John Polarinakis and current SOM student Rebecca Brooks pose for a photo at the June Power Grid gathering.

Full-time MBA student Rebecca Brooks and her new mentor, John Polarinakis, audit director of J.C. Penney Co., used the occasion to get better acquainted after being paired only a month earlier.

Power Grid, the alumni networking meeting of School of Management (SOM), celebrated its first anniversary in June with an appearance by President David E. Daniel, who joined students, corporate mentors and graduates. A crowd of 75 gathered to hear Daniel's University update in the McDermott Suite of the McDermott Library, where he reviewed everything from enrollment to plans for new campus buildings. He also delved into why alumni and local residents should be excited about UT Dallas and its future: With “a million great causes to support in Dallas... this whole value proposition gets back to innovation, business creation, wealth creation and a better city for us all.”

President David E. Daniel and SOM Associate Dean Monica Powell praised the Full-time MBA program Power of Two mentors, many of whom are alumni.

President David E. Daniel and SOM Associate Dean
Monica Powell praised the Full-time MBA program
Power of Two mentors, many of whom are alumni.

At the event, SOM Associate Dean Monica Powell recognized the Full-Time MBA program Power of Two mentors, many of whom are alumni. The two-year-old mentoring opportunity has attracted more than 100 corporate volunteers who are paired with students to offer individualized guidance on education and career choices.

Mentor Deborah D. Armstrong (MBA '01) was a mentor before the Power of Two’s inception. “Each time I've ever helped anyone, it's always returned to me 4,000 times,” said Armstrong, who is retired from IBM.

Richard P. Morgan said he and mentee Bayaraa Zorigt (BS '10), a Management Honors Program participant, made it a point to meet every month. They often discussed her long-term objectives, said Morgan, a management consultant. “She has two big goals. The first is to help her father reconstruct the higher education system in Mongolia.” The other, he learned, is to build a “chess palace,” where master players—like her—can gather for fun.

In its first year, Power Grid has built a devoted following, such as regular Katy Krekeler (BS '07). “I know the administration and folks at the school, so I like to maintain that relationship with the University,” said Krekeler, who works in human resources at CoreLogic.

Open to all SOM alumni, Power Grid events are scheduled the first Wednesday of every month at various venues throughout the Metroplex. For more information, visit the Power Grid event registration page.

Media Contact: Kris Imherr, UT Dallas School of Management, (972) 883-4793, imherr@utdallas.edu.

 

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