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RealTest: 30 Alumni Volunteers Needed to Assess Students’ Business Problem Solving Skills on Friday, April 24

Posted February 20, 2009

realtest09_copy.jpgWanted: business-savvy alumni on April 24 to serve as coaches and evaluators for students involved with RealTest, a program blending the experience of practicing business professionals with the next generation of graduates from the School of Business Management Studies Program. Pictured are students Jeffrey Nadeau ’08 and James Cali ’08 in last year’s RealTest.

The alumni, preferably those with supervisory or management experience, are needed to assess the students’ performance and provide them with feedback. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. “The goal of this event is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their communication and teamwork skills in simulated management situations,” says Management Professor Peter Hess.

RealTest will consist of three simulations:

• Problem solving presentation: Serving as members of a panel, alumni will listen and respond to a student team’s analysis of an organizational performance problem.

• Working on a team: Alumni will observe students as they engage in a leaderless group problem-solving exercise and provide them with feedback on their performance.

• Problem-solving communication: Alumni will review and provide feedback to students on their email responses to challenging organizational situations.

Last year’s RealTest was a complete success, according to Hess. “With the help of business alumni from Western New England College, we’ll provide this year’s seniors with a similarly challenging and satisfying experience,” he says.

To volunteer, and to acquire information on the exact times locations of RealTest exercises, contact RealTest coordinator Keriann McCarthy at


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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