For Faculty, Staff & Students
Oct. 24, 2008

In this issue

2008 Biz Quiz grows, attracts 24 business schools from across the nation

Cardinal Health executives discuss women's network

Alumni sponsored security analysis competition celebrates fifth anniversary

Halter drives TBDBITL down the field

850 hours donated by students during Community Service Day

Fisher People: Misty Little

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University
Fisher College of Business
2008 Biz Quiz grows, attracts 24 business
schools from across the nation

A fledgling business contest that began three years ago at Fisher with 11 schools is now a popular academic competition drawing 24 spirited teams of the nation’s most talented undergraduates. The universities of Southern California, Texas, Emory, Arizona, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State are among the schools vying to prove they are on top of today’s red-hot business news at the 2008 Nationwide Fisher Biz Quiz.

Biz Quiz, a fast-paced quiz show that tests students’ knowledge of critical business news, will be held Nov. 15-16 at Fisher and in front of television cameras at the WOSU studios at the Center of Science and Industry. The event is hosted by Fisher in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, and is sponsored by Nationwide’s Financial Leadership Rotation Program. Read More>>

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Cardinal Health executives discuss women’s network
Women Forum panelists
Cardinal Health executives Deb Dunipace (left) and Cassi Baker describe the formation of the company’s Women’s Initiative Network.

During the Women Leaders in Operational Excellence Forum, Cara Forester recalled a job interview where she was asked what her plans were after she began having children.

“I was completely turned off and walked away from that job opportunity,” said Forester, now director of Global Communication Healthcare Supply Chain Services for Cardinal Health.

Encounters with hiring managers similar to what Forester experienced early in her career still exist today and demonstrate the need for women’s initiative network in the workplace, according to the panelists gathered on Friday, Oct. 17 at Gerlach Hall. Read More>>

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Alumni sponsored security analysis competition celebrates fifth anniversary
Women Forum panelists

Mike Leesburg (left) is presented with award by Professor Andrew Karolyi.

Five years ago, Fisher alums Jack and Daniel Rosenfield wanted to encourage Ohio State students to develop professional quality security analysis reports.

The brothers, both executives for New York investment firms, established the Rosenfield Family Prize for Excellence in Security Analysis, which is awarded each quarter to the graduate or undergraduate student who develops the best security analysis report on an individual company.

The prize targets students enrolled in Fisher’s Student Investment Management (SIM) program, however it is open to all Ohio State students. Mike Leesburg, a student in the MBA for Working Professionals program became the 21st recipient of the Rosenfield Prize for his report on Oshkosh Trucking during the summer quarter competition.

Alex Rinaldi, a senior in finance, was the runner up for his analysis of Qwest. Leesburg received $2,000 and Rinaldi received $500.

Students in the SIM program gain hands-on experience by managing a $25 million portfolio, which is a part of Ohio State’s endowment. Each student must independently develop a detailed analysis to justify an investment recommendation for the SIM fund. A judging committee comprised of alumni, faculty, students and external evaluators judge the submissions.

“Since we have started this endeavor five years ago, the level of competitiveness in the SIM program was greatly increased and that is a direct reflection of the commitment made by Jack and Dan,” said Andrew Karolyi, faculty director of the SIM program. “That has helped the students managing the fund make more informed decisions, which has helped the portfolio grow in value.”

Daniel is a partner in Rothenberg-Rosenfield, Inc. and Jack is director of asset management for Athena Group, LLC.

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Halter drives TBDBITL down the field

Josh Halter (pictured above) may only be a junior at Fisher, but the economics major is already leading a large, public institution.

Most Saturdays during the fall, Halter can be found taking his place in the front of the line of one of Ohio’s most high profile organizations—The Ohio State University Marching Band.

As drum major for the band, Halter is tasked with creating routines that strengthen the performance of the overall band as well as coordination for one of college football’s most recognizable traditions – Script Ohio. Read More»

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850 hours donated by students
during Community Service Day

student volunteers

More than 150 Fisher MBA students donated 850 volunteer hours during FisherServes Community Service Day on Oct. 3. Students volunteered at several local agencies. Activities included Junior Achievement exercises at elementary schools, construction projects for Habitat for Humanity, restoration projects for COSI, the Columbus Zoo, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus.

Students in the photograph above are working at MAP Furniture Bank, which provides household goods and furniture to families in need.

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Fisher People: Misty Little
Title: Academic Advisor, Graduate Programs Office

Hobbies: I have a background as a school counselor, so I am very passionate about education. I am also interested in environmental issues and veganism. I enjoy cooking and running. I hope to complete a marathon next year.

FisherLure: It’s refreshing to be a part of this environment where we work together to offer so many opportunities to students.

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Calendar of Events

Nov. 7
The American Finance Association is holding a speaker series on the history of financial thought. Prof. Michael Jensen, Professor Emeritus of Finance at Harvard University and former President of the American Finance Association, will give the first workshop, “Origins and Status of Theories of Agencies Problems,” at 1:45 p.m. at Gerlach 365.

Nov. 14
The second workshop of the American Finance Association will be by Geoffrey Poitras, Professor of Finance at Simon Fraser University and is titled “The (Very) Early History of Financial Thought” at 1:45 p.m. in Gerlach 365.

Nov. 21
The third workshop of the American Finance Association will be by Edward Kane, Professor of Finance at Boston College and former President of the American Finance Association titled “The History of the Theory of Banking” at 1:45 p.m. in Gerlach 365.

News Briefs

Leiblein selected for Strategic Management Society position
Michael Leiblein
was named associate program chair of the competitive strategy interest group, the largest division in the Strategic Management Society (SMS).

The SMS consists of more than 2,000 members representing a kaleidoscope of backgrounds and perspectives from more than 50 different countries. Membership is composed of academics, business practitioners and consultants who focus on the development and dissemination of insights on the strategic management process, as well as on fostering contacts and interchange around the world.

Office of Minority Student Services reports on scholarships
More than 30 Fisher minority students were awarded scholarships sponsored by 13 corporate, individual and professional organizations for the 2008-09 academic year, according to David Harrison, director of the Office of Minority Student Services. This year’s gifts total to date is $60,000.

Some students received up to $5,000 from corporations such as CSX, National City Bank, Ernst & Young, Limited Brands, Shell, J.P. Morgan Chase and KPMG.

Professional organizations awarded scholarships were the National Black MBA Association—both the national association and the Columbus chapter and the National Association of Black Accountants. The Ami Scott Fellowship Internship grant, created with a gift from 2008 Young Alumnus Award winner Scott and her family, provided funds for a marketing student.

All scholarship winners will be recognized next May during the Pace Setters award ceremony.

Fisher alum advances at SEC
Amy Edwards, who received her PhD in finance from Fisher, was named Assistant Chief Economist for Markets and Intermediaries for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Economic Analysis.

Edwards joined the SEC staff in 1997 as a Financial Economist. In her new capacity, Edwards will lead a group that provides economic analysis and support for the SEC's Division of Investment Management, Division of Trading and Markets, and Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations.

Fisher in the News

Dick Dietrich, professor and chair of the department of accounting, was quoted in an Oct. 20 article in the Financial Times regarding the new international financial reporting standards and the consortium of universities organized by Deloitte to educate accounting majors on the new standards. Fisher is a member of the consortium.

Dietrich told the paper that competence in the new standard will become a big selling point for students looking for jobs at the big auditing firms. He said students that don’t learn the new standards will be behind the curve.

Jonathan Stone, a second-year MBA candidate and the student manager of the Student Investment Management club, was quoted in an Oct. 20 Columbus Dispatch story on good buys in the stock market.

He told the paper there are great investment opportunities and said that many companies had been unfairly punished because of the overall trends in the stock market.

William Raabe, who teaches courses on taxes in accounting, told the Columbus Dispatch, that neither presidential candidate has adequately addressed the long-term solvency problems with Social Security and Medicare, which will impact taxes.

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