SBE’s Director of Administration Retires


It is with mixed emotions that the Deans Office announces Diane Benda has elected to retire from Michigan Tech effective July 1st.   While we would love her to remain within the SBE, we know Diane has plans to spend more time with her family.  As the Director of Administration, Diane has been the key hub between the central administration, the Deans  Office, faculty, staff, alumni and students.  Diane’s efficient performance of her job masks the enormous responsibilities and duties she performs on a regular basis.  She has been vital to the SBE’s progress and accomplishments over her career.

The SBE held a retirement reception for Diane on May 1st.  We wish her the best, and congratulate her on a well-earned retirement!

Dean’s Teaching Showcase: Jeff Wall

Our third Deans’ Teaching Showcase member for spring 2018 comes from Dean Johnson in the School of Business and Economics (SBE). Johnson has selected Jeff Wall, assistant professor. During his brief time at Tech, Wall has already been recognized as the SBE Teacher of the Year Award and with membership in the Academy of Teaching Excellence. Johnson credits Wall’s teaching success to his “humble, demure and genuine passion for students combined with a deep knowledge of his field.”

In his nomination, Johnson also emphasized Wall’s flexibility: “From the freshman intro course to the advanced graduate MBA and Master of Data Science course, Jeff has the ability to effectively teach a wide range of topics and class levels. Jeff consistently receives high teaching evaluations and positive comments from students across this spectrum. I believe this is due to Jeff’s ability to make each student an active valuable member of the class.”

When asked how he helps students feel included, Wall emphasizes using projects and a need for a “safe” environment to enable learning. He elaborates, “In the classroom, I seek to foster an environment of mutual respect and to create an environment where it is okay to experiment and make mistakes. During experiential learning sessions, student teams are asked to present their work to the class for critique. Students see that all of the teams make mistakes. These sessions help to reinforce the idea that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. From these sessions, students see what common mistakes may occur in practice and how to avoid or remedy them in the future.”

Wall will be recognized at an end-of-term luncheon with 11 other showcase members, and is now eligible for one of three new teaching awards to be given by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning this summer recognizing introductory or large class teaching, innovative or outside the classroom teaching methods, or work in curriculum and assessment.


-by Michael Meyer, Director, William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning

Panel Discussion of Astute Business Alums Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA)

The School of Business and Economics hosted a panel discussion on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in the Memorial Union Building Alumni Lounge.  Students, faculty, staff and community members learned about the panelists’ career choices and professional experiences. This event was associated with the 20-year anniversary of the Presidential Council of Alumnae.

In the picture, Dana Johnson, Professor of Supply Chain and Engineering Management, Michigan Tech (standing) was one of the two moderators for the panel. The other moderator was Suzanne Sanregret, Athletic Director, Michigan Tech (not pictured).


From left to right (seated) are: Marie Cleveland, Worldwide Account Manager, FedEx Services, Denise Blankinship, Vice President, Strategic Projects, The Church Pension Group, Joyce Ten Haken, Managing Partner/CPA, Ten Haken, Hinz & Company, and Carrie Schaller, Business Process Director – Manufacturing Operations, Dow Chemical.

All moderators and panelists have been inducted as members in the PCA.  After the panel discussion, students briefly spoke with the panelist and asked additional questions.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Johnson

Yumuang, Management Student, Selected to All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team

Michigan Tech men’s tennis senior Built Yumuang (Bangkok, Thailand) has been named to the All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team, it was announced today Sunday by the league.Built

Yumuang compiled a 5-4 GLIAC record while playing at the No. 3 singles position for the Huskies this spring. Additionally, Yumuang notched a 4-5 in GLIAC matches at No. 2 doubles where he was paired with Nick Kremkow or Ricardo Paes.

The All-GLIAC Honorable Mention citation was the third in a row for Yumuang.

Michigan Tech finished the 2016 season with a 5-11 overall record.

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Economic Equality and Entrepreneurship: SBE Faculty Publish Top Paper

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A paper about the role that economic inequality may play on entrepreneurial entry, co-authored by Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (SBE) and Andre Laplume (SBE) (as well as Pathak from KSU), was chosen as one of the top 10 papers of the year 2015 published in the Human Relations Journal (ranked #5 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary).

This recognition is awarded by the journal’s editorial team to the papers that best encapsulate broad readership appeal, sound methods and whose theories advance knowledge.