In Other News… A Hefty Donation to Cornell, Overcoming Adversity to Earn an MBA, and the Pros and Cons of a JD/MBA Degree

The business school world is constantly buzzing with change and innovation. In addition to our regular news posts, we briefly touch on a few notable stories from this dynamic field in one roundup.

  • The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University has received a $25M gift—one of the largest donations in its history—from alumnus David Breazzano, the school announced recently. The gift will help build a new MBA center, which is already under construction in Ithaca’s Collegetown neighborhood. The facility is slated to open in summer 2017 and will feature six floors of classrooms and faculty spaces.
  • Pursuing an MBA is already challenging, but what if one of your senses has been compromised? Joe Bellantoni, who will graduate from the MIT Sloan School of Management Executive MBA program next month, lost his sight in an accident nearly a decade ago and recently shared his story with the Financial Times. At MIT Sloan, Bellantoni, an executive from New Jersey, was able to access course materials using text-to-speech software. Those who observed his journey were impressed. Despite being unable to see, Bellantoni managed to understand visually oriented material in Professor Nelson Repenning’s “System Dynamics” class. “I don’t know how he pulled it off,” Repenning commented.
  • Earning a joint JD/MBA degree at Harvard sounds fairly daunting to most, yet one graduate of the program believes all the hard work is worth it. Ronald Anguas, who also received his undergraduate degree from the university, recently penned a blog post on the business school’s Web site to assure JD/MBA hopefuls of the dual degree’s advantages. “[Although] I ultimately chose to build a career more focused on my law degree, I still make frequent use of concepts learned in the MBA curriculum,” Anguas wrote.

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