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The 2014 Outstanding Man & Woman in Business

Every year, the School of Business and Economics’ scholarship selection committee has the difficult task of choosing one male and one female student to be the Sam Tidwell Outstanding Man and Woman in Business.  For 2014, it came down to Judy Isaacson as the Outstanding Woman in Business, and Cole Smith as the Outstanding Man in Business.

Judy Isaacson and Cole Smith proudly display their plaques with Dean Eugene Klippel

The Sam Tidwell Outstanding Man and Woman in  Business awards are given annually to two current students who embody the mission of the School of Business and Economics.  Selection for these titles is never easy, and 2014 proved to be particularly difficult.  The selection committee, comprised of professors Anne Warrington, Mari Buche, Paul Nelson, and Michele Loughead, along with Academic Advisor Carly Harrington and student Nathan Sturos (2013 Outstanding Man in Business), received numerous high-quality applications.  The application process itself was very rigorous, with required essays and interviews.  Choosing the recipients is the scholarship committee’s way of recognizing these students for their dedication to academics, their leadership and extracurricular involvement within the Michigan Tech community, and their tireless commitment to the world of business.   Dean Eugene Klippel praised the decision of the scholarship committee, stating, “While both [Cole and Judy] have excellent academic records, distinction lies in their willingness to assume leadership roles on campus, as well as engage in the experiential opportunities provided by the School’s many programs.”

Judy Isaacson, 2014 Outstanding Woman in Business, poses with Dean Eugene Klippel

Judy Isaacson, the 2014 Outstanding Woman in Business, hails from here in Houghton.  As an Accounting major with a minor in Global Business, she plans to graduate in December 2014.  Judy stays busy on campus through her active role in the Applied Portfolio Management Program and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  After studying abroad in Spring 2013 and working as a teaching assistant over the summer, Judy currently interns at the Superior National Bank and Trust in Hancock.  These collective experiences will undoubtedly give her an edge toward her future career goals, which includes becoming an internal auditor focusing on the field of fraud.  Grateful for the opportunities she has been afforded, Judy remarks, “The School of Business and Economics has shaped me into a professional businesswoman, prepared me for leadership roles and has given me confidence in my abilities.”

Cole Smith accepts his award from Dean Eugene Klippel for 2014 Outstanding Man in Business

Cole Smith, the 2014 Outstanding Man in Business, also plans to graduate in December 2014 with his Bachelor of Science degree in Management, and has been on the Dean’s List for the majority of his academic career.  He has exemplified a strong involvement within the Kappa Sigma Iota Accounting Club, where he holds the office of Vice President of Operations.  Building his resume is very important to Cole, and he has held employment with DTE Energy, Hanley Excavating, Bob’s Custom Carpentry, Specialty Granules, Inc., and KC Docks.  Cole, originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, is appreciative of the fact that he was able to be so involved within Tech’s SBE.  He stated, “It’s truly rewarding to have received this award.  The faculty has been very supportive in and outside of class, which put me in a viable position to be a candidate for this award.  It’s an honor and a great compliment to be recognized from the School of Business and Economics.”

Everyone within the School of Business and Economics could not be more proud of our 2014 Sam Tidwell Outstanding Man and Woman in Business.  Congratulations, Cole and Judy!


SBE’s Reginald Hicks Elected VP of USG

Reginald Hicks is a current Marketing student with a minor in Global Business.  He’s on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Heritage Month Committee, National Society of Black Engineers, serves as Treasurer of the American Marketing Association and Treasurer of the Society of African American Men.  But Reggie holds a new office; he was recently elected Vice President of Michigan Tech’s Undergraduate Student Government!

According to their website, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) “serves over 220 student organizations in conjunction with student activities. USG allocates over $800,000 annually to support organizations and enable new opportunities.”  They play a key role in on-campus traditions such as Winter Carnival, and they work to ensure that the undergraduate student body is represented.

Reggie was elated to be elected VP.  He stated, “I cannot even express in words how I feel being elected Vice President of USG!  With great humility, I am honored to lead such a vital organization on Michigan Tech’s campus, in a very profound way.  There are a couple of initiatives I would like to work on during my candidacy.”

His initiatives include:

  • fostering a campus community conducive to showing the undergraduate population how much USG cares,
  • educating students as to how USG can be their voice on campus,
  • and creating a more inclusive, yet still diverse, campus.

Reggie will be a wonderful Vice President for USG, and we wish him all the best for his term!


Johnson Conquers NASDAQ

Members from the Applied Portfolio Management Program (APMP) were in New York City last week for Quinnipiac University’s Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) IV Forum, co-sponsored by NASDAQ OMX.  The event allowed 1,000+ participants from 118 colleges/universities a chance to network while gaining insight into the opportunities and challenges experienced by investment professionals.

Photo courtesy of Heath Johnson
Photo courtesy of Heath Johnson

Current SBE students and members of APMP, Heath Johnson and Claire Johnson, were on site at G.A.M.E. for the student-managed portfolio competition, which is open to students nationwide who have successfully managed their own actual portfolios.  Dr. Dean Johnson, Founding Director of the Applied Portfolio Management Program, stated, “By providing the opportunity to attend this investment conference in NYC, APMP continues to offer Tech students with direct educational experiences.”

Photo courtesy of Heath Johnson

Not only did current SBE student Heath Johnson gain the educational experience of competing at G.A.M.E., he was also able to close the NASDAQ and appeared on the NASDAQ Market Site display in Times Square!  Heath remarked, “Attending an investment conference with current Wall Street professionals and participating in the NASDAQ closing ceremony was a great experience.  Having my photo up on the NASDAQ Market Site in Times Square was a motivating taste of where my business education could take me.”

Would you like to see where your business education could take you?  Apply today to begin your undergraduate studies at Michigan Tech’s School of Business and Economics!


Tech Students Among Smartest in Nation

We already know that our students are among the best in the world; but now it’s official!

Courtesy of MAXQDA

Business Insider recently recognized Michigan Technological University as being one of 20 public institutions in the nation with the smartest students, specifically lucky #11!  “The 20 Public Colleges with the Smartest Students” combined data received from Niche and College Prowler in the fields of academics, computers, parking, weather, and much more.

Michigan Tech's J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library features open-plan study areas, incredible views of campus, and wireless lounges.

Here’s what current students have said about Michigan Tech (posted on Niche):

“I am quite comfortable knowing I will get a great job when I graduate from this school.”

“There are many intern and job opportunities.  They have a very high placement rate, and I’m pretty sure the Career Fairs they have twice a year is one of the biggest for all North American colleges.”

“All of the classes I’ve taken so far have been well-designed and extremely thorough… I’ve never failed to learn something.  Professors are almost always available for questions, and the learning centers are excellent.”

John Lehman, Associate Vice President of Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications at Michigan Tech states, “We see all that our students accomplish here at Michigan Tech and all the companies seeking them out for employment.  It doesn’t take long to see that there is something pretty special about the students here.  They are smart, amazingly smart.  It’s satisfying to know that others see that as well.”

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Let me know in the comments why you think our students are Crazy Smart!


Upcoming How-to Event: Business Attire

Image from Tarleton State University

MTU’s Kappa Sigma Iota (KSI) Accounting Club is hosting a professional development event on Wednesday, March 26th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.  The event will be held in Ballroom B3 of the Memorial Union Building (MUB).

Information will be presented on proper business dress for formal and casual situations, with hands-on training for ironing dress clothes and tying ties.  Irons will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own ties, slacks, and/or shirts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact James Mills at jpmills@mtu.edu.