When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
April 2013 marked the 13th annual Tuck GIVES (Grants to Interns and Volunteers for the Environment and Society) auction, a student-led event that raises money to fund salaries for Tuck students who accept internships with nonprofits. The event includes both a silent auction and a live auction, and in 2013, culminated in a Studio 54–themed party. The club’s Web site instructed attendees, “Think the hottest night club from the 1970s, tons of glitz and glam, Raether [Hall] as a disco night club, ‘Staying Alive’ and Saturday Night Fever.” The year prior (2012), the event closed with a Roaring ’20s party. Students dress up for the event in their fanciest attire and watch two of their classmates lead the auction of donated items. These offerings can range from dinners with faculty (such as a Cajun-style group dinner cooked by Dean Paul Danos and a South African group dinner hosted by a professor) to vacations (including a vacation package at a luxury resort in Bermuda and a trip to a ski resort in Colorado) to student-hosted themed dinners, tickets to Red Sox games, tennis and fly-fishing lessons, babysitting services and a daylong workout session with Tuckies from the Armed Forces.
About the auctions, a member of the school’s admissions staff told mbaMission, “Our goal is maximum participation of the Tuck community, which includes students, their partners, staff and faculty. I have donated two necklaces and bracelets that I made from African beads I purchased in Ghana, one of the deans auctions off an evening in his barn, which is actually a huge, wonderfully furnished place with a giant TV and bar—and other folks offer dinners, photography, painting and just all sorts of things.” The event’s Web site notes that the auction has raised almost $600,000 since its inception in 2001.
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