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UE to Host Global Business Event

Posted: October 7, 2013

The Tri-State World Trade Network, the University of Evansville, and the University of Southern Indiana are teaming up with area businesses and industries to host an event designed to help college students learn about the skills necessary to work with global companies. The event, A World of Opportunity, will take place from 6- 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 in Eykamp Hall at the University of Evansville.

The guest speaker will be Randy Alsman, former president of Mead Johnson Nutritionals, who will discuss attributes executives from international companies in southern Indiana look for when hiring. After hearing Alsman’s address, students will rotate through breakout sessions where they will hear from 10 companies about qualities needed to work globally, career paths, and entry-level opportunities. A networking event after the breakout sessions will give students opportunities for one-on-one discussions with these industry officials.

The Tri-State World Trade Network, supported by The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, promotes exporting and international trade in the Tri-State by sponsoring educational activities, programs, and events designed to increase knowledge, promote understanding, and encourage participation in international trade.

Event registration for college students begins at 5:30 p.m.

Accuride Experts Helping College Kids Design a Better Wheel

Posted: September 18, 2013

The Henderson Gleaner
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Personnel from Accuride Corp's Henderson-based engineering department are challenging University of Evansville students this week to design a better wheel as part of the school's ongoing Innovation week.

Cross-disciplinary student teams of three to six students are competing in the Innovation Week Design Challenge. Teams are tasked with developing a conceptual design according to a challenge from the corporate sponsor, Evansville-based Accuride: to develop a lightweight aluminum wheel for the commercial vehicle industry that meets numerous technical requirements.

Throughout this week, students are working closely with UE faculty advisers, learning to use a 3-D printer, hearing from guest speakers, gaining insight from a midweek feedback session with Accuride and building a proof-of-concept model.

On Friday, student teams will give brief presentations and submit their proof-of-concept models to a panel of judges consisting of Accuride personnel and UE faculty and staff. The winning team will receive a $1,000 cash prize provided and presented by Accuride during a reception that evening.

“Accuride welcomed the opportunity to support the university’s Innovation Week Design Challenge for its ability to spark the imagination and team-based collaboration of the next generation of college students,” Craig Kessler, Accuride’s vice president of engineering, said in a statement. “The scholarship we will provide the winning team is another demonstration of the commitment Accuride has to the Evansville community and its respect for the quality of students attending the University of Evansville.”

The Innovation Week Design Challenge is supported by the Institute for Global Enterprise and the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

“Given today’s intense interconnectedness, rapid pace of change, and growing complexity of global challenges, innovation is essential for progress and success for our future graduates and our civic, public, and private sectors,” according to Katie Ciccarelli, executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise. “We hope that Innovation Week inspires our students and community members to make an impact by developing global and entrepreneurial mindsets.”

Accuride is a leading North American producer of wheel-end components for the global commercial trucks and trailers. Its Henderson plant produces steel rims and wheels for the industry.

Institute for Global Enterprise Presents First-Ever Innovation Week; Accuride Sponsors Student Design Challenge

Posted: September 13, 2013

A keynote address from innovation strategist John Kao, a student design competition, and a $1,000 prize are just a few highlights of the first Innovation Week, September 16-20, presented by the University of Evansville’s Institute for Global Enterprise.

“Given today’s intense interconnectedness, rapid pace of change, and growing complexity of global challenges, innovation is essential for progress and success for our future graduates and our civic, public, and private sectors,” said Katie Ciccarelli, executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise. “We hope that Innovation Week inspires our students and community members to make an impact by developing global and entrepreneurial mindsets.”

Innovation Week features two free, public lectures:

• Institute Speaker Series presents John Kao, 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 17 at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville. Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” by The Economist, Kao is an innovation strategist and the author of Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation: How America is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back.

• Social innovator Tyler White, noon Friday, September 20 in Eykamp Hall (Room 251), Ridgway University Center. White, a UE senior, will discuss how he became a social innovator at age 19. White is the founder of Fields of Dreams Uganda, an organization that provides hope for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through soccer and education.

In addition, cross-disciplinary student teams of three to six students will compete in the Innovation Week Design Challenge. Teams are tasked with developing a conceptual design according to a challenge from the corporate sponsor, Evansville-based Accuride Corporation: to develop a lightweight aluminum wheel for the commercial vehicle industry that meets numerous technical requirements. 

Throughout the week, students will work closely with UE faculty advisors, learn to use a 3-D printer, hear from guest speakers, gain insight from a midweek feedback session with Accuride, and build a proof-of-concept model.

On Friday, September 20, student teams will give brief presentations and submit their proof-of-concept models to a panel of judges consisting of Accuride personnel and UE faculty and staff. The winning team will receive a $1,000 cash prize provided and presented by Accuride during a reception that evening.

“Accuride welcomed the opportunity to support the University’s Innovation Week Design Challenge for its ability to spark the imagination and team-based collaboration of the next generation of college students,” said Craig Kessler, Vice President of Engineering. “The scholarship we will provide the winning team is another demonstration of the commitment Accuride has to the Evansville community and its respect for the quality of students attending the University of Evansville.” 

The Innovation Week Design Challenge is supported by the Institute for Global Enterprise and the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network. The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Members of the media are welcome to cover all Innovation Week events. For a full schedule, please visit the Institute for Global Enterprise website.

Fields of Dreams' Co-Founder Tyler White, Social Innovator and UE Senior to Tell His Story on Friday, Sept. 20 at a Free Luncheon

Posted: September 10, 2013

The campus community is invited to enjoy a free luncheon and presentation by UE senior, Tyler White.  To attend this event, please RSVP to ck116 by Sept. 17.

Tyler White co-founded Fields of Dreams Uganda at the age of 19. Tyler will share his story of how he became a social innovator in creating a new organization and model that addresses social needs and is strengthening the civil society of Uganda. Fields of Dreams provides hope for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education.

This is a SSB Passport approved event sponsored by the Institute for Global Enterprise and is part of Innovation Week.

$1,000 PRIZE - Innovation Week Design Challenge

Posted: September 10, 2013

Info Session Friday, Sept. 13 at 4pm in SB 162

Students are invited to participate in the Innovation Week Design Challenge to compete for a $1,000 team prize, which will be awarded by Accuride, the Design Challenge corporate sponsor. Join us for an informal info session and to form a team this Friday, September 13th at 4pm in SB 162.

Cross-disciplinary student teams of 3 to 6 members will spend a fun-filled week competing to develop a conceptual design that provides an innovative solution to Accuride’s challenge.  Students will have access to advisors from the faculty, be instructed in the use of 3-D printing as an innovation tool, be called to action by a special guest speaker, nationally-known innovation strategist John Kao, gain insight during a mid-week informal feedback session with Accuride, and build a proof-of-concept model.  Most important, the competition will enable the teams to increase their appreciation of cross-disciplinary innovative problem-solving techniques.  All Design Challenge conceptual designs will be evaluated on Friday, September 20, 2013 during a 10-minute student presentation and submittal of a proof-of-concept model to a panel of judges consisting of Accuride personal and UE faculty/staff.  The winning team of the Design Challenge will receive a $1,000 cash prize provided and presented by Accuride during a special reception that evening.

Part of Innovation Week, the Design Challenge is supported by the Institute for Global Enterprise and the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network.

Full Calendar of Design Challenge Events:

Monday, Sept. 16
4-5:30pm

Innovation Week Design Challenge Kickoff with Accuride
Smythe Lecture Hall
SB170

Tuesday, Sept. 17
3-3:30pm

3-D Printing, Manufacturing and Innovation
Dr. John Layer
KC100

3:45-4:45pm
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Dr. John Layer instruction for student teams participating in the Innovation Week Design Challenge

Wednesday, Sept. 18
4-6pm

Accuride Mid-week Informal Feedback Session for Student Teams
SB 273 (By appointment only)

Thursday, Sept. 19
4pm

Deadline for Design Challenge Student Teams to Submit 3-D Printing Requests
(Submit electronically to Dr. Layer)

Friday, Sept. 20
4-6pm

Design Challenge Pitches and Judging
Smythe Lecture Hall / SB 170

6-7pm
Design Challenge Award Presentation and Reception
Dunigan Lounge / SB 160

September 16 - 20 Innovation Week at UE

Posted: September 9, 2013

The Institute for Global Enterprise presents Innovation Week at the University of Evansville, taking place from Sept. 16-20.

Given today’s intense interconnectedness, rapid pace of change and growing complexity of global challenges, innovation is essential for progress and success for our future graduates and our civic, public and private sectors. You are invited to participate in the Innovation Week events, which include the Institute for Global Enterprise Speaker Series event featuring John Kao, the weeklong Design Challenge, a presentation on 3-D Printing and Innovation, and a presentation by Social Innovator Tyler White on his organization, Fields of Dreams Uganda.

Innovation Strategist John Kao to Speak in Indianapolis, Evansville September 17

Posted: August 21, 2013

The Institute for Global Enterprise, part of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, will host innovation strategist John Kao in Indianapolis and Evansville on Tuesday, September 17. As part of the Institute Speaker Series, Kao will discuss global competitive innovation for organizations, nations, and individuals.

Kao’s appearance in Indianapolis is presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. local time, and Kao will speak at noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St. Each ticket costs $20 and includes lunch. Guests may purchase a maximum of four tickets through the University of Evansville by clicking here or calling 812-488-2706, or through the Rotary Club of Indianapolis at www.indyrotary.org or 317-631-3733.

Kao will speak that evening in Evansville at 7:00 p.m. local time at the Victory Theatre, 600 Main St. This event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and seating is first come, first served; however, guests planning to attend the complimentary event in Evansville may pre-register online here to receive preferred seating. A confirmation email will be sent the week of the event with instructions for seating. For more information, please contact the Institute for Global Enterprise at 812-488-2455 or globalindiana@evansville.edu.

Kao – dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist – is a leading authority on innovation, organizational transformation, and emerging technologies. Over the past two decades, he has been a trusted advisor to senior leaders of both public and private sector organizations in the development of innovation strategies and capabilities. He has advised the governments of Finland and Singapore on their innovation strategies, as well as leading firms such as Nike, Intel, and BASF. Kao also chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation and the Institute for Large Scale Innovation.

Kao is the author of Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation: How America is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MD from Yale School of Medicine. Kao is also a Tony-nominated producer of film and stage, and spent a summer playing keyboards for Frank Zappa.

The Institute for Global Enterprise wishes to thank Old National Bank for their generous support of this Institute Speaker Series event.

The Institute for Global Enterprise is funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

At UE and USI Business Schools, It's all About Developing Entrepreneurial Skills Early

Posted: August 21, 2013

Mary Biever, special to EBJ

Monday, August 5, 2013

As colleges strive to provide opportunities for students to develop the skills they need to become entrepreneurs and to successfully launch businesses, the lessons no longer start and end in the classroom.

Locally, the schools of business at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana have embraced programming to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of their students.

UE requires all of its business students to participate on an entrepreneurial team that develops a small business. Approximately 80 to 90 students enroll each year in the two-semester sequence, most often as sophomores.

“During the first semester, teams develop business proposals that are reviewed by a panel for their profit potential and also their risks,” said Peter Sherman, associate professor of management in UE’s Schroeder School of Business. “The panels determine an interest rate for a startup loan so the students can begin and develop their business during the second semester. Part of the students’ grade for the semester is based upon the performance of their business.

“Students who overcome barriers while developing a business and create their own balance sheets learn from those experiences and then learn more in their upper-level finance courses.”

Businesses UE students have developed through the program include an academic-styled Facebook, a tanning salon and a business that featured custom-tailored business suits. One team hosted a writing competition, selected the winning book, published the book and then developed a marketing plan for book sales.

Students who have graduated from UE have taken what they learned to develop their own businesses. Jenna Stratman has successfully built the online magazine RegaleMag.com since her graduation.

Sherman appreciates the support of the local business community.

“There’s a strong level of energy in this community to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit,” he said.

The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center and Evansville SCORE all work with students to share an outside-the-classroom, real-world perspective.

USI has developed an entrepreneurship minor that is open to all undergraduates.

“The entrepreneurship minor was launched in 2010 to give students a full-immersion learning experience,” said Bryan Bourdeau, an instructor with USI’s Romain College of Business. “Our three-management-course sequence moves students out of their comfort zone by pushing them to higher accountability and standards. The real-life scenarios we use add a sense of urgency to our projects. Students prefer it.”

The students learn to develop businesses using a Business Model Canvas, a new approach used to supplement or replace traditional business plans. The Business Model Canvas offers a “lean” approach to business planning, providing quick opportunities to respond to changes.

“Students learn that it’s OK to fail with a business idea. They learn to fail fast and move on,” Bourdeau explained.

“Our teams have transparent accountability,” Bourdeau said. “If a team member is not meeting standards or completing tasks on schedule, the other team members have the option to ‘fire’ or ‘vote’ that member off the team.

The team member who is voted out then has the option to withdraw from the course or complete all future assignments and the final presentation individually. We’ve only had one member voted off a team, but he learned from the experience and completed the course, doing all work and completing the final presentation by himself.”

About 20 students are enrolled in USI’s entrepreneurship minor. They are a mix of majors, with some students studying in the school of business and others studying in fields including education.

“We work to develop an entrepreneurial mindset,” Bourdeau said. “Our program changes how students in many different fields look at things.”

USI’s Technology Commercialization Academy, which has trained students the past two summers, brings together business and engineering majors. This summer, four teams with a total of 16 students analyzed patents developed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. They explored commercial uses for patents for radio intelligence, intuitive interfaces and fire control lasers and developed nonmilitary, commercial uses for the patents.

The final products created included a wristband to use in amusement parks that tracks children, ride wait times, cash and ticket information; an inventory tracker for warehouses and retail stores; a device to track customers in a store; and a device for large institutions to track people and quickly identify emergency/disaster situations.

Students in the academy worked full-time for five weeks, developing their products and business proposals that they presented at Crane as well as at USI.

“Through the academy, I’ve learned how to plan a business and run it,” said Pedro Alfaro, a USI junior mechanical engineering major. “I have also learned what is needed to obtain financing to start a business. I have applied some of what I’ve learned by sharing it with my dad, who is a business owner who runs a car lot.”

Michelle Muse is a USI junior who is majoring in marketing and business administration, with a minor in entrepreneurship. She worked with three engineers on her team and said, “I helped them with a business model. I like taking something and developing it into a marketable product.”

Muse added that her experiences with Startup Weekend Evansville the past two years helped prepare her for the academy. Startup Weekend Evansville has hosted team members from the area business community, as well as students from USI and UE. Participants work on teams for 54 hours in a weekend to develop a product, a marketing strategy and a presentation for angel investors.

High schools are also beginning to offer entrepreneurial tracks. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.’s New Tech Institute started an Entrepreneurial Academy in 2012, which had 25 high school juniors enrolled. Those students spent last year studying finance, accounting, and networking and will augment their studies during their senior year with internships.

“I want to help our students learn as much as possible,” said Barbara Nichols, business educator and facilitator at New Tech’s Entrepreneurial Academy. “Some students think they would one day like to have their own business. By experiencing this early, when they go to college, they will have more insight into business.”

New Tech Institute’s Entrepreneurial Academy participants partnered last year with Aurora, a local nonprofit that works to alleviate area homelessness. Five teams of academy students developed potential business plans for Aurora’s clients. The teams presented their proposed business plans to Aurora’s board of directors, which then selected one of the plans, a commercial cleaning business, as something their clients could develop and launch.

Students at UE, USI and New Tech Institute all plan to participate in the 2014 Startup Weekend Evansville. The 2013 weekend had a 20 percent increase in attendance from the first one in 2012, and two of the ideas that were presented have now been launched. Andrew Moad, a USI-Crane partnership manager, has launched Fence Chips. Neil Kassinger, a USI student in the entrepreneurship program, filed a patent for his product and has launched his company, Strap Holster.

Bourdeau said local entrepreneurial programs, the Technology Commercialization Academy, and Startup Weekend work together.

“They strengthen our local entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Bourdeau said. “We need a collaborative culture. We bring together like-minded individuals and give people an outlet to develop new ideas. We help people move from ideas to action, to take those great ideas to the next level.”

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UE Students to Help Nonprofit Organization Launch Medical Facility in Dominican Republic

Posted: July 22, 2013

As part of an intensive summer course in applied process development – and an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a developing country – 15 University of Evansville students will spend the next two weeks in the Dominican Republic.

From July 23-August 6, UE business, communication, engineering, and nursing students will work with the nonprofit organization G.O. Ministries to develop plans for the organization’s new medical facility, currently under construction in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

UE’s interdisciplinary, faculty-led team is tasked with creating process developments (such as determining efficient patient flow, how to secure medications and archive patient medical records, and more), business plans, and equipment and supply recommendations consistent with accepted United States practices.

The two-week course, for which students will receive three hours of academic credit, includes a classroom portion taught by UE professors, as well as fieldwork and observation at the existing G.O. Ministries medical clinic and other relevant sites in the Dominican Republic. The students will receive instruction in health administration, process development, and business plan development.

At the conclusion of the course, students will present their findings to G.O. Ministries for implementation in the new medical facility, scheduled for completion in Summer 2014.

“I think I’ll grow as a result of this opportunity through the application of what I’ve learned in class, but I’ll also have my eyes opened to another culture,” said Jacquelyn Ballard, a business administration and international studies student from St. Louis, Missouri, United States. “I hope that this changes my perspective in how I view the world and my own values. On a professional level, I believe this will expose me to many different aspects of business in a very hands-on way, helping me understand exactly where I would like to focus or specialize.”

“Working with a multidisciplinary team provides me with new thought processes and chances to see the world through the eyes of other people,” said Brenna Siscoe, a nursing student from Dugger, Indiana, United States. “With new ways to view the world and all we have, I am able to be a more well-rounded worker and human being.”

"I decided to take part in this opportunity because I felt that I had a lot to offer this organization and that it would be a life-changing experience for me personally," said Vaughn Ahlf, a mechanical engineering major from Evansville. "Through the University, I participated on a team that took first place at the Lawerence Tech Innovation Encounter competition, where I learned problem-solving techniques and gained experience working with a multidisciplinary team. I also feel that my experience working as a mechanical engineering intern at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center would help me with the medical aspect of this project."

UE faculty members accompanying the group are Amy Hall, White Family Endowed Professor and chair of the Dunigan Family Department of Nursing and Health Sciences; Richard Deer, director of UE’s Center for Intensive Experiential Education; and Jill Griffin, director of the Global Assistance Program in UE’s Institute for Global Enterprise. John Layer, associate professor of mechanical engineering, will deliver online course components.

Layer facilitated the relationship between UE and G.O. Ministries after he traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic with the organization. He saw opportunities for UE students to be involved in the design and planning phase of the organization’s projects.

Since then, University of Evansville students have assisted G.O. Ministries on projects in the Dominican Republic (assessing a 40-acre potential building site and designing a three-story building in 2008 and developing a solar water heater in 2010) and Mongolia (designing two new buildings and creating business plans for craft businesses in 2012).

“Over the last five years, the relationship with G.O. Ministries has led to transformational experiences for many of our students,” said Layer. “When students travel to developing countries, they often return home with a new sense of purpose and desire to make an impact. In addition, they benefit from working with an interdisciplinary team to address real-world problems and create solutions.” 

UE students traveling to the Dominican Republic are Vaughn Ahlf, Jacquelyn Ballard, Ryan Bassemier, Laura Best, Brandi Blosl, Abby Browder, Mathew Brown, Heather Browning, Renee Croce, Gaby Fifer, Rachel Mendoza-Santiago, Shannon Osiecki, Breianna Simpson, Brenna Siscoe, and Brynne Thompson.

The University of Evansville wishes to thank the Institute for Global Enterprise, the Center for Intensive Experiential Education, and the Lilly Endowment for their generous support of this educational experience.

Ciccarelli to Lead Institute for Global Enterprise

Posted: June 17, 2013

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The University of Evansville and the Schroeder School of Business are pleased to announce that Katie Ciccarelli will become the executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise, effective August 1.

Ciccarelli replaces Dan Miller, the Institute’s retiring executive director.

The Institute for Global Enterprise, a part of the Schroeder School of Business, exists to create opportunities and challenges that prepare students to contribute and succeed in a global economy. Additionally, IGE serves as a partner to regional business by providing ongoing education and external resources that enhance a company’s ability to grow, expand, and successfully compete in a worldwide marketplace and environment.

“I have immense enthusiasm for the future of the Institute for Global Enterprise under the leadership of Katie Ciccarelli,” said Steven Standifird, PhD, dean of the Schroeder School of Business. “Her background, experience, and perspectives make her uniquely qualified to guide this initiative into the future. Katie will build on the foundation laid by Dan Miller, and will expand the Institute’s mission of creating valuable global opportunities for both students and regional businesses."

For the past year, Ciccarelli has served as the director of program development for the Institute at UE. Her role has included developing executive education programs, leading study abroad opportunities, and participating in shaping the vision for the future of the Institute. Prior to relocating to Evansville, Ciccarelli was associate director of the Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego, where she was also an adjunct professor of international business. She has worked, taught, and studied in Italy, Thailand, France, Portugal, and Brazil. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of California at Davis, and she earned an International MBA from the University of San Diego.

Dan Miller has led the Institute for the past two years. Prior to joining UE, Miller served as president of the Office Furniture Division of Kimball International. Before that, he led Whirlpool’s efforts in Latin America. Miller, a 1970 UE graduate, will continue to be involved in the Institute as its first-ever global executive in residence, a role that will allow him to contribute to the Institute’s mission on an ongoing basis.

The Institute for Global Enterprise at UE is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.

Students Explore European Business Issues in United Kingdom and Turkey

Posted: May 30, 2013

Seven University of Evansville students started the summer with a unique study-abroad opportunity: a two-week Contemporary European Business Issues course in the United Kingdom and Turkey.

Led by Omer Bayar, UE assistant professor of economics, the course ran from May 2-17 and allowed students to experience and examine cultural differences and their impact on business practices in Europe.

The course included on-site corporate visits, guest speakers, and cultural visits. In the United Kingdom, students visited sites including Buckingham Palace, Parliament/House of Commons, the British Museum, Harlaxton Manor (home to UE’s British campus, Harlaxton College), the Bank of England Museum, the European Commission, SS&C Technologies, and Land Rover. In Turkey, site visits included the Hagia Sofia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Karadeniz Holding, and Eczacibasi Vitra.

The course focused on the current state of the European Union and economic conditions, as well as the factors that affect the business climate in these countries and their interconnections with the rest of the world. Students heard firsthand from executives who are navigating today’s challenging global business environment, and learned about specific strategies firms are taking in order to retain and increase their global competitiveness.

"This course was intellectually stimulating and eye-opening. It brings real-world experiences into perspective far more than a typical course," said Dustin Dubay, a student at Maine's Husson University who participated in the program. "Through the company visits, tours of the cities, and experiential learning, I developed a larger global perspective and have a broader appreciation for other parts of the world. This was one of the best experiences of my life, and I would recommend it for anyone!"

"What I learned on this trip can't really be bought with tuition money or learned in a classroom," added UE student Andrew Waldron, an economics major from Marion, Illinois. "The experiences I've had and the connections I've made via this program are of nameless value. I know that I am not only a better candidate for employment in the modern business world, but I am also a more culturally aware person."

Students completing the course were UE's Zeyad Alawadhi, Nathan Edmiston, Naomi Garcia, Cory Hart, Veronica Jackson, Jordan Kendrick, and Andrew Waldron, and Dustin Dubay of Husson University.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.

UE Business Students Launch Partnership with Moroccan University

Posted: April 23, 2013

With a new partnership between Al Akhawayan University in Ifrane, Morocco, and the University of Evansville, students in an upper-level marketing course had the opportunity to work in groups six times zones apart.

The students, using Skype for live lectures and Facebook for group work, planned out cross-cultural export plans. The AUI students focused on identifying suitable non-governmental organizations (similar to non-profits) to work with and finding products, while UE students developed marketing strategies. One of the four groups developed an export plan for Amlou, a Moroccan product similar to peanut butter, and another looked at exporting rugs.

“I went in with notions that the ten Moroccan students from AUI would possess vastly different ideas and perspectives,” said senior Catherine Albers, a marketing and management major. “However, those notions were replaced once I realized we were more alike than any of us expected.”

Students said the biggest challenges were dealing with the time zones, technology, and slight cultural differences. “Communication was a problem at first,” said senior Chelsea Abplanalp, a business management and global business major. “But it just took getting used to.”

The class was taught by Peter Rosen, an associate professor of management information systems, on the UE side, and Nicolas Hamelin, PhD, from Ifrane. “The students showed a lot of commitment to their groups,” Rosen said. “But, the most exciting part of the course was when both universities met at Harlaxton College over spring break.”

For an entire week, AUI and UE students met to work on final presentations at Harlaxton. In relation to the course, the group traveled to Cambridge, and were treated to a lecture in Moroccan politics at St. Anthony’s College.

Next fall, Rob Montgomery, a professor of marketing, is teaching a similar course through an on-going partnership with China.

Distinguished Professor Jaime Alonso Gomez to Visit UE

Posted: March 21, 2013

The University of Evansville’s Office of Academic Affairs invites the community to a presentation by Jaime Gomez, PhD, distinguished professor of international business at the University of San Diego and professor of international strategy and management at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

Gomez will present “Building a Sustainable World through Innovation Driven Social Enterprise” at 4 p.m. Monday, March 25 in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building). The lecture is free and open to the public.

With a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, a master’s in applied systems design, and a PhD in applied economics and managerial science, Gomez has interests that extend across multiple disciplines. His work experience has been international in character and global in impact. He believes in education in its most comprehensive interpretation – a foundation for societal development through which students become socially responsible individuals instilled with a moral obligation to others and to society as a whole. His work and his values epitomize the concept of the social entrepreneur.

For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 812-488-1178.

The Institute for Global Enterprise is also supporting Gomez’s visit to the University of Evansville. On Tuesday, March 26 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Gomez will lead an Executive Education Forum on “Strategies for Global Competitiveness,” open to the local business community. For more information and to register, please contact Katie Ciccarelli, Institute for Global Enterprise director of program development, at kc204@evansville.edu or visit http://evansville.edu/execedforum.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.

Spring Break and Lifelong Lessons in Brazil

Posted: March 14, 2013

For seven University of Evansville students, a spring break trip to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil, was equal parts business, fun, personal and professional development.

Katie Ciccarelli, director of program development for the Institute for Global Enterprise, says, "It is one thing for students to learn about the world's seventh largest economy in the classroom, and another when students make the world their classroom.”

They learn first-hand what challenges and opportunities companies are currently facing abroad while developing their global mindset as they become fascinated by the local customs, culture, and successful business practices. The course, “Contemporary Business Issues in Brazil,” included a mix of business and communications majors.

Senior Kate Schlarf, a global business and Spanish major, was able to meet with the very people she had been corresponding with through her commercial development internship at Berry Plastics. “The trip taught us to look at things from a different angle and to consider cultural influences when working with different countries,” she says.

The group also met with UE alumnus Julia Khokhlova, sales manager at Cummins Brasil, another Indiana-based company.

Senior Shawn Robey, a business management major, sat down with the president of Boeing Brasil. Robey says the program allowed him to experience opportunity outside of Evansville and gain confidence. “This program allowed me to see that there is so much adventure and so many new things to be discovered. I’ve had a few job interviews before,” he says. “But after meeting with the president of Boeing Brazil, I was able to be myself and not let nerves get me.”

Partly funded through UE’s Lilly Endowment, the Institute for Global Enterprises hopes to offer students the chance to become global citizens and connect to the world of business. “I would never have been able to grow as much as I have personally and professionally,” Robey says. “It was eye-opening.”

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.

Jim Schaefer Named Outstanding Educator by Indiana CPA Society

Posted: February 26, 2013

Jim Schaefer, professor of accounting at the University of Evansville, has received the Outstanding Educator Award for 2012 from the Indiana CPA Society.

The award recognizes a college accounting professor who is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching and for active involvement in the CPA profession.

Schaefer joined the University of Evansville in 1990 after completing his Doctor of Business Administration in accounting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has been awarded the University of Evansville’s Dean’s Teaching Award twice as well as the Delta Sigma Pi Professor of the Year award twice. In 2010, Schaefer was the lead author of the seventh-most popular article in the Journal of Accountancy.

His involvement in the Indiana CPA Society includes service on the board of directors, ethics committee, and as discussion leader on the topics of A&A and ethics.

Ken Schmidt to Speak in Indianapolis, Evansville March 14

Posted: February 20, 2013

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The Institute for Global Enterprise, part of the Schroeder School of Business at the University of Evansville, will host former Harley-Davidson communications director Ken Schmidt in Indianapolis and Evansville on Thursday, March 14. As part of the Institute Speaker Series, Schmidt will discuss “Going Global: Succeeding in the International Marketplace.”

Schmidt’s appearance in Indianapolis is presented in partnership with the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. local time, and Schmidt will speak at noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St. Each ticket costs $20 and includes lunch. Guests may purchase a maximum of four tickets through the University of Evansville at www.uealumnionline.com/kenschmidt or 812-488-2706, or through the Rotary Club of Indianapolis at www.indyrotary.org or 317-631-3733.

Schmidt will speak that evening in Evansville at 6:00 p.m. local time at the Aiken Theatre at The Centre, 715 Locust St. This event is free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. For more information, please visit www.globalindiana.com or contact the Institute for Global Enterprise at 812-488-2455 or globalindiana@evansville.edu.

Schmidt has been associated with Harley-Davidson Motor Company since 1985, and his success in helping rebuild the company’s brand played a vital role in the motorcycle legend’s turnaround from the brink of ruin to global dominance.

In his role as Harley’s director of communication, Schmidt shaped the company’s positioning and served as its primary spokesperson to the media and financial communities. Now semi-retired, Schmidt provides brand-building expertise to many of the world’s best-known businesses. But to this day, Harley-Davidson remains his primary business partner and his strongest passion.

He co-wrote a book, 100 Years of Harley-Davidson, which is the best-selling motor sports book of all time. He has appeared on network television numerous times, and spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world.

The Institute for Global Enterprise wishes to thank Old National Bank for its generous support of these Institute Speaker Series events, and Bud’s Harley Davidson for its support of Schmidt’s Evansville appearance.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.

Business Recognition Awards to Honor G. Michael Schopmeyer, Berry Plastics

Posted: February 5, 2013

This week, the University of Evansville’s chapter of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity will present its annual Business Recognition Awards to local attorney G. Michael Schopmeyer and Berry Plastics Corporation.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon at noon Friday, February 8 in Eykamp Hall (Room 251 in the Ridgway University Center). Members of the media are welcome to cover the event.

“The recipients of the Business Recognition Awards are chosen each year by the student members of Delta Sigma Pi,” said Stephen Standifird, dean of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. “The program honors local business leaders and businesses that exhibit transformational leadership in the community and serve as role models to future business leaders.”

Schopmeyer, named Business Leader of the Year, is co-managing partner of Kahn, Dees, Donovan, and Kahn law firm and a 1980 graduate of the University of Evansville. He has 30 years of experience practicing as a business attorney, and his skills center on resolving and closing business, construction, environmental, and real and intellectual property disputes and transactions. His career includes service as a private practitioner, government attorney, arbitrator, and civic leader.

Berry Plastics Group Inc., named Business of the Year, provides plastic consumer packaging and engineered materials. With world headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, the company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BERY. Randy Hobson, the company’s executive vice president, commercial development and a 1988 graduate of the University of Evansville, will accept the award.

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote a closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce; and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.

Nationally Renowned Analyst to Present Free, Public Talk at UE

Posted: January 24, 2013

Hilliard Lyons’ John Roberts, who has been named one of the nation’s leading analysts by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, January 28 in Smythe Lecture Hall (Room 170) in the University of Evansville’s Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building. His presentation, “Life as an Analyst and 2013 Market Outlook,” is free and open to the public.

Roberts is senior vice president and director of research for Hilliard Lyons, one of the nation’s oldest investment firms. Roberts oversees a research team of 15 investment and research analysts and support staff. Hilliard Lyons’ research department analysts have been recognized numerous times at the national level by The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street,” and over the survey’s 20-year history, six research analysts have been placed in the top five among their respective industry groups a total of 17 times.

Roberts has been ranked as the top REIT analyst by The Wall Street Journal and has been rated as a top 10 equity analyst by Forbes.com. Before joining Hilliard Lyons in 1997, John served as vice president, director of research and chief financial officer at First Honolulu Securities. He has also been a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Mills Dowling, a senior securities analyst at 13D Research, and a senior securities analyst in the REIT group at Stifel Nicolaus.

Roberts holds an MBA in finance and operations management from Syracuse University and a BS in business economics from Fordham University.

For more information, please contact UE’s Schroeder Family School of Business Administration at 812-488-2851.