FISHER NEWS
For Faculty, Staff & Students
Nov. 7, 2008
student teambuilding
In this issue

CIBER Case Challenge draws 16 teams from around the world

Sherwin-Williams CEO Chris Connor gives advice to Fisher undergraduates

Robiskie: A wide receiver
of academic honors


Economic advice for new administration from faculty

Students from across the nation gather for KeyBank Undergraduate Leadership and Creativity Symposium

Fisher People: Lindsey Case



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CIBER Case Challenge draws 16 teams
from around the world

CIBER Case Challange participants
Students make their case before judges at the 2008 CIBER Case Challenge.

One organizer for the fifth annual CIBER Case Challenge lauded the event a thrilling experience as Europe, Asia and the Americas were all represented on Oct. 28-31 on the Fisher campus.

“While I've always believed myself to be globally-minded, my appreciation has been renewed, thanks to the amazing experience of hosting 16 teams of the brightest students from around the country and the world, all here on the Fisher campus,” said Eric Bond, a double major in transportation and logistics and international business.

Hosted by Fisher’s International Programs Office and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), the business case competition is organized by Fisher undergraduate students in coordination with faculty and staff. The event was managed by undergraduate co-chairs Bond and Josh Benedikt and a host of student volunteers. Read More>>

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Sherwin-Williams CEO Chris Connor gives
advice to Fisher undergraduates

Christopher M. Connor, CEO of Sherwin-Williams, chats with students.
Christopher M. Connor (far right), CEO of Sherwin-Williams, chats with students from the Sophomore Cohort Pilot Program.

It’s not often that a CEO of a major global corporation tells a room with 40 college sophomores to email him directly to discuss job and internship opportunities. Yet, Christopher M. Connor, chairman and chief executive officer of Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co., did just that.

Following two lectures at Fisher, Connor took time to chat with students one-on-one who were lined up in a Schoenbaum Hall classroom. Each student received his undivided attention, advice and words of encouragement.

“Here’s my card and when you e-mail me, don’t forget to remind me that I met you here at Fisher,” Connor told a student he talked with after the second class. Read More>>

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Robiskie: A wide receiver of academic honors
Brian Robiskie
Brian Robiskie poses in Fisher Hall.

Success in the classroom is equally important as success on the athletic field for Brian Robiskie.

A Fisher marketing major with a 3.5 grade point average, Robiskie, who is a wide receiver for the Buckeyes, was selected among 15 of the nation’s best and the brightest scholar-athletes from the college gridiron. He was chosen from a pool of 164 semifinalists for the academic honors from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics divisions.

“One of the reasons I wanted to come to Ohio State was for the academic program, especially opportunities offered in Fisher College of Business. I have not regretted it,” said Robiskie, who will learn in December if he will receive the Draddy Trophy as the 2008 National Scholar-Athlete winner awarded by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF). Read More>>

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Economic advice for new administration from faculty
A few weeks before Election Day, several members of Fisher faculty offered their thoughts and ideas on what should be on the economic agenda for the new Congress and Administration that will take office in January.

Here are some recommendations from: Jay Anand, associate professor, Corporate Strategy and International Business; W.C. Benton, Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management, Management Sciences; Richard Dietrich, chair and professor, Accounting and MIS, and Oded Shenkar, Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management. Read MoreĽ

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Students from across the nation gather for KeyBank Undergraduate Leadership and Creativity Symposium
The 32-member class (pictured above) of the first KeyBank Undergraduate Leadership and Creativity Symposium represented students from Hampton, Michigan, Morehouse, Spelman as well as Fisher.

Designed for underrepresented business students from around the country, the intense workshop held Oct. 30-Nov. 2 helped the undergraduates sharpen skills in product innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and persuasive communication.


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Fisher People: Lindsey Case

 
Lindsey Case
Title: Office Associate, Finance

Hobbies: “I love working with animals. I’m training my bulldog Stella to perform a few tricks. She can 'play dead' pretty well! I also love cooking, reading and hanging out with friends. I would like to get back to throwing pottery. My family is really important to me; although they live about 4 hours away. I just became a new aunt, so I’m definitely going to visit home more often.”

FisherLure: “Working for Ohio State is an amazing opportunity. The quality and diversity of Ohio State departments and schools ensure that wherever you work, you are in a world-class environment. Fisher is renowned for being such a place. I jumped at the chance to work for a great community well known in higher education and the business world.”

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Calendar of Events

Nov. 12
The Cullman Executive Luncheon Series will feature John F. Wolfe, CEO of Wolfe Associates, Chairman Publisher, CEO of the Dispatch Publishing Co. 12:30 p.m. Career Services Conference Room Gerlach Hall. Lunch is provided. Information is available online.

Nov. 13
The Cullman Executive Luncheon Series will feature Phil Urban, CEO of Grange Insurance, 12:30 p.m. in the GPO conference room in Gerlach. Lunch is provided. Information is available online.

Nov. 14

CIBER is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education and the Columbus Council on Global Affairs to host the Summit on Educating Ohio’s Global Talent from 8 a.m. to noon at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Dublin. More info is available online.

The second workshop of the American Finance Association will feature 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 365 Gerlach Hall.

Nov. 14-15
Nationwide Fisher Biz Quiz events are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday in Schoenbaum Hall and on Sunday at the WOSU studios at COSI. For more information, visit the Biz Quiz Web site.

Nov. 21

The third workshop of the American Finance Association will feature 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 365 Gerlach Hall.


News Briefs

Trustees approve
Rismiller chair

Ohio State’s Board of Trustees approved the elevation of the David A. Rismiller Professorship in Finance to Chair level.

The David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance was approved at the June meeting of the Board of Trustees. The fund will support a faculty member with expertise in banking or a related financial service industry.

David Rismiller is the retired chairman and CEO of FirsTier Financial, Inc. in Omaha, Neb. The current holder of the David A. Rismiller Professorship is Anil Makhija, Chair of the Finance department and Associate Dean for Executive Programs at Fisher College of Business.

“We are a better college not only because of David’s financial gifts, but also because of his wise counsel and the many hours of his valuable time he has contributed to us over the years,” said Stephen Mangum, interim dean of Fisher.

Rismiller, who received his bacheolor's in business administration in 1958, has been a longtime supporter of Fisher. He is an active member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000 as a result of outstanding service to the college.

“Retaining top teaching and research talent, particularly at world-class business schools such as Fisher, is a challenge in today’s competitive environment,” Rismiller said. “Elevating the professorship in finance to chair level is my effort to ensure that Fisher continues to attract and retain the very best finance and management scholars, such as Anil Makhija, to educate our future business leaders.”


Fisher in the News

David Greenberger, professor and chair of the Management and Human Resources department, was quoted in an Oct. 24 Columbus Business First article about the employment longevity of Cameron-Mitchell Restaurant workers. He said that a diverse compensation strategy is the key to retaining good employees.

In an Oct. 30 article in Columbus Business First Rüdi Fahlenbrach, an associate professor in finance, comments on small investment funds that take a stake in a company then band together to make changes to a company. His comments were part of a story on corporate changes in Central Ohio and shareholder activism.

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