Tidwell Outstanding Man and Woman in Business Selected

Sam B. Tidwell is a legend with former accounting students. Gifts given in his memory support the Outstanding Man and Woman of Business award.

Craig Storm and Megan Plis are the 2011-12 recipients of the Sam B. Tidwell Outstanding Man and Woman in Business.  This award is given to students who bring honor and pride to the School of Business and Economics through high scholastic achievement and involvement.  Students eligible for this honor went through an intense interview process that included an essay and interview with faculty.

Anne Warrington of the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee added, “Megan and Craig are two of the most competent, talented, and totally amazing students in the School of Business and Economics. They have everything it takes for professional success after graduation.  It has been a pleasure meeting and working with them in classes and student organizations.”

Outstanding Man in Business

Craig Storm is a senior in the School of Business and Economics who will graduate with his degree in Accounting this spring.  In his time on campus he has been affiliated with Kappa Sigma Iota Accounting Organization (KSI) and an International Business Ventures Enterprise team member while currently holding an internship with Lake Accounting.  Craig has a level of professionalism and maturity that he brings to the community and the classroom which made him a strong candidate and the recipient of this award.

When asked about receiving the award, Craig said, “I enjoy studying how companies function from an accounting and financial perspective. This was the biggest factor in choosing my major and where I want to go professionally. It is an honor to be selected for this award, and I look forward to representing the School of Business and Economics as I advance my career,”

Outstanding Woman in Business

Megan Plis is a senior, Business Management major and Spanish minor who will graduate this spring.  An extremely involved student, Megan makes time for a variety of extracurricular and leadership activities outside of the school environment.  She volunteers at her church leading the music at worship services and singing in the choir.  With three years of diverse sales and marketing experience at a Lolita’s Bridal Boutique, the Wooden Nickel, and River Valley Bank she has been able to put her education into action.

About the Award

The Outstanding Man and Women in Business is awarded annually and the School of Business and Economics is confident that this year’s selections represent the student body well with their efforts in leadership and extracurricular activities.  Undergraduate Scholarship Committee members Anne Warrington, Mari Buche, and William Breffle were heavily involved in the selection of this award.

“The Scholarship Committee has a challenging task to select these award recipients,” said Darrell Radson, Dean of the School of business.  “We, as a school, thank them for their continued commitment to recognizing students who excel in and outside of the classroom.”

When asked about the selection process, Buche noted “the selection process was very difficult this year.  All of the finalists were exceptional candidates: strong academic GPAs, demonstrated leadership skills, and clear commitment to the improvement of the school and Michigan Tech.” Other finalists for this year’s award included: Caitlin Pionke, Rhea-Ann Moses, Jordan Baker, Andrew Loucks, and Spencer Shandonay.

Distinguished Teaching Award: Vote for Lecturer Roger Woods!

Roger Woods, Lecturer in Operations Management

Lecturer in Operations Management, Roger Woods, has been nominated for the University’s annual Distinguished Teaching Award, selected by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development (CTLFD). This award recognizes outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.Show your support by sending your comments and voting for Woods through this form on the Center’s website.

Based on over 50,000 student ratings, ten finalists have been identified for the 2012 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation. Woods has been nominated in the Assistant Professor/Lecturer/Professor of Practice category.

Comments on the nominees are due by Monday, March 30.

The process for determining the recipients from this list of finalists also involves additional surveying of their classes. The selection committee makes the final determination. The recipients will be announced in the fall.

Michigan Tech Approves New Degree in Engineering Management

The Engineering Management degree will bring together technical and business knowledge to advance products, services, and organizations.

At its regular meeting, Michigan Technological University’s Board of Control approved a new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management degree, to be offered by the University’s School of Business and Economics. This degree is designed to satisfy the growing needs in industry and our economy for individuals with strong skills in both business and engineering.

Students will take courses in engineering, math, and science while completing a comprehensive business curriculum. They will develop a broad and strategic perspective of business, acquire a solid command of the technical fundamentals of engineering, and link their technological skills with their business knowledge through the required senior capstone business development experiences courses.

“Michigan Tech has long been committed to delivering a distinctive and rigorous discovery- based learning experience grounded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” said Provost Max Seel. “Combine that with hands-on experience in business, and you have just what students will need to prosper in the new economy.”

Published from Michigan Tech News.

Professor Gary Campbell quoted in Copper Investing News

Gary Campbell, Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Michigan Tech

Professor of Natural Resource Economics Gary Campbell was quoted in an article titled “Glencore’s Xstrata Takeover May Lift Copper Juniors’ Finances” that ran this week in Copper Investing News.

His comments focused on business companies looking to gain market share in the mineral market. Read the article.

Savvy Entrepreneur hosts, “Inside The Mind Of An Angel Investor”

Savvy Entrepreneur series to take place on Tues, Feb 21.

This month’s topic is one of the most popular.  “Inside The Mind Of An Angel Investor”.  For most entrepreneurs, raising seed and early stage capital is arguably one of the most challenging steps of starting a company. This financing stage is usually too early for most professional Venture Capital firms.   After you’ve put in most of your own money and that of some close friends and family, it is probably time to seek out some Angel investors.


Tuesday, February 21
Networking social with refreshments 5:30 PM
Panel discussion 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Michigan Technological University
ATDC Conference Room

Leading investors and entrepreneurs will  be on this great panel to answer your questions. Bring your  questions and thorniest challenges to this program to advance your technology entrepreneurship skill set.

If learning more about this topic is important to you then please join us at the MIT Enterprise Forum on Tuesday.  For more information contact John Diebel 487-1082 or jfdiebel@mtu.edu

Locally hosted by Michigan Tech’s Office of Innovation & Industry Engagement, the School of Business and Economics and the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance.  The public is welcome to attend at no cost.