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Message from the Dean

  Dean Mohan Tanniru *
A focus on the future

Spring and summer offers a time for SBA students to put their skills into action. Through programs focused on the SBA's core foundation -- integrative thinking, experiential learning and global understanding -- students gain the real-world experiences that enrich their education and help the regional economy. This experience also differentiates them in the market place.

Through these experiences, SBA students and graduates are helping businesses, supporting the regional economic transformation and making a difference in the community.

In this issue of SBA Insight Online, you'll read stories that highlight examples of how the SBA is operationalizing its core foundations of its Center for Integrated Business Research and Education, and strengthening the student experience by embedding it into the regional issues such as crisis management, competitive operations and industry diversification. Through the contributions and collaboration of our expert faculty, alumni and business partners, the SBA is impacting the regional economic transformation.

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*Image created by and supplied courtesy of Michael G. Mitchell, owner of Paonia Peddler Gallery, Paonia, CO. Mitchell is former president/CEO of an automotive supplier which sponsored OU SBA students in the ATiB program.

Mentors enrich experience for CIBRE Summer Internship students

OPC member Barry Lawler mentored three SBA students on the OU School of Nursing Riverview Institute project. 
Pictured from left: SBA Dean Mohan Tanniru, Vidya Dayalu, Yan Zhu, Lawler and Lowrens Babajan.

When Oakland University SBA students tackled projects for the CIBRE Summer Internship program this year, they knew they had someone in their corner, guiding them toward success.

The collaborative learning program, where participants complete business projects in small teams, introduced a mentorship component this summer. A dozen retired executives from the city of Rochester Hills' Older Persons Commission (OPC) volunteered their time to give students the benefit of their business leadership experience.

The mentors' involvement represents a tremendous opportunity for students, says Rhonda Nelson, program and events department head, OPC. "Our seniors come with a lifetime of experience, knowledge and wisdom. As the students work on their projects, the seniors are there to support them."

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SBA students gain real-world experience through OU Summer Corps


Rachel Louzon loves digging into a good business plan.

The finance major with Oakland University's School of Business Administration (SBA) is spending her summer reviewing entrepreneurs' blueprints for their budding companies and putting her business education to work on their behalf.

She is one of several SBA students who are completing summer internships through OU's Summer Students Campus Corps at OU INC, OU's SmartZone business incubator. The incubator program supports and grows new technology-based and life science businesses with university resources, counseling and financial/capital acquisition assistance.

Like many of the SBA's experiential learning opportunities, these internships allow students to gain valuable real-world experiences while bolstering the area business community.

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Trips give SBA students firsthand international business experience


SBA graduate students traveled to China and Taiwan this spring.

When it comes to learning about international business, classroom learning and lectures -- no matter how engrossing -- can only take a student so far. To truly understand global culture, business and people, the best education comes from living it, which usually means studying abroad.

This spring, two groups of SBA students traveled to the Far East to learn firsthand about business in China and Taiwan by collaborating with Chinese students on a business project and meeting with business leaders of international companies.

"Business is done differently in other countries and the understanding of those differences is essential to being successful," says Frank Cardimen, special lecturer, management and marketing. To advance their careers, students need to understand these differences. These trips provided students with the opportunity of a lifetime. 
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Endowment opens world of possibility for scholarship recipient

Lacie Melasi with her
project group in China.
Studying abroad can be an expensive proposition and one Lacie Melasi didn't believe she'd be able to overcome -- until she was selected as the first recipient of the Catherine Tyler Memorial International Award.  This endowed scholarship was established in memory of OU's assistant professor of management who died in a scuba diving accident in 2007. Passionate about travel, Tyler believed international expertise couldn't be learned from a textbook or film, but had to be experienced firsthand.

Thanks to the scholarship, Melasi fulfilled a dream to visit China when she embarked on her first trip abroad this spring as part of the SBA's Global Scholars Program.

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International focus, modified curriculum strengthens MSITM program

Faculty research leads to top ranking among business schools

A degree that puts managerial and technical skills at the forefront, the SBA's Master of Science in Information Technology Management integrates the management of information and technology with experiential learning to prepare students to advance in their careers.

An already strong and successful program as measured by the success of its graduates and the distinguished record of research and scholarship of its faculty, the SBA is modifying the program to increase its focus on the global marketplace, and adjusting the curriculum to make it easier for working professionals and international students to complete the program faster.

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Knowledge is power -- for businesses and prospective employees

Technology makes it easy for companies to gather research and create enormous databases. Sounds impressive, but storing scads of information generates questions. Business leaders ask
now what?

In fact, business intelligence (BI) topped the list of technology spending priorities for companies in 2009 according to a Gartner survey. Coupled with the Forrester Research prediction that the BI market will generate more than $12 billion in revenue in 2014 compared to $8.5 billion in 2008, the interest in BI is increasing rapidly.

The need for people skilled in gathering and analyzing the data is growing as well.

A new certificate program offered by OU's SBA -- in partnership with Altair Engineering Inc. -- offers answers, and practical, marketable skills in data mining and business intelligence. The acquired skill set is useful in multiple industries, including emerging sectors such as health care, defense, and information technology.

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Data analytics certificate strengthens SBA alumni experience, credentials

 Rob Saunders, SBA '83
As one of the first students to enroll in the SBA's new certificate program in Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Mining Rob Saunders, SBA '83, is already seeing the program's value. Saunders landed a new job as Senior Director of Advancement Services at the Illinois Institute of Technology before he even completed the program.

The BI certificate complements Saunders' strong credentials, which includes earning his bachelor's degree in Finance from the SBA, and positions in finance at two hospitals and a major CPA firm, finance and information services at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and for the past 11 years, director, development information services at OU's University Relations department.

Business intelligence is a key decision making tool for companies, helping managers make qualitative based decisions. The certificate course focuses on how a business analyzes and uses the vast amount of data it collects through information technology, which aligns perfectly with Saunders' new responsibilities.

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EMBA alumna uses capstone project to make a difference
 Dr. Molly Austin, EMBA '09

When it was time for Dr. Molly Austin to distill what she learned through Oakland University's Executive MBA (EMBA) program into her capstone project, it didn't take her long to identify the need she wanted to address.

Austin, EMBA '09, took aim at a dilemma that troubled her since she began her medical career: The vast amount of prescription medicine that goes unused each year while patients who could benefit from the same prescriptions struggle to afford them.

Austin outlined the problem and a plan for addressing it in her EMBA Integrative Action Project (IAP). Since graduating, she has put her plan into motion by pushing for a state law that would allow unused medications to go to those who need them. She and her project team members formed a nonprofit organization dedicated toward that goal.

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SBA partners across campus on new programs

Keeping its focus on the value of integrative thinking while offering market-leading programs, the SBA is partnering across campus to deliver two new programs to two distinct audiences.

A continuing education program in partnership with OU's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers engineering and business professionals the opportunity to earn a certificate in energy management

The SBA is also taking an active role in delivering the courses required for a new bachelor's degree in actuarial science from OU's College of Arts and Sciences.

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