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Summer 2005

Executive MBA cohort reflects on first year of study

(L to R) Front Row Dean Bahman Mirshab, Anthony Belli, Kenneth Gonzalez, Christopher Brown. Second Row: Lynne Sikawa, Danielle Douglas, Vanderlei Novello, James Senos. Third Row: L. Travis Furlow, Maureen Lennox, Eileen Martinez. Back Row: Andreas Douglas, Gerald Polk, Amin Haj-Ali.

Nearing the end of their first year in UDM's Executive MBA program, cohort members recently took stock of their experience. Some are already putting into practice knowledge from their classes. “I have learned methods for making better business decisions, and improved techniques for analyzing financial statements,” says Gerald Polk, principal supervisor at DTE Energy. Adds Travis Furlow, business process consultant with Resource Consulting Group, “The classes have opened my eyes to sustainability issues, and I have a greater understanding of decision trees and business law.”

EMBA faculty receives universal kudos from this first cohort. Says Kenneth Gonzalez, director of Enterprise Resource Systems North America at Amcor, “Each class I am honored with the opportunity to interact with the faculty.” Amin Haj-Ali, technical specialist at DaimlerChrysler, describes EMBA faculty as “open, available, friendly and supportive.” Adds James Senos, sales account manager at Tyco Electronics, “The faculty treat us well and are always willing to make time for us.” Danielle Douglas ’01, EDI & Operations Specialist at Computer Sciences Corporation Healthcare Group, says that faculty were a major factor in her returning to UDM for her MBA: “It is wonderful to have such a diverse and developed group of faculty.” Patricia Sikawa, who manages the UDM Dental Clinic, characterizes the relationship between EMBA faculty and students as “excellent. We have had wonderful discussions, and they have been very accommodating and understanding of all the outside demands we have on our time.”

Another plus for the EMBA cohort is the convenience and accelerated nature of the program. Says Vanderlei Novello, director of operations for Fras-le S/A, “EMBA is great because the program meets on weekends and I can manage combining it with my travel schedule.” Because UDM's EMBA can be completed in four terms, several students chose it over other MBA programs for that reason. Says Douglas, “Timeliness of completion was a definite priority for me.” Adds Eileen Martinez, accounting manager at ALC-Partner, Inc., “When I was looking at MBA programs, the short term of the UDM EMBA made it really attractive.”

For more information on UDM's Executive MBA program, please visit the program's web site, or contact Jacqui Bell at 313-993-1202 or