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The Current - Fall 2005

Message from the Dean

Dear Alumni,

The College of Business Administration had a very eventful summer and successfully launched another academic year in September. 

Summer 2005 marked important anniversaries of two of the College’s most respected faculty members.  On May 21, 2005, family, friends and colleagues celebrated Fr. Jerry Cavanagh’s 52nd anniversary as a member of the Society of Jesus.  The highlight was a presentation featuring pictures and commentary from Fr. Jerry’s family.  On July 2, 2005, friends of Fr. Ozzie Mascarenhas gathered on campus to celebrate Fr. Ozzie’s 50th anniversary as a Jesuit.  A number of tributes were made on Fr. Ozzie’s behalf prior to enjoying a delicious meal.  The event was well attended by members of the Indian Catholic community.

The College continued its tradition of offering its graduate students the opportunity to study abroad.  Dr. Daniel Shoemaker and Dr. Michael Whitty led two groups of students for programs in England dealing with International Standards in Information Assurance as well as International Business.  In addition, Fr. Ozzie Mascarenhas traveled to Taiwan to teach Strategic Marketing to students in the Global Entrepreneurial MBA (GEMBA) Program offered jointly by Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan and the University of Detroit Mercy.  Later in the summer, Dr. Ali Ozbeki also traveled to Taiwan to instruct the GEMBA students in the intricacies of Corporate Financial Strategy. 

This Fall marked an increase in total College of Business Administration enrollment led by an increase in graduate enrollment and featuring the largest incoming freshman class in the past ten years.  This trend looks to continue into the second semester as it appears the second cohort of the Executive MBA Program will be approximately twice as large as last January’s initial cohort of 14 students.  A second cohort of students was admitted into the GEMBA Program this Fall.  This second cohort will visit Detroit from January 28 through February 11, 2006.  This Fall also marked the first cohort of undergraduate students from Wu Han University in mainland China under an agreement developed with Wu Han in 2004.  Additional students will be coming from Wu Han in January 2006.

Our graduates continue to be successful in gaining employment with major firms such as Plante & Moran and DaimlerChrysler.

The Certificate in Business Turnaround Management was approved and will be offered in January 2006.   Once again, the Beta of Michigan Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was named a premier chapter.  The Chapter’s Certificate of Award was presented to the College at the AACSB Mid-Continent East Meeting in October 2005.  The Steering Committee of the Mass for Commerce will begin holding their meetings in the Commerce and Finance Building starting in December 2005.

The faculty continued its commitment to teaching excellence and scholarly activities. As we look to the future, the College of Business Administration remains committed to providing the excellent, student-centered education that has produced generations of successful business leaders.

Bahman Mirshab
Dean, College of Business Administration