Pub Quiz in Basel for all you clever cookies

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.

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#ThrowbackThursday Couples

Richard and Nicole became a couple during their semester abroad in Korea in 2003

We both started the IM degree in 2001 – it was only the one class then so we all knew each other well and four of us especially formed a very close-knit group. So a friendship between Richard and myself had already been well established before we went on our semester abroad.

Back then allocation of your host university was by drawing lots from a hat.  Nearly all of us wanted to go to Auckland as our first choice but there were only a few places there.  So we drew lots again for our second choice: Ajou University in South Korea.  About half the class had decided that we wanted to do something adventurous – and South Korea seemed pretty different. In the end, there were 8 of us who went to Ajou and there, within the first month or so, Richard and I became a couple.

The other six in Korea were not at all surprised – they’d seen it coming – and so there was no awkwardness.  But those two close friends in our group were not there and we puzzled greatly about how to tell them.  Don’t forget, in those days we didn’t all have smart phones, there was no Whatsapp.  We didn’t want to wait until we saw them again months later, so we mailed.  That did feel a bit weird.  However, being a couple within the IM class was not a problem.  There were quite a few others who had also met a partner during their semester abroad.

 

Richard and Nicole with their twin girls in 2017

What happened next? Nicole: I went on to work for PwC consulting expat clients in international HR.  Richard and I got married in 2010 and then in 2012 our twin girls were born.  I decided I wanted to be at home for at least a year so stopped my job.  Eighteen months later I then found the perfect post for me – I am the Assistant for the IM programme.  It’s part-time, interesting and close to where we live and of course it was a bit like returning “home”.  I very much enjoy being in touch with a great variety of people – I liaise with lecturers, especially external lecturers, coordinating resources, planning. It’s perfect.

Richard: I joined what is now the Bank J. Safra Sarasin immediately after graduating and have been there in different roles and different teams ever since. My current position is Senior Portfolio Manager for institutional clients based in Zurich. What I enjoy since the merger is that the bank has become more international and our working language is English now.

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 🙂

So – here’s a slightly different #TbT item.  Also, so that we can tell all you IM lovebirds out there that we’re having a Love@IM barbeque from noon on 9 September at a site around Olten (we’ll communicate the place soon).  It’s for all who found love via or during their IM days and for any and all resultant kids:-)  So save the date and sign up now!

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Love@IM

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)!

 

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Thank you, all of you, for such a great event

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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.

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Introducing Boss #1: Monika and Innovation

Over the next weeks, we’ll be introducing a few of the many bosses up for auction at the Bid for a Boss event on 27 April.  Don’t forget to register either here or on Facebook

Boss # 1: Monika Blaser, Head of the Innovation Lab at PostFinance

Monika offers a tour of the innovation lab to get insights into the innovation process and the toolbox PostFinance uses. The highest bidder can “participate in a workshop for a current innovation project to check out how we foster innovation. Depending on interests you can also participate in a pitching event, get feedback from the audience for your own business idea or go to the pitching clinic to improve your own pitching skills. ½ a day, lunch/Apéro included.”

And even if you don’t win the bid, you can meet Monika during networking activities.

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Graduation and Graduation Prize 2015

Lia Flück (right) was voted the graduating student who contributed most to the IM Commujnity and received the IM Alumni graduation Prize 2015 from Esin Cengiz at Friday's Graduation Ceremony.

Lia Flück (right) was voted the graduating student who contributed most to the IM Commujnity and received the IM Alumni graduation Prize 2015 from Esin Cengiz at Friday’s Graduation Ceremony. (Photo: Robel Ghebressilasie)

Nearly 50 new IM graduates joined the alumni ranks on Friday 2 October at the official FHNW School of Business Graduation Ceremony in Olten.

IM Alumni instigated a Graduation Prize three years ago to acknowledge the importance of social contributions.  During those years of studying, the learning community profits greatly from those who contribute by being class representatives, acting as buddies for exchange students, organising student events, lending a helping hand.  So in summer we always ask the graduating students to nominate and vote for those students they feel have contributed most.  This year the winner was Lia Flück: classmates praised her for  “her positive and determined mindset”, for being very “sociable” and always being helpful. Lia received a cash prize of CHF 400 – funds which are raised during IM Alumni events.

There were in all, this year, 10 nominations which reflects how many IM’s go the extra mile: The full list of nominations were – Alacam Mansur, Lea Arago, Lia Flück, Daniela Flühler, Ladina Flury, Tanja Kühni, Anna Katharina Rieder, Katrin Steiner, David Stutz, Ruben Zwahlen.

 

Congratulations to all graduates: we sincerely wish you happiness and success in the next life phase and very much hope you stay in touch with the IM Alumni.

IM Graduates 2015

IM Graduates 2015

IM Graduation 2015

IM Graduates 2015

 

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Job Application Event

job application eventCurrent students in one of the “international” programmes are invited to  a Job Application Event on 21 May where several alumni now working in HR and several professors can check your application dossier, your LinkedIn profile or answer questions about job interviews and (job, Master’s) application processes.  The consultations, with a time slot of about 20 minutes per focus area, are free of charge.

When and where? The event will take place on Thursday, 21 May from 1730 to 1930 in the mensa at OVR.

Registration Please register by 10am on 15 May by using this form where you can state which service(s) you’d like to profit from and your optimal time slots.  You will receive your allocated time-slots by 19 May.

 

 

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New Alumni “won” First Generation Alumnus/Boss

Vinzent Batt is an IM alumnus of the first generation and someone who’s always stayed in touch with the programme (and especially the student seminars) and was brave enough this year to stand for auction as a boss. Asja Hot (currently in the MSc IM) and Kim Hunziker (about to graduate from BSc IM) shared Vinzenz’s interest and passion for NGO activities and projects and “won” him for half a day at May’s Auction. Vinzent is Vice-Director at Sandon – a company which manages and supports organisations and associations. Smiles all around – thanks for keeping us posted."Boss" Vinzenz Batt during the encounter  with  Asja Hot (middle ) and Kim Hunziker

“Boss” Vinzenz Batt during the encounter with Asja Hot (middle ) and Kim Hunziker

 

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Raise your hands for the CHF 4000 raised!

Roll the drums folks, we raised roughly 4000 Swiss francs by successfully auctioning bosses to the IM Alumna on the 16th of May. Thank you people! Now that your job’s completed, ours has just started. We’re currently still in the process of collecting all the money, so if you’re one of the lucky devils who won a boss then please be reminded to pay your bill as soon as possible. Timely payment will facilitate our job and the money can be transferred to where it really belongs. As you were informed on the night of the event, we will donate a major amount of the proceeds to the “Swiss Support Foundation”, an NGO co-founded by former IM student Andrew Frei. The organization aims to improve the standards of living in the villages of Napantao, Southern Leyte in the Philippines.

With the remaining amount of money we will also finance this year’s graduation prize, which will pay tribute to the one student who contributed most to the IM community during the last three years and will hopefully continue to do so in the future!

And finally, of course, we also need to make sure that all the event costs are covered. This is what the last bit of money will be used for. We’ll post more information when the accounting process has been completed.

More photos of this event can be found online at Kierin Mulholland Photography page – Kierin Mulholland is an IM student and photographer.

Bid for a Boss Event by Kierin Mulholland

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