The Rady School Blog

  • E-mail: The Struggle is Real

    March 24, 2017
    by Jenny Baranick

    I taught college English for ten years, and what surprised me the most was the quality of e-mails I received from my students. It was not unusual, for example, to receive e-mails from addresses like

    Many students simply began their e-mails with a “Hey!” And it always shocked me that 95 percent of the e-mails I received from students questioning or protesting a failing grade were riddled with grammar errors and typos. I mean, if you are going to write one grammatically correct e-mail, that would be the one, right? You might even study up and throw in a properly employed semicolon to impress me.

    I don’t totally blame my students, though. When e-mail was introduced to us in the 90s, we fully embraced it: it was free, we could communicate globally, and we never had to talk to anyone ever again! However, we were never given an instruction manual, so we winged it.

    Consequently, twenty years later, questions still loom in the back of our heads: How formal are e-mails supposed to be? How are we supposed to start these things? How are we supposed to end them? What goes in the subject header? Is this too curt? Can I use an emoticon? Help!

    This e-mail insecurity is so stressful because, of course, when it comes to our careers, e-mail is the primary mode of communication. A poorly written e-mail can cause confusion, waste time, or even cost us a client. It almost makes you want to pick up the phone and just give someone a call. Almost.

    Of course, there’s no one size fits all regimen when it comes to composing e-mails. The level of formality, the tone and the content often depend on the e-mail’s intended audience and purpose. But there certainly are tips that should relieve much of the anxiety that e-mail writing induces, such as how to compose an effective subject header, create clear and concise content, and cultivate the appropriate tone. (Yes, there is a nice way to say, “Take me off of this stupid e-mail thread that has nothing to do with me!”)

    My business writing course teaches how to write e-mails and other business documents that facilitate understanding and compel readers to action. The course takes place on April 4

    About the instructor 

    The only trophy that bears the name Jenny Baranick is from the 1983 Crescent Elementary School Read-A-Thon. Continuing her passion for the written word, Jenny received her B.A. in English at the University of California Berkeley and her M.A. in English at the University of Sydney. She has endeavored to share her passion with her English Composition and Critical Thinking students at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she has taught since 2005.

    In an effort to make grammar more palatable and more fun (yes, fun), she wrote the grammar guide Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares, published by Skyhorse Publishing in 2012. She has also had a grammar blog since 2010, which shares the name of her book, and she has penned several writing-related columns for Toastmasters International’s magazine. With the goal of spreading awareness about the importance of writing skills, she drives her grammarmobile around San Diego in hopes that the funny grammar sayings all over her car will cultivate such awareness —and not cause accidents.

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    March 17, 2017
    by Nik Souris and Steven Bellach

    Two marketing experts will discuss the importance of the mobile application changing the face of marketing.
  • My Bay Area Healthcare Trek

    March 10, 2017
    by Ashmeeta Maharaj

    A second year Rady student travels to the Bay Area to learn more about healthcare industry companies and opportunities up north.
  • Stop, Collaborate and Listen

    March 7, 2017

    This Executive Education course teaches participants to recognize different mind patterns and map the talents of your teams, with the goal of embarking together on an aligned course of action and influence.
  • Using Behavioral Economics to Get Fit

    March 3, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    A recently published paper uses principles of behavioral economics to analyze the reasons for decisions to engage in physical activity
  • Immigration Expert to Serve as Social Entrepreneur in Residence

    February 17, 2017

    On Feb. 22, Fialho will speak about her work with immigration law and engaging the community.
  • The State of Preventative Medicine

    February 1, 2017

    Ashley Van Zeeland (MBA '10) discusses the importance of preventative medicine and exciting health care advancements.
  • Stock Market Not So Different from Baseball Cards

    January 31, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    A recent study examines trends in baseball cards and how they relate to the stock market.
  • And the Winner Is ...

    January 30, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Jon Wilensky (MBA '17) was chosen as the winner of the first-ever Rady School Student Celebrity Contest
  • Study Abroad Opportunities for Rady School Students

    January 24, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    Think studying abroad is impossible with a full course load? Think again.
  • Female-Led Teams Join mystartupXX Accelerator

    January 24, 2017

    Ten teams were admitted into the mystartup XX Accelerator.
  • Introducing the New StartR Teams

    January 23, 2017

    Ten teams joined the latest StartR cohort.
  • A Different Approach to Leadership

    January 20, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    A unique Executive Education course helps managers in the science and technology fields learn leadership and strategy skills.
  • StartR Accomplishments in 2016

    January 19, 2017

    Rady School's non-profit accelerator StartR launched new businesses, won awards and more.
  • The Effectiveness of Financial Incentives in Promoting Cancer Screening

    January 13, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    These findings are some of the first regarding small financial incentives and cancer screening.
  • Kriegler Lecture Series Brings Human Longevity Expert to Rady School

    January 12, 2017

    The co-founder of Human Longevity Inc. and a Rady alum will speak at the prestigious lecture.
  • Professor Terrence August Receives ISS Early Career Award

    January 10, 2017
    by Melinda Battenberg

    Award recipients were considered by the awards committee on the impact of their publications on theory, research, and practice; leadership reflected by editorial appointments; and intellectual contributions that provide a platform for future success.
  • Rady School Among Top Three Team in Mama’s Kitchen 2016 Pie Sale

    January 9, 2017
    by Jasmine Rezai

    Rady School students teamed up to sell pies to provide meals for local San Diegans in need.
  • Are Certain Cities More Prone to Financial Misconduct?

    December 20, 2016
    by Melinda Battenberg

    Financial misconduct rates differ widely between major U.S. cities, about as much as between industries
  • New Research Reveals Inequalities Still Exist Among Black Colleges

    December 19, 2016

    The researchers hope to use the insights obtained from the study to make positive changes to the status quo.