For Faculty, Staff & Students
Dec. 5, 2008
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In this issue

New course in innovation offered; taught by executive-in-residence

Autumn graduation celebrations begin tonight

Alumnus gift a tribute to exchange program family

Undergraduate accounting program moves up to sixth place in national professor survey

Fisher students join Alutto, Newcomb at cancer charity dinner

Fisher People: Karen Swan

Max M. Fisher College of Business > The Ohio State University
Fisher College of Business
New course in innovation offered;
taught by executive-in-residence

Michael Bills
Michael Bills, Fisher executive-in-residence, will teach a course in innovation.

A new course in innovation available to MBA students will be taught by executive-in-residence Michael Bills, former managing partner of the U.S. studios at Fitch, an international design and consulting firm.

Offered Winter Quarter 2009, the elective course will help students develop skills and understand methods in innovation processes and how they are applied in business and commercial strategy. Students will learn to differentiate innovation from traditional research and development operations. The course will also delve into the creative process and examine emerging trends in the development of new and existing products, services and brands.

“Michael Bills is a thought leader in consumer strategy and product development,” said Karen Hopper Wruck, associate dean for MBA programs. “He brings to Fisher a passion for his work and his class will be an exciting, dynamic experience for students.” Read More>>

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Autumn graduation celebrations begin tonight
Fisher will hold autumn graduation events for the Master of Accounting and MBA for Working Professionals programs. Ohio State’s Autumn Commencement will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

The MAcc Autumn Quarter Reception honoring 11 graduating students will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Faculty Club. Current MAcc students are also invited to attend. The keynote speaker for the event is Chad Combs, senior consultant in corporate strategy at Nationwide Insurance. Combs graduated from the MAcc program in 2004 and received his bachelor’s degree from Fisher in 2003.

The MBA for Working Professionals Autumn Quarter Graduation Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. The event will confer degrees for 36 graduates from the MBA for Working Professionals program. The keynote speaker is Donald G. Barger, Jr., former senior vice president and chief financial officer for YRC Worldwide. Barger retired from the company.

The alumni speaker is Chris Henneforth, managing member and co-founder of Level Partners, LLC. Henneforth received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Fisher. Following the ceremony, the Working Professional MBA and MLHR programs will hold its holiday party. The graduates, their guests and current students are welcome to join the festivities.

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Alumnus gift a tribute to exchange program family
Robert Tattersall
Robert Tattersall (pictured right), executive vice president and senior portfolio manager at Howson Tattersall Investment Counsel in Toronto, has established a $500,000 endowment in honor of Becky Erickson Fraundorfer.

A native of Great Britain, Tattersall met Becky and her family through a high school exchange program when they were his host family. Following graduation from St. John’s College, Cambridge, Tattersall was interested in business school and ultimately chose Ohio State. While a student in the MBA program at Fisher, he resided with the Erickson family. His gift recognizes the family, and specifically Mrs. Erickson, for their hospitality and generosity during his time at Fisher.

“I would not have been able to afford to attend business school at Ohio State if I had to pay rent on top of my tuition,” said Tattersal, who earned his degree in 1971. “Becky Erickson and her family’s generosity made it possible to earn my MBA. By making this gift in her honor, I want to ensure that others have the same opportunity I had to pursue graduate studies at Fisher. At the same time, the scholarship will serve as a reminder of Becky’s kindness at an important time in my life.”

“Gifts such as the scholarship funded by Robert Tattersall, which support graduate education, enable us to attract high quality students and prepare them for these challenges through a world-class management education unlocking career success and advancement,” said Steve Mangum, interim dean.

The fund supports a graduate student with an interest in finance and/or
investment management.

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Undergraduate accounting program moves up
to sixth place in national professor survey

Fisher’s undergraduate accounting program moved up three spots to number six in the 2008 Public Accounting Report ranking of academic programs. The Public Accounting Report is an independent newsletter of the accounting profession.

With 1,557 professors participating, this year’s survey had the largest voter participation in the 27-year history of the ranking, according to an article in the publication. The report surveys accounting professors and department heads across the nation to name the top graduate, undergraduate and doctoral programs they believe most consistently turn out students capable of some day attaining partner status.

Rankings for the MAcc and PhD program were unchanged from last year, placing 11th and 17th respectively.

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Fisher students join Alutto, Newcomb at cancer research charity dinner
Fisher table at fundraiser
MBA and undergraduate students join OSU Provost Joseph Alutto and Carol Newcomb, executive director of Executive Education program, for the Ohio Cancer Research Grand Illusions Sauté. The black-tie dinner held on Nov. 20 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton raised money for cancer research.

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Fisher People: Karen Swan
Karen Swan
Title: Office Associate, Accounting & MIS

Hobbies: "I have a second job working with developmentally disabled adults at the Wexner Heritage Village at the Shalom House. It was only supposed to be for a year, but I love my work so much I'm still there after six years. "

FisherLure: "I enjoy the variety of people that I get to meet. The people here are very nice. I also like helping the students who come through our office."

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Calendar of Events

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

Jan. 13
Deadline for 2009 Deloitte Business Competition registration and submission of the three-page conceptual business case is on Jan. 13. For more information visit the contest Web site or email questions to Nikki Modlich.

News Briefs

Bucks for Charity Drive underway
The annual Bucks for Charity Drive is underway through Friday, Dec. 12. Faculty and staff can select from more than 300 local charitable organizations to support.
Donors can choose to split their total contribution among one or more umbrella organizations, one or more individual organizations, or a blend of these options.

Gifts can be made through payroll deduction or as a one-time cash or check payment. For more information, contact your department's Bucks for Charity representative.

Hope in Giving Campaign kicks of Jan. 5
Fisher’s Staff Advisory Committee will kick off the Hope in Giving campaign on Monday, Jan. 5. An email survey to determine this year’s charitable organizations will be distributed the week of Dec. 15. For more information, contact

Harrison receives community award
David Harrison
, director of Office of Minority Student Services, will receive the Alpha Phi Alpha/Call and Post Jewel Award. The award is given to an individual who engages in "rare acts of service that positively transforms others in the central Ohio community." He will receive the award at a dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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

Steve Mangum, interim dean, was quoted in a Dec. 3 MarketWatch article that names Columbus the seventh best city in the nation for business. Mangum said although it is the 30th largest city in the nation, the area has a small town appeal.

Ken Gold, director of the Center for Real Estate Education and Research, was interviewed by about affordable regions of the nation withstanding the economic downturn. Gold said developers are anticipating that the worse is yet to come and are scaling back construction projects.

Jay Anand, an associate professor in management and human resources, was quoted in a November article in Columbus CEO about the impact of the InBev acquisition of Anheuser-Busch. He told the magazine that white-collar jobs were more likely to be threatened than blue-collar jobs after the merger.

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