research universities for the quality of its student body,” Bishop said in the statement. “In the past five years we have added more students from the lowest-income households and have strategies in place to continue to find and cultivate even more of these top scholars. “Adding more support and enhancements in programs to elevate their educational, professional and personal development is an exciting prospect for us as well as our students.”Tags: fighting irish initiative, Sean cullinan
On Thursday, the Broome County Health Department issued four alerts regarding COVID-19 exposure at a church and restaurants. Broome County Health Director Rebecca Kaufman says the alerts are made to notifying the public and keep people safe. (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued numerous public health statements since the pandemic began. However, some of the older alerts are no longer active. A full list of all alerts can be found by clicking here. She says they were expecting cases in the county to rise with the economy opening back up. The health department says it is prepared to handle an influx of cases in the county if necessary.