Hello Class of 2016!

September 10, 2015

Academic Deadlines

Please keep in mind the following deadlines:

 Monday, September 14

- last day to change grading status on full semester or Q1 elective courses

 Monday, September 21

 - final day to drop  Q1 courses

Please see the Academic Calendar for further details. 

Change to Requirements for Major in Statistics

Four credit units are required beyond the required prerequisite of STAT 613 (or completion of STAT 621/waiver of STAT fixed core requirement entirely). Some courses offered by other departments are permitted (students who wish to include courses from other departments in the major should request permission to include these from the Statistics Department advisor and file this permission with the MBA Program Office). Courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis cannot be counted toward the major. The Wharton MBA Resource Guide details all courses that are applicable to the major in Statistics.

The major advisor is Richard Waterman

Financial and Immunization Holds

This is a reminder that on Tuesday, October 20,  SFS will place registration and transcript holds on all accounts over $1000. Please go to Student Financial Services located in Room 100 in the Franklin Building to take care of this matter.

SFS will place immunization holds the second week of October on all students who have not shown proof of immunization.  If you have not taken care of this matter, there are three ways to contact Student Health:

ASAP at 215-746-2525 and press option 5!  

Visit the SHS at 3535 Market Street 

Email them

Excel Level 2

Master advanced Excel skills and shortcut keys in this hands-on workshop that may be helpful in your coursework, internships and careers.  

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Write financial formulas; Insert Financial functions 
  • Use Excel’s What-If Analysis Tools  (Data Tables, Goal Seek, and Solver) 
  • Construct Business Models with Protection, Names, Drop Downs and Auditing Tools 
  • Insert Other Advanced Formulas (Regression Stats, Array Functions and more) 
  • Build Advanced Charts 
  • Format data with Conditional Formatting and Custom Number Formats
  • Use Lookup Functions (Vlookup, Index/Match and related formulas)
  • Use many Excel Shortcuts and Speed Tips 

A course pack is available for after class reference.  

Prerequisite:  Workshop designed for those with Excel experience or who have completed Level 1. To sign-up for a September 23, 24, 30 or October 1 timeslot, click here!

Global Immersion Programs

The MBA Program Office will host a GIP Mixer & Reunion at 6 pm on September 22nd, at 2401.  For returning GIP students, this will be a great chance to catch up with your travel buddies. Those interested in enrolling in a GIP will have a chance to speak to past GIP participants. 

Additionally, we are looking for outgoing and motivated students with regional expertise to help lead the Middle East programs as Student Coordinators. Please contact Christine Sweeney for more details. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Quiet Study Space

Facilities and Operations has set aside classrooms that can be used for quiet study. Click here for the daily list.  You can also find the list published on Spike via the MBA Program Office tab under the "Quick Links" section. 

Other areas within the University can also be used for study or meetings.  Click here for more info!  And don't forget about Hoover Lounge! 

People Analytics Conference Info Session

The Wharton People Analytics Conference (PAC) is seeking students to join its organizing team. PAC is the premier conference for professionals and academics in the growing field of people analytics, which is bringing a rigorous and data-driven approach to core business topics like recruiting, professional development, and team performance.

Faculty directors Adam Grant and Cade Massey will host an info session on September 14 at 12pm in JMHH G50, to introduce the conference and ways students can get involved. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in learning more, please fill in your email address at this link.

Penn To Suspend Normal Operations On Friday, September 25, 2015

Due to anticipated logistical and transportation issues related to the historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, the University will suspend normal operations on Friday, September 25. As a result, classes and University-sponsored events are cancelled on this date. 

Designated essential personnel — including offices such as but not limited to Public Safety, Dining Services, and Facilities that provide essential services, University emergency personnel, and those responsible for the health and safety of students and lab animals — will be required to report to work and should consult with their supervisors about accommodations and scheduling. Other staff members, faculty members, and students should treat the day under the same protocols as a weather-related suspension of operations.  

With as many as 2 million people expected to attend the weekend’s events in Philadelphia, faculty and staff could notice some transportation delays beginning earlier that week.  Road closures around Center City and in the West Philadelphia area could begin as early as Thursday night after rush hour.  We urge all faculty and staff to pay close attention to traffic and transportation plans that will soon be finalized by the City and SEPTA.  

We know that the weekend of the Pope’s visit will create some inconveniences and challenges for members of the Penn community, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as the University works with the City in accommodating visitors during this very special event.

Leadership Program Updates:
  • The P3 Application for the Fall Semester is now available here.  Please note that at this time, P3 is only open to 2nd year MBA students.) The application will remain open until Monday, September 14 at 1.30pm EST.
  • GUIDE Application is open until September 18.
  • Lipman Fellows Application is open until September 13 at 11:59pm
  • Wharton Leadership Venture Registration Results will be posted in CourseMatch on Monday, September 14. Please log in to CourseMatch on Monday to view the results. 
  • Quantico participants will be notified on Friday, September 11th.
2401 Walnut

Dear Students, 

Due to the papal visit, the 2401 Walnut main entrance doors and elevators will be locked all day on Friday, September 25th. Please remember to bring your key fobs to gain access to the building. Building management tells us there is a possibility these doors and elevators will also be closed on Monday, September 28th. Either way, 2401 will still be accessible via key fob. 

*Also, please note: The Walnut Street doors will be physically locked from 5pm Thursday until Monday morning. Anyone wishing to exit the building during this time must use the Main Entrance.* 

Thank you!


 Welcome back! The MBA Office of Student Life would like to remind you that we’re here if you ever want to talk. We’d love to catch up with you and hear about your summer. If you’d like to set up a meeting with your Cluster’s Student Life Advisor, please use the link below to access the Wharton Appointment Scheduler.




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