FISHER NEWS Nov. 2, 2007
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Business competitions bring undergrads from around the world to Fisher

Fisher students battle Michigan on mtvU

Wruck takes on academic affairs responsibilities

CIBER sponsoring two programs for business community in December

Undergraduate team advances to national Deloitte tax case competition

Fisher People Halloween Edition: Dr. Kruz Nutty











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Business competitions bring undergrads
from around the world to Fisher

Nationwide-Fisher National Biz Quiz Challenge
Fisher students Nate Palmer (left) and Ryan Watson prepare for the preliminary round of the Nationwide-Fisher Biz Quiz National Challenge on Oct. 26. Along with the third member of the team, Jon Stroh, the Fisher team advanced to the final round and finished second.


Fisher hosted two major business competitions, Nationwide-Fisher National Biz Quiz Challenge and the CIBER Case Challenge, which collectively brought 30 teams of undergraduates from business schools from across the nation, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Teams of undergraduate business students from across the country tested their knowledge of significant business news in a fast-paced quiz show the Nationwide-Fisher Biz Quiz National Challenge on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27. The final round took place in front of television cameras at the WOSU studios at the Center of Science and Industry.

Sponsored by Nationwide’s Financial Leadership Rotation Program, Fisher and The Wall Street Journal, 18 business schools from the Big Ten, the universities of Texas, Florida, Southern California and New York University were among those competing.

Emory University’s Goizuetta Business School took first place, Fisher finished in second-place, and University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business finished third. Read More»

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Fisher students battle Michigan on mtvU
Quad Squads
Fisher student Christopher Sparks pumps up a crowd of Ohio State students as a mtvU videographer records footage for an upcoming episode of Quad Squads.

A few weeks before Ohio State’s gridiron showdown with the University of Michigan, four Fisher students are working feverously to score a victory over the school up north in a business competition being televised nationally.

This season on the mtvU show "Quad Squads," business students from both schools are developing a marketing plan to promote the 2008 Ford Focus with new Sync technology and Ford’s $500 cash rebate for student purchasers.

Fisher students Faraz Khan, a junior in business marketing and finance, Jessica Kleinman, a senior in marketing and international business, Christopher Sparks, a senior in marketing and psychology, and Kelly Mirgon, a junior in business and marketing, are representing Fisher in the competition.

The mtvU camera crew tracked the four students for two days in mid-October as they conducted a focus group and organized a promotional event on the Wexner Center plaza. During a blustery, overcast afternoon on the plaza, more than 150 Ohio State students hovered around the Ford Focus to “Sync Their Ride” while the mtvU cameras recorded all the action.

The Fisher team showcased the Focus’ Sync technology, an integrated voice-activated hands-free cellular phone and entertainment system, by having students get in the car and interact with the new feature.

The four-episode series will conclude with both teams presenting their marketing plan to Ford executives on Nov. 11 in Dearborn, Mich. The winning team will receive internship opportunities at Ford Motor Co. and a prize package worth up to $5,000 each.

Watch the battle between the Buckeyes and Wolverines unfold on the " Quad Squads" Web site.

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Wruck takes on academic affairs responsibilities
Karen Hopper Wruck, associate dean for MBA programs, will assume responsibility for graduate programs as the college searches for its new dean, Interim Dean Steve Mangum announced this week.

Karen Hopper Wruck
Karen Hopper Wruck
“In this role, Karen will serve as the college's primary envoy to the university’s Graduate School and to the Office of Academic Affairs in managing all requests from these offices,” Mangum said. The role includes managing the approval process for new graduate level academic programs and facilitating the continued development of current programs.

“Internal to the college, Karen will have increased interaction with the academic chairs of our MAcc, MBLE, MLHR and Ph.D. programs, assisting them in formulating and implementing on-going improvements generated through the program committees,” Mangum said.

Wruck, Dean’s Distinguished Professor, came to Fisher in 1999 joining the finance department faculty. In 2003, she was named associate dean of the MBA programs. Prior to joining the Fisher faculty, she taught for 12 years at Harvard Graduate School of Business and the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

Wruck will continue in her role as associate dean for MBA programs. She will be re-locating to 200 Fisher Hall.

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CIBER sponsoring two programs for
business community in December

A new program to assess firms’ global readiness will be offered through the Center for International Business Education & Research’s TARGET program. President E. Gordon Gee will be the keynote speaker for the Dec. 11 meeting. He will discuss the internationalization of Ohio State.

Participants will learn skills to increase international resources to enter global markets more quickly and knowledgeably. The session will offer an overview of the NASBITE’s Certification for Global Business Professionals (CGBP) and networking opportunities with Fisher faculty and other Ohio business leaders. For more information, contact Melissa Torres at torres.32@osu.edu.

CIBER is co-hosting a delegation of Chinese business leaders, lawyers and government officials to meet with Ohioans interested in learning about business practices in China. On Dec. 6, the delegation will participate in a day-long seminar, "International Commercial Arbitration in China" at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus. Fisher’s Oded Shenkar, the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and professor of Management and Human Resources, will be a featured speaker for the seminar.

For more information about the event, contact Elizabeth White at EAWhite@vssp.com.

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Undergraduate team advances to
national Deloitte tax case competition

A team of Fisher undergraduates advanced to the national finals of the sixth annual Deloitte Tax Case Study Competition after competing in the regional rounds on Oct. 20 in Columbus.

Sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation, a non-profit arm of professional services firm Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, the competition pitted colleges and universities against the clock to complete a complex, hypothetical case study that draws on students’ knowledge of tax topics.

Members of the Fisher team are Mike Mozes, Molly Muzevich, Nate Palmer, Ryan Watson and Greg Groom. Fisher did not have a graduate team this year. The top 12 teams – six undergraduate and six graduate – advanced to the national finals to be held on Nov. 16 to 18 in Orlando, Fla. There, they will compete for $70,000 in individual scholarships and institutional awards.

The regional competition drew 50 teams from 35 colleges and universities across the country. In addition to Columbus, regional competitions were held in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City and Salt Lake City.


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Fisher People Halloween Edition: Dr. Kruz Nutty
 
Title: The world's only cruise therapist.

As the world's first and only cruise therapist, how do you heal your patients? : "I'm dedicating my life to helping the millions of people who are cruise addicts. I'm also hopelessly addicted to cruises and I offer good advice on how cruise addicts can use laugh therapy to help them get through the tough times before your next cruise!"

What do you prescribe to any one suffering the symptoms of cruise addition?: "My new book ‘Cruise Crazy: The Cruise Addict's Survival Guide’ identifies the four levels of cruise addiction and takes note of the wacky pre-and post-cruise rituals, zany onboard behavior and obsessive-compulsive symptoms that give cruise addicts away. It also features my 25 Cruise Withdrawal Therapies and Remedies."

Editor's note: Dr. Kruz Nutty is the alter ego of Bob Mick, program coordinator for the Executive MBA program.

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Calendar of Events

Nov. 7
Greg Wright
, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Tesoro Corporation, will be the featured speaker at the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in 100 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.

Nov. 8
John F. Wolfe
, CEO of Wolfe Associates and chairman, publisher and CEO of Dispatch Printing Company, will be the featured speaker at the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in 161 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.


The Procter and Gamble Case Competition for first-year MBA students will be held from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. in 315 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online at fisherrsvp.student-hub.com.

Nov. 9
The Ohio State chapter of the American Marketing Association will hold its marketing career fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blackwell Inn. More information is available online at the Ohio State AMA Web site.

Nov. 16
Edward Fisher, property and casualty practice leader for the Oswald Companies
will present a lecture titled, "From Toys to Pet Food: Product Liability, the U.S. and China," 12:30 p.m. at 305 Schoebaum Hall. The Oswald Companies, provides risk management programs for some of the world's largest companies. The event is part of the Real Worlds Lecture Series presented by the Institute for Chinese Studies, CIBER and the Undergraduate International Studies Program.

Dec. 11
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee will be the keynote speaker for a new program to assess firms’ global readiness, offered through the Center for International Business Education & Research’s TARGET program. Gee will discuss the internationalization of Ohio State.

Participants will learn skills to increase international resources to enter global markets more quickly and knowledgeably. The session will offer an overview of the NASBITE’s Certification for Global Business Professionals (CGBP) and networking opportunities with Fisher faculty and other Ohio business leaders. For more information, contact Melissa Torres at torres.32@osu.edu.


News Briefs

Harris appointed CFTC
chief economist

Fisher alum Dr. Jeff Harris was recently appointed chief economist of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Harris had been serving as a consultant at the CFTC since 2006.

Harris, who received his doctoral degree in finance from Fisher in 1995, will provide expert economic advice to the CFTC in his new position. His duties will also include policy analysis, economic research, expert testimony, education and training.

Fisher grad to lead Deloitte & Touche's Columbus office
Deloitte & Touche USA LLP has promoted John McEwan to managing partner of its Columbus office.

McEwan succeeds Larry Hilsheimer, who left Oct. 15 after 10 years in the top local leadership post to become chief financial officer of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Until a replacement is found, McEwan will continue as the office's partner in charge of audit and enterprise and risk services.

A Columbus native, McEwan joined Deloitte in 1983 after earning his accounting degree from Fisher.


News Briefs

Steffanie Wilk, associate professor of human resources, was quoted in an Oct. 27 Columbus Business First article on manners in the workplace.

Wilk told the paper that organizations must manage differences in manners, which could spark petty squabbles that are difficult to heal.

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