A Message from the Dean

The month of May brings the 2013-2014 academic year to a successful close. Wow! What an exciting year with so many events, activities, and outstanding achievements by our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and programs.

Besides the continuing programs that have been highly successful, the College introduced many new initiatives with very positive results. We are pleased that our applications from incoming freshmen are up 14% over last year at this time, our admitted percentage is up more than 26%, and we have surpassed our retention goal of 73% with current students still registering for fall classes.

Here are some examples of initiatives implemented this year that focus on recruitment, student engagement and retention, placement, alumni and industry engagement, and faculty recognition.

  • We implemented personalized information sessions in the Business Building on Monday and Friday afternoons, hosted by Student Ambassadors. These sessions allow prospective students and their parents to learn more about the College with a more detailed building tour and viewing of short testimonial videos. Prospective students can register for these sessions online through the College’s website.
  • To enhance opportunities for prospective students to visit the College of Business, we implemented a new CBA visit program, where high school classes interested in studying business visit the College, participate in business activities, and enjoy lunch.
  • We installed an Admit/Commit Wall to promote the students who have been admitted to the College and have made a commitment to BGSU by making a housing deposit. We encouraged our current students to find the names of people they know and contact them about enrolling at BGSU.
  • Added to “The Hatch” event were “Hatch Watch” parties. High school students and BGSU alumni gathered in over 70 locations to watch BGSU students pitch their business ideas to investors. We had parties nationwide and even in Germany, Turkey, China, and India!
  • Our College created a free entrepreneurship curriculum built around the College’s “Hatch” program so high school teachers can instruct students on the principles of starting up businesses. So far more than 100 teachers have adopted the curriculum.
  • More than 500 high school students attended this year’s Sebo Series in Entrepreneurship. This new initiative gave students the chance to hear from highly successful entrepreneurs, including Daymond John, from the popular show “Shark Tank,” who met with the students.
  • The College selected 30 students to serve as Peer Leaders.  The goal of the program is to assist incoming freshmen to successfully transition to college during their first year. The Peer Leaders begin contacting new business students this summer. (Read more)
  • The new CBA Rewards Point Program continues to incentivize engagement by business students. This spring 92% of all business students engaged in College activities compared to 80% fall semester. The percentage of engagement was even higher for freshmen - 95% in the spring compared to 85% in the fall.
  • As part of the Rewards Program in the spring, we added a competition to give a special prize to the top point earners.  The prize for these students is a gourmet dinner that I prepare for them at my home. Congrats to James Jacobs, Zavia Currie, Angela Lucarelli, and Christian Piazza!
  • The Service Marketing Institute initiated and hosted the first National Service Marketing Competition, attracting teams from as far away as Texas and Canada.  I am proud to say our BGSU team was crowned champions.
  • A new associate director was hired to operate the College’s Business Career Accelerator office.  A focus for the associate director has been to increase the number of recruiters so every business student has opportunities to obtain an internship and a full-time job.
  • A new Business Career Accelerator Recruiting Center was created on the fourth floor of the Business Building to provide interview rooms for employers year-round as they recruit our students.
  • Starting in the fall, we are initiating a new professional development certification program called FIT (Finest Individual Talent).  All incoming freshmen will have to go through this online training program before interviewing with employers. (Read more)
  • Alumni joined us for an expanded celebration of BGSU Homecoming with several morning events - an alumni breakfast, a “Hatch Watch” with commentary from participants, and “Classes without Quizzes.”
  • The College of Business celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week with two events: “Supply Chain Logistics Lunch and Learn” and “Agribusiness: How Local Businesses Are Feeding the World,” featuring entrepreneurial businesses from northwest Ohio having a global impact. We had more than 500 people attend these inaugural events.
  • We presented three new Faculty Excellence Awards, thanks to the generosity of the Board of Advocates.  The inaugural winners include Dr. Mary Ellen Benedict, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics; Dr. Jan Hartley, professor in the Department of Management; and Dr. Earl McKinney, management information systems professor in the Department of Accounting and MIS.  (Read more)

In the third year, the Dean’s Workshops – Guide to Practical Business and Golf - exceeded capacity for fall 2014. Students are engaging in professional development activities to better prepare them for their business careers.

We remained among the top 5% of business schools according to the 2014 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Best Business Schools.” We also are among the top 64 Best For Vets: Business Schools in 2014.

The week before graduation, the Class of 2014 gathered in Olscamp for their Time Capsule Ceremony which included lunch and a “last lecture” by Kirk Kern, instructor in the marketing department and director of the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. At this luncheon we announced the selection of the College of Business’s most outstanding senior. The Karl E. Vogt Award was presented to Trevor Bischoff, who is specializing in finance, accounting, and business analytics and intelligence. Congratulations to our graduating seniors and to Trevor! Read more about the Class of 2014 Luncheon and Trevor Bischoff.

Biz News will take a break over the summer and return in August after the start of classes.  In the meantime, we wish you an enjoyable summer!

Raymond W. Braun ‘80