Thirty years. That’s
how long Professor Robert W. Fogel, the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished
Professor of American Institutions, and his late wife, Enid M. Fogel, Chicago
Booth associate dean of students from 1981 – 1988, has shown support for our
minority students as mentors and role models.
Dr. and Mrs. Fogel began a tradition to recognize and bring together all
minority students at Chicago Booth by hosting a dinner in the autumn quarter each year. They
enjoyed meeting the students and showing them the type of support they would find in the Chicago Booth community. Professor Fogel continues to host his annual event providing a warm and welcoming spirit giving the students a chance
to meet a Nobel Prize winner and view his award in their lovely home in the
Hyde Park community. Professor Fogel won
his award in 1993 in economics and joined the ranks of other notable professors
at Chicago Booth who hold this prestigious achievement.
I look forward to this event each year and this year’s event was just as rewarding for me. It begins with supportive words
from Dr. Fogel and the dean of the business school. This is followed by a traditional dinner bell
that rings to announce “dinner is served”, something that Mrs. Fogel insisted
upon before the evening of conversation and laughter begins and is still
honored at each event!
The festivities take place in their home and a tent covers
the backyard and provides a quiet setting to mingle both indoors and out during
cool a cool autumn evening. Each year the
home is decorated with candles and flowers that provide a quiet elegance that
everyone appreciates. The Fogels take
every precaution to make sure that the evening is one the guests will remember.
Along with the first- and second-year students, guests often
include recruiters from some of the top companies and other Chicago Booth
faculty. It’s a very casual atmosphere
where networking and discussions about student life flow freely. This event is
one of the highlights of the season for our minority students. Having the chance to speak to Dr. Fogel and
learn more about his life, the relationship he’s had with Chicago Booth and any
words of wisdom he can bestow on them goes a long way and makes a lasting
impression on your life as a student in our MBA program.
All the best,