September 1, 2017

Welcome back and who's who in STEX

The following blog post is brought to you by George Smiltins of Weatherhead's Office of Student Experience (STEX). STEX is here to assist students with finding opportunities for experiences outside of the classroom that will complement the holistic learning environment of Weatherhead. Learn more


The Office of Student Experience (STEX) would like to welcome all of our students to campus for the fall semester! Our office has been busy over the summer planning for new student orientation and also organizing a number of events for the fall. Judging by our conversations with you over the last few weeks, we can tell that this year is going to be both an exciting and engaging one!

Here are some early events to put on your calendar! Please register at the links below (also found on the Weatherhead Event Calendar)

Welcome Back BBQ 
Thursday, September 7th, 4pm to 6pm. Outside of Peter B. Lewis Building. Register by Tuesday, September 5th. Students will receive tickets for entry at close of registration.

WSOM Graduate Student Club Fair
Thursday, September 7th, 12pm to 4pm. PBL Building. No Registration Required.

Cleveland Browns Football vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m., First Energy Stadium. Tickets: $25 ($55 dollar value)


We’d also like to take the time to introduce you to a few key people in the landscape of the Weatherhead Graduate Student Experience:

Meenakshi Sharma is the assistant dean of career & student affairs. In addition to her role as head of the Career Management Office, Meenakshi oversees the Student Experience Office providing advice on event management as well as counsel to students to ensure their personal growth.

George Smiltins (me) is student services specialist. As an advocate for all students at Weatherhead, it is my job to make sure you have all the resources (University-wide, at WSOM, or in the larger local community) you need to thrive during your time with us. My role often takes the form of assisting students with immigration concerns, academic problems, health issues, or personal matters that may disrupt their ability to focus on their program. Additionally, I am responsible for coordinating events for the student population. Contact me if you have ideas for what you would like to see this year!

Mimi Filsinger is our student experience coordinator. Her main focus is the logistics of day to day success here in WSOM. She has been with Weatherhead since long before the Peter B. Lewis building came to be and knows, often better than anyone, how to make things happen. Locker, study room, AV reservation or reimbursement questions? Stop by Mimi’s office!

Student Experience would not be nearly as successful or lively without our esteemed student leaders. Our Graduate Business Student Association consists of an executive board, a vice president and a president who all work tirelessly to enrich the lives of all graduate students at Weatherhead. With a seven-person executive board, the president and vice president are well supported and ambitious!

Wenlong Ma is the Graduate Business Student Association president. Wenlong consults with the STEX team on major plans for GBSA and acts as a link between the student body and the administration.

Zihan Xiong (Kelsey) is the Graduate Business Student Association vice-president. Kelsey is tasked primarily with advising student clubs in the planning and execution of their events. Kelsey also consults with the STEX team on logistics and insights to help clubs become most effective.

2017-2018 GBSA Executive Board
President: Wenlong Ma
Executive Vice President: Zihan Xiong (Kelsey)
VP of Academic Affairs: Lauren Nelson
VP Finance: Tianjiao Liu (Liz)
VP Social and Cultural Activities: Ben Forman
VP Marketing and Communications: Maria Landaeta
VP Operations: Navid Tavoli


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