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With his first year of graduate studies nearly behind him, Michael Kwatkoski has sat through hours of lessons on the pharmaceutical business and the nation's healthcare system.

And at the April 30 healthcare symposium sponsored by Rutgers Business School's Blanche and Irwin Lerner Center for the Study of Pharmaceutical Management Issues, many of his classroom lectures and lessons became a little more meaningful.

"We hear about the theory, the legislation, the big picture," said Kwatkoski, an MBA student in the Pharmaceutical Management Program. "Something like this puts in all in a practical perspective."

The April 30 symposium, "Global Challenges to Pharmaceutical Reimbursements," provided a big-picture, real-world look at the federal government's efforts to reduce healthcare costs while increasing access to medical care. Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, gave the keynote address. He was followed by speaker Gail Wilensky, a senior fellow from Project Hope.

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Men's basketball game is the backdrop for Rutgers Business School Alumni Association's networking event

The RBS Alumni Association hosted its first annual Rutgers men's basketball game and networking event in early March on the Livingston Campus, giving some former students their first look at the new Rutgers Business School building.

After a brunch in the new building - and tours for some of the guests - the crowd moved to the Rutgers Athletic Center to network during a match up between the Rutgers men's basketball team and top-rated Cincinnati. The final score: Cincinnati 70-Rutgers 66.

"As an alumnus," Matthew Davis said, "it's nice to come back and visit, to be a part of the alumni association, to network and keep Rutgers Business School moving forward."

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