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MBOE studentsThe Master of Business Operational Excellence cohort from Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. completes the program in December.

January 30, 2012

In This Issue

Second class of 10x, Ohio One Fund launches

MBOE program Indiana helps school district save money

Accounting study examines earning reports claims, lawsuits

KeyBank partners with Fisher in Financial Services Cluster

Fisher People: Laura Buck

Fisher In The News

10x-Columbus Business First

Michael Brandl-Milwaukee Business Times

Neil Drobny-Environmental Leader


Upcoming Events

Feb. 1, 2012
Black MBA Association Speaker Series: Angela N. Cauley,Coalescence CEO, and Ian Blunt, COO of Coalescence

Feb. 2, 2012
Sustainability and Economic Development Forum

Feb. 3, 2012
Green Supply Chain Symposium and Challenge

Feb. 8, 2012
Black MBA Association Speaker Series: Douglas E. Lumpkin, COO, Ohio Secretary of State

Feb. 9, 2012
E&Y MAcc Speaker Series: Craig Marshall, Columbus office managing partner, Ernst & Young Advisory Services

Feb. 10, 2012
Center for Operational Excellence Professional Development Meeting

Applied Finance Seminar: Steve Steinour, chairman, president and CEO, Huntington Bancshares, Inc.


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Second class of 10x, Ohio One Fund launches

Aspiring business leaders with ideas for mobile and web-based applications for the higher education, retail, news and entertainment industries are among the 10 teams joining the 2012 10-xelerator winter class.

10x, launched in April 2011 in partnership with Ohio’s New Entrepreneurs (ONE) Fund, is an innovative business accelerator program from the Ohio Third Frontier designed to attract and retain the best and brightest talent to Ohio. The intensive 12-week program provides funding, mentorship and professional development for talented entrepreneurs. The first program was held during the summer of 2011. The winter program began Jan. 23. Read More >>

MBOE program helps school district save money

A school district might not have many similarities to a shop floor, but one Indiana school district is taking lessons from manufacturing principles in an effort to overhaul its operations.

In December, 11 administrators from the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. graduated from Fisher’s Master of Business Operational Excellence cohort, a one-year program supported by the Center for Operational Excellence and designed to cultivate process improvement leaders in a range of industries.

The Evansville Vanderburgh school district is an early adopter of lean thinking in education. Read More >>

Accounting study examines earning reports, claims, lawsuits

Andrew Van BuskirkLast year, when a pension fund owning stock in Bank of New York Mellon brought suit against that financial behemoth, the fund not only took aim at the bank's allegedly fraudulent currency trading, but cited a variety of upbeat claims in its Securities Exchange Commission filings that the plaintiff considered highly doubtful.

The fund singled out the bank's claims of "provid[ing] superior client service, strong investment performance and the highest fiduciary standards...and deliver[ing] top-tier returns to our shareholders."

Complaints about such corporate self-congratulation and optimism are a common feature of securities lawsuits -- but also a hotly debated one, with some judges dismissing expansive or optimistic language cited by plaintiffs as immaterial and defendants labeling it mere "puffery."

Yet, now, a study co-authored by Fisher Assistant Professor of Accounting Andrew Van Buskirk in a leading accounting journal finds that, puffery or not, such language makes a major difference in whether or not shareholders initiate lawsuits against companies. Read More >>

KeyBank partners with Fisher for Financial Industry Cluster

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KeyBank executive Codi Keenan (center) works with Financial Services Industry Cluster students.

Executives for KeyBank, the Financial Services Industry Cluster partner for Winter Quarter, not only want Fisher students to learn about their company. They are expected to be equally versed about KeyBank's competitors.

Students delivered presentations assessing the competitive advantage of other banking institutions to KeyBank executives Kate Terrell, chief financial officer for community banking, and Codi Keenan, assistant vice president. Read More>>

Fisher People: Laura Buck

Title: Donor Relations Coordinator, Office of External Relations

Hobbies: "Morning yoga, nature hikes, fiddling around on the piano (with husband and son on the hand drums), family finance, reading, and cooking for my husband also known as my culinary soulmate."

Fisher Lure: "As a support person for Fisher development activities, I assist our amazing team of fundraising professionals help individuals and corporations facilitate their charitable giving to Fisher. The best part of my job is knowing I have a role in helping our donors achieve a positive impact on the lives and work of those they support."

laura buck

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