Chicagoans, Come Out to SpartyBall in the Windy City
On March 8, the MSU Alumni Club of Metro Chicago will host the ninth annual SpartyBall event at the Skyline Loft of the Bridgeport Art Center. This “green tie optional” event – planned in part by Christin Burek (BA Business ’94), John Hering (BA Materials and Logistics Management ’77), Phil Kuhn (BA Finance ’77), and Nathan Paulson (MBA ’99) – is one of the Chicago Spartans’ premier events, hosting alumni and guests for an evening of philanthropy and fun. Event proceeds support the club’s endowed scholarships, which enable students from the Chicago area to attend MSU.
Celebrate with Beta Gamma Sigma Initiates
Alumni members of the Beta Gamma Sigma Society are invited to attend the spring initiation ceremony and dinner for the newest members of this international honor society of business students. The event will be held Tuesday, March 25, 5–7 p.m., in the Jackson Lounge of the Wharton Center on MSU’s campus in East Lansing. As always, the initiates are among the top 10 percent of their junior or senior class or the upper 20 percent of their graduating master’s class.
Reunion Days Welcomes Class of 1989, Class of 1964, and Earlier
Alumni Reunion Days are coming April 24–26! The Broad College has some special events planned for our 25-year and 50-year (plus) alumni. Registration details will be forthcoming in early March.
Alumnus Jeff Church to Speak at Broad Executive Forum of Chicago
Don’t miss the Seventh Annual Broad Executive Forum of Chicago, to be held Thursday, May 15, 3:30–7:45 p.m. at the University Club of Chicago. This year’s keynote speaker is Jeff Church (BA Accounting ’83), founder and CEO of Nika Water, a social cause-driven, eco-responsible, premium bottled water company. Church is the author of A Thirst for Change: How Social Entrepreneurship Can Make the World a Better Place. In what Church calls the coming wave of social entrepreneurship, products like Nika are able not only to raise money for a cause through sales, but also to spread awareness to consumers in the process. Registration is now open!
Broad MBA Program Rises in Global Rankings
In the latest Financial Times ranking of global MBA programs, the Broad MBA was ranked #52, up 10 spots from 2013 and 25 spots from 2012. The program’s placement success was also recognized, ranking #2 in the U.S. and #4 globally. More about the rankings
Finance Professor Receives “Ultimate Recognition”
Hayong Yun, assistant professor of finance, has been awarded the 2013 Brattle Group First Prize in Corporate Finance—one of the highest honors in finance. Yun was recognized for his paper “Risk Management and Firm Value: Evidence from Weather Derivatives,” which examines the impact of risk management on firms’ market value as well as financing and investment activities. More about the prize
IBM Partnership Brings Watson Technology to Undergraduate Classrooms
Undergraduates in the Broad College are working with IBM’s Watson software across their core courses. This cognitive computing technology is part of the next generation of tools being developed to make data useful and accessible to solve problems and improve products. More about the partnership
Broad Researcher Finds That Nighttime Smartphone Use Reduces Productivity
Using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day, indicates a new study co-authored by an MSU management scholar. According to the research, people who monitored their smartphones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and were less engaged the following day on the job. This research was covered in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and many other outlets. More about the study
Reunite with Fellow Izzone Alumni
Former Izzone members are invited to the Izzone Alumni Reunion Game on March 1. Experience a pre-game lunch reception followed by the MSU-Illinois basketball game. Registration must be received by February 14. More about the reception
360.24 Video Documentary Released
On November 6, Spartans on six continents captured their day as part of a documentary that aimed to capture a day in the life of Spartans all over the world. The piece will air on the Big Ten Network on February 24 at 9 p.m. or can be viewed online.
MSU among Top Producers of Peace Corps Volunteers
MSU is #14 in this year’s list of top Peace Corps volunteer-producing large universities. Since the agency’s creation, 2,322 Spartans have served overseas, making MSU the #6 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. More about the ranking
Weekend MBA Information Session
In the latest Financial Times ranking of global MBA programs, Broad was ranked #6 worldwide in the field of organizational behavior. More about the ranking