Fisher College of 

Christine Poon and Jeff Immelt ribbon cutting
Christine A. Poon, Fisher’s dean, and Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, open the National Center for the Middle Market at Fisher.

Winter 2012

In This Issue

Research unveiled, center opened at middle market summit, co-hosted by Fisher, GE Capital

Newly renovated Mason Hall opens its doors

Werner elected president of the European Finance Association

Fisher team successfully defends Biz Quiz title

Fisher programs receive top rankings in Businessweek survey

Ward named Fellow of Decision Sciences Institute

Alumni recognized at annual awards ceremony

Lambert receives medal from international logistics society

Returning to Campus

Jim Terranova, manager of WS Investment Co.

William Oeters, president, Galaxy Associates

Tom Reed, CFO of Huntington Bank’s Wealth, Goverment and Home Lending Segment.


News Briefs

Fisher joins business consortium

Poon appointed to the GMAC Board of Directors

Fisher in the News

Christine Poon-CNBC Sqwak Box

Fisher MBA Face Off Team-CNBC

Christine Poon-Columbus Business First

Christine Poon-NPR Talk of the Nation

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Research unveiled, center opened at middle market summit, co-hosted by Fisher, GE Capital

Jeff Immelt video preview
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Results from the largest study ever of the U.S. middle market show this business segment is the nation’s surest bet for economic recovery. The study, a survey of more than 2,000 business leaders and analysis of economic data conducted by The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, found middle Market firms, defined as the segment between small and big business, surprisingly resilient throughout the economic crisis.   

The study is part of Fisher and GE Capital’s new multi-year partnership to research, analyze and map the middle market and create a blueprint for sustained segment growth in the years ahead. Included in this partnership is the establishment of the new National Center for the Middle Market, the first of its kind which will serve as a center of excellence for middle market research, business resources and peer-to-peer networking. Read More >>

Newly renovated Mason Hall opens its doors

Mason Hall reopening
Faculty and staff gather for the Mason Hall reopening on Sept. 16, 2011.

After more than two years of planning and six months of construction work, Mason Hall reopened on Sept. 16, 2011 with guests enjoying tours of the building as well as coffee and snacks from the new Rohr Café.

The building, originally dedicated in 1999 and named in recognition of alumnus Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason Jr., places a focus on flexible and interactive spaces designed to reflect the workplace of today.

“It’s modern, wired, and collaborative,” said Christine A. Poon, dean and John W. Berry Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher. “That idea of modernity and elegance has really been achieved.”

Werner elected president of the European Finance Association

Ingrid M. WernerIngrid M. Werner, Martin and Andrew Murrer Professor of Finance and Department of Finance chair (pictured right), was elected president of the European Finance Association (EFA). The EFA is a professional society for academics and industry practitioners in the fields of financial management and financial theory.

Werner also served as the EFA 2011 Annual Meeting conference and program chair. The event attracted Nobel laureates, finance scholars and international regulators from around the world to Stockholm on Aug. 17-20. Fisher’s Department of Finance was among the three institutions, as well as Stockholm School of Economics and the Institute for Financial Research, that organized the 38th annual meeting of the EFA.

Werner and several Fisher finance faculty participated in the meeting as panelists, addressing topics such as the global financial crisis, the mortgage industry, corporate finance, international trading, banking and regulation. René M. Stulz, Everett Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics at Fisher, moderated a panel of Nobel laureates and participated in a panel discussion on the "Crisis Resolution for Financial Institutions and Countries."

Fisher team successfully defends Biz Quiz title

Fisher Biz Quiz team
Colin McMahon, Adam Windnagle and Alex Doane (l-r) participate in the final round of the Nationwide-Fisher Biz Quiz on Nov. 13, 2011.

Fisher undergraduates successfully defended their title in the Nationwide-Fisher Biz Quiz competition, where they challenged top business schools from around the country. Finance majors Adam Windnagel, Colin McMahon and Alexander Doane made up the winning team. Bernadette Minton, professor of finance, served as the team advisor.

From Nov. 11-13, student teams from 18 universities tested their knowledge of business news and current events as reported in The Wall Street Journal from Sept. 27-Nov. 8.  Teams making it to the final round were University of Michigan, which finished second, and Texas A&M University, finishing third. The final round of the competition has a Jeopardy –style format, complete with game show buzzers. Read More >>

Fisher programs receive top rankings in Businessweek survey

Fisher’s Executive MBA and MBA for Working Professionals achieved top rankings in Bloomberg Businessweek’s survey of the programs.

Fisher’s Executive MBA rose to 14th internationally, from 15th in the 2009 ranking, and placed fourth among public institutions. The program received an A-plus for curriculum, an A for support and a B for teaching.

Receiving an A-plus for “teaching quality” and “caliber of classmates" and an A for "curriculum,” the MBA for Working Professionals program maintained its 20th place ranking nationally and is seventh among public institutions.  In regional rankings, the MBA for Working Professionals program is ranked third in the Midwest, following University of Michigan and University of Chicago.

Businessweek’s Executive MBA rankings are based on surveys of EMBA graduates and program directors. Responses by graduates contribute to 65 percent of the final ranking and the survey of program directors accounts for 35 percent. Read More >>

Ward named Fellow of Decision Sciences Institute

Peter WardFisher’s Peter Ward, Richard M. Ross Chair in Management and director of the Center for Operational Excellence, was named a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute at its annual meeting in Boston .

The distinguished title of “Fellow” is given to leading scholars and professionals of the institute for outstanding contributions in the field of decisions sciences.  Only two Fellows are named each year.

Ken Boyer, Fisher professor of operations management, was the chair of the 42nd annual conference held Nov. 19-22 at the Boston Marriott Copley PlaceHotel. The meeting brought together more than 1,300 leading scholars and professionals from diverse industries and fields representing decision sciences.

Alumni recognized at annual awards ceremony

Michael S. Heschel receives Alumni Award from Dean Christine Poon
Alumnus Michael S. Heschel, MBA, received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2011 Alumni Awards and Dean’s Dinner held on Oct. 28.

The acclaimed inventor of the Game of Life, Reuben Klamer, Michael S. Heschel, retired executive vice president for the Kroger Co., Tyrone Scott, vice president for small business customer retention at Citibank, James Milby, global operations officers for Barclays plc, London; Chris Yamasaki, finance advisor for Shell Specialties U.S. were honored at the 2011 Dean's Dinner and Alumni Awards in the Overmyer Ballroom at the Blackwell.

Since 1993, the Alumni Society of Fisher College of Business has recognized outstanding alumni, who have brought distinction to themselves and the college through their outstanding achievements as well as generously contributed time and resources to Fisher. Awards are given in five categories: young professional, international, community service, entrepreneurship and distinguished alumnus. Read More >>

Lambert receives medal from international logistics society

Doug Lambert

The International Society of Logistics (SOLE) has selected Douglas M. Lambert (pictured above), Raymond E. Mason Chair in Transportation and Logistics and director of the Global Supply Chain Forum, as the 2011 recipient of the Society’s Armitage Medal.

The Armitage Medal was established to recognize outstanding contributions to logistics literature.  The Society presents this award to honor individuals whose published books and technical papers have improved and increased the general body of logistics knowledge relevant to better understanding and development of the art and science of logistics.

SOLE is a nonprofit international professional society composed of individuals organized to enhance the art and science of logistics technology, education and management.


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