Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

We have a great weekend lined up! Check out the schedule below to see what's in store. Register before online registration closes on April 18!

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: COLE Fellows Reunion
All COLE Fellow alumni are invited to gather to and celebrate COLE's 10 year anniversary.  Join fellow alumni and current students to network, hear an update on COLE, enjoy lunch, and more.  If you have questions about the event contact Garrett Giles, MBA Candidate Class of 2014, at

4:00-8:00 p.m.: Check-in/Walk-in Registration 
Check in early and take a stroll through Fuqua's facility. Even if you're only five years out from graduation, much has changed! Enjoy a tour of the building and check out the Fox Center, the newly located Ford Library, and the expanded classroom and team room spaces in Breeden Hall.

4:15-5:30 p.m.: A Health Care Conversation with Joseph R. Swedish MHA '79
Geneen Auditorium
Join Dean Boulding as he sits down for a conversation with Joseph R. Swedish, chief executive officer of WellPoint, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies serving approximately 36 million Americans.

4:30-6:30 p.m.: Reunion Welcome Reception
Dorothy Fuqua Courtyard
At time to relive old times or blaze a new trail in your Fuqua experience as you connect with classmates, friends, fellow alumni, faculty, and staff.

Class Dinners
Scheduled at the beginning of the weekend, class dinners provide the opportunity for classmates to reconnect. The casual and relaxed setting is perfect for introducing (or reintroducing) classmates to your family.  Class dinners will be taking place both on and off campus.

6:30–9:00 p.m.: Onsite Class Dinners
All Weekend Executive, Global Executive, and Cross Continent Classes – R. David Thomas Center
Daytime Classes of ’94 and ’99 – Davis Meeting Room and Rooftop Terrace
Daytime Class of ’04 – Faculty Hall
Daytime Class of ’09 – Kirby Reading Room

7:00–9:30 p.m.: Offsite Class Dinners
All MHA Classes – Parizade, 2200 W Main Street
Daytime Class of ’74 – Washington Duke Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd
Daytime Classes of ’79 and ’84 – 604 West, 604 Fernway Avenue
Daytime Class of ’89 – Dos Perros, 200 N Mangum Street
Daytime Class of ’13 – Mount Fuji, 905 W Main Street #21B

7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Golf Outing
Duke University Golf Course, Washington Duke Inn
Challenge your classmates to a fun outing on the links—the level of competitiveness is up to you! The beautiful 18-hole championship Duke University Golf Course is the only one Robert Trent Jones designed in the region. Pre-registration required.

9:30–10:45 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
Fox Center Atrium

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Family Fun Day
Fox Center Atrium (rain location – Faculty Hall)
With arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, balloon art, and more, Family Fun Day is the place to be for small children (or children at heart) at reunion.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: State of the School and Alumni Awards Ceremony
Geneen Auditorium
We will recognize our alumni award winners, applaud the volunteers who worked so hard to make reunion possible, and update you on which classes are leading in participation and dollars raised for their class gift. Fuqua's dean, Bill Boulding, will update alumni on the state of the school and explain Fuqua's focus and strategy.

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: BBQ Lunch & Bluegrass
Fox Center
Enjoy two of North Carolina's finest offerings—barbeque and bluegrass—as you reconnect with old friends. Savor the offerings of local favorite Bullock's BBQ while enjoying live music. Bring your camera as the Blue Devil is scheduled to make an appearance!

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Fireside chat with David Rubenstein '70
Geneen Auditorium
David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, and chair of Duke University's Board of Trustees will sit down for a conversation with Dean Bill Boulding.

3:00-4:15 p.m.: Academic Sessions
It's time to get back to class. Enjoy some time back in the classroom with three of Fuqua's top faculty members.

  • Shane Dikolli, Associate Dean, Faculty Engagement presents How Do Your Personal Traits Affect Your Career and Corporate Outcomes?
    Prof Shane Dikolli will present highlights from a number of recent research studies conducted by Fuqua faculty that show how specific personal traits are linked to career and corporate outcomes. You will learn about how the following personal traits matter:
    •        professional traits such as reputation and experience,
    •        physical traits such as voice pitch and facial characteristics,
    •        cognitive biases such as optimism and asymmetric dominance, and
    •        innate preferences such as risk aversion and integrity.

  • Pino Lopomo, Professor of Economics presents Competitive Analysis Simultation
    If the idea of sitting through a presentation during your reunion weekend sounds less appealing than being engaged in an interactive activity, you should attend the Competitive Analysis Simulation session. In this session, Prof. Pino Lopomo will showcase Fuqua's "Competitive Analysis Simulation." You will get a chance to test your business skills, in a rich business environment, where you will be asked to run a virtual company, in direct competition with all other participants. As the game progresses though multiple rounds, you will make business decisions that range from location and investment, to production and pricing. You will be able to base your decisions on several analytical tools that you can use to interpret your demand and cost data.

  • David Robinson, Professor of Finance and William and Sue Gross Distinguished Research Fellow presents Understanding the Performance of Venture Capital and Private Equity
    Private equity as an asset class has assumed an increasingly prominent role both in capital markets as well as in popular civic debate.  Yet the very nature of the asset class keeps it shrouded in mystery-it is, after all, private equity.  This means that much of what's reported about the industry is based on anecdote and hearsay.   How has private equity performed as an asset class? How are these returns shared between the firms and their investors?  Does private equity destroy jobs? Do private equity firms earn excess fees?  Drawing on his own research based on unprecedented access to private equity performance data, as well as research from other leading scholars in the field, Professor Robinson will touch on these questions and many more.

5:30-7:00 p.m.: Keller Society Donor Reception
Faculty Hall
Fuqua's Dean, Bill Boulding, will spend time with leadership donors at this invitation-only reception. These individuals, who contribute a minimum of $1,000 to Fuqua annually, continue to be the school's leaders and most generous supporters.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Class Cocktail Receptions
Kick off the evening by mixing and mingling with old friends. Cocktail receptions will take place in various locations on Fuqua's campus.

  • Classes of ’74 and ’79 – Student Terrace
  • Classes of ’84 and ’89 – Jenkins A & B
  • Classes of ’94 and ’99 – Admissions Lounge
  • Classes of ’04 – Kirby Reading Room
  • Classes of ’09 – Davis and Esbenshade Meeting Rooms

7:30-9:30 p.m.: All Alumni Dinner
Fox Center
Join all reunion alumni for dinner and entertainment in the Fox Student Center. Classes will be seated together among the larger group. *Note: Daytime, MMS, and MMCi Classes of 2013 should make plans to attend the One Year Reunion Celebration at Tyler's Taproom.

7:00-10:00 p.m.: One Year Reunion Celebration
Tyler's Taproom
Planned for our most recent graduates, this evening celebration will allow you to connect with fellow classmates and enjoy one of your favorite Durham spots, Tyler's Taproom.

9:00-11:00 p.m.: Desserts and Nightcaps 
Kirby Reading Room and Breeden Mallway
A lot of MBA studying was orchestrated in the former space of Fuqua’s Ford Library, but probably never with dueling pianos! Finish off your evening with drinks, dessert and musical entertainment.
Who will be bold enough to perform a duet?

9:00-11:00 a.m.: Farewell Brunch
Washington Duke Inn
One of the best-known brunch facilities in town, the Washington Duke Inn is a perennial favorite among alumni. It's one last chance to exchange addresses and bid farewell to your classmates!