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  • Bring a Colleague to School Day

    While David Dell’Osso ’13 was a first-year student in the Rice MBA program he heard about Bring a Colleague to School Day.

    “When I thought about the mission of the Jones School — to develop principled innovative thought leaders — a coworker came to mind due to his tremendous talent and potential. He had expressed an interest in getting an MBA, and I felt he would be a great addition to Rice. Bring a Colleague to School Day was an opportunity to expose him to what I found special about the Jones School — world class faculty, facilities and reputation combined with a diverse group of bright students and an almost family-like culture.”

    That coworker was Geoff Vernon ’14. Vernon signed up and sat in on Professor Sebastian Michenaud’s finance class. “It was great. I was in the thick of some business development deals, and I immediately saw that going back to school could be really helpful. Knowing the experience David was having, I wanted the same thing.”

    When Vernon saw the same invitation to Bring a Colleague to School Day, it inspired him. “I had a friend who I’d worked with at BP. I knew that he had an interest in earning an MBA, and I thought he would be a great fit at Rice. I called him up and said, ‘Why don’t you come to this with me.’”

    That friend was Ryan Fitzpatrick ’15. “It was almost a selfish thing,” Vernon says today. “The better the next class is, the more valuable our degree becomes.”

    Build the Class
    Ryan Fitzpatrick ’15
    Land Manager
    Stonegate Production Company, LLC


    Build the Class
    (right) David Del’Osso ’13
    General Manager, Sand Wash Basin
    Southwestern Energy Company
    (left) Geoff Vernon ’14
    Planning and Development Manager, West Virginia Division
    Southwestern Energy Company