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MBA Global Night 2012 – How we celebrated diversity

April 16, 2012 By Emmanuel Jefferson

Global Night

“Wow! What a night!!” That’s how we, the IBA team, felt once we finished cleaning up the area of The ArtsCenter. Huge relief and satisfaction were the only two feelings that we felt. We just finished hosting MBA Global Night 2012, an annual event by International Business Association (IBA) club to celebrate the diversity of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA community. In this event, we served food and showcased performances from different countries. It is one of the biggest events, not only by IBA, but for all the MBA community during Mod 3 and 4. Based on our estimate, from ticket sales and performers, we had a little more than 300 people that attended the event. We had the 1st and 2nd year students, along with their family, faculty and staff.

There were 10 groups (80+ performers) that performed at Global Night 2012 representing a variety of cultures including Indonesia, United States, Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Germany and Latin America. We had performances ranging from martial art, chorus, traditional and modern dance and music. The MCs of the night were MBA Student Association (MBASA) President, Mary Knighton-Brenner, and IBA President, Daiki Shigihara, who entertained the audience.

Most of the performers were MBA students and partners. We also invited UNC Gamelan Nyai Saraswati and Triangle Taiko. UNC Gamelan Nyai Saraswati is a music ensemble group at UNC-Chapel Hill that plays Javanese Gamelan, Indonesian traditional music. Triangle Taiko  is a club under The Nippon Club of the Triangle who plays Taiko, Japanese traditional drum music.

We also had the privilege to have Dr. Balasubramanian or famously known as Dr. B (Associated Dean for the MBA Program and Marketing Professor), Amy Wittmayer (Director of MBA Career Management Center), Prof. Mark Lang (Accounting Professor) and Patricia Collins (Assistant Director of MBA Global Programs) introduce several of our performances on stage.

Before the show started, people had the luxury of enjoying a variety of food that was hand-picked by IBA team to represent different taste that definitely can please everyone who came. We ordered food from 5 local restaurants introducing cuisines from Thailand, Singapore, The Mediterranean, India and Africa. The dishes ranged from spicy to sweet, salty, meat, and vegetarian.

We would like to express our biggest gratitude to the MBA Faculty, MBA Program Staff and the MBASA who gave us tremendous support (moral, resources, financial). Without the support that they gave, it would have been really tough for us to have such a huge turnout and a successful event. Also, special thanks to all performers who volunteered their time to prepare and to perform during MBA Global Night 2012.

If you missed the show or you would like to watch the performances, just click right here.

For current MBA students, do not forget that the next IBA event is just around the corner. It will be our Globetrotter Series: Brazil. It will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 12:30-2:00pm in room 2500. You will have the chance to hear from our Brazilian students about Brazil’s economy, culture, language and much more. Free food will be provided (you only need to RSVP).

If you are a prospective student, as you can see, we have a huge diversity in our MBA community. Not only international students, but the whole MBA community, from the faculty, staff and domestic students also participate in the celebration of diversity. If you like diversity and would like to share your culture with other students, Kenan-Flagler Business School will be the right place for you.

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