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Chris Holloman, director of statistical consulting services, and Juhee Lee, PhD student in statistics, grapple with data at the Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights (NCACI).
Center at Fisher provides action-based learning for Ohio State students from diverse fields

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Darren Weng, doctoral student in economics, and NCACI director Tom Bishop listen as MBA candidate Samarth Mital (center) discusses a Nationwide research project.

Around a conference room table in Fisher Hall, MBA students and Fisher faculty sit alongside other graduate students and faculty from psychology, statistics and economics. All are working with executives from Nationwide on company business issues.

For nearly two hours, the group gathered at the table discussed customer satisfaction and retention data from Nationwide, computer programs for statistical analysis and the results and status of various research projects for the Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights (NCACI).

“The center is the embodiment of so many of the objectives and the mission laid out for the university and Fisher as articulated by President (Gordon) Gee and Dean (Christine) Poon,” said Tom Bishop, the center’s executive director and an associate professor in the Department of Statistics and Fisher. “In partnership with Nationwide executives, we are using the skills and expertise of the university to support a company that is very important to the region. We are taking a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing their business problems and providing hands-on experience to Ohio State students.”

The center’s work is already making an impact at Nationwide. Read More>>

College receives $1.8 million estate gift to establish chair, scholarships

Executive Education’s Lisa Antolino rememberjohn russelled the late John Russell, (pictured right) who served on the Dean’s Advisory Council, as the “ultimate people person.”

As a corporate communications executive, he was a true believer in customer centric business strategies, she said.

Antolino worked with Russell for many years at Bank One. “He was creative, an innovator, a visionary,” Antolino said. He was also a mentor and a friend to Antolino.

“He was extremely supportive of me and continued to be a mentor to me after I came here to Fisher," she said.

She recalled a man who was a great communicator, supporter of education and mostly a generous heart. It is all of those attributes and more that will be Russell’s lasting legacy for the Fisher community.

Fisher College of Business has received an estate gift from the late John A. Russell to create student scholarships and to establish an endowed chair.
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Fisher News Video: Buser, Fisher lead History of Financial Thought project for
American Finance Association

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Stephen Buser (pictured above), professor emeritus at Fisher and historian for the American Finance Association, undertook a major project for the association. His mission was to create a video record of the History of Finance.

For the last two years, Buser and Fisher’s Educational Technologies team in ITS have undertaken the tall order of producing video interviews with important contributors to financial economic knowledge. Click the arrow above to learn more about the project.
Author of "The End of Detroit," "The Selling of the American Economy" to speak Jan. 8


Author, journalist and scholar Micheline Maynard will be a guest speaker on January 8 and will discuss her latest book, "The Selling of the American Economy: How Foreign Companies Are Remaking the American Dream," which was published in October 2009 by Random House. The discussion, co-sponsored by the International Programs Office, will begin at 8 a.m. in 355 Gerlach Hall.

In addition to discussing the book, Maynard will participate in a question and answer session with the audience and local international business experts.

The book will be excerpted in The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and featured on National Public Radio.

Maynard also wrote the acclaimed 2003 book "The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market," which foresaw the collapse of Detroit carmakers. Also published by Random House, it appeared in paperback in 2004.
Known as Micki, she is a senior business correspondent for The New York Times, where her work has appeared since 2000.

Semester Conversion Steering Committee created for Fisher

In June 2009, the Ohio State University Senate approved a conversion to semesters, starting in autumn 2012. Fisher recently created a Semester Conversion Steering Committee chaired by Senior Associate Dean Steve Mangum.

The members are Anne Beatty (AMIS), Ken Boyer (MS), Keely Croxton (M & L), Holly Danzig (Dean’s Office), Francisco Gómez-Bellengé (Dean’s Office), Roy Lewicki (MHR), John Persons (FIN), Karen Wruck (Associate Dean, Graduate Programs), Rao Unnava (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs) and Jay Yutzey (retired Executive Director, Undergraduate Programs & Advising Office).

Additionally, each department and degree program has set up a committee or has asked existing standing committees to review courses and curricula. The entire curriculum will have to be revised to fit quarter courses into semesters. These changes will have wide-ranging ramifications for areas as diverse as advising, facilities and scheduling, Career Management, and budgets and payroll. Planning is in its earliest stages.

The conversion is part of the Ohio Board of Regents’ Strategic Plan for Higher Education 2008-2017, which states that standardizing academic calendars across the university system of Ohio will improve efficiencies, reduce costs and make transfers between Ohio universities easier.

A 2012-2013 Academic Calendar has been published. The Office of Academic Affairs has created a Semester Conversion web site. More college-specific information will be forthcoming.

Fisher People: Patti Hambley

patti hambleyTitle: IT Services Support Specialist

Hobbies: "I love spending time with my daughters, and I also enjoy reading, baking, walking, and cross-stitch."

Fisher Lure: "I'm thankful for the diversity at Fisher and love getting to meet and work with students from all over the world. Having a job that allows me to help people is also very gratifying."

Dec. 4, 2009

In This Issue

Center at Fisher provides action-based learning for Ohio State students in diverse fields

College receives $1.8 million estate gift to establish chair, scholarships

Fisher News Video: Buser, Fisher lead History of Financial Thought video project for American Finance Association

Author of "The End of Detroit," "The Selling of the American Economy" to speak Jan. 8

Semester Conversion Steering Committee created for Fisher

Fisher People: Patti Hambley

You Need to Know

An electronic version of the 2009 W-2 is available and employees can request it online through the e-payroll portal.

Online enrollment provides employees the opportunity to receive their W-2 form earlier than in the mail. Employees who enroll prior to January 12, 2010 will receive their W-2 electronically.

For employees who choose not to receive their W-2 online, Payroll Services will mail the document to the current home address in the HR System. Employees should verify their home address on their pay statement and report changes to department administrator by Dec. 15.

News Briefs

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