|Accounting Oversight Board member, NY Times columnist among speakers at CFO Summit
William Gradison, founding board member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, will be the keynote speaker at the CFO Summit at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at 365 Gerlach Hall. The CFO Summit, a half-day event sponsored by the MBA Finance Association, is the association’s flagship event, for Fisher students, faculty, alumni and Columbus area business leaders.
Gradison, who served in Congress for 18 years and was a ranking member of the House Budget Committee and the Health Subcommittee of the Committee of Ways and Means, will discuss his role at the board and corporate governance issues.
In addition to the keynote address by Gradison, a highlight of the event will be a panel discussion on corporate governance and financial reporting in the era of Sarbanes-Oxley. The panel discussion will be moderated by Floyd Norris, chief financial correspondent for The New York Times. Norris was a Walter Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University for two terms and received an MBA from Columbia in 1982.
A PCAOB official, financial officers and executives from area companies will participate in the panel discussion. Panelists include Ron Boster, PCAOB special advisor, Donald G. Barger Jr., senior vice president and chief financial officer YRC Worldwide, Inc. and K.R. Kent, vice chairman and chief financial officer, Ford Motor Credit Co. Kent, who received his MBA at Fisher, was formerly assistant treasurer of Ford Motor Co.
The summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast. The event is also co-sponsored by the MBA program, accounting and MIS and finance departments.Financial executives from Columbus-based global companies will meet with students in break-out lunch sessions. For more information and to RSVP logon to the college's Leadership and Professional Development Hub.
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Honors Cohort launches Junior Achievement programs in Bahamas schools
Ryan Bauer helps a young girl fill out a ballot for a class election at her school in the Bahamas.
Two graduating seniors gave up the “Pomp and Circumstance” of Winter Commencement ceremonies last month for an international service trip to work with elementary school students in the Bahamas.
During the holiday break, 18 students in the Honors Cohort traveled to the Bahamas to help develop Junior Achievement programs at two elementary schools. The students paid for their own travel.
Among them were Kris Walsh and Amy Porr, who decided to forego the official degree conferral program in Columbus. However, the two settled for a decidedly unofficial, but fun-filled ceremony on the beach complete with gown, honors regalia and flip-flops.
While in the Bahamas, Porr, Jessica Schultz, along with Nancy Lahmers, Honors Cohort Coordinator, participated in a Bahamas morning radio show to talk about their work in the schools. The students received accolades from local Bahamian officials.
“We are excited to partner with the Honors Cohort. This is a unique partnership,” Lionel R. S. Elliott, executive director of Junior Achievement Bahamas told the radio hosts. “We are honored to have them here; this is the first ever Junior Achievement pilot in-school program. The kids at St. Ann and St. Thomas More schools really enjoyed it.”
For Walsh, choosing the Bahamas trip was the culmination of a college career dedicated to international service projects. Walsh’s service travels have also included Colombia and Pakistan following a devastating earthquake.
“At first, the service projects were a way to facilitate my interest in travel and other cultures,” Walsh said. “But a dream of mine is to work for or run a non-profit that deals with nature disasters or wars that helps countries reconstruct in a way that is beneficial to the local people.” Walsh has accepted a job as a financial analyst with Shell Oil Co. to gain some corporate experience.
“Students like Kris are incredibly self-motivated,” said Rao Unnava, associate dean of undergraduate programs. “They are not content with just pursuing activities that fulfill academic prerequisites or lead to a particular job after graduation. They are inspired by a personal dedication to making the world a better place by helping others who are in need.”
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Russian professors visit Fisher to learn best practices in business education
Visiting Russian professor Petr Tarasenko (center) talks with Roger Williams (left), associate professor of natural resources, and Jim Kinard, associate professor of accounting and MIS.
Two Russian scholars are visiting Fisher to examine best practices in management education in an effort to develop new curriculum and programs at their university in Siberia.
Information systems professors Petr Tarasenko and Alexander Zhuravlev from Tomsk State University will be observing classes and meeting faculty and administrators to generate ideas for a new international management program at their school, which is the oldest in Siberia.
“This is an unusual visit for us, because we haven’t had funding like this from our government before,” Tarasenko said. “We brought with us a particular purpose on this visit and that is to establish a new specialty in addition to our international economics and public administration courses.”
This is Tarasenko's fourth trip to Fisher since 1996. However, it is his first government-sponsored visit as Russian higher education officials are working to improve the quality of schools. Fisher Associate Professor of Accounting and MIS Jim Kinard and Tarasenko have known each other for 13 years. Throughout their friendship, Kinard has traveled to Tomsk nearly every year and hosted Tarasenko at Fisher on several occasions.
Kinard’s trips to Siberia helped establish core business courses and develop faculty members after the fall of the Communist regime. Universities like Tomsk State University, a school with more than 23,000 students, did not teach business classes under orders from the former government, Kinard said.
Zhuravlev, who is visiting the United States for the first time, said he is delighted to have the opportunity to meet with faculty and administrators and observe the inner-workings of a high-caliber business school.
“We’re excited to spend time at Fisher working with the operations systems and economics faculty because in America the curriculum is so disciplined and set up,” he said. “In Russia, we’re just at the beginning.” The scholars will be on campus through Feb. 9.
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Recruiters from 49 companies to participate
in Fisher Internship Invitational
Snow might be on the horizon this week, but the hunt for that big summer internship is already here. Recruiters from 49 companies with openings for interns are slated to attend the fourth annual Fisher Internship Invitational on Feb. 8.
The event, open to Fisher undergraduate and graduate students, will be held 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Blackwell Inn ballrooms. Admission is $1.
Participating companies have a strong relationship with Fisher, a history of hiring Fisher students or are companies students have indicated an interest in, according to Margie Bogenschutz, director of the undergraduate internship services for Career Services.
“This is different from career fairs,” she said. “The focus is only on intern hiring and that’s the way we promote it to employers.”
To prepare students for the event, Career Services will host three workshops next week on developing strategies for approaching and talking to recruiters. The sessions will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in 305 Schoenbaum Hall.
“The workshops are an opportunity for students to learn the strategy behind going to a job fair and how to prepare for it ahead of time,” she said. “We’ll touch on what to say when you approach a recruiter, making the best use of your time and how to use resources available to identify the companies that are really targeting their major.”
Bogenschutz also encouraged students to upload resumes to prospective employer’s Web site prior to the invitational. Many companies now ask job seekers to submit an electronic copy of the document, she said. A complete list of companies attending the event is available through FisherConnect.
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KeyBank/Fisher Minority MBA Student
Case Competition Feb. 2-4
Sixteen universities from across the nation will participate in the third annual KeyBank/Fisher MBA Minority Student Case Competition in Cleveland on Feb. 2-4.
The Cleveland-based bank will pose to competitors a real-life case surrounding a current business challenge that also presents diversity issues with national implications. Participating business schools represent eight states across the country including, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Carolina, Syracuse, Penn State, Jackson State, Rice, Purdue and Vanderbilt universities as well as several schools from Ohio.
“We are very proud of both the experience and the academic achievement of the competitors and the caliber of MBA programs they represent,” said David Harrison, director of Fisher’s Office of Minority Student Affairs. “Each team will have the opportunity to hone communication and team-building capabilities, while developing important interpersonal skills such as analyzing and responding quickly to complex business issues.”
Judges for the competition will be corporate business leaders selected by KeyBank. The top four teams will receive cash prizes, first place will receive $6,000, second-place $4,000, third-place $2,000 and the team that finishes fourth will receive $1,000. All participating teams will receive plaques for participation.
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Fisher Professional Services will hold its general meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 365 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.
Representatives from Whirlpool Appliances will speak at the Accounting Association’s meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 305 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available at student.cob.ohio-state.edu.
Career Services is hosting an information session and mixer with Resource Interactive, an interactive marketing firm, for first-year MBAs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 230 Pfahl Hall. More information is available at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.
John Hofmeister of Energizer Batteries will speak at the Transportation and Logistics Association meeting. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. in 209 Schoenbaum Hall and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at www.osutla.com.
The MBA Finance Association will be discussing finance electives for spring quarter as well as next year during a lunch meeting. The session will be held from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.
The Accounting Association will hold its Winter Etiquette Dinner hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The dinner will be held at RJ Snappers, 700 N. High St. Reservations must be made by Jan. 31. More information is available online at groups.cob.ohio-state.edu.
Tom Herman, co-founder of govworks.com and featured in the movie "startup.com," will speak at a collective Business Builders and Business Builders MBA Entrepreneurship Association meeting. The movie will be shown at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion with Herman and question and answer session. More information is available online at www.businessbuilders club.org
Christine Bianco of Associated Materials will speak at the Transportation and Logistics Association meeting. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. in 209 Schoenbaum Hall and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at www.osutla.com.
The American Marketing Association will discuss internet marketing at its weekly meeting. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. in 319 Schoenbaum Hall and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. in 330 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at ama.org.ohio-state.edu.
The Information Systems Association will hold its 28th Annual Winter Banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackwell Inn. More information is available online at www.ohiostateisa.org.
Jennifer Alwood, president of Business and Professional
Women of Columbus, will speak at the Undergraduate Business Women’s Association meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in 220 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available at ubwa.org.ohio-state.edu.
Career Services will hold an informational session for students to learn more about internships with Abbott Nutrition from 4 to 6 p.m. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.
The part-time MBA town hall meeting will feature a presentation on the business library, updates from the part-time MBA Council and other administrative issues. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. in 365 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.
Drum named to prestigious spot on accounting standards board
John Drum, a MAcc student, has been selected by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to serve a one-year term as postgraduate technical assistant beginning in July.
Drumís appointment to the highly competitive position recognizes his strong capabilities to assist the board in its work. Only four people were selected to this position.
This marks the second straight year a Fisher student was appointed to the board. Robert Sledge was selected to this position last year.
Caugherty to speak at business sustainability workshop
Melanie Caugherty, program manager in the International Programs Office, has been invited to take part in a panel discussion at next month's Business Engineering Sustainability Workshop in Baltimore, Md. through a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Caugherty will discuss how Fisher's emerging markets class educates students on business sustainability through combining several academic disciplines.
The conference brings together leading academics in engineering and business, as well as practitioners from industry and government, interested in exploring the potential linkages and opportunities for bridging these disciplines programmatically over time.
Andrew Karolyi, professor of finance, was quoted in a Jan. 25 The Wall Street Journal article on the decrease of listings on American stock markets because of an increase in regulation.
Karolyi told the paper that rules such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act should be judged on their own merits instead of any evidence that points to a decline in the number of prospective listings from overseas.
Larry Inks, clinical assistant professor of management and human resources, was quoted during a WBNS 10-TV story on wasted time in the workplace.
Inks gave advice that would help employees limit time wasting activities that don’t pertain to their job duties.
William Raabe, senior accounting lecturer, was quoted in a Jan. 21 Columbus Dispatch article on the Alternative Minimum Tax and its affect on middle-income families.
Raabe said it might be tough to loosen the tax burden because lawmakers can’t decide how to replace the money generated from it.