Hunter Cook The 11th Annual On Wisconsin! Weekend was full of events for both current and admitted A.C. Nielsen students to enjoy. This event welcomes members of the incoming Class of 2019 to Madison to help them with a preview of their MBA experience. My peer students and I were busy throughout this event, ranging from attending breakfasts, helping at the student organization fair, and performing at the (in)famous MBA Arts Showcase.

Events kicked off Thursday morning with a breakfast for Consortium students. Diego Hahn (Class of 2018) attended and spoke to his experiences with incoming first years. On Thursday afternoon, we held a reception for admitted students and enjoyed getting to know our future classmates over drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. We had six admitted students attend from Market Research, with a total of 57 total attendees from all programs—a new record for On Wisconsin! Weekend!

Thursday evening was the Arts Showcase, and we had a strong representation from the A.C. Nielsen Center. Steve Siglinsky’s (Class of 2017) band, Eastern Birds, played as students browsed the Visual Arts display prior to the performance. The Visual Arts display featured photography from the A.C. Nielsen Center’s recent trip to Cuba, with photos from Susannah Maiken (Class of 2018), Michelle Worm (Class of 2018), Laura Sheehan (Class of 2017), Joseph Robele (Class of 2017) and Sarah Kervin.

At the Arts Showcase, Rashi Singh (Class of 2018) performed a bachata dance with Adelante, Wisconsin.

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Alex Grinsell (Class of 2018) played the violin, accompanied by Joseph Robele (Class of 2018) on guitar.

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I (Hunter Cook, Class of 2018) picked up my trombone (after many years of not playing) and joined Dean Francois Ortalo-Montagne in a brass quartet.

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Lastly, Diego performed alongside four of our classmates in *No Data, hearkening back to the glory days of 90’s boy bands.

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Of course, no Thursday night would be complete without TAPS. We encouraged all newly admitted students to join us at Vintage for a classic Wisconsin MBA experience.

Friday began bright and early for the admitted students with a breakfast with current students. Rashi, Alex, and Diego joined to help answer questions and ensure our admitted students felt welcome. Lunch on Friday was a Second Year Lunch, where Laura Sheehan and Talha Sheikh (Class of 2017) met with students and answered questions about their experiences over the past two years. After lunch, admitted students attended Topics Tables, where they had ten minutes to ask questions to current students in a speed dating format. Alex spoke about career management, Talha discussed on-campus employment, Laura talked about housing in the Madison area, and Niraj Amin (Class of 2018) spoke about academics.

Friday afternoon featured a Student Organization Fair, at which the A.C. Nielsen Center was well represented. Mollie Monaghan (Class of 2018) represented Graduate Women in Business, Rushi Patel (Class of 2018) discussed the Healthcare Interest Club, Diego represented the Graduate Marketing Network, and Leslie Resch (Class of 2018) and I spoke to students interested in the Food and Wine Club.

The Spring Ball theme this year was Havana Nights, which may have given the A.C. Nielsen Center an edge for authenticity! We enjoyed mojitos, dancing, and delicious food at the Monona Terrace.

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Overall, it was a great experience, and we’re already counting down to next year’s On Wisconsin Weekend!