One group that has received the majority of my spare time is the Fisher Graduate Student Association (FGSA). This group is the de facto student council and is responsible for implementing change based on student feedback and suggestions. In order to do this, we have the responsibility to delegate funds to different student groups so they are able to make the largest contributions to the Fisher community. Therefore, we are also responsible for approving new student organizations that seek funds.
This quarter we received a request from a group of students seeking to start a Fisher Racquet Sports group. After listening to the group’s formal proposal, we determined that it would be in the best interest of Fisher College to approve this organization. Some of the sports that will be included in the racquet sports group include ping pong, badminton, cricket, tennis, squash, racquetball, and several others. Congrats to all the individuals who worked so hard to get the group approved.
On a side note, FGSA is still seeking individuals for the next group of social chairs. If you have an interest in actively planning next year’s social events, please email me.
Long weekends are great. I was able to practice Finance and catch up on some of the reading I was unable to do last weekend because I was in Cincinnati for the Bengals game. Well as it turns out, long weekends are also helpful when you are trying to nurse a black eye. Although my eye is looking better, it is not going to be normal looking for at least another five days. As a result, I decided to email my professors to tell them that I have a black eye and that I hope it won’t be a distraction in class. What resulted is one of the funniest emails I have ever received from a professor…
I just wanted to let you know that I have a pretty nasty black eye that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. I was accidentally elbowed while playing basketball in the gym on Friday afternoon with several classmates. I don’t want this to be a distraction in class tomorrow, so here is a heads up.
2 minutes later…
Yikes. If you wanted to cover this up, you could always pull off the eye patch. If you go down this route, I’d recommend a turtleneck and a blazer to compliment the look. That said, looking like a villain from a James Bond movie may be more distracting than just having a black eye.
See you tomorrow.
This was not the response I expected. I would actually try the “villain from a James Bond movie” look, but I think the black eye alone will be funny enough for my classmates.
Despite blogging about the recent string of basketball related injuries to the MBA class, I decided to play basketball with a bunch of classmates. Oops! I now have a black eye thanks to a classmate’s elbow (accidental) while we were trying to get a rebound. Hopefully this shiner goes away in the next five days or I’ll be wearing makeup to meet my corporate mentor. On the bright side, I guess this is better than spraining an ankle or tearing my Achilles tendon.
It’s official… MBA students are not meant to play basketball. Tonight I drove a classmate to the ER after he had a bad fall during a basketball game. Initially we thought he broke his ankle, but it turns out that it’s just severely sprained. Obviously an injury such as this is bound to happen; however, this incident is the 4th Fisher 2011 basketball injury since school began.
Earlier in the year a group of Fisher MBAs were playing basketball in the ARC and during a wild loose ball scramble, one of our classmates tore his Achilles tendon. Four days later, another MBA student went down with a nasty high ankle sprain. Roughly a month later, a third classmate broke his foot in a pick-up game. These are troubling stats, especially since the Fisher MBA intramural basketball team starts our season next week.
Feel better Greg. We need you back next week.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, I am taking an elective called Managerial Negotiations. First year MBA students who have a GPA above 3.25 are allowed to take one elective during their second quarter. I figured Managerial Negotiations was a great choice because it is not only applicable to business, but also to everyday life.
The class is designed to allow us to practice different negotiation tactics each day in small groups. This safe environment allows us to get out of our comfort zone and really test different theories and strategies. Today’s class involved a negotiation between two companies: one interested in selling a manufacturing plant and the other interested in buying a manufacturing plant. The buyer and seller each knew several common facts such as the appraisal value of the plant and the selling price of a slightly newer manufacturing plant in the same area. Although this common knowledge allowed us to get the conversation started, there were other areas that we had to consider such as: the building’s depreciation, falling land value, synergies between the companies manufacturing process, and the time it would take to build a new plant if an agreement couldn’t be reached.
I left my negotiation very happy with the deal I made. I purchased the plant in the lower part of my target range which I developed before entering the discussion. As it turned out, my price was right in the middle of the class’ purchasing prices: five individuals bought the plant for less, six individuals bought the plant for more, and two groups were unable to reach a deal. Not too bad.
Tomorrow is the first day of the second quarter. Christmas break was great, but I’m glad that it is over. Three weeks is a long time off and towards the end I started to feel restless.
This quarter I am taking five classes. Four are mandatory: Cost Accounting, Finance, Operations Management and Marketing. The elective that I’ll be taking is Negotiations. Even before taking a single class, I think I can say that I’ll prefer the second quarter over the first quarter classes. Marketing and Operations are two areas that I am considering as majors.
I wish I had better news to report. I am writing this blog as I watch my beloved Cincinnati Bengals get crushed by the NY Jets. Fortunately the Bengals are in the playoffs and it just so happens that they’ll be playing the Jets in Cincinnati next weekend in the first round of the playoffs. I’ll need to make sure to get all my reading done during the week so that I can return home this weekend to attend the game. Who Dey!
It has been a great break. I haven’t had 3+ weeks completely off in a long time. Even during my undergrad years I was never fully off. As a rower on the lightweight crew team, every free moment was spent training for the racing season. It was no surprise that I was a little unsure how to spend my winter break. To make it easier, I broke up the break into three blocks.
The first block of time off I spent doing nothing… and it was great. I stayed in Columbus and slowly unwound from the hectic life I lived during finals. Each day I read the paper, went to the gym, checked on grades, watched movies, attended ugly sweater parties, etc.
For the second block of winter break, I returned to Cincinnati to spend time with my family. Of course it was great to be home and see everyone, not to mention all the excellent food I ate. Plus I was able to go to the Bengals v. Chiefs game in which the Bengals clinched the AFC North title. Hopefully they can make a good run in the playoffs.
Block three officially began when I returned to Columbus a few days ago. I am currently trying to adjust back to a more realistic life – one with priorities, deadlines, and homework. I’ve already bought most of my books and now I need to start reading course syllabi and preparing for another quarter at Fisher College.
Once again everyone is busy at Fisher College of Business. This is the last week of class so everything is wrapping up. As a result, I had to give a presentation on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Monday – (Enhancing Professional Interchange) I gave a speech with three other individuals about the Thanksgiving holiday. We were supposed to talk for 16 minutes and we hit 15:59.3 without any help from the professor. Hopefully we get a few extra points for nailing the time exactly.
Tuesday – (Economics) My team gave a presentation on the compensation difference between the CEO of Aetna and the CEO of UnitedHealth. We discussed CEO pay packages and their financial incentives.
Wednesday – (Organizational Behavior) My team gave a presentation on a leadership model that we developed based on OSU President Gordon Gee. (I might have worn a bow tie for this presentation.)
As you can imagine, I’m definitely glad to have these projects behind me. Now I can start studying for finals. It all begins next Monday with Managerial Econ. Tuesday is the Data Analysis final and Wednesday is the Accounting final. It should be a fun three days.
I can’t wait until Wednesday afternoon…
Today I traveled to Solon, OH with several Fisher MBA classmates to take a tour of the Nestlé campus and learn more about brand management opportunities at the company. After the tour, it was clear that Nestlé is a unique place with remarkable brands. I thought the most interesting part of the day was when two Marketing Associates spoke to us about their experience in the Toll House Cookie Dough Group during the E. coli recall several months ago. I can’t think of a larger obstacle to overcome than a product recall, but this group never panicked. After several weeks with the product off store shelves, the baking division re-launched the cookie dough in a slightly modified package highlighting that the product was safe. Their initiatives were a major success and the Toll House brand suffered no major brand damage. In fact, their sales this month are slightly higher than they were a year ago.
Tomorrow is the big game against Michigan. I’ll be at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe talking to prospective students about Fisher and all that it has to offer. So if you’ll be there, please hold any questions until non-critical moments of the game. Thanks.