Headline News: Week of March 5, 2012

by Dollie Elliott 
(March 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm)

Spears Headline News

Headline News: Week of March 5, 2012

Spears School News

 

OSU Wins Big 12 MBA Case Competition

From left, Oklahoma State's Chad Dayton, Julena Bonner, Clint Miller and Wayne Harber are congratulated by Joe Eastin, president of ISN Software Corporation in Dallas, after winning first place in the Big 12 MBA Case Competition this past weekend.

Oklahoma State University captured first place in the sixth annual Big 12 MBA Case Competition hosted by the Spears School of Business this past weekend. The first-place victory by Oklahoma State was its third in the six years of the MBA Case Competition.

OSU’s four-person team of MBA students Julena Bonner, Chad Dayton, Wayne Harber and Clint Miller placed first out of the nine teams competing – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, OSU, Texas Tech and Big 12 Conference newcomer Texas Christian University. The OSU team won the first-place trophy and $2,000 prize money. The University of Oklahoma placed second and won $1,600, and TCU was third and received $1,200.

In addition, OSU student Clint Miller was selected as the best presenter and MVP during the two-day event and the Oklahoma State team received the sportsmanship award as voted on by the other competitors.

“We couldn’t be happier for the four members of the team representing OSU and the Spears School of Business,” said Dean Larry Crosby. “It’s a great accomplishment against some of the best MBA students from other Big 12 schools. It’s an indication of the quality of the education that our MBA students are receiving at Oklahoma State University, and shows that they stack up against other MBA students throughout the Big 12. It’s a great accomplishment for the MBA students, and we are very proud of each of them.

The nine teams were required to analyze a real-world case problem provided by ISN Software Corporation in Dallas. The teams were asked to assess the problem, research possible solutions, write a concept proposal and give a presentation on their findings and recommendations – all within 24 hours of receiving the case on Friday morning. Each team then presented its strategy to a panel of judges, composed of business executives and industry leaders.

The field was narrowed to the top three teams following the preliminary round of competition, and those three presented their proposal during the final round. The winners were announced during a banquet on Saturday night at the Wes Watkins Center on the Stillwater campus.

Spears School Student Council Recognizes “Faculty Member of the Month”

Richard Buchanan

Andrew Urich

Each month the Spears School Student Council presents the “Faculty Member of the Month” to a person that exemplifies leadership, outstanding teaching skills, compassion and positive attitude towards students. Nominees are submitted by any Student Council member, prior to the vote going to the entire council. At the end of the semester winners are recognized at a dinner hosted by the Student Council.

The January Faculty Member of the Month is Richard Buchanan.
The February Faculty Member of the Month is Andrew Urich.
 

Congress to Campus

The Spears School of Business is hosting Congress to Campus on Monday, April 2, with former Congressman Larry LaRocco (Idaho) and former Congresswoman Sue Kelly (New York) as the guest speakers. The topic will be “International Trade: Opportunity or Destruction.” The forum will be held the Wes Watkins Center Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are welcomed to attend this free event. For more information about the event, contact Jeretta Horn Nord at jeretta.nord@okstate.edu or 744-5091.

CEO Day

The 2012 CEO Day is Tuesday, April 3, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center, Click Hall. CEO Day was designed to bring successful business people to campus so students are given the opportunities to:

  • Discover challenges and issues CEOs face,
  • Understand how CEOs charter their career paths,
  • Discover characteristics they seek in managers,
  • Interact with successful CEOs,
  • Learn about CEO’s decision processes and leadership styles.

This year’s guest CEOs include Al Litchenburg, Vice Chairman, American Fidelity Corporation, and Don Greiner, CEO of Grace Living Centers. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

Getting to Know…

The Spears School of Business has nearly 4,500 students, so students may sometimes feel like they’re getting lost in the crowd. We’re doing what we can to help people get to know our students, faculty and staff. “Getting to Know …” can be found on the Spears School website (spears.okstate.edu), and a new student, faculty or staff member will be featured each week.

Senior Taylor Lynch, an accounting major from Edmond, Okla., and Professor of Management Science and Information Systems Nik Dalal were featured in our most recent edition of “Getting to Know.” If you have a suggestion for someone to be featured, please let us know by sending an email to ssb.news@okstate.edu.

New Online Calendar

The Spears School now has a new online calendar. Visit the spears.okstate.edu home page and click on the calendar tab to view upcoming events.

 

Spears Speakers Bureau Schedule (March 5-9)

Who: Keith Burlison, FAA
When: Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m. in Business 018

Spears YouTube Trivia

Watch this SpearsSchoolOSU YouTube video to find the answer to this question from the video “Veterans Entrepreneurship Program – Interview with Chris Stokes:” Aside from being CEO of Rooftop Impressions, what is Chris Stokes’ other occupation?

The first person to submit the correct answer to ssb.news@okstate.edu will win a free Spears School t-shirt.

Spears School Calendar

March 5: Priority Enrollment for Summer and Fall Semesters Begins

March 5-6: 1st International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health at the Reed Conference Center and Sheraton Hotel, Midwest City, Okla.

Tuesday, March 6: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101
Guest speaker: Todd Stephens, AIA

Wednesday, March 7: Women’s Business Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Tulsa

Wednesday, March 7: Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting at 5:30 p.m., Business Building 018
Guest Speaker: From Conoco Phillips

Thursday, March 8: Seminar: Supervisory Program-Changing Roles: Understanding Power and Leadership (Dr. Ken Eastman) at 9 a.m.-noon, OSU-Tulsa

Thursday, March 8: Seminar: Supervisory Program-Coaching, Enhancing Employee Performance and Mentoring (Dr. Raj Basu) at 1-4 p.m., OSU-Tulsa

Thursday, March 8: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101
Guest speaker: Dr. Steve Sadler, OSU Geography

Tuesday, March 13: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101 with guest speaker: Dr. Marvin Stone, OSU Biosystems Engineering

Wednesday, March 14: Entrepreneurship Brownbag Research Seminar Series at Noon, Business Building 435
Guest speaker: Rebecca Franklin

Thursday, March 15: Tulsa Business Forums (Randi Zuckerberg) at Noon-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Tulsa

Thursday, March 15: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101
Guest speaker: David Levitt, Esq.

Thursday, March 15: OSU E-Club general meeting at 5:30 p.m., Business Building 124
Guest speaker: Behfar Jahanshahi

Thursday, March 15: Phi Beta Lambda General Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in BUS 109

Thursday, March 15: Information Security & Assurance Club meeting at 6:30 p.m., Business Building 018

Friday, March 16: Executive Management Briefings (Randi Zuckerberg) at Noon-1:30 p.m., National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OKC

Friday, March 16:  American Association of University Women (AAUW) An Evening of Arts and Fashion, 6:30 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center Click Hall.  Contact Jeretta Horn Nord at 405-747-0320.

Tuesday, March 27: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101
Guest speaker: Dr. Jason Vogel, OSU Stormwater specialist

Thursday, March 29: OSU E-Club general meeting at 5:30 p.m., Business Building 124

Thursday, March 29: Information Security & Assurance Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. , Business Building 018

Friday, March 30: Seminar: Professional Image: Position Yourself for Success (Dr. Andrew Urich) at 9 a.m.-noon, OSU-Tulsa

Friday, March 30: Seminar: Dynamic Presentation Skills (Dr. Andrew Urich) at 1-4 p.m., OSU-Tulsa

Saturday, March 31: Oklahoma Accounting Educators Workshop at Wes Watkins Center

Monday, April 2: Congress to Campus with guest speakers former Congressman Larry LaRocco (Idaho) and former Congresswoman Sue Kelly (New York) at 2:30 p.m., Wes Watkins Center Auditorium, Topic: “International Trade: Opportunity or Destruction.”

Monday, April 2:
Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting at 5:30 p.m., Business Building 018 with a speaker from Data-tronics

Tuesday, April 3: CEO Day is Tuesday, April 3, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center, Click Hall.

Tuesday, April 3: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101
Guest speakers: Diane Wilkins, DEQ OKC, and Ilda Hershey, Sustainable Stillwater

Wednesday, April 4: Women Entrepreneurs INSPIRE Conference in Oklahoma City

Thursday, April 5: Green Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (public welcome) at 3:30-5:00 p.m., Morrill Hall 101
Guest speaker: Jenny Gilliland, Energy Manager, OSU Physical Plant

Thursday, April 12: OSU E-Club Executive Nominee Pitch at 5:30 p.m., Business Building 124

Thursday, April 12: Phi Beta Lambda General Meeting at 5:30 p.m., BUS 109

Thursday, April 12: Information Security & Assurance Club meeting at 6:30 p.m., Business Building 018

Friday, April 13: OSU E-Club Ropes Course at 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Camp Redlands

Tuesday, April 17: Energy Conference at 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cox Business Convention Center, OKC

Wednesday, April 18: Entrepreneurship Brownbag Research Seminar Series at Noon, Business Building 435
Guest speaker: Yana Ezhova

Wednesday, April 18: Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting at 5:30 p.m., Business Building 018

Thursday, April 19: American Association of University Women (AAUW) meeting at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 20
Hideaway Pizza (free pizza, salad and soda) CIE Creativity Festival

April 20-21: Semifinals and Finals of Riata Business Plan Competition

Friday, April 20: Retirement Dinner for Dr. Meg Kletke at 6:30 p.m., Meditations Banquet Facility, Stillwater

Tuesday, April 24: Seminar: Fine Tuning Your Business Writing (Ms. Kim McCrackin) at 9 a.m.-noon, OSU-Tulsa

Tuesday, April 24: Seminar: Editing and Proofreading (Ms. Kim McCrackin) at 1-4 p.m., OSU-Tulsa

Thursday, April 26: OSU E-Club general meeting (New Officer Induction dinner), TBA, Business Building 124

Tuesday, May 1: Tulsa Business Forums (Peter Sheahan) at Noon-1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Tulsa

Friday, May 4: SAS Analytics Day

Friday, May 4: Graduate Commencement Reception at 5-6 p.m., Conoco Phillips Alumni Center

Friday, May 4: Graduate Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. Gallagher-Iba Arena

May 5-11: Oklahoma Municipal Court Clerks Association Conference at Wes Watkins Center

Wednesday, May 9: Entrepreneurship Brownbag Research Seminar Series at noon, Business Building 435
Guest speaker: Mike Morris

June 10-15: Information Systems Technology Academy (ISyTE) at Stillwater

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