Great Time at the MBA Student Association Picnic

By Seth Whetzel, MBA Student

On Saturday, April 26, Professor Kevin Rockmann opened his home to host the George Mason University MBA Student Association Spring Picnic. MBA students, alumni, faculty, and staff—along with spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, children, and even dogs—all turned out on the gorgeous spring day to enjoy a BBQ lunch catered by Red, Hot, and Blue, a few cold beverages, lawn games like ladder ball, and some great company. All told, over 100 people were present to chat with friends, meet students from other cohorts, and network with alumni.

One of the most enjoyable parts of the afternoon for the students was getting to socialize with faculty and staff outside of the classroom in a completely relaxed atmosphere free from sport coats or pleated khakis. Spouses and significant others remarked at the wonderful community that was on full display and clearly evidenced by the warm interactions between all in attendance. It is a testament to the Mason MBA staff and faculty for taking such a genuine interest in the lives of their students that so many students and alumni would choose to spend their Saturday afternoon with their current and former teachers.

It makes me proud to be a Patriot.


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Kevin Rockmann

I am the associate dean of students at George Mason University's School of Business. My primary teaching assignments are organizational behavior and negotiation in the MBA program. Using theory on identity, decision-making, and social exchange, my research investigates the development and the influence of various types of attachments in organizations, whether they be at the individual, team, professional, or organizational level. My research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Small Group Research, and the Research in Managing Groups and Teams book series.

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