Day: January 7, 2019

Preparing Business Students for Tomorrow

The School of Business and Economics launches the Professional Blueprint program to support and recognize students preparing for their future career.

Three Michigan Tech business students at campus library.
Shaping students into job-ready professionals involves more than classes. “There was a need to offer more resources and opportunities for professional development specifically for business students,” says Sheila Milligan, accounting lecturer and member of the student success committee.

Business etiquette during networking events, paid internship experiences, involvement in the community. These are just a few elements of the pilot program that advisor Jodie Filpus-Paakola hopes will soon be the “norm” inside the School of Business and Economics.

By participating in the Professional Blueprint program, business and economics students at Michigan Tech can earn an honor-cord distinction during Commencement to reflect their efforts toward success for tomorrow. “By incentivizing different elements and activities students do outside the classroom, we can continue to create a culture where business and economics graduates are poised, professional, and ready for their careers day one.”

Two students flank mascot Blizzard during Commencement

Stephen Butina, a December 2018 graduate (Management with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management), was a member of the very first cohort to earn a Professional Blueprint honor cord. “I visited Career Services to get guidance on interviewing and my résumé. I helped start a student organization. I felt very proud to be distinguished during Commencement.”

Butina will continue his professional journey with Greenheck Fan.

For more information about the Professional Blueprint program, visit:

Professor Dana Johnson Retires

After more than 22 years at Michigan Tech, Dr. Dana Johnson, Professor of Supply Chain and Engineering Management with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, retired from Michigan Tech at the end of fall semester.

Johnson’s time at Tech dates back to 1976 when she was a freshman. After completing her MBA and PhD, Johnson returned to Michigan Tech as an instructor of accounting and finance in the School of Business and Economics.

Her career in industry spanned General Motors Corporation, General Physics Corporation, Grant Thornton, and Competitive Advantage, a consulting contract firm she owned.

At its regular meeting on December 14, the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees granted Johnson emerita status.

Earlier in the semester, Johnson served as opening keynote speaker for the 21st Excellence in Services International Conference (EISIC) held in Paris, France. In “Impact of Service Quality on Overall Patient Satisfaction,” Johnson summarized the culmination of multivariate modeling of psychometric variables as predictors of patient satisfaction. She was the first woman keynote speaker in the history of the conference.