(click on small pictures to see larger ones)
Christmas was very good and very relaxing. Guilt-free relaxing
is very valuable. :-) I'm in Nashville, spending time with Laura's
family. We will visit the Mohrs and Rices during this coming week.
I'm doing a little bit of career related activities (cover letters,
It's been great reading about the class of 2007. It's the same
as last year when I was so impressed with my own class (2006). What
a great crowd. I really look forward to getting to know them.
The break from school has been very welcome, although I'm finding
plenty of things to do around the house that I've been putting off.
This office still has to be cleaned, and I did a lot on job related
cover letters and networking. It's been GREAT to finally spend some
time with Laura. We've talked more this few days that all last term
(at least it feels that way). We both look forward to the trip to
TN to see our parents.
Eshwar, Madhura's husband found this picture of my Jewelery store
in CA. hahahaha... Thanks Eshwar and Madhura!
I think my Finance final (of yesterday) went well. I was very worried
and stayed up all night studying (slept on Saturday morning from
10:40 to 11:20) then took the test at 2:00 PM. I felt comfortable
with most of the questions. I'm not a top scorer, but I did fairly
well and felt like I understood the basic concepts, which is the
Tomorrow I have my final in Corporate Financial Reporting (advanced
accounting). This class is way beyond me so it will be very hard
(I don't have any experience in Accounting and my only class in
that subject was 20 years ago). It will be very hard.
I took part in FuquaVision (like Saturday Night Live for Fuqua)
for the first time and it was great fun. I want to do it much more,
and maybe come up with skit ideas myself. I have several. Brian
and Reed did great jobs producing the skits I was in. I can't wait
to buy the DVD of this year's shows.
I earned a very high score in my finance class (Global Financial
Management). This test was on evaluation of stocks and portfolios.
It's important information so I'm very glad that I did well.
I did better than expected in my advanced accounting course (Corporate
Financial Reporting) so I'm very happy about that. I got the equivalent
of a Pass and my score was about 9% below a High Pass. I was worried
about not reaching a Pass score, so I'm happy.
Now I must keep up with these classes every day. So at this point,
I must read accounting in preparation for class.
Well, so much for keeping up with my "blog." School just
keeps me too busy. I just finished with an exam in Corporate Financial
Reporting. I'm sure I did poorly (compared to how I usually do in
classes) but I expected that from the start because it's an advanced
accounting class and my only exposure to accounting was a single
class, 20 years ago. But I'm learning a GREAT deal, so I'm happy.
My Finance test is a different story. I did very well. I really
look forward to finding out my score. The class is Global Financial
Management, and, so far has dealt with bonds, stocks and portfolios.
It's interesting, and is also important to anyone with an interest
in Venture Capital.
...midterm tests in the second term... wow... these two years will
go by very fast.
I'm taking a break from studying right now. I got to thinking of
what I'm learning here, and I'm very happy with it all. I'm learning
much of the traditional things from the book learning and so much
more with things outside of class. Time prioritization is a KEY
focus of mine because I've done poorly in the past. I'm doing much
better now (I've brought myself up to "average" :-) and
am accelerating quickly). My weakest points are being exercised
hard. Early on, my web page and Yahoo participation gave some people
the impression that I was extremely outside of the norm in achievement.
Compared to my enviably gifted classmates, that impression is an
exaggeration. While I tend to create many great opportunities (because
I push hard and actively seek different views of situations), my
weaknesses have taken their toll. I'm SO glad that my time prioritization
is far better now. I'm maintaining my calendar well (thanks to KC
for her example). These and other self-improvements have made a
huge difference and will show in term 2. I'll enjoy the break, but
also look forward to a fresh start, armed with my new time-management
skills. I can do ANYTHING.... WOOOHHOOOOO! Oh... sorry. :-)
The FuquaVision that was showed this past Friday was fantastic!
I loved the Jerry Fuquire skit. Chinmay and Matt did
an AWESOME job. There were so many others that showed great talent
too. The resume interviews with Yelly, Malika, and many others
were GREAT! Josh did so much behind-the-scenes shooting,
etc. and yet was not shown so some missed his contribution. I know
there are MANY others that did the same. I'm greatful to them all
because I like laughing. :-)... I bought the two DVD's from past
FuquaVisions and I plan to buy the one for this year too.
Back to studying!
Dad Mohr came to visit this past weekend (he flew home this morning).
It was GREAT to have him. I can't wait to go visit in TN. I likely
won't be able to do that until Christmas, but that will be one great
Mid-terms went fairly well. Unfortunately, I don't have time to
write more. We have a huge case due (about 3M) on Tuesday. I'm very
glad I'm here, but do not like the lack of time.
I think mid-terms went well, although I'm never sure. I thought
I did well on the Micro Economics quiz a while back and didn't.
Then I feared doing poorly on the Statistics quiz, and did very
well. Go figure.
My time management skills are GREATLY improving and that's helping
my overall outlook and confidence that I can do well. While very
painful, this busy schedule is great for my training in two areas
of badly needed improvement
- Time prioritization
- committing to a decision, not worrying about what might have
been if I had chosen differently
These are areas that a business person must do well, so I'm very
glad for those improvements.
We finished the great tradition here at Duke called "camput."
About 1200 graduate students all camp in tents, RV's or moving trucks.
We stay in a parking lot and field where they provide portable bathrooms
and that's about all. You must bring everything else and cannot
leave. There are periodic checks where they blow a whistle and you
must get in line to verify that you are still present. The checks
are at randome times and occur during the night too. Many stay up
all night. Those of us who slept some, don't get great sleep because
the longest times between check points are about 4 hours. People
are also talking, dancing, playing games and playing music all night,
so noise is a factor. But it's all that bedlam that makes this event
so special and adds a unique aspect to the growing bonds among us
graduate students, and specifically among us Fuqua students. It's
truly a unique and great tradition that I will do again next year.
I have a very few pictures because I forgot my replacement batteries
for my camera. I'll have to solicit my friends for more shots. I'll
post mine soon, but I can't let my teammates down for a coming stats
case (I'm on point for it this time). So I must study hard.
I met Alison Donohoe, a helpful second year. I hope to post
a picture if I can get ahold of it.
I talked a lot with Stephen S. and learned much about his
1.5 years in Costa Rica. What a great experience. It was great to
be in the truck with Mony, Stephen, Richard and Madhura,
and we're glad Joseph and Pria visited! Richard and
I talked about some of his plans for section 3 and I like what I
hear. He'll be a good rep' for us.
Malika is one awesome flip-cup teacher! She taught me a
bit and it improved my game! hahaha. It was my favorite drinking
game at campout. The first years and second years played against
each other. The second years were awesome and did get the first
win in best of 5. But they allowed us to continue out of 7 and we
got them! The competition was too close to give a hands-down winner
thought. The class of 2006 must improve our flip-cup game and challenge
them again! :-)
My hat's off to Suneet, Greg S., and others who could stay
up all night on Friday night! hahaha. I had to crash for a while.
It was great to see Dean Breeden and his wife mixing with
the Fuqua grads on Saturday night.
I decided not to run for section lead for two reasons. 1. Time
requirements. I'm very concerned about the time to do a superior
job, and 2. Entrepreneurship is what I really want to do. Stats
is a killer (even though I enjoy working on it... just don't have
time). The first week has been a real wake-up call, and I imagine
that's what was intended. I'm going for a position in the Entrepreneurship
club, GPSC and STEP (helping high-school students with a business
plan). I'm also interested in FuquaVision. There are many more that
I want to do if I have any time, but if my entire school experience
were like this past week and a half, I could not do even what I've
OK, I'm very tired right now and need to keep my perspective. :-)
I'm still very glad to be here and 400 other students did this last
year, so it's possible. :-) More later.
While I'm loving school, what I'm learning and the friends I'm
making, I'm so piled with things to do that some of the joy is gone.
Although I planned on getting ahead as quickly as possible, I'm
barley keeping up. It's very frustrating. But I also see it as a
necessary crash course in priority management. I'm not lazy at all,
but often spend my time on the wrong things. This is forcing me
to fix that and fast.
Like many, I'm faced with deciding how much to be involved with
extracurricular activities. It's difficult to draw the line, but
I'm running for section 3 lead, becoming a graduate representative
to GPSC and will be involved in the entrepreneurship and the general
management clubs. It feels like too much right now. Now I must focus
on priorities. (Note: I later decided not to run for section lead
because of time.)
Finally, my web site is on my new notebook, so I will update it
much more frequently. I've been slowely changing over to my notebook
and just now finished installing Dreamweaver. I will be able to
do updates in small pockets of time, while at school or at home.
School starts tomorrow and I finished my preassignments! I feel
Unfortunately, my parking permit was the wrong one. It's Central
campus parking and is orange. It should be Green for parking near
Fuqua. I'm guessing that they confused my entry in the computer
with the LEAD ID rather than my new Fuqua ID. What a pain.
||Thanks to Jenifer Ferraris and Jonathan Sickinger
for some help to three FY's on the treasure hunt!
I'm doing some work on the side and Laura is still looking for
a job, so we have some stress going on, but we're still having a
great time. The students we're meeting are great! We both really
look forward to getting settled and starting.
Last night I went bowling with many fellow students, and it was
great. I'm really happy to be part of this group.
Hey LEADers, Click Here to see the
I will keep up with this better as soon as I'm finished with the
LEAD yearbook and a web site I'm developing.
The LEAD experience was GREAT! What a great group of young people!
If it is at all reasonable to be involved next year, I sure would
like to do it. (An internship could prevent it.)
THANKS to all the young people who came. I sure miss you guys!
I look forward to our updates once in a while when we can email
each other. I am absolutely greatful for my motorcycle model, dog
tag, Duke jersy, wrist band, and even Gooey Louie :-). The signatures
and engraving mean a great deal to me. The friendships and future
contacts mean the world to me. Pictures will be posted soon. :-)
Still, LEAD has kept me very busy and now it's almost over. Wow!
I'm going to miss these young people. I hope we can create a good
web site this year to which I can forward you, but for now you can
see yearbooks of the past years on Duke's Fuqua web site: www.fuqua.duke.edu/admin/stuserv/student_affairs/lead
Here's the national organization's web site: www.leadnational.org
The LEAD program has kept me very busy, but it's been fun. I have
little time to play with our web page and when I have a bit of free
time, I have tasks that I must do (e.g. I finanlized my computer
order, checked out the apartment to see if the angle is right for
satellite [it's not :-(]) and now I must see about getting my immunization
information taken care of, then try to see a dentist here before
our dental insurance stops. But I'm enjoying it so far.
Today I am going to the airport to greet the students.
It is now 8:14 PM and the students are all here. They are a bright
and lively group and I look forward to having a lot of fun with
I'm having trouble getting Internet access. When this is posted,
my troubles will be over. :-) I'm writing from my Schaefer House
dorm room. There is a corded Internet connection, but I don't know
if Duke will allow me to use it. I will call tomorrow. I had troubles
using my account at Fuqua, so I just have to do without Internet
access for now. Maybe tomorrow, I can arrange something.
The Duke campus is really nice... probably the most beautiful campus
that I've seen. It's gothic influence is quite impressive, and there
are several different styles, including one building that seems
to represent a modernized gothic style. I will post pictures very
This was the first day of LEAD and there are four of us RA's (Resident
Assistants?). The other three are very interesting people with quite
varied backgrounds. Most of the students will arrive on the weekend.
I have very little time right now because I'm packing to take MANY
of our belongings to Durham on Monday. So this page will not be
updated for a while.
It's POSSIBLE that I won't be able to update while in Durham (June
15-July 11) but I'm not sure what kind of access I'll have while
I'm there. (To publish to the web page, I must use my own computer
because of the development package.)
||We had dinner with Shige, Yumiko and their two children, and had
a great time. We just wish we had more time to spend with them before
we leave for Durham. Unfortunately, I forgot the camera. Their son
(Katsu) and daughter (Nanako) added a lot to the evening too. They
are So cute!
Dad Lynn and I fixed a section of copper pipe that had a
pin-hole leak and made the ceiling fall (during our movie on Saturday
night). We started using a propane torch, but it didn't get the
pipe hot fast enough so I took out my oxygen/acetylene torch with
the small tip and that did the trick very quickly.
OK, I must have made about 24 double shot latte's this past weekend.
I think I drained a full gallon (~4 liters) of milk and I'll guess
a half a pound of espresso coffee beans.
Laura and I topped off the weekend by sitting together to watch
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It was good.
Laura and I volunteered at the ABC at camp meeting, being
cashiers for their book sale. We mulled around the ABC later in
The SDA Kentucky Tennessee Conference Camp Meeting was this weekend,
and it was only 3 days because of budget concerns. It was not the
same. There were far fewer people and I saw no tents, so the feel
of "camp" was gone. Such is life.
Uncle Dick and Robbie and Ranae came for the weekend,
and we all had a good time through the weekend.
Laura and Troy Hale came to visit and we had a great time
on Saturday. They took us Geo Caching, a first for many of us. It
was fun. We found a cache near one of the shortest train tunnels
(15 feet "long"). It's no longer in use, but it was interesting
to see the very narrow "gorge" that was just barely wide
enough for a train to pass. The bridge that covered the 15 foot
section of the gorge was short also.
Laura's foot is doing much better and she can increase the
stress on it a little bit now.
||We finished going through all of our boxes (a huge task) and sorting
what goes with us to Durham. Now I will begin to pack the items in
the office. I have two weeks before I go to Duke for the LEAD
program. I can't wait to participate in this. It's for three weeks.
Then Laura and I will spend a week packing the last items and
loading a truck. On July 15 we will drive to Durham.
There are several new pictures below that simply took me a while
to post. The subjects include Bryden, Laura and Dad
Lynn's hang gliding adventure, Brady Neal Camp, and Ranae's
||Laura worked today for the first time after her foot surgery.
She did well and spent most of the day in a wheelchair.
||I cut metal parts out for Dad Lynn's plans to make a mechanic's
creeper. It's been a while since I played with the torch so it was
a nice break from the usual.
||Laura had surgery on her foot. She will be off work until
after the weekend.
Bryden's eating, then a big smile...
Laura and Dad Lynn took a lesson (ride) on a hang glider. They
had a great time. See more pictures on the hang
||We have an apartment reserved in Durham at Alexan Farms (2BR, 2BA).
It's very close to Fuqua (Duke's business school), many stores, and
it's a relatively quiet community.
It's official now. Mark will work in the LEAD program at Duke University
before school begins. The program "hosts 30 high-ability minority
high school students (rising seniors) from all over the U.S. and
Puerto Rico for the purpose of encouraging more individuals of minority
ethnic backgrounds to choose careers in business or management."
I (Mark) believe in this type of goal, and in fact, it's directly
related to my life goals - to promote education in Latin America.
So I'm very excited about the opportunity.
Ranae GRADUATED! CONGRATULATIONS RANAE!
||Far left: Ranae and Robbie. Left: Debbie, Chip and Laura
|Ranae and Mom Lynn. Far right: The parents' gathering. :-)
||Robbie and Ranae
I am collecting information on organization tools (handheld machines,
smart phones, software, etc.) so if you know about them, please
send the info. You can read my current results on www.markrice.com/duke/organizers.htm.
I will be doing volunteer work at the Highland Manor Nursing Home
tomorrow but will carry my mobile phone.
- Mark officially accepted a position in Duke's
Fuqua School of Business class of 2006 and is very
excited about that fantastic MBA program. (MBA = Master's of Business
Administration) I want to learn as much as possible about entrepreneurship
and business, then start a business. I'd love to work with companies
in Latin America and promote entrepreneurship there. We'll see
what doors open, and what doors I can create, then open. :-)
- I received a call from John this morning. That was a pleasent
- I could not fix the washer so we had to buy one. DOH!
- Babson College has a fantastic program for entrepreneurship.
The weekend was fun, although I knew most of the material before
going. The "teaser class" on leadership was excellent!
The teacher thought things through very well and caught students
when we would speak in generalities or make statements with scope
shifts. He also encouraged students to look directly at the person
whom they were answering rather than shift direction away from
what was perceived as confrontation. I was very impressed with
the teachers methods. The curriculum at Babson is integrated,
as they say, but what impressed me more was how pervasive the
entrepreneurial spirit is. Since entrepreneurship is my concentration,
that spirit is a huge plus.
- More than you want to read about our washer: Our washing
machine broke (well, we can use it if we want to keep mopping
up the grease that it thows on the floor - and on our clothes).
I spent too long working on it, only to discover a very pitted
and rusty set of shafts, a dry rotted belt, a leaking transmission
and a broken aged fastener. Anyone want a washer motor? It works
well, but I have no use for it.
- Anyone wanting to learn about notebook computers might
want to check out my latest file on Notebook Computer Notes. See my Duke pages.
- My school decision will likely be made tomorrow.
- I've been doing a lot of web work recently (for clients and
our home page) and I must say that Dreamweaver has really
been great to have. Unfortunately the new prices are WAY too high
for me so I'm living with an older version. Some business schools
use Dreamweaver so maybe I will have access to newer versions
without charge for two years. We'll see
Here's a GREAT shot of Bryden
Mark will be in Boston for Weekend@Babson!
Babson College is the number one ranked MBA program in entrepreneurship!
I'm priviledged to be accepted there and am bowled over to have
been offered an Olin Fellowship! How good can this get?
Center for Executive Education
Jeff and Amy Camp had their young one yesterday! Brady Neal Camp
came in at 5 pounds 12 ounces, 18.5 inches long at 12:04 AM! CONGRATULATIONS
Jeff and Amy!
Laura and Mark went to Collegedale Academy's reunion - a 25th year
for the class of 1979. Mark created a web page for it. See the www.ca79.com page. What a great time.
||Happy Birthday My Lady!
I now have the start of my Babson page:
[...menu deleted - The information is available from my Duke menu
||We're starting early to prepare for our move. There's a lot to do,
of course. There is a bit more than normal to do because we are going
to leave about half of our possessions. We must sort through everything.
I hope to throw away a lot. :-)
Here are some of my favorite shots of Bryden (and Kristen).
||His stance and the colors really make this scene for me.
||Kristen lifts Bryden.
||We're back and we're tired. But it was a very fun weekend. See my
We will go to North Carolina for...
I can't wait!
HUGE NEWS! Babson College
- the number 1 entrepreneurial program in the world - offered Mark
an F.W. Olin Fellowship! WOOO HOOOO! Wow, that's quite an honor.
Mark arrives back in the U.S.! On our way home I saw this scene
and had to take some pictures. I especially like the picture on
As you could read in the Peru page, I was accepted by Duke University's
Fuqua School of Business. It's been a long and hard road to reach
this point and I'm unbelievably happy about it. WOOOO HOOOOO! (Oh..
Sorry.. I suppose that was over the top.)
Becka sent pictures of Bryden while I was in Peru. Here are a few.
The shot on the right is one of my favorites of Bryden and Becka!
My Peru page contains updates for December 30 (2003) through March
28. Below is the menu. My inintial acceptance to Duke's fantastic
MBA program is recorded in the March section.
Just for convenience, I will put the Argentina menu here too (that
trip took place during May and June of 2003).