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MBA News You Need: Judge Launches LGBTQ Scholarship, Yale SOM Tackles Water Crisis/Hosts Cannabis Conference, New Digs for McCombs MBA Students, and More

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Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print to give you a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top schools around the world.

Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of Feb 22, 2018. 

Cambridge Judge Launches £10,000 Scholarship for the LGBTQ Community


In honor of LGBTQ History Month in the United Kingdom, Cambridge University has been flying the rainbow flag—both literally and figuratively—but advocacy is just a byproduct of the university’s vigorous efforts to create a more inclusive campus culture. This year, Cambridge Judge Business School launched a new £10,000 MBA fellowship to support LGBTQ leaders who demonstrate a commitment to the community. In addition to the £10,000 check, the recipient will also become an ambassador for Cambridge’s marketing, recruitment, and alumni teams to attract future LGBTQ candidates.

Want to apply? Your one-page essay is due by May 4, 2018. Learn more here.

Yale SOM Course Tackles Cape Town’s Impending Water Crisis

This spring, Yale architecture and MBA students will visit Cape Town, South Africa, to work with water-related projects at hospitals, hotels, elder care facilities, townships, and suburbs in light of the city’s ongoing water crisis. The trip will take place over spring break and conclude just a few weeks before “Day Zero,” the day Cape Town officially runs out of water, which is projected for June 4th. It’s all part of Jessica Helfand’s “Design as Utility: Luxury, Sustainability, Waste” design practicum, which seeks to teach students about how cities use their water supply and treat their sewage.

“We’re trying to take a bigger-picture approach to more diversified solutions beyond the water crisis,” Melinda Agron ’18, a joint-degree student at Yale SOM and the School of Architecture, explained. “How do we promote tourism without adding pressure on the resources that the residents already need when they’re limited? We’re thinking of a variety of approaches to frame the problem and then address it.” Read more.

Duke Fuqua Reappoints Dean Boulding for Five More Years

Since 2011, Bill Boulding has served as dean of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. In February, he was reappointed for another five-year term, which extends through June 30, 2023. During Boulding’s inaugural term as dean, he has helped develop a new master’s program in management studies at Duke Kunshan University as well as a new program in quantitative management in Durham. He was also responsible for launching a new online degree in data analytics with a focus on health care. For more of his accomplishments, take a look at the university’s news release.

“Bill has done an exceptional job of leading the Fuqua School of Business over the past seven years, a period that saw the addition of new degree programs and an expansion of the school’s global focus,” said President Vincent Price. “Under his watch, Fuqua has built a reputation for training graduates who are well equipped to provide leadership to today’s evolving workplace.”

Stanford GSB Says Goodbye to Beloved Professor

After teaching more than 10,000 MBA and executive education students over the course of a 50-year career at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Investors Professor of Finance John G. “Jack” McDonald died at the age of 80. More than just a reknowed professor (who only ever missed one class), McDonald was recognized as an international leader for his work on investment in global equity markets. Today, his students, achievements, and contributions span the globe.

“I’ve never in the past 40-plus years met a Stanford MBA who didn’t regard Jack as a giant in teaching,” Warren Buffett said. “No one who took his course ever forgot it, and they loved Jack.” Want to learn more about McDonald’s incredible impact? Visit the Stanford Business Newsroom.

University of Texas McCombs Unveils New Graduate Programs Building

At 497,500 square feet, the new Robert B. Rowling Hall on the UT Austin McCombs School of Business campus is a modern architectural marvel. The five-story building will serve as the new home for graduate programs at McCombs, housing 147 classrooms, conference rooms, interview rooms, and study rooms. There’s also a 300-seat auditorium, café, and underground passage that connects to UT’s AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

To learn more about the $186.5 million project, you can find the full news story in myStatesman.

Yale SOM Hosts Cannabis Conference

Mary Jane, Weed, Pot, Grass, Chronic. Whatever your 420 nomenclature, the Sticky Icky is no longer just a dorm room pastime—it’s now the basis for a legitimate conference! On February 16th, Yale SOM hosted its inaugural, student-run “Business of Legal Cannabis Conference,” which happens to be the first-ever held at a U.S. business school.

This one-day event convened leaders from private, government, and nonprofit entities to discuss the opportunities and challenges that face the legal cannabis industry. Speakers included Brendan Kennedy, the CEO of Privateer Holdings, and Dr. Jeff Chen, the director of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative. Topics ranged from the science of cannabis to legalization and regulation and women in cannabis. For the full agenda, check out the conference website.

And in case you missed it, be sure to check out last week’s MBA News You Need.

Kelly Vo
Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.