Today we received news and a photo of another boss encounter: boss Peter Maurer, an Area Sales Manager at Bosch (Scintilla) and current IM student Laura Seifert. Peter took Laura to see the Scintilla production site in St Niklaus and then headed for a tour and a Marketing/Sales Q&A session in Zermatt during the afternoon. Thanks, Peter and Laura for the update!
MSc IM alumna Thusanthy ‘Dusha’ Sinniah met Matthew Kane of LKC on June 12, 2014 to spend half a day focussing on the company’s marketing. During the morning Dusha met the team and gained some insights into how the company markets its international profile in its niche section in chemical manufacturing. According to Matt, Dusha gave the team valuable input with her fresh take on LKC’s communication and marketing practices. So win-win.
Difficult to say what was most enjoyable about the Bid for a Boss Event on Friday 16 May: Alan Frei’s highly entertaining and motivating talk on Entrepreneurship, the successful and at times amazing bidding while 10 successful “bosses” were auctioned off to raise over CHF 3500 for charity, the always popular speed-networking? All of that and more.
Thanks to everyone -guests, student helpers and all of you who came – for making this such a success. To relive the memories – or see what you missed out on – go to our Facebook page or see the slider above.
The charity selected by all participants on Friday to receive a donation from the event profits was Swiss Support Foundation which was co-founded by alumnus Andrew Frei – we’ll keep you posted not only on how the funds are used but also on how it went when the “bosses” met up with their winners.
So here it is – all the details. Sign up, join us on 16 May.
Programme and Auction Catalogue
16 May 2014 1900 – 2230
FHNW: Campus Olten/Von-Rollstrasse
1920 – 1930 Welcome IM Alumni President and BSc IM Dean
1930 – 1945
Alan Frei: How to create a startup with 48 hours.
(head of Startup@UZH and managing partner of Blue Ventures AG)
2000 – 2100
Film: 2012 funds to school in Uganda
2130 – 2200
2200 – 2210 Final words
Entrance Fee: SFR 5
Includes drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks) and snacks (hors d’oeuvres, canapés, sandwiches)
Dress code: business casual
Student Council: the popular FHNW t-shirts, hoodies and other products will be on sale
There will additionally be a bar serving spirits, cocktails (not included in entrance fee) including the especially concocted “cALUMNIty cocktail“
Auctioneer: Prof Robert Buttery
Nine executives offer service as specified under the individual entries. Any deviation from the listing must be negotiated between the parties concerned. The services are for one or two people only (so not a bidding conglomerate of more than 2 people) – the auctioneer will specify.
Payment is in cash (ATM in the atrium). In exceptional circumstances payment slips can be provided against full disclosure of contact details. Services can only be redeemed after payment is completed.
Funds raised are to be divided by the IM Alumni (NPO) and a charity to be selected on the evening of the auction. The charities are
1. solafrica.ch Founded by IM alumnus Joshiah Ramogi this NGO, promotes solar energy and energy efficiency in Africa, with projects in Kenya and Cameroon in educating/training locals in for instance, assembling simple solar lamps.
2. swisssupportfoundation.ch NPO co-founded by alumnus Andrew Frei to improve the living conditions in Southern Leyte (Philippines) especially regarding water supply, and insurances.
3.Beatrice Secondary School Kyankwanzi, Uganda. Set up by alumna Regina Nasseremba, now in its 4th year with 200 pupils http://bssk-uganda.org
Speed Networking (2130 – 2200)
The popular speed networking will be held in the Mensa.
Make sure you have plenty of business cards. You have 3 minutes to get to talk and network with your opposite before you move to the next person.
About IM Alumni
IM Alumni was largely the initiative of two BSc IM students, Florian Estoppey and Firat Aslan, back in 2011. The association was officially founded later that year on the principal that the International Management programme is special and international enough to warrant an organisation separate from the larger FHNW alumni organisations and is open to International Management students, faculty and alumni (Master and Bachelor programmes).
The association fosters
– Supporting fellow students and alumni professionally
– Giving back and paying forward: the association supports charities and initiatives in the field of international education
The IM Alumni is a NPO and charges no membership fees. It relies on funds raised at the annual event and from donations to cover event costs, raise enough money for the annual IM Alumni Graduation Prize and raise funds for selected charities.
The IM Alumni Graduation Prize is awarded to a graduating BSc IM programme who is nominated by the peer community as having contributed most to the IM community (general helpfulness, organizing events, on the Tutoring Team or student council, doing all the photocopying, class rep,….). It carries a respectable cash prize.
The IM Alumni also relies on volunteers. We welcome volunteers in general (help at events, help with communication and networking) and in particular volunteers to sit on the board (help organizing events, communication, finance/admin). Please contact us via our Linked In page (sub group of FHNW alumni) or our Facebook page or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for joining us tonight!!!!!!! Hope you enjoyed it. Stay in touch.
Congratulations to the brand new IM alumni! At the end of September another 32 joined our proud ranks. We wish you success and joy in this new stage of life.
For the first time ever, IM Alumni presented a graduation prize at the Graduation Ceremony on 26 September. As our key goals are networking and giving back, the prize reflected this. All year 3 IM students were asked to nominate one person from among their own year who “contributed most to the IM community” and to give their reason. There was an overwhelming response and 8 individuals received nominations for being class representatives, or serving on the Student Council, being a buddy to exchange students, being generally helpful with photocopying or support, organising events. The list was long and heartwarming. As dean Prof Antje Leukens said in her speech at the ceremony, the readiness to contribute and help is a key characteristic of IM students.
There was a clear winner – who received over 40% of the votes: Özlem Kösker. Some of the praises sung for her included “she was always very engaged in integrating the exchange students and organizing events/parties etc. She’s a very open-minded person and talked to everyone, no matter whether local student or from abroad. ” “As a Students Council member she really did an additional work and contributed to a better environment for all of us (guaranteed the exchange between visitings and locals). Furthermore, she also stayed at the students house (Franziskushaus) even when the event was already finished and helped cleaning up everything (while the others where already partying at the Terminus). I’ll give her my vote because she really deserves it!” and “indefatigable commitment for the community, both in-class and students council, where she put a lot of effort into the buddy system for incoming students.”
The prize of CHF 400 (which comes from fundraising events conducted by IM Alumni) was presented to Özlem by president of the board, Esin Cengiz (and handed over with a very big hug instead of a handshake as Özlem has also been helping the IM Alumni the last year in liaising with current students – so she was, as Esin said, even “one of us”).
Another proud IM moment was when Sabine Stucki received the official prize for best grade overall (5.6) in Communication – well done Sabine.
There will be a fresh batch of IM Alumni on Thursday 26 September. The graduation ceremony, for all all School of Business students, will be held in the Stadtheater in Olten and the IM Alumni Board will be there too as this year, for the first time, we’ll be awarding a prize for the IM student who contributed most to the IM Community.
The students themselves could nominate and select candidates for this prize and it is in line with our statutes where we wish to promote the “giving back” aspect of an international and multi-cultural education. We’ll upload the photos and who receives the prize after the ceremony. The prize itself, of course, is funded by you via the proceeds of events.