MBA students use creativity to honor former professor

February 27, 2012
By Caitlin Barrett

There is always more than one way to solve a problem. Lynn Ennis, who was an associate director of the Gregg Museum, stressed this to the students in her Creativity in Business classes at NC State.

A group of five students from the 2009 MBA class, who took her course on creativity in business, used everything Ennis taught them to come up with a way to honor her after she died suddenly last July.

Lynne Ennis

Lynne Ennis

The group was talking about having a class reunion when they heard they news that Ennis had died. Shocked and saddened, they started brainstorming ideas to turn the reunion into something that would honor Ennis, and give back to something she was passionate about.

“She understood the importance of giving back,” says Kevin Idahor, who got to know Ennis on a more personal level during a service trip to New Orleans. Idahor planned the trip, and Ennis jumped at the chance to sponsor him.

Karen Bell, one of the 2009 graduates, had just become a runner, and suggested some members of the class get together and go running. That led, Jorge Parejas, a member of the class, to suggest they do a 5k in her honor. Everyone agreed, and the planning for the MBA Wolfpack Run began.

Just like Ennis taught them, the former students used their creativity when planning meetings. The group of five is spread throughout four different cities in the United States, which could have been a problem when they all needed to talk together about the plans. The distance has not hindered anything at all, and they frequently talk through Skype and phone conferences.

Planning the event has not only tested the group’s creativity, it has put their business administration skills to the test. There are a lot of things going on when managing an event,” Bell says. “ We’re fortunate for the sponsors we have.”

The Alumni Association, the Poole College of Management, and the Gregg Museum are a few of the organizations sponsoring the event.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Gregg Museum. The class knew Ennis was involved with the renovation process the museum is currently going through, and they wanted to donate the proceeds to it in her name.

“It would be a way for her to have her stamp on the process, and our way of making sure she had a part of seeing that final project come to completion,” says Idahor.

The MBA Wolfpack Run will be held on Saturday, March 3, starting and ending at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center on Centennial Campus.


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