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Dean's Leadership Conference team winners pose with Invention Convention young entrepreneur Christian Starr, a Bloom Carroll middle school student, and his product ROSS-Remote Operated Stop Stick. The device is designed to help law enforcement officials safely stop a car during a high-speed chase.
Dean's Leadership Conference teams present inventions designed by middle school students

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Rao Unnava, associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Michael Camp, academic director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, listen to Matthew Orr deliver an elevator pitch at the Dean's Leadership Conference. Photographs of the day's events, DLC award winners and young entrepreneurs can be viewed in a slideshow.

A group of very young aspiring entrepreneurs joined local business leaders in a day of business challenges and networking with talented Fisher undergraduates during this year’s Dean’s Leadership Conference (DLC).

Managed and organized by Fisher’s undergraduate students, the May 2 conference's theme was “Initiate. Innovate. Inspire: Leadership through Entrepreneurship.” This year’s event was designed to give students the experience of a day in the life of an entrepreneur.

The teams of undergraduates developed business plans for a variety of entrepreneurial projects to pitch to area business leaders who served as board members at the conference.

A new twist in this year’s DLC team assignments were products all developed by area middle school students who participate in the Invention Convention program. Invention Convention provides students from kindergarten through eighth grade opportunities to create and problem solve while developing their own inventions.

"The inventions presented by the middle school students during the DLC were quite impressive," said Michael Camp, academic director of Fisher's Center for Entrepreneurship. "They were as poised as you would expect seasoned entrepreneurs to be and were able to answer the judges questions clearly and accurately. Two judges even asked, 'where do we send our investment checks?' ”

The Invention Convention products were ROSS, Remote Operated Stop Stick, a device for law enforcement officials designed to stop a car safely during a high-speed chase; Work-Out Wonder, a stability device for athletic training, rehabilitation and physical therapy, and Cold Conqueror, a nano-encapsulated nasal spray to help fight the common cold.

Those products were offered along with entrepreneurial projects from area non-profit organizations, including United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio and the “A Kid Again,” a respite and recreation program for terminally ill children and their families.
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Allenby designs research tool to forecast consumer retail purchasing habits
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Greg Allenby works with students during a class.

Greg Allenby, the Helen C. Kurtz Chair in Marketing, has built a distinguished career in teaching and applying economic theories and statistical models to marketing and consumer behavior.

A nationally recognized expert in Bayesian statistics and marketing, Allenby was recently listed in the top 20 of most prolific scholars published in top-tier marketing research journals, according to the January 2009 Journal of Marketing study.

Allenby was a bit skeptical three years ago when a Worthington-based retail research firm approached him about helping the company design a retailers forecasting tool.

“I’m a micro guy. My research looks at a particular set of variables of what people think about and do in their purchasing habits,” he said. “This was not something that I’ve ever done before at an aggregate level for specific retailers.”

By February 2009, ForecastIQ—Allenby described as the first of its kind—was launched. Designed by Allenby, ForecastIQ provides analysis of more than seven years of data from surveys that track consumer purchasing intentions and actions. Allenby’s forecasting tool applies Bayesian statistical analysis to that data to accurately predict future consumer spending habits for 37 specific retailers.
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Fisher 5K, EMBA student contributions raise more than $24,000 for Boys and Girls Club

This year’s Fisher 5K, held on April 26, broke fundraising records collecting $21,500 for the Columbus chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, according to Jonathan Yoon, president of FisherServes, sponsor of the race.

However, efforts to help the youth organization didn't end at the race's finish line. Students in the Executive MBA graduating cohort kicked in with their own fundraising effort by contributing an additional $3,497.59, according to Carol Newcomb, executive director of Executive Education.

“This year’s amount of $21,500 represents a 43-percent increase over the 2008 contribution of $15,000,” Yoon said. “The event registered 612 runners, a 28-percent increase in participants over last year.”

“Several members of FisherServes put in a ton of work behind the scenes,” Yoon said.

The event was chaired by Kumar Parekh. Adam McCuiston led marketing efforts; Lauren Ross served as volunteer coordinator, Kara Towner-Larsen headed fundraising and Shireesh Annam managed the event’s finances.

Money from the EMBA students was collected during the graduating cohorts’ dinner,” Newcomb said. The dinner was organized by George Bray and Ted Bojanowski.

“This was an awesome effort," said Karen Hopper Wruck, associate dean of the MBA program. "It truly demonstrates the levels of success that can be achieved when we work across the college and put our collective talent behind an important cause.”

Bowen awarded Wolfe scholarship
for study abroad

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Wolfe Scholarship for study abroad is presented to G. Michael Bowen by John F. Wolfe.

G. Michael Bowen, a 2006 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, was honored on Tuesday, May 5, by The Ohio State University Office of International Affairs at the 10th annual Wolfe Study Abroad Recognition Luncheon.

Scholarship recipients were congratulated at the luncheon by Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee and John F. Wolfe, chairman and CEO of the Dispatch Printing Co. Bowen, a junior at Fisher, was one of 22 student recipients of a $2,000 scholarship.

An operations management major with a minor in natural resources management, Bowen will use his scholarship to study in the Netherlands during the 2009 autumn quarter.

“My time abroad will allow me the opportunity to experience first-hand the operations of world leaders in renewable energy and sustainable technology as well as the supreme enormity of international trade through one of the world’s largest port cities. Not only will I gain important insight to the intricacies of my projected profession; I will gain a better understanding of global dynamics, increase my communication ability significantly, and have the experience of a lifetime,” said Bowen.

To receive the scholarship, students must be a full-time student of sophomore, junior, or senior rank; a minimum overall GPA of 2.75; be an Ohio resident who has graduated from an Ohio high school and admitted to an Ohio State approved quarter/summer-long study abroad program.

Fisher People: Lei Chase

Lei ChaseTitle: Program Coordinator, Center for International Business and Education Research

Hobbies: "Gourmet cooking, herb gardening and listening to jazz music."

Fisher Lure: "I was in the MBA program 10 years ago, so coming back to work for Fisher is like home coming. I am so glad to work with my former professors and re-connect with some of my classmates."

May 15, 2009

In This Issue

Dean's Leadership Conference teams present inventions designed by middle school students

Allenby designs research tool to forecast consumer retail buying habits

Fisher 5K, EMBA student contributions raise more than $24,000 for Boys and Girls Club

Bowen awarded Wolfe scholarship for study abroad

Fisher People:
Lei Chase

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