On Sunday, June 9, 2013, the Part-Time MBA Association (PTMBAA) sponsored one of the first family-friendly events in years! ‘The Smith Family Fun Day’ collected over 80 Terps, plus their families and friends, for a full day exploring all that Six Flags has to offer.
When they weren’t riding roller coasters or playing in the water park, fellow Terps joined their classmates in Smith’s reserved section of the park for a cohort against cohort kickball tournament, volleyball games, photo sessions with our mascot ‘Testudo,’ and a catered picnic lunch.
This event was truly special. Not only did it provide an opportunity for MBA students with families to bring their children out to enjoy the Smith experience, but it was a chance for students across multiple campuses to meet each other, mingle with EMBA’s, and to welcome newly admitted students who’ll be joining us in the Fall.
Being a member of the PTMBAA Board, I had the distinct pleasure of ensuring that this event would come to fruition, in direct response to requests from the student body. In fact, the first concept of The Smith Family Fun Day began when students told their Track Representatives they wanted to hold a kickball tournament and test their cohort’s athletic skills against rivaling campuses. While planning for the kickball tournament, the PTMBAA learned that many students wished to include their families in the festivities as well. Through listening to everyone’s inputs, we were able to ensure that The Smith Family Fun Day event could incorporate all aspects desired by the student body.
I’d like to take a moment to highlight the student leaders that contributed to the success of event:
- Chris Tjiattas, who personally championed The Smith Family Fun Day and took it from being just a concept, to a full scale event for the entire student body to enjoy!
- Victor Danau, who ensured that every Terp had a memorable experience at Six Flags.
- Jaye Nelson, who lead the Tuesday/Thursday DC Cohort of 2015 to a kickball victory!
- Natalia Kossobokova, who captured the moments with her outstanding photojournalism abilities.
And lastly, a special thank you to the 2013 Part-Time MBA Association is in order, for their proven track record of listening and responding to the needs of the student body, and supporting events that welcome all programs and students into the Smith experience.
After graduating Cum Laude from The University of South Florida in 2006, Stephanie Cramer moved to Texas where she managed the Recruitment Program for the largest law firm in Austin and worked cross-functionally to develop business development initiatives. After moving to DC in 2010, Stephanie served as a Dedicated Advisor at The Advisory Board Company, a ‘Top 50 Consulting Firm,’ specializing in health care. There she managed a $6 million dollar portfolio and consulted with executive teams at leading biopharmaceutical and IT companies. Currently, Stephanie serves as the Director of Operations & Administration at a private lobbying firm in Washington, DC where she develops strategic initiatives that support growth, account retention, and internal operational efficiencies.