MBA Program

Venkat Tadanki presents about international
business relations to OSU MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (March 2, 2017 at 10:02 am)

Venkat Tadanki, CEO of Secova, visited OSU MBA students Feb. 24.

Attending a university provides students with opportunities to study business internationally. Oklahoma State University MBA students listened as Venkat Tadanki shared “the local twist to a global dream” on Feb. 24.

Tadanki shared his thoughts on the secret “sauce” for international entrepreneurship. He began by explaining how to leverage the global corridors. By developing the business locally, it becomes stronger to move global.

After moving to the U.S. in the 1990s on behalf of a large Indian company, Tadanki made observations of the global market. He realized cultural differences impacted business approaches. Also, he noticed social and regulatory expectations differ significantly.

“Understanding the cultural context is critical to understanding the customer,” Tadanki said. Continue Reading

OSU teams bring home $47,000
from New Venture Competition

Ariel West
  (March 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm)

OSU teams Redcedar Products (left) and MITO Material Solutions (right)

Two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams comprised of students from the Spears School of Business, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences were among the top winners this past weekend in the finals of the Baylor Business New Venture Competition.

Out of 166 teams, the two OSU teams were selected to compete in the finals as part of the Top 12. OSU MBA student Haley Kurtz and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions placed second in the competition, bringing home $35,000 plus an additional $500 for placing third in the live pitch portion of the competition. MITO sells adhesive epoxy additives which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation, and automotive industries.

Kevin Keith (left) and Haley Kurtz (right) of MITO Material Solutions win second place at the Baylor Business New Venture Competition

“Winning second place at Baylor is a huge accomplishment for MITO Material Solutions,” Kurtz said. “Compared to previous competitions we have been a part of, the competition and schedule at Baylor was fierce. Thankfully, Baylor University offered many coaching and feedback sessions from experienced advisors and judges, which allowed us to really improve our presentation for the semi and final rounds.

“Overall, we learned so much and are so grateful for the support of our advisor, Richard Gajan, and the OSU entrepreneurship ecosystem. This experience was unforgettable, and we are so proud of this achievement.” Continue Reading

OSU engineering grad turns to
Spears Business for a different path

Ariel West
  (February 24, 2017 at 10:55 am)

Kyle Lake

Kyle Lake didn’t know he would end up at the Spears School of Business when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University his freshman year.

Lake grew up in small-town Elk City, Okla., with a population of 12,000, give or take. He was the first to attend OSU out of his family, making him the “black sheep,” but he appreciated the atmosphere and tight-knit community that OSU offers.

“Everybody jokes about the ‘Cowboy Spirit,’ but I’m convinced it’s a real thing,” Lake said. “Just great people who made the university feel fun, the excellent degree programs and the reputable school was appealing.” Continue Reading

OSU MBA students receive advice
to help prepare for a career

Taylor Mullan
  (February 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm)
Mackenzie Wilfong

Mackenzie Wilfong

Oklahoma State University MBA students learn quite a bit of material to help them in their professional careers. On Feb. 17, Mackenzie Wilfong shared with the OSU students some things she wished she knew before starting her career.

Wilfong earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Following law school, Wilfong practiced litigation at Spencer Fane Britt and Browne, a national law firm, where she specialized in education and employment law, practicing in Kansas and Missouri.  

After leaving private practice, she joined the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights as an enforcement attorney investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination in educational institutions. She is the Associate General Counsel for the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma State University and Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, located in Stillwater. 

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City of Stillwater vice mayor
speaks with OSU MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm)
Pat Darlington

Pat Darlington speaks to OSU MBA students.

Students at Oklahoma State University are presented with great opportunities for networking and creating connections. Patricia Darlington spoke to OSU MBA students Feb. 10 about the importance of moments and maintaining connections.

Darlington attended Regis College in Denver, before transferring to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 1973. Following this, she worked as a hygienist and taught dental hygiene in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

In 1991, Darlington completed her master’s of religious education from Loyola University-New Orleans. She was the director of religious education St. John’s/St. Francis parishes in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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OSU MBA alumnus Matthew O’Brien
returns to Stillwater to share with students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm)

MBA students learned ways to manage a career with advice from Oklahoma State University MBA alumnus Matthew O’Brien on Feb. 3.

In 1982, O’Brien received his MBA and began working at Lockheed Martin Corporation. O’Brien is vice president emeritus and former chief financial officer for Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Corporation subsidiary. Also, he is owner and president of M.J. O’Brien and Associates LLC, a business consulting firm, and he serves as chair for the OSU MBA Advisory Board.

O’Brien gave an overview of managing a career through leadership, while keeping in mind that someone is always watching. Managing a career takes a lot preparation, hard work, emotional intelligence, timing, luck and work ethic, he says.

“Present yourself in a way that somebody will remember you,” O’Brien said. Continue Reading

OSU alumna Anne Greenwood continues
to play an important role in helping students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm)

Oklahoma State University distinguished alumna and Spears School of Business Hall of Fame inductee Anne Greenwood spoke about tips to separate oneself from the crowd in a business setting. Greenwood provided information to MBA students Jan. 27 about business that many people do not think to share.

Greenwood is one of OSU’s greatest and most tireless supporters, and her contributions to OSU is quite numerous, earning her a spot in the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame. In addition to the extensive list of her support, Greenwood is a tireless volunteer for anything to benefit her alma mater. She completed her bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 1979 and worked as a corporate accountant in the oil and gas industry and public utilities.

The main reason Greenwood gives so much to OSU and students is to provide a way for students to have the greatest success in school and their careers. She feels a connection to students and wants to see a change in their lives. This carries into her first topic of change is difficult at times but it often works out for the best. Continue Reading

OSU’s online MBA, other online business programs
excel in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Ariel West
  (January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am)

Thanks to a revised curriculum and efficient upgrades, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been ranked No. 1 among universities in the Big 12 Conference for its online MBA program and other online business programs (non-MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.

Spears Business’s online MBA program is tied for 29th place in the Best Online MBA Programs rankings. This ranking makes OSU the best choice for an online MBA program in the Big 12 Conference, with West Virginia University coming in second with a ranking of 47th. Only five of the ten Big 12 Conference schools made it in to the U.S. News & World Report rankings for this category.

Spears’ other online business programs are tied for 32th place for the Best Online Business (non-MBA) Programs. This ranking also places OSU No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for online business graduate programs, with only West Virginia University included in the rankings for this category at 66th. Continue Reading

MBA students represent Oklahoma State
University at MBAX Conference

Taylor Mullan
  (December 6, 2016 at 10:17 am)

14915248_1413661791997075_302677586321209192_nFour Oklahoma State University MBA students took third place at the MBA Exclusive Conference at Howard University in Washington, D.C. These students attended the MBAX Conference and participated in the Case Competition Nov. 3-4.

Dylan Dean, Imran Selim, Jakayla Porter and Mason Evans formed a team to represent the OSU MBA program. By placing in the top three of the competition, the team was awarded $2,000. Each team consists of three to four members and must include some individuals from an ethnic minority group.

Attendees received access to interactive workshops, exciting keynote presentations, and admission to one of the most highly-anticipated career fairs designed exclusively for the MBAs across a variety of industries. Continue Reading

OSU MBA alumnus Jeff Smith provides
soft skill advice to students

Taylor Mullan
  (December 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm)
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

OSU Watson Graduate School of Management students learn many aspects of business in class. Jeff Smith, director of human resources at capSpire Corporation, shared advice on soft skills in a professional setting with students October 21, 2016.

Smith is an OSU MBA alumnus and is also responsible for capSpire’s college hiring process. capSpire is a global consulting and solutions company that solves difficult business and technology problems for commodity-focused organizations. His experience and position helped him provide insight to students about getting hired by corporations.

In a presentation called “Soft skill development to focus on now,” Smith explains proper business etiquette and provides examples. He begins with the “set-up” describing the relationship of the boss and the subordinate. Continue Reading

OSU MBA alumnus receives funding for
programming model

Taylor Mullan
  (December 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm)
Ben Wagener

Ben Wagener

One Oklahoma State University student went above and beyond on a Quantitative Analysis class project creating something that would positively affect the medical industry.

Benjamin Wagener faced the task of developing a linear programming model in a Quantitative research analysis class. After a discussion with his wife, Bethany, about difficulties as a medical provider and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) clinical coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Wagener discovered his topic: treatment for the HCV in infected inmates.

To choose which HCV infected inmates to treat, she had to search more than 2,300 medical files. Wagener suggested a spreadsheet to simplify her job a little when gathering the data of the HCV. Continue Reading

A Q&A with MBA almunus Matthew Folks

Ariel West
  (November 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm)

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With his wife, two dogs, three kids and a baby on the way, Matthew Folks pulled up his roots to move to Boston to start the next chapter of his life.

Matthew Folks

Matthew Folks

The Oklahoma State University online MBA graduate lived in a blue California home with his wife, Melissa, for seven years before deciding Harvard Law School was the next step in his journey. In his early years, Folks earned his bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, where he met his wife, Melissa, and served the Air Force through the ROTC program. Attending OSU gave Folks the motivation and confidence to pursue his law school dreams.

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OSU online MBA program for business
analytics ranks first in the nation

Ariel West
  (November 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm)

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Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business was selected as the best online MBA program for business analytics in the nation by OnlineMBAToday.com.

Before launching the new Markting Analytics Certificate program in 2013, Spears offered certifications and coursework through the Graduate Certificate Programs in Business Data Mining and SAS® and OSU Data Mining Certificates for students with technical and programming background. Goutam Chakraborty, professor of marketing and director of the Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics program, saw the need for a program that met the needs of students without a technical or programing background. Continue Reading

Reverend Robert Spach shares ideas about
religious literacy and professional life

Taylor Mullan
  (November 7, 2016 at 9:42 am)
Reverend Robert Spach spoke to OSU graduate students

Reverend Robert Spach

Oklahoma State University Watson Graduate School of Management students recently listened to the importance of understanding religion and its place in business. The Rev. Robert Spach spoke about religious literacy, pluralism and professional life.

Spach grew up in Brazil, received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, his master’s from the University of Virginia, a master’s of divinity from Princeton Seminary, and his doctorate degree from Columbia Seminary.  Since 1993, he has served as the college Chaplain at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Spach introduced essential soft skills when being aware of religious behaviors in the workplace. It is important to be exposed to many different religions and cultures to understand and interact with others in a professional setting. Continue Reading

Oklahoma State MBA alumnus Jeff Smith
provides soft skill advice to students

Taylor Mullan
  (November 4, 2016 at 11:46 am)
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Oklahoma State University’s Watson Graduate School of Management students learn many aspects of business in class. Jeff Smith, director of human resources at capSpire Corporation, recently shared advice on soft skills in a professional setting with students.

Smith is an OSU MBA alumnus and is also responsible for capSpire’s college hiring process. capSpire is a global consulting and solutions company that solves difficult business and technology problems for commodity-focused organizations. His experience and position helped him provide insight to students about getting hired by corporations.

In a presentation called “Soft skill development to focus on now,” Smith explains proper business etiquette and provides examples. He begins with the “set-up” describing the relationship of the boss and the subordinate.

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Spears School alum Michael L. Greenwood
shares business success tips with MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (October 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm)
Michael L. Greenwood with MBA students

Michael L. Greenwood (fifth from right) recently spoke with OSU MBA students.

Michael L. Greenwood, Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business alumnus, spoke with Watson Graduate School of Management students September 23, 2016 and shared his background growing up in Tulsa, Okla., along with advice on some keys to success in his business career.

Mr. Greenwood is the founder and managing director of Carnegie Capital LLC, a financial advisory services firm. He received his degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and economics from Oklahoma State University in 1977, and then earned his MBA in 1980 from the University of Tulsa, graduating summa cum laude.

“It was very encouraging to hear from a previous student how his perseverance and never giving up attitude helped him to be successful in his career,” Ratan Putla, MBA student, said. “I liked the way he did not lose hope but availed every opportunity he got, which actually made him more successful.”

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National Association of Women MBAs returns to OSU

Taylor Mullan
  (September 12, 2016 at 10:19 am)

NAWMBA logoFor the first time in two years, Oklahoma State University is reestablishing the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) chapter on campus. MBA students are welcome to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The NAWMBA is a platform for women who have, or are pursuing, an MBA to network, develop mentoring relationships, and professional development. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to empowering female business professionals to assist women into leadership positions in business, and to enhance the diversity of the workforce worldwide.

“I am happy to see the OSU chapter get reinstated. It is important for the young ladies in our program to see these female role models and to have the chance to network with future women business leaders,” said Jan Analla, assistant director of business graduate programs in the Watson Graduate School of Management.

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Jay Rao shares his life-changing
experience with advice on a balanced life

Taylor Mullan
  (September 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm)
Jay Rao

Jay Rao, Wake Forest MBA graduate, visits OSU

Jay Rao looks forward to his visit to speak with the MBA students each year, but this year he is especially grateful to be back at Oklahoma State University. Students listened as Rao gave advice on handling life events that cause personal, family and professional life to become unbalanced. He refers to it as his journey back to life.

Currently, Rao is the Senior Supply Chain, Logistics, Warehousing and Manufacturing Executive at Communications Test Design Inc. The Wake Forest MBA graduate began by explaining the three aspects of his life, personal, family and professional, and how he keeps them proportional with roles, goals and priorities in each category.

“I enjoyed how he reminded us that a balance with professional and personal life is incredibly important,” Kyle Lake, MBA student, said. “My generation seems to get so caught up with advancing professionally or academically that sometimes we even forget to call our parents every once in a while.” Continue Reading

OSU MBA alumnus Rod Whitson
speaks about business strategies

Taylor Mullan
  (September 6, 2016 at 10:49 am)
Rod Whitson shares business advice with OSU MBA students.

Rod Whitson shares business advice with OSU MBA students.

Watson Graduate School of Management students had the pleasure the listen to Rod Whitson, OSU alumnus, speak about his career and advice Aug. 26. Whitson provided background on his banking experience and explained what people can learn from failure and mistakes.

“You find out how good you are when you make mistakes or when things are not working well,” said Whitson, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in economics (1981) and his MBA (1983) from Oklahoma State University.

Whitson started out in the banking business in the 1980s, and since then he has tried various aspects of the banking world, and even ventured into consulting. He returned to banking in 2007 as President of Bank2 in Oklahoma City, making the bank one of the most profitable for its size in the nation.  

“Rod gave some very insightful advice on knowing when it is time to make changes in your business career,” Mason Evans, MBA student, said. “He is a wonderful speaker, and I very much enjoyed his speech.”

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MBA students provide over 12,000 pounds
of food for Oklahomans in need

Taylor Mullan
  (September 1, 2016 at 8:28 am)
OSU MBA students organize piles of packaged food at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

OSU MBA students organize piles of packaged food at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Students in the Oklahoma State University MBA program recently learned how giving a little bit can make a big impact. As part of the final day of new student orientation, students volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a part of the Feeding America network of food banks. Each week, the Regional Food Bank provides enough food for approximately 116,000 Oklahomans. Children make up 37 percent of hungry Oklahomans. Last year, the Regional Food Bank provided 49.9 million pounds of food.

“The Food Bank volunteer event was awesome – I didn’t know that sorting saltine crackers could be so much fun,” said Ashley Bjornsen, MBA student. “It was a good way to get to know our MBA cohort in a fun, casual setting, and it’s really cool to know that we helped make a difference in the Oklahoma City community. I’ll be going back there for sure.”

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Incoming Oklahoma State MBA students participate
in three-day orientation, including dragon boat racing

Taylor Mullan
  (August 25, 2016 at 8:40 am)
MBA students dragon boat racing

Oklahoma State University MBA students participate in dragon boat racing during orientation.

First-year Oklahoma State University MBA students experienced an introduction to Watson Graduate School of Management’s graduate program. During a three-day orientation, students had the opportunity to meet fellow classmates, learn about courses, and explore clubs and programs.

To begin day one, a general overview and basic information about the MBA program was presented to the students.

“Orientation for the OSU MBA program was a great way to meet people and make friends with your future classmates,” Tess Hollopeter, first-year OSU MBA student, said. “It’s also a great opportunity to learn more about the program, the professors and all it has to offer.”

Students also learned about the Marketing Analytics concentration and listened to alumni share new experiences in the business world. Then, Courtenay Siegfried, co-founder at Launchpad Skills for Success, offered students social media advice and expertise in Awesome Business Communications.

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OSU Online MBA Program for business
sustainability ranked second in the nation

Ariel West
  (August 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm)

TOP-15-ONLINE-MBA-PROGRAMS-IN-ENVIRONMENTAL-SUSTAINABILITY-2017Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business was recently named the second best Online MBA Program in Environmental Sustainability in the nation by OnlineMBAToday.com.

The Environmental Sustainability program in the management department is focused on the concept of a triple bottom line, which incorporates three dimensions of performance: social, environmental and financial, or sometimes referred to as people, planet and profits. Continue Reading

OSU online MBA program ranked
one of the best in nation

Ariel West
  (August 3, 2016 at 9:50 am)

TOP-50-ONLINE-MBA-SUPER-RANKING-2016-2017The Spears School of Business continues to prove its excellence by being selected as one of the best online MBA programs in the nation by TopManagementDegrees.com.

The Oklahoma State University online MBA program moves up to 26th in the nation in the 2016-17 Top 50 Online MBA Super Rankings after coming in at 29th a year ago. This is the third consecutive year that OSU has been listed in the top 50. Continue Reading

Oklahoma State University’s online MBA
continues to receive national recognition

Spears School News Staff
  (May 19, 2016 at 8:24 am)

TheBestSchools logoOklahoma State University’s online MBA program is once again being recognized as one of the best in the nation in an article titled “The Best Online MBA Degree Programs.”

The OSU online MBA is No. 37 in the rankings recently published by TheBestSchools.org.

“OSU has been a leader in online education programs for a long time,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management. “Our MBA program serves both military personnel and professionals in other areas looking to enhance their management knowledge and skills to gain an edge for their career growth. We also offer special tuition rates for military personnel enrolled in our master’s and graduate certificate programs. So I am really pleased that we are recognized through such rankings.”

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Oklahoma State alumnus Michael Tapley
speaks to MBA students about foreign service

Lindsey Corbitt
  (April 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm)
Michael Tapley

Michael Tapley

The Oklahoma State University Watson Graduate School of Management’s professional development course recently welcomed home Michael Tapley as he spoke to the graduate students about foreign service.

Tapley earned all three of his degrees from OSU – a bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in marketing, a bachelor’s degree in French, and an MBA. Tapley graduated Magna Cum Laude with both of his bachelor’s degrees.

He currently works as a member of the United States foreign service and serves as a special assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry.

“It’s not a career that I thought I would be interested in,” said Tapley. “I looked into the foreign service and saw that there were a lot of opportunities.”

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MBA student to have first master’s degree
thesis published

Lindsey Corbitt
  (April 28, 2016 at 8:58 am)
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Rebekah Spaulding

While enrolled in a course titled “Race, Injustice, and Memory in the 20th Century,” Rebekah Spaulding was presented with a project. At the time she was taking this course, Spaulding listened to singer Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane” on a mixed tape her brother left in his car. This song inspired her thesis, a content analysis of “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan.

“The main subject of that song is Hurricane Rubin Carter, who was a boxer,” Spaulding said. “In the 1960s he was arrested for a triple-homicide. Everyone who knows this story knows there was a lot of coverage on it, but there was another guy who was arrested with him at the exact same time.” Continue Reading

Oklahoma State MBA student uses course
project to benefit HCV-infected inmates

Lindsey Corbitt
  (April 11, 2016 at 9:12 am)
Ben Wagener

Ben Wagener

After being assigned a project in a quantitative analysis course, one Oklahoma State University student thought beyond his grade and created something that would positively affect the medical industry.

Benjamin Wagener, an MBA student, was presented with the task of developing a linear programming model that would positively affect the world in a Quantitative Research class. After a discussion with his wife, Bethany, about difficulties within her career as a physician assistant, Wagener had discovered his topic: treatment for the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in infected inmates.

“She is a medical provider and the HCV clinical coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections,” said Wagener. “She was describing how she was tasked with choosing inmates for HCV treatment.”

For Bethany to choose which HCV infected inmates to treat, she had to search more than 2,300 medical files. Bethany also expressed how time consuming this task was because inmates infected with the virus were not on a single spread sheet or in a separate pile.

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OSU’s Online MBA program receives top
rankings by Online MBA Report

Dollie Elliott
  (February 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm)

OMBAROklahoma State University’s Online MBA program continues to earn national recognition as it has been ranked among the best by Online MBA Report.

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

Watson Graduate School of Management
recognizes master’s degree graduates

Lindsey Corbitt
  (December 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm)

MBA logoThe Oklahoma State Univeristy’s Watson Graduate School of Management hosted the Fall 2015 hooding ceremony on Dec. 11 to honor those graduating from master’s programs.

On campus students, distance learning students, and their family and friends were invited to attend the ceremony.

Listed below are the graduate programs and number of graduates for Fall 2015 including on-campus and distance learning graduates:

  • Master’s in Business Administration (MBA): 95 graduates
  • Master’s of Science in Entrepreneurship: 11 graduates
  • Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS): 45 graduates
  • Master’s of Science in Telecommunications Management: 6 graduates
  • PhD in Economics: 2 graduates
  • PhD in Finance: 2 graduates
  • PhD in Management Science and Information Systems: 1 graduates
  • PhD in Business for Executives: 11 graduates

James Curran, active duty Air Force personnel and an MBA degree recipient, was pleased with his distance learning experience.

“It was great,” said Curran. “The staff was always very helpful and made sure that I had everything that I needed to get through the program, and the professors were awesome too.”

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MBA Association announces
newly elected officers for 2016

Lindsey Corbitt
  (December 11, 2015 at 8:12 am)

MBA logoWith the end of the calendar year approaching, the Master’s of Business Administration Association (MBAA) committee at Oklahoma State University recently announced the organization’s new officers.

The MBAA is the organization responsible for representing the Watson Graduate School of Management’s MBA program. The officers of this organization are elected by their peers.

Listed below are the 2016 representatives and their positions:

  • President: John Nickel
  • Vice President of Finance: James Rush
  • Vice President of External Affairs: Holly Colpitt
  • Vice President of International Affairs: Yolande Mbah Mbole
  • Vice President of Socials: Jakayla Porter
  • Vice President of Campus Rep: Trey Kennedy

Each MBAA officer has specific duties which are assigned to his or her position. Collectively the officers are responsible for conducting organization meetings, planning networking events for alumni, planning student involvement activities, and maintaining a social networking presence.

The MBAA is involved in various activities at Oklahoma State as well as in the community including by not limited to the OSU Homecoming parade, Into the Streets, and volunteering at the Stillwater Humane Society.

First-year MBA student and newly elected president John Nickel is excited about the MBAA’s upcoming year.

“Our class has had several opportunities to connect this past semester through MBAA socials and course projects,” said Nickel. “I am excited to see how our program will be guided by the MBAA committee over the course of this next year.”

The MBAA committee will work closely with Watson Graduate School of Management Assistant Director Jan Analla to help with MBA program development.

“The MBAA organization is critical to our program’s success and we look forward to working with this new leadership team,” said Analla.

For more information on OSU’s Watson Graduate School of Management, visit http://watson.okstate.edu/ or call 405-744-9000.