SBE Students Earn All-GLIAC in Football

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its 2007 all-league football teams Wednesday, Nov. 14. Michigan Tech seniors Pete Moyryla (Social Sciences) and DaVaughn Dixon (Civil and Environmental Engineering) were both named to the All-GLIAC First Team, while senior Cheyne Nelson (SBE) garnered all-league Second Team laurels.

In addition to Moyryla, Dixon and Nelson, six other Michigan Tech players gained All-GLIAC Honorable Mention. The six were senior center Pat Flannery (Civil and Environmental Engineering), senior tight end Ben James (SFRES), senior nose guard Lee Keys (SBE), senior linebacker Chris Nowak (SBE), junior wide receiver Keith White (MEEM) and senior wide receiver Kirk Williams (SBE).

Moyryla, a right tackle, anchored Tech’s offensive line by starting all 11 games. The now two-time All-GLIAC First Team pick helped the Huskies average 414.5 total yards and 200.5 rushing yards per game.

Dixon gained his first All-GLIAC honor by finishing 2007 with 26 tackles and a team-high 10 pass breakups. The cornerback started all 41 games of his collegiate career and registered 119 tackles during those four seasons.

Nelson gained his second straight All-GLIAC Second Team selection after leading the Huskies in tackles for the second straight season. The strong safety tallied 89 tackles including team highs of 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Nelson finished his career with 244 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

Michigan Tech finished its 2007 campaign with a 6-5 overall record. The Huskies placed fifth in the GLIAC with a 6-4 record in league games.

Inventor Dr. James Conley Visits SBE


Dr. James Conley, Professor of Technology at the Kellogg School of Management, in Evanston, Illinois, was a guest presenter in the School of Business and Economics on November 2, 2007. Dr. Conley was an advisor to one the SBE’s new business law faculty, Assistant Professor David Orozco.

While on campus he visited with faculty, talked with students in the classroom, and gave a campus presentation. His presentation was titled “Innovation & Invention: the emerging role of engineers and technologists in wealth creation.” His talk described how the US intellectual property system is designed to reward the innovator engineer, scientist, artist and inventor. He described why knowledge of property rights is critical to obtaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace and why ignorance ensures that the commercial benefits of innovation will be enjoyed by others.

Dr. Conley serves on the faculty of both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a faculty contributor in the Kellogg Center for Research in Technology & Innovation and the Institute for Design Engineering and Application (IDEA).

Before joining Northwestern in 1994, he spent seven years at the Ryobi Limited Group in Japan. At Ryobi, he co-invented the first hand-held 26.2 cc, OHV 4-cycle engine for the lawn care markets with MTU Alum Ronald Hoffman.

Three Volleyball Players Named to All-GLIAC Team Including Two SBE Majors

Three Michigan Tech volleyball players have been honored by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Juniors Veronica Armstrong (SBE) and Jennifer Jung (Humanities) were each named to the All-GLIAC Second Team, and junior Kelsey Skoog (SBE) was named an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Selection.

Armstrong, a native of Battle Creek, led the team in both kills with 260 (2.71 kpg) and 34 service aces (0.35 sapg). She also recorded 253 digs (2.64 dpg), third most on the team, and 46 blocks (0.48 bpg) on the season.

“Veronica was a leader by example for us this season, and she always gave 100 percent. She is the type of player who can take over a match, and she started to dominate near the end of the season,” said Head Coach Krista Mikesch.

Jung, a native of Andover, Minn., led the GLIAC in blocks with 129 (1.37 bpg). A first-team selection the previous two seasons, Jung recorded 217 kills (2.31 kpg), second most on the team.

“Jenn had a good year, and she led the league in blocking. She has taken steps to improve her hitting. Next year she should be one of the best middles in the league,” said Mikesch.

Skoog, a native of Long Lake, Minn., recorded 490 assists (5.10 apg) after she moved to the setting position prior to this season. She also recorded 242 digs (2.52 dpg) and 19 service aces (0.20 sapg).

“Kelsey had a huge impact on the program this season. She moved to the setter position, and by the end of the year, she earned the position full time. She was also looked to for her leadership this season,” said Mikesch.

The Huskies finished the season 9-17 overall and 7-11 in the GLIAC. ranks SBE Faculty Member 16th in the Nation


Joel Tuoriniemi, Assistant Professor of Business Law, was ranked 16th in’s first ever rating of all US college teachers. Millions of college students grade their professors on RateMyProfessors every semester for their easiness, helpfulness, and clarity on a scale of 1 (poor quality) to 5 (good quality). Tuoriniemi’s average scores for helpfulness and clarity were 5.0 despite a lower (3.9) average for easiness.

Tuoriniemi, who was recently appointed as an assistant professor of business law, joined the SBE faculty in 2002 as a lecturer. He holds a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University and received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003 and the School of Business and Economics Teaching Award in 2006, and was nominated for the University’s Innovative Teaching Award in 2006.

Sample comments from his students on include:

“One of Tech’s best teachers, and a great asset to the SBE. He tells good stories which actually relate to the material and does a great job of maintaining your interest.”

“Had him for Accounting, Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law. The best –.hands down. Tells hilarious stories and what ifs that relate to the material so you absorb things better.”

“Awesome Professor. Great Guy. He keeps classes entertaining and informative. He’s the best professor I’ve had!”

“He’s an awesome teacher. He doesn’t just teach the material but shows how you can relate it to real life situations. He makes himself very available to your needs. Take his classes. Also, he has fun stories”

“Best professor at MTU!!”

“Best college teacher ever.”

“One of the best teachers at MTU. If more faculty were like him, students would WANT to go to school! He makes class fun and gets you thinking ‘real worldish’. Makes you work but you actually learn stuff that will help in the future!”

Michigan Tech MBA Program Ranks in Top 100 Worldwide

During its first year of existence, Michigan Tech’s Master of Business Administration program ranked in the top 100 MBA programs around the world for its emphasis on sustainability and social/environmental issues.

The Aspen Institute’s 2007-08 edition of “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” released on October 11, ranks Michigan Tech’s new MBA program 94th on a list of Global Top 100 Schools. More than 600 business schools were invited to participate in the biennial survey and alternative ranking conducted by the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education.

Christa Walck, dean of the School of Business and Economics, is thrilled with the results. “We are now on the map for sustainability in business education,” she said. “’Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ is the ranking for sustainability in business programs, and sustainability is a major strategic emphasis for Michigan Tech.

“This indicates that even a brand new and small program like ours can be recognized if we are doing the right things,” Walck went on to say. “To get this recognition from a well-recognized program like ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ says we are on the right track.”

The dean said the ranking will help Michigan Tech attract faculty and students who are interested in sustainable business. “Businesses are becoming much more aware of how important it is for their processes and products to be sustainable ecologically as well as economically, so I have been encouraging School of Business and Economics faculty to incorporate sustainability concepts into their courses,” said Walck.

Provost Lesley Lovett-Doust noted, “This comes at a perfect time, when we have just announced our new Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative, with the theme this year of sustainability. We envision strong applicants for our three endowed chairs—the Robbins Chairs in sustainability—and the seven faculty positions. This recognition should help us attract some excellent candidates for these positions, including faculty in the area of sustainable business and economics of sustainability.”

A small but growing number of business schools are leading the trend to incorporate social and environmental issues into their core curricula, the Aspen Institute reported. Society and the environment are becoming significant issues on campus, but in many schools of business, they are still confined mostly to discussions of nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and ethics, said Rich Leimsider, director of the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education.

In “Beyond Grey Pinstripes,” success is measured by how well prepared graduates are to guide a company through the complex relationship of business and society, the environment and the well-being of communities, countries and the world. “Our National Advisory Board members have commented on the value of our students’ knowledge and experience in sustainable business practice,” Walck noted.

In the latest Aspen Institute report, as in 2005-06, Stanford University ranked first. The University of Michigan ranked second, and York University in Canada was third.