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April 2014 Broad Business eNews

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April 2014

Alumni news

MSU West Michigan Business Person of the Year Named

At the MSU Means Business event, to be held April 17 in Grand Rapids, Blake Krueger (BA Business ’75) will receive the MSU West Michigan Business Person of the Year Award. Krueger is chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of Wolverine World Wide. Last year, Wolverine was named Company of the Year at the Footwear Plus Awards for Design Excellence. This free event also features a supply chain panel discussion and an update on Broad College activities from Dean Stefanie Lenway. Registration is still open.

Deans Visit with Alumni at Dinners in Singapore, Japan

As Dean Stefanie Lenway and Associate Dean Sanjay Gupta visit Asia for the AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting, they are attending alumni dinners along the way. On April 8, they hosted Broad alumni in Singapore. On April 10 and 11, they will gather for dinners with esteemed alumni such as Toichi Takenaka (MBA Marketing ’68) in Japan.

Broad Executive Forum of Chicago Investigates Social Entrepreneurship

The annual Broad Executive Forum of Chicago, to be held May 15, will feature a panel discussion and keynote presentation on the topic of social entrepreneurship. Panelists include Kelly Willis (MBA Supply Chain Management ’99), senior vice president of Accordia Global Health Foundation; Gordon Murphy, managing partner of the Barnabas Group; and Navneet Narula (BA Marketing ’00), CEO and chief brilliance officer of nBrilliance. The keynote will be presented by Jeff Church (BA Accounting ’83), author and founder of for-profit social entrepreneurship venture Nika Water. Registration is ongoing.

The School Alumni Gather in Chicago May 19

On Monday, May 19, The School of Hospitality Business will bring its alumni together at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for two events held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association Show. The Alumni Network Gathering held from 3–4:30 p.m. will lead into the Annual Gathering of Leaders, which features an award ceremony at 6 p.m. and a reception from 6:30–8:30 p.m. RSVP to Lena Loeffler by May 12.

Business at Broad

Dean Lenway Accepts New Position

Stefanie Lenway, the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean, has accepted the position of Dean and Opus Chaired Professor of the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, effective August 1. “The past four years that I have spent at MSU and the Broad College have been among the most personally gratifying of my career,” she noted. Dean Lenway will work with the rest of the dean team and Provost June Youatt over the next few months to transition leadership of the college.

Businessweek Rankings Mark Excellence in Job Placement

Bloomberg Businessweek best undergraduate business schools 2014

In Businessweek’s 2014 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking, released on April 4, the Broad College received an A+ in job placement and was ranked No. 14 by recruiters—No. 8 among public institutions. The college was ranked among the top 20 public universities overall. More about the ranking

MBA Student Wins Business Model Competition

Robin Hannum (MBA ’14) and her fiancé Jonathan DeLauter won the $25,000 grand prize at the Greenlight Business Model Competition, which draws entrepreneurs from around Michigan to compete for funding. Their startup, Nordhouse Medical Solutions, will license intellectual property to manufacture a new medical device. More about the competition

Beta Gamma Sigma Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Attendees of the induction ceremony held March 25 for the MSU Chapter of honor society Beta Gamma Sigma had extra cause to celebrate. This year marks the chapter’s 60th anniversary. More about the anniversary

Around MSU

President’s Report Chronicles Undergrad Experience

This year’s MSU President’s Report, Inside Out, has just been released. The report takes the form of a half-hour documentary with supplementary videos and media following nine undergraduates throughout fall semester 2013. Isaac Anguiano (BA Finance ’17) is one of these students, a former migrant worker and future entrepreneur from Texas who says he is “living the American dream.”

Survey Shows Consumer Confidence Rising in Michigan

MSU’s latest State of the State Survey shows increasing confidence among Michigan residents about their personal finances. This winter, 40 percent said their financial situation is better than a year ago and 31 percent said it was worse, compared to 13 and 65 percent respectively in 2009. More about the survey

New Lab Launched to Help End Extreme Poverty by 2030

MSU, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other partners have launched the U.S. Global Development Lab. The lab will advance a science- and technology-based approach to development and create a global marketplace of innovations. The goal is to reach 200 million people throughout the next five years and end extreme poverty by 2030. More about the lab

New Ingredient Safety Center to Be Located at MSU

MSU, in association with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the food, beverage, and consumer products industries, has announced the establishment of the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety. This science-based center will serve as a reliable and unbiased source for information, research, training, and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods, ranging from foods and beverages to cosmetics and household consumer products. More about the center

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Upcoming Events

MSU Means Business
April 17
4:30–8 p.m.
Grand Rapids, MI

Reunion Days: Reception among the Roses
April 24
6–8 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

Reunion Days: Changing Times—Financial Aid and Today’s College Student
April 25
8–10 a.m.
East Lansing, MI

Reunion Days: Hospitality Business Alumni Breakfast
April 25
8–10 a.m.
East Lansing, MI

Adaptive Leadership: Enhancing Individual and Team Performance
April 29–30
Lansing, MI

Spring (Undergraduate) Convocation
May 2
1 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

Commencement for Advanced Degrees
May 2
3:30 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

The School Newest Alumni Reception
May 3
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Lansing, MI

Commencement for Broad College Undergraduates
May 3
4 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

Supply Chain Logistics Management Executive Seminar
May 4–9
Lansing, MI

Broad Executive Forum of Chicago
May 15
3:30–7:45 p.m.
Chicago, IL

The School Alumni Network Gathering
May 19
3–4:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL

The School Annual Gathering of Leaders
May 19
6–8:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL

Broad pride point

The Broad College’s undergraduate business programs received an A+ in job placement from Businessweek. Only 15 public universities received this top level of recognition. More about the ranking

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