FISHER NEWS February 10, 2005
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Students Connect with Non-Profit Community

Nationwide Exec Shares Secrets of Leadership

Shenkar Gives Keynote Address

Grad Students Participate in Mentoring Day

Exec Ed Breakfast Club Focuses on Economic Trends
Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Students Connect with Nonprofit Community
A new community outreach program, Fisher Board Fellows, gives students the opportunity to get hands-on business experience while using their professional skills to benefit the extensive local non-profit community by working with the organizations’ boards.

The program is the brainchild of first-year MBA student Wake Norris, who founded the organization with the belief that businesses and nonprofit organizations are not mutually exclusive.

The program will place select students on the boards of nonprofit organizations as non-voting fellows with the full support and partnership of a board member who will also serve as their mentor. Members will start serving on boards this spring. more>

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Nationwide Exec Shares Secrets of Leadership
Donna A. James, president of Nationwide Strategic Investments, which is part of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, will speak at the Sander Flaum Leadership and Professional Development Series at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 11 in Gerlach 265. James is part of the corporate executive management team at Nationwide, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest insurance companies in the world.

She is in charge of creating business involvement in various financial services and oversees the management of numerous Nationwide affiliates. James has worked the previous 24 years for Nationwide while serving in many corporate leadership capacities. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

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Shenkar Gives Keynote Address at Asia Society Speaker Series
Oded Shenkar, professor of management and human resources, was the keynote speaker for the Asia Society Washington Center’s Contemporary Affairs Series on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Washington D.C. Shenkar, discussed the overall impact of China on the world economy in future years and discussed the Chinese auto industry's effect on the United States. While in Washington, Shenkar was interviewed by Report on Business television, Canada's only all-business network. To view his interview, click here. Shenkar's interview took place during the 7 p.m. segment.

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Grad Students Participate in Mentoring Day
On Saturday, Jan. 29, 16 Ohio State Fisher College of Business graduate students from FisherServes, a community service organization, participated in the Mentor Fun Day held at Larkins Hall. The Mentor Fun Day is an annual event sponsored by The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio. FisherServes was one of six local organizations to participate.

Children between the ages of 5 and 14 were paired up with a Fisher College graduate student for activities that included playing sports, bingo, karaoke and face painting. The children were provided with pizza and other refreshments.

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Exec Ed Breakfast Club Focuses on Economic Trends
Stephen Buser, professor emeritus of finance will discuss U.S. economic trends as part of the Executive Education Breakfast Club series at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Blackwell. The event is free and open to the public. The state of the U.S. economy has been the subject of much discussion; Buser will summarize where the U.S. Economy has been and where it might be headed.

He has taught undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. courses, focusing on the stock market, investments and corporate finance. The Breakfast Club is a series of free business breakfasts that highlight Fisher College faculty and expert guest speakers who discuss the latest business trends and research. To RSVP, contact Don Gray at 614-292-8574 or at

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Calendar of Events

Undergraduate Students
February 15, 2005
The Transportation & Logistics Association will host a meeting in 209 Schoenbaum Hall at 7 p.m. Knight Transportation is the speaker; pizza will be provided.

Graduate Students
February 10, 2005
Executive lunch with John Begley

All Students
February 11, 2005
Nationwide executive Donna James will speak at 8:30 a.m. in Gerlach 265.

Faculty, Staff and PhD
February 11, 2005
Stanford University Professor Seungjin Whang will speak on “Supply Chain Management in the Presence of Secondary Markets” at the Thomas J. Burns Research Colloquium at noon in 400A Fisher Hall.

February 15, 2005
Jack Stecher from the University of Minnesota will present his paper, "The Nonequivalence of the Dividend and Earnings Approaches to Equity Valuation" as part of the Thomas J. Burns Research Colloquium at 8:45 a.m. in 275 Gerlach Hall.

February 17, 2004
Stephen Buser will speak at the Executive Education Breakfast Club in the Blackwell at 7:30 a.m.

News Briefs

Sanders to Participate in Senate Banking Hearing
On Thursday, Feb. 10, Anthony Sanders, professor of finance, will be a witness at the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on “The Role of Government-Sponsored Enterprises in the Mortgage Market. Other witnesses include representatives from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Consumer Federation of America. The Committee includes Richard Shelby (R-AL), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT), among others.

Alutto to Speak at Saunder Flaum Series
Fisher College Dean Joseph Alutto will speak at the Sander Flaum Leadership and Professional Development Series at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 18 in 265 Gerlach Hall.

TLA Banquet

The Transportation and Logistics Association is holding a banquet on February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at The Blackwell. John Bowman, general manager of supply chain for GE Transportation, Aircraft Engines, will address the latest supply chain trends. To view a list of attending companies, click here. The banquet is free to all TLA members and is $10 for non-members. Contact Marty Menninger by February 16 at to register.

Ohio HR Games Competition
On Saturday, February 26, at 8 a.m., two teams from Fisher College will compete in the Ohio Human Resources Games Competition sponsored by the Society of Human Resources Management. The event, furthers the students’ knowledge of HR and tests it against that of other universities.

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