Hello Class of 2017!

We hope you are enjoying your first few days of Pre-Term!

August 6, 2015

Pre-Term Presentations

All of the Pre-Term presentations can be found on SPIKE under Quick Links or on the Pre-Term 2015 page.

Class of 2017 Group Advising Sessions

The MBA Programís Academic Affairs team will be offering group advising sessions throughout pre-term.  These advising sessions will focus on Fall 2015 course selection and course registration via Course Match.

We are offering two types of sessions: 1) Students not waiving any courses 2) Students waving up to 1.5 credit units. To sign-up for a timeslot, click here!

Name Badges and Desk Plates

Students who did not receive their name badges and desk plates can stop by the MBA Program Office in suite 300 Huntsman Hall to collect them. If you would like to have your name changed on either one, please email Cindy Armour by Friday, August 14.

Class of 2017 Large Locker Lottery

There are a limited number of large lockers available to Wharton MBA students thus at the beginning of each academic year, large lockers are distributed through a lottery. Winners are permitted to use an assigned locker for the current academic year only.

The Class of 2017 Large Locker Lottery is now open. The entry deadline is Monday, August 10 at 5pm. Students entering the lottery will be notified of the results by Wednesday, August 12th by 5pm. If you are a winner and have failed to claim your locker by 5pm on Friday, August 14th your locker will be given to a student who was not selected as a winner in the lottery. Small lockers will be allocated at a later date. Good Luck!

Mail Folders

All first year students have a mail folder, located in the bins on the east side of the 3rd floor of Huntsman Hall. Please do not remove your folder from the bins.

Student Financial Services
Please be sure to check the status of your loan application(s) on the Penn Loan System at www.sfs.upenn.edu/loans and contact the Wharton MBA Financial Aid Office at 215-898-8728 or by email if you have any questions. 
Student refunds for the Fall term will be available within seven business days after the Student Financial Services Loan Office receives your loan disbursement(s).

Wharton MBA Financial Aid Team
Whartonize Your Laptop and Mobile Devices

Welcome MBA Class of 2017. Wharton Computingís Student Support team will be running sessions (Get "Whartonized") to help you configure your laptop and mobile device for use in Whartonís technical environment. This includes connecting to the Universityís wireless network, installing antivirus protection, configuring laptop printing, and much more. To sign up click here.

Student Health Insurance

The University of Pennsylvania requires that you carry adequate health insurance. You may satisfy this requirement through a private or employer-sponsored plan that meets Pennís minimum criteria or you may enroll in Pennís Student Insurance Plan (PSIP).

If you have not shown proof of insurance by August 31, 2015 you will be automatically enrolled in PSIP and the fees will be charged to your bursar bill.

Information for students with disabilities

Penn's Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS) provides comprehensive, professional services for students with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunity and participation in University-sponsored programs. If you have a disability that you wish to identify, submit the online self-identification form as soon as possible, as accommodations can take between four and six weeks to certify and implement.

Any information you choose to disclose in this regard is voluntary and will not adversely affect admission or participation in educational programs or activities. This information is confidential and will be shared only with appropriate University officials to ensure compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Office of Student Disabilities Services or an Academic Advisor in the MBA Program Office.

EXCEL 1 Workshop

This hands-on workshop, designed for those with little or no Excel experience, or who want a refresher, focuses on Excel essentials that may be helpful to know for your upcoming coursework. Apply skills using practical business examples.  A course pack is available for after class reference.                       

Specific topics include:

  • Edit, Format, Insert, and Delete Cells, Rows and ColumnsAssign utilities to twice the number of classes (not just sections) of your desired course load. For example, if your maximum cu is set at 4 cu for the fall, assign utilities to 8 distinct classes, and put utilities on as many sections of those classes as possible.
  • How to write and use general Business related formulas
  • Copy formulas with Relative and Absolute Cell Referencing
  • Insert Miscellaneous Functions (Math, Statistical, Logical)
  • Create and Edit charts
  • Work Sheet commands; Link sheets together
  • Page Layout, Print and View commands
  • Level 1 Shortcut keys to increase efficiency in completing spreadsheets

To sign up for a Monday, August 24 or Tuesday, August 25 timeslot, click here!

Leadership Program Updates:

We look forward to seeing you next Monday, August 10 at the Learning Team Retreat.

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Attention: Partners of the Class of 2017

Welcome to Wharton!

On Friday, August 7 we will hold a special orientation/information session for the partners of incoming students. There will be two parts to the program and you can attend the entire day or just the morning session. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a light breakfast and will include an opportunity to meet each other and current Wharton partners. There will be an introduction to Philadelphia and information on some of the opportunities available to you while here! The morning session will conclude with lunch.

In the afternoon we will have a session to assist those of you that plan to work while you are here. We will be presenting a 2.5 hour session on Job Search Strategies. This session will end at approximately 4 pm. In addition we are happy to review and provide partners feedback on their resume. We have hired a professional reviewer to provide this service. If you would like to your resume reviewed, please email it to Paula Greenberg, pgreenbe@wharton.upenn.edu in Word format. She will forward it on to the reviewer.

If you would like to register for the orientation, please click here . There are a couple of questions to answer so that we can better prepare to respond to your needs. We want to be sure that we cover the topics that are of greatest interest to you during the orientation.

Should you have any additional questions, please email Paula, pgreenbe@wharton.upenn.edu.


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