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Season's Greetings from the College of Business Administration

Message from the Dean

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As the fall 2019 semester comes to a close, I am pleased to provide an update on the College of Business Administration's many accomplishments.

This fall the Online MBA program was ranked number one out of 15 online MBA programs in Ohio by MBA Central, based on the quality of classes, support services and affordability. This is a remarkable achievement for a program that has only been offered online for two years, and it recognizes the commitment of the faculty and staff to develop and deliver high quality degree programs.

The work of the college also extends beyond the classroom and evolves with new technology. An example is the launch of two new podcast series designed to provide career readiness advice and share business faculty expertise more broadly. Ready for Business launched this fall and features interviews with employers giving advice on topics such as the resume, online branding, and career fairs. Breaking Down Business will launch in the spring and feature faculty discussing timely business topics.

As you will also see in this issue of the newsletter, the fall brought continued success for the award-winning student sales team and chapter recognitions for Delta Sigma Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Wishing you a happy holiday season,

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

College Announcements

Kent State’s Online MBA Program Ranked Number One in Ohio by MBA Central

Kent State University’s Online MBA program is ranked number one out of 15 online MBA programs in Ohio in 2019 by MBA Central, an organization that was formed in 2015 as a business school ranking and resource site for prospective MBA students.

Additionally, the Online MBA ranked eighth in MBA Central’s list of the fastest online MBA programs (those that can be completed in 12 months or less) in the nation.

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Breaking Down Business Podcast

College of Business Administration Launches Two Podcast Series for 2019-20

In an effort to enhance career readiness and share faculty expertise more broadly, the Kent State College of Business Administration recently launched two new podcast series.

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Breaking Down Business, one of two podcast series launched during the 2019-20 academic year.

Student Spotlight

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Several members of Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) were finalists in the recent PSE Northeast Regional Conference.

College of Business Administration Student Groups Place in Competitions

Kent State College of Business Administration student groups saw success at business competitions during the fall semester. Sales and marketing students competed in the Ohio Collegiate Sales Competition, Pi Sigma Epsilon’s Northeast Regional Conference and the University of Northwestern Ohio Regional American Marketing Association Competition.

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Kent State Business Student Organizations Receive Chapter Awards

The Kent State Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi received the Northeastern Province R. Nelson Mitchell Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Award, and the Kent State Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma earned High Honors distinction for the academic year.

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Faculty News

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Emmanuel Dechenaux, Ph.D.

Kent State College of Business Administration Names Emmanuel Dechenaux, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Administration

Emmanuel Dechenaux, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of the Ph.D. program at Kent State University's College of Business Administration, has been named Interim Associate Dean for Administration effective January 6, 2020.

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Shampa Banerjee, Ph.D.

Alumni Spotlight: Shampa Banerjee to be Honored as the 2020 Spirit of Women in Business Award Winner

The Kent State University College of Business Administration announces Shampa Banerjee, Ph.D., Chief Product Officer of Eros Digital at Eros International, as the 2020 Spirit of Women in Business award winner. The annual Spirit of Women in Business conference will take place on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Kent State Student Center on the Kent campus.

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Building Update

Kent State Set to Get First Parking Deck

Kent State is set to get its first parking deck as part of the university's master plan to transform campus. Learn more about how this project will support the College of Business Administration in this Crain’s Cleveland Business article.

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Upcoming Events


EMBA Experience Day

Saturday, 3 - 5:30 p.m.
College of Business Administration
Register Here.

MAR 11

Graduate Programs Night

Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.,
Kent State Student Center, Room 310
Register Here.

MAR 20

10th Annual Spirit of Women in Business Conference

Friday, All Day Event
Kent State Student Center
Register Here.

In the Headlines

Associate professor of economics Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., determines economic impact of Akron Marathon.

Former ROTC members, including several business alumni, reflect on May 4.

Chair of Department of Economics Kathy Wilson, Ph.D., discusses Ohio employment rates.

Featured Fund: Career Clothes Closet

Dress for success is a phrase often heard in the business world. While our students may have all the talent and knowledge needed to begin a successful career, they may not have the funds to purchase a professional suit for interviewing. The Career Clothes Closet initiative was created to help those students.

With your gift this holiday season, you can help a business student get started in his or her career through the Career Clothes Closet. To date, more than 160 students have received suits free of charge thanks to the generosity of donors. To give to this fund, select the "Give Now" button below, check the box next to "I would like to enter my own designation" and type "Career Clothes Closet". Thank you for considering supporting this fund.

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50th Commemoration
of May 4

Beginning in the fall of 2019 and continuing through May 4, 2020, Kent State University will honor the 50th commemoration with a year-long observance of educational programs and events in addition to the traditional commemoration activities. If you would like to receive monthly email updates and other periodic communications about the 50th commemoration activities, please opt-in at the link below.

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