FISHER NEWS February 24, 2005
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MBLE Degree To Be Offered

Award Recipients Announced

Finance Professor Provides Testimony to Senate Banking Committee

Fisher Futures Prepares Undergrads for NYC Interviews

Ballam Appointed to New Position

Intel CIO to Speak as Part of Sander Flaum Series

Business Builders Workshop Scheduled

Nationwide Exec Addresses Topic of Leadership
Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Master of Business Logistics Engineering Degree To Be Offered
Fisher College and the College of Engineering are partnering on a master of business logistics engineering degree, one of the few programs of its kind in the United States. The new program will begin fall quarter 2005. The specialized, 45- credit- hour degree provides students with a solid base in management and logistics education coupled with a strong technical engineering curriculum. The degree is targeted to individuals with either business or engineering backgrounds as well as individuals with a strong quantitative background. Applications are being accepted for students to begin the program in fall quarter 2005. For more information, contact Walter Zinn at 614-292-0797 or by email at More>

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Undergraduate Faculty and Staff Award Recipients Announced

L to R: Tom Wei, Anil Arya, Dan Oglevee, Bernadette Minton and Bill Nelson. Not pictured: Roger Blackwell and Reed Blocksom

The Undergraduate Business Council at the Fisher College of Business announced the winners for its annual faculty and staff awards at a dinner held at the Blackwell Hotel on February 15. In addition, the Jason H. Gervais Memorial Award was given to the student with the highest score in Honors 620, in honor of the late Jason H. Gervais, a business honors student who passed away during his senior year. The award recipients included:

Anil Arya, professor of accounting and management information systems
Faculty Excellence in Honors Courses Award

Roger Blackwell, professor of marketing and logistics
Faculty Excellence in Core Courses Award

Reed Blocksom, undergraduate student
Jason H. Gervais Memorial Award

Bernadette Minton, associate professor of finance
Excellence in Use of Technology Award

Bill Nelson, associate director of educational technology Staff Excellence in Service to the Undergraduate Program Award

Daniel Oglevee, senior lecturer of finance
Faculty Excellence in Major Courses Award

Tom Wei, classroom services manager
Staff Excellence in Service to the Undergraduate Program Award

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Finance Professor Provides Testimony to U.S. Senate Banking Committee
The U.S. Senate Banking Committee recently convened a full committee hearing regarding whether government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) in the mortgage market, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, provide adequate assistance to low-to-moderate income home buyers. The Committee heard testimony from some of the most highly respected researchers concerning the mortgage market, including Fisher College's Anthony Sanders, John W. Galbreath Chair and professor of finance, as well as representatives from the Wharton School of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In his written testimony, Sanders states that the benefit of GSEs outweighs the cost. In addition to providing education on mortgages and the importance of credit, the organizations lower mortgage interest rates by an average of 28 basis points.

To read Sanders’s full statement, click here. To view a webcast of the hearing, click here. More>

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Fisher Futures Prepares Undergrads for NYC Investment Internship Interviews
For many Fisher College students, a career amidst the hustle and bustle of Wall Street would be a dream come true. Each year several undergraduate students participate in Fisher Futures, a program that is designed to help students interested in finance and economics get their foot in the door for highly-selective investment internships in New York City.

Students selected for the program receive individual coaching in their internship search, a webpage that includes their resume, bio and personal statement, advice on strategies for competing for an investment internship, and an invitation to participate in other related programs and events like finance-focused trips to New York City.

The program is holding informational meetings on February 24 and February 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Career Services Office. Anyone who wishes to attend must R.S.V.P. by calling 292-6024. To apply, students must be admitted as a finance major in Fisher College, have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and be eligible to enroll in the finance sequence before June of 2006. More>

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Ballam Appointed to New Position
Deborah A. Ballam, professor of finance and the director of Undergraduate Business Administration Honors program, was appointed as the associate provost for Women’s Policy Initiatives and director of The Women’s Place.

For the previous six months, Ballam held this position for The Women’s Place on an interim basis. She has frequently advocated for better work quality for women at the university. Ballam is the advisory editor of The American Business Law Journal and has also received numerous awards and faculty honors.

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Intel CIO to Speak as Part of Sander Flaum Series
Doug Busch, vice president and co-chief information officer of Intel Corporation, will be speaking on Friday, February 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. as part of the Sander Flaum Leadership Speaker Series. Busch is responsible for leading Intel’s global Information Services and Technology Group (ISTG), which supports more than 75,000 employees in 50 countries. ISTG keeps Intel running and growing by delivering business applications, productivity solutions, voice and data networking, data center operations, and custom information solutions. Busch has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State.

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Business Builders Workshop Scheduled
The Center for Entrepreneurship and the Business Builders Club will host a Business Builders Workshop, sponsored by Key Bank, from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at The Blackwell. The workshop will be led by Michael Bowers, lead center director for the Ohio Small Business Development Center. He will talk about “Developing an Investment-Ready Business.” In addition to networking activities, students will learn strategies to start a new business. Topics include learning how to use a business plan to make money and how to sell an idea to funding sources. The event is free and open to all students, although registration is limited to the first 100. To register, e-mail

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Nationwide Exec Addresses Topic of Leadership
The key to success is hard work, said Donna James, president of Nationwide Strategic Investments. James was the featured speaker at the February 11 Sander Flaum Leadership and Professional Development Seminar Series, co-hosted by the Black MBA Association.

James oversees five subsidiaries, including Gates McDonald, Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company, Nationwide Health Plans, Nationwide Global Holdings and the Nationwide Strategic Investment Fund LLC. These subsidiaries have generated about $650 million in annual revenues. Her responsibilities involve identifying potential core businesses, expanding small businesses and making decisions on the status of other businesses. More>

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Calendar of Events

Undergraduate Students
February 26
Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity will hold the "Maximize your Success" event from 12:45 to 4 p.m. in Schoenbaum Hall.

Graduate Students
March 2
Full time MBA student Town Meeting between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in 365 Gerlach.

All Students
February 24
Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization panel discussion between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in 140 Pfahl Hall.

February 25
Doug Busch will speak as part of the Sander-Flaum Leadership Speaker Series between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. in Gerlach 265.

March 1
The Business Builders Workshop will take place between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at The Blackwell.

News Briefs

Center for Entrepreneurship Hosts YEO Event
The Center for Entrepreneurship is holding a Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization Panel Event on Thursday, February 24. The focus is “Creating and Selling Big Ideas,” featuring speakers Derek Harp from The Drop Spot Ltd., Artie Isaac from Young Isaac, and Hassan Abdullahi from the Vesta Group. A reception and networking session will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the graduate student lounge in Gerlach Hall. A panel discussion will take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in 140 Pfahl Hall. Seating is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP to

Services Marketing Class Features Speakers
In marketing professor Neeli Bendapudi’s Services Marketing 843 class, students have the opportunity to learn from real-world services marketing experts. Her most recent guests included Jim Kunk, central region president of Huntington Bank, Jaimie Alexander, principal of Frame 360 and Sheila Zwelling, senior strategist of Frame 360. They presented a live case for the class. Other speakers have included Bill Boisture, president of NetJets, and Raju Goteti, global head of marketing for Enterprise Solutions of Infosys.

On March 2, the class will take a tour of Nationwide. Kathy Ricord, EVP & CMO of Nationwide, will lead the tour along with eight members of her team to discuss development of brand strategy, advertising, media relations, internal communication and brand health tracking.

CEMM Announces New Member

The Center for Excellence in Manufacturing Management recently introduced Coca-Cola as the newest member of the Center. Coca-Cola joins 17 other distinguished manufacturing companies who share their world class manufacturing practices with Fisher College and with each other.

Undergrad Academic Enrichment Grant Competition Announced
The Undergraduate Student Government announces the 2004-05 USG Academic Enrichment Grant competition. This year, USG plans to award 50 $500 grants. Proposals are currently being sought from all disciplines.

Eligible projects include any academically relevant work that goes beyond the scope of required class or major work. Applicants must also be current undergraduate students on any Ohio State campus. Information and applications are available in the USG office (Room 201 in the Ohio Union), online at, or by emailing Roocha Patel.

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