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January 2013 Broad Business eNews


January 2013

Alumni news

Take your chances at Vegas Night 2013

UPDATE: We are sorry to inform you that Vegas Night 2013 has been cancelled. Anyone with questions or comments should contact We look forward to the return of Vegas Night next year.Vegas Night, an annual The School of Hospitality Business student-led event, will take place Saturday, January 26, at the Marriott at University Place in East Lansing. The event helps raise money for the student Hospitality Association, which oversees hospitality industry-related clubs and major school events. This year’s Vegas Night will feature all the games casino enthusiasts love plus a few surprises! Alumni and guests over 18 years old are welcome to pay a $5 cover and join in the fun, including free food and drinks, massages from Douglas J Salon, a photo booth, live performances, and a drawing for special prizes. For more information or to join as one of the generous sponsors of the event, visit or e-mail

New officers, members appointed to 2013 Broad College Alumni Association Board

The 2013 Broad College Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes eight new members this month. The new directors are Omari Bouknight (BA Supply Chain Management ’99), James Bradow (BA Accounting ’75), Max Dobens (BA Marketing ’87), Tarik Davis (MBA Supply Chain Management ’04), Douglas Shook, MD (BA Business ’92), Nancy Vella (BA Accounting ’79), and Jane Warner(BA/MA Business Education ’70, ’73). Their terms began January 1. Michael Pruente (BA Supply Chain Management ’07) has been appointed for a second one-year term as Young Alumni Representative to the board. Stu Reed (BA MLM-Purchasing Management ’83) serves as the board’s 2013 president. Other members of the executive committee are Julie Fasone Holder (BA General Business ’75), vice president, and Rick Rowe (BA Hotel & Restaurant Management ’88, MBA Finance ’96), treasurer. Reed succeeds Eric Ray (BA MLM-Operations Management ’83) who served as board treasurer, vice president, and president between January 2010 and December 2012.

For a current list of all of the members of the Broad College Alumni Association Board of Directors, please visit

Save the Date: Lenway featured speaker at MSU Means Business next month

Broad College Dean Stefanie Lenway will be the featured speaker at next month’s annual MSU Means Business event to be held Thursday, February 28, at the MSU Secchia Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event brings together MSU alumni in Grand Rapids and West Michigan counties to network, learn about initiatives in the business program on campus, and announce the recipient of the 2013 MSU West Michigan Businessperson of the Year Award. MSU Means Business is presented by the MSU West Michigan Alumni Club with support from the Broad College of Business and other sponsors. Adam Earle (BA Supply Chain Management ’02) serves as the 2013 event chairperson. Check for more event details as they become available: We hope to see you there!

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Broad students make the grade

At the end of the fall 2012 semester, numerous Broad College students were recognized for their academic achievements. Two of the six MSU graduating seniors earning Board of Trustees awards for a perfect 4.0 GPA average were from Broad. These students, Clare Eagle (accounting) and Benjamin Wilson (accounting), were recognized at the Friday, December 14, board meeting held prior to winter commencement ceremonies.In addition, the Big Ten Conference announced the Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2012 fall sports on Thursday, December 6. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must earn a varsity letter, be in at least their second academic year, and carry a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Broad College students honored included:

  • Desiree Aber, women’s soccer (senior, marketing)
  • Jack Allen, football (sophomore, general management)
  • Max Bullough, football (junior, finance)
  • Kevin Cope, men’s soccer (junior, finance)
  • Wesley Curtis, men’s soccer (junior, supply chain management)
  • Jeremy Gainer, football (senior, hospitality business)
  • Michelle Graham, field hockey (sophomore, general management)
  • Nate Klatt, football (senior, accounting)
  • Tim Kreutz, men’s soccer (junior, finance)
  • Paul Lang, football (sophomore, general management)
  • Andrew Maxwell, football (senior, marketing)
  • Brooke McMahan, women’s cross country (sophomore, accounting)
  • Asa Miller, men’s soccer (sophomore, finance)
  • Adam Montague, men’s soccer (sophomore, finance)
  • Kori Reinhart, women’s soccer (senior, accounting)
  • Mike Sadler, football (senior, applied engineering sciences and supply chain management)
  • Sara Stassen, women’s cross country (sophomore, hospitality business)

Broad professors among MSU’s best

A select group of faculty and academic staff are recognized by MSU each year for their service and outstanding work. This year, an impressive four Broad College members are among the recipients of those All-University Awards and will be honored at MSU’s 2013 Awards Convocation on Tuesday, February 12, at the Wharton Center. The awards recognize the hard work, dedication, and success of our Broad faculty.

  • Distinguished Faculty Awards: Dave Closs, the John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration and Department of Supply Chain Management chairperson, and Mike Shields, the Schaberg Endowed Chair in Accounting
  • Teacher-Scholar Award: Tobias Schoenherr, assistant professor of supply chain management
  • Distinguished Academic Staff: Charles Bokemeier, professor of practice in accounting
The Distinguished Faculty Award is given to faculty members for their administrative excellence and length of service. No more than ten faculty throughout all of MSU receive the award each year. Only six MSU faculty members receive Teacher-Scholar Awards, which are given to assistant or associate professors who are early in their careers and have shown “devotion to and skill in teaching.” Lastly, the Distinguished Academic Staff Award is awarded to four individuals with careers demonstrating “long-term excellence and exceptional contributions to MSU.” More about the award

Around MSU

Spartans Will. 360 —  MSU’s President’s Report

Beginning this week, you can follow the crew of Spartans Will. 360 as they travel to five continents and visit more than 10 sites from China to East Africa. Serving as this year’s President’s Report, the project showcases the indispensible work of MSU scientists, scholars, and students. Viewers will be able to witness MSU’s activity and impact in each location through video, photos, blogs, and a specially created websiteMore about the report

MSU rated a ‘Best Value’ by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has once again ranked MSU among the top 100 best values in public colleges, improving to No. 46 from last year’s No. 49 ranking. The assessment looks at admission rates, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio, and four-year graduation rate. MSU was noted for its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, and “low sticker price.” More about the ranking

MSU Union re-opens after renovations

The MSU Union has re-opened after renovations to the first floor. New additions include a Sparty’s Express and a Welcome Center. These join Biggby’s coffee shop, the MSU Dairy Store, MSU Federal Credit Union, the Union Food Court, and Spartan Spirit Shop with renovated layouts. The grand re-opening will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 15, from 4-7 p.m. with MSU President Lou Anna K. SimonMore about renovations

Upcoming Events

Executive Development Programs Business & Bagels
Topic: The Role and Impact of International Students at MSU
Speaker: Peter Briggs, director, Office of International Students and Scholars, MSU
January 16
7:30-9:15 a.m.
Henry Center
Lansing, MI
More info on Business and Bagels
West Michigan SCM Certificate Series
January 17—December 12
Steelcase University Learning Center
Grand Rapids, MI
Economic Club Speaker Series
Topic: Leadership and its importance to an organization and its employees
Speaker: John E. Sztykiel (BA Marketing ’79), president and CEO, Spartans Motors, Inc.
Sponsored by: MSU International Business Center and The Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan
January 22
11:30 a.m. doors open
Kellogg Center
East Lansing, MI
More info on the speaker series
FMI’s Annual Chicago Reception for Financial Services Alumni
January 24
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Midtown Kitchen & Bar
Chicago, IL
Hospitality Vegas Night
January 26
5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Marriott Hotel Ballroom
East Lansing, MI
Global Business Club – MBA Dinner/Networking Event
Topic: Managing a Global Brand in a Franchise Environment
Speaker: Michael T. Lawton (BA Accounting ’80), CFO and executive VP of Finance, Domino’s Pizza, Inc.
February 1
6-8 p.m.
Henry Center
Lansing, MI
Hospitality Destination Coast-to-Coast Auction
February 9
5 p.m.: Silent Auction Begins
6 p.m.: Live Auction Begins
Kellogg Center, Big Ten Rooms
East Lansing, MI
Executive Development Programs Business & Bagels
Topic: Critical Thinking at Work — Practical Strategies for Enhancing Performance
Speaker: Michael Rip, founding director, Program in Public Health, College of Human Medicine, MSU
February 14
7:30-9:15 a.m.
Henry Center
Lansing, MI
More info on Business and Bagels
MSU Means Business
Speaker: Stefanie Lenway, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean
February 28
MSU Secchia Center
Grand Rapids, MI
More info on the talk

Broad pride point

Broad’s Full-Time MBA program ranks 8th out of 82 universities for teamwork, according to Businessweek. More about the ranking










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