Giving thanks By Neil Schoenherr November 29, 2011 SHARE (Above) Mahendra Gupta, PhD (second from left), dean of Olin Business School and the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil Professor of Accounting and Management, chats with Joe Evans (middle), Olin alumnus and former vice chancellor for university business; Evans’ daughter, Sandy Jurgenson (right), senior associate director of development for Olin; and Jurgenson’s son Drew during the 17th annual Olin Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 24 in the Knight Executive Education Center. More than 515 guests were served during the event, at which 28 Knight Center staff members arrived at 4 a.m. to help prepare. The celebration was started 17 years ago at the encouragement of Stuart I. Greenbaum, PhD, former dean and the Bank of America Professor Emeritus of Managerial Leadership, as a potluck meal served by faculty and staff to students who were not able to make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday. It now includes hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni and their guests. (Below) Hungry guests line up for turkey with all the fixings during the annual Olin Thanksgiving Feast.