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February 2015 Broad Business eNews

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February 2015
Alumni News
50 Years of Excellence: the Broad Executive MBA Celebration - May 14, 2015, The Fillmore, Detroit

Broad College Alumnus Featured at West Michigan Business Speaker Series

Broad College alumnus, Dan Behm (BA Materials and Logistics Management-Purchasing Management ’83), CEO and founder of Open Systems Technologies, shares ideas for leveraging Spartan passion to support others in business and the how that makes a difference at the February MSU Means Business 2.0 Speaker Series. The luncheon is noon Monday, February 16, at the Kent Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich. Space is limited, so register soon.

10th Anniversary SpartyBall in the Windy City Coming up February 28

Chicago Spartans call it the best “Sparty Party” around. Organizers of the February 28 10th Anniversary SpartyBall in the Windy City are out to prove that true. Net proceeds from the event provide financial support for Metro Chicago students to attend MSU through endowments established by the Chicago Spartans Alumni Club. The event runs from 7-11 p.m., at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago. For more information and tickets, visit

Network with Founders Brewery Exec

Broad MBA alumni won’t want to miss this March 11 networking opportunity, hosted by the MBA for Executives Alumni Association, 6–9 p.m., at the Management Education Center in Troy, Mich. Chase Kushak, CIO of Founders Brewing Co., will present. Registration is now open.

Business at Broad

Consistent Top Ranking, Placement Success at Broad Reflected in Financial Times MBA Ranking

Broad’s Full-Time MBA program is No. 11 among U.S. public programs for the second straight year, according to the recently released Financial Times 2015 Global MBA Ranking.  This reflects a Broad College trend of being among the top 15 public institutions nationwide in every major ranking of full-time MBA programs. In placement success, the program ranked No. 3 among U.S. public programs and No. 8 globally.

Financial Firms Host FMI on the Road in Chicago

Students in the Financial Markets Institute participated in the annual Chicago Roadshow January 29-30. They heard from a wide variety of financial services professionals at firms, including Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Dimeo Schneider & Associates; Mesirow Financial; UBS O’Connor; Nuveen Asset Management; Concentric Equity Partners; Energy Foundry; Robert W. Baird; Goldman Sachs and Huron Consulting Group. Acting Dean Sanjay Gupta joined the students in welcoming 50 financial services alumni at an evening reception.

Around MSU

Spartan Selfie App Released

Proud Spartans everywhere are customizing their “selfie” pics using the “Spartan Selfie” app and sharing them by social media or email. The app, released last month by MSU, is currently available for iPhone and Android.

Super Bowl Advertisers Better to Buy Earlier

A MSU advertising researcher who studies Super Bowl ads says advertisers are better off buying airtime in the first quarter, rather than later in the game. Last year, many commercials went largely unseen because the game was decided so early.

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Upcoming Events

Full-Time MBA Webinar: Funding Your MBA
February 11
7–8 p.m.

MSU Means Business 2.0: Dan Behm, CEO and Founder, Open Systems Technologies
February 16
Grand Rapids, MI

Executive MBA Information Session
February 17
6–8 p.m.
Kalamazoo, MI

Business and Bagels: Building a Championship Program
February 18
7:30–9:15 a.m.
Lansing, MI

Breakfast with a Side of Business: Gary Desai, VP and CIO, Federal Mogul
February 19
7:30–9 a.m.
Troy, MI

Executive MBA Reception
February 24
6–8 p.m.
Novi, MI

10th Annual SpartyBall
February 28
7–11 p.m.
Chicago, IL

Deloitte Team USA Road Show
February 26
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Lansing, MI

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Financial Times for the second straight year ranked Broad’s Full-Time MBA program No. 11 among U.S. public programs. More about the ranking

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