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May 2013 Broad Business eNews

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May 2013

Alumni news

Recipients of Broad Alumni Achievement Awards Named

Five alumni have been named the winners of this year’s Broad College alumni achievement awards in recognition of their excellent career achievements and their impact on their community and Michigan State University. The recipients are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: David P. Cosper (BA Financial Administration ’77, MBA Finance ’78), retired CFO of Sonic Automotive and former vice chairman, CFO, and assistant treasurer of the Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Credit Company
  • Outstanding Alumni Achievement Awards: Alan J. Kaufman (BA Business ’70), chairman, CEO, and president of the H.W. Kaufman Financial Group and chairman, CEO, and president of Burns & Wilcox, Ltd., and Bruce R. Leech (BA Financial Administration ’78), founder and director of CrossCom National
  • Young Alumni Achievement Awards: Tania Narula Chopra (BA Supply Chain Management ‘03), vice president at Credit Suisse, and Ryan P. Sullivan (BA Finance ’06), director of business development, Rock Ventures (Quicken Loans family of businesses)

Teamwork and Excellence Take the Lead at May 15 Broad Executive Forum

Leech and LenwayLeadership and teamwork – its challenges and rewards were on the agenda at the 7th annual Broad Executive Forum of Chicago, May 15, at the University Club in downtown Chicago. Some 80 Spartans turned out to learn how to take charge of their career from an alumni panel and for an inside look at MSU Athletics from the event keynote speaker Mark Hollis. Finally, Broad alumnus Bruce Leech (pictured at right with Dean Stefanie Lenway) was presented with the 2012-2013 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. Read more about the forum.

Business at Broad

Graduates Recognized at Commencement

More than 1,400 Broad graduates joined the ranks of Spartan alumni at commencement ceremonies held May 3–4 at the Breslin Center. Matthew Barnhill (MBA Marketing ’94), executive vice president of corporate market research at BET Networks, spoke to Full-Time and Weekend MBA graduates at a luncheon prior to the advanced degree ceremony. At the undergraduate ceremony, students heard a keynote address from Manoj Saxena (MBA Marketing ’91), general manager of IBM Watson Solutions, who encouraged them to find meaning in their work and go forth boldly to make their mark in the world. Anna Ricelli, a graduating supply chain senior, also spoke as the Class of 2013 representative. Read the full text of Saxena’s speech.

Finance Students Earn Internships on Wall Street

Three Broad finance majors are getting real-world experience at investment banks in New York this summer thanks to internships earned through Sponsors for Educational Opportunities, a national program that recruits and trains students of color for summer internships that lead to full-time jobs. Britney Holloway, David Walker, and Shawn Glasper are interning at J.P. Morgan Securities, Jefferies, and a yet-to-be-determined company, respectively. Read more about the internships.

Spartan Consulting Gives Back to Fellow MBAs

Spartan Consulting, MSU’s MBA student-run consulting firm, recently donated $4,000 from their net profits to four Broad MBA student groups to help raise the profile of the Broad MBA programs by providing support for students to travel to conferences around the country. The Broad MBA Finance Association, Broad Net Impact, Graduate Supply Chain Management Association, and Multicultural MBA Association each received $1,000 to be used to increase student participation at events and drive exposure for the program at conferences and symposiums. Spartan Consulting made a change to its bylaws earlier this year that allowed it to donate a portion of its net profits to the student groups.

Spartan Consulting

Students Show Skills at Entrepreneurship Competition

Several Broad students earned top spots in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference, held in California in April. In the “Entrepreneurship-Starting Your Business” category, Brooke Vanderkelen (Marketing ’13) and Brittanie Vitkuske (Advertising, ’14) placed third for the concept Top Dog Tablets, a substance to reduce film on dogs’ teeth, which was also a finalist in the 2012 Broad Business Pitch Competition. Other Broad finalists in the DECA competition included Gillian Asiala (Supply Chain Management, ’15) and Michelle Leeuw (Hospitality Business, ’15), who finished third in their category “Business to Business Marketing,” and Lea Bommarito (Finance, ’13), who placed in the top ten in “Corporate Finance.”

Around MSU

Supporting Michigan Businesses

MSU recently became the first university to partner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in a program designed to boost Michigan companies. Through the program, MSU aims to use in-state suppliers for at least 50 percent of its purchases. In explaining MSU’s participation, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said, “We’re a leader in supply chain education…so we understand the potential of such a network to benefit everyone.” Read more about MEDC.

2014 Big Ten Football Schedule Announced

The 2014 Big Ten football schedule was released last week. The schedule features a new division alignment with each team playing eight conference games. MSU will play both new additions to the conference, Maryland and Rutgers. Read more about the schedule.

‘Flipping’ the Way College Students Learn

MSU has introduced a new model of teaching in some of its classrooms. In these “flipped” classrooms, students listen to a lecture as the homework assignment and do the homework in the classroom setting. To accommodate the new model, classrooms are undergoing physical changes as well. Known as Rooms for Engaged and Active Learning, or REAL, the space is specifically designed to enable lively interaction, enhanced learning, and increased faculty-and-student engagement. Read more about the classrooms.

Upcoming Events

Business and Bagels: Ethical Decision-Making: Challenges and Opportunities
May 21
7:30–9:15 a.m
Lansing, MI

Thinking Strategically to Build a Sustainable Competitive Advantage
May 22
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Henry Center
Lansing, MI

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Executive Seminar
June 2–7
Henry Center
Lansing, MI

Implementing & Sustaining Process Excellence
June 4–5
Henry Center
Lansing, MI

Business and Bagels: Is Your Business C-Worthy?
June 6
7:30–9:15 a.m
Henry Center
Lansing, MI

Broad College Alumni Reunion Breakfast
June 7
8–10 a.m.
Henry Center
Four Seasons Room

Hospitality Business Patriarchs Breakfast
(in conjunction with MSU 50-Year Reunion Days)
June 7
8:30–10 a.m.
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center (garden level)

Power, Influence, and Negotiation
June 11–12
Henry Center
Lansing, MI

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