BGSU College of Business

BGSU’s supply chain management program ranks in top 25

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University College of Business supply chain management program has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 supply chain management programs by Gartner, a leading IT and supply chain management research and advisory company. The Gartner 2018 Supply Chain University Top 25 ranked BGSU’s supply chain management program No. 21 in the nation, making it the second-highest ranking supply chain management program in Ohio. This is the BGSU program’s first appearance on the list. BGSU’s supply chain management program features an integrated approach to the movement of goods from the supplier to the final customer. BGSU supply chain graduates work in a variety of industries, including technology, manufacturing, retail, logistics, health care and consulting. The Gartner Supply Chain University Top 25 is a biennial program that assesses and ranks undergraduate and advanced supply chain degree programs in North America.


BGSU camp leads young women down the path of business

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Sitting in the classroom in the college of business, 35 high school seniors seemed poised to develop the next big idea. For now they are trying to turn trash into musical instruments. The students are at Bowling Green State University for the Young Women in Business Leadership Camp being held this week. Kirk Kern, the director of the entrepreneurship program on campus, is cheerleading their efforts and aspirations. Entrepreneurs aren’t just men like Steve Jobs and Henry Ford, he tells them. Their ranks also include Isabella Weems. When Weems was 14, younger than the campers, she decided she wanted to save to buy a car. Her parents told her she’d have to earn the money. She had a choice: She could get a job or start her own business. With her parents backing, Weems started Origami Owl, making personalized pendants. The product took off. She earned more than enough to buy a car. By 2016 the company had sales of $25 million. Susan Kosakowski, the recruiting manager for the College of Business, said the residential camp has two goals. The first is “to help young ladies develop their leadership skills so they can take those back to their high schools and then continue them through their college years.” The other is to make them aware of the opportunities in business for women, she said. Even though about 55 percent of the undergraduate students at BGSU are female, in the College of Business two-thirds are. The college, Kosakowski said, would like to see more diversity, not only in gender but ethnicity and culture as well. “We have so many opportunities we want the women to start taking advantage of them,” she said. “People get very closed minded about what’s involved in business. Every time you walk in a store you’re engaged in business.” The camp aims to show young women how business impacts their lives. The entrepreneurship program is one draw for women, she said. Students from any major can minor in entrepreneurship. The program’s signature event The Hatch, where…


Student entrepreneurs pitch their ideas at The Hatch

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In the spirit of “Shark Tank,” 10 student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to alumni investors during The Hatch on April 19 at Bowling Green State University. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Perry Field House on the BGSU campus. In 2017, The Hatch attracted more than 3,500 attendees and was streamed to watch parties across the United States. “Hatchlings” are paired with alumni mentors throughout the spring semester to develop their business ideas. The field includes two Bowling Green natives: Sara Clark and Isaac Rogers. Participating students and their ideas include: Hannah Barth and Elyse Blau, both juniors, are creating Pop-Up Palace, a play structure that is easily assembled, disassembled and modified to reflect a child’s changing developmental needs. Barth is majoring in inclusive early childhood education; Blau is majoring in early childhood education. Nick Bundy and Jacob Hauter, both juniors, are developing Saflee, a hybrid of a traditional safe and a disaster kit. Bundy is double-specializing in finance and sales and services marketing; Hauter is double-specializing in marketing and business analytics. Sara Clark, a senior, is creating Magnahalter, a horse halter that eliminates buckles and clasps by replacing them with Velcro and magnets. Clark is majoring in intervention along with dual education licensure for K-12 students with mild-to-moderate and moderate-to-severe disabilities. Olivier Ernst, a graduate student, is developing Suppleo, a supplement dispenser designed for athletic and workout environments. Ernst is pursuing his MBA. Kristen Grom, a senior, is creating Power Play, an app-controlled dog toy that allows owners to control the toy from smart devices. Grom is majoring in visual communication technology. Marikay Mester, a junior, is developing Bloomzoa, an app that makes childhood nutrition fun and interactive while providing educational tools to successfully manage dietary restrictions. Mester is majoring in dietetics. Rachael Poling, a senior, is creating a wearable device that is an early detector of geriatric diseases. Poling is majoring in applied health science. Isaac Rogers, sophomore, is developing Mchezo, a web-based, interactive game for children with chronic diseases. Rogers is majoring in business administration.


BGSU partners with Texas firm to promote online business degrees

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University is seeking help to promote its online business programs, even before one of them is launched. The university has signed an agreement with Academic Partnerships, a Texas-based company, to help with the marketing and recruiting of its existing online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (EBSBA), and to market an online Master of Business Administration, that is still in the process of being created. Acting Provost John Fischer said that collaboration was being sought to try to get more enrollment in the eCampus programs. The university is looking more and more to non-traditional, or post-traditional students, to maintain enrollments when there are fewer high school graduates. The EBSBA is under enrolled, he said, making it a good candidate for such a collaboration. The program is aimed at working adults who want to complete a bachelor’s degree, he said. The EBSBA provides the last two years of the bachelor’s degree. Academic Partnerships is expected to start recruiting for the EBSBA this fall. Academic Partnerships will reach out to build relationships with companies to recruit students, as well as providing some mentoring support for students. They will also help market the program. That will include fine tuning language on the program’s web page. Fischer said prospective students for the EBSBA “want to know as soon as possible how much is it going to cost in its entirety, and how much credit we’ll give them for other coursework they’re bringing in.” They also want to know if they can get credit for prior learning because of their work experience. In exchange for these services, Academic Partnerships will split the revenue 50-50 with the university. The proposed online MBA is meant to address the concern in the drop in enrollment in MBA programs. “Online MBAs seem to be supplanting face-to-face MBAs,” he said. At some institutions that drop has been significant. “Cross country the trend is that those are shrinking,” Fischer said. “But we haven’t seen that yet. We don’t want to be naïve. We don’t want to…


BGSU College of Business makes list of top schools

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Today Poets&Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news, unveiled its second annual Best Undergraduate Business Programs. BGSU’s College of Business, in its first appearance on the list, ranks No. 47 overall, No. 24 among public institutions and second among Ohio’s public universities. Poets&Quants for Undergrads compiled the 2017 exclusive ranking from school-reported data and a representative survey of more than 6,000 recent graduates. Alumni were surveyed on admissions standards, academic experience and employment placement. Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., president of BGSU, emphasized the University’s dedication to student success and to transforming lives. “In the College of Business, our faculty and staff are preparing the next generation of business leaders through education, research and service. We are proud to join Poets&Quants’ annual ranking.” Raymond Braun, dean of the College of Business, added, “We are honored that Poets&Quants has recognized the incredible work that happens here every day. This ranking reflects our staff and faculty’s hard work and dedication to our students and our business program, fostering an environment of excellence from start to finish.” John A. Byrne, founder and editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants for Undergrads, said, “At a time when parents and students are confronting ever-increasing tuition bills and levels of debt, the return-on-investment of a degree is more important than ever. We measure those returns and it’s no wonder that more parents are encouraging their children to major in business. The best business schools are a no-brainer investment because they are reporting record or near-record starting salaries and job placement for their graduates. What we’ve produced is an invaluable resource for students trying to make smart decisions about where to get the best education for a successful career.” Poets&Quants’ 2018 publication, “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools,” will be published in January. (See Poets&Quants story.)