Message from the Dean
The College of Business Administration has been enjoying a successful 2003-2004 academic year with many significant accomplishments and achievements. We are looking forward to another successful academic year in 2004-2005.
Our faculty commitment to scholarship and teaching excellence during the past five years is significant. Their intellectual contributions include 85 journal publications, 67 refereed proceedings, 121 conference presentations and 17 books and book chapters. Additionally, the faculty members continued their participation in public service activities.
During the school year, the College continued the implementation of its assessment plan. Undergraduate and graduate focus groups were conducted on April 29, 2004. Additionally, for the third consecutive year, the College participated in the Educational Benchmarking (EBI) Exit Survey of undergraduate students and of part-time MBA students. The graduating seniors participated in the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Exam.
The College of Business Administration was honored to have Dr. Suk Kim give the address at the 2004 University Honors Convocation on March 28, 2004. The College held its annual Awards Ceremony with more than 200 students and family members in attendance.
Once again, the Beta of Michigan chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was one of 40 chapters nationally identified as a Premier Chapter by the National Office for the 2003-04 academic year. On March 21, 2004, the College celebrated the 50th anniversary of Beta Alpha Psi in a joint induction ceremony with Beta Gamma Sigma. The attendance of former accounting faculty members Charlton Schoeffler, Allan Reinstein, Ronald Horwitz, Leonard Plachta and Richard Czarnecki brought back many good memories. The keynote speaker for this event was past UDM Board Member John Kennedy, president and CEO of Autocam. Kennedy, a 1979 accounting graduate, was accompanied by his wife Nancy, a 1983 accounting graduate. In addition, Alpha Iota Delta, the honor society for students in Decision Sciences and Computer and Information Systems, held its induction ceremony on April 28, 2004.
The fifth annual Alumni Week in March 2004 was very successful with 35 alumni returning to their alma mater to speak to current students. The topic of the panel discussion was "New Technology: What the Experts are Using to Improve Performance and Enhance Communication.” Subhash Valanju (MBA 1975), vice president and CIO, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Brent J. Garback (Accounting 1970), chairman and CEO, Total Travel Management Inc.; and Wafa Bunney (MBA 1995), Employee Connect IT Manager Management Systems, Ford Motor Company, served on the panel.
The CBA has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education for 2004-2007. This recognition places us among a select group of universities across the country to be awarded this distinction. Certificates will be presented during a conference that will be held at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York on June 8, 2004. The College is indebted to Daniel Shoemaker, academic discipline coordinator for CIS, for his efforts in securing this honor.
The faculty of the College of Business Administration approved an Executive MBA program to be launched in August, 2004. The College also approved a three-step plan leading to a master’s degree program in Business Turnaround Management. As a first step, a new elective course entitled Business Turnaround Management: An Overview, will be offered in fall 2004.
The College remained active in global education. In cooperation with Tobias
Karcher S.J., the College developed a partnership with the Heinrich Pesch
Haus Center for Applied Ethics. The Center is located in Ludwigshafen Germany.
Ten students attended the graduate course offered in Germany. In addition,
the joint program with Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan is on schedule
with a number of students already accepted into the program.
The College is engaged in the selection process for Iraqi Americans to return to their country to help rebuild Iraq. A number of our faculty are considered “subject matter experts” in assessing the skill level of the candidates.
The AACSB peer review team visited the College on February 8-11, 2004. The College is awaiting a decision from the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee for the reaffirmation of accreditation.
The multi-million dollar comprehensive renovation project of the Commerce and Finance Building is nearing completion. The College is scheduled to move back into its new home July 12, 2004. We are grateful to all our donors and supporters whose generosity has brought the dream this far, and we look forward to your continued support to further strengthen our programs and facilities.
As we look to the future, the College of Business Administration remains committed to providing the excellent, student-centered, Catholic education in the Jesuit and Mercy tradition which has produced generations of successful business leaders.