A Message from the Dean

We have just passed the halfway point of spring semester and we are hoping for warmer weather to welcome many guests to campus who will be attending our spring events.

Our second annual Women in Leadership event, which is at full capacity in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, is set for April 3. We look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker, Sherron Watkins, former VP of Corporate Development at Enron, along with a panel of highly successful women covering the event’s theme of Women and Ethics in the Workplace.

Dozens of marketing alumni are planning to return to campus to network with current marketing students and fellow marketing alumni during Marketing Alumni Days on April 3 & 4. Please contact Christine Seiler (cseiler@bgsu.edu) if you have not sent in your RSVP.

Our week-long celebration of entrepreneurship (E-Week) begins April 7.  We have scheduled a kick-off breakfast, three lunch and learns, “The Hatch” event, as well as the Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship.

Excitement is running high for this year’s Hatch. We expect over 1,300 attendees at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.  In the last issue, you met the 12 BGSU student entrepreneurs and their mentors.  We are excited to introduce our group of Hatch Investors for 2014. (Read more)

If you can’t attend “The Hatch” event, I encourage you to host a “Hatch Watch” party.  We will be streaming the event live on April 9 and the College of Business and the BGSU Alumni Association would be happy to give you some BGSU and CBA giveaways.  Contact our Communications Manager, Amy West (amywest@bgsu.edu), if you are interested in hosting a party. We already have registered over 50 “Hatch Watch” parties.

On April 11 the College and the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership will be hosting the 11th annual Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship.  This fantastic program features keynote Daymond John, a “Shark Tank” investor, as well as three highly successful BGSU alumni - Tom Embrescia ‘68 (Chairman of Second Generation Ltd.),  Paul Hooker ‘75 (founder and former CEO of Sferra Fine Linens), and Lori Steele ‘86 (founder of Everyone Counts). We expect this event to be sold out. Be sure to register today by going to the link above.

The Dallas-Hamilton Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 10 is also part of E-Week activities.  This invitation-only event will honor four outstanding entrepreneurs who have earned BGSU degrees. The Class of 2014 inductees include Earle Malm‘71 (President and CEO of HighMark Capital Management, Inc., retired); Valerie Newell ’75 (Chairman of RiverPoint Capital Management; Director of Private Client and High Net Worth Group); Kermit Stroh ‘02 (Hon.) (Founder, Moulton Gas Service Inc., retired); and Lori Steele ’86 (Founder of Everyone Counts).  Read more about these world-class innovators who will join the prestigious group of entrepreneurs already inducted.

In addition to honoring innovation, the University will be presenting College of Business alumnus Emerick Corsi, Jr. ‘72, with the BGSU College Alumni Award at a luncheon and awards ceremony on March 29. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievements and civic, cultural, and charitable contributions, bringing honor to Bowling Green State University. We are proud to honor Emerick for his many achievements. (Read more)

A new group of 13 Student Ambassadors have just completed their networking and presentation training class taught by Mearl Sutton, marketing. They had the opportunity to “practice” their newly acquired skills by connecting with BGSU alumni on March 17 at an alumni networking reception and dinner. We look forward to this new group of high achieving leaders joining the current Student Ambassadors next fall to promote the College. Click here to learn about the new Student Ambassadors.

The current Student Ambassadors will be busy on April 17 conducting the 2nd annual Business Olympics. Representatives from student organizations will be competing in teams in such sports as Tie a Tie, Name the Ticker, Supply Chain Relay, Sales Pitch, and Mathletes. Students not participating on a Business Olympics team can also attend this picnic event and cheer on their classmates while enjoying free food. This event has been made possible by a gift from the College of Business Board of Advocates. We thank them for their support of our students.  If you are interested in making a gift to benefit the College of Business, you are reminded to specify the College as the recipient of your gift. Please feel free to contact our development director, Ken McIntyre, at kmcinty@bgsu.edu, to discuss a gift.

Thirty current freshmen have been chosen and are completing eight hours of leadership training to become the first cohort of Peer Leaders.  These dedicated students will be given approximately 15 incoming freshmen to contact over the summer and will stay connected with them throughout their first year on campus. The goal of this initiative is to help incoming first-year business students transition to the College of Business and college life. Thanks to Mearl Sutton for conducting the training sessions and Kristen Brotzki, marketing, for being the group’s faculty advisor.

Our students continue to excel at high levels. One of two finance teams from BGSU advanced to the final round of the National Plan Competition, hosted by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants. Dana Kaufman, Liz Kevorkian, and Becca Smoody are one of three finalists who will compete at the national level. (Read more)  Meanwhile, two supply chain management students have advanced onto the next level of consideration for the prestigious R. Gene Richter Scholarship Program. Katie Post and Alexandra Shock were selected from among a record number of applicants for this national award.  Historically, one of these scholarships has gone to a BGSU student five out of the past eight years, and what makes this year so exciting is that this is the first time BGSU has had two students make it to this level.

Congratulations also go to one of our faculty members.  Dr. Dwayne Gremler, professor of marketing and a Fulbright Scholar, recently received a “Highly Commended Award” for co-authoring one of the top four papers in 2013 published in the Journal of Service Management. His study suggests managers of high-contact services should focus more on emotional competence when hiring new employees or training current employees because they are more likely to build rapport with customers, resulting in higher customer satisfaction and loyalty.

This next month will be extremely busy and exciting.  I look forward to seeing you at our events!

Raymond W. Braun ‘80