Apr 082014
 
Second-year MBA Joe Baker emceed the MBAA charity auction along with second-year MBA Barney Guacheta.

Second-year MBA Joe Baker emceed the MBAA charity auction along with second-year MBA Barney Guacheta.

There’s no question that an MBA student at Smith will spend the majority of his or her time outside the classroom working on schoolwork or finding a job or internship. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of events where students can put such stressors out of their minds.

Two such events took place last week. Last Thursday was the annual MBA Association charity auction, at which students bid on items with the proceeds going to the Special Olympics. This year the auction generated more than $11,000, easily topping last year’s record. Eight Smith faculty members donated dinners for four-to-six students at their homes, and Associate Dean Ken White offered a trip to a Washington Nationals baseball game that will include transportation via limousine.

Then on Friday, Smith’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Smith alumnus and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank held the ninth-annual Cupid’s Cup student entrepreneurship competition. The competition was emceed by former NFL player and bow tie enthusiast Dhani Jones, and judged by Plank, Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons, MapMyFitness founder Robin Thurston, and SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice.

This year’s competition was won by Disease Diagnostic Group, makers of a handheld malaria diagnosis device.

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