FISHER NEWS June 2, 2005
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MLHR Team Wins National Competition

Diversity Award Winners Announced

Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

Campus Campaign Co-Chairs Acknowledged

Beta Alpha Psi Inducts New Members
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MLHR Team Wins National Competition

L to R: David Lundberg, Amanda Assenza, Arenda Culver, Candace Stargell, Jenna Burke, Bryan Bowen
A team of Master of Labor and Human Resources students won a national management case competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The team members included: Amanda Assenza, Bryan Bowen, Jenna Burke, Arenda Culver, David Lundberg and Candace Stargell. Robert Heneman, MLHR program director, Venkat Bendapudi, senior lecturer of management & human resources and Amy Richards, assistant director of program management and student services, graduate programs office, coached and accompanied the team. University of Texas-San Antonio and Georgetown University placed second and third respectively.

After six months of working on the case the top three teams presented their solutions to the judging panel that included John Campbell, ambassador to Nigeria; Frank Coulter, acting assistant secretary, Bureau of Administration and Steve Nolan, executive director, Bureau of African Affairs.The case competition was designed to increase the visibility of the State Department and careers in foreign services.

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Diversity Award Winners Announced
The Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University recently hosted its fourth annual Diversity Business Awards and Alumni Reception. Awards were presented to a corporation and an individual for their efforts to support diversity at Fisher College. KeyBank and Addy Mittal, Deloitte and Touche, USA LLP were recognized as the 2005 Diversity Awards winners. KeyBank has supported many diversity initiatives, including the KeyBank Minority Case Competition, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for International Business Education and Research. Mittal, a Fisher College graduate, is dedicated to minority recruiting initiatives at Ohio State through job fairs, alumni panels and mentorship committees.

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Business Plan Competition Winners Announced
Strategic Thinking Industries (STI) won the 2005 Business Plan Competition sponsored by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. The company, which provides software products for the healthcare information technology industry, was one of six finalists to compete. The top three winners will share $20,000 in cash prizes and more than $80,000 of in-kind services from Columbus-based professional service firms, including Deloitte; Calfee, Halter & Griswold; New Product Innovations, Inc.; Business Technology Center; Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations; Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc.; and Commerce National Bank. Authis, which provides outsourced authentication services for a wide range of online consumer and business applications, finished second. Siren Audio, which distributes high-quality production audio content quickly and efficiently via the internet, finished third. Judges evaluated presentations on several criteria, including the quality of the business concept, the size and growth of the market, the strength of the management teams and the opportunity to make money for the investors.

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Campus Campaign Co-Chairs Acknowledged

L to R: Ron Shaull, Michelle Jacobson, Martha Cooper and Golden Jackson
Fisher College's Campus Campaign co-chairs Martha Cooper, professor of marketing and logistics, and Michelle Jacobson, director of alumni affairs, were recently recognized for the college's successful campaign. This year's campaign was very effective with overall college participation increasing 79 percent and faculty participation increasing 18 percent.

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Beta Alpha Psi Inducts New Members

L to R: Thomas J. Hagele, Pat Mcauley, Eny Shih, Professor Stanley Baiman, Richard Dietrich, Robert Trask, and Kristen Grimm
The Ohio State Omicron chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently welcomed 15 new members: Brian Boulter, Ingrid Chou, Aaron Crosser, John Drum, Mike Jones, Danielle Kimmet, Susan Morrow, Sung Jeen Nam, Justin Nathan, Spencer Payne, Angela Pedrozo, Matthew Pettit, Sowmya Ramamurthy, Josh Stafman and Mary Teegarden. In addition, they recently honored Stanley Baiman, Wharton School of Business accounting department chair, with the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award at the 37th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Spring Induction Ceremony. Baiman was recognized for his research and encouragement of students to pursue careers in financial information based academics.


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Calendar of Events

Faculty, Staff and PhD
June 3, 2005
Associate Professor of Marketing Neeli Bendapudi will speak at the Department of Marketing and Logistics Research Colloquium at 10:30 a.m. in 500A Fisher Hall.

Graduate
June 3, 2005
The Fisher Games



News Briefs

FisherNews Hiatus
This is the last issue of FisherNews for the 2004-05 academic year - it is not published during the summer. The next issue will be in September 2005.

Circle of Excellence Winners Named

L to R: JoAnna Fu, Scott Mitte and Macc Vaughan
The Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation and Fisher College recently named JoAnna Fu and Macc Vaughan Circle of Excellence Mitte Scholars. Fu, an honors cohort member, will graduate this spring with accounting and finance majors and English and economics minors. Vaughan will graduate this spring with an MBA degree. The Mitte Foundation established the Circle of Excellence Awards to recognize undergraduate and graduate students who have shown leadership, exemplary behavior, citizenship and community behavior.

Fisher Games Scheduled
The 2005 Fisher Games will take place Friday, June 3 starting at 2:00 p.m. The event is an expansion of the previous years’ Fisher College softball game and includes a variety of games. Including the annual faculty-staff softball game.
Fisher College graduate students and faculty are invited to join teams and all of the Fisher College community is welcome to attend. The games will be held at Coffey Road Park softball fields or, in case of rain, at the Adventure Recreation Center on Woody Hayes Drive.

Media Hits
Professor of Management and Human Resources Oded Shenkar was featured in a May 30 American Farm Bureau editorial titled, Noteworthy Thoughts on the Chinese Century and wrote an op-ed for the May 26 issue of the Financial Times titled Why Fake Goods Are a Natural Economic Motivator.

Department of Accounting Chair Richard Dietrich was quoted in a May 30 San Antonio Express article titled Bean Counters Have Become College Rock Stars.

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