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CCI Systems Donates Computer, Networking Equipment

CCI Systems, a networks solution company headquartered in Iron Mountain, Michigan, has donated 50 pieces of computer and networking equipment to the School of Business and Economics at Michigan Tech.

 

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The donation will support the new Information Systems Student Lab of the Management Information Systems (MIS) program, created to give Michigan Tech students an opportunity to experiment with industry hardware and software in a free-form environment.

The MIS faculty reached out to industry partners from their advisory board, asking for gently-used, commercial-grade equipment for networking and computing. CCI Systems, one of the advisory board’s industry partners, put together a large donation that exceeded the MIS program’s expectations.

“The MIS students at Michigan Tech will benefit substantially from this opportunity to learn about networking and cybersecurity technologies through hands-on experimentation in a safe lab environment,” said Jeffrey Wall, assistant professor of management information systems at Michigan Tech. “The lab will provide them with further opportunities to experiment and interact with different operating systems and programs. The School of Business and Economics and the Management Information Systems faculty greatly appreciate CCI Systems’ generous donation of lab equipment.”

MIS advisory board member Evan Rice, director of information and analysis services at CCI Systems, said, “CCI believes in what the MIS program is trying to achieve. The future of our business depends on new, highly capable, technical professionals entering the job market. We find that Michigan Tech is uniquely positioned, both technologically and geographically, to provide those future employees. So for us, giving back to these programs is a no-brainer.”

-Jenn Donovan – Tech Today, March 21, 2017


Meet Erin Lipp…

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Erin is a second year accounting student from Traverse City, Michigan.  During her search for the perfect university, she recalls looking for school with a prestigious academic atmosphere in a location that would allow her to continue to enjoy the outdoors. In the fall of her senior year, Erin was invited to participate in the School of Business and Economics’ Impact Scholarship Competition.  At the competition, Erin and her family had the opportunity to meet several faculty members including Dr. Heather Knewtson.

This fall, two years after participating in the scholarship competition, Erin had Dr. Knewtson for Introduction to Finance. Even though they had met briefly, and some time ago, Dr. Knewtson remembered having met Erin and her parents at the competition and was excited to have her in class.  Joel too recalled having met Erin, and was enthusiastic that she had chosen to pursue a degree at Michigan Tech. Erin says this is just one example of our faculty truly caring about their students.

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All through high school Erin was an avid runner and skier, but was not sure if she would continue to compete at the collegiate level.  During her freshmen year at Tech, she was a walk on for both the Nordic and running teams.  Needless to say, she never looked back.  Erin has continued as a three season athlete.  That means she runs on the cross country team in the fall, skis on the Nordic team in the winter, and runs track in the spring.  “Being an athlete really has taught me time management. I need to go to sleep early so I can wake up and be productive in classes and at practice.” Traveling many of the weekends throughout the year requires her to stick to a strict study schedule so she is able to make the most out of every day.  One of her favorite parts about competing on the home trails is seeing her professors in the crowd. “It is much different for someone to show up to a ski race and stand around in the snow than it is to come to an indoor sporting event and sit comfortably in the stands.” Erin says she can’t imagine what she would do with all her time if she wasn’t involved in athletics.

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While being a student athlete does take up on average 15 hour a week (plus travel), Erin has also made time to get involved in an academic organization, Kappa Sigma Iota (KSI).  KSI is a student organization dedicated to helping students gain an understanding of the business world through networking, guest speakers, and CPA/industry tours.  In her first year at Michigan Tech, Erin went on a trip to Minneapolis with KSI.  They visited a few companies and firms including Caterpillar, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Grant Thornton.  After their tours, she sent a follow up Email to Grant Thornton thanking them for the experience, and mentioned she was interested in exploring a career with a CPA firm.  The representative from Grant Thornton got back in touch with Erin and invited her to participate in a four day recruiting conference known as Grow with Grant Thornton.  In July 2016 she headed to Chicago with other college students where they were exposed to Grant Thornton’s services lines such as audit, tax and advisory.  Shortly after the program ended, Erin was offered an internship for the following summer.  Erin is excited to spend this summer in Minneapolis where she will work as a tax intern.

While Erin is only half way through her second year, she knows she will pursue the Accelerated Accounting (MS) Michigan Tech and take the CPA exam.  We are excited to see what the coming years have in store for her!

If you’d like to learn more about Erin, or get in touch with her check her out on ZeeMee!


Tech’s Bachelor’s in Marketing Major Ranked Among Nation’s Best

College Choice, an online publication designed to help students and their families find the right college, has ranked Michigan Tech’s BS in Marketing one of the best bachelor’s degrees in marketing in the U.S. Tech’s program ranked 27th among the top 50 bachelor’s in marketing degrees in the country.

“The undergraduate marketing major at Michigan Tech, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, provides foundational knowledge as well as flexibility to customize the degree through choise of electives such as global marketing, technical communication, econometrics and more,” said the College Choice website. “For even more personalization, the marketing major can also be combined with minors in economics and global business.

“In only one additional year, students can also complete the Accelerated Master’s program, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in a fraction of the typical time.

“In addition to enriching courses like Business to Business Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications, the major provides practical learning opportunities such as pitching a business in the New Venture Competition, developing a business plan for the Business Development Experience and visiting Silicon Valley to tour companies and meet with successful entrepreneurs.”

– Jenn Donovan, Tech Today

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Business Students Get Grant to Study Eco-Tourism in the UP

Jonathan Leinonen has received a $2,500 grant to support a student research study of eco-tourism in the Upper Peninsula.  The grant comes from the US Economic Development Administration-funded University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI) at the Michigan State Universityimage31487-persy Center for Community and Economic Development.

With Leinonen as faculty advisor, the Michigan Tech student team will collect data on eco-tourism resources and gaps in the UP, compare with successful eco-tourism regions and recommend a stronger business model.

The students are business management, engineering management and marketing majors in a spring semester class called Business Development Experiences.

– Jenn Donovan, Tech Today


Dean Johnson Named Dean of the SBE

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Dean L. Johnson, currently the James and Dolores Trethewey APMP professor and founding director of the Applied Portfolio Management Program, has been named Dean of the School of Business and Economics. The announcement was made by Jackie Huntoon provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Johnson has been serving as interim dean since January of this year. Huntoon said “I thank the search committee for their efforts in assembling an outstanding slate of candidates for on-campus interviews. Despite the quality of the other candidates, Dr. Johnson rose to the top and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Johnson earned his PhD in finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He joined Michigan Tech in 1996, with an initial appointment at the rank of instructor. He was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2012 and served as assistant dean from 2014-2016. Johnson has also held a visiting faculty position at the University of Wisconsin for the past twenty years.

Huntoon says Johnson has a reputation for creating unique academic programs, offering engaging learning opportunities for students, partnering with key stakeholders and working with accreditors.

His research focuses on fictional asset pricing and has been recognized through awards for best paper. His teaching has earned him recognition as the 2012 Michigan Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan (now the Michigan Association of State Universities).

On his appointment, Johnson said, “It’s an exciting time to accept this position. Technology has become the driver of the global economy. Michigan Tech is an exceptional STEM university that provides the School with a unique ability to bridge business and technology. I am looking forward to working with the stakeholders of the University and the School of Business and Economics to fulfill this unique role.”

Faculty, academic staff, students and an alumnus comprised the search committee that made recommendations to the provost regarding selection of the new dean. Johnson succeeds Gene Klippel, who retired this year. Johnson will begin his duties immediately.

by Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Tech Today