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Tuck's incoming class gives back to the Upper Valley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 21, 2009

Before the academic year officially started, the incoming class of 2011 at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth was busy working on consulting projects for organizations in the Upper Valley. As part of Community Outreach Day (COD), all first-year students donated half a day during orientation week to work on solving a variety of issues facing local nonprofits.

Now in its 10th year, COD connected more than 250 MBA students with 27 local organizations and agencies on September 2. Student teams, which will be study groups for the year, met with a representative of each agency, spent a few hours coming up with a plan to solve the issue, and ended with a presentation on the group's findings.

"The purpose of sending Tuck students into the community is to show them firsthand the critical role played by nonprofit organizations in our community and how much the students can add, even at this stage of their life, to the effectiveness of those organizations," says Senior Associate Dean Robert Hansen, faculty director of the Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship. "We also hope that throughout this consulting work, Tuck students develop appreciation for the deep and varied connections between business and broader society."

The day culminated with a dinner where two speakers shared their personal views on the power of individuals to make a difference in the community and the world. This year's speakers were second-year Tuck student Reed Bundy, who reflected on the opportunities he had to make a difference as a first-year business student, and newly elected Dartmouth President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, who shared with Tuck students how business knowledge and practice can be used to tackle global problems in the under-served developing world.

"Tuck doesn't expect all of you to get jobs with a social entrepreneur or global nonprofit," said Bundy during his speech to the new MBA class. "Each of you has talents that will allow you to thrive in whatever sector you choose. But the great thing is that we now live in a world where you don't have to choose between business and society, and Tuck makes that clear every day."

COD is organized by Tuck's Allwin Initiative, which aims to prepare Tuck students for decision making and leadership in this increasingly complex, interconnected world where the role of business is unclear and guidelines are in flux. Every year, COD strives to provide Tuck MBA students with involvement in the local community, an opportunity to begin work with their study group members, and the beginnings of a dialogue about the intersection of business and society.

Founded in 1900, Tuck is the first graduate school of management in the country and consistently ranks among the top business schools worldwide. Tuck remains distinctive among the world's great business schools by combining human scale with global reach, rigorous coursework with experiences requiring teamwork, and valued traditions with innovation.