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Meet the Professor: Tanya Barnett

Thursday, August 18 2016 12:00am

Barnett feels at home in the MBA Bobcat family.

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By Mackenzie O'Dwyer

A lot can happen in one year. For Tanya Barnett and the one-year and Professional Master of Business Administration students, a year was just enough time to create lifelong friendships.  

Barnett joined the College of Business as director of the full-time and Professional Master of Business Administration programs, associate director of graduate student success, and management professor. In her first year, she had the opportunity to work with students from various career and educational backgrounds as they began their graduate student experience at Ohio University.     

“It’s been an incredible year,” said Barnett. “What I enjoy most about our graduate programs is being able to help students gain holistic business and interpersonal leadership skills that will help them take the next step in achieving their career and life goals. Plus, they’re such an entertaining group to be around; I really enjoy getting to know each of them.”

Barnett – with the help of the graduate programs team – strives to create a student experience that goes beyond lectures and textbooks. Students are exposed to experiential learning, group projects and team coaching throughout the program and are encouraged to attend social events. The opportunities to get to know one another are endless. By the end of the year, Barnett felt part of what she calls the MBA Bobcat family.

“Not only do I get to interact with graduate students in my organizational behavior and human resources course, but I have the opportunity to get to know them on a personal level outside the classroom as well,” she said. “When you become an MBA Bobcat, you become part of our family.”  

In the upcoming academic year, Barnett is excited for the MBA and PMBA cohorts to partner with the Go Gold Fund to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer at OHIO football and Columbus Crew games. The students will also have the opportunity to participate in company tours and international immersion experiences.

“The faculty and staff in graduate programs are very mindful of the student experience and always ask for feedback on ways to improve. This was very important to me,” said Franceso Marini, ’16 MBA. “I felt like I was part of the College, not just another student in class.”

Student networking is encouraged through group projects and social events but ultimately, it’s the friendships that make a lasting impression.

“My cohort is filled with a diverse and intelligent group of individuals,” said Lindsay Vigorito, ’17 PMBA. “Going through the entire program with the same group of individuals is awesome. In my opinion, the relationships you develop and the people you get to know is unparalleled to any other MBA program out there.”

To say Barnett’s first year in the College of Business was gratifying would be an understatement. She can’t wait to bring the collective vision for the second year to life. “Each cohort is unique in the strengths and personality they bring to the program. And the connections they build are simply amazing,” she said.

- Potpourri –

Five pressing questions for Barnett:

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Athens or on campus? 

Casa Nueva for sure! My favorite meal at Casa is brunch, which also happens to be my favorite meal of the week.

Do you have a favorite spot on Ohio University’s campus?

It’s hard to pick one, so I would say Chessa Field for OHIO women’s soccer games and Bob Wren Stadium for Copperheads’ games.

Which season do you like best in Athens? 

That’s a tough decision to make when I think about the cherry blossoms blooming in spring, but I have to go with fall. I love the start of a new academic year, OHIO’s homecoming celebrations, and the changing leaves. Fall in Athens is such an exciting time!

What events have you enjoyed in Athens?

My favorite community event is Ohio Brew Week. There are so many ways to participate. My favorite part is going to restaurants and trying something new from their specialized menu. I’d also say my favorite event on campus is the homecoming parade.

What have you liked most about working with students and faculty at Ohio University’s College of Business?

I enjoy working with faculty from the various academic disciplines represented in the College of Business. My colleagues are always supportive – it’s wonderful! And working with students is such a privilege. Our faculty work tirelessly to create an unparalleled student experience and getting to be part of those experiences is energizing.