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November 2013 Broad Business eNews

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November 2013

Alumni news

Dave Closs sits inside Tesla Motors' first roadster outside their headquarters

Alumni Network at Tesla Motors

About 60 Spartan alumni in the San Francisco Bay area were hosted at Tesla Motors on November 7 for an exclusive small group networking reception and behind-the-scenes facility tour, complete with a green-and-white car for décor. The event featured presentations by Dave Closs, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management and the John H. McConnell Endowed Chair in Business Administration; J.J. Luranc (BA ’97 Materials and Logistics Management, MS ’09 Logistics), manager of Tesla Global Logistics; and other Tesla executives. Thanks to the Bay Area Broad College Alumni Executives group and the MSU Alumni Association, who organized the event in cooperation with the Broad College and MSU’s College of Engineering.

Honoring Hospitality Industry Leaders

On November 9, The School of Hospitality Business held its Celebration of Leadership, a ceremony honoring hospitality industry leaders, at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Alumni recognized include:

  • Hall of Fame “Class of Mentors”: Bradley Cance (BA ’89), general manager and chief operating officer, Bethesda Country Club, and Stephen LaHaie (MBA ’77), senior vice president, Shaw’s Crab House division, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Industry Leader of the Year: David Grissen (BA ’79), group president, the Americas, Marriott International
  • Spartan Champion Award: Philip Hickey, Jr. (BA ’77), chairman, National Restaurant Association

The School: Homecoming’s “Best Spartan Spirit”

Best Spartan Spirit honors in the 2013 MSU Homecoming parade went to The School of Hospitality Business for their float and entourage. The School has won this award nine times in the past 11 years. More about the parade

Celebrate 2014 with the Sparty Calendar

The Association of Future Alumni (formerly known as the Student Alumni Foundation) is raising funds for the Sparty mascot program. Show your support through purchase of Sparty’s 2014 calendar, on sale now for $15.

Business at Broad

Midland Research Institute to Study Value Chain

The MSU Board of Trustees recently approved plans to open the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation in Midland, Michigan. The institute’s research will center on management and value chain creation. Broad faculty and other researchers at the institute will collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and others to improve every type of private and public value chain. More about the institute

Weekend MBA Ranks 2nd in U.S. for Career Progress, Says Financial Times

Financial Times recently released its annual ranking of executive MBA programs for 2013. The Weekend MBA program was ranked 34th among U.S. programs and 89th worldwide. Graduates move forward considerably in their careers, Financial Times found—their career progress after completing the degree ranked 2nd among U.S. programs and 15th in the world. More about the ranking

Residential Business Program Combines Service and Networking

The Lansing area is cleaner and more festive thanks to the Residential Business Program (RBP). On November 1, RBP’s Day of Service provided a time of networking for its students and corporate partners as they worked together to decorate Old Town Lansing for the holidays, clean up the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s Garden Project space and City of Lansing parks, and assist the Asset Independence Coalition. See photos of the event on the RBP Facebook page.

BroadWeek Provides Experiential, Competitive Experience for MBA Students

Broad’s Full-Time MBA students came together for the BroadWeek intensive three-day experiential learning programs October 16–18. A BroadWeek experience falls in the middle of each semester of the two-year MBA program, drawing students together to learn, do practical work, and compete on a specified topic. This semester’s experiences focused on team problem-solving and entrepreneurship skills. More about BroadWeek

Around MSU

December Commencement Speakers Announced

Fall graduates will hear from well-known leaders of business and education as they receive their degrees. December’s commencement ceremonies will feature speeches by Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; James Hackett, CEO of Steelcase; and Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat. More about the speakers

Word Test Reliably Gauges Creativity

MSU researchers have developed a quick test—a two-minute word game, using single words—that reliably measures a person’s creativity. More about the test

Spartan Alumni Named to Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40”

Several MSU alumni were recognized in the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 awards this year, which honor 40 southeast Michigan residents “who have made their marks in business before age 40.” Among those honored were Broad alumni Alexis Dishman (BA Finance ’11), Dounia Senawi Lievan (BA General Business Administration – Pre-Law ’00), Eva Scurlock (BA Finance ’00), and Mike Shanlikian (Weekend MBA ’09). More about alumni

Childhood Arts Involvement Linked to Business Ownership, Patent Holding

New MSU research finds a link between childhood arts involvement and adult patent generation and business launching. Those in the study who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public. More about the research

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Upcoming Events

Business and Bagels: Brainstorming in Business: Creativity, Innovation and Communication
November 14
8–9:15 a.m.
Lansing, MI

WMBA Information Session
November 16
10 a.m.
Lansing, MI and Troy, MI

Webinar: Funding Your MBA
November 20
7–8 p.m.

Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan: Export 101: Grow Your Sales, Manage Your Risk
November 22
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lansing, MI

Broad College Alumni & Friends Tailgate
(MSU vs. Minnesota)

November 30
Two Hours Before Kickoff
East Lansing, MI

Implementing & Sustaining Process Excellence
December 3–4
Lansing, MI

Webinar: Where Can Your MBA Take You?
December 4
7–8 p.m.

MSU Commencements
December 13–14
East Lansing, MI

The School
Newest Alumni Reception

December 14
1–2:30 p.m.
Lansing, MI

Grandparents University Registration Opens
December 17

Destination Auction:
Sweet Escapes

February 8
5–10 p.m.
East Lansing, MI


Broad pride point

Broad’s Weekend MBA program is #2 among all U.S. executive-style MBA programs for career progress made by alumni, according to Financial Times. More about the ranking

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