FISHER NEWS May 18, 2007
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College alums Murrer, Kimble, Ickes deliver graduation addresses for graduate programs

Terahertz Diagnostic Systems wins 2007 business plan competition

Undergrad team wins logistics case competition

Ernst & Young Minority Scholarships awarded to 5 undergraduates on May 9

Staff members honored for service

Grimes represents Fisher MBAs on CNBC’s Grade the Trade

Fisher People: Carol Smith

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
College alums Murrer, Kimble, Ickes deliver graduation addresses for graduate programs
Martin C. Murrer
Commencement activities for Fisher’s graduate programs will kick off on Friday, June 8 at the Blackwell with the Master of Accounting (MAcc) and Master of Labor Human and Resource (MLHR) ceremonies. MBA Graduation Ceremony will be 9 a.m. June 9 in Mershon Auditorium. The graduation ceremony for MLHR will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the MAcc exercise will begin at 7:45 p.m. Both programs will hold receptions at 6:30 p.m.

Karen Ickes, senior vice president of Total Rewards for Wendy’s International, Inc., will address MHLR candidates. Speaker for the MAcc ceremony will be Donald R. Kimble, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Huntington Bancshares Inc. Martin C. Murrer, managing director and co-founder of Sagent Advisors Inc., will be the speaker for Fisher’s 2007 MBA graduation event.

Murrer, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, received his bachelor of science from the former College of Administrative Science at Ohio State in 1979 in which he graduated first in his class with a 4.0. He obtained his MBA from the Graduate School of University of California at Los Angeles in 1981.

A graduate of Fisher’s honors accounting program, Kimble joined Huntington in 2004 as executive vice president of finance administration. Kimble also served as president and a director of Huntington Preferred Capital, Inc. Prior to joining Huntington, Kimble served as executive vice president and controller for AmSouth Bancorporation and previously held various accounting and chief financial officer positions with Bank One Corporation subsidaries.

Ickes, who obtained both her bachelor’s degree and master in human resources from Ohio State, oversees all aspects of benefits, compensation and information systems for the company. Prior to joining Wendy’s, she was vice president of compensation and benefits for Gold Circle Stores, a former division of Federated Department Stores.

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Terahertz Diagnostic Systems wins 2007 business plan competition
A team of Ohio State graduate students developing a new approach to detect breast cancer took top honors at the 2007 Deloitte Business Plan Competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Terahertz Diagnostic Systems (TDS) consisting of physics doctoral student H. Lee Mosbacker, mechanical engineering graduate student Arindam Ghatak and MBA student Jeff D. Martin won their second case competition of the year. MBA student Erwin Grabisna, Lawrence Burr Zimmerman, a chemical engineering doctoral candidate and Columbus entrepreneur Brad Beasecker served as the team’s advisors throughout the competition.

Last month they won the 2007 Materials Research Society (MRS) Entrepreneurship Challenge, one of the nation’s most prestigious technology business start-up competitions.

The team presented a business plan for new medical imaging technology, Advanced Digital Imaging System. The system, still under research and development, would eventually have the capability of detecting cancer without painful compression that accompanies mammography.

The system proposed would utilize an array sensor for medical imaging based on a spintronic functional polymer, developed by Arthur Epstein, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Department of Chemistry. Epstein’s technology was patented through the Office of Research’s Technology, Licensing and Commercialization (TLC) team and was made available by the office to the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“The judges liked that the team was able to deliver a great solution for state-of-the-art technology in breast cancer detection, which required them to maneuver through many technical hurdles,”said Michael Camp academic director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“The judges recognized a strong IP platform, a strong developing partnership with Ohio State’s Technology Licensing and Commercialization Office, strong technical and entrepreneurial leadership and huge market potential to save lives and cut cancer treatment insurance claims,” he said. “Most exciting is the difference this disruptive technology can make in saving lives.”

Second-place finisher, Global Dimensions is aiming to help U.S.-based companies to participate and succeed in foreign trade shows. RPack's business plan proposed selling insulated carriers made with high-performance micro-fiber material to military personnel and outdoor enthusiasts. A non-profit group, Single Mothers Independently Living Everyday (S.M.I.L.E.), earned the Top Young Entrepreneur Award for the best effort by an undergraduate student or team. Robert Nicholson, an undergraduate business major, founded S.M.I.L.E to provide services to single parents to reduce financial burdens and improve their quality of life.

The top three finalists will share more than $147,000 in start-up funds and services. This year’s competition attracted 60 entries.

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Undergrad team wins logistics case competition

Kevin Black from left to right, Isaac Elking, Julie Hoopes, not pictured Brian Schoo, display the first place trophy they earned by winning TLA Logistics Case Competition.

With only six hours to prepare, four Fisher undergraduate students developed a plan to help a petroleum corporation implement a new off-shore oil rig and in doing so overwhelmed the judges at a recent case competition.

Kevin Black, Isaac Elking, Julie Hoopes and Brian Schoo captured the top prize at the TLA Logistics Case Competition held at Fisher. They were coached by Keely Croxton, associate professor of logistics.

The team had to design a system and schedule the movement of materials to the production platform being built in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell Oil, the sponsors of the competition.

“The case had a lot of complicated information and we spent a great deal of the morning just sorting through the data,” Hoopes said. “Our ability to work as a team, delegate tasks and come up with a practical solution is a result of the background we learned in our logistics classes as well as the frequent number of case studies done in classes.”

While designing their strategy, teams also had to consider costs, capacities and demand to determine an efficient schedule, Croxton said. They were also asked to consider safety and potential emergency needs in their design.

“The judges said they had no problem deciding who the winning team should be,” Croxton said. “They were impressed with the detail in the team's solution and their presentation, particularly given the short timeframe they had to work on the case.”

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Ernst & Young Minority Scholarships awarded
to 5 undergraduates on May 9

David Harrison (left),the Director of Minority Student Services, pictured with he 2007-2008 Ernst & Young Minority Scholarship award recipients. From left to right: Stephany DiYanni, Xinyi Yang, Michael Song, Brett Nobles, Leah Kaba and Ernst & Young executives Jennifer Vasseur, Jen Phipps and Fred Scott.

Five undergraduate students were the recipients of the 2007-2008 Ernst & Young Minority Scholarship awards. The awards were announced at the E&Y Scholarship Reception sponsored by Ernst & Young at the Blackwell on May 9.

Accounting major Stephany DiYanni, a third-year student from Reynoldsburg, was awarded the $5,000 scholarship named in honor of David Harrison, director of Fisher’s Office of Minority Student Services.

Recipients of the $2,000 scholarship were: Xinyi Yang, a junior majoring in finance and accounting from Baltimore, Ohio; Michael Song, a sophomore majoring in finance and international business from Nicholasville, Ky., Brett Nobles, a third-year accounting student of Pike Pepper, Ohio, and Leah Kaba, a sophomore in finance from West Chester, Ohio.

The scholarships were funded through a $75,000 five-year gift to the college from the global accounting, auditing and financial services corporation.

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Staff members honored for service

Dean Joe Alutto (center) honored staff members who celebrated service milestones this year during the annual spring staff meeting on May 11. This year’s honorees were Barbara Gladman (left), Undergraduate Programs, 30 years, and Rosemary Scholl (right), Department of Finance, 20 years.

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Grimes represents Fisher MBAs
on CNBC’s Grade the Trade

Jeff Macke, Fast Money contributing analyst and founder and president of Macke Asset Management, listens to MBA student Adam Grimes' response during the Grade the Trade segment.

Second-year MBA finance student Adam Grimes took on CNBC’s Fast Money’s challenge “Grade the Trade” on Friday, May 4.

CNBC’s Fast Money is a high-octane, rapid-fire primetime show that promises to give viewers “information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor.”

The segment is billed by Fast Money as the show’s opportunity to “test the trading prowess of some of the most promising business students in the nation.” Grimes and other contestants were given a trading scenario or question in advance of the 5:30 p.m. taping. The four MBA students featured on the May 4 show—Indiana’s Kelley, Babson College, and University of Texas—were given 30 seconds to provide a trading strategy to the anchor and featured traders known as the “Fast Money Five.”

Grimes’s scenario was presented by anchor Dylan Ratigan: “The costly section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley, which requires auditors to verify a company's financial reporting, is repealed. What are you buying and what are you selling as this scenario unfolds?” The clock begins ticking. To hear Adam’s response to the challenge, CLICK here (registration required). Grimes earned a B+ for his answer from the show’s contributing analyst Tim Strazzini, a managing director of Pali Capital, Inc.

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Fisher People: Carol Smith
Title: Information Associate for Career Services

Hobbies: This time of year, I enjoy gardening, farmers markets and a good garage sale bargain. Reading cookbooks, going to the movies and trying new restaurants are other favorite pastimes, but my most cherished free time is spent with family, friends and my mini schnauzer, Mitzy.

FisherLure: "Working in Career Services has provided me the opportunity to meet and work with many interesting students and recruiters. The Career Services staff is great and working with them makes my work days rewarding. They are fun, kind and supportive, but it is their energy and professionalism that sets them apart making for a great work environment. I feel fortunate to be part of such a dynamic team. "

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Calendar of Events

May 20
The Fisher Graduate Poker Association will hold a poker boot camp starting at 5 p.m. at The Quarry Clubhouse No. 2. More information is available online at

May 21
The Hispanic Business Student Association will host its year-end meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 220 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at

May 22
A student leader SOURCE training session will be held for all presidents and treasurers of Fisher student organizations from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in 365 Gerlach Hall. The training is required for any organization that will receive funding for the 2007-08 school year. More information is available online at

A representative from KPMG will speak at the Accounting Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 305 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available on line at

Sarah N. Pick of Caterpillar will speak at the Transportation and Logistics Association meeting. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. in 209 Schoenbaum Hall, the meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at

May 23
The Undergraduate Business Women’s Association will hold its officer elections at 7:30 p.m. in 315 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at

A representative of Doner Advertising will speak at the American Marketing Assocation meeting. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in 100 Independence Hall. More information is available online at

May 23
Pete Edwards
of Edwards Communities will speak as a part of the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. Reservations are required. More information is available online at

Gary Vawter, president and owner of Vawter Financial, Ltd., a Columbus-based comprehensive wealth management firm, will speak as a part of the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. Reservations are required. More information is available online at

May 29
Susan Josephs
, associate dean for educational and professional diversity, will be the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Fisher Diversity Awards Program, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blackwell.

The program will honor individuals and corporations that help promote diversity at Fisher. Reservations for the program can be made by e-mail.

May 30
The American Marketing Association will host a year-end social and marketing plan presentations. Pizza will be served at 7 p.m. in 311 Schoenbaum Hall and the meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in 320 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online at

May 31
The Leadership & Professional Development program will present the first “Leadership & Professionalism Award” during the LPD Wrap-Up Lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Gerlach Student Lounge. Core faculty, mentors, staff, and students are invited to nominate a member of the first year MBA class who has exhibited leadership qualities and has demonstrated professionalism in and out of the classroom. Nominations should be made for someone who has improved their leadership and professionalism skills over the past year.

Nominations with the name of the person and a brief paragraph on them should be e-mailed to Holly Peterson by May 21st.

News Briefs

Anthony Sanders, professor of finance, was quoted in an Associated Press article on Bank of America’s decision to eliminate closing costs.

Sanders told the news agency that move was made to make the bank more competitive in the mortgage lending sector.

Nancy Lahmers, administrative director of the Center for Operational Excellence, was quoted in a May 13 Columbus Dispatch article on women returning to the workplace after starting a family.

Lahmers told the paper that business often find these women to be highly educated have a strong work ethic and are dedicated employees.

Jeffrey Rice, executive director of Career Services, was interviewed by WBNS 10-TV about hiring trends for this year’s college graduates.

Rice told the television station recruiters are finding new ways to communicate with potential employees, including instant messaging and blogs. Junior Doug Wlodarski and Heidi Younker, a recruiter from Plante Moran, were also interview as a part of the story.

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