For Faculty, Staff & Students
Nov. 21, 2008
In this issue

Fisher brings home the green in competition

24 schools compete
in Biz Quiz

Veterans at Fisher find smooth transition from military to business world

Overmyers commit $1.2 million to Fisher, The James

John F. Wolfe discusses economic issues at Cullman luncheon

Fisher People: Lisa Antolino

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University
Fisher College of Business
Fisher brings home the green in competition
First place team in the third annual Get Green Business Case Competition.
Fisher's first place team of Vandana Rajakumar (left), Joseph Wechsler, Mike Nemeth and Benjamin Hummel pose with Eric Wunderlich at the 2008 Get Green Business Case Competition.

Fisher MBA students took home all the green, winning first, second and most innovative awards at the third annual Get Green Business Case Competition sponsored by NetJets.

The competition pitted teams of master level business students from area schools against one another to come up with the best solution to greenhouse gas emissions at NetJets. The Green Business Committee of Mayor Michael Coleman’s Get Green Team organized the case competition to promote green business practices in and around Columbus. The competition was opened to all the master level business programs in central Ohio.

On the first place team, Green Sky Consulting, were Benjamin Hummel, Vandana Rajakumar, Mike Nemeth and Joseph Wechsler. Kermit Consulting team, which included Malika De silva, Philip Tamoutselis, Kara Towner-Larsen and Michael Hrostoski received second place honors. Winners of the most innovative award were Celina Dopoulos, Adam Boyle, Melissa Hickey and Michael Parker of the Green Angels team. All three teams were coached by Marc Ankerman, a faculty member in the Master’s Labor and Human Resources program. Read More>>

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24 schools compete in Biz Quiz
Fisher's Biz Quiz team.
Tyler Dodd (left), Pinank Patel and Gopika Ranganathan, Fisher's team, get ready for action during the early rounds of the 2008 Nationwide-Fisher Biz Quiz.

Michigan State University took home first prize in the final round of the 2008 Biz Quiz competition on Sunday, Nov. 16 in WOSU's studios at COSI. University of Wisconsin at Madison was the second place winner and University of Minnesota finished in third place.

Nationwide’s Financial Leadership Rotation Program and Fisher hosted teams of undergraduate students from 24 top-ranked business schools from all over the nation. The students battled in a fast-paced competition testing their knowledge of six-weeks of news coverage from The Wall Street Journal, a co-sponsor of the event. Read More>>

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Veterans at Fisher find smooth transition from military to business world
Graduate students who served in the military.
A group of graduate students who served in the military were hosted by alumni at a Pre-game at Fisher.

Some aspects of Fisher’s Leadership and Professional Development program are familiar terrain for some students in the MBA program. That is what two military veterans said about making the transition from the armed forces to management education.

“Leadership training is a significant part of our background,” said Greg Goins, a second-year MBA candidate about his career in the U.S. Navy. “We are able to exploit that background and play on the skills that the military taught us and use it in the business world.”

Carly Dendinger, also a second-year MBA candidate and former Air Force Captain, agreed. In fact, she feels that in some ways military veterans have an edge over their civilian counterparts in the MBA program. “The discipline we acquired in the military translates fairly well into this environment and helps in how we approach completing tasks and assignments.”
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Overmyers commit $1.2 million to Fisher, The James
Ed and Mary Jane Overmyer

Ed and Mary Jane Overmyer (pictured above) of Columbus, Ohio, have committed a total of $1.2 million in support of Fisher College of Business and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. A Dean’s Innovation Fund at Fisher will be established with $1.1 million, which will support emerging priorities and new initiatives in accordance with the college’s strategic plan. These seed dollars help the college attract and retain top faculty, support student projects, and launch new programmatic activities.

“The Overmyers’ creation of a Dean’s Innovation Fund underscores their dedication to advancing the educational and intellectual mission of the college,” said Stephen Mangum, interim dean of Fisher. “We are grateful to them for their sustained commitment to Fisher and building on their already impressive contributions that have been key to our success.”

After graduating from Ohio State in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering, Ed Overmyer went on to become chairman and co-founder of Berwanger Overmyer Associates, now Willis HRH.

Longtime university supporters, they have also established the Edwin L. and Mary Jane Overmyer Leadership Fund at Fisher College of Business to provide scholarship support to undergraduate business students who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills. They also funded the Berwanger/Overmyer Athletics Scholarship and other research and improvement initiatives across campus.

“Our objective is to assist Fisher College of Business in developing new innovations that result in multiplying the effectiveness of existing and new programs,” Ed Overmyer said. “The quality of Fisher and the James Cancer Hospital positions them among the best, both nationally and internationally. Their growth is exciting!”

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John F. Wolfe discusses economic issues at Cullman luncheon
John Wolfe talks with a Fisher student.

John F. Wolfe, (pictured left) CEO of Wolfe Associates, chairman, publisher and CEO of the Dispatch Publishing Co., visited campus on Nov. 12 for a discussion with students as part of the Cullman Executive Luncheon Series.

Wolfe offered his views on the current economic crisis. He also discussed the future direction of the media industry and the impact of the Web on local television and newspapers. Wolfe chats with Vandana Agrawal (pictured right) a first-year MBA student.

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Fisher People: Lisa Antolino
Lisa Antolino
Title: Associate director, Executive Education

Hobbies: "I am an avid cyclist with memories of some exciting bike trips to some exotic places. From years of cycling, I’ve accumulated quite a few bicycles, some of which were rescued from the trash and recycled! "

FisherLure: "What I like about working at Fisher College is the chance to learn, the camaraderie of our Executive Education group …and of course there is always chocolate around."

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Calendar of Events

Dec. 4
MBA Autumn Book Draw. Faculty will draw names of MBA students to win books
at 12:30 p.m. in the Gerlach
student lounge.

Dec. 5

Jeffrey Picard, senior vice president and general manager for Textron, will speak at the Center for Operational Excellence forum. Registration and more information is available at the COE Web site.

Fisher Winter Games, an athletic battle pitting graduate students against faculty and staff will be held noon to 6 p.m. at the Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC).

Athletic competition will include three-on-three basketball tournament at noon, a 2 p.m. kickball game and dodgeball at 4 p.m.

Dec. 6
Faculty and Staff Holiday Gathering 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the ballroom at the Blackwell Inn.

Dec. 12
MBA for Working Professionals Autumn Quarter Graduation Ceremony will be held 6 p.m. at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. Faculty planning on attending the event must RSVP Samantha Schnitzer by Dec. 5.

News Briefs

MLHR student recognized for charitable work

MLHR student Emily Douglas is one of 10 regional honorees selected as a Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris for her commitment to community service for her work with Grandma’s Gifts, an organization she founded as a youth to honor her grandmother.

In 1993, Douglas started Grandma’s Gifts to provide food, clothes, toys, books and services to disadvantaged families and schools in the Appalachian Mountain region. Through Grandma’s Gifts, Douglas has helped provide $2.5 million in goods and services.

The Fisher community can help Grandma’s Gifts receive a $25,000 donation from L’Oréal Paris. From now through Nov. 24, a public online vote will take place at to nominate one national Women of Worth award winner.

AMA student chapter raises money for Parkinson’s disease
Fisher’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association in collaboration with Parkinson's Disease Awareness held a fundraising event that exceeded its goal.

The organizations hosted Pancakes for Parkinson's on Oct. 11 at the Wexner Center Plaza before the Ohio State vs. Purdue football game. The original fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation was surpassed after AK Steel made a generous donation of $25,000 to the group.

Pancakes for Parkinson’s raised over $41,000 in donations, which will be matched through the Team Fox Challenge by a $1 million anonymous gift from the family of a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.Corporate sponsors included Bob Evans Farms Restaurants, which donated pancake batter. The fundraiser also included a bake sale, raffle, an appearance by Brutus Buckeye and a performance by the OSU Women's Glee Club. The event co-chairs were Matt Crevelt, Niki Crowe and Amy Horn.

Applications available for International Student Exchange
Applications are now available for graduate students for International Student Exchange for Autumn Quarter 2009 and Winter Quarter 2010.

Exchange spots are available at more than 20 partner schools on six continents. Students earn course credit at the partner schools and only pay their normal Ohio State tuition and fees.

For more information and an online application, please visit the International Programs Web site.

Pace Setter nominations underway
The nominations process has begun to select outstanding students to receive the Fisher College of Business Pace Setters Award. Pace Setters annually recognizes the college’s top two percent of undergraduate and graduate students.

Selection as a Pace Setter is based on both scholarship and leadership achievement. Written nominations are the primary basis for committee decisions. Every candidate must have a written nomination.Self Nominations are acceptable.

This year the student nomination process has moved online and can be found on the Pace Setter Awards Web site.

Fisher in the News

Michael Weisbach, Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance, was interviewed on NPR’s Planet Money about a research paper he edited on how the political affiliations of a company's board of directors affect its stock prices. The study randomly selected companies in various industries and geographic regions. He told the reporter that the study found companies with government contracts seemed to have directors that are well connected with the administration. The entire podcast is available on the NPR Web site.

In a Nov. 16 Columbus Dispatch article about the failure of National City Bank and its acquisition by PNC Bank, Andrew Karolyi, Dean’s Distinguished Chair in Asset Management, told the paper that the bank’s downfall will become a historic case study that scholars will be teaching about for years to come.

Karolyi told the paper: “The lesson…is that financial institutions are intrinsically linked to one another and the overall economy. A serious break in the chain -- in this case, the decline in housing prices -- can lead to ‘a systemwide failure to the real economy, to unemployment, to the gross national product.’”

WNBS-TV 10 News interviewed Shashi Matta, assistant professor of marketing, on the decline in retail sales and his forecast for future consumer spending. "The retail stores will see some spike during the holiday season, but come January and February it's going to be dismal," Matta told the reporter on Nov. 6.

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