Category: Announcements

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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WHAT IS VITA?
It is a free service to students and low-income members of the community to prepare individual income tax forms. The IRS sponsors VITA programs on University campuses all over the U.S.
WHO DOES VITA?
At MTU, School of Business students, who have completed an IRS training course, prepare individual tax returns. These students are donating their time and talent.
HOW CAN I USE VITA?
No appointment is necessary.
Bring your W-2’s, form 1099’s, 1098T’s, etc, to one of our sessions. Also bring a copy of last year’s tax return, if possible.
WHEN ARE VITA SESSIONS?
Up until April 15th
Mondays 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00 noon & 4:00 – 6:00pm
Wednesday 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 – 12:00 noon
WHERE ARE VITA SESSIONS?
MTU’s Academic Office Building, Room G010A

For more information contact Joel Tuoriniemi, jctuorin@mtu.edu, 487-1877 or Anne Warrington, acwarrin@mtu.edu, 487-1733


MBA Information Session-Engineer your career with a Michigan Tech MBA

Want to enhance your career opportunities? Think about applying to Michigan Tech’s MBA program. Graduates of the program can expect to find positions starting at higher ranks, with greater management opportunities, and with faster career progression. Also, MTU’s program was recently ranked by the Aspen Institute in the top 100 MBA programs in terms of dealing with social and environmental issues.

Plan to attend the information session about the MBA program. The session will:

  • Describe the MBA program, designed to be completed in one year
  • Discuss how to prepare for it while an undergraduate
  • Present admissions requirements and the application process
  • Answer your questions about the program and process

When: Febuary 11, 2008, 5-6 pm

Where: Dow 641

[If you are unable to attend the information session but are interested in finding out more about the MBA program, contact Ruth Archer, Director, Business Graduate Program at raarcher@mtu.edu or 487-3055.]


Inventor Dr. James Conley Visits SBE

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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.


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.


SBE Hosts Grand Opening for Sam Tidwell Student Center

On Thursday, September 13th, the School of Business & Economics is hosting a grand opening for the Sam Tidwell Student Center. The student center was finished in fall 2006, and is now being dedicated and celebrated for its resources.

The grand opening will offer faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to enjoy some light refreshments, mingle amongst themselves, and learn what the center has to offer them. On the garden level of the Academic Offices Building, students can use the student center as a place to study or meet with tutors for various business and economics classes, meet with groups to work on projects at one of the two computer stations, or search the bulletin board for job postings. Also located on the garden level are two conference rooms for student groups or organizations to hold meetings, as well as Brad Wagner’s office, the Advisor for the School of Business & Economics, and Andrea Barry’s office, the Outreach Coordinator for the SBE. The student center is named after Professor Emeritus Sam B. Tidwell, originally from Mississippi, who came to Michigan Tech in 1956 as an associate professor in the School of Business. He also started the Red Tie tradition in 1956, through which each student who passed the CPA exam would send Professor Tidwell a red tie. Various red ties can be seen throughout the School of Business & Economics.