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The Reunion Weekend schedule is continuing to evolve. Check back often for updates regarding programming. View the Reunion Weekend FAQ page for more information on children's activities.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bookstore Hours
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
University Center

Tepper School Reunion Registration Opens
2:00 pm
Main Lobby

Back@Tepper:  Networking for Students & Recent Graduates
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Faculty Conference Center
Alumni from the classes of 2013, 2009, and 2004 will celebrate with current graduate students during an interactive program designed to introduce students to the “first ten years” after graduation. At the conclusion of the program, Dean Robert M. Dammon will lead a champagne toast kicking off Reunion Weekend 2014. This reception was created and is sponsored by the Class of 2013.

Alumni B**rs
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Main Lobby and Courtyard
Join our current Masters students for this unique business school tradition. Faculty will be invited to join us as well. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Friday Night Class Parties
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Various Locations
After B**rs, join your classmates for an exciting evening in Pittsburgh. Your class committee will be choosing a designated spot in the city for your classmates to meet and catch up on life events. Class parties are included in the cost of registration unless otherwise noted. Details will be updated on this webpage as they become available.

  • 2013 - Stack'd (728 Copeland St.)
  • 2009 - Up Modern Kitchen (5500 Walnut St.)
  • 2004 - Buffalo Blues (216 S. Highland St.)
  • 1999 - Schenley Park Cafe & Visitor Center (101 Panther Hollow Rd.)
  • 1994 - The Original Fish Market (1001 Liberty Ave.)
  • 1989 - Sonoma Grille (947 Penn Ave.)
  • 1984 - Home of Tom & Kate White
  • 1979 - *Dinner at Toast Kitchen & Wine Bar (5102 Baum Blvd.)
  • 1974 - *Dinner at Capital Grille (301 Fifth Ave.)
  • 1969 - TBD
  • 1964 - *Dinner at Pittsburgh Athletic Association (4215 Fifth Ave.)
    *Cost of dinner not included with registration fee

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bookstore Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
University Center

Tepper School Reunion Registration Opens
8:00 am
Rachel Mellon Walton Room
Continental breakfast available

Student-Alumni Breakfast Sessions
8:00 am
Various Rooms
Students from the Asian Business Association (Room 151), Black Business Association (Room 146), Latin American Business Club (Room 150E), and South Asian Business Association (Room 153) invite alumni to join them for informal breakfast gatherings.

Policy Failures in the U.S. and Europe
9:00 am
Mellon Auditorium
Dr. Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
10:15 am
Mellon Auditorium
Alumni Panel

State of the Tepper School
11:30 am
Posner Center Boardroom
Dean Robert M. Dammon, Professor of Financial Economics

12:30 pm
Main Lobby

Academic Insights with Faculty Leaders
1:30 pm & 3:00 pm
Three presentations will be held concurrently, and alumni will have the opportunity to choose which discussion to attend based upon personal interests.

Dr. Jay Apt, Professor of Technology; Director of Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center
“Energy – What’s Next?”
Energy has always been a boom and bust sector. Prof. Apt will discuss some of the background on energy trends and pressures for change that wax and wane, with an emphasis on his specialty, electric power, as well as summarizing some of Tepper’s research on renewable electricity.

Dr. Brandy Aven, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory;
Xerox Junior Faculty Chair AY2013-2014

"The Effects of Corruption on Individual Communication Behavior: The Case of Enron"
This research investigates the email networks within Enron prior to its demise using both content analysis and social network analysis. The study presents comparisons the email networks and communication patterns of legitimate projects at Enron and the fraudulent projects.

Dr. Timothy Derdenger, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Strategy
“What a High-Tech Firm can Learn from a Successful Night Club”
A high-tech firm can learn much from a successful night club. The business strategies implemented by a night club, particularly pricing strategies, are not that different than those employed by a high-tech firm. I will discuss how to set proper pricing strategies for high-tech products when faced with two distinct users for the product, (e.g. consumers and application developers) through the lens of a night club. Specifically, addressing the “million dollar” questions of why do night clubs offer “Ladies Night(s)”. Is there something to this strategy?

Dr. Bryan Routledge, Associate Professor of Finance
"Asset Allocation to Commodities - Oiling Your 401K"
Should you put oil into your portfolio?  What are the expected returns on commodities like oil?  How are they similar to equity and bond returns?  Over the past 10 years, there has been a large shift in "financial" investment in commodity markets.  The return patterns have changed as a result.  Some (the Pope for example) have called for greater restrictions on this commodity speculation as it increases, so they argue, prices.  Anything to this?

Dr. Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair; Professor of Operations Management
“10 Influential Business Topics of Our Times”
Japanese Manufacturing Techniques (GE); Mass Customization (IBM); Fractionalization of Luxury (Flight Options, Rent-the-Runway); Global Supply Chains (Caterpillar, Celestica); Software Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Inventory Optimization (SmartOps, 100+ Fortune 500/Global 2000 customers); Private Equity and Lean Operations (CCG); Dynamic Advertisements in Video Games (Massive/Microsoft); Social Entrepreneurship (OrganJet and GuardianWings); Corporate Social Responsibility (Polaris Project); Pharmacogenomics (AHN).

Dr. Jeffrey Williams, Professor of Business Strategy
“Mastering Your 70% Zone”
The most important capacity your organization has is the ability to regenerate itself. Gaining advanced commitments to the future by shifting your organization’s energy forward more effectively than your rivals is the ultimate responsibility of leadership. Here are steps that can help to identify, early on, and secure commitment to, those decisive initiatives that shape your company’s future.

Tepper Tea
2:30 pm
W.L. Mellon Society Hallway
Enjoy light refreshments between Academic Insights sessions.

Tepper School All-Class Reunion Celebration at Heinz Field
6:30 - 10:00 pm
This is the highlight of the weekend! You don't want to miss this opportunity to celebrate your reunion with classmates and faculty one more time before going home. Join us at Heinz Field for the closing event of Reunion Weekend 2014.

  • All-class reception
  • Passed hors d'oeuvres, food stations, and assorted beverages
  • Class photos
  • Photo booth
  • Music and dancing

Heinz Field (East Club Lounge)
100 Art Rooney Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Enter through Suite Entry B on Art Rooney Avenue.

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