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Calling all Broad(Michigan) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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Hi, I think it's little late to ask this question but anybody have idea do Broad school of Business use case method and if they do how much (wrt to total class time)

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any idea by when they start to clear the waitlist..? as in either deny or admit..?
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U.S. News Increases Its Ranking of Broad MBA  [#permalink]

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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: U.S. News Increases Its Ranking of Broad MBA
U.S. News Increases Its Ranking of Broad MBA

By Tina Ray

The Full-Time MBA Program at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business increased its ranking to No. 14 among public universities and No. 35 overall in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Business Schools rankings, released March 16.

Last year, the program was ranked No. 17 public and No. 37 overall.

The shift reflects increases in recruiters’ assessment of the program’s quality, the percentage of students employed by graduation day, and the average starting salary and bonus of graduating students. This last measure increased by nearly $13,000 over last year’s average.

“We are very pleased to see our students succeeding out of the gate, finding excellent positions and having a reputation among our recruiters as outstanding contributors,” said Glenn Omura, associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs. “As we continue to develop the depth and breadth of students’ skills, we look forward to seeing the recognition they receive down the line for their creativity and innovation in their chosen career paths.”

In the subject area rankings, Broad maintained its No. 2 ranking in supply chain/logistics, which it has had since this specialty debuted in the 2004 Best Business Schools ranking.

Broad graduate study was also ranked in these specialties:

  • Accounting: No. 22
  • Management: No. 23
  • Marketing: No. 18
  • Production/Operations: No. 11
The U.S. News ranking is based on three primary measures: quality assessment (what business school deans and recruiters think about the program), placement success (average starting salaries, signing bonuses, and employment rates), and student selectivity (GMAT scores, undergraduate GPAs, and acceptance rates). Specialty rankings are based solely on the ratings of educators at peer schools.

For the full 2017 Best Business Schools rankings and methodology, visit usnews.com. A premium subscription is required to view the complete “business specialties” rankings.
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MBAs Raise money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank  [#permalink]

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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: MBAs Raise money for the Greater Lansing Food Bank
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Students from the Full-Time MBA program at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business used a variety of creative tactics to raise more than $13,000 in donations for the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB).

The money was raised from two separate campaigns this semester. The first charity campaign is organized annually by the Broad MBA Association (MBAA) as a yearly competition between the first-year MBA students and the second-year MBA students. The second campaign was a first-time event in the college that raised money through the selling of slices of pie on campus that were donated by The Grand Traverse Pie Company.

Last year, the MBAA used a “Penny Wars” competition and a charity Date Auction as the main fundraisers and raised about $6,500. This year, the students added three new events: a poker tournament, a trivia night, and an outing to a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game. Combined, these competitions raised $11,875.

“Our inspiration for the new events was to continue to fulfill MBAA’s purpose by providing opportunities for students to build personal relationships beyond the classroom through social outings, while at the same time raising more funds than our event expenses,” said Brandon Jones, the MBAA vice president of community events.

The pie campaign, which was done in conjunction with national Pi Day, raised $1,370. Over the course of four days, MBA students sold more than 352 slices of pie to students, faculty, and staff in the Broad College of Business.

“This gift from the Broad School MBA students is very special for a number of reasons,” said Joe Wald, the Greater Lansing Food Bank’s executive director.

“First, it is beyond comprehension that full-time students would take on a cause like this on their own time and achieve such impressive results. Second, it is testament to the quality of people who are attracted to MSU and specifically the Broad School MBA program. Third, the magnitude of this gift will make a positive difference in many lives in our community.

“All I can say is thank you, on behalf of those in need whose lives you will touch.”
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MBAs share stories with Wolverine Human Services  [#permalink]

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Sometimes, you just have to be shown that there is a better path. Once that way is discovered, it’s easier to get off and running in the right direction. Showing a route to success was the hope of four MBA students from Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business who visited a group of young women at Wolverine Human Services Vassar House Facility. The Vassar House is a highly specialized therapeutic treatment programs that cares for over 40 young families ranging in age from 13–18.

“We didn’t have an agenda to speak on, but we decided prior to arriving that we would each provide a brief bio about ourselves, a struggle that we had overcome and how we overcame it, and a piece of advice that would hopefully inspire the young girls at the program,” said Rose Glendinning, Broad MBA student.

Glendinning and her fellow classmates, Brittany Young, Landy Lin, and Melody Buckley, spent the afternoon talking on a wide range of topics with about 40 women from WHS. The women all live at WHS’s Vassar facility.

“Many of the girls didn’t know what an MBA was when we spoke about the Broad MBA program, so hopefully we planted the seed for them to become future business leaders and to continue their educational journey,” said Glendinning.

The MBA students answered questions about their lives, places they had traveled, favorite movies, favorite foods, languages they spoke, and talents they had. Lin was a crowd favorite with languages and talents.

“She speaks Chinese, and she translated funny things that the girls wanted to hear in another language,” Glendinning said.

The MBA students got involved with WHS because Young serves on the Board of an affiliated group called Fresh Era Detroit, which brings together 30 young professionals from across the state of Michigan who are the top leaders in their industries.

“The opportunity to tell these young ladies about our own stories and give advice about education, life, and about women in school and business was inspiring. It was exciting to see their enthusiasm and interest. I have heard many speakers throughout my education and it was exciting to be the one to give back this time. I hope we made a positive impact on the young ladies’ lives in some way,” Young said.

The group ended their time together with an impromptu talent show, in which Lin sang and the girls joined in.​

“Thank you to the students from Michigan State’s MBA program who spoke to the young women at Vassar House. Their willingness to share personal stories offered an inspirational look to what can be possible for these young women if they work hard and do not give up on their dreams,” said Scott​ Forbes, program manager for Vassar House.
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Re: Calling all Broad(Michigan) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!  [#permalink]

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any idea by when they start to clear the waitlist..? as in either deny or admit..?


I had a chance to speak with an R3 applicant. After the interview, Paul has informed that the decisions for R3 would be out by 8th April, 2016. Guessing that there would be 3 to 4 weeks for the R2 admitted to confirm the MSU offer, I'm sure R2 waitlisted candidates would get to know the result latest by April 9 (India), along with R3 admits.

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MBAs put their creativity to the test  [#permalink]

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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: MBAs put their creativity to the test
“Inspire,” “explore,” and “find opportunities” were some of the themes behind the final phase of Extreme Green, an intensive creativity workshop that Broad Full-Time MBA students complete every semester.

The students participated in a variety of sessions geared toward creating new business ideas and learning how to bring those ideas forward with viable business plans. Additionally, students experienced the same creativity training executives at Procter & Gamble receive.

“The course takes Broad’s team-centric approach to learning and expands on that in order to learn how to create as a team and develop better solutions,” said Glenn Omura, associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs at the Broad College of Business.

In addition to creativity building, the students also took a close look at what it takes to get a start-up business off the ground by creating a new business idea and model, which they featured in a pitch competition at the end of the three-day seminar.

“This course was a unique experience that made me a more well-rounded business professional and better able to challenge, strengthen, and integrate both soft and hard business skills. It has helped me become a creative and analytical thinker simultaneously while trying to solve one problem,” said Elizabeth Richter, an MBA student at Broad.

“Extreme Green has provided an innovative thinking experience to the highest caliber that no other course could offer,” she said.

The entrepreneurship skills learned and cultivated through Extreme Green in partnership with Spartan Innovations aligned well with the direction of the Broad MBA program, Richter said.

“The goal is to set the Broad MBA apart in the business world through creative thinking in everyday business situations. Every MBA should be able to address soft and hard business skills, but bringing an innovative spirit to the table on top of these skills is something to strive for,” she said.
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Latest Class of Beta Gamma Sigma Honorees Inducted  [#permalink]

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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: Latest Class of Beta Gamma Sigma Honorees Inducted
Thirty-three students were inducted into membership in Beta Gamma Sigma based on their cumulative grades throughout fall semester 2015. The new members were honored at a banquet and initiation ceremony March 22 at the Wharton Center.

Membership in this international honor society is the highest recognition any business student can receive in an AACSB International-accredited business program. AACSB International grants membership to business schools that meet elite standards in the areas of curricula, teaching staff, and library and laboratory facilities.

As a requirement for being invited into Beta Gamma Sigma, undergraduate and graduate students rank in the top 10 percent and top 20 percent of their programs, respectively. Based on these criteria, 306 students were invited to join this year.

This year’s initiates were:

  • Justine Adamo (BA Supply Chain Management ’17)
  • Cyril Benitah (EMBA ’16)
  • Anthony Bolda (EMBA ’16)
  • Robert Dietlin (EMBA ’16)
  • Dana Drouillard (BA Supply Chain Management ’17)
  • Joshua Dykstra (MBA ’16)
  • Timothy Garmo (JD/MBA ’16)
  • Brian Geese (EMBA ’16)
  • David Guaresimo (EMBA ’16)
  • Manu Gupta (MBA ’16)
  • Shiqi Huang (BA Supply Chain Management ’17)
  • Timothy Hunter (EMBA ’16)
  • Anand Srinivas Janakiraman (MBA ’16)
  • Darren Judd (EMBA ’16)
  • Gulsheen Kaur (EMBA ’16)
  • Jared Kuehnlein (MBA ’16)
  • Mark Mansdoerfer (JD/MBA ’16)
  • Anna Munie (EMBA ’16)
  • Rishi Nag (MBA ’16)
  • Jinson Pappachan (MBA ’16)
  • Matthew Perlick (MBA ’16)
  • Fatima Qadir (MBA ’16)
  • Rodolfo Rendon (MS Accounting ’16)
  • Elizabeth Richter (MBA ’16)
  • Vikramjit Sangha (MBA ’16)
  • Jeffrey Smiertka (MBA ’16)
  • Ashley Smith (EMBA ’16)
  • Ishan Sood (MBA ’16)
  • Nicholas Stremer (EMBA ’16)
  • Tomomi Ueki (MBA ’16)
  • Ivy Ulrey (MBA ’16)
  • Katherine Ulrich (MBA ’16)
  • Amit Vashisht (EMBA ’16)
Originally a small honor society at the University of Wisconsin, Beta Gamma Sigma became a national organization in 1913. The society’s mission is to honor and encourage academic achievement in the study of business, foster personal and professional excellence, and support the advancement of business thought and practice to encourage lifelong learning.

More than 700,000 students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma have served in government, corporate, nonprofit, and educational management positions in all 50 states and more than 160 countries around the world.
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Re: Calling all Broad(Michigan) Applicants: (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!  [#permalink]

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anybody got off the waitlist.?
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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: What It Takes to be the Best and the Brightest
Two Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA students were named to the Poets & Quants Class of 2016 “Best and Brightest MBAs” ranking. Tyler Erhorn (Finance/Supply Chain Management) and Jinson Pappachan (Supply Chain Management) were among the 100 distinguished graduates from across the world, and they are profiled on the website to highlight their achievements and perspectives on the Broad experience.

“This year’s selections were a diverse group that ranged from a White House staff member to alternative rock singer and guitarist,” said Jeff Schmitt, writer for Poets & Quants. “Through their actions, each embodied how business could be used as an instrument to disrupt norms, add value, serve needs, and achieve social good. And their inclusion is a reflection of the quality of your program – and the world-class talent that it attracts.”

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MBA graduate Tyler Erhorn

Tyler Erhorn graduates from the Broad College having secured a job with Raytheon, a major American defense contractor. According to Wayne Hutchison, director of academic and program services for the Broad Full-Time MBA Program, “Tyler has been a difference-maker ever since his arrival at Broad. He has been our number-one student mentor and advocate in financial matters, both academically and professionally. He’s amongst the top five percent of students in the Broad MBA because he is the total package. Great leader, teammate, and steward of the program.”

Jinson Pappachan will return to Apple, which extended him an offer following his 2015 internship. In addition to his role as

president of the Broad Consulting Group, Pappachan also created a not-for-profit consulting group, BusinessDoctoRx, which

provided pro-bono consulting to entities across Michigan during the 2015–16 school year. “Jinson Pappachan, more than any student in the Broad College, is responsible for the MBA program’s recent success in creating consulting opportunities both during the graduate experience and after graduation in permanent positions. He works as hard as he does because he believes in sharing his expertise and time with his student colleagues and clients in a way I have not seen before. This young man is truly special,” Hutchison said.

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MBA graduate Jinson Pappachan

To produce the “Best and Brightest” list, Poets & Quants reached out to 62 leading full-time MBA programs worldwide to request nominees. Each school was asked to submit up to four nominations of students who exemplified the best of its program, taking into account academic prowess, extracurricular involvement, and personal excellence. After thorough review, the final list features a diverse, impressive pool of scholars representing all walks of business from 53 schools around the world.  Women make up more than half of the list, and nearly one third were born outside the U.S.

Read more about the “Best and Brightest MBAs” and in-depth interviews with the Broad students, Tyler Erhorn and Jinson Pappachan.
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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: What It Takes to Be the Best and the Brightest
Two Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA students were named to the Poets & Quants Class of 2016 “Best and Brightest MBAs” ranking. Tyler Erhorn (Finance/Supply Chain Management) and Jinson Pappachan (Supply Chain Management) were among the 100 distinguished graduates from across the world, and they are profiled on the website to highlight their achievements and perspectives on the Broad experience.

“This year’s selections were a diverse group that ranged from a White House staff member to alternative rock singer and guitarist,” said Jeff Schmitt, writer for Poets & Quants. “Through their actions, each embodied how business could be used as an instrument to disrupt norms, add value, serve needs, and achieve social good. And their inclusion is a reflection of the quality of your program – and the world-class talent that it attracts.”

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MBA graduate Tyler Erhorn

Tyler Erhorn graduates from the Broad College having secured a job with Raytheon, a major American defense contractor. According to Wayne Hutchison, director of academic and program services for the Broad Full-Time MBA Program, “Tyler has been a difference-maker ever since his arrival at Broad. He has been our number-one student mentor and advocate in financial matters, both academically and professionally. He’s amongst the top five percent of students in the Broad MBA because he is the total package. Great leader, teammate, and steward of the program.”

Jinson Pappachan will return to Apple, which extended him an offer following his 2015 internship. In addition to his role as

president of the Broad Consulting Group, Pappachan also created a not-for-profit consulting group, BusinessDoctoRx, which

provided pro-bono consulting to entities across Michigan during the 2015–16 school year. “Jinson Pappachan, more than any student in the Broad College, is responsible for the MBA program’s recent success in creating consulting opportunities both during the graduate experience and after graduation in permanent positions. He works as hard as he does because he believes in sharing his expertise and time with his student colleagues and clients in a way I have not seen before. This young man is truly special,” Hutchison said.

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MBA graduate Jinson Pappachan

To produce the “Best and Brightest” list, Poets & Quants reached out to 62 leading full-time MBA programs worldwide to request nominees. Each school was asked to submit up to four nominations of students who exemplified the best of its program, taking into account academic prowess, extracurricular involvement, and personal excellence. After thorough review, the final list features a diverse, impressive pool of scholars representing all walks of business from 53 schools around the world.  Women make up more than half of the list, and nearly one third were born outside the U.S.

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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: The Business of Grant-Writing
Grant-writing requires more than a letterhead and compelling pitch. Done effectively, it can be a full-time job, but what nonprofit can afford that?

Great Lakes Legal (GLL), a small subsidiary of Elder Law & Advocacy Center (ELAC), suffered from the same hardship as many nonprofit organizations: writing grant proposals while overworked and under-resourced. With too little funding to hire more personnel, GLL could not devote time to performing cost and operations analyses, which are essential components to provide to potential granters.

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Broad MBA scholar Nilohit Singh found a business approach to overcome a nonprofit’s hurdle.

But Broad College of Business graduate student Nilohit Pratap Singh (MBA ’16) knew there was a business solution to assist GLL. He created a grant proposal model that would create transparency between the nonprofits and their potential granters, streamlining the proposal process.

Singh’s inclusive grant proposal model, called the “Service Operations Assessment Model,” incorporates the different costs associated with the organization’s operations, as well as what a potential granter’s money would be put towards if they were to donate. This includes everything from the cost of each legal case to office supplies and salaries. The Service Operations Assessment Model also includes each specific donation amount and how each donation will impact the organization and its ability to expand their services.

“It is not just a grant proposal service. The Service Operations Assessment Model lets the granter decide how much he/she wants to donate by quantifying the social impact,” Singh said. By utilizing a business approach and treating the granter as a customer, Singh was able to create an effective model that can be customized by any nonprofit—or even startup companies seeking VC funding.

Though Singh approached the Service Operations Assessment Model as pro bono work for GLL and ELAC, his work allowed him to better understand service operations in a nonprofit, which he says is a unique skill of its own in the business world.

The unique business experience came to Singh by way of Broad faculty, he says. “I wouldn’t have known that the ELAC and GLL were struggling with grants to begin with if Dean Omura didn’t discover it himself. He finds amazing business and growth opportunities for students that we never would have thought of!”

Singh credits the Broad faculty and breadth of curriculum for the intricate development and approach to the model. “Every single skill I picked up here [from Broad], I put into this model. I took what I learned in cost accounting from Dr. Sedatole, statistical skills by Tunga Kiyak, product positioning by Dean Omura, and valuation from Pedram Nezafat to complete this. Everything was applied here, I can never thank these amazing individuals enough. I am what I am because I came to Broad.”
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Former Michigan State University men’s track and field student-athlete Kevin Jackson received the 2016 MSU Joey M. Spano Varsity S Club Graduate Endowed Fellowship. The endowment was established by the MSU Varsity S Club, a group honoring varsity athlete alumni, to provide scholarships to athletes seeking an advanced degree at MSU.

The endowment supports talented former student-athletes who are MSU Varsity Alumni S Club members in good standing, have completed their undergraduate studies with at least a 3.1 GPA, and have demonstrated outstanding character and exceptional leadership through their university and community involvement. Jackson will be honored at the Varsity S Club Celebration Weekend Banquet in September as the first MSU Track and Field student-athlete to earn the fellowship.

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Full-Time MBA scholar Kevin Jackson will reach new heights as he completes his third degree from Michigan State University.

Jackson, a Full-Time MBA student, completed his athletic eligibility in 2013 as a three-time letter winner. He was a two-time NCAA East preliminary-round qualifier in the high jump during his time as a Spartan. A Detroit native, Jackson earned his bachelor of science degree in public administration and policy in 2013 and then earned his juris doctor from the MSU College of Law in May 2016, focusing on corporate law and compliance. He is now pursuing his MBA in marketing and human resources at the Broad College of Business, with an expected graduation date of December 2018.

During his time as a Spartan student-athlete, Jackson represented MSU on the Big Ten Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and was a 2011 NCAA Leadership Forum participant. In 2013, Jackson received the MSU Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award and the Big Ten Post-Graduate Academic Scholarship & Award. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, he was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Jackson earned the 2013 MSU Multicultural Award, presented to a student-athlete who promotes inclusion, exhibits strong leadership, and is active in community service and diversity programming.

In his years at MSU, Jackson has taken part in the MSU Pen Pal program, where he maintained written relationships with elementary school students in the greater Lansing area, and has been actively involved with the Detroit Public Schools’ Black Lives Matter educational program. He served on The State News Board of Directors, making decisions to advance the best interest of MSU’s regional news organization. He has also served as a junior legal consultant for Governor Rick Snyder’s small business initiative and worked at Quantum Ventures, where he assisted in evaluations and procurement in client services.
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When athletes qualify to compete in the Olympic Games, it represents years of hard work, dedication, passion, and commitment to their chosen sport. For Mohamed Hrezi (Full-Time MBA ‘18), it’s something more: an opportunity to pay homage to his heritage, family’s history, and culture. On August 21, Hrezi will represent Libya in the Olympic marathon as the country’s sole runner in all track and field events, competing alongside runners from the place he calls home: the United States.

Mohamed Hrezi (Full-Time MBA ‘18) will have the experience of a lifetime running the Olympic marathon for Libya in August

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hrezi’s parents immigrated to the United States and raised him and his brother as dual citizens. When Hrezi’s parents decided to move back to Libya, he had gained a newfound perspective on the place his parents call home, while also gaining a local fan following with Libyan locals. “Representing Libya, I’m extremely proud. There are days that I get letters in the mail from people I don’t know, which have pictures from newspapers and clippings about my running,” he said. “Given the country’s turmoil, any light and positivity is good for the people, and I think they feel even prouder knowing that an American-born Libyan wants to represent them.”

Running for Libya in the Olympics wasn’t always Hrezi’s goal, however. In fact, running wasn’t his choice sport growing up at all. “I started a new school in eighth grade and the only sport was cross country. I was the slowest one on the team, but didn’t care and just kept running. I was always the last one to cross the finish line. I started high school playing soccer and basketball, but got cut sophomore year and literally left the gym after hearing my bad news and went straight to the track. The coach told me that they finished tryouts, but I could go to the first race the following day anyway,” Hrezi said. Turns out, that day changed his life.

Showing up to the first race, Hrezi beat the fastest sprinters on the team. “All of a sudden it just clicked: I wasn’t a cross-county runner. I was a sprinter!” he said. Over time, he increased the distance component of his running and ended up setting state records as a half-mile runner. He graduated from Iowa State University and was named NCAA Division 1 All-American Cross Country in 2013, First Team Academic All-American twice, and numerous other accolades.

Despite his academic achievements, running became Hrezi’s post-undergraduate life. He was recruited by Hanson’s Running Shop in Rochester Hills, Michigan, to be a member of the Hanson Brooks Team, a partnership between the store and Brooks running shoes that sponsors nationally renowned runners to compete as a team across the United States.

It wasn’t long before the Libyan national team took note of Hrezi’s achievements and asked him to be a part of the national training team. “In the past, I was really hesitant to consider the Libyan team. The timing wasn’t right, and I felt when they approached me that we had differences of opinion and ideologies. I didn’t want to leave college in America; I didn’t want to train where they do in Kenya and Morocco. We kept in touch throughout the years and as soon as I qualified for them this year, they’ve been supportive and let me train here.”

Since qualifying for the Libyan Olympic team, Hrezi has continued intense marathon training with a personal coach and with his Hanson Brooks Team. Adding to the physical pressure, Hrezi observed Ramadan, the 30-day Muslim holiday that calls for strict fasting restrictions and prayer time. During this holiday, Hrezi timed his long runs based on when he can eat – sometimes heading out the door at 1:30 a.m. and napping throughout the day. He’ll head to Rio two weeks prior to his race in order to adjust and train in the humid climate.

But the pressure doesn’t seem to phase Hrezi and he’s already planning for what’s next. Upon his return from Rio, Hrezi will resume life in Michigan and as a Broad MBA student. Here, he plans to run with the Spartan track team on occasion and balance his running with studies. “Running is a real release for me, and runners look at what they do as a social activity. It will be something I continue to do in the next phase of my life and hope to take advantage of the resources will be at my fingertips.”

An American, a Libyan, and now a Spartan, Hrezi looks forward to what’s to come – at Rio, and beyond.
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FROM Broad (Michigan State) MBA Blog: MBA Course Sharpens Creative Minds
Broad’s Full-Time MBA Program has built a three-day short course into each semester to stimulate creative and innovative thinking. “Extreme Green” provides students experiences with corporate partners to prepare students to innovate in real-world situations.

“The course expands on Broad’s team-centric approach to learning for students to learn how to create as a team and develop better solutions,” said Glenn Omura, associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs at the Broad College of Business.

During sessions, students take an inside look the C-suite to understand the importance of innovative leadership. Students went through the same creativity training that new executives at P&G receive, heard MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon’s thoughts on leading a creative organization, and even experienced improv comedy training to prepare them for presentations and leadership in swiftly changing conditions.

Other sessions focused on developing creative strategies to solve real business issues. Students got a rare glimpse into the internal operations of General Motors when they were given access to top-secret GM intellectual property to brainstorm new ideas around the motor giant’s concepts. GM executives mentored teams as they shaped their creative vision, spending 20-40 hours (in addition to the 50-60 hour academic week) generating and presenting new business ideas designed to leverage GM’s core competencies and the latest technologies. GM pushed the students to imagine the future of automotive technology, and innovate around where automotive technology and connectivity are heading.

“The exposure to how GM thinks, some of the new innovations they’re working on (that I can’t talk about), gives us a huge advantage in going into the automotive or other innovative manufacturing industry,” said Daniel Napier (MBA ’16). “Additionally, presenting an idea that you came up with to managers and vice presidents of a Fortune 10 company is an enormous opportunity very few people have the chance at to practice,” he said.

Another session challenged students to solve a problem facing executives from Wrigley’s 5 Gum. Given that the way consumers purchase goods is now almost entirely online, products that rely on impulse buys at the checkout line, such as gum, are suffering. Wrigley’s executives asked Broad MBAs to address this challenge in a case competition. Student teams first had to understand current consumer macro trends, then project them 10 years into the future to imagine what technologies might be easily accessible for business and consumer use, as well as develop a futuristic perspective of what future consumer purchasing behavior might be like then, Omura said.

Competition-winning student ideas included a self-monitoring cell phone app that “knew” when to suggest a gum purchase and facilitate an online purchase, a way of changing consumer behavior from impulse to habitual purchasing, and “embedding” packs of 5 Gum in the Candy Crush video game.

“From my perspective, the opportunity to create innovative business models and ideas in a live project situation, for a corporate partner, is a special experience,” said Wayne Hutchison, director of academic and program services.

“This course was a unique experience that made me a more well-rounded business professional and better able to challenge, strengthen, and integrate both soft and hard business skills. It has helped me become a creative and analytical thinker simultaneously while trying to solve one problem,” said Elizabeth Richter (MBA ’16).
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Having an MBA opens doors, but the real key to success with the degree is finding a job that not only advances your career, but quickly pays back the investment you made to on your degree.

At Broad, the combination of outstanding starting salaries across a diverse set of careers, combined with a reasonable cost to earn the degree, puts its graduates well ahead of other MBAs.

Numbers and rankings prove that Broad’s MBA degree is the smart financial choice. Upon graduating, Broad professionals earn an average base salary of $101,430 with an average signing bonus of $18,853. As ranked by Forbes, Broad has the second-shortest degree payback times among all programs, as well as the quickest payback in the Big Ten.

Independent rankings show that Broad alumni needed just 3.6 years to recoup the costs of their MBA degrees in additional compensation, Forbes calculated, despite the fact surveyed students graduated in the heart of the economic downturn.

Forbes biennial MBA rankings are based solely on return on investment (ROI), calculated by measuring compensation five years after graduation and subtracting tuition and salary forgone during school.  Broad’s program ranked No. 8 among public universities and No. 22 overall. Since 2007, Forbes has consistently ranked Broad among the top 10 public institutions and the top 25 programs overall.

The magazine surveyed the Class of 2010 and requested pre-MBA salaries and compensation for three of the first five years after receiving degrees. Forbes then compared their post-MBA compensation with their opportunity cost: both tuition and the estimated salary they would have made had they stayed in their old jobs. Salary figures were adjusted to account for cost-of-living expenses, and the earnings gains were discounted using a rate tied to the discount rate large companies’ pension funds use.
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Sometimes, an MBA is the missing link connecting passion and profession. Jeff Hecker (MBA Supply Chain Management ’13) graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a political science degree, but he found he needed a solid business foundation to make an impact in the workplace.

Like many, he focused his undergraduate studies on a field he felt passionate about, yet he was searching for something that would position him to thrive professionally.

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Jeff Hecker realized that Broad’s MBA was missing the link between his liberal arts education and a thriving career.

Today, Hecker works for Intel Corporation as commodity manager in Hillsboro, Oregon. He manages Intel’s global silicon supply chain. He handles negotiation and sourcing strategy, and also assesses inventory levels and strategy to make sure there’s a sustainable, secure, and affordable supply for Intel.

Hecker’s job taps into his liberal arts critical thinking and reasoning, while leaning heavily on the supply chain management disciplinary knowledge he acquired during his MBA studies. No two days on the job are the same, he says, which is why he’s grateful for learning what he did about strengths, weaknesses, and teamwork at Broad.

Whether it’s reputation for alumni success, ranking prominence, or a solid business foundation to take your career to the next level, the reasons to explore Broad are limitless. Upon graduation, so are your possibilities.
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