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Team Projects

One of the great features of the SMF program is an action-based course in the last academic term. Students have a number of projects from which to choose, from investment management to corporate finance to risk management, and students rank all the projects. Professor Pinteris then assigns people to groups based on their specializations, previous coursework, grades, and other factors. I was assigned to be team leader for a corporate finance project with Ohio State’s Treasury Office. My team and I are working with the office to model operating cash flows based on historical data, determine how much cash the university needs to keep in interest-bearing deposits, and addressing a number of pending considerations for Treasury.

The people with whom we are liaising on this project told us that they would like a candid assessment of Treasury’s results, so this project is already testing my knowledge of government and non-profit accounting. Plus the project is very relevant to the job that I took in public finance, so I’m really getting a great transition from school to the workplace.

The Homestretch

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs the Fisher MAcc program is broken up into four 7 week terms.  With the first three terms already done and over with, we have reached the homestretch.  It’s hard to believe that there is already less than seven weeks left in the MAcc until we graduate.  With that being said, there is still plenty of things going on that I am looking forward to this final term:

  • MAcc Field Day: The MAcc Council and MAcc Social Chair have been working hard to plan a field day for the MAcc program.  With winter coming to an end and the weather warming up, it’ll be nice to spend an afternoon in the park doing some field day activities.  This will be a great chance to spend some more time with the other students before we all go our separate ways.
  • March MAcc-ness: It’s that time of year again and College Basketball is taking over.  Clearly at Ohio State football is king, but everyone still loves March Madness.  Everyone enjoys filling out a bracket and seeing if they can get any upsets right or pick which team will be Cinderella.  Our program has set up a bracket online to compete against each other and find out who picked the best bracket.
  • MAcc Gives Back: MAcc Gives Back happens once a semester, so you may have read a blog about this event in the Fall.  Unfortunately I was unable to participate in the Fall.  This semester I am looking forward to being able to participate in this service event the MAcc program helps with.  MAcc Gives Back has multiple locations available to volunteer and I am excited to be able to be part of this service activity.

Bucket List for My Last Couple Months in Columbus

At the beginning of January, I accepted a job and will be moving away from Columbus. After nearly five years of being in Columbus and just finishing finals for the third term of the Fisher SMF program, it’s finally hitting me that I will be leaving Columbus. Here’s my bucket list for my last two months in Columbus:

Catch the Rocky Horror Picture Show live performance at Studio 35 in Clintonville, OH.

Spend a day at The Book Loft—I’ve been there many times, but I’d love to spend an early Spring day just strolling among the books.

The Book Loft in German Village (photo credit:

The Book Loft in German Village (photo credit:

Catch a Blue Jackets game before the season ends.

Catch a musical performance by Perfume Genius at the Wexner Center in a few weeks.

Try as many quirky coffee shops, restaurants, and bars in Columbus that I haven’t tried, particularly on South Fourth Street, Broad Street, and Downtown.

CAMP 2015


Every year, Fisher’s Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP) puts on their annual Columbus Advertising & Marketing Powwow (CAMP) event.  At this event, students and professionals come together to learn about new trends and recent developments in marketing and advertising.  This year’s CAMP will include keynote speeches from John Gerzema, the CEO of BAV Consulting, and Kevin Richardson, the Senior Vice-President of Consulting Services at Nielsen Marketing Analytics.  The day will also include a panel of marketing professionals from the Columbus area, as well as the presentation of the second annual Marketer Of The Year Award, which will be presented to GoPro.

The 2015 CAMP will take place this Friday, March 27th, at The Fawcett Event Center from noon to 4:30 p.m.  If you are a current or prospective student, or if you are simply in the Columbus area and interested in learning more about marketing, come join us!  Tickets are currently on sale on the Fisher AMP website  Lunch will be provided and parking is free!  More information about this year’s speakers, panel, and Marketer Of The Year can also be found on the website.

Fisher AMP is very excited about this year’s event, and we have a few fun surprises planned for the day of.  Come check it out!


Daymond John Comes to OSU

One perk of being part of Ohio State is being able to take advantage of all the events the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) puts on.  Last month they welcomed Daymond John to the Union.  For those of you who don’t know, Daymond John is one of the judges on ABC’s Shark Tank, as well as founder, president, and CEO of FUBU.  They set up his presentation into two separate sections.  First, they allowed four individuals/groups to present a pitch for their product to the “sharks”.  The “sharks” consisted of three professors and John.  All of the product pitches were very interesting and John provided great constructive feedback to the students.

After the pitches were over they started a moderated Q&A.  John shared with the audience his story of starting his own business to his experiences on Shark Tank.  John was able to provide a lot of solid advice for future entrepreneurs and businessmen and women.  One major piece of advice he gave was to learn how to be financially responsible. It doesn’t matter whether you learn this “on the job” or through formal education, just as long as you become financially educated.  He stressed too many times startups fail due to poor financial decisions or poor financial structuring.  He also talked a lot about his perseverance and how it is important to set goals and attain those goals.  His strategy was to set long-term goals and short-term goals to gradually achieve the long-term goal.  Through his perseverance and his dedication to completing his goals he became a successful entrepreneur and investor.

OSU Basketball

As a grad student pretty much all of my week nights are filled with classes or study sessions, so it’s nice when I have a night off to take a break from school and enjoy something fun around campus. Obviously, Ohio State is a huge football school, but during the cold winter months basketball is a fun sport to watch here in Columbus. There are also a number of other great sporting events during the winter, including the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Ohio State ice hockey team.  In fact, later this month the whole MHRM class is going to a Blue Jackets game together, which will be a fun outing. Last Wednesday I went to the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game and had a blast. It’s really easy as a grad student to get affordable tickets to the basketball games. My seats were in the second row, and I even got to meet Greg Oden who was there watching the game and supporting the Buckeyes. I’d definitely recommend going to at least one basketball game just for the experience.  It’s definitely a good way to fill the void when football isn’t in season.

Brutus passing out t-shirts to the student section

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At the OSU vs. Penn State basketball game after meeting Greg Oden

‘The Bad Assets’ Dance For The Kids!

This past weekend myself and six other MAcc students participated in BuckeyeThon.  BuckeyeThon is the largest student-run philanthropy at Ohio State with an ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer.  BuckeyeThon raises money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  More than 5,100 students registered for the 24 hour dance marathon with the ultimate goal of raising $1,000,000.  Hearing about the event last semester we formed a MAcc team, “The Bad Assets”, and raised money all For The Kids (FTK).  BuckeyeThon is set up in 2 shifts of 12 hours each.  During your shift you are supposed to stand for all 12 hours, showing that together, as a university, we stand with the kids through their fight.  Our shift was from 11:00am to 11:00pm.  Every team was assigned a color team and The Bad Assets were part of the Pink Team, so that is why all the pictures we are wearing pink.

Before it started every color team met in an assigned room and they brought in one of the Miracle Kids and their family.  This was a great chance to meet the people we were trying so hard to benefit.  After that the official start was with the opening ceremonies which included multiple speakers ranging from the President of BuckeyeThon to the Vice President of Student Life.  One of the speakers was a mother of one of the Miracle Kids.  She told us about how her daughter was diagnosed and the struggle the family went through.  Listening to her speak really put into perspective the impact we were making.

Throughout the day they had different things we could do to keep us on our feet.  There obviously was plenty of dancing throughout the day.  They also set up a lot of games.  We played Gaga Ball for a couple hours which if you don’t know what it is look it up, its incredibly fun.  They had a tug of war competition between the different color teams (we got 2nd), and also had rooms where you could play board games or video games.  Overall there was plenty of activities going on to help keep us busy and not think about sitting down.

As it got close to 11:00pm we gathered back to watch the closing ceremony and the big reveal of how much money was raised and if we reached our goal of $1 million.  The closing ceremony had more speakers including a 14-year old Miracle Kid and three current Ohio State students who have personally been affected by cancer.  The final reveal showed that we raised a total of $1.23 million all FTK.  Overall it was a great experience and I would highly recommend participating to any students that get the chance.


Surviving the Ohio Winter

If you come to the program from a warm area, you will no doubt be shocked by the weather in our relatively northern state. While the weather conditions in Ohio can be very volatile, the temperatures are generally in the 10 to 30 Fahrenheit (-12 to -1 Celsius) degrees range.

OSU in Winter

OSU in Winter (Credit: The Lantern)

Thus, the single most important thing to prepare for Columbus’ winter is to make sure you have a warm coat. Additional preparations include a warm scarf, gloves, socks, and something to protect your head.

The second most important tip is to layer, as multiple layers help trap warmth and keep it close to your body. This is especially important as the average daily minimum wind speed is around 10 mph, which can make effective temperature much colder than actual temperature.

It typically snows in January about 40% of the time. This means that a sturdy pair of boots would be a wise investment. Additionally, because it rains about 20% of the time, compounded with the freezing temperatures, another wise investment would be ice cleats or spikes to attach to boots to ensure that you’re not falling all over the sidewalks. While the campus does a very good job of keeping the sidewalks iced, off campus is not always so well-tended.

As always, keep a nice pair of shoes in your locker at Fisher or carry a pair with you, just in case you need to interview or meet with someone important.

There’s No “Typical” Week

People always ask what a “typical” week of an MHRM student looks like, and I find myself stumped every time. The truth is, it varies greatly depending on the individual and their other commitments and priorities. The MHRM program has such a diverse student population that people are all over the map (or in this case, book) with what page they’re on in life and what their other commitments are. Some students juggle a full-time job and school, while others juggle a part-time job and school or are solely a student. In addition to this, we have students with varying marital and parental statuses. Plus, let’s not forget the pet owners (that’s me!) because having to run home to a dog or another pet can certainly change priorities and what a “typical” schedule looks like.

I think it comes down to what a person’s commitments and priorities are in life. MHRM classes are at least 3 nights a week from 6-9:15pm so making use of weekends is a must because “doing it after class” is simply not going to happen! When possible, and time permitting with your schedule, take advantage of the OSU and Fisher campus and amenities. There are several hot spots on campus you can go to get work done in between work, meetings, classes (electives), and more!



Gerlach Hall and Mason Hall on Fisher’s campus have plenty of breakout rooms that can be reserved for studying or group projects. Gerlach Hall also has the computer lab at your disposal for computer use and printing, and Mason Hall has Rohr Cafe for those much needed coffee breaks. Also, Subway and Panera are just across the street from Fisher so you have somewhere to go for those quick bites to eat or another place to get your work done.

When exploring OSU’s campus beyond Fisher, you can explore one of the gyms on campus: Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), Jesse Owens North (JON), Jesse Owens South (JOS), or the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC). You can also check out Thompson Library and find somewhere within the 11 story building to kickback and enjoy a good book or get work done. And, if you’re wanting more food (who doesn’t like food) just walk around the corner to High Street and enjoy one of the many options available to you!

One of the best things about Fisher is that if you want the feel of a Big 10 institution then you can certainly get that experience, but if you want the feel of a smaller community, you can certainly get that too! There are so many options available to you; you decide what your schedule looks like, how much time you spend on campus, and how you utilize all that is available to you through Fisher and OSU.

New Year, New Classes, New Goals!

After spending the New Year watching the Buckeyes beat Alabama in New Orleans, the thought of coming back to school was not the most appealing idea. However, now that I am back at Fisher and getting into the school groove, I am more than happy to be back with my fellow MAcc students and professors!

Of course at the beginning of every year everyone makes a bunch of resolutions, which are more than likely unattainable. I decided to try and break this horrendous trend and make a couple attainable goals for my next term in the MAcc —

1) Wake up early enough for breakfast – I always end up just grabbing a bar before I leave to go to class and I really want to work towards waking up and taking the time to eat something a little more substantial. I’m hoping this will make me more awake for my 8:30 am IFRS class. I really do need to work on this since I am currently eating oatmeal at work…

2) Go ice skating – This one might be cheating since the Fisher College of Business Social Chairs have organized an event and this became a goal after I received the invitation but regardless, I want to go skating for the first time!

3) Keep on top of my assignments – This term looks like it has a lot of assignments/readings due every class period. In order to deal with this, I want to utilize my time on free days and get a bulk of the reading done or at least try and keep organized enough to have everything printed off so I can read it during down time between classes or easily at home.

4) Stay busy and give back – I really want to do as much as I possibly can this semester to really stay involved and to volunteer on and off campus! I will be a Site Manager for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program and I am getting more involved with recruiting events for EY. The New Year will hopefully allow me to give back to those who have helped me in the past and to stay involved with the community!

5) Have fun! – This will definitely be the most attainable goal, it is my last semester at Ohio State and I really want to enjoy it!

We will see if these all come true or if they stick for the rest of the term — I like to think I will be able to achieve them for sure!

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