Be Proud! A Message from Dean West
We are truly fortunate to be part of such an extraordinary community at Fisher, where each year marks incredible opportunities to learn and grow. I wanted to take a moment to look back on just a few of the many exceptional achievements and events that speak to our success.
Our undergraduate program is among the very best in the nation and in the world -- and I look forward to many more great years to come!
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Best in class and community
- Sixty undergraduate students received the Pace Setter Award in 2012 — the highest honor awarded at Fisher — for outstanding achievements in academics and leadership. Also, the prestigious Ohio State University Leadership Awards recognized eight Fisher undergraduate students.
- The more than 35 undergraduate student organizations worked hard, had fun, and also gave back, contributing to a college-wide total of over 5,700 hours of student community service.
- The Industry Clusters program added a new cluster in Consumer Packaged Goods. It joined Energy-Sustainability, Financial Services, and Health Care in connecting students with executives from Procter & Gamble, Nationwide, and many other leading companies. To date, almost 70% of cluster graduates have secured full-time internships or jobs.
- The seventh annual Biz Quiz, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, welcomed business students from across the nation to test their knowledge of current events. Fisher's top 10 finish continued a tradition of excellence, including wins in 2011 and 2010. The fifth annual KeyBank Leadership and Creativity Undergraduate Minority Student Symposium also brought students from around the U.S. to take part in skill building, leadership training, and a case competition.
- FisherDirect welcomed first-year students and added a new, internationally focused experience: the Global Business Learning Community. Through a speaker series, professional development workshops, and even an etiquette dinner, FisherDirect showed students the ins and outs of life on campus and around the business world.
Best in business
- Warren Buffett was one of the many business leaders who made Fisher a destination in 2012. He shared insights with students (watch a video) as part of a summit hosted by the National Center for the Middle Market. Other visitors included Reuben Klamer, inventor of The Game of Life; Russ Klein, chief marketing officer at Arby's; and Buckeyes football coach Urban Meyer.
- Overall, Fisher experienced a 13% increase in recruiting activities with a record number of companies attending the Fisher Fall Career Fair and the Fisher Internship Invitational. Also, 2012 marked the first time the average undergraduate salary exceeded $50,000.
- Our students don't just study business, they practice it. In 2012, Fisher undergraduates saved Ohio State an estimated $200,000 annually through a project in waste management; received $100,000 for a newly formed company that won the Ohio State Business Plan Competition; and helped companies achieve $5 million in exports through the Export Internship Program.
- The IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics -- in collaboration with Ohio State, Fisher, and other corporate partners -- celebrated its grand opening in Columbus and announced the development of new undergraduate curricula in this fast-growing, high-demand field.
- Undergraduate students applied their skills at case competitions across the country and around the world -- from California to Connecticut to Hong Kong. Among the many impressive showings, Fisher teams finished first and third at the Deloitte Battle of Ohio.