Skip to main content Skip to footer

News

News items about the Scott L. Carmona College of Business. For a complete list of News,  please go to the Newsroom. To submit an item, please contact JJ Boehm, director of media and community relations, at ext. 4055

May 14, 2021

SVSU hires new dean for business school

Saginaw Valley State University has hired an experienced leader in business education to serve as the new dean of the institution’s Scott L. Carmona College of Business. Jayati Ghosh will head SVSU’s business school after devoting more than two decades to a career in higher education, most recently at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ghosh said she was excited for the opportunity to join an institution with SVSU’s strong ranking among top business schools worldwide.

I am honored and excited about the opportunity to lead the Carmona College of Business in its upward trajectory of academic excellence,” Ghosh said. “I am impressed by the commitment of the college towards the professional and personal development of students and looking forward to working with the faculty and staff, centers of excellence and engaging with the community.”

Deborah Huntley, SVSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Ghosh brings impressive leadership experience to SVSU as an administrator as well as a strong record of professional service, research and teaching.

The arrival of Dr. Ghosh comes at a very important time for our Carmona College of Business,” Huntley said. “She brings extensive leadership experience as a dean, and we are counting on her experience and innovative thinking to enhance business education for our students and to collaborate with regional businesses to support the vitality of our region. We have outstanding faculty and a world-class facility, and I know she is excited about the opportunities at SVSU.”

SVSU opened the doors to its new $25.4 million business facility in spring 2020. The 38,500-square-foot addition includes data analytics labs and Bloomberg Trading terminals, which track stock data in real time. Upgrades include cutting-edge equipment used by Fortune 500 companies, providing students with hands-on experience utilizing resources adapted to match global business trends.

Ghosh has over 25 years of higher education experience at public and private institutions. As dean of the School of Business Administration at Widener University, Ghosh led program development, AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education accreditations, Widener University’s Small Business Development Center SBDC, Environmental Management Assistance Program and worked with alumni and business leaders

Prior to joining Widener University, Ghosh held leadership roles including associate dean, director of the Honors Program, director of faculty development and founding executive director of the Global Education Office at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. She held teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

Ghosh serves on AACSB peer-review teams as a member and chair and serves as mentor to a school going through initial accreditation process. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Small Schools Network Affinity group of AACSB and is a member of Women Administrators in Management Education, an AACSB affinity group.

Ghosh is a strong advocate of high impact practices such as internships, cooperative education, global experience, faculty-led research with undergraduate and graduate students, and service learning.

Ghosh completed her doctorate at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and earned an M.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada). She also earned an M.S. from University of Calcutta (India).

SVSU provides access to tools and technology fine-tuned for the next generation to strengthen an academic college already honored with an AACSB-International accreditation, a gold standard distinction earned by fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business colleges. For more information about SVSU’s Carmona College of Business, visit svsu.edu/scottlcarmonacollegeofbusiness.

Ghosh will join SVSU Monday, June 28.

May 6, 2021

SVSU graduates to celebrate Commencement in person Friday; first outdoor ceremonies to be held in Wickes Stadium

More than 700 SVSU graduates have registered to participate in Saginaw Valley State University’s three outdoor commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7. The ceremonies, SVSU’s first-ever outdoor commencement celebrations, will be held in the Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium. Relocating the ceremonies outdoors provide a safer venue and allows more people to participate in person. 

“I have spoken with a number of our May graduates, and I know how much it means to them to don regalia and hear their name called as they cross the stage,” said SVSU President Donald J. Bachand. “They have overcome much to earn their degrees.” 

The schedule of ceremonies is: 

10 a.m. ― College of Health & Human Services 

1 p.m. ― College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences and College of Education 

4 p.m. ― College of Business and College of Science, Engineering & Technology 

Each graduate may bring two guests who have registered in advance. Health and safety protocols will be observed. SVSU also is providing a live video-stream of each ceremony. Details are available at www.svsu.edu/2021

Editor’s note: Members of the media are welcome to cover any of the Commencement ceremonies and speak with graduates and their guests. Please follow SVSU health and safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask when coming within 6 feet of others.  

Prior to or during each ceremony, please call/text Justin Engel at 989-284-4087 for assistance. Following each ceremony, you may call/text J.J. Boehm at 989-295-8225.  

In the event of mild to moderate rain, the ceremony will continue. In the event of severe weather, a ceremony may be postponed until later in the day, or if necessary, rescheduled for Saturday, May 8. 

May 3, 2021

SVSU graduating seniors: Kyndall LoVette

KYNDALL LoVETTE

management major

Holt native

 

Kyndall’s story

With a passion and penchant for engaging with people, Kyndall LoVette will be ready to launch soon from her status as a graduating senior at Saginaw Valley State University to the professional career that will soon follow.

The management major said she has benefited from her classroom studies as well as extracurricular opportunities at the university. All of these experiences have allowed her to build her skillset as an engaged citizen.

Among the SVSU opportunities Kyndall said served her best: her selection to the Vitito Global Leadership Institute. The SVSU program of distinction annually provides leadership development to a select group of students enrolled in the SVSU Scott L. Carmona College of Business. LoVette called the opportunity a “rewarding experience” that allowed her to collaborate with fellow Cardinals across the academic disciplines as well as student ambassadors from Ghana.

One of her academic courses — a family business class — also sharpened her community engagement skills. As part of the class, she volunteered at a fundraising event for The Mustard Seed Shelter, a Saginaw-based nonprofit which moves women and children from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

We asked Kyndall a series of questions about her experience at SVSU. Here are her responses:

 

What was your favorite memory at SVSU?

“My favorite memory, while attending SVSU is the community service opportunities I’ve had, once I joined Delta Sigma Pi, and the Organization of Black Unity.”

 

What was your proudest accomplishment at SVSU?

“My proudest accomplishment overall would be graduating college cum laude, and also being able to join RSOs on campus.”

 

What advice would you give an incoming freshman at SVSU?

“The most important advice I would give incoming freshmen would be to engage with their professors and get to know them, as well as getting involved with the student organizations. Your college experience goes by faster than you think — you get what you put in.”

 

What are your plans after graduation?

“My plans after graduation are to find a job I enjoy, and hopefully relocate to a warmer state.”

 

The following are clubs, organizations and accomplishments that highlight Morgan’s SVSU experience:

  • Vitito Global Leadership Institute, 2020 cohort
  • Delta Sigma Pi-Mu Phi Chapter
  • Organization of Black Unity

March 18, 2021

SVSU set to host in-person, outdoor commencement ceremonies for May 2021 graduates

Saginaw Valley State University will provide an opportunity for its May 2021 graduates to participate in commencement exercises and celebrate their achievements in three outdoor ceremonies planned for Friday, May 7, in the university’s Wickes Memorial Stadium.
 
Emily Siemens is among those pleased to enjoy the moment of crossing the graduation stage. She will finally get her outdoors graduation ceremony, and her parents will be there to celebrate the accomplishment.
 
“I was hoping for an in-person graduation, but I really didn’t want to get my hopes up because I know what happened last year,” said Siemens, who expects to earn a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical writing. “I was so happy to hear I would be able to celebrate with my family.”
 
The 21-year-old Gibraltar, Michigan native will be among just over 1,000 total graduates expected to complete degrees this May. Siemens and each graduate will be able to invite up to two guests each. With the students’ celebration spread across three ceremonies, the university will host ceremonies that follow the campus health and safety guidelines relating to social distancing.
 
In 2020, SVSU was among the nation’s many universities to host virtual celebrations for graduates online.
 
SVSU traditionally hosts its ceremonies indoors at its Ryder Center facilities. Relocating the event to the stadium will provide a safer venue and allow more people to participate.
 
The in-person commencement plans were announced by SVSU President Donald Bachand during his annual State of the University address Tuesday, March 16.
 
“This is very important to our graduates,” Bachand said. “I am pleased we will be able to celebrate in-person with them, with safety in mind.”
 
The relocation works in Siemens’ favor in a unique way. The first-generation college student and 2017 Carlson High School graduate was looking forward to earning her diploma in the high school’s football stadium four years ago, but a rain delay forced the event indoors.
 
“I was disappointed,” she said. “I had been looking forward to being outside for that occasion. Now, it turns out, I will get that outdoor setting to celebrate with my friends; I just had to wait to do that with my college classmates.”
 
If inclement weather prevents a safe gathering on Friday, May 7, SVSU plans to host the ceremonies outdoors in the stadium the following day instead.

January 21, 2021

SVSU sponsors 2021 First Ward Leadership Fellowship Program

Eleven Saginaw County residents between the ages of 18 and 30 have been selected as 2021 First Ward Leadership Fellows and will participate in a 14-week leadership training program hosted by Saginaw Valley State University. 

First Ward Leadership Fellows will join SVSU students who are in the 2020-2021 Vitito Global Leadership Institute in the Scott L. Carmona College of Business. The focus of the training is to highlight opportunities to become community leaders through board memberships. Workshops led by local civic and community leaders will emphasize the importance of service on boards. 

“We welcome the opportunity to further the partnership between SVSU and First Ward Community Center with the creation of this fellowship program,” said Dawn Hinton, director of SVSU’s Center for Academic Innovation & Online Learning. “This program is designed to assist young community members in developing the leadership skills that will allow them to make significant contributions to their community.” 

Hinton said students in SVSU’s Vitito Global Leadership Program each year are required to select a community engagement project; this year, the choice is a peer-to-peer leadership mentoring program with First Ward Community Center. The weekly training sessions will be held online from January through March, 2021. 

The following individuals, all from Saginaw, have been selected to participate in the First Ward Leadership Fellowship Program: 

  • Amaya Bradley, an SVSU marketing major 
  • Daeveon Clemons, an SVSU biology major 
  • Indigo Dudley, an SVSU general studies major 
  • Bria Gregory, a self-employed financial professional 
  • Airiana Hamilton, an SVSU health science major 
  • Jalen Latimore, a staff member at Francis Reh Academy 
  • Tess Martin, an SVSU social work major 
  • Jesse Sanchez, a mechanic serving in the military 
  • Alissiana Scott, a Kroger employee 
  • Demetria Simmons, a Federal Express employee 
  • Simone Vaughn, an SVSU communication major 

The goal of the program is to fill a gap that exists within the Saginaw County community and address the large number of vacancies on boards and commissions. Those who are selected to participate must submit to an application process that outlines their previous participation in First Ward programming. The SVSU Foundation is providing funding support for the fellowship. 

“This project will culminate in a ‘Signing Day’ event, where the First Ward Leadership Fellows will publicly announce the board on which they want to serve and sign their completed application for board consideration,” Hinton said. 

Hinton will provide guidance for First Ward Leadership Fellows and Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, SVSU’s Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Professor, and Dominic Monastiere, Boutell Executive-In-Residence, are responsible for developing the leadership skills training. Michael Mosher, SVSU professor of art, will introduce the First Ward Leadership Fellows to students enrolled in his Art 390 course to develop an illustrated comic book that will creatively tell the stories of each of the fellows. 

For more information on the First Ward Leadership Fellowship Program, contact Hinton at (989) 906-1400, or hinton@svsu.edu. For more information on the Vitito Global Leadership Program, contact Ofori-Dankwa at (989) 284-0684, or oforidan@svsu.edu

September 28, 2020

SVSU-based Michigan Small Business Development Center gets CARES Act boost to help region's economy

Great Lakes Bay Region communities will be among 83 Michigan counties where small business owners challenged by the pandemic will benefit from expanded support offered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which operates a regional office at Saginaw Valley State University. 
 
With support from CARES Act funding, resources are allocated to help boost the region's economics. Those resources include the following: 
  • 46 additional business consultants to meet the increase in demand for one-on-one consulting support
  • New partnerships with service providers (website development, marketing, accounting, etc.) that can help businesses weather the effects of COVID-19 
“As small businesses begin to restart, recover and launch, they will be required to have a heightened awareness and response to our ever-changing economic environment,” said Beth Roszatycki, regional director of the SBDC operations housed within the Business Excellence Centers in SVSU's Scott L. Carmona College of Business building. 
 
“This shift will also require modifications to how they previously operated, including their social norms. Being able to equip business owners and future entrepreneurs with the resources, tools and knowledge to respond to these evolving requirements and best practices will be critical. I see the SBDC being the support network to help with these necessary changes.” 
 
The expanded services will be available through March 2021. 
 
“We were able to add consulting staff to meet increased demands and extend our service offerings into key areas that we know will expedite small business recovery,” said J.D. Collins, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center. “This tangible support will aid in business recovery from the immediate effects of COVID-19 while building resilience for the future.” 
 
Michigan Small Business Development Center offices – including the operations housed at SVSU – provide no-cost consulting, training, market research, and technology commercialization services to assist Michigan businesses to launch, grow, transition and innovate. 
 
Assistance includes business plans, marketing plans, applying for financing, budgeting, hiring, business forms, feasibility, and strategic planning. 
 
Small businesses owners can access free business consulting, on-demand and online training, and market research at SBDCMichigan.org.

September 21, 2020

SVSU to host virtual panel featuring women entrepreneurs

The Saginaw Valley State University-based Dow Entrepreneurship Institute will host an empowering virtual panel discussion featuring successful women entrepreneurs. 
 
“Life Lessons from Successful Women Entrepreneurs” – scheduled Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. – is the institution’s third annual panel discussion featuring women entrepreneurs. The public is invited to attend the virtual session.
 
“The speakers are from a variety of different backgrounds and fields, and show that people from any field can be successful in starting their own business,” said Izabela Szymanska, interim director of the SVSU Dow Entrepreneurship Institute and an SVSU associate professor of management. 
 
The panel will include the following guests: 
 
Gina Adams is the founder and CEO of Wareologie, a clothing innovation company. A social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the apparel industry and social sector, Adams creates adaptive clothing for people with dexterity issues. 
 
Wendy Bloembergen is vice president of clinical affairs at GreenMark Biomedical Inc. Through its regenerative treatment technology, GreenMark is developing treatment products for the diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay. 
 
Stacey Feeley is the founder of GoSili Inc., a silicone tableware company that provides an alternative to single-use plastics in the kitchen. She regularly serves as a guest speaker for Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Northern Michigan College in Traverse City. 
 
Julia Winter is the founder and CEO of Alchemie, Inc., a company creating digital learning tools that provide an intuitive learning experience that encourages students to explore and experiment with concepts in chemistry. Winter taught college-level chemistry courses for over 20 years at Detroit Country Day School. 
 
Interested participants can join the meeting on Lifesize, a video- and audio-conferencing program, using one of two methods: 
  • In Google Chrome, enter the URL address https://call.lifesizecloud.com/5345023
  • Or call in to the meeting via telephone (audio available only) at 1-(312) 584-2401, then use meeting extension 5345023# 
For more information or to register to attend this event, visit www.svsu.edu/entrepreneurshipinstitute

August 5, 2020

Once determined to continue his education without pause, SVSU alumnus now thrives at Dow

Kevin Finley, a 2017 alumnus of Saginaw Valley State University, is proof that challenges can be overcome with drive and opportunity. 

The Flint native was determined to create a better future for himself and his community, despite facing adversity at a young age.

"I was beaten up really badly in high school," Finley said. "I was really, really frustrated but then I realized, it's not about who does what to you. It's about your response. I can say, 'I don't want to see that happen to someone else so let me show people that there's more to life than negativity.' I don't want to let stuff like that hinder me. I just want to stay positive."

A first-generation college student, Finley defied limits to overcome obstacles and forge his own path to success. After high school, he was determined to continue his education without pause, enrolling at SVSU to pursue a career in accounting.

“Growing up in the inner city you can get distracted by other things, but going to college was always important to me. I saw people in my community grow up without opportunities to do what they wanted to do,” he said.

Going to college opened new doors for Finley, and the opportunities he had at SVSU helped him to push his limits and better prepare for a successful career.

Finley took every opportunity to get involved with student organizations, on-campus jobs, and programs of distinction at SVSU, including studying abroad to Asia with the university’s Roberts Fellowship Program, which annually provides year-long leadership development opportunities for a select group of students. The program helped him expand his worldview and open his mind to new possibilities.

He also took advantage of networking opportunities and practice interviews through SVSU’s Office of Career Services, which helped him make connections and secure an internship at Dow, a Midland-based global corporation and one of the region’s largest employers. His perseverance and hard work paid off with a full-time job immediately after he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting.

He recalls how the leadership and communication skills that he developed at SVSU helped to grow his confidence and prepare him for his professional duties, including leadings events at Dow.

“These resources were really impactful from a professional standpoint. I really appreciate SVSU and I’ll always be grateful for them helping me learn who I am and how to lead,” he said.

Finley began his career at Dow as a financial accountant, and through his dedication and determination, was recently promoted to the corporate audit department of the organization.

He hopes to continue the trajectory of his career success and is diligently working toward his next professional milestone— becoming a certified public accountant. Finley has already passed his first exam and is studying for the following three in order to complete his certification. 

Finley became a mentor to other students during his time at SVSU, and he has continued this tradition of mentorship into his professional life as well. He hopes to encourage and inspire others to pursue their passions and go after what they want to achieve. As he learned first-hand from his own pursuits, following a high school diploma immediately with a college education at SVSU provided him with the momentum needed to earn him a full-time job that fulfills him.

“If you really want to do something, take a chance on yourself and believe in yourself,” Finley said. “It’s a learning opportunity, whatever you go through.”

April 22, 2020

Retiring leader leaves SVSU program in strong position to support regional businesses challenged by pandemic

As its leadership changes hands, a Saginaw Valley State University entrepreneurship-supporting program will continue its momentum at a time when the business community needs it most, officials say. 
 
David Bell later this month will retire as SVSU’s associate director of entrepreneurship and experiential learning, a role that put him in charge of the university’s Dow Entrepreneurship Institute since February 2018. Izabela Szymanska, an SVSU associate professor of management, will serve as Bell’s interim replacement. 
 
Funded by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, SVSU’s Dow Entrepreneurship Institute stimulates the creation of new business ventures, serves as a resource for research activities aimed at business innovation, and provides internship opportunities with area businesses for students. 
 
Students and faculty will work with the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute to provide operational, marketing, financial and strategic analyses for regional businesses facing challenges after the COVID-19 virus led many companies to temporarily close, said Anthony Bowrin, dean of SVSU’s Scott L. Carmona College of Business. The institute also will work with businesses to better understand how the virus impacted technology and consumer-buying behaviors such as an increased demand in product delivery services via online apps. 
 
Bowrin said much of the work will be accomplished by pairing the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute with the offices of other business-focused programs housed in SVSU’s business college. Those programs include the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center–Northeast office; the Small Business Development Center regional office; and the Stevens Center for Family Business. 
 
Because of the momentum Bell helped build at SVSU’s Dow Entrepreneurship Institute, the program is in a strong position to provide that support, Bowrin said. 
 
“I appreciate David Bell’s contribution to the advancement of the mission of the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute over the past two years as he supported the entrepreneurial endeavors of students, faculty and the wider community,” Bowrin said. 
 
Bell previously served as Dow Chemical Co.'s associate commercial director from 2003-15. 
 
Bowrin expressed excitement in the talent presented by Szymanska, who worked with Bell in strengthening the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute in recent years. 
 
“Dr. Szymanska is the lead faculty member for entrepreneurship programs in the Scott L. Carmona College of Business,” Bowrin said. 
 
“She has worked closely with David Bell to provide innovative entrepreneurship experiences for students including mentoring several students. I am confident that Dr. Szymanska will consolidate the great gains made by the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute under David’s leadership.” 
 
Those gains included the promotion of entrepreneurial initiatives among students and faculty, mentoring students developing projects related to entrepreneurship, and developing outreach programs that advance initiatives that benefit local high school students as well as members of the regional community. 
 
The institute offers workshops, contests and external speaker events that give students an inside view of business ownership and management. Through the institute’s community connections, students earn the opportunity to work directly with local business leaders while learning from established entrepreneurs. 
 
The institute works closely with educators who teach entrepreneurship classes at SVSU, providing support while supplementing students’ coursework by bringing real-world business experience into the classroom. 
 
For more information about the Dow Entrepreneurship Institute, visit www.svsu.edu/entrepreneurshipinstitute

February 21, 2020

Thursday presentations to showcase SVSU's $25.4M business college expansion, faculty; magazine editor, business leaders among presenters

Representatives of Saginaw Valley State University’s Carmona College of Business will showcase their expertise and present their new $25.4 million facility during a day-long event Thursday, Feb. 27. Then, in the evening, the editor of a popular magazine exploring economics will cap off the series of presentations aimed in part at introducing the public to the 38,500-square-foot addition to the campus.
 
All sessions are free and open to the public. Guests also are encouraged to explore the building expansion’s laboratories, classrooms and cutting-edge meeting spaces.
 
The sessions — largely hosted in the new facility from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — will focus on business industry trends while also examining the impact of SVSU programs based in its business college building.
 
The added facility will house classrooms, faculty offices and business programs. The new space also includes analytics labs and a Bloomberg Trading Room, which tracks stock data in real time. Upgrades will provide hands-on learning opportunities for students while also encouraging members of the business community to visit campus and engage with students.
 
SVSU faculty members soon will be leading classrooms and programs within the building expansion. First, though, many members of that same faculty — as well as program directors at the university as well as representatives from the regional business community — will provide presentations during the Feb. 27 showcase.
 
From 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., more than 20 45-minute-long presentations will explore business-related topics including entrepreneurship strategies, social media-based marketing, and a review of analytics systems used in business industries. Other sessions will feature alumni sharing their success stories. Faculty members and business leaders will introduce SVSU business college-based resources and explore how those tools will benefit the region. Members of SVSU’s moot court team — ranked No. 17 in the nation — will discuss the program’s success and other pre-law school initiatives at SVSU. The showcase also will feature presentations about student-assisted research pursued by faculty members.
 
The lone showcase event hosted in the evening and in a venue located elsewhere on campus will be the keynote presentation from Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. His appearance is scheduled at 7 p.m. in SVSU’s Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts, located in the Groening Commons complex that adjoins the business college expansion.
 
A monthly magazine with an online presence, Wired since 1993 has provided award-winning content on topics including economics, technology, politics and culture. In his presentation, Thompson plans to talk about how technology’s ever-evolving landscape will shape culture as well as economics for the future.
 
The Thursday event follows a dedication ceremony for the business college expansion planned Monday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts.
 
SVSU Foundation earlier this week announced the completion of a $15.6 million fundraising campaign for the expansion. The building addition also was supported by $9.8 million in funding from the State of Michigan.
 
Below is a schedule of the Carmona College of Business showcase sessions open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All sessions are hosted inside the Carmona College of Business expansion:
 
Sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
 
“Using Your Strengths”
Room CCB 201
Betsy Pierce, associate professor of accounting
Pierce will share how individuals can focus on their unique strengths to work more successfully individually and within groups. Pierce is certified as a coach in the CliftonStrengths program, an initiative that assesses the strengths and talents of individuals and how those traits can best be utilized in group settings.
 
"Living the Entrepreneurship Dream"
Room CCB 214
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
SVSU student and alumni entrepreneurs will share their experiences about developing their own businesses from idea to startup. They will touch on the rewarding aspects of transforming business ideas into business plans, and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
 
"Game Theory in Action: The Prisoner's Dilemma"
Room CCB 216
Kellie Konsor, assistant professor of economics
Konsor will be discussing strategic decision-making theories and they relate to economics.
 
"Family Business Sustaining for Generations"
Room CCB 217
Martha Zehnder Kaczynski, vice president of sales for Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge; Jordan Thieme, director of operations at Amigo Mobility International; and SVSU student presenters
The session will feature family business leaders discussing the unique rewards and challenges of owning and operating a family business. It will also include discussion with students who have participated in the annual global Family Enterprise Case Competition, where students across the world work to solve complex family business cases.
 
Sessions from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
 
"Building Entrepreneurial Skills"
Room CCB 113
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
Bell will guide the audience through a discussion on the steps taken to achieve a successful business startup, as well as an experiential exercise that focuses on developing various entrepreneurial skills.
 
"Designing Your Life"
Room CCB 201
Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law
Following an approach pioneered at Stanford University, Hendrickson will discuss strategies aimed at improving skills related to leadership, innovation and creativity; and how to apply those principles to everyday life.
 
"Social Media Marketing: Collaborative Learning with Great Lakes Bay Businesses"
Room CCB 216
Chatdanai Pongpatipat, assistant professor of marketing
Pongpatipat will demonstrate social media-based collaborative work between SVSU students and regional business partners.
 
"Resources to Support Economic Growth with Regional Manufacturers"
Room CCB 217
Jeremy Bockelman, director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; and Matthew Shoffner, assistant director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Bockelman and Shoffner will lead an interactive simulation of a "5S Lean Manufacturing Tool."
 
Sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
 
"Living the Entrepreneurship Dream"
Room CCB 113
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
SVSU student and alumni entrepreneurs will share their experiences about developing their own businesses from idea to startup. They will touch on the rewarding aspects of transforming business ideas into business plans, and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
 
"Virtual Reality in Surveys and Research"
Room CCB 216
Kevin Meyer, assistant professor of economics
Meyer will describe and demonstrate his recent research in environmental economics that involved two SVSU students conducting a survey on lake pollution using virtual reality.
 
"Family Business Sustaining for Generations"
Room CCB 217
Amy Zehnder Grossi, general manager of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge; Jordan Thieme, director of operations at Amigo Mobility International; Jennifer Thieme Kehres, director of business development at Amigo Mobility International; and SVSU student presenters
The session will feature family business leaders discussing the unique rewards and challenges of owning and operating a family business. It will also include discussion with students who have participated in the annual global Family Enterprise Case Competition, where students across the world work to solve complex family business cases.
 
Sessions from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
 
"Building Entrepreneurial Skills"
Room CCB 114
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
Bell will guide the audience through a discussion on the steps taken to achieve a successful business startup, as well as an experiential exercise that focuses on developing various entrepreneurial skills.
 
"Designing Your Life"
Room CCB 201
Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law
Following an approach pioneered at Stanford, Hendrickson will discuss how to use design thinking to start working as a better leader, innovator and creator, and how to apply these principles to everyday life.
 
"The Power of SAP, ERP and Analytics"
Room CCB 214
Prashanth Anekal, associate professor of management
Anekal will lead an interactive session in which the audience will be introduced to analytics systems.
 
"Reimagining the Carmona College of Business: Positive Benefits for Students and the Great Lakes Bay Region"
Room CCB 216
Joseph Ofori-Dankwa, SVSU’s Harvey Randall Wickes Endowed Professor
Ofori-Dankwa will lead a team of SVSU students enrolled in the Vitito Fellowship Program to facilitate an interactive session that re-imagines different roles and benefits for students, faculty, staff and community partners as a result of the impact of the Scott L. Carmona College of Business expansion. The Vitito Fellowship Program is an initiative that provides leadership development for SVSU students studying in the business college.
 
"Resources to Support Economic Growth with Regional Manufacturers"
Room CCB 217
Jeremy Bockelman, director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center; and Matthew Shoffner, assistant director of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
Bockelman and Shoffner will lead an interactive simulation of a "5S Lean Manufacturing Tool."
 
Sessions from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
"Living the Entrepreneurship Dream"
Room CCB 113
David Bell, associate director of Entrepreneurship Experiential Learning and Continuing Education
SVSU student and alumni entrepreneurs will share their experiences about developing their own businesses from idea to startup. They will touch on the rewarding aspects of transforming business ideas into business plans, and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
 
"Using Your Strengths"
Room CCB 201
Betsy Pierce, associate professor of accounting
Pierce will share how individuals can focus on their unique strengths to work more successfully individually and with groups. Pierce is certified as a coach in the CliftonStrengths program, an initiative that assesses the strengths and talents of individuals and how those traits can best be utilized in group settings.
 
"Carmona College of Business Young Alumni Board"
Room CCB 216
Lauren Miller, 2018 SVSU alumna; and Connor Doyle, 2019 SVSU alumnus
Recent SVSU graduates Miller and Doyle will talk about their experiences as students as well as members of the Young Alumni Organization. Representatives from Career Services and Alumni Relations will also be in attendance to talk about the resources available to SVSU alumni.
 
"SVSU Moot Court Demonstration"
Room CCB 217
Amy Hendrickson, associate professor of law, and members of the SVSU moot court team
Hendrickson will facilitate a mini-moot court demonstration featuring Justin Weller and Justine Brabaw, members of the nationally ranked SVSU moot court team. This session will also include information about the Law Club and Pre-Law program.

Go to page:

Contact Us

ccbdean@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4064(989) 964-4064

Dean

Dr. Jayati Ghosh

Acting Assistant Dean

Dr. Amy L. Hendrickson

Office

CCB 302