Headline News: Week of Oct. 24, 2011

by Terry Tush 
(October 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm)

Spears Headline News

Spears Headline News: Week of Oct. 24, 2011

Spears School News

Don’t Forget: Tony Blair Speaking Oct. 31

Tony Blair
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has welcomed some of the most famous world figures, renowned business executives, and financial and economic trendsetters to campus in recent years. One of the world’s most influential leaders during the past 50 years will be featured when Tony Blair visits the Stillwater campus on Oct. 31.

The former prime minister of both Great Britain and Northern Ireland will speak from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

All OSU students, faculty and staff will be admitted free by presenting an OSU ID at the door.

“The Spears School of Business has been sending students to London with our highly successful study abroad program for the past 20 summers. Now it’s our turn to host Tony Blair, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him as our guest,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School of Business.

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“Part of our mission at Oklahoma State University is to help build leaders for the future and what better opportunity for our students and Oklahoma business leaders to hear one of the world’s most recognized leaders. In today’s world, it’s more imperative than ever to have a global perspective, and we believe that Prime Minister Blair offers insight that Oklahomans will not receive anywhere else,” Crosby said.

Blair was prime minister of both Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and also served as the leader of Britain’s Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He was also the Member of Parliament from Sedgefield, England, from 1983 to 2007. He continues to be active in public life and is currently working for the United States, United Nations, Russia and European Union as the Quartet Representative to help the Palestinians prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.

He also launched the Tony Blair Foundation to promote respect and understanding of and between major religions. Blair’s memoir, A Journey: My Political Life, was released in September 2010 and made The New York Times Best Sellers list within a week of its release.

This event is sponsored by the OSU President’s Speakers Series, the Spears School of Business, SGA Speakers Board, and International Studies & Outreach.

Business Student Council Decorates For Homecoming

Students are decorating the lobby for Homecoming.
The Spears School of Business received the “Most Spirited College” award during OSU’s 2010 Homecoming celebration. The Business Student Council is doing its part to help the Spears School win the award for a second consecutive year. Members of the Business Student Council decorated the first floor lobby of the Business Building in hopes of again receiving the “Most Spirited College” award.

During homecoming, OSU’s academic colleges put on events to welcome back alumni and show their school spirit. The events for this year’s Homecoming celebration – “Where Your Story Began” – are part of the tradition that draws thousands of alumni and others to Stillwater.

OSU, Spears School Welcome Professors From Iraq

Basra University professors and Larry Crosby

Three faculty members from Basrah University in Iraq arrived in Oklahoma on Oct. 16 to explore Oklahoma State University and familiarize themselves with American curriculum and western teaching styles. They will be staying through Thursday.

The Iraqi faculty members – Abdul-Khaliq Y. Zaier Al-Badran, Abdulzahra Khu Raheem Alaliawi, and Majid Abdulnabi Alwan Al-Tameemi – came to OSU as part of a $1 million grant OSU and Basrah University received from the U.S. Department of State’s Iraqi Linkage Program.

Throughout the next three years, numerous Basrah University faculty members will work closely with Oklahoma State faculty from the School of Chemical Engineering, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Finance to review Basra University’s current curriculum and to help the Iraqi university develop a more student-centered, interactive pedagogy.

“We are incredibly honored to host this program,” said John Polonchek, head of the Department of Finance in OSU’s Spears School of Business and co-principal investigator for the grant project. “This is just the first group we’ll be hosting. In the next three years, we expect additional visits by other faculty cohorts.”

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Polonchek said OSU was selected for the grant because the U.S. Department of State wanted to work with a university that was able to deliver quality information in multiple programs.

“Basra is in the southern portion of Iraq,” Polonchek said. “It’s basically the functional equivalent of Houston, and it’s located in a major oil area. That’s why they were very much interested in petroleum engineering, computer engineering and finance. While the Iraqi faculty members are here, we’ll do certain things as a group, but then each of the individual departments will meet with the individuals they’re working with from Iraq.”

Polonchek said they had several unique opportunities planned for Al-Badran, the finance professor visiting from Basra University. Throughout his 12-day stay in Oklahoma,

Al-Badran will get to tour OSU’s campuses and several major financial institutions in Oklahoma; travel to Dallas to see the Dallas Museum of Art and the JFK Memorial; meet with Spears School Dean Larry Crosby, OSU Provost Robert Sternberg and OSU President Burns Hargis; attend several cultural events on OSU’s campus; and speak at Stillwater High School about Iraq. In addition, Al-Badran will get to meet OSU’s finance department and sit in on several classes and training sessions to observe western curriculum and teaching styles in person.

Ramesh Rao, professor of finance in the Spears School and Polonchek’s co-principal investigator for the project, said about half the faculty members in the Spears School’s finance department have been involved in organizing this visit.

“While they’re here, everybody in our department will be involved,” Polonchek said. “Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity for a great many people to interact with them. This project is incredibly important to us, and we’re excited about moving forward with it.”

Spears Speakers Bureau Schedule (Oct. 24-28)

Who: Howard Thill (Marathon Oil)
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m, Monday, Oct. 24
Where: Classroom Building 201

Who: Adel Nasreddine (Israel Diamond Supply)
When: 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26
Where: Classroom Building 313 (open to the public)

Who: Debra Murray (BlueSpring Wellness)
When: 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27
Where: ES 317 (at 12:30 p.m.) and JB 101 (at 2:00 p.m.)

Who: Matt O’Brien (Sandia Labs)
When: 10-11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 28
Where: Willard Hall Auditorium

Spears School Calendar

Monday,
Oct. 24

Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting
5:30 p.m.
Classroom Building 207

Guest speaker: Krista Fincher (Noble Energy)

Wednesday,
Oct. 26

Entrepreneurship Brownbag Research Seminar Series
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Robert Baron
Topic: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Sometimes Go Wrong: The Lure and Dangers of Moral Disengagement

Wednesday,
Oct. 26

Dilemmas & Debates
6:45-9:15 p.m.
313 Classroom Building

Guest speakers: Adel Nasreddine (Israel Diamond Supply LLC)
Topic: The Dilemma of Starting with Nothing

Thursday,
Oct. 27

Information Security & Assurance Club meeting
6 p.m.
Classroom Building 303

Monday,
Oct. 31

Remarks by Tony Blair
3:30-5 p.m.
Gallagher-Iba Arena

Tuesday,
Nov. 1

Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting
5:30 p.m.

Classroom Building 207
Guest speaker: Behfar Jahanshahi (Interworks)

Wednesday,
Nov. 2

Dilemmas & Debates
6:45–9:15 p.m.
313 Classroom Building

Guest speakers: Russ Tuebner (Host Bridge Technology), Paul Sorrentino (Old School Bagel Café), Piyush Patel (PL Studios, Inc.), Luyuyo Rani (Silulo Ulutho Technologies)
Topic: The Dilemma of the Guerrilla

Thursday,
Nov. 3

OSU E-Club meeting

Business Building Lobby

Monday,
Nov. 7

Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting
5:30 p.m.
Classroom Building 207

Officer Elections

Wednesday,
Nov. 9

Dilemmas & Debates
6:45–9:15 p.m.
313 Classroom Building

Guest speakers: Harland Stonecipher (Pre-Paid Legal Services)
Topic: The Dilemma of Sustainable Advantage

Thursday,
Nov. 10

Information Security & Assurance Club meeting
6 p.m.
Classroom Building 303

Monday,
Nov. 14

Riata Distinguished Scholar Lecture
2-3:30 p.m.
Business Building 124

Guest speaker: Tom Lumpkin, “Long-term Orientation in Entrepreneurial and Family Firms”

Wednesday,
Nov. 16

Association of Information Technology Professionals meeting
5:30 p.m.
Classroom Building 207

Guest Speaker: Lindsey Anderson (Fast Enterprises)

Wednesday,
Nov. 16

Dilemmas & Debates
6:45–9:15 p.m.
313 Classroom Building

Guest speakers: Derrick Wallace (Juvo Group), Shoib Shaikh (Xplosafe), Max Whitemyer (Styro Insulation), Johnson Bailey (Original Man Candles)
Topic: The Dilemma of Starting Right Out of School vs. Learning on Someone Else’s Dime

Thursday,
Nov. 17

OSU E-Club meeting
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Business Building Lobby

Wednesday,
Nov. 30

Dilemmas & Debates
6:45–9:15 p.m.
313 Classroom Building

Guest speakers: Scott Klososky (series entrepreneur), Russ Tuebner (Host Bridge Technology), Steve Wood (EXOKO Composites Company, LLC)
Topic: The Dilemma of Exit and Harvesting

Thursday,
Dec. 1

Information Security & Assurance Club meeting
6 p.m.
Classroom Building 303

Wednesday,
Dec. 7

Entrepreneurship Lunchtime Research Seminar
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Justin Webb

Wednesday,
Dec. 7

Dilemmas & Debates
6:45–9:15 p.m.
313 Classroom Building

Guest speakers: Malone Mitchell (Riata Management)
Topic: The Dilemma: How to Make a Real Mess & How to Clean It Up

Wednesday,
Jan. 18

Entrepreneurship Lunchtime Research Seminar
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Chris Pryor (tentative speaker)

Wednesday,
Feb. 15

Entrepreneurship Lunchtime Research Seminar
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Brandon Mueller (tentative speaker)

Wednesday,
March 14

Entrepreneurship Lunchtime Research Seminar
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Rebecca Franklin (tentative speaker)

Wednesday,
April 18

Entrepreneurship Lunchtime Research Seminar
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Yana Ezhova (tentative speaker)

Wednesday,
May 9

Entrepreneurship Lunchtime Research Seminar
Noon
Business Building 435

Guest speaker: Mike Morris

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