FISHER NEWS
For Faculty, Staff & Students
Oct. 13, 2008
Fisher student Felice Green receives a henna tattoo during the Go Global Fair.
In this issue

Center for Entrepreneurship issues report on Ohio venture capital

Fisher Alumni Awards honors nationally recognized business leaders

Symposium for leadership and creativity planned for Oct. 30-Nov. 2

Fisher EMBA places 20th in Wall Street Journal international ranking

Blum appointed
Fisher’s first CIO


Office Name Change: Office of Career Management

Fisher People: Lorraine Pennyman



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Fisher College of Business
Center for Entrepreneurship issues
report on Ohio venture capital

A report developed by Michael Camp and the Center for Entrepreneurship ranked Ohio 13th in the United States in 2007 for venture capital money invested in technology companies.

Camp, the academic director for the center, presented his report at the Ohio Capital Fund’s summit that gathered investors, entrepreneurs and companies together for a conference on venture capital on Sept. 17. The event was co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development.

According to Camp’s report, Ohio technology companies received $536 million in venture capital investment. More than $155 million in seed and early stage funding was invested in 88 companies that received angel or venture capital funding for the first time.

In Camp’s presentation, “A Platform for Innovation: Poised for Growth,” he said the state is enjoying a new wave of capital investments in start-ups, which include an increase in participation from non-Ohio venture capital funds. Read More>>

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Fisher Alumni Awards honors nationally recognized business leaders
2008 Fisher Alumni Awards winners
Fisher Interim Dean Steve Mangum (from left) and Alumni Board member Greg Yoakam present the 2008 Alumni Awards to Tim McCarthy, Ami Scott, Dale MacDonald and Timothy Keenan.

The founder of a successful Washington, D.C. area technology contractor for federal agencies, a partner at a leading Chicago law firm and the president of the China subsidiary of a diversified chemical company are among five Fisher College of Business graduates honored at the 2008 Dean’s Dinner and Alumni Awards presentation.

Entrepreneur Tim McCarthy and Grange Insurance CEO Phil Urban were recognized along with Timothy Keenan, co-founder, chairman of the board and president of High Performance Technologies, Inc., Ami Scott, a partner at Chicago’s Mayer Brown LLC, and Dale MacDonald, president of Ashland, Inc. China, on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Blackwell Inn on the Fisher College of Business campus at The Ohio State University.

Since 1993, the Alumni Society of Fisher College of Business has recognized outstanding alumni, who have brought distinction to themselves and the college through their outstanding achievements as well as generously contributed time and resources to Fisher. Alumni are honored in five categories.

Tim McCarthy received the Community Service Award. He is an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker and founder of WorkPlace Media, the largest at-work consumer media company in the world. Serving more than 100 national marketers, WorkPlace Media has been recognized as an Inc. 500 company and recipient of awards from Inc. magazine and regional business honors. Read More>>

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Symposium for leadership and
creativity planned for Oct. 30-Nov. 2

Students from Hampton, Michigan, Morehouse and Spelman are among the colleges and universities that will be represented for the first KeyBank Undergraduate Leadership and Creativity Symposium held on the Fisher campus.

Melissa Garrett
Melissa Garrett
The Oct. 30-Nov. 2 symposium, targeted to underrepresented business students from around the country, is an intense multi-day workshop that will sharpen skills in product innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and persuasive communication.

Fisher and KeyBank have collaborated to provide workshops for juniors and seniors that will develop skills to help them “put it all together,” said Rao Unnava, associate dean for Undergraduate Programs at Fisher, one of the designers of the program. The symposium is being organized by Fisher’s Office of Minority Student Services.

Fisher faculty teaching in the workshop include Sharon James, assistant professor of strategy; Michael Camp, director of Center for Entrepreneurship and David Schilling, professor of management sciences. Read More»

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Fisher EMBA places 20th in
Wall Street Journal international ranking

Fisher's executive MBA program was ranked 20th worldwide by The Wall Street Journal, in its newest ranking that “measures which schools do the best job of turning up-and-coming managers into full-fledged leaders,” according to the business publication.

The survey results also included a ranking by corporations, which placed Fisher’s EMBA program at number 14 worldwide of the 25 programs ranked. According to the publication, the rankings are based on two surveys of students and corporations that are familiar with EMBA programs. The surveys were developed by Management Resource Group based in Portland, Maine. Questions focused on the effectiveness of the programs in developing management and leadership skills.

“Fisher’s Executive Education program is committed to delivering to our students and multinational corporations a world-class educational experience that develops leaders who are prepared for the challenges in today’s dynamic and uncertain business environment,” said Carol Newcomb, director of Fisher’s Executive Education. “It is extremely gratifying to learn that our graduates and their corporations have voiced their satisfaction in our program and provided affirmation that we are meeting their needs.”

One survey respondent told The Wall Street Journal that Fisher’s EMBA program "is a top notch program, very well structured in the class design, flexible schedule-wise, demanding academically." Read More»

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Blum appointed Fisher’s first CIO
David Blum was named Fisher’s first chief information officer, as well as executive director of Information Technology Services, last month. In his new position, Blum oversees all of the information technology functions within the college.

David Blum
David Blum
Blum comes to Fisher from Zane State College where he served as chief information officer since 2005. While at Zane State, Blum was president of the Ohio Two-Year College CIO Council and a member of the Ohio Academic Research Network’s steering and technical advisory committees. He also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching general education and information technology courses. Prior to joining the higher education sector, Blum served in a variety of information technology planning, project management and application development related leadership positions at SBC.

Since joining Fisher, Blum has changed the name of the Computing and Communications Services department to Information Technology Services. The change more accurately reflects the work the department does in providing technology related support for the college, Blum said. The new name also represents the unification of the existing department and the Educational Technologies department.

Blum holds a bachelor's degree in communication systems management from Ohio University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in marketing and communication.


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Office Name Change: Office
of Career Management

The Office of Career Management is the new name of the Gerlach Hall based operation that assists students with securing internships and post graduation employment and works with their prospective employers. The name change was announced to faculty and staff shortly before the start of the 2008-09 academic year.

Last year, the office revised its mission statement. “We were motivated to articulate a clearer and more succinct statement around our daily purpose and the expectations of those we most directly assist—students and their prospective employers,” said Jeffrey Rice, executive director of the office.

“The name change was made to better reflect our efforts to partner with Fisher students in offering programs which benefit them in managing their career preparation and job searches,” Rice said in a statement to the Fisher community, stakeholders and corporate recruiters. “Management is also our focus with recruiters, as we continue to extend our efforts on enhancing relationships through consultation on competitive recruiting processes and offering exemplary recruiting programs and venues.”


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Fisher People: Lorraine Pennyman
 
Lorraine Pennyman
Title: Academic Counselor and Staff Assistant in the Undergraduate Programs offce

Hobbies: "I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially in the fall we go apple picking! I also like pampering myself every once in awhile by going to the spa."

FisherLure: "I appreciate the supportive atmosphere specifically within Undergraduate Programs. The Fisher Community enables me to work with a diverse student population and specifically the Business Scholars Program. The ability to advise students and help them accomplish their goals give me a sense of pride."


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Calendar of Events

Oct. 13
Phil Urban, president and CEO of Grange Insurance and member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, will speak as a part of the Working Professional MBA Council’s Ask a CEO Speaker Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blackwell Inn. More information is available online.

Oct. 14
A representative from Cardinal Health will speak at the Asian Business Student Association meeting. More information is available online.

A representative from Exel Logistics will speak at the Transportation and Logistics Association meeting at 7 p.m. in 319 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

Oct. 15
A representative of Ohio State’s Department of Athletics will speak at the American Marketing Association meeting at 7 p.m in 319 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

A representative from Limited Brands will discuss the firm and its internship opportunities at the Undergraduate Finance Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 330 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

A representative from Cardinal Health will discuss information technology audits at the Information Systems Association meeting. More information is available online.

Oct. 16
Sandy Harbrecht, president of Paul Werth Associates and member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, will speak as a part of the Fisher Graduate Women in Business Executive Lunch series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 355 Gerlach Hall. More information is available online.

Deloitte & Touche will host a mock mingle session at the Accounting Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

The Ohio State Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants will discuss interviewing processes and its upcoming trip to the NABA national conference at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 310 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

Oct. 21
A representative from Cardinal Health will speak at the Transportation and Logistics Association meeting at 7 p.m. in 319 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

Oct. 22
A representative from Limited Brands will speak at the Undergraduate Business Women’s Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 215 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.

A representative from Sogeti will speak at the Information Systems Association meeting about information technology consulting opportunities. More information is available online.

A representative from New York Life will discuss the firm and its internship opportunities at the Undergraduate Finance Association meeting at 7:30 p.m. in 330 Schoenbaum Hall. More information is available online.


News Briefs

2009 Deloitte Business Plan Competition
kicks off

The Center for Entrepreneurship is now accepting registrations for the 2009 Deloitte Business Plan Competition. Individuals can access complete competition details and register their teams online.

The competition, which offers more than $145,000 in cash and services to use as start up funds, is open to the public. However, teams must have at least one Ohio State student to be eligible to participate. Registration deadline is Jan. 13, 2009.

MAcc students receive national accounting scholarships
Three of the 10 recipients awarded the prestigious American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' scholarships across the nation are Fisher MAcc students. Joshua Anderson, Blayne Lowary and Kelly Schleppi were awarded the John L. Carey Scholarship.

The scholarship program provides financial assistance to liberal arts degree holders pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA designation. Ten $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Ohio State trustees promote, reappoint faculty members
The Ohio State Board of Trustees promoted Neeli Bendapudi to full professor of marketing and Sharon Alvarez was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of management and human resources. The changes went into effect on Oct. 1.

The trustees also reappointed Anil Arya to the John J. Gerlach Chair for a second five-year term over the summer months.


Fisher in the News

Finance professors Karl Diether and Ingrid Werner had their research mentioned in a Sept. 28 The Wall Street Journal column on the need to reverse a Securities and Exchange Commission emergency ban on short selling.

Stephen Buser, finance professor emeritus, appeared as a guest on 820AM WOSU’s Open Line. Buser participated in a panel discussing the financial bailout. Listen to the interview in its entirety online.

Rao Unnava, W. Arthur Cullman Professorship in Marketing, was quoted in a Oct. 7 Columbus Dispatch article on nervous investors following the steady decline in the stock market.

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