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Spotlight on Business

Message from the Dean

Dean's PhotoNordson President and CEO Michael Hilton, College of Business Administration Dean Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., and Kent State Board of Trustees Chair Ralph Della Ratta, president of Citizens Bank Ohio.

Dear Alumni and Friends: 

Our business students continue to have transformative educational experiences through the work of our faculty and staff. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to these individuals and for your support of high-impact initiatives in the college.

We held the third Global Management Center speaker series event of the academic year presented by Citizens Bank, featuring Nordson President and CEO Michael Hilton.

Two student teams took first place in national competitions. The college’s Golden Flash Asset Management Group traveled to New York to participate in the G.A.M.E. Forum. The Kent State team won first place in the Fixed Income Portfolio category. The same week, the Kent State Chapter of the Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) sales fraternity won the Marketing Case Competition at the PSE National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

The CEBIpitch competition, sponsored by Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. and Petrovic Enterprises, was hosted by the college’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation. Student entrepreneurs pitched for more than $30,000 in prize money. Alumni entrepreneurs and executives served as coaches, mentors and judges in a semester-long process that narrowed the field of student entrepreneurs to these finalists.

These types of transformative educational experiences are possible due to the support of alumni and friends of the college. I invite you to learn more about these events on our college homepage.

Deborah Spake

Deborah Spake, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Business Administration




College Announcements

Business Building

New Business Building Page Launched

A page dedicated to updates on the new College of Business building was recently launched. View renderings, videos, 360-degree tours and stay up-to-date on its progress online.

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CEBI

Student Entrepreneurs Win $30,000 at CEBIpitch

Seven student-run businesses pitched their ideas for a chance to win more than $30,000 in cash prizes at the third annual CEBIpitch Competition held at Kent State on April 11.

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Photo caption: The winner of the 2019 CEBIpitch competition was GreekDoor.

CEBI Idea Pitch

Golden Flash Asset Management Group Takes First Place at International Competition

The Kent State Golden Flash Asset Management Team took first place in the Fixed Income Portfolio category at the G.A.M.E. Forum held in New York City.

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Photo caption: Members of the Golden Flash Asset Management Group.

CEBI Idea Pitch

Kent State Pi Sigma Epsilon Team Places First in Marketing Case Competition

The Kent State chapter of professional marketing and sales fraternity Pi Sigma Epsilon placed first in the Marketing Case Competition at the PSE National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Photo caption: Winning members of the Kent State chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon.


Alumni spotlight

Highlighted Faculty Photos

Sandra Volpe, ’89, Senior Vice President,
Strategic Planning, Communications and Contractor
Relations for FedEx Ground

The Kent State University College of Business Administration’s National Advisory Board welcomes Sandra Volpe, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Communications and Contractor Relations for FedEx Ground.

Volpe joined FedEx Ground in 2000 with more than 10 years of experience in financial planning and analysis. In 2007, she was promoted from Managing Director to Vice President of Strategic Finance. Her extensive knowledge of the financial world made her the ideal choice to become the Vice President of Strategic Planning in 2012 before assuming her current role in 2013.

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Feature Fund


The Kent State University College of Business Administration is transforming the way students learn and faculty educate through innovative programs and opportunities. We are able to provide the transformative experiences we highlighted throughout this newsletter because of the support of our alumni, donors and friends. Please consider investing in the next generation of business leaders with a gift to a College of Business Administration Fund.

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In the Headlines


Deborah Knapp, Ph.D., associate professor of management and information systems, weighs in on how human resource departments will address medical marijuana use.

Associate professor of Economics Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., along with other Kent State colleagues, was featured in The Columbus Dispatch about his study on the economic impact of the Somali community on Columbus, Ohio



Upcoming Events


May 15

All-MBA Info Session

Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hudson Library, 95 Library St., Hudson, OH 44236

May 21

All-MBA Info Session

Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Cleveland Urban Design
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200, Cleveland OH 44115



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