FISHER NEWS April 7, 2006
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Fisher ranked 22nd in U.S. News and World Report

Honors Cohort student earns prestigious Truman Scholarship

Alumnus receives Distinguished Service Award

Accounting firms’ recruiters set up regular office hours at Fisher

Book club facilitates networking, learning opportunities for corporate officers

Fisher People: Rachel Lavender
Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Fisher MBA ranked 22nd in U.S. News
and World Report

Fisher's MBA program was ranked 22nd in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2007 annual ranking of graduate schools, released March 31. The college was eighth among business schools at public universities.

2005 Fisher graduates registered in the top of the national rankings in two employment categories among top 25 schools. Three months after receiving their MBA, 95.4 percent of graduates secured a job, tied for second in the top 25, while 83.9 percent were employed when they graduated, which was fourth best.

In addition, Fisher College was included in a number of specialty program rankings, which are based on the opinions of business school deans and academic directors. The Accounting program jumped five spots to move into the top 10 and the Supply Chain/Logistics program continued to remain a fixture as one of the nation’s best with a fourth place ranking.

2007 Fisher College specialty rankings include:

Fourth - Supply Chain/Logistics
10th – Accounting
13th - Production/Operations
15th – Finance
21st - Executive MBA
24th – Marketing

Four photos from a U.S. News photographer's visit to the Fisher campus were prominently featured in the magazine's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2007" guide. The photos accompanied the online version of three articles, "Is Grad School Right for You?," "The Hunt for Money" and "Graduate School Entrance Tests" and also appeared in the April 10 edition of the magazine.

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Honors Cohort student earns
prestigious Truman Scholarship

Yoonhee Ha
Yoonhee Ha was among 75 students nationwide selected as a 2006 Truman Scholar, Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced in Washington D.C. on March 28.

The scholarship, which provides a $30,000 award for graduate study, recognizes students who have the passion, intellect and leadership potential and are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service. This year’s group of scholars was selected from 598 candidates nominated by 311 colleges and universities.

Ha is double-majoring in finance and biology and serves as the undergraduate student representative on Ohio State’s Board of Trustees. She is director of the Ohio Academy of Science’s Student Advisory Council and a member of the Honors Cohort Program, the university’s Honors Collegium and the Honors Program Student Advisory Board.

Focused on improving health care for underserved populations, Ha plans to attend medical school to study health policy after completing her undergraduate studies. Although her future plans don't include a corporate setting, Ha said her business training will be very valuable in her pursuit of a career of public health care.

"I feel that studying biology and finance will allow me to serve as a link between health care providers and policymakers," Ha, who is a volunteer at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, said. "A Fisher education isn’t limited to a corporate setting; it’s applicable to multiple fields. I’ve definitely developed a lot of skills through my curriculum at Fisher that have helped me in my other areas of study."

Last spring, that ambition landed her on Capital Hill as a policy research intern for the American Cancer Society's National Government Relations Department. While in the nation's capital, she conducted research that contributed to the city's smoking ban, which goes into effect next year. She also covered and attended various Congressional briefings and forums.

Truman Scholars receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling as well as special internship opportunities within the federal government.

Ha will receive her award on May 21 in a ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo. She is the third Ohio State student to receive the national scholarship and the first from Fisher.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to President Truman. Recipients must be a United States citizen, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills and be in the top quarter of their class and committed to public service.

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Alumnus receives Distinguished Service Award Johnson

Richard Johnson
(left), a 1962 graduate of the Fisher MBA program, is presented the University’s Distinguished Service Award by President Karen Holbrook at Winter Commencement in St. Johns Arena on March 19.

Johnson, of Lake Forest, Ill., is president of RDJ Ltd., an independent consultancy serving numerous major national and international firms, which he started in 1999. As a long-time supporter of Fisher, he served on the Dean's Advisory Board from 1976-83, the national campaign committee to finance the new Fisher campus and received the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Business Alumni Society Board.

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Accounting firms’ recruiters set
up regular office hours at Fisher

PricewaterhouseCoopers recruiter Sheri Bartlome during one of her regular visits to Fisher Hall.

PricewaterhouseCoopers campus recruiter said the firm now has a home field advantage in its recruiting strategy. The company has put a recruiter on-site in Fisher Hall to ensure it gets a first-round pick of top accounting talent.

PwC, along with Deloitte Services LP, and Ernst and Young, maintain regular office hours in Fisher Hall. KPMG’s recruiters also plan to make use of the office, according to J. Richard Dietrich, chair of the Accounting and MIS program.

“We certainly see the accounting program here at Fisher as a premier program. We wanted to get more than our fair share of the quality students that are produced by Fisher,” said Sheri Bartlome, campus recruiting manager for PwC and a 1985 graduate of the honors accounting program at Fisher.

The initiative supports Fisher’s on-going mission of strengthening its relationships with corporations. “It fits well with the Dean’s objective of developing deeper relationships with our corporate partners,” Dietrich said.

Fisher’s office hours for accounting recruiters may be the first of its kind in the nation, Dietrich said. “We are the only program as far as I know that provides in-house office space for recruiters from accounting firms,” Dietrich said.

Jeff Rice, Fisher’s career services director and president of the international MBA Career Services Council, confirmed that campus recruiters with regular on-site office hours at business schools is out of the ordinary.

Fisher’s recruiters expressed a desire to accommodate students along with serving the interests of their firms. Linda Burstein, a recruiter for Deloitte & Touche USA. LLP, screens job candidates for the firm’s offices in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, as well as Columbus.

“From a student perspective, we know it’s a big production for them to come downtown for an interview,” said Burstein, a Fisher alumna. “We have always been aware that it disrupts the school day.”

Both Bartlome and Burstein indicated their efforts are not all about filling jobs; their door is open to students seeking advice or encouragement. “I feel good about being accessible to students beyond the formality of an interview situation,” said Burstein, who added that she has taken Fisher students working as Deloitte Services interns out to lunch.

The three firms’ regular contact with faculty and students is providing support to the college’s educational mission.

“One of the objectives that our firm has is that we want to be of value to our educational partners,” Bartlome said. “If I know what the faculty is struggling with and where they need help, then I can possibly assist. We can provide faculty with information on what type of skills we need to see students have when they come to us.”

PwC’s vice chairman John O’Connor, based in New York, will visit the sophomore 211 accounting class to observe the new lab format. “The professors would like our response and get our impression of this new format,” Bartlome said.

The reciprocity is an important bottom line for Dietrich. “We are intertwining what they do with what we do. There are so many common touch points where we both benefit,” Dietrich said.

“It’s a win-win situation that will only enhance the profession as a whole,” Bartlome said.

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Book club facilitates networking, learning opportunities for corporate officers
Lisa Westwater, board chair of a small family-owned plumbing supply company, reveled in the opportunity to sit among some of Columbus’ biggest corporate leaders and brainstorm over hot topics including ethics, decision-making and the Chinese economy.

Since the launch of the book club in November 2004 as a partnership between Nationwide and Fisher’s Executive Education program, the event has attracted executives from small family-owned companies such as Westwater Supply Co. to corporate officers from multinationals such as Worthington Industries.

Nationwide CEO W.G. Jurgensen and Fisher Dean Joe Alutto lead a discussion with the group on a business book pick. In February, the group discussed “The Chinese Century,” by Fisher’s Chinese business expert Oded Shenkar, the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Management.

Westwater was appreciative of the opportunity to listen to the CEO of a major insurance company and the president of a $1 billion investment firm talk about their business issues related to China.

“It’s an interesting blend because I operate a small business compared to the larger executives that currently have manufacturing facilities in China,” Westwater said. “It’s very insightful because if we are forced to shift some of our operations to China, I already have some knowledge of how to succeed before going over there.”

Fisher College is not only building relationships with corporate partners, the campus and faculty are helping to facilitate communication and networking opportunities among area business leaders. David Meuse, principal, Stonehenge Financial holds the book club in high regard because of the connections Fisher makes with the greater Columbus business community.

While discussions are lead by Alutto and Jurgensen, the book authors, such as Shenkar who wrote “The Chinese Century,” sometimes make an appearance at the event. Meuse said he was grateful to receive Shenkar’s insight.

'The Chinese Century' was fabulous, but also a little sobering,” Meuse said. “Whenever you can get the opportunity to learn from someone like (Shenkar), with his reputation and that of Fisher College, it is a great opportunity.”

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Fisher People: Rachel Lavender

Rachel Lavender

: Data Coordinator Specialist

Hobbies: "Sailboat racing, long distance bicycling (I have completed the Tour of the Scioto River Valley three times) and co-leading my daughter’s Girl Scout troop"

FisherLure: “Great people and excellent facilities.”

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Calendar of Events

April 10
Entrepreneurial Financing, learn about sources of funding for start-ups and existing businesses looking to expand, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Business Technology Center, 1275 Kinnear Road. More information and RSVP at

April 12
Harvard Student Group: Loan Information Session, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., 355 Gerlach Hall. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. RSVP at

Live videoconference with Michael Dell, Dell Computer Corporation’s founder and Chairman of the Board, 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., 315 Gerlach Hall. More information and RSVP at

Fisher Real Estate Society meeting, guest lecturer, Bob McLaughlin, head of the Columbus Downtown Development Office, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 275 Gerlach Hall. More information and RSVP at

April 13
Cullman Executive Luncheon Series, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 161 Gerlach Hall will feature Ed Cohn, executive vice president of Unizan Bank. Cohn is responsible for corporate risk assurance and corporate planning, which includes strategic planning, risk management, legal, loan administration and collective workouts. He is also CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Inc. More information and RSVP at

MBA Graduation Fair, 2 to 6 p.m., Gerlach Student Lounge. More information and RSVP at

April 14
Penn State Professor John Liechty will speak at the Department of Marketing and Logistics Research Colloquia at 10:30 a.m. in Fisher Hall 500A.

April 18
Distinguished International Speaker Series, Stephen B. Young, global executive director of the Caux Round Table, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 375 Gerlach Hall. More information and RSVP at

April 28
The annual Fisher Formal for students, faculty and staff, 6 p.m. to midnight, the Blackwell. Tickets for the night of dining and dancing are $25 through April 23 and $35 afterward. The ticket covers appetizers, buffet dinner and desert. More information and RSVP at

April 29
Students, business professionals and the deans of Fisher will gather for the annual Dean’s Leadership Conference in 140 Pfahl Hall. This year’s theme is “A Day with the Deans” and will feature a keynote speech by Dean Joe Alutto, leadership activities, a business simulation case study and a panel discussion with the deans. The all-day event begins at 8 a.m.

News Briefs

Brahier selected as top student employee
Amanda Brahier, a student worker in the Executive Education office, was recently named the 2005-2006 Student Employee of the Year for Ohio State.

Brahier, who has worked in executive education for two years, will be honored by President Karen Holbrook, Associate Vice President of Human Resources Larry Lewellen and Director of Student Financial Aid Tally Hart at a reception on April 12. She will also receive a $500 scholarship as a part of the award.

Laurie Lengen, an honors business student, was acknowledged as one of twelve honorable mentions in the student employee competition. Lengen has worked for three years in the undergraduate program office.

Summer fellowship applications sought
Submissions for the 2006 Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship will be accepted until April 17. The fellowship is open to tenure or tenure track professors with the exception of named professors or those that are already receiving summer support from the college. For more information contact David Hirshleifer or Gretchen Gombos.

EMBA alum receives
AMA award

An alumnus from the Executive MBA program, Gary R. Katz, MD, MBA, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2006 Leadership Award, which provides medical students, residents/fellows, young physicians and international medical graduate physicians from the around the country special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine. Dr. Katz is an emergency medicine physician at Ohio State University Medical Center.

News Briefs

Jerald Greenberg, professor of management and human resources, was quoted and paraphrased in the April 6, 2006 edition of The Financial Times on how employer relations can minimize law suits when an employee is terminated. Greenberg told the columnist that his 1998 study also impacted the perception of the company when former employees’ spoke with prospective employers.

Robert Leone, marketing chair, was paraphrased in the April 2, 2006 issue of the Columbus Dispatch on television networks helping pharmaceutical companies target consumers. He told the paper that commercials shown on the evening news to pitch “lifestyle drugs” are aimed at consumers with high education and income levels.

Howard Klein, associate professor of management and human resources, and Robert Heneman, director of MLHR, were both quoted in the March 21, 2006 issue of the Columbus Dispatch on the effect of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on office productivity.

Klein told the paper the perceived lack of productivity by employers during the tournament could be a substitute for existing non-business conversations.
While Heneman said lost profits might be minimal because not all employees are interested in the tournament.

Curt Haugtvedt, associate professor of marketing, was quoted and paraphrased in the March 15 issue of the Columbus Dispatch on Nationwide Insurance’s new advertising campaign that uses messages from ordinary people. Haugtvedt told the paper of the pros and cons of using a Times Square digital billboard to post messages from average citizens.

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