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Press Southworth III, executive director of Opera Columbus, delivers the keynote address at the 2009 Pace Setters Awards. Southworth received the Pace Setter Executive Award.
Students, faculty and alumnus honored at 2009 Pace Setters Awards ceremony

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Rao Unnava, associate dean for undergraduate programs, Greg Grabovac, Pace Setters and Alumni Board member, and Dean Christine Poon, present Pace Setter Awards to students.

Senior Associate Dean Stephen Mangum was among four faculty members and 92 students recognized at the annual Pace Setters Awards on Thursday, May 21.

During a surprise presentation, Fisher Dean Christine Poon gave Mangum the Bostic-Georges Faculty Service Award. The award was established to recognize a faculty member who has made an exceptional contribution in serving the college and university.

The Pace Setters Award is the college’s highest honor, awarded to the top students and faculty in the college on the basis of leadership in both academics and service to the Fisher community.

The Pace Setter Executive Award was presented at the event to Press Southworth III, executive director of Columbus Opera.

“One of our most important awards, it recognizes the ideals that we strive to instill in our students,” Poon said. “Their leadership serves as an example for our students as they embark on their future careers.”

Southworth, who delivered the Pace Setters keynote address, graduated from Fisher summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree majoring in accounting Prior to joining Opera Columbus, Southworth had a lengthy career in the accounting and financial services field retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner from the firm in 2001.
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Nanofiber Solutions wins 2009 Deloitte Business Plan Competition
A team presenting a newly patented nanotechnology device won the 2009 Deloitte Business Plan Competition on Saturday, May 16.

The team, Nanofiber Solutions, developed a start-up business plan to market nanofiber mats to improve screening and research in biomedical fields.

The winning team received $95,000 in cash and services to use as start-up funds to transform their idea into a thriving business.

The Nanofiber Solutions team included Jed Johnson, a doctoral candidate in Ohio State’s Materials Science in Engineering; John Lannutti, associate professor in the program; Brian Barnhart, an MBA candidate at Carnegie Mellon and Ross Kayuha, CEO at Columbus-based Strategic Thinking Industries.

The members of the Deloitte Business Plan Competition’s winning team, as well as members of the second-place and third-place teams—Bionovations and IR Diagnostyx—are all graduates of Ohio State’s Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Academy offered by the Center for Entrepreneurship at Fisher College of Business.

“The annual competition has become the high point in a growing interdisciplinary entrepreneurship educational program at Ohio State,” said Michael Camp, academic director for the Center for Entrepreneurship. “This is the first year that all six finalists emerged from various classes offered in the broader educational program at Ohio State.”
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Battelle executive delivers keynote address at Diversity Awards Program

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Demetrai Mitchell

“The term diversity is still a challenge,” Demetrai Mitchell, director of diversity and inclusion at Battelle, told an audience of 150 people gathered at Fisher’s Eighth Annual Diversity Awards Program.

“When I’m saying the word diversity, sometimes people hear affirmative action, they hear quotas. They hear it differently.”

Mitchell, who delivered the key note address at the ceremony, said many companies and their employees still struggle with the concept. She said it’s not enough for companies to hire more women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

“They want a seat at the table; it’s just not enough to be hired. They need to be heard,” said Mitchell, who began work in the corporate diversity field in the 1980s.

Mitchell offered advice to the students gathered for the event. While she emphasized the importance of being critical, speaking the truth and being courageous, Mitchell also told the audience it is vital for business leaders to surround themselves with people who have different perspectives and experiences.

In addition to Mitchell, Mac Stewart, vice provost and chief diversity officer for Ohio State, and Rao Unnava, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs, spoke at the event.

Leaders of Fisher minority student groups presented the awards. The Individual Diversity Award was presented to Fisher alumnus, Terina Matthews, a recruiter for Yum Brands in Louisville. The Corporate Diversity Award was given to Ashland. Tim Harman, senior staffing specialist for college recruiting and diversity, accepted the award for the company.
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Fisher named CFA Program Partner Institution

CFA Institute and Fisher announced that Fisher’s MBA in Finance is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Program Partner and will offer degree programs that cover at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute ethical and professional standards, and other requirements.

“Students in this program are exposed to the Candidate Body of Knowledge, concepts and principles that have been identified by investment experts worldwide as essential to global practice,” said Bob Johnson, CFA, deputy CEO of CFA Institute. “By mastering these fundamentals of the CFA Program, students will be well on their way to earning the highly-valued CFA charter.”

Recognition as a CFA Program Partner signals to potential students, employers and the marketplace that the university curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well-suited to preparing students to sit for the three levels of CFA examinations.

“Fisher’s selection as a CFA Program Partner exemplifies the high regard of the Fisher MBA in the finance community worldwide,” said Anil Makhija, Rismiller Professor of Finance and chair of the Department of Finance at Fisher. “The CFA Institute is internationally recognized for promoting the highest standard of professional excellence through education and business ethics throughout the investment and financial fields.”

Students in Fisher’s MBA in Finance program will gain access to CFA Institute textbooks, journals, webcasts, and other educational resources. Students will also benefit from professional development events held in conjunction with CFA Columbus.

Indian culture celebrated at Utsav 2009

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Music, food, dancing and fashion were some of the main attractions of Ustav 2009 celebrating Indian culture. Video highlights of the festival, sponsored by the Indian MBA Association, can be viewed by clicking the arrow above.

Fisher People: Rosemary Vest

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May 29, 2009

In This Issue

Students, faculty and alumnus honored at 2009 Pace Setters Awards ceremony

Nanofibers Solutions wins 2009 Deloitte Business Plan Competition

Battelle executive delivers keynote address at Diversity Awards Program

Fisher named CFA Partner Program Institution

Indian culture celebrated at Utsav 2009

Fisher People:
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