Dear Alumni and Friends,
Among the many accomplishments of the College of Business Administration, the completion of the comprehensive renovation project of the Commerce and Finance Building and the reaffirmation of AACSB accreditation marked academic year 2003-04 as one of the most successful years in the history of the College.
Faculty, staff and students moved back into the newly renovated C&F building last summer. The College is grateful to all the donors whose generosity has provided the College with a state-of-the-art facility, in particular:
George P. Barnes
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bousquette
Michael R. and Margaret M. Desmet
Ken and Mary Elliott
John W. and Cheryll A. Ennest
John M. and Mary Sue Everly
Ford Motor Company
E. Daniel and Margaret A. Grady
James E. Haas
Robert W. and Katherine Hendry
Jeffrey B. Kane
Nancy G.and John C. Kennedy III
Raymond J. LeVeque
Greg and Marilyn Magreta
The Mary G. Stange Charitble Trust
Linda M. Miller
Thomas F. Mulroy
National City Bank
Jane Kay Nugent
Robert B. and Kathlee P. Rosowski
Emil Simon ’85
J. Clarke and Patricia C. Smith ’64
Thomas J. and Dorothy J. Stuart
Joseph M. and Diane Walsh
Anne and Martin Welch
The official dedication of the C&F building was held on September 30, 2004 at an open house. The culmination of the event was a blessing of the building by UDM President Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J. The event was attended by a large number of alumni and guests.
The faculty and staff of the College of Business Administration are proud to receive the reaffirmation of accreditation of undergraduate and graduate business programs by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Business Administration remains the only private college in Michigan accredited by AACSB International.
Other markers reflect signs of our success. In Fall 2004, Beta of Michigan
was once again named a Premier Chapter by the National Office of Beta Gamma
Sigma. This recognition will make it possible to send an outstanding student
to the National Leadership Forum in February 2005. And once again, a scholarship
from Beta Gamma Sigma to be awarded to an outstanding student in the College
of Business Administration.
The College continued its commitment to develop new programs:
The joint MBA program with Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan began in Fall 2004. Twenty students from Taiwan have registered in this cohort program. Under this arrangement, four courses will be taught by College faculty in Taiwan and four courses will be taught at UDM. The remaining four courses will be taught by Fu Jen faculty in Taiwan. Professor of Business Administration Shahram Taj will be the first faculty member from the College to teach in Taiwan in December 2004. Students in this program are scheduled to attend classes at UDM for Winter Term 2005 and Spring Term 2006, and they will attend the UDM Commencement program that spring.
The College is accepting applications for the new Executive MBA Program.
With input from members of the Business Turnaround Steering Committee, the College is developing a master’s degree program in Business Turnaround Management with the goal of launching the program in Fall 2005. The College of Business Administration is also exploring the possibility of offering courses online.
As a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, the College of Business Administration, in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts and Education and the College of Engineering and Science, has initiated a proposal for an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Information Assurance.
As we look to the future, the College of Business Administration remains committed to providing the excellent student-centered Catholic education that has produced generations of successful business leaders.