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A Message from the Dean

Despite the frigid weather conditions here in Bowling Green, the College of Business is off to a hot start this semester!

We have begun our schedule of Class Dinners with the Class of 2015 dinner held Tuesday that focused on “Job Placement” as the theme. These special dinners give students an opportunity to network with classmates and faculty and to enjoy great food, courtesy of the dean’s office and the College of Business Board of Advocates. The following is the schedule of remaining Class Dinners with their topics:

Class Dinner 2016 Feb 25 101 Olsc 5:30-7:30pm Internships
Class Dinner 2017 March 4 101 Olsc 5:30-7:30pm Education Abroad
Class of 2014 Luncheon April 30 101 Olsc 11:30am-1:30pm Time Capsule Ceremony

 

Students and faculty can rsvp their attendance to:  cbarsvp@bgsu.edu.

Students and employers connected at the Spring EXPO Job & Internship Fair. Nearly 500 business students attended the job fair which accounted for 56% of the total number of students who attended. Three quarters of the 176 companies who were recruiting were interested in business students. To assist students in preparing for the job expo, the College’s Business Career Accelerator office hosted Business Career Day consisting of a series of employer panels and mock interview presentations. Students learned firsthand from recruiters about how to better present themselves at the job fair(Read more…)

Another initiative completed this month was the creation of the Business Career Accelerator Recruiting Center located on the 4th floor of the Business Administration Building.  Recruiters are able to reserve an interview room while recruiting on campus. These rooms were used for interviews starting the day after the job fair. Contact Tom Siebenaler, associate director of the Business Career Accelerator, for more information on reserving rooms (thomacs@bgsu.edu).

We are excited to report that we have more undergraduate business students in our College this semester compared to spring 2013. The College of Business saw more than a 7% increase in the number of students enrolled compared to a year ago.  Our retention rate between fall semester 2013 and spring 2014 was 93%.  I am proud of the efforts of our faculty and staff  in providing students with an exceptional educational value!

Our recruitment efforts have also been in full swing. As of February 7, we’ve had close to 1600 prospective business students register for campus visits. Fall 2014 application numbers remain close to last year’s at this time. We welcomed high school students to the College during Presidents' Day activities. Current business students took our guests on informational tours of the building pointing out the highlights of our students and programs. Students and faculty were on hand that day to answer questions from prospective students and parents.

This spring is packed with many exciting programs that I invite you to attend.  Women in Leadership is April 3, featuring Sherron Watkins, the former VP  of Corporate Development for Enron who disclosed the accounting scandal. This event is almost full, so register at the website today.

Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) is set for April 7 -11. J. Robert Sebo ’58, ’13 (Hon.) is the Entrepreneur in Residence for this week of events. He has been a longtime supporter of our entrepreneurship events.   The Hatch  is April 9 at 7pm in the Ballroom, and the 11th Annual Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship is April 11, featuring “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John and three outstanding BGSU alumni and entrepreneurs.  These are all fantastic events and I encourage you to RSVP on the links above.  We expect full capacities for these events, so you need to reserve your spot today and not miss out! Thanks to Bob Sebo and all of our sponsors for supporting our events!

Another April event is the marketing department’s Marketing Alumni Days April 3 and 4. This event was such a success last year that we had to split it into two days of our alums returning to campus and networking with students. Contact Christine Seiler (cseiler@bgsu.edu) if you are interested in attending one of the networking events.

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Student competitions of all kinds are showcasing our best talent.  The Service Marketing Institute hosted the nation’s first National Service Marketing Competition. Congratulations to the BGSU team on becoming National Champions at the competition.  What a great job by students Ashley Flanigan, Kelsey Aufdencamp, Tori Etts, and Michelle Terry and their coach, Dr. Dwayne Gremler, professor of marketing.  (Read more)

Other student competitions included the BGSU Supply Chain Management Institute’s Case Competition which was held prior to the SCMI Spring Networking Dinner which brought supply chain alumni to campus.  Taking first place in the case competition was the team of Zachary Bourdon and Stephen Hagerman. (Read more). The Center for Business Analytics accepted applications and reports from 7 teams of 25 BGSU students. The top three teams will be chosen to present at next fall’s Best Practices in Business Analytics Symposium. And finally, the Department of Economics is hosting the Undergraduate Economics Student Research Contest and Conference on April 19 at BGSU which is open to economics students from regional colleges and universities.

Throughout this semester I will be updating you on the many events and activities, along with our success stories. 

Raymond W. Braun ‘80
Dean

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