Category: Advising Announcements

Planning to complete degree requirements in Spring/Summer 2012?


If you are planning to complete degree requirements in either Spring or Summer 2012, make sure to apply for graduation at this link:

Also:  Check your degree audit to assure it is showing all requirements met upon completion of scheduled courses.  Contact me if you have questions.  Audits should be completed prior to the Christmas break.   Thanks.

Study Business in Denmark

We have a great study abroad opportunity for this summer, 2012, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Our Associate Dean, Dr. Tom Merz, will be teaching at Copenhagen University this summer and he can provide you with more details about this program.  Dr. Merz can be reached at

Courses will be taught in English.  A study abroad experience will help you gain a greater understanding of cultures.  Applications will be accepted in December.

Meet Your Major Nights

 The purpose of “Meet Your Major Night” is to explore the seven majors within the School of Business and Economics.  Faculty members will discuss what you can expect from each major and alumni will be available to describe their Michigan Tech experiences, careers, and plans for the future.  Sessions will be held for three evenings on October 24, 25, 26th starting at 6:00 pm in Fisher 131.  

Monday, October 24th  

6:00  Management

7:00  Operations and Systems Management

8:00  Marketing  

Tuesday, October 25th

6:00  Finance  

7:00  Accounting  

Wednesday, October 26th

6:00  Economics  

7:00  Management Information Systems


Develop the skills to achieve efficiency, productivity, and profitability of both service and manufacturing operations. In this  versatile field, you will have an immediate impact on the operations of a business.  
Analyze, design, develop,implement, and mange computer-based information systems which allow business and industry to streamline operations, create effective work environments, and compete in the marketplace.  

Coordinate, develop, promote, and deliver goods and services from the producer to the user. Gain skills in analytical thinking, technical communication, and dealing with people, as well as statistical and quantitative skills.  

Solve problems in all areas of business using current technology. Learn supply chain, project, and quality management methodologies and tools, as well as techniques including forecasting and decision-making.  

Help firms and other organizations raise and invest money, allocate funds to start or expand operations, manage the cash needed for daily operations, as well as analyze performance, and stimulate growth.  

Gain a strong analytical foundation to examine and solve economic, business, and social problems. Understand basic principles, as well as statistics, mathematics, finance, and other disciplines for economic decision making.  

Collect, summarize, and communicate important financial information. Learn skills that combine important tools for investment, financial analysis, management decisions, and the best business planning practices.

Reminder: Last Day to Drop with a “W”

RE:  Last Day to Drop Fall ClassesAll drops must be done in person, in the Student Service Center.  Drops cannot be done via the web.

The last day to drop track B classes (those classes that begin on October 17, 2011) with a refund is Thursday, October 20, 2011.
The last day to drop track B classes with no grade is Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
The last day to drop track B classes with a “W” grade is Friday, November 11, 2011.
According to the University policy on late drops:  “After eighth week of the semester, a student may request a late drop from the Dean of Students Office, which will consider those requests that involve circumstances beyond the student’s control.”  Extenuating circumstances considered are prolonged illness, serious accidents and death in the immediate family or of a close friend, or similar situations beyond the students control.  All requests must be made in writing.  Instructions for late drops are available in the COMPASS office (Wadsworth Hall, G28), the Dean of Students Office (Administration Building 170) or on the web at
No late drops will be granted to avoid poor grades.


Project Management Competition


Dr. Dana Johnson will be offering an opportunity for selected students to participate in a Project Managment Competition
during the Spring 2012 semester.  This especially good for management or ops management majors.

Any one interested in participating in the competition should be available spring semester, have completed or concurrently enrolled (during spring) in project management (OSM 3200), and have an interest in working with a company to develop a comprehensive project plan.

This opportunity includes the possibility of taking a three credit independent study course.

Students need to contact Dr. Johnson by noon on Monday.  She needs a total of four to five students.
Two students have shown an interest thus far.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Johnson directly.

Dana M. Johnson, Ph.D., CQE, CQA, CQMgr, CSSGB, CPA, CMA
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
School of Business and Economics
Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
telephone: 906-487-2803
fax: 906-487-2944

New Venture Competition 2012!!

New Venture Competition 2012 Kickoff Event
Monday, September 19

Have a business idea? Have new technology idea? No idea at all, but like the idea of starting a business? This is for you.

Michigan Technological University and Central Michigan University have partnered to create the New Venture Competition – one of the country’s top business plan competitions. First place winners will take home $30,000 to be used toward launching and growing your business. The cash is going to someone – why not YOU?

Did we mention that second and third place will win, too? Yup! $10,000 and $5,000.

Michigan Tech’s Entrepreneurs and Inventors Club is leading the kickoff on Monday, September 19 in 139 Fisher Hall – free pizza and everything you need to know. Stay tuned for details and important dates on the School of Business and Economics website. This epic event starts at 6pm.
The only question is: who’s going to win $30,000? Call Jonathan Leinonen, Program Director at MTEC SmartZone – 487-7004. He has all the information you need to know to get started in the New Venture  Competition .

Career Fair: September 27 12-6 pm SDC


Here is the list of currently registered companies for the upcoming career fair:

Assure your resume is in good shape and look at the companies hiring business majors.  Research those companies.  The railroads continue to express an interest in hiring managers….especially related to operations.  Many of the companies will also have business internships.  Make a good impression…..your initial objective is to try and arrange further follow-up contact.  This is also a good opportunity to get some experience in meeting company representatives.  The link below contains additional information:   Have a good rest of the week.