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June 2013 Broad Business eNews

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June 2013

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Connect with Your Global Business Network

As a business grad, you know that relationships are key to making business happen. To help you connect with Spartans around the globe, MSU and the Broad College have developed an online community where alumni can search for classmates and friends, upload photos, and register for events. Look for your personalized invitation from Sparty, MSU’s chief relationship officer, in the mailbox in early July to learn how to join. If you activate your profile by August 1, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini. More about the network

The School Honors Alumni Leaders

The School of Hospitality Business honored the recipients of its outstanding alumni awards at the Annual Gathering of Leaders Award Ceremony and Reception, held May 20 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This year’s winners are:

  • Alumnus of the Year: Steven J. Wagenheim (BA ’77), president and founder of Granite City Food and Brewery
  • Emerging Alumni Leader of the Year: Joel Halperin (BA ’07), general manager at Hillstone Restaurant in Midtown
  • Emerging Alumni Leader of the Year: Jeremy Joseph Mourey (BA ’00), corporate operations director and principal at Premiere Food Service, Inc.
  • Honorary Alumnus of the Year: Randy Smith, owner and co-founder of Smith Travel Research (STR)

School alumnus and Hall of Fame member Phil Hickey (BA ’77), chairman of the National Restaurant Association (NRA), was a special guest at the event, which coincided with the annual NRA show. More about the alumni

Grandparents U. Brings Together Generations of Spartans

Next week, more than 1,000 grandparents and their grandkids will visit MSU for Grandparents University, MSU’s popular inter-generational summer camp. The program gives young campers a glimpse into college life and allows grandparents to recall and share memories of MSU with their grandchildren. This year, more than 125 classes on subjects such as nutrition, wind power, and computer programming are being offered. In the Broad College, faculty will offer courses to help campers develop their culinary, personal finance, planning and problem solving, and entrepreneurial skills.While registration is closed for this year’s program, you can sign up to receive advance information for the 2014 registration.

Business at Broad

Analytics Students Dive into Big Data

Students in the master of science in business analytics program gained real-world experience through an experiential project with GM and IBM this past spring. Over the course of 12 weeks, students analyzed real data from GM using IBM technology and expertise to determine what drives customer-owner satisfaction. The project was just one of many that students in the new one-year program will complete. This summer they are also working with Dow Chemical, Meijer, and Consumers Energy on big data projects. More about analytics

Researchers Reveal Few Wash Their Hands Correctly

Research by faculty in The School of Hospitality Business shows that few people remember Mom’s advice about washing their hands thoroughly after using the restroom. The study, which was covered widely in the media, including by the New York Times, NBC Today Show, and CNN, found that just 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections. What’s more, 33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all. “These findings were surprising to us because past research suggested that proper hand washing is occurring at a much higher rate,” said Carl Borchgrevink, associate professor of hospitality business and lead investigator on the study. More about the study

App Developed by Recent Grads Now Available on iTunes

An app that placed first in the Broad Undergraduate Business Pitch Competition is now available for purchase on the iTunes App Store. TempoRun, developed by recent Broad College grads Benny Ebert-Zavos (BA ’13) and Josh Leider (BA ’13), also won the national South by Southwest Student Start Up Madness Business Competition in March.

Broad Students Experience International Business Firsthand

This summer, nearly 300 Broad students are studying abroad in countries around the world. These programs extend classroom learning through visits to businesses, national governments, and the international offices of our multinational corporate partners. Recently, a group of Full-Time MBA students visited Eastern Europe, and groups of undergraduates visited Japan, Australia, France, and England. MSU is ranked No. 1 among public universities for study abroad, and the Broad College is the leader in study abroad at MSU. Read more about the MBA students’ study abroad trip on their blog.


Around MSU

MSU Students to Benefit from Jackson National Expansion

When Jackson National Life Insurance opens its new facility in the old Barnes and Noble building in downtown East Lansing this fall, MSU students could be working there. According to Michael Wells, Jackson president and CEO, the goal is to “create a space where students can gain real-life work experience, share ideas, and enhance creative thinking.” More about Jackson

MSU Power Plant Switches to Wood Biomass Fuel

As part of an energy transition plan adopted last year, MSU has begun planting hybrid poplar trees that when full grown will be harvested, chipped, and burned at the T.B. Simon power plant on campus. The move is part of the university’s goal to move toward 100 percent renewable energy. More about the fuel

Morrill Hall Demolition Nears Completion

Demolition of the more-than-100-year-old Morrill Hall is nearly complete and work will soon begin on the terrace and seating area that will be built on the site. The building, which opened in 1900, was scheduled for demolition after monitoring revealed irreparable damage to the internal structure of the building. The MSU Surplus Store will be selling bricks from the building. More about the demolition

Upcoming Events

Grandparents University

June 25-27
Various Campus Locations
East Lansing, MI

Shanghai Alumni Reception
June 26
8-10 p.m.
Shanghai, China

Full-Time MBA Information Session
June 27
7-8 p.m.
Shanghai, China

Annual MSU Alumni Breakfast
(during I-CHRIE)
July 25
7:30-9 a.m.
St. Louis, MO

MBA BroadLink
September 13
Various Campus Locations
East Lansing, MI

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