|Shell donates $27,500 to
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
It’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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University wins CIBER case competition
Participants hard at work at the 2005 CIBER Case
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
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
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
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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
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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Office Associate in the
Associate Dean’s Office
In my spare time,
I write novels.
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
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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.
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
Tuesdays, Nov. 8, 15,
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.
Undergrad case team gets honorable
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.
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.
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
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