CMU Excellence in Teaching Award
Last Thursday, February 13th our own Professor Adam Epstein was visited in his class by members of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award Committee. He was selected as one of five professors university-wide to receive this competitive honor. This is the first time that anyone from the Department of Finance and Law has received this honor. Engaging students, building a sense of community, increasing knowledge, while creating clear and high expectations are some of the criteria that earns one an excellence in teaching award. Adam Epstein will be recognized at spring graduation with the other awardees. Along with a sum of money in professional development funds and a plaque placed in the library for years to come. Congratulations Adam we are so proud!
Students Place 2nd in National Supply Chain Competition
On November 7th and 8th, CMU participated in the 5th Annual Donald J. Bowersox 2013 Supply Chain Challenge at Michigan State University. The undergraduate student competition was sponsored by Northrup Grumman, the GM Foundation, ConocoPhilips, Ford, Dow, John Deere, Norfolk Southern, Shell, and ArcelorMittal. CMU Team consisting of Alex Kanya, John Savu, Sydney Smigiel, and Derek Goryl participated and competed in the two-day event. The competition included top academic institutions across the U.S.
The first day of the event provided students the opportunity to learn about the simulated supply chain environment in which they would be competing. In the simulated environment, teams were tasked with making decision regarding procurement and sourcing, production and scheduling, and distribution network design. The goal was to develop a global supply chain that resulted in four key outcome variables: highest total revenue, highest supply chain contribution (profits), highest demand fulfillment, and highest annualized FG inventory turnover.
The competition started Friday morning, when all teams in the competition were given a new simulated environment that was more complex than the previous introduction module. Each team had four hours to complete 13 weeks of simulation.
After a lunch, the results were displayed and the CMU team came in second place (just slightly behind Northeastern) of the 15 participating institutions. This is truly a great accomplishment. For their hard work, the CMU team received a cash prize of $1,000 that was generously donated by the sponsors.
Students Place 1st at Ball State Regional Sales Competition
Students from left to right: Adam London, Ashley Fennell, Tyler Wallner, Lauren Dworzanin, & Kristina Crilley
Seniors Adam London and Kristina Crilley took 1st place in their respective competitions at the Ball State University Sales Competition on Friday, October 4th in Muncie, Indiana. The CMU team, consisting of London and Crilley, along with Senior Ashley Fennell, Lauren Dworzanin and Tyler Wallner, continued our Chippewa winning streak at this competition. These five students worked very hard to prepare for the event, including over 10 hours of preparation and 2 filmed training role plays with the faculty advisor Ken Cherry prior to the event.
"I'm really proud of our sales students and they won their respective rooms. They beat students from Ball State, Purdue, Indiana University, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green University. They put four of our students in one of the 7 rooms - I believe if they had not, we would have won all the competition rooms. It was a great experience and they got to work on their sales skills, education and network with several potential sales employers. They did a great job."
-Ken Cherry, Faculty Advisor
Educational Program of the Year
Central Michigan University’s New Venture Competition has been named the Educational Program of the Year by Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association. The association honored the best and brightest technology organizations and their leaders at its 13th annual Awards Gala in Dearborn.
“This award is a testament of our efforts to energize, educate and prepare students to start a business venture,” said Chuck Crespy, dean of CMU’s College of Business Administration. “Today we have more than 15 companies in business as a result of the New Venture Competition and through the support of those who assist us in educating, inspiring and mentoring these young entrepreneurs.”
As Educational Program of the Year, the College of Business Administration’s Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship’s New Venture Competition was recognized for positively impacting the region’s skilled labor market, identifying a mutually beneficial partnership between education and business and showing a strong desire to engage adults in technology.
Crespy and Deb Zellner, executive director of the Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, were honored to receive the award for CMU.
“This recognition acknowledges the combination of our unique entrepreneurship curriculum with experiential opportunities maximizing students’ potential to launch a business,” said Zellner. “We look forward to having an even greater impact on student startup efforts throughout the state.”
The New Venture Competition awards more than $65,000 in startup capital and in-kind services each year to student business ventures. Since its inception three years ago, the competition has helped more than 250 aspiring entrepreneurs from CMU and Michigan Technological University. The next competition is March 28, 2014.
Enterprise Marketing Intern Awards
CBA Marketing student’s Anthony Attard, Jason McKisson, Chelsea Kessler, Maddie Murray and Mark Halberg did extremely well at Enterprise Rent-a-Car’s First Intern Presentation and Scholarship Ceremony on August 14th. As part of their internship, students make a presentation to their respective management teams covering the business topics they learned throughout the program. The best presentations are awarded scholarships.
Our students took all but one of the scholarship prizes which were awarded. They were also offered the opportunity to come on board as Management Trainees upon graduation. Mark has already accepted the offer and the rest are considering it as they complete their senior year.
Share the Knowledge Tour
SAP University Alliances, Interaction-Design Foundation (IDF), and Central Michigan University are pleased to announce the Share the Knowledge Tour will stop at Central Michigan University’s Warriner Mall between Grawn and Smith Halls on Friday, July 19th, 2013. Hear Max Peer’s story of his 4 year, 35,000 mile bike and canoe journey to promote a more sustainable world through open access to quality educational materials.
Max is biking and canoeing more than 35,000 miles across the globe to promote open access to learning materials. Hear his story and learn about the cutting edge technology that makes it possible as the Share the Knowledge Tour makes its stop at CMU’s Warriner Mall at 2pm on Friday, July 19th. Along with meeting Max, you’ll also learn how to get free access to textbooks, images, and videos made by the world’s technology elite and you can register at the event to become a free member of the Interaction Design Foundation.
Education is the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty and change lives, and Max will share this vision at every stop. Check out the bike tour
World Champions in the ERPsim 5th International Competition
Four SAP business management software students from the Central Michigan University College of Business Administration are world champions after winning the fifth annual International ERPsim Competition on June 12, 2013. CMU’s team competed against teams from 156 universities from around the world to qualify for the final round. Ten teams from universities such as Colorado State University, Purdue University and Universitas Islam Indonesia competed virtually from their campuses.
CMU team members Ashley Hall of Taylor, Ryan Vanneste of Washington, Jeremiah Primeau of Auburn and Nicole Ladouceur of Escanaba won CMU’s first annual ERPsim Invitational competition on campus this spring. Consumers Energy sponsored the team at CMU’s competition.
ERPsim is a simulated competition replicating a high-stress business environment. During the competition, students run their business using SAP, the world’s leading business enterprise software. More than 38,000 companies in 120 countries, as well as 850 of the Fortune 1,000 companies, use the software. CMU is a world leader in SAP certification.
The championship event was hosted by the ERPsim Lab at HEC Montreal, one of Canada’s leading business schools.
“To be successful you have to want it as much as you want to breathe,” Vanneste said after the competition. “As a team, we were at that point today. We wanted to be successful that much.” College of Business Faculty Dana McCann said the simulation brings together every aspect of business. “This experience is not just teaching students how to use SAP software,” said McCann. “They’re learning about the integration of all the business processes and the impact all business disciplines have on running a company and how one decision can affect the whole organization.”
The four students each received a $500 scholarship from the College of Business Administration.
CMU's College of Business ENACTUS chapter (formerly SIFE) placed 1st in the regional championship in Chicago. This is the 1st team from CMU to achieve this great accomplishment. Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.
DECA State Career Development Conference
Please congratulate our CBA students who recently participated in the DECA State Career Development Conference. Scott Walbrun, Shawn Qualls and Margaret Ballor placed third overall in the Business Law team. Autumn Warman and MacKenzie O'Donnell were finalists in the International Marketing case study.
5th International World ERPsim Competition
Congratulations are in order for four CMU SAP students who just competed in the 5th International World ERPsim Competition Qualification Round this week against teams from 156 other universities from around the world. The CMU College of Business Administration’s Championship team at this year’s World Qualifying Round is this year’s 1st Annual ERPsim Invitational Championship, “TEAM CONSUMERS ENERGY,” consisting of Ashley Hall, Ryan Vanneste, Jeremiah Primeau, and Nicole Ladouceur.
The students are now invited to Montreal to compete against the other nine universities on June 13. There will be four students, plus three or four faculty that will also be attending the Championship Final Round. Thank you for participating last February at our 1stAnnual ERPsim Invitational Competition. Now, wish them luck as they go to Montreal to compete in the world finals.
The winning team from our 1st Annual ERPsim Invitational Competition this past spring recently competed in qualification rounds against teams from 156 other universities from around the world. The CMU College of Business Championship team took 1st place in the qualification competition.
This same team consisting of Ryan Vanneste (Team Captain), Ashley Hall, Jeremiah Primeau, Nicole Ladouceur (alternate), and Dana McCann (Faculty Coach) will be competing in the 5th Annual International ERPsim Competition virtually from CMU. Live streaming of the CMU team will be visible in the gathering area as well as updates from HEC Montreal as each round is complete.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Gather in Grawn Hall, ABSC 150, for Refreshments and Intro
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Competition
7:00 pm Winner Announcements and Celebration
New Venture Competition Ambassadorward
The NVC Ambassador Award is given to the individual who contributes most to inspiring entrepreneurship throughout the New Venture Competition process. The recipient has shown continued dedication to the success of the NVC through mentoring and coaching, support of time and resources to workshops, and pursuance of academic and external resources support. The award was given to Tom Rohrer, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Systems, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.