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Category Archives: Why Owen?
Tim Vogus recently sat down with OwenBloggers to discuss his teaching approach, Owen community, and his burgeoning rap career:
On the first day of my Vanderbilt Law class – Establishment and Management of Non-profit Organizations – I walked out of Owen and headed next door to the Law School. I’d been in the Law school before – Owen will schedule events in the larger lecture halls on occasion, and the Law library is perfect when I’m looking for absolute silence – but it still felt unfamiliar, and wandering around looking for the room gave me a sense of being a new student again, despite this being the spring of my first full year. I walked in, and quickly noticed a difference: the room was 60% female – business schools are, of course, predominantly male – and students were busily typing on their laptops prior to the beginning of class. I found an inconspicuous spot in the back and sat down.
The Leadership Development Program [LDP] was one of the primary reasons I considered Owen for my MBA. During my time at NASDAQ, I was lucky enough to participate in a pilot leadership program modeled around the Dale Carnegie methodology, and the experience really changed the way I thought and acted as a manager.
In fact, had I not participated in the NASDAQ program, my interest in the Owen LDP would’ve been cursory at best; I’m extremely wary of life coaches, gurus, swamis, feelings factories, and any misappropriation of Eastern or Native American philosophy. What I liked about the Carnegie program was that it took itself seriously, took me seriously, and taught in terms that professional, no-nonsense types can understand.
The Owen LDP takes the same approach. It uses advanced assessments to quantify your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, while helping you better understand how you interact with reports, peers, and bosses. There are no spirit animals, chants, or incense-laden sweat huts. The LDP takes a very no-nonsense approach to your professional makeup. And wow, can it be enlightening.
Steven Smith is a Texas native and the current Owen student body president. He recently sat down with OwenBloggers to discuss what sets Owen apart, and what the school can expect in the coming years.
Profiling is an ugly thing. Back in January, I was asked for my ID at the Peabody Commons late one night when I went to get a snack because I didn’t fit the “typical student profile.” I know I was profiled because when I asked the guard if I was being profiled, she said, “I’m doing all that.” After filing a complaint, I haven’t seen her there again. It appears she’s “doing all that” somewhere else now.
It is frustrating and anger provoking to be treated that way. It is particularly anger provoking to be treated that way on the campus of a university where I have paid $43,000 a year to attend. Capitalism lesson: service and respect flows in the opposite direction that the money flows.
I am happy to report that this is the opposite treatment that I have received at Owen and from my fellow Owenites.
Now, what I’m about to say is going to shock most of my classmates. I know because of the way I act, the music I listen to, my warped sense of humor, and my rugged and youthful appearance, most assume that I am about 16 years old. I am actually 47. Yes. 4 and 7, 47.