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Rollins, Iowa Win TeamMBA Honors
The Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College is the winner of GMAC’s 2011 TeamMBA institutional award. The honor recognizes universities that exemplify a commitment to social responsibility through the actions of their students and the school’s demonstrated support for those efforts. 

Lydia Fine, Jodi Schafer, and Liz McIntire of the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management; Glenda Lucas of GMAC; and Stephen Gauthier of the Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business celebrate the 2011 TeamMBA Awards at GMAC’s Annual Conference.

The Crummer School requires that each student complete eight hours of community service. That commitment is considered just a starting point, though. Rollins works to ingrain an ethic of community service throughout its graduate business program as part of training students to be leaders. So successful that it tripled its goal, a school toy drive for a local hospital ended up being able to also donate toys to a second hospital and other area non-profit organizations. Rollins also has a program in which students are mentored on how to be a board member and then serve as a voting member on a non-profit board for the two years of their MBA program.

“To us, you have to be a well-rounded leader. Talented business leaders need to be community leaders,” said Associate Dean Stephen Gauthier, who accepted the award at the 2011 GMAC Annual Industry Conference in Boston.

The 2011 Team MBA Service Award, which recognizes outstanding projects in categories such as community service and sustainability, went to the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. A bone marrow drive at the school, “Be the Match,” brought in upwards of 200 bone marrow donors, more than the 140-member student body. And entry fees from a stock trading competition raised US$500 for the college’s Habitat for Humanity home, “Tippie Build 4.”  This event pitted students against faculty and staff, primarily finance professors, to see who could get the best return on US$100,000 in simulated funds invested in stocks and options in four weeks.

Honorable mentions in this year’s TeamMBA competition went to the Kogod Business School at American University, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

For more on TeamMBA and th s year’s winners, go to the TeamMBA website.

Two deans named to GMAC board

Christine Poon, dean of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, and Ajit Rangnekar, dean of the Indian School of Business, have been named to the Graduate Management Admission Council board of directors. Their four-year terms started July 1. Their election was announced at GMAC’s Annual Conference recently in Boston.
 
Lawrence P. Fisher, II, president of family wealth services for the Chevy Chase Trust Company, will serve as board chair for the coming year. In addition, current board members Dina Dommett, director of masters programs at the London School of Economics & Political Science, and Rosemarie Mecca, retired executive vice president and chief financial officer of Laureate Education, have started new terms.  
 
Babson Introduces New MBA Curriculum

Beginning this fall, Babson College will offer a single MBA program, “The Babson MBA,” which will be delivered four ways. Based on the school’s tradition of combining deep functional business knowledge with a philosophy of “Entrepreneurial Thought and Action,” the new curriculum will be offered consistently across Babson’s four MBA options, which include 12-month, 24-month, evening, and onsite/online programs. Students will take the same core courses with the same faculty and can choose from a common set of electives.

Hallmarks of the curriculum include “Signature Learning Experiences,” designed to reinforce and expand classroom learning through projects that put theories into practice, and restructured course schedules that provide students with more time to prepare for classes, engaged in co-curricular activities, explore careers, and network. Babson is also introducing two new core courses, “Managing at the Crossroads: International Economics, Business, and Government,” which focuses on the critical role that government and institutions play in business; and “Global Connections Through Technology,” focused on the role of technology and metrics in business.

New Directions in EMBA

Several schools have recently announced new developments in their EMBA programs.

The George Washington University School of Business has started an EMBA program called STAR (Special Talent, Access, and Responsibility), targeted to current and retired NFL players, celebrities, and other prominent professionals. In announcing the program, GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie said such customized programs “are the future of business education.”
The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame has redesigned its EMBA curriculum to emphasize strategic-thinking skills and the ability to effect strategies through strong values-based leadership. The curriculum starts this August for the incoming South Bend class and in January for the school’s EMBA program in Chicago. “This curriculum is designed to develop a senior management perspective in our students over the course of two years,” said Paul C. Velasco, director of Notre Dame Executive Education Degree Programs.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business has revised its EMBA curriculum with a format that provides additional customization through a greater choice of electives, leverages the school’s proximity to leading global business and policy organizations located in Washington, and broadens students’ global experience through international residencies.

Temple University’s Fox School of Business has also redesigned its executive MBA. Formerly a 22-month program, the curriculum can now be completed in 16 months.

Doctoral Programs Form New Organization

The Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Council has been formed to link professional doctoral programs that span the boundaries of academic theorizing and practice applications. Maury Kalnitz, director of the Executive Doctorate in Business program at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, said the council was formed “to create a global community for faculty, administrators, students, and alumni of practitioner doctorate programs.”

The council convened earlier in June for its first Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, which will take place annually. Ninety participants representing 19 schools attended the meeting, held at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

NEWS IN BRIEF

  • ESSEC and Grenoble Ecole de Management are now using iTunes U to distribute content related to teaching and research. 
  • At the University of California, San Diego, the Rady School of Management and the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement in the Jacobs School of Engineering have been awarded a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance for mystartupXX. The program focuses on female undergraduate and graduate students at UC San Diego who are traditionally underrepresented in the invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship processes.
  • The National Association of Asian MBAs has announced that it will sponsor its first-ever Global MBA Case Competition at its annual conference this September.

FROM THE FUNDRAISING DESK

Part of an anonymous US$10 million gift to the University of California, Irvine will support construction of a building for The Paul Merage School of Business.

University of Rochester alumnus and trustee Barry Florescue has given his alma mater US$5 million to support its newly created undergraduate business major, a collaboration between the university’s undergraduate college and its William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.

Pike and Susan Wray Sullivan have donated US$5 million to Wells College to start a center for business and entrepreneurship.

Thanks to a US$4 million commitment from the estate of Barbara Collyer and Frank Collyer, Johnson at Cornell University has created the Lewis H. Durland Professorship of Management.

The Schulich School of Business at York University has received C$2 million from the Certified General Accountants of Ontario to endow a chair on global competitiveness for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Loyola University New Orleans has received US$1.5 million from the estate of alumnus Carlos Ayala to support the finance program in its College of Business.

The Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University has received an anonymous gift of US$2 million to endow a new competition, the Baylor Entrepreneurship Innovation Challenge. The university has also received US$1 million from the estates of alumna and former faculty member Sadie Jo Black and her brother to support scholarships for students at the business school.

NEW PROGRAMS

The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne, and the Swiss Finance Institute  are collaborating on an executive MBA degree in asset and wealth management. … Cass Business School at City University London is partnering with the German-based European Business School, whose students will have the chance to study at Cass as part of their MSc program. … EAESP-FGV, the School of Business Administration of São Paulo at Fundação Getulio Vargas, has started a Master in Business and Management program. … Georgia Southern University will introduce an executive MBA program this fall. … HEC Paris and Keio Business School at Keio University have extended their partnership by launching a double degree MBA program, set to being next June. … Howard University has announced plans for its first online degree program, an executive MBA, which launches this January. … Syracuse University and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have created the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, focused on the social, economic, education, and policy issues affecting veterans and their families post-service. … The Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth have signed an agreement allowing students in both graduate programs to take courses to better prepare for leadership and management careers in health care. … The University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business and law school are partnering with the School of Management at Fudan University to create the US-China Institute for Business and Law, which will have facilities on both campuses. … The Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego has inked a partnership with EvoNexus, an incubator for start-up companies in the high-tech sector. The focus is on helping students learn how to bring innovation to the marketplace. … Honoring a business leader who has been a generous donor to the institution, the University of Cincinnati has named its college of business the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. …

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan recently offered a 10-day Global Program for Management Development to executives from TVS Logistics Services in Chennai, India. … The Executive Education team at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business has partnered with Chicago United, an advocacy organization composed of racially diverse CEOs and executive level management who champion corporate diversity and inclusion, to help prepare executives of color who seek to become corporate board directors. … The University of San Francisco has changed the name of its School of Business and Professional Studies to School of Management. … To help students develop practical, real-world experience in international business, the professional MBA program at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business has added an elective international travel component. The three-unit course features five weeks of classroom instruction, followed by an intensive one-week overseas trip. … The first ebook from Wharton Digital Press at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania is The Leader’s Checklist, by leadership expert Michael Useem. … Rotman DesignWorks and Rotman Executive Programs, both at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, have partnered to create a three-day, intensive business design program that integrates design and business methods into a framework for creating human and economic value. The inaugural program takes place this September. … The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy have collaborated to create a dual master’s degree program in public policy and business administration. … A new research program at the Yale School of Management’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance focuses on the role of corporate directors in overseeing energy risks and advancing US energy security. … York University’s Schulich School of Business plans to build a campus in Hyderabad. The school already offers a joint MBA program with the S.P. Jain Institute of Management Research in Mumbai. …

Almeda University has announced plans for a master’s degree program in church management, which starts this fall. … Ashland University plans to offer an online MBA option. … Concordia College in Minnesota has broken ground for a building for its Offutt School of Business. … The Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin intends to start a distance-learning MBA, “MBA Renewables,” with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. … The Estonian Business School has opened a branch in Helsinki. … India Education Diary.com reports that the Indian National Stock exchange has partnered with Punjabi University in Patiala to create a five-year MBA program focused on financial markets…..The College of Business at Jackson State University plans to start an online MBA program this fall. … University College Cork and the Irish Management Institute have announced an alliance to work together on research, on teaching and delivering education programs, and on attracting international business people to Irish executive education. … The University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration has created a Center for Project Excellence, designed to help students gain real-world experience while they help businesses solve complex problems. … Lake Forest Graduate School of Management has started a daytime MBA program, designed for individuals who elect to take a career break and plan to re-enter the workforce. … The MET League of Colleges in Mumbai and London-based Chartered Insurance Institutes have partnered to create an MBA program focused on the insurance sector. … FT.com reports that France’s SKEMA will offer its Masters in Luxury and Fashion Management on its China campus in Suzhou starting in September, and that Glasgow Caledonian University will launch its MBA in luxury goods management in Spitalfields, in London’s East End. … Touro University Worldwide has started an MBA program focused on the use of new media in the workplace. … The University at Albany School of Business has started construction of a US$64 million building. … The University of Bologna’s Alma Graduate School will start an MBA in Food and Wine beginning this fall. … The Saudi Gazette reports that the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus, and Yanbu Industrial College in Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement through which the university will offer its executive MBA program to working executives in Saudi Arabia. … Wilfrid Laurier University has started a brand communications program.

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