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Reunion & Homecoming 2015 Video
Join Us for Reunion and Homecoming Weekend!  
You never graduate from good times! No matter how long it has been since you left campus, there are plenty of great activities for you to choose from throughout Reunion and Homecoming Weekend, September 25-27, 2015. All alumni and your families are welcome. 

See the full weekend schedule, reserve your accommodations, and register today »  
Babson Recognized As a Top Undergraduate College by The Princeton Review       
Babson is featured in the new 2016 edition of The Princeton Review's annual college guide, The Best 380 Colleges. The guide also cites Babson as the No. 1 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program as recognized by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur in their September 2014 rankings, and lists Babson as one of the 20 best-run colleges in the United States. The guide is based on surveys of 136,000 students at 380 colleges. Read more » 
Babson Alumnus Named a Finalist for 2015 Peace First Prize 
Daquan Oliver '14, founder and president of Recesspreneurs, has been recognized for using Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® to empower children from low-income environments. The Peace First Prize honors youth peacemakers for their "compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change." Oliver created the curriculum for Recesspreneurs as an undergraduate, with help from his professors. Read more » 
Babson Teams Up with the White House to Help Women in Business  
Babson has joined more than 45 business schools in committing to a set of best practices that offer concrete strategies for business schools to help women succeed throughout school and in their careers. The partnership, convening at the White House, was announced on August 5 and will focus on opportunities for the business community and business schools to work together in its goal. Read more »  
Babson Earns an A from Standard & Poor's, A3 from Moody's
Babson received bond rating upgrades from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) and Moody's Investors Service. S&P upgraded Babson's rating to A from A-. Reasons for this upgrade include:
  • Strong demand profile with a broad undergraduate geographical student draw and high-quality students
  • Conservative management team maintaining solid levels of expendable resources compared to operating expenses and debt
  • Commitment to managing costs
  • Goal achieved of balancing the operating budget on a full accrual basis with positive results for the past three years
Four Babson Entrepreneurs Honored in BetaBoston's "25 Under 25"  
Ava Anderson '16, Hanson Grant '16, Daquan Oliver '14, and Evening MBA student Sarah Sherburne represent some of the most influential local millennials, according to BetaBoston. Reviewing an impressive span of submissions, BetaBoston's editorial team selected 25 individuals it believes are making the biggest mark this year: the winners of its 25 Most Innovative People Under 25. Read more » 
Introducing the Alumni Club of Charlotte, North Carolina
The Alumni and Friends Network is excited to announce our newest Global Alumni Club. Please join us in welcoming the Alumni Club of Charlotte to our list of 30 alumni clubs around the world. If you are interested in getting involved with the Charlotte club, or would like more information, please contact the club president, Beth Linn '04. Connect with other members of the Charlotte club by visiting its official Facebook  and LinkedIn groups.
Update on Campus Improvements
Park Manor South After renovations this summer, Park Manor South is ready to house 70 incoming students starting at Orientation this month. The residence hall underwent a complete renovation of student rooms, bathrooms, common spaces, entrance ways and outdoor landscaping. Learn more about recent campus improvements » 
A Babson Student Is Ernst & Young's 2015 Youth Entrepreneur of the Year
Dagim Girma '18 has been named the 2015 Ernst & Young (EY) Global Youth Entrepreneur of the Year. In receiving this recognition, Girma also was invited to attend the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monaco this June as an honored alumnus of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Read more » 
Be an Admissions Ambassador for Babson
Want to offer a positive experience for prospective undergraduate students applying to Babson? Interested in welcoming newly admitted students to the Babson network and serving as a resource for them? If so, the Babson Alumni Admission Connection (BAAC) Program provides a great opportunity for you to be an ambassador for Babson. We're seeking undergraduate alumni within 10 years of graduation (classes 2005-2015) to serve as interview ambassadors and email ambassadors. Learn more » 
Babson Magazine: Your Table Is Ready   
Babson Magazine To be a successful restaurant owner requires more than a fondness for food and a penchant for people. Owners must keep their menus fresh, inspire their employees, stand out from competitors, and work many an hour, all while striving to achieve one goal--a delicious, distinctive, and delightful dining experience for every person, without fail, who walks through the door. Read more »
Career Spotlight: Going the Whole 9 Yards 
Alumni Career Spotlight 
When Pam Hannah Simpson '89 and Paul McIsaac '89 reconnected at their 20th reunion, they could never have imagined that casual networking would plant the seed for a new venture. By the time they arrived for their 25th reunion last year, their company, 9yahds Inc., was thriving. Read about their favorite reunion memories and how their business got started »

Featured Career Resource: The Lewis Institute
The Lewis Institute--the College's GPS for Babson community members, foundations, and corporate partners seeking social innovation solutions--has developed a "one-stop shop" webpage of events, case competitions, conferences, funding opportunities, thought leadership and publications, and other resources to expand your knowledge and network surrounding social innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more » 
Feature Your Business!
Are you the founder, owner, or CEO of your business? List your business in the Alumni Business Directory and your listing will appear in the Business Search results!
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Help Mentor Current Students When You Coach at Babson 
The Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (CLTP) is a unique program in which undergraduate students participate during their first year and again as a junior/senior. Our coaches are Babson parents, alumni, experienced graduate students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs! Develop your professional connections, while advising students, too! Training sessions for first-time coaches take place in October with coaching sessions in October and November. Learn more and register »
Sir Richard Branson Pays a Visit to Campus for the Enterprising Family Program  
The founder and chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies and Diego Lowenstein '90 both encourage an entrepreneurial mindset for life and business success. Sir Richard Branson joined Lowenstein, CEO of Lionstone Development, and Babson President Kerry Healey on July 27, 2015, to kick off a week of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action with 20 enthusiastic parents and teens attending Babson's Enterprising Family Program. Read more »
Is Entrepreneurship Addictive? 
Entrepreneurship of All Kinds New research suggests that at a physiological level, serial entrepreneurs can experience the same behaviors as an addict. These can include feelings of euphoria or desperation, sensations like increased heart rate and sleeplessness, and emotional feelings of intense focus or the joy of being swept up in the moment. This can be a double-edged sword, leading to higher levels of venture performance as well as challenges balancing the business with other priorities.
See how it breaks down at Entrepreneurship of All Kinds® »
Featured Blog:
10KSB: Not Business As Usual     
By Patricia G. Greene, Professor of Entrepreneurship
We have learned the spot for a predictable point of inflection that generally happens about halfway through the second mod (day) of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a program where entrepreneurship meets economic development.This is the time when some set of the participating business owners ruffle their shoulders, stretch their necks, look around the room, and mumble (not quite a grumble, usually), "when are we going to work on our financial statements?"
Class Notes
Check out the News, Notes and Nods section from the Summer 2015 issue of Babson Magazine. View the News, Notes and Nods » 


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