FISHER NEWS March 7, 2008
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Fisher partnership with Kaiser Aluminum helps company build lean enterprise

Tax Clinic cited in Ohio State’s presidential honor

Gamellia hopes to use accounting degree to break into the music business

Parking garage construction to close Tuttle parking lots

MBA for Working Professionals graduation set for March 14

Fisher team places third in minority MBA case competition

Fisher People: Joana Ferreti-Meza
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Fisher partnership with Kaiser Aluminum
helps company build lean enterprise

David R. Conrow (left), vice president, Kaiser Production System, and Jack A. Hockema, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Kaiser Aluminum, visited Fisher on February 22 for the Center for Operational Excellence's professional development seminar where Hockema delivered the keynote address.

Kaiser Aluminum, a leading producer of fabricated aluminum products, was determined to elevate the execution of the company’s operational strategy throughout its business units and implement widespread lean management throughout the organization. To help with the process, the company turned to Fisher College of Business.

Now, two years into a customized lean management program developed at Fisher, company executives say Kaiser Aluminum is transforming itself into a lean enterprise and are hailing the Fisher partnership as a success.

Fisher’s Executive Education program, working in collaboration with its lean management training partner, Productivity, Inc., developed a certification program designed especially for Kaiser Aluminum’s managers.

The curriculum in the four-month leadership training program addresses the specific operational challenges facing managers at Kaiser Aluminum facilities. Managers learn methodologies to tackle those issues, and during the program develop solutions that are implemented in their business units. Read More »

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Tax Clinic cited in Ohio State’s
presidential honor

The Fisher College of Business Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and its spin-off at the Moritz College of Law were among the 12 OSU community service projects included in a recognition of Ohio State on the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction awarded by President Bush.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support innovative, effective and exemplary community service programs. Criteria for selection include scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers service-learning courses.

Bill Raabe
Bill Raabe
“We are very proud of the hundreds of Fisher students who have volunteered their time and tax expertise to prepare state and federal returns for Columbus residents through the VITA program,” said Bill Raabe, who launched the Tax Clinic at Fisher and teaches graduate tax courses in the MAcc and MBA programs. “This award recognizes the work of our Fisher volunteers over a five year period, as we developed a system to provide high-quality tax services to those individuals in the OSU neighborhood who otherwise could not afford to obtain them.

The Tax Clinic allows students to develop skills in delivering professional services, as they interact with taxpayers to prepare and review tax returns, Raabe said. Read More »

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Gamellia hopes to use accounting degree to break into the music business

Nick Gamellia (center) plays electric guitar during a King Jasper performance.

Instead of concentrating on methods for corporate financial reporting in accounting class, Nick Gamellia found himself wondering how much homemade Play-Doh he could afford to use in his band’s first music video without breaking the budget.

With shaggy blonde hair, a beard and a lip ring, Gamellia readily admits he is not the typical accounting student. The senior, who will graduate in June, is passionately focused on his latest music project and his aspirations of becoming a music mogul.

Through his band, King Jasper, which performs a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop, Gamellia is showcasing his talents both on stage and behind the scenes. King Jasper, which features a singer, two rappers and a disc jockey, is performing locally and has plans for a college tour next fall, Gamellia said.

Getting King Jasper noticed in the music scene is where Gamellia said his business education will give him have an advantage over other up-and-coming acts. For the past two years he has used accounting, marketing and business law courses to form his own “Business School of Rock,” as he calls it. Read More »

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Parking garage construction
to close Tuttle parking lots

The Tuttle parking lots north of Fisher Hall will be closed early next quarter to prepare for construction of a new 1,400 space parking garage. The parking lots closest to Fisher Hall will be permanently closed on April 7 to make way for the new Lane Avenue Parking Garage and Student Academic Services building.

The new parking garage, which will be located at the southeast corner of Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place, is expected to be available for partial occupancy by fall quarter 2009. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by December 2009 - January 2010, according to Transportation & Parking.

Prior to the complete closure of the parking lot, various road and construction projects will also affect the parking lot. Several rows of parking on the far east side, including all parking meters and disability parking, are now closed permanently. Starting on Monday, March 10, Neil Avenue between Lane Avenue and the east entrance of the parking lot will be closed until the beginning of spring quarter. On Monday, March 17, six rows of parking to the south of Jesse Owens North Recreation Center will be closed.

Further information is available through Transportation & Parkingís Web site.

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MBA for Working Professionals
graduation set for March 14

Twenty five graduating students in the MBA for Working Professionals program will be honored during the MBA for Working Professionals Graduation Ceremony at 6 p.m. on March 14 at Ohio Stateís Faculty Club.

Brian Benson
Brian Benson
William H. Carter, executive vice president and CFO of Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc., will address the graduating students. Carter graduated from Ohio State in 1974 with a bachelorís degree in accounting.

Throughout his tenure with Hexion, Carter has been instrumental in the restructuring of Hexionís holdings, including serving as a director and interim president and CEO of a former subsidiary, BCP Management, in 2000. He is responsible for the companyís treasury, financial control and reporting, tax, mergers and acquisitions finance functions. Prior to joining Hexion, Carter served as the Price Waterhouse LLP Engagement partner for Borden Chemical, one of the companies that merged to form Hexion.

Fisher Alumni Board member Brian Benson will talk to the graduating students about staying connected with the college as they continue on their career paths. Brian Benson, who received his MBA from Fisher in 2004, is currently a support services manager for Teradata, a former division of NCR.

Select graduating students will also be honored for their scholarly achievements, performance in case competitions and service to the college.

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Fisher team places third in minority
MBA case competition

Fisher's team at the 2008 Minority MBA Student Case Competition Marc Ankerman (from left to right), coach and senior lecturer in management and human resources, Carson Peterson, Carla Williams, Gilbert Johnson and Jonathan Stone finished in third place.

The team of Gilbert Johnson, Jonathan Stone, Carson Peterson and Carla Williams received third-place honors in the 2008 Minority MBA Student Case Competition IV, presented by Key Bank in partnership with Fisher on February 28-March 2 in Cleveland.

Stone was also recognized as “Best Presenter” in the competition, which brought together 16 colleges and universities from across the nation. Indiana University received first place honors, Carnegie Mellon University placed second and Cleveland State University was fourth.

Now in its fourth year, the case competition challenges MBA students to analyze business issues with diversity implications. This year's case focused on a Key Community Banking issue. Fisher’s Office of Minority Student Services organizes the event. Marc Ankerman coached this year’s team.

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Fisher People: Joana Ferreti-Meza
Title: Program Coordinator for the International Programs Office

Hobbies/interests: "Besides having fun with my husband at the movies, visiting my family, and my job, I enjoy dancing as my favorite activity to relax and have fun. Salsa dancing is in my veins as well as Hawaiian, Samba and Belly dancing. Internationalization is definitely in every part of my life. "

FisherLure: "I enjoy my position at the International Programs Office due to the challenging and innovative environment that our energetic team faces every day on our current Global World!"

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News Briefs

Search firm to meet faculty and staff on March 13
Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in open sessions on March 13 with representatives of the search firm hired to assist with the search process for the next Fisher Dean.

Dan Parker and Laurie Wilder, of Parker Executive Search, will seek input from faculty members from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and from staff members from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held in 365 Gerlach Hall.

Fisher team takes third place in International Trading Competition
Undergraduate students Colin McMahon and Grant Schneider along with second-year MBA students Jason Schroder and Robin Ventura finished in third place at the fifth annual International Trading Competition. Ingrid Werner, associate professor of finance, served as the team's advisor.

The competition, which featured 30 schools from around the world, was hosted by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Canada, February 21-23.

The case competition consisted of intensive trading through oral auctions and computerized interactive trading simulations. The Fisher team also finished third in the BP Commodities Case and fourth in the Open Outcry Case.

Undergraduate program is ranked 59th by BusinessWeek
While Fisher’s undergraduate program received two “A’s” for job placement and facilities and services, BusinessWeek ranked the program 59th overall out of 127 programs surveyed in its 2008 ranking.

BusinessWeek used a methodology that includes nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes and academic quality. The publication sent surveys to some 80,000 business majors and more than 600 corporate recruiters.

Fisher also received a “B” for teaching quality. Last year, Fisher’s undergraduate program was ranked 41st in the 2007 survey.

News Briefs

René Stulz, professor of finance, was quoted in a March 4 The New York Times article on the increase of corporate cash holdings since 1980.

Stulz told the paper that the moves to stockpile cash reflect a riskier business world.

Sharon Alvarez, assistant professor of management and human resources, was quoted in Feb. 22 Columbus Business First article on a resilient entrepreneur.

Alvarez told the paper that resiliency is a skill that is mostly learned by successful business leaders after experiencing setbacks.

Douglas Lambert, professor of marketing and logistics, was mentioned in the March issue of DC Velocity magazine for the upcoming Supply Chain Management Program, a seminar co-sponsored by Fisher and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

The seminar, which teaches supply chain managers to clearly articulate the mission and purpose of their supply chain, will be held April 14–18 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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