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Summer Programs Serve the Underserved

Business schools sometimes find that summer programs can help build diversity. The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. IU’s Young Women's Institute enables women who are rising high school seniors to sample life in business school—and, ideally, build confidence in their ability to pursue a career in business. This year the program enrolled 36 young women. Working in teams, students analyzed a complex real-world business case and gave presentations of their recommendations. The program included workshops from top faculty members on such topics as accounting, international business, entrepreneurship, and strategic management.

With a week-long management training program for 79 students held in June, Harvard Business School recognized the 25th year of its Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP). Designed to help high-potential college students from diverse backgrounds get a taste for business and graduate management education, SVMP now boasts nearly 1700 alumni. SVMP attracts high-achieving students from families with little business education or experience, first-generation college students, and members of groups that are currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender communities. Students are nominated for the program by corporations where they have secured summer internships. Admission criteria include academic achievement and leadership potential.

Two other programs to note: the Whitman School of Management offered undergraduate students in liberal arts and other non-business majors interested in learning more about the business world the opportunity to participate in the Whitman Summer Experience in Business for Undergraduates (SEBU) in May. SEBU is a two-week program designed to expose high-achieving undergraduates to graduate programs and careers in business.

The Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University offered an intense, three-week summer program to introduce basic business concepts to outstanding students from underrepresented groups. The program blends coursework with experiential learning opportunities and is designed for rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are non-business majors.

First Beta Gamma Sigma Virtual Graduate School Fair

Finding qualified graduate school candidates can be difficult. For business schools accredited by AACSB International, there is a new opportunity to attract candidates to programs. This September 15-28, the first Beta Gamma Sigma Virtual Graduate School Fair will be held in conjunction with the BGS Virtual Career Fair.

Beta Gamma Sigma inducts more than 14,000 undergraduates into lifetime membership each year. More than half of these students will eventually complete a graduate degree, so this is not only a very high-achieving group (top 10 percent of their junior or senior class), but also one very interested in AACSB-accredited graduate programs.

Beta Gamma Sigma will communicate with their lifetime members─those without a graduate degree─on behalf of the schools taking part in the Virtual Graduate School Fair. Graduate school administrators, faculty and others will have the opportunity to interact with high-achieving, lifetime members of Beta Gamma Sigma without leaving home or the office.

Any business school accredited by AACSB International can participate. For more information, go to You can also contact Robin Bueler at for more information and to register your school for the event.

Editor’s note: Those who mention seeing this article in Graduate Management News will receive a discount on the BGS Virtual Graduate School Fair registration fee.

Columbia Holds Synchronized Alumni Event

Alumni events are usually planned and conducted independently. Columbia Business School takes a different tack. This year, the school’s alumni clubs around the world hosted social gatherings and celebrations on June 11 and 12 as part of a synchronized worldwide event. From London to San Salvador,  Moscow to Shanghai, approximately  1,000 people took part in more than 40 events.

The initiative began last year as a way to showcase the alumni clubs, highlight the school’s alumni network, and establish a unified opportunity for alumni, current students, and recent admits to come together.

This year’s events were highlighted by a photography competition for best use of the school’s logo and best photo of a city landmark. Winners will see their photos published in an alumni publication and will receive financial support for an alumni club event next year.

Chinese Business School Aids Earthquake Victims

The Shanghai Daily reports that the Antai College of Economics and Management at Jiao Tong University plans to help victims of the earthquake in China get back on their feet by starting a management school in Beichuan in Sichuan Province. The school will prepare high school graduates for management jobs.

From the Fundraising Desk…
The University of New Hampshire has received $25 million, the largest gift in its history, from alumnus Peter T. Paul. The gift will help fund construction of a new business college, which will be named the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Ralph C. Stayer, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Johnsonville Sausage, has given his alma mater $20 million for a new building for executive education in the university’s Mendoza College of Business.

San Diego State University has received $10 million, one of the largest gifts in its history, from Gertrude Lamden, in honor of her late husband, Charles W. Lamden, who was instrumental in launching the university’s College of Business Administration. The school plans to rename its school of accountancy in honor of the professor.

Philadelphia energy-industry entrepreneur Harry R. Halloran Jr. has given $10 million to the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas to  support its programs in corporate ethics and responsibility.

Shopping center developer Steven L. Craig has pledged $5.5 million to Missouri Western State University toward creation of a school of business that will bear his name.

The College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has received a lead gift in support of a building that will be named for the donors, Carl and Joyce Mammel. While the amount of the gift was not announced, it was described as the largest single philanthropic gift in the university’s history.

The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University has received $1 million from the San Francisco-based Koret Foundation.

New Programs
Students at Western Michigan University can now earn an MBA and a law degree simultaneously, thanks to a new partnership between the university’s Haworth College of Business and its Thomas M. Cooley Law School. … The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University has finalized a cooperative agreement with Leibniz University Hanover, the GISMA Business School, and the government of Lower Saxony, Germany. … Philadelphia-based Drexel University plans to open a Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, California, that will begin an MBA program and four other master’s programs in January 2009. …The Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis has announced the creation of a full-time MBA program. Described as “customer driven,” the program is targeted to managers in local companies and will serve specific corporate needs. Initial emphases include biomedicine, logistics and distribution, retailing, and marketing. … Thunderbird has engaged in its first partnership in the Middle East by agreeing to provide faculty for the new Master of Science in International Business program at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. … The College of St. Scholastica is launching an MBA program that it plans to offer in Duluth, Minn., as well as at the college’s campuses in St. Paul and St. Cloud. … SMOT, a new business school in Chennai, India, with a planned campus in Hyderabad, is partnering with the Canadian Association of Management Consulting to offer a Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) in management consulting. … The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta have announced a partnership designed to advance research, teaching, and cultural understanding. The schools plan to organize joint programs in business and industry management training. … The University of Tennessee at Martin now offers an online MBA, the university’s first graduate business program to be offered completely online. … Xavier University recently formed the Graduate School of Business in the Williams College of Business. … Whistling Woods International Ltd., a subsidiary of Mukta Arts Ltd. and described as Asia's largest international institute for film, television, animation, and media arts, is partnering with India’s Manipal Education to offer an MBA degree in media and entertainment. … Starting this fall, Anglo American University in Prague will offer an MBA program in association with the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University in California. … The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved a new, online master’s degree in strategic leadership at Black Hills State University. … The New Nation website in Bangladesh reports that South Korea-based Solbridge International School plans to establish an MBA program in Bangladesh. … The Economic Times of India reports that higher education giant Amity is launching MBA programs in hospitality management and organic agriculture and food business. … The Kogod School of Business at American University has announced that it will offer two new master’s degrees, one in finance and one in finance and real estate. … The University of Dayton has signed agreements with two institutions in India. Its partnership with Sri Ramasamy Memorial University will encourage joint programs and teaching opportunities; a similar agreement with the Loyola Institute of Business Administration in Chennai focuses on business ethics, entrepreneurship, leadership, and doing business in India's emerging market. … Malaysia-based INTI International University College is now offering its own MBA program. … The graduate school of management in the Marshall University Elizabeth McDowell Lewis College of Business and the Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education and Research Institute School of Nurse Anesthesia have received national accreditation for a clinically oriented doctoral program in management practice in nurse anesthesia. The program combines training in nurse anesthesia skills with business management education. … The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University has started a one-year program leading to a Master of Management in Health Care degree.

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