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December 2013 Broad Business eNews

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December 2013

Alumni news

Grandparents University Registration Opens December 17!

An MSU alumna and her granddaughter enjoy Grandparents UniversityOn December 17, registration will open for Grandparents University, to be held June 24–26. Now in its seventh year, Grandparents University offers kids ages 8–12 and their grandparents the opportunity to live in MSU residence halls, attend classes across campus, and learn about student traditions. Hundreds of classes taught by faculty of the participating colleges—including seven from the Broad College—are offered.

In past years, more than 80 percent of the available spaces have been claimed on the first day of registration, so interested alumni should sign up early. More about Grandparents University

A Rose Bowl Pre-Event Exclusively for You

Traveling to Pasadena? Alumni of the Broad College and The School of Hospitality Business are invited to gather on Monday, December 30, 7:30–9 p.m. PST, for a Rose Bowl pre-event at 33 Taps, a restaurant at the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles. Space is limited to 100 guests. More about the pre-event

Alumni Meet-up in New Delhi, India, on January 12

Dean Stefanie Lenway and a delegation of Broad College faculty will visit India in January to meet with partners at S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research. Join them January 12 in New Delhi for a panel discussion and alumni networking luncheon. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is recommended. More about the meet-up

Brian Pentland, aka. Doctor Decade, performs in the 2013 Broad College alumni tailgate tentThanks for a Fantastic Tailgate Season!

Thanks to all of you who visited the Broad College alumni tent during football tailgating season—and many thanks to Brian Pentland (a.k.a. Doctor Decade), professor of accounting and information systems, for his regular musical performances. Through tailgaters’ contributions to his We Sing for Food nonprofit, which raises money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Pentland was able to donate enough funds to purchase more than 2,000 pounds of food for local needy families.

Business at Broad

Fall Graduates Venture Forth

This week, the Broad College graduates 386 students. The next stage of life begins for 292 undergraduates, 91 master’s students (including the first class of the master’s in business analytics program), and 3 doctoral students. Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, will speak at the advanced degree ceremony, and James Hackett, CEO of Steelcase Inc., will address Broad’s undergraduates. More about commencement

Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

On November 23, the Broad College and its Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the third annual Undergraduate Pitch Competition and Graduate Business Plan Competition. First-place teams Carbon Cash and North Coast Medical both received $5,000 to advance their business ideas. The winner of the graduate competition, North Coast Medical, is eligible to go on to compete for more than $100,000 in prizes at the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition. More about the winners

Broad College Joins Global Business School Network

Global Business School Network (GBSN), an organization focusing on meeting the needs of the developing world for management education, has welcomed the Broad College as its newest member. GBSN fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing, linking some of the world’s leading business schools with management education programs in the developing world. More about the network

12 New Online Hospitality Courses Available

The School of Hospitality Business is now offering 12 new two-week online mini-courses for hospitality professionals. The courses focus on targeted hospitality skills and allow professionals to choose the topics that align with their individual career aspirations. More about the courses

Around MSU

The Rose Bowl Awaits

MSU’s football team, winner of this year’s Big Ten Championship, will play Stanford University in the 100th Rose Bowl game, set to kick off at 5:10 p.m. ET on January 1. Fan response has been exceptional, and all tours and game tickets are currently sold out. Check MSU Alumni Association Spartan Central for any updates on changes in availability.

Top 10 in Study Abroad, International Student Enrollment

MSU ranks in the top 10 for study abroad and international enrollment, according to the annual Institute of International Education Open Doors Report. Nearly 2,400 MSU students studied abroad in 2011-12, placing MSU fourth in the nation for study abroad participation. The university is ninth nationally in international student enrollment with more than 6,750 international students studying on campus. More about the ranking

Student Food Bank Celebrates 20th Anniversary

MSU was the first university in the nation to have a food bank run by students, for students. As its 20th anniversary approaches, the MSU Student Food Bank is partnering with Oregon State University to create a national clearinghouse of campus-based food bank information and resource sharing. More about the anniversary

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Upcoming Events

MSU Commencement Ceremonies
December 13–14
Breslin Center
East Lansing, MI

The School Newest Alumni Reception
December 14
1–2:30 p.m.
University Club
Lansing, MI

Grandparents University Registration Opens
December 17
10 a.m.

Broad China Business Society Party
December 28
7:30 p.m.
Shanghai, China

Webinar: Tips for MBA Applicants
January 4
7–8 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Alumni Networking Luncheon
January 12
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
New Delhi, India

Business and Bagels: Michigan’s Economic Outlook
January 15
8–9:15 a.m.
Lansing, MI

The School Destination Auction
February 8
5–10 p.m.
Kellogg Center
East Lansing, MI


Broad pride point

On December 5, three Broad students discussed the MSU Student Investment Fund on Money with Melissa Francis on Fox Business News. More about the show

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