Every year before the winter break, students and faculty gather together in the student lounge to participate in the annual Fisher Book Draw.
The book draw is hosted by the members of the Graduate Programs Office. Favorite books of the faculty at Fisher are purchased and on hand for students to receive through the drawing.
Each student, regardless of graduate program, is eligible to win one of the books.
This year, I was lucky enough to win one of the books that was given. I received the book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. I am about halfway through the book and it has been a great read thus far.
The annual book draw is just another reason that I have loved my time at Fisher. It is an example to me of the benefits of attending a business school that has a small intimate feel where students really get to know all of the faculty and all of their classmates. Fisher provides that in so many ways and the annual book draw is just one of them.
Fisher Serves is a student organization at the Fisher College of Business that reaches out to the community by providing service at non-profit organizations. All students from the various programs within the college are able to participate in this organization that gives back to the Columbus, OH community.
For the Fisher Serves day of service, I was asked to help at one of the local animal shelters here in Columbus. I was excited to attend but was given a simple disclosure from my wife that I was not to bring home any animals. Lucky for her, I didn’t.
When the group got to the shelter we were given a list of assignments that needed to be completed. The staff at the shelter was very friendly and made our day of service fun and enjoyable. Here is a brief list of some of the activities that the MBAs were able to help with while volunteering at the animal shelter:
- Walking Dogs
- Dog Obedience Training
- Cleaning Kennels
- Playing With Kittens
- Washing Dog Dishes
- Preparing Dog Treats
The day was full of fun and although it sounds like a lot of fun and easy activities, I was surprised at how tired I was after being on my feet for the whole afternoon.
I am happy to say that all of the MBAs left without an injury or wound. Even more importantly, we all left feeling a sense of gratitude for the opportunities that we have in life to reach out and serve others. I am grateful for the Fisher Serves organization and I truly feel that it helps mold more balanced MBAs during their time at Fisher.
Fisher’s very own Dr. Ben Campbell has been nominated for the Business Professor of the Year Award given by the Economist Intelligence Unit. This is a great honor for Professor Campbell and he is definitely deserving of this recognition. Let me tell you a little more about why I will be voting for Professor Campbell.
I recently took a class from Professor Campbell and he was definitely a favorite. In the class I attended, Organizations, Markets, and Management, he taught extremely complicated business and economic principles in a simple and meaningful way.
Professor Campbell creates a safe atmosphere for Fisher MBA students to learn and to raise objections, and brings up interesting conversations to the class that are memorable, such as dedicating an entire class period to discussing the economics of modern pirates. He is very passionate about teaching, and this passion is apparent in the lessons he imparts and even through his exams.
In addition to being humorous and down to earth, he incorporates ethics and civic morality into the curriculum in a way that encourages discussion. It is refreshing that even through discussions about taxes, subsidies and healthcare reform, it is impossible to decipher his political views, as he is very adept at arguing both sides of an issue to get the students to look at issues from a different viewpoint than one normally would adopt.
Professor Campbell has an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to teaching at OSU he taught at the Wharton School for three years.