Dennis HannoThe past few weeks have been full of celebrations here on campus! On May 14, we said farewell to the Class of 2011. These newest alumni contributed greatly to Babson; we say thank you and wish them success.

We also celebrated a great accomplishment, having been ranked No. 1 in Entrepreneurship in the Bloomberg Businessweek academic specialty rankings. Other good news for us in these rankings included No. 3 in Sustainability, No. 6 in Financial Management, and No. 7 in both Corporate Strategy and International Business. This ranking shows that our students value the Babson educational experience, not only in Entrepreneurship, but also in other areas of our curriculum. We congratulate our faculty, staff, and students for this well-deserved recognition!

Back to Babson
Please plan to join us for Back to Babson on September 23 and 24, 2011. The featured classes that will be celebrating a reunion this fall are those ending in 1 and 6. Weekend activities include educational programs in Alumni College, the Alumni Association Leadership Awards, the New England Harvest Festival, and All-Class parties. Online registration for Back to Babson will begin on July 25.  



Babson graduated 469 undergraduate students and 466 graduate students at the 2011 Commencement exercises.  Honorary degrees were bestowed to Twitter co-founder and Wellesley native Biz Stone, and Bill Drayton, founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.  Undergraduates and their families heard from Tony Wain, senior lecturer in accounting, who won the Undergraduate Professor of the Year Award. Professor Edward P. Marram, lecturer in entrepreneurship, who won the Thomas Kennedy Professor of the Year Award spoke at the Graduate School Ceremony.

Legacy Tradition at Commencement
Thirty-eight legacy undergraduates celebrated Commencement, and 24 attended the Annual Legacy Breakfast Event, where they were welcomed into the Alumni Association by legacy alumna Ann-Marie Sweeney Copland '86. The Legacy and Double Beaver Lunch celebrated five MBA legacy graduates and eleven Double Beavers. Erica Burrill Franz '04, M'11 and Kinsley Burrill Perry '04, M'11 became the first Double Beaver twins.

World Stage
On Thursday, April 28, Babson held the 2011 World Stage event to promote the advancement of global Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™ and to honor its 2011 Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs inductees Ralph J. Roberts and Brian L. Roberts of Comcast Corporation, and Eileen Fisher of EILEEN FISHER Inc. For more information, and to view a video and photos of the evening click here>>

Lemonade Day Boston 2011
On May 1, Babson teamed with local businesses, the City of Boston, youth organizations, and engaged philanthropists to launch Lemonade Day Boston. This national event is dedicated to teaching children how to operate their own business and give back to the community through building and running a lemonade stand. An estimated 700 children, members of the Babson community, and several alumni participated. Access photos and more information>> 

Survey Says ...
Thank you to the nearly 1,700 alumni who completed the 2011 Babson Alumni Survey. We will provide an executive summary, including key findings and action items, in the summer. We would appreciate additional feedback about the networking opportunities that you would value. Please take one minute to respond to three brief questions.

2011 Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award
Nominate fellow Babson alumni or yourself for the fourth annual Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award and/or the Rising Star Award. Honorees will be inducted at a dinner ceremony on October 14 on campus. Established in 2008, the Hall of Fame welcomes alumni who distinguish themselves in entrepreneurial endeavors in all types of enterprises. Nominations will be accepted through June 1>>

2011 Leadership Awards
Thank you to all who nominated alumni, parents, and friends of the College for a 2011 Leadership Award. More than 64 nominations were submitted. A new category is the Adelaide Van Winkle Friend of the College Award. The 2011 Leadership Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, September 23 during Back to Babson Weekend and all alumni volunteers will be invited. View a complete list of this year's recipients>>.

Become a Changemaker
The eBay Foundation and Ashoka's Changemakers invite you to submit your solutions to find the world's most innovative market-based solutions that create economic opportunity and generate employment for disadvantaged populations. The Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works competition invites entries from around the world. Five winners will receive $50,000 each, and the expert panel of judges includes Cheryl Kiser, managing director of The Lewis Institute at Babson. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 15.

Alumni Events
Babson events continue online, on campus, and around the world. See all events listed here: www.babson.edu/alumni/events

Babson Executive Education (BEE) 
Help your company compete effectively using social media. Attend BEE's Social Media Management: Strategies and Practices for the New Social World from June 27-29. The curriculum, based on proprietary BEE research including in-depth interviews with fifty organizations and more than 1,000 responses to a survey of company leaders, is for leaders charged with designing and implementing social media initiatives. Alumni receive $500 off with the discount code ALUMNI. Discounts are available for organizations sending multiple participants. Learn More and Register>>

Center for Information Management Studies (CIMS)
Celebrating 25 years at Babson, CIMS serves the Boston IT management community through educational programs, executive courses, and a valuable network of IT professionals. Register now for the CIMS workshop on June 9 on IT Innovation Through Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. Learn more about our upcoming executive courses>> 



The BAA has partnered with the Babson Alumni and Friends Network and regional club leaders from around the world to promote communication and engagement. In May, alumni club leaders from Florida and Colombia participated in the Babson Alumni Association Meeting, a great way to stay connected to Babson, to share their views on alumni engagement. For information about clubs, events, or areas of specialty that interest you, click here>>


2011 Summer Venture Program
Eleven teams of undergraduate students, MBA students, and recent alumni are participating in the Summer Venture Program from May 18-July 29. This 10-week intensive experience accelerates the development of student entrepreneurial ventures. Teams receive housing, work space, mentors, a speaker series, and other resources to help their businesses. The program concludes with a Demo Day. Funding for the program is provided through a gift from Trustee Anthony Chiasson '95. Get more information on SVP>>
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