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The program in the Watson Graduate School of Management at the Spears School of Business is ranked No. 8 in the Southwest and No. 41 nationally for 2015-2016.
Formatted to integrate the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to help students achieve their career goals, the program incorporates the same teamwork focus featured in the full-time MBA. Continue Reading
Garret Jones, a Spears School of Business MBA distance-learning student, traveled more than 5,000 miles from Germany to participate in Oklahoma State University’s Fall 2012 Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14.
Jones is an air traffic controller for the U.S. Department of Defense in Grafenwoehr, Germany, where he was stationed as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Aviation until his active duty expired in September.
“My MBA degree from OSU is the next step and it’s a part of my commitment to life-long learning,” said Jones. “I believe that you need to grow, you need to develop, you need to do what you can for the world while you are here, and I think this was a step along that process for me.” Continue Reading
Preston Pollard, Tommy Christian, Eric Sailers and Nick Kila were announced the winning team upon completion of the 2009 internal MBA case competition.
This year’s selected Harvard Business case for the competition focused on VMWare, Inc., a virtualization technology leader. Each team presented recommendations for enhancement and growth for the company. Program alumni judges included Tiffany Sewell-Howard with DitchWitch, Kathy Abrams of ExxonMobil Corp. and Robert Toler with the Federal Reserve. Winners were presented with trophies and treated to a shopping trip for business apparel.
The group including MSMIS students Maithreyi Ganti, Shreepradha Ravi, Priyadarshini Sharma and Amar Gaikwad traveled on historic Route 66 to eat and drink at Pop’s. The 50’s style diner is home to over 500 types of sodas with everything from Diet Pepsi to brands from different countries and smaller bottling companies. Highlights for the group included tasting a crème soda that Sharma described as having an “antiseptic aftertaste” and several more delightful fruit flavored sodas. Boyington stuck with a childhood favorite – classic Coca Cola in a bottle.
On the way home, the group stopped to enjoy the scenery at a long horn cattle ranch.
STILLWATER, Okla. – A team of Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business students have earned top honors for the second consecutive year at the annual Big 12 Master’s of Business Administration Case Competition. OSU’s MBA Case team competed at Baylor University on April 3 and 4 to defend their title.
Team members Nick Ahrens, Preston Pollard, Tommy Christian and Alisonn Phelps were given a real-world case problem which required them to assess the problem, research possible solutions, write a concept proposal and give a presentation on their findings and recommendations – all within 24 hours.
“Each member of the team worked on all of the pieces to our presentation,” Pollard said. “Individually, we were responsible for leveraging our own set of skills to assist each other. It was important to have continuous debate as we worked through solutions; in the end it strengthened our ideas.”
This year the competition featured a case problem from DMX, a company based in Austin, Texas that focuses on integrated sensory branding.
“The most rewarding part of the competition was our feeling of completion,” Phelps said. “Working as hard as we did toward the case and being recognized for that work was very uplifting. Our time was well spent.”
Jan Analla, assistant director of graduate programs for the Spears School and MBA Case team adviser, said the competition challenges students to work under pressure and helped them realize how they could impact real-world issues like the one at DMX.
“The students present their idea to the executives of the company and therefore have to do an incredible amount of research to be able to support their suggested strategy,” Analla said. “The competition challenges them to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to a real world situation in a very short timeframe … the team did an outstanding job.”
The team brought home a first place trophy and a $2,500 cash prize.
“MBA case competitions force you to present your ideas to a group of experienced professionals and I wanted to be on the case team for that reason,” Pollard said. “This experience builds upon the presentation skills you already possess. [It] made me realize the amount of knowledge you must have when presenting ideas to a group of professionals … People we interact with at this level in the future will expect us to demonstrate knowledge about a subject before they will be willing to consider our suggestions.”
The competition was sponsored by American Airlines and FirstCity Financial Corporation. Executives from American Airlines, DMX and 360 Partners served on the judges panel.
For more information on the MBA Case Competition team or the MBA program, contact 405-744-2951 or visit http://watson.okstate.edu/mba/.
Kinjal Hate (MSMIS), Fernando Mayorga (MSTM), Pramoda Bangalore S. (MSMIS), and Mihir Pakar (MSMIS), winners of the first annual Spears School IT Executive Interaction Case Competition recently attended the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association annual conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.While attending the conference students heard from the CIO of Coca Cola industries as well as other leading telecomm professionals.
Pakar stated this was the best conference he had attended and was impressed by the presentations. Professional Development Program administrator, Dr. Lori O’Malley also attended the conference with students as well as Graduate Programs Assistant Director, Jay Boyington. O’Malley related that this was a great opportunity to learn from the conference, but also to get to know this student group better. The group mixed in some fun with learning and toured the CNN Headquarters, Coca Cola World, the Olympic Village and the Atlanta Aquarium. Bangalore added he thought the best part was having an authentic Indian meal with O’Malley – her first experience with the delicacies of India. “I thought it was great! I was worried about the spiciness, but did just fine!” O’Malley added.
In addition to attending the conference, each of the students received $250 in business apparel.
Sravya Etlapur (MSMIS), Fernando Mayorga (MSTM) and Rajashekhar Yaramasu (MSTM) were recently selected for sponsorship to attend the weeklong conference in San Francisco, CA. This is the second year the Spears School Graduate Professional Development program has been able to cover the expenses for students to attend what is billed as the world’s foremost IT conference. All three students were excited by the opportunity with Mayorga adding ” These types of events are priceless, when knowledge acquired will directly impact the future of networking.” Professional Development administrator, Dr. Lori O’Malley relates this is an exciting opportunity for students to learn from and interact with the experts in IT network systems development. Upon return from the conference, Yaramasu stated the event was a fantastic opportunity to make new contacts and learn from the best on the latest technology!
The orientation session for full time MSMIS and MBA students on the Stillwater campus is scheduled for Monday, January 12 at 9:00 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall, Student Union 4th Floor. New Tulsa MBA part time students is scheduled for Thursday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the BS Roberts Room of North Hall.
Early in the fall semester students form and name their teams and are given a 2 week work period to plan resolution of a case from Harvard Business Press. This year, the case featured a combination of issues from both the technology and business realms. There are two rounds of competition with the first being judged by faculty members and corporate representatives from ExxonMobil, RiskMetrics Group, Charles Machine Works, Alcon Laboratories, TouchStar, and ABF Freight System, Inc.
The field was narrowed to 3 teams with those teams proceeding to a final round with program alumni from ExxonMobil, Charles Machine Works and The Federal Reserve Bank serving as the judges. The winning team, Quartet Consulting featuring (L – R) Kyle Porter, Alisonn Phelps, Jenn Stith, and Tyler Grissom were pleased with their victory. Phelps said “going into the finals we were happy, but also knew we had to practice, practice, practice, but it paid off!” The team was seen frequently in the SSB Graduate Studies Office the week between the first round and finals honing their presentation.
Other teams in the final round included: T-Town Associates featuring BJ Danner, Ryan Freeman, Tran Le, Sam Pettit and Chase Turner; and Ambitieux Consulting Group featuring Nick Ahrens, Clint Coe, Olivier Miretti and Kyle Revere. All final round members received trophies, but the winning team members also received $250 in business apparel.
Recruiters from RiskMetrics Group recently met with MSMIS and MSTM students in a selection process for summer internship slots in the Norman, OK office. RiskMetrics Group is a multinational company setting the standard in financial risk management. In addition, issues of corporate governance, accounting, compliance, legal, transactional, environmental and social risks are also considered. With a vision “to improve financial markets by bringing transparency, expertise and access to all market participants”, RiskMetrics Group provides an exciting and energetic environment to gain experience in a variety of areas within the Spears School graduate programs. In fact, they seek applicants from all the masters programs within the Spears School!
A reception and orientations for new MBA, MIS, QFE, and TCOM students are scheduled for the second full week of August.
Spears School New Masters Student Reception
Thursday, August 14 – Student Union Centennial Lounge (3rd floor)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Business casual attire
MBA Stillwater Campus
Thursday, August 14 – Student Union Case Study #1 (4th floor)
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Business casual attire
Friday, August 15 – Meet outside Gundersen Hall
8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (lunch and transportation included)
Casual/sports attire – full shoe required, no sandals or flip flops
MSMIS and MSTM Stillwater Campus
Friday, August 15 – Student Union Sequoyah Room (2nd floor)
11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Business casual attire
MBA, MSMIS & MSTM Tulsa Campus
Wednesday, August 13 – B.S. Roberts Room (151 North Hall)
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (light dinner provided)
Business casual or work attire
MSQFE Stillwater Campus
Friday, August 15 – Time and location to be announced
Business casual attire
A team of MBA students including, (L- R) Erin Matlock from Skiatook Oklahoma, Amir Bochibbhoya from Kathmandu Nepal, and Shoaib Shaikh from Mumbai India, recently completed an assessment of the Stillwater Public Education Foundation. The group presented their findings and recommendations to the SPEF board at their monthly meeting. Opportunities for growth within the areas of marketing and financial endowments were discussed in addition to other areas where the not for profit organization can streamline energies to create growth and development among donors and the community at large.
Jessie Loeffler, TianTian Zhang, Matt Quade, and Michael Tapley (L-R) competed recently in the Big XII Conference MBA Business Case Competition in Kansas City. The team was victorious with second place going to the University of Nebraska. The team prevailed after having a 24 hour turn around to read the case, then present an analysis and new product plan for Garmin International, an international GPS and navigational systems provider. Winners of the competition were presented a trophy from Kevin Rauckman, CFO of Garmin and were awarded court side tickets to the final game of the Big XII Men’s Basketball Championship. When asked to respond to their victory, Zhang responded “this is one of the highlights of my life”.
Walt Pavlo, noted speaker on ethics and fraud addressed a crowd of Spears School graduate students Thursday night. Pavlo was a Sr. Manager with MCI found guilty of wire fraud and embezzlement ending with a federal prison sentence. While telling his story to those present, Pavlo stressed the ease at which he fell into a plot to defraud his company telling himself it was a “victimless” crime. He also shared how responsive we, as humans, are to peer pressure in that none of the people in positions beneath him questioned his behavior or interesting book keeping methods. Since his release from prison, Pavlo is more or less a pariah in the world of big business with no company willing to hire him; he has assisted the FBI with corporate investigations and spoken at numerous business school and companies on the issue of corporate fraud. For more information about Pavlo see http://www.etikallc.com/
The senior students take part in a true case analysis competition known as “Executive Interaction” each year. This competition involves top level business professionals as judges, giving students the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of, what might be for some, prospective employers. At the end of the first round of competition, several teams are selected to proceed to the final round. The finalists then present their findings and recommendations to the entire PD class as well as a panel of executive judges. This year the case involved Intel and their recent loss of market share to their competitor AMD. Students were also asked to investigate AMD’s recent acquisition of ATI, and the possible repercussions for Intel in the computer graphics industry.
This years panel of judges included:
|Mrs. Tiffany Howard
CEO Charles Machine Works
|Mr. Robert Toler
Assistant Vice President
Division of Supervision and Risk Management
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Oklahoma City Branch
|Mr. Rob Wilson
Audit Standards and Practices Coordinator
Winners: Innovative Solutions
Sophie Blanche, Crystal McClarty, Wendy Fernandez, Michael Tapley
MBA students volunteered at the Oklahoma Special Olympics held on the OSU campus each summer.