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Feb. 14, 2011

In This Issue

Accounting programs rise in rankings

New mortgage study co-authored by Ben-David examines loan modification

Smith first speaker in Black MBA Student Association's leadership speaker series

Congressman Steve Stivers, a Fisher alumnus, meets with Dean Poon

Fisher People: Valeria Wicker

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Accounting programs rise in rankings

Fisher's undergraduate accounting program moved from ninth place to sixth place in a survey of accounting educators nationwide. The 2010 Public Accounting Report also ranked the MAcc program 10th and the doctoral program 14th in research and 10th in teaching. Last year, Fisher's PhD program ranked 17th for teaching and 18th in research.

An independent newsletter of the accounting profession, the publication also added two new doctoral classifications this year. In those categories, the survey asked respondents to rank PhD programs based on their ability to turn out both professors strong in teaching and in research.

The newsletter's survey was completed by more than 1,700 accounting educators. "The Annual Survey of Accounting Professors school rankings seeks to measure accounting professors' perceptions regarding the accounting programs they feel most consistently turn out students capable of some day attaining partner status. It is not intended to be scientific," according to the publication.

"These rankings reflect our colleagues' view that we offer high-quality accounting programs and that we have an outstanding faculty," said Richard Dietrich, professor and chair of the Department of Accounting and MIS. "It is nice to know that accounting scholars across the country recognize our faculty's accomplishments and hold Fisher's programs in high regard."

New mortgage study co-authored by Ben-David examines loan modifications

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Itzhak Ben-David

One factor, little-known by borrowers, can play a large role in whether banks are willing to renegotiate mortgages with homeowners who are struggling to meet payments.

Unfortunately, it is a factor that homeowners have no control over.

Researchers found that mortgages owned by lenders were 26 to 36 percent more likely to be renegotiated than very similar mortgages that the original lenders sold to other companies, which turned them into securities.

"Homeowners don't have a say in whether their bank sells their mortgage or not, but that can have a significant impact on whether their loan is renegotiated," said Itzhak Ben-David, co-author of the study and assistant professor of finance at Fisher.

"From the homeowners' perspective, whether their mortgage is traded among investors is completely outside of their control."

Other co-authors of the study are Sumit Agarwal, Gene Amromin and Douglas Evanoff from the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, and Souphala Chomsisengphet from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

The research was accepted to the Journal of Financial Economics and will be published in a future print edition.  Read More >>

Smith first speaker in Black MBA Student Association's leadership speaker series

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Gene Smith

Although Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith is nationally known for his success in collegiate athletics, his professional foundation began in corporate America.

Smith was the first speaker for Fisher Black MBA Student Association's February Leadership Speaker Series. Although he attended Notre Dame on a football scholarship and did some coaching, athletics was not a top priority in Smith's life, he told students, staff and faculty gathered for the annual event.

"I really didn't aspire to be an athlete," he said. He initially planned to go to trade school and work with his father, an electrical contractor, who owned his own company.

"I worked at (my father's) company from the time I was five years old until I was 18 and went off to college. A lot of my background was embedded in my experience in working with him."  Read More >>

Congressman Steve Stivers meets with Dean Poon

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Fisher alumnus and Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers visited campus to meet with Dean Christine Poon to discuss key Fisher and federal priorities.

Fisher People: Valeria Wicker

Title: Office Associate, Accounting and MIS

Hobbies: "I teach 'Virtue of the Week' children's classes in Dublin; I love to read and travel is my passion. "

Fisher Lure: "I like that my colleagues appreciate and make use of my distinctive talents and knowledge beyond what meets the job description. "

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