The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta recently selected Gavin P. Smith to join the Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel (CAP). Smith, founder of CivilianExposure.org, will serve on the CAP with other notable members under a mandate to build awareness, accountability and assistance for civilians exposed to decades of water and soil contamination aboard Camp Lejeune Marine base in NC.
Meet Wake alumnus, Gavin Smith, a traditional, social, and emerging media professional with 20 years of combined experience, including 10 years in broadcast operations, on-air performance, and award-winning programming of radio stations in the Southeast US and the Caribbean. Smith is a man of many hats and talents, whose enthusiasm and zest for life is truly inspiring.
Social and mobile media have evolved into important new tools for businesses, enabling them to better reach their target audience. It has become standard practice for companies to have, maintain and utilize a social media presence. Social media eliminates hurdles for businesses who want to go direct-to-consumer with their advertising.
Part of the overall “MBA experience” at the Mason School of Business involves making valuable connections to our community. At Mason, we encourage and develop future leaders of tomorrow through student government activities, club and committee involvement, leadership development mentoring, executive partner coaching and team-building. It is incumbent upon the leaders of tomorrow to not only strive to build better businesses, products and services, but also to build a better community. It should always be our goal to “leave things a bit better than we found them”. This has been my mantra for all of my professional and academic life.
The second year of the Mason School of Business MBA experience is really where you can begin to branch out from the grueling fundamentals of business and begin to explore key areas of interest for your future. The Mason School accommodates this by allowing each student to pick their own Career Acceleration Modules in the fall semester of their second year. Each student gets to pick two of these modules in disciplines ranging from corporate financial markets to entrepreneurship. One of the newer and fascinating offerings is the Real Estate Entrepreneurship CAM with Dr. Ben Bolger.
The MBA Association is more than just the sum of its clubs and committees. The MBAA is a vehicle for communication, dialogue, networking and engagement. It is a critical ‘junction box’ connecting students with business leaders, community professionals, career recruiters, valuable alumni and most importantly, each other. Our clubs and committees offer students a way to join together through common interest to provide peer learning experiences and to provide a helping hand up into their desired career paths.
Our MBA Association is more than just a community of clubs and committees. It is more than frequent gatherings for social events, guest speakers or networking. Our MBA Association is about building a stronger community through increasing connections with alumni and civic groups. Most importantly, the MBA Association is about giving back.