Grad Business Chapter Regroups

The Graduate Business alumni chapter is being revived after being dormant in recent years. An active group of alumni are recruiting participants to re-establish the association, form committees, and provide support for the business school.

The Graduate School of Business Alumni Association was originally formed in 1978 by Leo Barsotti, MBA ’77, along with seven fellow graduates. The association grew to over 50 volunteers from the graduate school, the MBA program, and the International School of Business. Over the years, the group supported the graduate school through fundraising, arranging internships, and interacting with the business community.

Among the group’s most memorable coups was bringing well-known business leaders to speak at the school, including Michael Eisner, then CEO of the Walt Disney Company, and Scott McNealey, CEO of Sun Microsystems.

The current revival is being led by James Black MBA05, Anne Walker MBA05, Yolanda Vega MBA79, and Director of Alumni Relations Lloyd Schine ’98, EMA04.

Says Schine, “We’re looking for a wide range of graduate involvement, not only recent graduates, but graduates who were involved in the seventies, eighties, and nineties.”

Schine says the group will work closely with the president’s office, the business school dean, the alumni association, and the trustees and regents; to establish a board; develop a constitution; recruit volunteers; and design a five-year plan.

The graduate business programs at Saint Mary’s were founded in 1975 with the inauguration of the Executive MBA Program. In 1984, the Evening MBA Program was introduced, and in 2004, Saint Mary’s rolled out the master’s program in Financial Analysis and Investment Management.

Contact to get in touch with the graduate business alumni chapter. An Evening MBA open house and GMAT workshop will be held on Jan. 18, 7-9 pm, on campus; an Executive MBA open house will be held on Jan. 24, 7-8:30 pm, on campus; and an Executive MBA open house will be held on Jan. 26, 6:30-7:30 pm, in Sacramento. For more information or to RSVP, call (800) 332-4622 or (925) 631-4500.