Prepare a Power Point, meet with your team, do a case study, read the text, do your homework… These are all part of the life of a busy Mount MBA student. But lest we forget that all work and no play makes Jane or Johnny a dull person, there is also a lighter side to life for Mount MBA students. We have welcoming community lunches, guest speakers, holiday and graduation parties. During our travel study trip to China there is always time for some good old fun and laughs.
Mount St. Mary’s MBA curriculum includes a field study trip to China before the final semester of classroom study. During the trip students attend lectures, visit factories and meet with local business leaders and government officials. The Fall 2011 trip had a unique component. The trip was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary celebration of the Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City Association in Guangzhou. The Association and Mount St. Mary’s have collaborated since 1987 when the Association sent three MSMC faculty to teach in China. Remember, this was at the very beginning of the broad opening of China to the West. Katherine Whitman, a professor in the MBA program, is the president of the Sister City Association.
The Association sponsors a scholar to come to the United States to study each year and correspondingly now designates Mount MBA students as Los Angeles Guangzhou Sister City scholars prior to each field study trip. It was as LAGSCA scholars that our students became part of the official Los Angeles delegation to the 2011 anniversary celebration. The 40-member Los Angeles delegation was led by Los Angeles city councilman Tom Labonge and other city officials. Councilman Labonge's mother was an alumna of the college.
To commemorate the anniversary, the Los Angeles Sister City Association delegation presented the City of Guangzhou with a replica of a star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The dedication ceremony was attended by high ranking Guangzhou city officials as well as prominent members of the local business community and representatives of the United States Consulate General. Following the dedication ceremony the delegation and all the Guangzhou officials were hosted at an official banquet. Attending the banquet were the former of mayor of Guangzhou, Li Ziliu, who was instrumental in the development of economic exchange between the cities and many of the scholars who had studied in Los Angeles through the years.