School of Business
School of Business Seniors join ranks of best and brightest in country | November 2012
Nine of 58 LSSU business students participating in the spring 2012 Major Field Test (MFT) in business ranked nationally in the top 10 percent. Recently-released results of the end-of-program test featured David Pawley, xxx in the top 1%, with Magen Umlor, xxx, and Dawn Sonntag, xxx, placing in the top 3%.
Six students: Mikl Gagne, Booth Leslie, Kyle Pobur, Kramer Sally, Nicholas Cordes, and Chelsie Reese, were included in the top 10%, which put the mean score for LSSU business students in the top 25% rank of all participating undergraduate schools in the USA. A total of 32,982 students from more than 430 undergraduate programs participated in the 2011-12 academic year's testing. Particular strengths were noted in accounting, finance and economics, international issues, management, and marketing, in which LSSU average scores were five points or more above the national mean.
The MFT is a comprehensive assessment tool designed to measure a student's critical knowledge and understanding in the areas of accounting, economics, management, quantitative analysis, finance, marketing, legal and social environment, information systems, and international business. The test is offered each semester and is part of the BUSN466 capstone course. Section 1 of the fall 2012 class out of Petoskey recently took the exam, while section 2 is slated to take the exam toward the end of November.
School presents at Best of the Regions Competition | October 2012
Faculty from the School of Business attended the 2012 Best of the Regions Competition hosted by the Great Lakes Council Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Region 4 on October 4th and 5th in Schaumburg, Illinois. Professors Mindy Poliski, Valerie Filek and Dr. David Finley discussed the key outcomes required of graduating baccalaureate students. Notably, many related to corporate ethics, social responsibility, and sustainable relationships within the local and global communities. Poliski touched on the volunteer income tax assistance effort, while Filek focused on Hoops for Hope, an annual three-on-three charity basketball tournament. Lake Superior State was one of 18 schools asked to present during three breakout sessions at the conference, which focused on the theme of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility in the Classroom. View a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation for more information. Just click on the text icon in the top left corner of each slide to read the presenter's notes.
College of Business and Engineering Welcomes Dr. Finley | January 2012
Dr. David Roland Finley, P.E. comes to Lake Superior State University from Trine University, Angola, Ind. where he was dean of the Allen School of Engineering and Technology and subsequently Vice President for Academic Affairs for a total of 11 yearsw, serving also as interim dean for the Ketner School of Business and the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Finley brings his unique background in business and engineering, which includes research interests in improved educational/learning methodologies and entrepreneurship, to our newly-incorporated college. He has also been a speaker on topics of assessment and retention. Trine experienced an increase in enrollment and freshman retention, program growth and partnerships during Finley's tenure. His career has taken him from environmental science through chemical engineering, receiving a Trine Excellence in Teaching Award and Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer Recognition, to his newest leadership post.
Investment Club Wins 2nd Place in the G.A.M.E. | March 2012
Prof. Jerry Root and members of the Investment Club won 2nd place in the Core Style Portfolio Undergraduate Division at G.A.M.E. (Global Asset Management Education) II Forum last March in New York City. LSSU competed against 100 schools representing several states and countries with participation by both undergraduate and graduate students.
Schools were invited to submit their investment results and compete in either a graduate or undergraduate category. Outgoing President Michael Barrett; the 2012-13 President, Nathan Stump; and Ramsey A'Ve presented LSSU's student-run investment portfolio. They were also invited to make a presentation to a panel of Wall Street investors. The team succeeded in impressing the panel. A colleague of Prof. Root, who works with JP Morgan, invited the group to the bond trading floor prior to the start of the event. Prof. Root is looking forward to the group's participation in next winter's Forum.
Name Change | August 2011
During the summer, the Provost’s office did some reorganization
of academic departments due to some administrative
retirements and resignations. The School of
Business is now part of the College of Business and Engineering.
Hoops for Hope | April 2011
LSSU students pose in front of a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that they planned, orgainized, executed and evaluated for Prof. Valerie Filek’s Sport and Events Marketing course. The “Hoops for Hope” event was held on April 23, 2011 and raised over $3000 for charity.
L to R: Courntey Amble (Jr—Sports and Rec Management), Erin Wiethoff (Jr—Sports and Rec Management), Ron Neal (Jr—Business Administration), Summers Captain (Sr.—Bus Admin– Mgmt) Lindsay McLeod (Sr –Bus Admin –Mgmt) Erin McGill (Sr-Liberal Studies) and Roxanne Morris (Sophomore-Communications)
Marketing Class to work
with theater production
Professor Filek’s MRKT281—
Principles of Marketing class
worked with Dr. Patrick
Santoro’s theater production
of “The Laramie Project”.
The class produced
marketing materials to
promote awareness and attendance. “The Laramie Project”
is a documentary play that investigates
the 1998 death of
Matthew Shepard in Laramie,
Wyoming. Told through a series
of interviews from Laramie
residents, this is a particularly
moving account of a hate
crime committed against a gay
man. The play uses the concrete
details of Shepard’s murder
as a means of beginning
discussion about hate crimes
committed across a range of
contexts where difference is
looked upon with disregard,
discontent and even as life
LSSU Student Presents a Paper at a Regional Conference
Leslie Booth, a senior majoring in Management with a minor in Finance
and Economics, presented a paper this spring at the Bowling
Green Undergraduate Economic Paper Contest in Ohio. The title of
her paper was “Empirical Demand Estimation for Passenger Vehicles
Crossing the Mackinac Bridge.”
We don’t often think of Accountants as crime fighters,
but did you know it was an accountant that sent
mobster Al Capone to prison? LSSU Criminal Justice
and Accounting students had a unique opportunity
in March to participate in the Adrian Project.
Stephen Moore, an Internal Revenue Service Field
agent out Detroit was on campus to present “Adrian
Jr.” This was an interactive program that allowed
students to become IRS Criminal Investigation Special
Agents for the day. LSSU Accounting graduate
Rob Pike ‘02 works for the IRS and was part of the team presenting “The Adrian Project” at LSSU. The
project deals with what it takes to be an IRS agent
and presents a fraud simulation. Here Rob preps Accounting
professor, Mindy Poliski as she prepares for
her role as the informant.
Business Students Score Above the Mean
Students in the School of Business take the Major Field Test in Business during their senior year. Every year for the past five years, our students score above the national mean. This test is administered by over 800 business schools across the U.S. and measures students’ knowledge of core business areas.