The College of Business Administration had a very busy and fulfilling winter semester.
The College successfully launched its Executive MBA Program in January of 2005. An initial cohort of fourteen students began studying Decision Analysis and the Environment of Business on alternating weekends. These are the first two themes of nine comprising the program. Each theme draws upon the expertise of two or more faculty members. Guest lectures by leading business executives will be a regular feature of this program.
In February of 2005, the first cohort of the Global Entrepreneurial MBA (GEMBA) visited Detroit. This program, offered jointly by UDM and Fu Jen Catholic University of Taiwan, began in September, 2004. During their stay in Detroit, students completed two courses, each delivered in a one-week intensive format. In addition, the Taiwanese students enjoyed the opportunity of interacting with their American counterparts and also were able to attend the Detroit Economic Club. Cultural exposures included the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, a Detroit Pistons game at the Palace, and celebration of the Chinese New Year at an area restaurant. An article describing the program and their visit appeared on the front page of the Business Section of the Detroit Free Press on Friday, February 18, 2005. The second cohort will begin studies in Taiwan in September 2005.
In March 2005, the College of Business Administration Alumni Board and the Student Advisory Board sponsored a successful networking event in the lower level of the newly renovated Commerce and Finance Building. The event was well-attended by alumni and students.
On March 23, 2005, the Institute for North Korea sponsored a very successful seminar dealing with the economic and political relationship between the United States and the Two Koreas. Participation by representatives from government, business and academia allowed for a very comprehensive treatment of this complex issue. Presenters included: James Przytsup, Senior Fellow and Research Professor, National Defense University; G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Ph.D., Chief Economist, General Motors Corporation; Jonathan Lee, Professor of International Business, University of Windsor; Dr. Thomas Park, Clinical Professor, Wayne State University and President of the Christian Association for Medical Mission; Ted Osius, Deputy Director of the Office of Korean Affairs, U. S. State Department; and Scott Rembrandt, Director, Research & Academic Affairs, Korean Economic Institute, Washington, D.C..
The College’s Sixth Annual Alumni Week drew approximately 30 alumni to campus to share their expertise with graduate and undergraduate classes. The keynote speaker for this year’s Alumni Week luncheon was University Matt Cullen ’83, who is the general manager, Economic Development and Enterprise Services, General Motors Corporation. The topic of his presentation was “Development of the Detroit Riverfront.”
On April 10, 2005, the College held its 53rd Annual Honor Society Banquet. More than 40 of the College’s brightest students were inducted into one or more of the following Honor Societies; Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Alpha Iota Delta. The keynote speaker was Linda Miller ’81, manufacturing director, Ford Motor Company. As this year’s Chapter Honoree, Linda was inducted into the Beta of Michigan Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.
On April 29, 2005, the College of Business Administration hosted the president and faculty from Henry Ford Community College and the chancellor and faculty from Oakland Community College to participate in the formal signing of the Statement of Strategic Partnership for Information Assurance Education under the auspices of the National Security Agency. Richard Marshall, senior executive academic liaison for the NSA, congratulated UDM for establishing a model of academic partnership, which will be copied throughout the country.
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.
Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to DaimlerChrysler for its continued support. A grant from DaimlerChrysler of $44,500, which the college has received, will allow for a variety of initiatives which benefit our students as well as our faculty. Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who support the college in our work of creating the business leaders of the future.