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RealTest: Alumni Volunteers Needed to Assess Students’ Business Problem Solving Skills March 4

Posted January 29, 2011

realtest2010_copygifBusiness-savvy alumni are needed on March 4 to serve as coaches for—and evaluators of—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 Scott Panchisin ’10 and Kristen Ayers ’10 with Trustee Amy Lewis ’88/G’00 (center) at 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 day begins for coaches at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. To volunteer as an alumni coach, visit this site to indicate your availability and provide information on the best way to contact you.

This event consists of three simulations:

  • Managerial problem solving presentation: Serve as a member of a panel listening and responding to a student team’s analysis of an organizational performance problem.

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

  • Mock Interview: An interviewer and coach is needed to work with students to provide feedback on their interviewing skills. You can choose which of these activities you’d like to participate in.

  •  For more information, please send an email message to


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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