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December 2015 Broad Business eNews

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December 2015
Alumni News

MSUAA Membership Changes

As of July 1, 2016, membership in the MSU Alumni Association will no longer be based on membership dues. Instead, all alumni and all university donors will receive a basic level of services and recognition from the MSUAA, and those who make a minimum gift of $100 annually to the MSU college or program of their choice will be designated “Spartan Loyal” and receive enhanced services and recognition. This change allows current Alumni Association members to redirect the money they previously spent in dues to the area of the university that most interests them. Life members will be considered “Spartan Loyal” permanently.

Hospitality Business Alumni Honored for Achievements

Two hospitality business alumni have been awarded the Broad College Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

Houston Striggow (BA Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management ’75), co-founder and COO of SusieCakes Bakery, was honored at the October 2 meeting of The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Board of Directors over Homecoming weekend.

Bob Fish (BA Hotel and Restaurant Management ’88), CEO and co-founder of Biggby Coffee, received his award November 14 in Spartan Stadium’s Huntington Club Suites, where he attended the MSU vs. Maryland football game as a special guest of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.

Nancy and Al GambrelAlumni Endow Management Professorship

Al Gambrel (BA Personnel Administration ’76) and Nancy Gambrel (BS Home Economics Education ’76) made a $1 million gift to establish the Gambrel Family Endowed Professorship in Management. The Gambrels seek to support exceptional experiences with faculty like one Al had with a business professor during his undergraduate years, inspiring him to enter the field of human resources.

Celebration of Leadership honorees with their awardsThe School Celebration of Leadership Honors Hall of Fame Inductees, Industry Leader of the Year

The School of Hospitality Business held its Celebration of Leadership November 7 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. At the event, four alumni were inducted into The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Hall of Fame:

  • David C. George (BA ’79), president of Olive Garden Restaurants
  • John M. Keeling (MBA ’74), executive vice president of Valencia Group
  • John G. Malone (BA ’82), area director for Choice Hotels International
  • John W. Pharr (BA ’69), president of Strand Development Company, LLC

Mark Laport, co-founder, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, was also named Industry Leader of the Year.

Business at Broad

Forbes: #1 in Job Satisfaction, #4 Most Satisfied GraduatesForbes: Broad MBAs No. 1 in Job Satisfaction

Forbes recently released its list of most satisfied full-time MBA graduates. Broad MBAs were ranked fourth on this list – and No. 1 in satisfaction with their current jobs.

Dan Gilbert addresses a full house of Broad studentsDan Gilbert Addresses Students

MSU alumnus Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, majority owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and founder and chairman of Rock Ventures, addressed more than 600 students during a town-hall-style lecture yesterday. He shared insights into entrepreneurship, the importance of company culture, and more.

Full-Time MBA students at GMExtreme Green Partners with GM, President Simon to Build Innovation Skills

Broad Full-Time MBA students were given access to top-secret General Motors intellectual property as part of Extreme Green (formerly BroadWeek). The students brainstormed new ideas around real-world business concepts and pitched them to managers and vice presidents; the winning student team will be the guest of GM leadership at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. In another session, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon shared on “Leading a Creative Organization.”

Around MSU

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (est. 1937) Playoff Semifinal #MSUCottonFollow the Spartans in the College Football Playoffs

No. 3 Michigan State will play No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, starting 8 p.m. ET Thursday, December 31, and aired on ESPN. The winner will advance to the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, starting 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, January 11. The MSUAA Spartan Central website provides details on official tailgates, bowl tours, and more.

Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Launch Spring 2016

MSU recently announced the spring semester 2016 launch of the undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship and innovation. The minor will be available to students in all majors across the university to assist them in developing entrepreneurship skills.

Top 10 Producer of Global Citizens

MSU ranks in the top 10 for international student enrollment and study abroad participation, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual Open Doors Report. The proportion of Spartan undergraduates participating in study abroad – 26 percent – far exceeds the national average of 10 percent.

Spartan Gift Options Available Online

From Dairy Store cheese to theatre tickets to spirit gear, MSU offers a number of holiday shopping options.

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Upcoming Events

FTMBA Exploration Program
December 12
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
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EMBA Alumni Networking Meeting
December 14
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Troy, MI

MSU Commencements
December 18–19
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The School Newest Alumni Reception
December 19
1–3 p.m.
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Nursing Home Administration Course Unit 3
January 2–February 6
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January 6
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January 11

Executive MBA Virtual Information Session
January 12
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West Michigan Supply Chain Management Certificate Series Module 1
January 14–April 28
Grand Rapids, MI

Business and Bagels: Creativity and Innovation
January 21
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Lansing, MI

Executive MBA Preview Day
January 23
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
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9th Annual Americas Lodging Investment Summit Conference MSU Alumni Reception
January 26
6–8 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA

In the 2015 Poets & Quants U.S. MBA ranking, Broad’s Full-Time MBA program was ranked No. 25, up 10 places from the previous year. More

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