Monday, April 6, 2015

UT College of Business and Innovation Department of Accounting earns distinctive AACSB accreditation

The Accounting Department in The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI) has received - - in its first attempt - - a departmental accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  This is a voluntary accreditation obtained by only 1.3% (182 institutions) of accounting programs in the 13,670 business schools around the world.

"It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn both accounting and business accreditation, and I commend the University of Toledo for its dedication to management education, as well as its leadership in the community," said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International.

"The AACSB is recognized around the world as the premier accrediting body for business schools and their accounting programs, and the requirements and documentation that must be met are exceptional" noted Dr. Gary Insch, UT COBI Dean. "We take great pride in obtaining a distinction shared by less than 2% of all college accounting departments in the world. As such, I want to emphasize to students and parents that The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is the place to study accounting, as well as to remind accounting firms and employers of the remarkable talent they know they will find in our accounting graduates."

"This is both a tremendous achievement and an exceptional recognition for the Department of Accounting in the College of Business and Innovation," noted Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby, Department Chair. "We are proud to pass this rigorous process, which required a significant amount of work from our faculty, staff and students."

The AASCB is an association of educational institutions, businesses and other organizations devoted to the advancement of higher education, and is the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide.

The accounting department strategic review from the AACSB team focused on the delivery of high-quality education, continuous improvement and market relevance.

"The AACSB accounting accreditation ensures both students and parents that the accounting department is providing a top-quality education. Additionally, it ensures employers across the country that UT COBI accounting department graduates are ready to perform on day one," HassabElnaby said.

Particular strengths of the UT COBI Accounting Department mentioned in the accreditation's report include:

"The faculty is very committed to being educators and to their students."

"The department chair is a committed dynamic leader."

"The members of the Accounting Advisory Board are truly dedicated and concerned about the Department and are willing to serve on Departmental faculty committees."

"The Alan Barry Accounting Lab, funded last year by a donor, is an excellent resource for accounting students."

"The Department has an environment, including faculty, support staff and facilities that indicate that they have an overall high quality environment. Faculty, staff and administration of the Department of Accounting are committed to continuous improvement and their results clearly show that it has been a success, and their strategic plan and faculty illustrates their commitment to continue to move forward."

Reid added, "Dean Insch, Dr. HassabElnaby and the faculty, directors and staff of The University of Toledo are to be commended for their role in earning accreditation in accounting, as well as for maintaining excellence in their overall business programs."

Pacemaker Awards honor Steven Cavanaugh, outstanding UT business students

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI) and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council recognized both business and academic excellence during their 52nd  annual Pacemaker Awards on Friday, March 27 at the Inverness Country Club.

The 2015 recipient of the Business Pacemaker Award is Steven M. Cavanaugh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, HCR ManorCare, Inc.
Steven Cavanaugh
In his capacity as Chief Operating Officer at HCR ManorCare, Cavanaugh has oversight responsibility for all of the company’s day-to-day operations as well as the company’s public policy and government relations activities. He also serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

HCR ManorCare is a post-acute health care services company that operates skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice agencies and outpatient rehabilitation. It does business in over 500 locations nationwide and employs nearly 60,000 employees who provide care to over 200,000 patients annually.

A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Cavanaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in finance, magna cum laude, from The University of Toledo.  He was appointed to The University of Toledo Board by Ohio Governor John Kasich in April, 2014 and is also former Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for the College of Business and Innovation. Cavanaugh and his wife Tiffany reside in Holland, Ohio, and are the parents of two children.

 “Recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades read as a Who’s Who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region,” said Dr. Gary Insch, Dean, UT College of Business and Innovation, "and Steve certainly belongs in that impressive roster. The Pacemaker Award is the College’s highest honor, recognizing an individual for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University. His highly successful career, outstanding leadership and tremendous generosity make him the ideal business professional to receive this year’s award.”

"Steven and Tiffany are generous supporters of the college, and have enabled the college to pursue new initiatives," Insch added. "They also have recently established an endowed fund to provide scholarships, which are vital to attracting talented honor students to the college.  It is a gift that will impact generations to come."

Student Pacemakers
Student Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership.

The 2015 student Pacemakers are:  Applied Organizational Technology - Jessie Instone;  Accounting - Lindsey Shepherd, Wenchao Li;  Finance - James Spieth, James McSherry; Information Operations Technology Management - Amanda Bleasdale, Alexa Jarrett; Management - Jake Tullis, Christina Koepke; Marketing/International Business - Elizabeth Weiler, Alexandra Orr; MBA - Deanna Bobak, Katie Griggs; Ph.D. - Canchu Lin.

Amanda Bleasdale
Amanda Bleasdale is a senior, double majoring in Information Systems and Accounting.  She has an overall grade point average of 3.782.  Amanda is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi where she has been Vice President of Marketing and Rush Chair.  She is also a member of Beta Alpha where she has served a social chair.  She is also involved with the Association of Systems Management, Campus Activities and Programming, Levis Leadership, is a Searles Ambassador and is the campus ambassador for the University Studies Abroad Consortium.  She is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and Corpus Christi University Parish.  She is a recipient of the Rocket Scholar Award, the Levis Leadership Scholarship, the Hanf Scholarship, the Charles A. Sullivan Scholarship and the Harry & Ruth Mikesell Scholarship.  In fall 2013 Amanda studied abroad in Turin, Italy and this May will travel with the UT international trip to Germany/Czech Republic/Austria.  She has previously completed summer internships with Owens-Illinois and GE Aviation, as well as completed an internship project with the UT Center for International Studies and Programs.   She has accepted a full-time offer from Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a Risk Assurance Associate.

Deanna Bobak
Deanna Bobak is an MBA student specializing in Leadership with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.936.  In addition, Deanna holds a master of science in geology.  She has attended the Advanced Leadership Academy, was a NW Ohio District Science Day judge, is a co-leader for a Brownie Troop, was a Partners for Clean Streams volunteer, received the ARS Technology Transfer Award, and an award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory consortium for Technology Transfer.  She was also an executive board member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Toledo Area Alumnae, was the Grow Hope Spokesperson for Plant Purple and the Basket Coordinator for Regina Coeli.  Currently, Deanna is the Project Director for Nurtures at The University of Toledo.

Katie Griggs
Katie Griggs is an MBA student with an overall grade point average of 3.9 and a specialization in Marketing.  Currently, Katie is the UT Director of Basketball Operations and works directly with the women’s basketball team, for which she previously served as an assistant coach.  In addition, she is the summer basketball camp director for 1,200 regional youth in grades K through 12, works directly with Nike on design and ordering of team gear, and is the liaison between the Rocket Academic Center and student athletes.  She has participated and volunteered with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Rockets for the Cure, Ovarian Cancer Walk, ALS Walk, Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, United Way, Western Avenue Ministries, and the Salvation Army.  Katie is currently participating in the College of Business and Innovation’s Advanced Leadership Academy.

Jessie Instone
Jessie Instone was chosen by the Department of Applied Organizational Technology as their Student Pacemaker.  She carries a grade point average of 3.9 and is specializing in the field of intermodal transportation technology.  As a non-traditional student, Jessie is completing her associates degree and at the same time pursuing a bachelor’s degree.  While going to school full-time, she also works full-time in the logistics field for Transnet where she began as an accounting clerk and now works as a sales representative.  As a working adult, Jessie realizes the importance of staying positive and professional.  She is enthusiastic about her career path and knows that hard work and determination will be key factors in her success and her ability to make a difference.  She was on the Dean’s List in Fall 2014 and is a recipient of the UT Achievement Award.
Alexa Jarrett
Alexa Jarrett is a senior who is double majoring in Supply Management and Professional Sales.  She currently holds a 3.847 grade point average.  On-campus, Alexa has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the APICS organization, has been a peer career assistant and is a member of the UT Women’s Track Team where she holds the UT record and is the number 1 pole vaulter.  Last summer, she completed an internship with the J.M. Smucker Company.   She is a recipient of the Charles A. Sullivan Scholarship, the Elicano Memorial APICS Scholarship, the Rocket Scholar Award, the UT Track and Field Scholarship, and has consistently been a MidAm Conference Indoor/Outdoor Championship Qualifier.  When Alexa completes her undergraduate program this summer, she will have done so in three years and she plans to then go on to UT’s grad school for a master’s degree.      
Christina Koepke
Christina Koepke is a senior who is triple majoring in Human Resource Management, Marketing and Supply Chain Management where she holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  She is a member and President of the Society for Human Resource Management, APICS, Campus Bible Fellowship and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.  She is a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and a participant in the MLNWO 5K Run.  She has appeared on the President’s List each semester of her college career, is a recipient of the Blue and Gold Scholarship, the Toledo Trucking Association Scholarship, the Robert R. Falter Scholarship, the Harry and Ruth Mikesell Scholarship, and the Michael Crawford Memorial Scholarship.  She is currently completing an internship with the Sunforest Transportation Insurance Group and this April will be competing at the Central Regional SHRM Student Competition and Career Summit.
Wenchao Li
Wenchao Li is a senior double majoring in accounting and finance.  She has an overall grade point average of 3.881.  In addition to high academic achievement, Wenchao is very active on and off campus.  She has been president of the International Student Association, director of marketing for homecoming, is currently is the student ambassador of the Institute of Internal Auditors, a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the Institute of Management Accountants and EPIC.  Also, she was a Management Assistant with the UT Confucius Institute where she coordinated large on campus events such as Chinese Cultural Day and Fall Festival.  She has volunteered for various activities within the college, including the job fair, the picnic, the UT Accounting mentoring program, homecoming parade, the Meet the Accountant, and the Success Student Panel.  Off-campus, Wenchao has been an instructor in Junior Achievement, participated in Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Greater Michigan Elevate Program and Ernst & Young’s Emerging Leaders Program.   She is the recipient of the Charles A. Sullivan Scholarship, the BP Scholars Fund, the Patricia Hanf memorial Scholarship and the International Rocket Scholarship.

Canchu Lin
Canchu Lin is a student in the College’s Manufacturing and Technology Management Ph.D. program where he holds a 3.835 grade point average.  He has a B.A. from Jiangxi University in China, a Master’s degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University, an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Organizational Communication.  He is the 2012 recipient of the B. Aubrey Fisher Award for the outstanding article published in the Western Journal of Communication.  Globally, he has worked with the International Monetary Fund Division of the People’s Bank of China and was the Editor-in-Chief of Jieti Multimedia Ltd.  Canchu has taught at Tiffin University, Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo.  He has a number of published articles and is a member of APICS, the Institute of Supply Management, the Association of Information Systems, the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the Association for Chinese Communication Studies, and the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States.  Most recently, Canchu assisted in preparing reports for the AACSB Accreditation Site Visit.

James McSherry

James McSherry is a senior double majoring in Financial Services and Entrepreneurship.  He holds senior rank and a 3.87 grade point average.  On-campus, James has volunteered with Dollars 4 Change and Phi Eta Sigma where he has served as fundraising chair and has worked with Elves and More in Akron, Ohio.  He is a recipient of the Blue and Gold Scholarship, the Kinsey Determination Scholarship and the Dean Hodge Memorial Scholarship.  Currently, James is at Oklahoma State University in the national student exchange program where he is a member and Pledge Class President of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and is a member of the health promotion club.  He is also currently employed as an intern with Northwestern Mutual.  He previously served as an intern for Morgan Stanley.

Alexandra Orr
Alexandra Orr is a senior, marketing and professional sales major with a 3.991 grade point average.  She is a UT Sustainability, Energy, Efficiency, Design Intern, a member of the UT Climate Action Plan and a student ambassador for the Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales.  Alexandra is the co-founder of the H.O.P.E., Helping Other People Everywhere, non-profit organization, was a volunteer researcher for the Toledo Lucas County Sustainability Commission and the head coach for youth basketball.  She previously interned at Owens Corning.  Alexandra consistently has appeared on both the UT President’s List and Dean’s List.  She was named the SEED August Intern of the Month in 2013, is a recipient of the Robert and Janelle Falter Scholarship and the Charles Sullivan Scholarship, the Burkett Restaurant Scholarship and the Vectren Corporation Scholarship.

Lindsey Shepherd
Lindsey Shepherd is a junior majoring in Accounting with a 3.84 grade point average.  She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority where she has served as a SET Leader and as Leadership Chair. She is also involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, the Levis Leadership Program, Lambda Sigma Honor Society and has been a student in the Jesup Scott Honors College for two years.  Lindsey has appeared on both the President’s List and the Dean’s List.  Currently, she is serving an internship in the Audit Department of Gilmore Jasion Mahler.

James Spieth
James Spieth is a junior who is majoring in Finance. He currently has a cumulative grade point average of 3.757.  He serves as Vice President of Finance for Pi Sigma Epsilon and is involved with the Student Held Asset Return Portfolio. In 2014, he was a member of the UT Football team.  Off-campus he volunteers with the Sharon United Methodist Church.  James has appeared numerous times on the Dean’s List, is a recipient of the Rocket Scholarship, the Red Cross Scholarship and the Kern Memorial Scholarship.  This summer he will be an intern with Owens Corning

Jake Tullis
Jake Tullis is a junior majoring in Entrepreneurship with a 3.8 grade point average.  He is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi where he has been president of his pledge class, and chairman of corporate sponsorship.  He is also involved with the Young Entrepreneurship Society, Lambda Sigma, Leadership University of Toledo, S.W.A.T., and The Voice of Honors.  Jake has been a Cheerleader for UT, is the CEO/President and co-founder of Health for the Future, the Founder of Tullis Publishing, the Assistant Manager of Vector Marketing and a participant in UT’s Big Event.  He is a recipient of the Balanced Man Scholarship, is a member of the Honors College and has appeared on the Dean’s List.  Jake is a 2013 recipient of the United States of America’s Presidential Volunteer Award.

Elizabeth Weiler
Elizabeth Weiler, a junior major in Marketing and Professional Sales holds a cumulative grade point average of 3.6.  She is a member of the UT Women’s Cross country Track and Field Team, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and has been a volunteer notetaker for students with disabilities.  In addition, Elizabeth is a program volunteer with the Toledo Metroparks and recently was a marketing and sales intern for WUPW Fox Toledo.  She is also an independent artist/business owner for her company Modern Daydream which creates and sells handmade dreamcatchers.  She is the recipient of the Tim Bar Packaging and Display Sales Scholarship, won third place in the Shapiro Essay Revision Contest out of 176 students, is an honors student, frequently appears on the Dean’s List, is an Academic All-MAC 1st Team Award, MAC Track and Field of the Athlete of the Week in 2014 and received the US Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Award in 2014.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

COBI ESSPS student wins Quicken Loans Sales Competition

UT COBI professional sales and marketing double major Alysa A. Malcolm won the Quicken Loans Sales Competition in February.

There were 150 students from 12 universities invited to Quicken Loans, but only 25 were selected to participate in the competition, which consisted of individual rounds where each student received immediate feedback from regional vice presidents in sales and banking.

"When you first arrived, you received a notebook containing all of the information you needed for each role play," Malcolm said.  "There were three rounds with three different scenarios.  Everyone participated in the first two role plays (or first two rounds) in which it was just you, your buyer, and one other judge who scored your overall performance. After those two role plays were finished, all of the judges gathered together and scored your two role plays.  Only the top four contestants with the highest scores got to partake in the third and final round."

"This round was definitely more nerve racking than the others.  In the final round, each of the top four participants did a role play on a stage in front of an audience (including Quicken Loans employees and the rest of the contestants), with judges sitting behind you on stage.  When you were finished the judges gave generous feedback while you were still on stage.  I was the first to go out of the other three top contestants.  Throughout the day, you also received feedback from multiple regional directors."

Malcolm said, "I was shocked when I learned I was the winner!  I wanted to participate to ultimately gain some experience, learn, and build up more confidence as a sales student. I could not have done it without the help of Dr. Ellen Pullins and her sales class, along with the confidence and support from the organizations with which I am involved, such as Alpha Kappa Psi, the co-ed business fraternity. "

"I honestly would not have had the confidence to participate in the sales competition if it wasn't for my friends and family.  I truly want to thank them for their encouragement and continual support. Some great advice I was given my first year at UT was to get involved and to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of you.  I can confidently say, when it comes to the College of Business and Innovation, getting involved in Alpha Kappa Psi has helped mold my experience here at UT. I have learned much about myself as a business student, and gained many great friends along the way."

"The QL 1st Annual Sales Competition was the first competition I ever participated in, and I look forward to participating in many more sales competitions with the rest of my time here at UT!" Malcolm said. "Go Rockets!"

"Alysa doesn’t even graduate until May, 2016, and I know we are all confident that she has a strong career ahead of her," noted Deirdre Jones, Director, Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales. "And yes, she is competing in the ESSPS Internal Sales Competition on March 20."

Longenecker to receive national healthcare executives' award for best published article

Clinton O. Longenecker, Ph. D. , Stranahan Professor of Leadership & Organizational Excellence in the University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, and his brother, Paul D. Longenecker, R.N., Ph.D., are the winners of the 2015 Edgar C. Hayhow Award  from The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker
They received the award for their research article, “Why Hospital Improvement Efforts Fail: A View From the Front Line,” published in the March/April 2014 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

The award, to be presented during ACHE's 58th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago March 16–19, represents breakthrough work in healthcare management.

Longenecker said, "Working with my brother Paul was terrific, as he has over 30 successful years of invaluable experience in a wide variety of healthcare professions. This allowed us an unique opportunity to combine his talents with my background in leadership and change."

"This recognition was very rewarding given the changing nature of healthcare," Longenecker continued. "It was great to be recognized for creating some discussion and practices around how to make changes in hospitals and healthcare systems more effective and timely, and we have been receiving a lot of feedback on our work since it was published."

Paul D. Longenecker is the senior instructor, department of health and sports sciences in the School of Professional Studies at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, and is a graduate of both UT's nursing and MBA programs."

In their research study, the Longeneckers sought to help healthcare leaders improve their understanding of the barriers to effective organizational change and improvement from the perspective of frontline leaders. Focus groups were conducted in four community hospitals to explore why hospital change and improvement efforts struggle and are ineffective. Analysis of the focus group data was featured in the article, as well as leadership lessons and recommendations for success based on the findings.

Dr. Paul Longenecker concluded," Hospitals really need to become better at practicing the fundamentals of effective change and leadership to be able to compete in the new healthcare reality."

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

100 companies recruited UT business students on campus at annual winter job fair

Approximately 100 major companies sought the talent their businesses need at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation (COBI) annual winter job fair in February in the UT Student Union auditorium. Local and national companies participating include Buckeye CableSystem, Chrysler, First Solar, HCR ManorCare, Libbey Glass, Marathon Petroleum, Owens Corning, Therma Tru Doors.

“The tremendous participation of so many well-known businesses at our semi-annual COBI job fair reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students,” noted Terribeth Gordon-Moore, COBI Senior Associate Dean. “It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by COBI and major national recruiting companies such as Coca Cola, JP Morgan Chase Bank and The Finish Line."

“Employers are looking for undergraduate students to participate in business internships and their leadership development programs, as well as for seniors and graduates seeking full-time employment,” she added. “We also strongly encourage all our students, including freshmen, to attend the job fair, engage these company representatives now and begin a relationship with these employers.”

“This job fair is part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore explained, adding that the college’s Business Career Programs office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation.  “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

More than 85% of COBI students participate in internships, and the job placement rate for COBI graduates is greater than 80%, even in recent economic times.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Professor Hong's new book reflects expanding horizons in emerging global markets

Learning from successful businesses located in critical areas of the global economy not only provides useful and practical information for other business owners, but also provides rich resources for students studying in business colleges.

That is why Dr. Paul Hong, professor of operations management at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation, wrote Building Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments. Business Success Stories from the BRICs, published in December, 2014. Dr. YoungWon Park is the coauthor.

"Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) are among the largest and fastest growing economies in the world," Dr. Hong said. "The enormous size of the customer base in these emerging markets is the strategic concern of global business firms. Successful market performance in these markets requires sound understanding of dynamic environmental factors and timely investment of appropriate resources. This book presents strategies for recognizing the challenges and optimizing the opportunities for building network capabilities and competitive advantage within the context of these emerging markets."

Dr. Hong previously wrote a book about building networking capabilities in global companies in Korea and Japan, but noted that his new book expands that to the "next level," with a different research model that looked at what the companies do, recent plans and successes, and much more.

"The seed idea was part of a UT discussion," Dr. Hong explained.   "We had 15 general papers and did field visits to companies in Russia, China, India and Brazil.  We met senior executives at their sites. We tracked their revenue in sales and their market share.  They did not just want to tell their stories; they wanted to be seen as credible, explain what they are about, what they are doing and to have the value of their company recognized."

"We did not just want a nice story," he added.  "We wanted to see their challenges and problems and how they address them.  We see how they became leaders in their country, and then became globally competitive.  They also wanted to learn from us, learn about what we do and share what other companies do."

The initial reaction toward the book from professors around the world has been extremely positive.

"BRICs have increased their influences on the entire world economy since the beginning of this century, but there have been relatively few studies that focused on their critical industrial issues. The balance between their tenacious field works and logical thinking has made this seminal book’s arguments persuasive to both researchers and practitioners in the field of global management," noted Takahiro Fujimoto, Professor of Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo and a Senior Research Associate, Harvard Business School.

"It can be used for MBA students for case studies and Ph.D. students as cases leading to problem identification, and/or hypotheses formulation. The cases can also be used as training materials for industrial people about how to develop network capacities within and beyond BRICs countries. I highly recommend this book to both academic and practical people," said Hongyi Sun, Ph.D., Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong.

"A sound theoretical framework is provided at the beginning of the book, to help the reader in interpreting the various cases. This makes the book interesting for both managers, students and researchers," noted Federico Caniato, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

"This book is a must read for executives, researchers, and students who are serious about expanding their knowledge and understanding how to create competitive advantage in the global marketplace of the 21st century!" said, Clinton O. Longenecker, Ph.D., Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence at the UT College of Business and Innovation.

Dr. Hong stated, "This research is not just an individual effort. It is not about me, but about the College of Business and The University of Toledo. This book was possible because COBI supported my research, gave me time to do it.  I have great colleagues, and really appreciated the support of the deans, our chairs, and the provost.  It is just like supply chain itself: It is not just one individual, but everybody contributes."

"Research is very crucial and very well related to teaching. It has great impact; it enhances the reputation of the college and the university. Through good research, teaching and our reputation we train and prepare students who are then successful in the marketplace.  Through my research I am returning back to the college and the university so I can be better at preparing students."

"I always wanted to write books because I do a lot of research, to actually be able to benefit society at large. A book like this enriches quality teaching because I can speak from my own experience, not just from what someone else says through a textbook."

"The students all want to be successful," Dr. Hong said. "Now they know global companies and understand global issues.  We prepare our students very well, and that gives us satisfaction. It also emphasizes to students that we are on a tier with other national universities. It tells them you are in a very good college of business, and it builds their sense of confidence.  We tell them 'You are destined to succeed.' "

Make reservations now for March 23 Celebrity Wait Night to support COBI Alumni Affiliate scholarship

There is still time to make your All are invited to attend the UT College of Business and Innovation Alumni Affiliate Celebrity Wait Night; A Scholarship Benefit for Tomorrow's Business Leaders on Monday, March 23, 2015 at Ciao! Ristorante, 6064 Monroe Street, Sylvania.  Several alumni and college representatives will be on hand to wait on you. All proceeds/tips from the evening will support the College of Business and Innovation Alumni Affiliate Scholarship.

This casual-dress event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a networking and cocktail hour, and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. A silent auction will offer great items, and all of those proceeds will benefit the scholarships.

The price per person is $40, which includes your selection of an appetizer, dinner salad, entree and dessert.  When making your reservation you can event indicate who you would prefer as your celebrity waiter. Your "tip" to your waiter benefits COBI scholarship.

If you are interested in participating but cannot stay for dinner, come for the cocktail hour and enjoy mingling with fellow alumni for an hour of great networking.

Celebrity Waiters include COBI Dean Gary Insch, Mark Andrews, Peter Davis, Dawn Humphrey, David Liebrecht, Dan Silvers and Blaine Stout.

Dan Silvers, Client Executive, Hylant, said he volunteers for this event as a Celebrity Waiter because "it is a great way to lessen the tuition burden of College of Business students, and it's a fun evening. The best part is mingling with your guests and meeting new friends who love UT. You should definitely make this event.  You've got to eat anyway, might as well make it for a good cause."

Peter Davis, Owner, Dundee Manufacturing Company Inc., said, "The event has a lot of purposes: first it helps fellow UT students get scholarships; second has good food provided by CIAO’s, and great opportunities to network with UT Alumni."

To make a reservation, you can call the UT Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2586 or click here

If you are not able to attend but would like to make a donation, select "REGISTER" and you will have the option to make a donation.