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March 2017 Broad Business eNews

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Michigan State University Broad College of Business - Broad Business eNews
March 2017
Alumni News

Lear executives and MSU alumni Jason Cardew (left) and Ray Scott (right) with Dean Sanjay Gupta (middle) in front of an informational display at Lear headquarters
Lear’s $1.5M in Gifts Support Business College Pavilion

Lear Corp. and its employees have committed more than $1.5 million to support the Business Pavilion. Lear, through the Lear Corp. Charitable Foundation, has pledged a 5-to-1 match for every dollar Lear employees give to the building project, and 101 employees have made contributions so far. To commemorate Lear’s generosity, the pavilion lobby will be named the Lear Corp. Lobby.

Put a Fork in the Road with Les Gourmets

The 66th annual Les Gourmets will celebrate the theme “A Fork in the Road” by providing tastes of all corners of the U.S., with a special focus on Michigan. The event will be held Saturday, April 8, at Spartan Stadium’s Huntingdon Club, with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now!

Grandparents University Registration Open

MSU’s Grandparents University brings grandparents and their grandchildren (ages 8–12) together for a three-day, on-campus educational experience. Participants need not be MSU alumni. The 2017 program will take place Tuesday, June 27, to Thursday, June 29. Beginning at 10 a.m. today, March 15, participants can reserve spaces online and fill out the information packet. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, they will return to the Grandparents University website to select class sessions and complete registration.

Business at Broad

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Broad Tops in Supply Chain at All Levels, Says U.S. News

The U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Business Schools rankings named Broad no. 1 in graduate programs in supply chain/logistics, matching the no. 1 ranking it awarded Broad’s undergraduate programs in September. The Full-Time MBA program maintained its position among the top 15 U.S. public programs in the ranking.

Alumni Pursue Fashion Entrepreneurship

Broad alumni have turned their entrepreneurial spirit into leadership in the world of fashion. Their pursuits have ranged from Midwestern prep apparel to innovation in men’s shirt stays to an eveningwear collection that paid tribute to modern art and was exhibited at New York Fashion Week.

51st Executive MBA Class of 2017 Graduation at the Wharton Center March 12, 2017. [MATTHEW DAE SMITH | for the Broad College of Business]
EMBA Students Graduate

On Sunday, March 12, 135 newly minted Executive MBA alumni celebrated their achievements at their commencement ceremony at the Wharton Center. Linda Blair (EMBA ’98), CEO and president of ITC Holdings, served as the guest commencement speaker.

Around MSU

Join Fellow Spartans for Global Day of Service

April 8 marks the fifth annual SPARTANS WILL. POWER Global Day of Service. Register by April 2 to volunteer with other Spartans across the world—or create your own project in your area. Bring your friends and family—everyone is welcome!

Spartan Researchers Find Promising Lead in Treating Autism Symptoms

Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of autism, and there’s no treatment or cure. But MSU researchers have identified a single protein that appears to be the culprit in causing many behavioral symptoms as well as molecular and cellular abnormalities related to Fragile X—and an experimental compound that shows promise in treatment.

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President’s Report Released

This year’s president’s report highlights some remarkable Spartans, from an award-winning plant researcher to a renowned coach. Watch videos on their work and explore 360-degree, interactive environments for a closer look at their work to make a difference for all of us.

Your Global Business Network

Activate Your Alumni Directory Profile Today—Free of Charge

Visit the alumni directory, accessible from the Broad alumni page, and get connected today with Spartans around the world in accounting, finance, hospitality business, management, marketing, and supply chain management.  Activating your new profile is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Please use the following information when going through the process:

  1. Enter [personalized] for your name search.
  2. Select your name from the list shown.
  3. Enter your Entity ID: [personalized].

Get connected today! Returning users can log in here.

Upcoming Events

EMBA Information Session
March 15
6–8 p.m.
Detroit, MI

Business and Bagels: Crisis Strategy and Management
March 16
7:30–9:15 a.m.
East Lansing, MI

Healthcare Leadership Academy (Module 2)
March 20–22
East Lansing, MI

Finance for the Non-Financial Manager
March 21
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

Process Modeling, Analysis, and Redesign
March 23–24
East Lansing, MI

Export Controls & Compliance
March 23
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

EMBA Information Session
March 29
6–8 p.m.
East Lansing or Troy, MI

Maximizing Sales Team Performance
April 4–5
East Lansing, MI

Innovate State Speaker Series: Brett Kopf
April 6
6–8 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

Les Gourmets
April 8
6–10 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

CMAA Business Management Institute III
April 10–14
East Lansing, MI

Mid-Michigan Value Chain Certificate Program
April 12–May 31
2–6 p.m.
Midland, MI

Doing Business with the Chinese
April 14
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

Process Transformation
April 18–19
East Lansing, MI

Business and Bagels: Creative Problem Solving
April 18
8–9:15 a.m.
East Lansing, MI

Innovate State Speaker Series: Pat Gillespie
April 18
6–8 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

MSU Commencements
May 5–7
East Lansing, MI

HB Newest Alumni Brunch
May 6
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
East Lansing, MI

ENGAGE: International Alumni Reunion 2017
May 19–21
Hong Kong

Priya Balasubramaniam (MBA Supply Chain Management ’01), vice president at Apple, was ranked no. 5 in a list of the “43 Most Powerful Female Engineers” released by Business Insider. More

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