Campus Chronicles: The Wharton Journal
Now that classes are back in session, in this week’s Campus Chronicles, we’re taking a look inside The Wharton Journal to learn about recent events at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business:
Wharton Computing has begun an initiative to evaluate and revamp technology used by students. As part of this initiative, the school has loaned iPads to students in several classes for use during this semester in order to gauge the viability of using iPads and other tablet devices in a classroom setting. To that end, Wharton Computing built an app that lets students send questions directly to professors via their iPads during class discussions; the app includes an option to post questions anonymously to help mitigate students’ fears of seeming unintelligent. Regarding the rationale behind the new iPad pilot program, Director of Academic Computing David Comroe explained, “We are just looking for ways to use this technology and others like it to give students a better education and be ahead of the technology curve.”
Earlier this month, Wharton’s Travel & Hospitality Club hosted the inaugural cross-school MBA Vegas Trek in Las Vegas. The two-day trek, which took place over MLK weekend, brought together MBA students from Wharton, Harvard, Stanford, Kellogg, and Columbia interested in careers in travel and hospitality. The students toured five of Las Vegas’s most well-known entertainment venues, including Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and ARIA Hotel & Casino. Throughout the trek, students gained valuable industry knowledge from more than two dozen industry leaders such as David Norton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Caesars Entertainment, and Wharton alum Nathan Hong ’86, Chief Development Officer of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The most recent issue of The Wharton Journal also features an interview with Sam Jones, Wharton’s MBA Career Advisor for Technology and Manufacturing. The article is part of an ongoing series of interviews that gives readers a more in-depth exposure to Wharton’s Career Advisors. In his interview, Jones reveals some interesting information about his personal background, such as the fact that he lived in China for 12 years and speaks fluent Mandarin, and also provides helpful hints for students navigating the recruiting process in the tech and manufacturing sectors. For example, Jones says that students often make the mistake of being overly excited about young companies, which leads students to overlook opportunities to work in entrepreneurial groups within larger firms that provide the same start-up feeling with the added bonus of having well-backed resources.