FISHER NEWS Faculty & Staff Edition
December 2, 2005
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Executive Ed wins an EIU First-Place Excellence Award, ties for third

Undergraduate research gets attention of UN World Food Program official

Fisher Board Fellows selects 10 students for area boards

CEMM changes name to Center for Operational Excellence

Fisher and College of Education to offer combined masters

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Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Executive Ed wins EIU First-Place Excellence Award, ties for third
Fisher’s Executive Education program was awarded a first-place excellence award from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The survey of executive education programs rated both open enrollment and customized courses. In the customized program category, Fisher ranked number one with a score of 4.4 out of 5. The college also tied for third, receiving a 3.9 rating for its open-enrollment.

A panel of more than 200 senior executives judged schools by their ability to deliver on the areas they deemed most important. Fisher tied for first-place with Washington University’s Olin School of Business in custom programs.

“This is certainly another element of recognition for the distinctiveness that lies at the heart of the Fisher experience,” said Dean Joe Alutto. “Our faculty and staff in executive education are working hard to ensure that our programs meet the ever-changing needs of the business community and this recognition is further acknowledgement of their success.”

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Undergraduate research gets attention of UN World Food Program official


An honor thesis presented by Carolyn Ujcic and Katherine Beaulieu, both 2005 graduates, caught the attention of the United Nations World Food Program during the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum last May.

Ujcic and Beaulieu, who were in the honors undergraduate program, presented their thesis “Why We Give: An Investigation of the Donor Decision Process.” Officials were so intrigued by their topic that Owen Calvert, a program officer for the United Nations World Food Program, flew from Washington to Columbus on Sept. 2 to listen to the entire presentation.

Ujcic and Beaulieu examined the reasons why people might be motivated to donate to charitable organizations.

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Fisher Board Fellows selects 10 students for area boards
Fisher Board Fellows has selected its second class of volunteers to serve on community boards. Serving in a non-voting capacity, Fisher Fellows provides strategic business assistance to community organizations.

The first class of Fellows selected last fall are currently working at several Columbus area non-profit organizations. Fisher Fellows have been assigned to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Leadership Columbus, the Junior League of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, Columbus Literacy Council, AccessHealth and Central Community House.

Members of the new class are: Laura B. Scott, Jacob Cannon, Todd Muller, Michael L. Saucedo, Marisa Althoff, William N. D'Onofrio, Erika L. Wenzke, Austin Barger and Drew Purcell. Professor Neeli Bendapudi is the faculty advisor.

Training session will begin on Jan. 13 for the new class.

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CEMM changes name to Center for Operational Excellence
OSU’s Council on Academic Affairs and the Board of Trustees approved the name change of the Center for Excellence in Manufacturing Management to the Center for Operational Excellence on Dec. 2.

“Many of the challenges our members face are not solely manufacturing related, but are focused on overall operational excellence and continuous improvement initiatives,” said Stephen Mangum, senior associate dean for Academic Programs. “As our member companies meet the challenge of energetically managing continuous improvement, our center must also transition to focus on overall operational success.”

The 13-year-old center is a partnership of 17 global manufacturing companies and Fisher staff, faculty and students who share a common interest in achieving operational excellence.

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Fisher and College of Education to offer combined masters
Fisher and the College of Education will offer a new combined master’s program in Labor Human Resources and Education with specialization in Higher Education and Student Affairs. "Candidates for the combined master’s degree will be able to complete the program in two years, instead of three," said Robert Chabot, associate director in the Graduate Programs Office. Students must apply to both colleges to be accepted into the program.

The proposal from the two colleges received final approval by the Council on Academic Affairs at its Nov. 16 meeting.


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Calendar of Events

Dec. 7-8, 2005
Summit at Fisher, a two-day conference for MBA Career Services and admissions professionals, will take place Dec. 7 and 8 at several locations on the Fisher campus. Fisher speakers will include Jeff Rice, director of Career Services and president of the MBA Career Services Council, and Karen Wruck, associate dean for MBA programs. Scheduled panels will feature corporate college relations and recruiting representatives and administrators from Darden, Tuck, Ross and Zicklin schools of business.



News Briefs
Cooper wins Eccles Medal
Martha Cooper, professor of Marketing and Logistics, won the Eccles Medal. The award was given by SOLE—The International Society of Logistics to recognize outstanding achievements in the development or administration of logistics education.


Meredith authors book
Meri Meredith, reference librarian at Fisher, published “Dealing with an International Clientele: Communications, Diplomacy and Etiquette.” The textbook provides librarians and information professionals with advice and guidance on serving clientele in culturally diverse settings, including academic, public and commercial libraries.


News Briefs

Marcus Sandver, professor of management and human resources, was quoted in the Business Courier article, “AK Steel forges ‘new era’ labor contract in Ashland,” in reference to globalization effecting business at an AK Steel plant in Middletown, Ohio.

Lisa Antolino, associate director of executive education, was quoted in The Daily Reporter article, “Educating employees important if businesses are to remain competitive” on how Fisher caters to the working population and executives in particular.

Steffanie Wilk, associate professor of management and human resources, was quoted in the Lansing (Mi.) State Journal article, “As if the job wasn’t hard enough…,” regarding her study of employee/employer relationships and the added pressure and exhaustion that comes when employees are told to act a certain way.

Bill Raabe, tax professor, was quoted The Cleveland Plain Dealer article, “Opinion divided over value of new business tax to Ohio” in reference to Ohio’s gross receipts tax and how it could become a model for other states.

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