UPDATE – Photos now available here
Congratulations to nearly a 100 new IM Alumni
Nearly 100 new IM graduates received their Bachelor diplomas at graduation ceremonies over the past two weekends – this includes nearly 40 “pioneers” who studied at Campus Brugg in either full- or part-time mode.
In Olten the Graduation Ceremony took place on 6 October. Due to ever-increasing numbers of students studying in English, there is now a ceremony exclusively for those graduating from BSc and MSc English-taught programmes. Our own IM Alumni Graduation Prize was also awarded – this year’s winner is Umberto Verde who was praised by classmates for initiating many good ideas, being the class rep and “he has invested a lot of his free time for his fellow students and he was always there when you needed help with something. He is a great guy and more than deserves this award.”
In total the graduating classes nominated 10 classmates who they felt deserved the CHF400 prize for contributing to the IM community. Nominees were: Carolyn Höchle, Tobias Dolenzky, Theo Whitwill, Timo Dätwyler, Leonora Asani, Corinne Köpfli, David Balsiger, Delia Moser, Geoffrey Bauer and Umberto Verde. The prize money is raised at the Bid for a Boss event.
In Brugg, the ceremony was held on 30 September and IM graduate Steven Rowntree received the Graduate of the Year prize of CHF 1500. This was the “pioneering” batch of IM students who began their studies in 2014.
Photos of both ceremonies will soon be available here
Our first ever IM Alumni pub quiz – because we know you’re all pretty clever. Join us 21 September at the Pickwick Pub in Basel
Time to show you really are clever cookies:-)
Our first ever IM Alumni Pub Quiz will be held at the Pickwick Pub in Basel on Thursday, 21 September.
We’ll be doing 4 rounds from 7pm (though we start warming up with drinks from 6pm – there’s a free welcome drink for you).
Form teams (no more than 4 people per team) – get in touch with your old classmates, especially those who seemed to know all manner of trivia. Register below either as a team ( give yourselves a brilliant name) or as an individual – you can indicate in the message section that you’re looking to join a team and we’ll try to help.
Via the IM Programme many students have learnt a lot about business, made new friends, found future employers, expanded their horizons and also, more often than you think, found their partners. After nearly 20 years since the programme started there are a surprising number of IM couples and even IM babies 🙂
To celebrate the love that’s been created, we are having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at the Pfadiheim in Wangen bei Olten. It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids 🙂 . There will be some basic food and drinks (sausages, soft drinks, etc.). Feel free to bring your own meat, extra drinks, a salad, a very yummy cake,..
So save the date and let us know if you are coming and if you’re bringing some food (we will get in touch with you beforehand)!
Lighting up Faces. A group of young pupils get their first peek at the world of computers and the internet. Thanks to John Uwaeke’s two step charity, children in rural Nigeria receive basic training and some of these receive further support to become a trainer themselves. The charity Catalyst4Change also supplies laptops. Want to know more?
CHF 2000 was transferred to Catalyst4Change this week. IM alumnus John Uwaeke’s charity aims to significantly improve opportunities for children in rural Nigeria by supplying laptops and training in basic IT*. The IM Alumni Association held a charity auction, Bid for a Boss, in April to support this initiative.
Just over CHF 3000 was raised at the auction where 15 bosses offered an amazing range of opportunities. (We’ll keep reporting on those redeemed bids.)
The remainder of the funds will cover other association events and the IM Alumni Graduation Prize which recognizes the social contributions to the IM community. IM bachelor students in their 3rd year are currently nominating fellow students who have helped their class, students or the school over the years. The prize is announced and awarded at Graduation (which will be on 6 October this year).
- If you missed out on the event but want to donate to this good cause you can deposit money in account number 40-000061-4, Basler Kantonalbank, 4002 Basel. IBAN CH11 0077 0253 5963 8200 1 770. Aternatively, if you have laptops still in good working order and are willing to donate these, contact John directly.
Four alumni helped Prof Dr Barbara Miller (far right) assess Marketing student presentations: From left Fabian Stutz, Samuel Bühlmann, Haris Besic and Stefanie Pauli.
Major Marketing students yesterday were tasked with pithcing their marketing strategies to a fictitious board considering launching an eco-engine oil. The board comprised four alumni, all from now working in the fields of marketing or communication. Ten teams of students delivered several different pitches each and received immediate feedback from both the panel and Marketing professor Barbara Miller.
“Hard work but really interesting,” was the consensus among the panel of alumni: Haris Besic (IM Alumnus now a marketing intern at the Swisscom Academy), Samuel Bühlman (IM Alumnus, now wokring in Marketing and Communication for Innovation as Business Developer at Olyfia), Fabian Stutz (Alumnus Betriebsökonomie, now Head of Sales at Robotec Solutions AG), and Stefanie Pauli (IM Alumna, now trimedial journalist at SRF).
For the 6th semester students this was the final session of their intense Major Marketing course: they received their tasks in the morning and presented in the afternoon. A fitting end to both the intense day and the semester was an informal apero.
From left Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric who offered the outing to winners Enzo Scannella, a visiting professor from University of Palermo and two visiting students from Mexico Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza.
A boat ride, sunshine, wine and chatting about marketing – Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric’s offer at the Bid for a Boss was actually auctioned off twice and raised CHF 440 for C4C. “Winners” were visiting professor Enzo Scannella from partner University of Palermo and then visiting students Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza from Mexico.
The foursome all reported having a wonderful afternoon with the boat ride, wine, coffee and cake forming a great background to lively and interesting discussion. The offer was one of 15 up for auction at the Bid for a Boss 2017 event which raised over CHF 3000 for both the C4C charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke to support children’s education in rual Nigeria and for the IM Alumni Graduation prize.
(In case you were wondering – we hope to forward the funds to C4C within the next days – we were waiting for all the bids made to be paid into our account.)
IM Alumna Stefanie Pauli and Marketing professor Nikolina Fuduric (Photo: Kierin Mulholland)
Four IM alumni return to their alma mater next week to evaluate Marketing Major students’ final presentations. Stefanie Pauli, Fabian Stutz, Haris Besic and Samuel Bühlmann were invited by Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric to support her in providing students feedback and an evaluation on Thursday, 8 June at the OVR campus.
In their 6th semester, the Marketing students worked on a capstone case based on an engine oil that has sustainable properties. They were given a written assignment on how to launch such an US American product on the Swiss market and develop a marketing plan. On 8 June they receive instructions in the morning on a presentation they have to develop to give in the afternoon in front of the panel. Stefanie Pauli (graduated 2014) is now a journalist with SRF, Fabian Stutz (graduated 2016) is now Head of Sales at Robotec Solutions, Haris Besic (graduated 2016) is a Marketing Intern at Swisscom and Samuel Bühlmann (graduated 2013) is a Business Developer at Olyfia.
“With this capstone course and case, we’re trying to bring a balance of knowing, doing and being in marketing and as a business professional, ” says Nikolina Fururic. “Our classroom philosophy has a holistic bent where we try to think as inter-disciplinarily as possible so that the students can see that their decisions have impact on a lot of fronts…sometimes even unexpected ones. We have a big focus on being able to use the knowledge they’ve developed so that they can go into the business world confident that they are agile thinkers and problem solvers.”
From 16:15 there will be an apero.
The Philippine Ambassador and many ASEAN citizens are guests at a special ExploreASEAN event on 6 June. Alumni are welcome to join and enjoy a panel discussion, expert addresses and a buffet featuring Southeast Asian food.
You can register at exploreasean_Special_Event_06-06-2017
Over CHF 3 000 was raised for disadvantaged youth in rural Nigeria and for the IM Alumni graduation prize at the Bid for a Boss event on Thursday 27 April. Fifteen bosses, all offering unique opportunities, went under the hammer with most of the proceeds going to a charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke. Apart from the entertaining auction (thank you, Robert) there was time to network and have fun.
Supporting this event were loads of others: Pernod Ricard sponsored with a great bar and mixologist, and food (soups, ice cream, nibbles) were offered. Student volunteers manned the bar. And two photographers (Corinne Köpfli and Kierin Mulholland) documented it all.
We’ll be posting more soon to give you the details of the fundraising and what happened next when the “winners” called in their bids. There were also separate donations of money and laptops to C4C, some bosses offered a second service and there are more pix in the pipeline – so there’s loads to still let you know about. Meanwhile, all we can say, is a very big thank you to all of you.
So here’s the full catalogue: 15 bosses offering unique oppotunities. Highlights include: personal consulting from an SRF economics reporter including a visit to a TVshow such as Arena or Sportpanorama, a 2-day excursion to Brussels (flights and accommodation included) to sit in on a workshop on Swiss-EU relations, a day in a communications agency, behind the scenes at a hotel including learning how to make ice-cream, joining a CEO on a visit to Europe’s largest tradeshow in Nürnberg…..
2017 Bid for a Boss Event_programme and auction catalogue
For those of you who can’t make it but would love to win one of these opportunities: mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up phone bidding on the night.
Bid for a Boss, 27 April from 1830. Register here or on Facebook