FISHER NEWS November 4, 2005
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Shell donates $27,500 to Fisher

Visiting student from New Orleans feels at home at Fisher

Singapore Management University wins CIBER case competition

Ballam will deliver commencement address

Brand relationships topic of Bendapudi presentation

FisherPeople: Patti Flinn
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Shell donates $27,500 to Fisher
Cheryl Ryan (left) and Dean Alutto (right) pose with a representative from Shell Oil Co.

The Shell Oil Co. donated $27,500 to Fisher in October. The gift to Fisher was part of a $105,500 donation the company donated to Ohio State academic programs. Fisher received the largest portion of the gift.

“Shell remains committed to finding diverse talent globally and Ohio State and Fisher are key components of our strategy,” said Nilesh Desai, of Shell, who presented the check to Dean Joseph Alutto last Friday. “Shell is committed to supporting higher education and we continue to grow our relationships with some key colleges like Fisher.”

The gift will fund several student organizations and activities, including scholarships, case competitions and career counseling services.

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Visiting student from New Orleans feels at home at Fisher
Kim PfisterIt’s a wonder that Kim Pfister,  (pictured right) a  second-year MBA student visiting from Tulane University, has anything to smile about. More than two months ago she tearfully boarded a plane headed north in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and even today she continues to pay rent on a New Orleans apartment she doesn’t currently occupy.

Despite the changes since coming to Fisher, Pfister is enthusiastic. “If I had to have my life turned upside down and not have it go the way I thought it was going to go, I’m glad this is where I ended up,” she said about her unexpected enrollment in Fisher’s MBA program. “I’ve just been amazed at everyone’s willingness to open their arms.”

She selected Fisher on the recommendation of Tulane’s admissions office, which provided MBA students a list of institutions where they could continue their education. The combination of Fisher’s rankings, class offering and the close proximity of family in northern Kentucky made the decision to transfer to Fisher a quick and logical one, Pfister said.

“I’ve been really impressed with the program,” said Pfister, a former account manager at an advertising agency. “I’ve been able to take classes here they don’t offer at Tulane.”

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Singapore Management University wins CIBER case competition

Participants hard at work at the 2005 CIBER Case Challenge

The team from Singapore Management University was the winner of the 2005 CIBER Case Challenge held last week at the Blackwell. Business students from Europe, Asia, Central America and the U.S. converged on the Fisher campus to participate in the competition.

Teams of students from 12 colleges and universities were given a case from the Ashland (Changzhou) Chemical Co., Ltd. In the case, the company faced significant pressures due to the shortage of raw materials and the increasing costs of importing those materials from more expensive and distant countries such as the United States. The rising costs affected the company’s ability to remain competitive.

Hosted by Fisher College’s International Programs Office and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the business case competition was organized by a group of undergraduate students in coordination with Fisher faculty and staff. This was the second year Fisher College has hosted the event.

The University of Southern California and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill were the runners up in the competition. In addition to the case challenge, the four-day event included a tour of the business operation at Cheryl & Co. and attended a Blue Jackets game.

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Ballam will deliver commencement address
Fisher Professor Deborah A. Ballam, associate provost for Women’s Policy Initiatives and director of The Women’s Place (TWP) at The Ohio State University, will deliver the autumn quarter commencement address on Sunday, Dec. 11 at St. John Arena. Ballam is professor of legal environment of business in Fisher. She directed the Undergraduate Business Administration Honors Program before assuming the leadership role at TWP.

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Brand relationships topic of Bendapudi presentation
Neeli Bendapudi, associate professor and director of the Fisher’s Initiative for Managing Services, gave a presentation to the PM Forum on her research, "Clueing in on Customers," on Oct. 20 at the Columbus Bar Association.

The material for Dr. Bendapudi’s presentation was drawn from an in-depth research project she conducted at the Mayo Clinic dealing with clients’ willingness and ability to maintain long-term relationships with the brands, and the firms and employees that represent them.

This research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Marketing and Journal of Consumer Psychology. The event was hosted by PM Forum, an organization seeking to provide area professionals with educational and networking opportunities.


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FisherPeople: Patti Flinn
Patti FlinnTitle
Office Associate in the Associate Dean’s Office

Hobbies
In my spare time, I write novels.

Fisher Lure
As cliché as it sounds, the people here really are great. I’m surrounded by people who are the best at what they do. I learn a lot just by being around them.


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Calendar of Events

CANCELLED: Nov. 4
The Nov. 4 event featuring David Beatson, chairman of Ascent Advisors and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, was cancelled.

Sunday, Nov. 6         Nancy Lahmers, Honors Cohort coordinator and executive director of CEMM, will be inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 in Hitchcock Hall. 

Friday, Nov. 11
Jay Mortensen, director of target costing and cost engineering, at Maytag will be a guest speaker 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, 2005, in Pfahl Hall 140. He will be speaking about tactical execution of ‘Design for Manufacturability’ in a manufacturing environment.

Friday, Nov. 11
Chris Jaromin, executive director of manufacturing, and Colleen Heacock, director of organizational change for communication and development at the Longaberger Co. will be guest speakers on Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 from 1-3 pm in Pfahl Hall 140. They will be speaking about the redesign of individual craft work into a lean cell manufacturing process.

The company's new ergonomically designed basket making equipment will be on display and demonstrated in the lobby of Pfahl Hall during lunch. The public is invited to watch baskets being made and even add a row or two of wood to the basket.

Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 15, 29
The Transportation and Logistics Association meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in SB 330. Free food is served downstairs in SB 209 at 7 p.m. For the rest of the quarter, the presenters will be: Energizer on Nov. 8; CAT logistics on Nov. 15; Owens Corning on Nov. 29. Non-members welcomed.



News Briefs

Undergrad case team gets honorable mention
The undergraduate case team of Cindy Chang, Lisa Gottfried, Bob Horstman, Mike Jones, Eny Shih, and Robert Trask received regional honorable mention in the Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition.

Fisher teams place in top 100 at Thunderbird Innovation Challenge
Two Fisher teams finished in the top 100 out of 320 teams of top MBAs at the Thunderbird Innovation Challenge. The Fisher team finishing in 30th place was Dimitar A. Karaivanov, Todd M. Muller, Erika Wenzke, Shinichiro Kido and Michael L. Saucedo. The team of Derek A. Guenther, Ko-Chen Jane Shan, Ashish Chaturvedi, Sam W. Pagan and Ryan Frey finished 97th.




News Briefs

Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Co. Chair in Global Business Management, was quoted in the Oct. 15 issue of CIO magazine discussing the practice of bribery when conducting business in China.

Martha Cooper, professor of marketing and logistics, quoted in a World Trade article, “Summing up the current state of logistics,” regarding the importance of a logistics background in today’s business.

Michael Camp, academic director for Center for Entrepreneurship, quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article, “The start of something big: black business owners in central Ohio,” in reference to minority students and their improving access to and success in new business ventures in central Ohio.

Paul Evans, professor of finance, quoted in an Associated Press article, “Subway shop, dentist shared in 9/11 money,” which ran in The Columbus Dispatch on banks indiscriminately lending monies set aside for those affected by the terrorist attacks.


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