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Senior Staff

Derek Eckstein


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can remember why I joined Fisher Ink as clear as day. During my freshman year when I was just a young whippersnapper walking though the Fisher involvement fair, I heard a voice yell out “Join this Fisher Ink if you want to be like Don Draper from Mad Men!” Was that statement accurate? Not really. Do I regret joining? Not a bit. During my time with Fisher Ink I’ve had the chance to interview people I would have never met otherwise, ranging from the founder of a sushi restaurant chain to a Syrian medical student. Throughout my time here I’ve written 12 articles over the course of four years and have met some great people along the way, both within and outside of the club. The world was a different place when I joined Fisher Ink four years ago, Snapchat was usable, Obama was still in office and nobody knew who Cardi B was – ah, the memories. It’s slightly strange thinking back to my freshman year with a nostalgic tinge since it feels like it was just yesterday, but my only hope for the future is that my next four years can be just as great as my last four (it’s a long shot I know, but a man can dream). If you would have asked me what organization I would have been a part of in college when I was fresh out of high school, I probably would have said something like Model UN or the chess club, but I’m glad I heard then president Devin Casey reference my favorite show in the Fisher court yard four years ago.

Derek Eckstein

Major: Finance Involvements: Fisher Ink, Media, Market, and Communications Scholars Future Plans: Risk Management Analyst at JP Morgan Chase Best Memory: finishing a Marc Smith exam at 10:30pm

ess than a month from now, I will be a college graduate. Not bad for a kid from rural Ohio. Not bad at all. I still can’t tell if these four years moved too fast or too slow. I guess it depends on the day you ask me, really. I feel older, if that’s what you’re asking, but I also still feel like that naïve freshman roaming around Morrill Tower. A lot of people will tell you now is the time to reflect and look back at all of the good times, the struggles, the accomplishments, and the failures. They’ll tell you now is the time to cherish the memories you’ve made. The problem with that is that it implies a definite ending. To cherish a memory is to admit it’s over. Admittedly, part of me struggles to accept that. I find it difficult to believe there to be a definite ending to the friendships I’ve made, the obstacles I’ve overcome, and the experiences that I’ve had. Maybe I’m in denial. I probably am. I’ve never been good with “endings.” As the sun sets on my final semester, I find myself looking forward more than anything. Now is the time to get the best start on life that you can. While the specter of senioritis looms over these last few weeks, it’s easy to look forward to the future and what awaits. For someone who's lived his life day-dreaming of the future, this is amplified even more. As I look forward to the future, I also find myself looking toward the past. Change is inevitable. There is no way to prevent it. The only constant in life is that things change. As I approach this upcoming turning point in my life, I choose to look forward while also keeping in mind what I learned from my past four years here. While it may be initially difficult to deal with these endings, there is so much more on the horizon to look forward to. We may change and go our separate ways, but Carmen is quick to remind us: The seasons pass, the years will roll Time and change will surely show How firm thy friendship… O-H-I-O

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CCTMIS 2200, BUSMGT 2320, BUSMHR 2292, BUSFIN 3220, etc: For Fisher students, seeing these class titles immediately induces stress, yet they don’t understand the true benefits from having a holistic education. Many fail to notice that this is one of the factors that places Fisher ahead of its competitors. According to U.S News and World Report 2018, Fisher College of Business is ranked 15th among universities and 7th among public universities. While Fisher focuses on experiential learning, student engagement and leadership development, when it comes to recruitment from potential employers, they know that Fisher has wellrounded students, and that comes from taking business core classes. Whereas many colleges want students to get down to business by taking their specialization classes freshman year, Fisher has students take a holistic set of business core classes. Julia Fletcher, a third-year Peer Advisor in the Fisher Undergraduate Programs Office studying finance, truly benefitted as a person and as a student from the experience she got out of the business core classes. She says, “Don’t blow off the business core classes, it’s a majority of your education. It’s going to impact your GPA.” Fletcher claims. “It’s not just about the end result, but rather the experience you gain from the classes you take.” The experience and skills students gain from taking these core classes should not go unnoticed. Terry Esper, Associate Professor of Logistics, said “It’s interesting to me the number of students who will go into a class saying, ‘Oh, I’m not a logistics major, so I’m going to tune out,’” Esper says. “You could be tuning out a potential job.” Another advantage to the core curriculum is that most students come in not entirely sure what they want to study. Getting exposure to a variety of classes early on can help students to consider other possibilities they may not have chosen otherwise. “[I had] 15 students come to me last semester wanting to change their major to logistics simply because they didn’t know what it was,” Esper says. “Most Fisher FISHER INK MAGAZINE


students are familiar with the concepts of finance and marketing but aren’t familiar with what logistics or other areas of business truly are until they get exposure to that first business core class.”

“This serves to make Fisher students business leaders, not just marketing leaders.” Being in Fisher, students aren’t always going to fully comprehend every class they take during college. “It’s okay for you to not be amazing at every subject. That’s why there’s specialization.” Fletcher mentions. “It may not be your strength, but that’s okay. Logistics was not my strength, but I can understand where peers are coming from. Find the one that works for you and then pursue that.” The core curriculum allows students to truly build their background, even if every class doesn’t come easy to them, they have the background to work with. When it comes to internships, companies seek out well-rounded students. Fletcher found that employers in past internships never saw the core curriculum she took as a drawback; rather, they could add to this wellrounded background by training her more specifically on finance tasks. Esper mentioned the importance of leadership when it came to jobs in business. He says, “this [core curriculum] serves to make Fisher students business leaders, not just marketing leaders.” It’s all about building that background. “You may have Marketing in your foreground, but you want to have logistics in your background,” Esper affirms. “Even if you’re a finance major going to work for Amazon, you [have] to know logistics, that’s just who they are. Amazon will come recruit from Fisher because they look at our curriculum and they know you have knowledge of finance. Now, you have just set yourself apart.” At second glance, perhaps the course names of ACCTMIS 2200, BUSMGT 2320, BUSMHR 2292 will give you that edge to land your dream career.

A Pioneer of Chinese Management Research Dr. Shenkar wins Distinguished Scholarly Contribution




cademic researchers and practitioners are at odds when trying to explain how the world works. There are few that can tread both lines, one of whom is a professor at the Fisher College of Business. Dr. Oded Shenkar, Professor of Management and Human Resources, has pioneered research in the area of Chinese management and has published books that have reached the audience of practitioners. Dr. Shenkar has won the bi-yearly Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award for 2018 by being one of the longest and most important contributors in the world’s management research community. The Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award is given to a senior scholar who has devoted much of their career to the study of Chinese management and has increased the visibility of such research globally. Some of Dr. Shenkar’s contributions to the practitioner community include, Navigating Global Business: A Cultural Compass, in August 2017. This 30-year project is a cultural mapping of the world, where China is discussed but around 100 other countries are covered.



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His goal is to produce rigorous academic models that can be translated into the language of a practitioner in order to gain exposure in both the academic field and the practitioner fields. “In an ideal world, academics can be rigorous in their explanation and then translate it in a language so that the practitioner can understand” says Dr. Shenkar. In 2004, he published The Chinese Century which describes how China will have the world’s largest economy and their unique path differs from predecessors such as Japan or India. This book caught the attention of academics and practitioners as there were publications in 12 different languages. “If you had an interest in China like I did,” says Dr. Shenkar “then it was very difficult to publish anything because they would tell you that your readers are not interested. There were a couple summary statistics in scholarly articles about Chinese management but other than that there was hardly anything in any international business journal and even in the mainstream management business journals – there was nothing.” As a culmination of his efforts in publishing, Dr. Shenkar helped to found the International Association


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for Chinese Management Research in August of 2001, a research association dedicated to the creation and dissemination of management knowledge with a focus on China. In order to influence the direction of the field and help his colleagues with their research, he has served as the senior editor for the association. Pioneering in a new research field is no easy feat, but Dr. Shenkar has spearheaded this challenge. As China plays an ever-growing role in international affairs, it is clear to see the importance of this type of research. Dr. Shenkar’s passion is unquestioned as he continues to search for a deeper understanding of how the world works.

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The road less traveled: from corporate to entrepreneurship story paige palmer design akane ohara


s many of us look at our path forward through Ohio State and into our careers it is easy to see a “typical,” formulaic path. Getting involved within Fisher, working internships in the summer, and then graduating to work at a big firm is a recipe for success for many. However, for someone like Ida Abdalkhani, this start was not quite enough. Ida Abdalkhani completed a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategy at Ohio State. She created her company, Ability to Engage, in 2012 as a way to pursue her love for branding and marketing while also offering other companies a consulting service focused on brand management, consumer insight and innovation. The company’s unique mission is matched only by how Abdalkhani came to create it—quitting a promising corporate job at Procter and Gamble, deciding to backpack around the world, and ultimately, becoming the entrepreneur she is at heart. Graduating from Ohio State with two bachelor’s degrees, Abdalkhani was heavily involved during her time as an undergraduate. “My experiences at OSU and at Fisher through all of the extracurriculars were one of the most important parts of my education,” she says. “Because for me it was not just about what I was learning in the classroom, it was what I was learning about life and the real world outside of the classroom.” By serving as a leader in organizations such as Undergraduate Student Government or helping start a chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, as well as getting entrepreneurial experience helping start a company through Business Builder’s Club, Abdalkhani was able to receive the kind of real world education that would continue to propel her career. After receiving her MBA from Ohio State in 2005, Abdalkhani went on to work at Procter and Gamble in brand management, allowing her to both build on prior marketing experiences and learn an entirely new set of skills. “I really learned more in those first 3 months of work than I did getting my MBA,” she says. “And that is not a knock on the MBA program at all, it is just that companies that throw you into



things, you are quickly dealing with real world experiences, and you have to learn quickly.” Going on to become a global brand manager at P&G in the Beauty and Grooming division, she found that she wasn't fully satisfied with her corporate job. Growing disillusioned with a job in the corporate world is not exactly unique, but Abdalkhani took action to change the trajectory of her life and career. After quitting her job at P&G, she decided to backpack around the world. Traveling while working in the corporate America was often abbreviated, preventing her from delving into the cultures she was visiting. Abdalkhani decided it was the perfect time to cross a trip Abdalkhnai receiving the William Oxley Thompson Alumni Award


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around the world off her bucket list. Eventually, Abdalkhani was drawn back into the world of business after realizing how passionate she was about branding and marketing on her trip: “I was observing people, I was watching how they would shop, how they would interact with each other, I would look at advertising and new products that were available in the store, and that is not something a lot of people do for fun.” From there, Ability to Engage was born. By drawing on her strengths in determining the wants of customers, she decided to help companies to do the same. Ability to Engage has taken on projects ranging from brand structuring, to market research, to consumer strategies and team building. They have worked with companies as large as Whirlpool and as small as startups. The company has seen large amounts of growth in its years of operation, largely due to Abdalkhani’s passion and positive drive towards success—a feat that can often be overwhelming for entrepreneurs. “I am trying to do a much better job at creating that balance for myself, trying to create those boundaries, because if you do not do that as an entrepreneur it’s very easy to work all the time,” Abdalkhani explains. Keeping her schedule to normal work hours and making sure to take care of herself through exercise, sleep, nutrition, and meditation are all ways Abdalkhani is ensuring she stays on top of her game. As for the future of Ability to Engage, Abdalkhani is excited for what is ahead. “We are getting bigger and bigger projects,” says Abdalkhani. “We are able to work on really foundational brand strategy projects, where we are helping create and inform the direction of top brands that you see in the marketplace.” As Ability to Engage continues to grow, they hope to continue being a part of a company’s team, rather than just a group of consultants there for a single project. The A2E team prides itself in becoming trusted strategic partners with their clients. For many of the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders, a career is not a recipe-like mixture of jobs and responsibilities. For most, the path wanders, and requires self-introspection and revelation to decide not only what they are passionate about, but where their skills lie. By quitting her corporate job, and starting Ability to Engage, Abdalkhani was able to do just that, and her path serves as a reminder that going off the beaten path can have as many rewards as staying on it.

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The Next Step In Storage Finance student creates storage sharing app

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torage is one of the largest logistical industries in the country, so it is quite shocking that the industry has been utilizing a relatively stagnant business model for about as long as the concept has been around. It usually goes like this: a predetermined space is rented out and objects are stored there for no less than a month. It is a simple model that has led to years of success. It seems as though storage proprietors have been operating off the popular adage – ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ However, in the age of technology, not being broken is never good enough. This principle is epitomized by the rise of the “share economy,” which has led to a huge increase in consumer connectedness, as it allows everyday people to easily make money by sharing valuable utilities they have access to, such as homes or cars; after all, nowadays many of us trust strangers to drive us around. The major players in the share economy, like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, have inspired others to apply the share economy principle in new ways. As it turns out, a group of Ohio State students are doing just that for storage. Created by OSU finance major,

Brandon Gotlieb in 2017, NXTSTOR is a service that merges storage and the share economy, by allowing users to either rent out space or provide space to rent in their homes or apartments. NXTSTOR understands the woes of storing items as a college student and attempts to offer an experience that traditional storage companies cannot match. “It is a peer-to-peer storage system, so basically what that means is […] if you need a place to store your items over the summer when you go home, one of the easiest places to find availability is the apartment complexes near campus or homeowners near campus,” Gotlieb says. “So, this person has a garage, a basement, an attic, an extra bedroom, some place where they can store your items for an entire period of time.” Currently the team is comprised of three members in addition to Gotlieb: Mike Gargasz, who handles the frontend website work; Ashwin Rajgopal, who takes care of the back-end website work; and Paige Palmer, who is in charge of marketing. Gargasz and Gotlieb met as roommates before they began to develop the core of what NXTSTOR would eventually become, later How to Find Your Perfect Storage Space bringing on Rajgopal and Palmer as the idea became more of a reality. As more people buy into the share economy, many Where? When? consumers are finding that the new wave of services May 2018fit their needs much better Columbus, OH August 2018 than traditional options. NXTSTOR is currently NXTSTOR looking to find a foothold here in Columbus with 73°F students, but as time goes and the service continues to grow, they hope to expand and meet the demand of Locked Storage customers beyond the current Air Conditioning market. “Our user base is urban What amenities? people, so millennials that 10



have moved into smaller apartments, that do not have space. We would like to have the service available throughout the Midwest, so Chicago, Detroit, in some of the larger cities […] because having selfstorage within the city is very expensive and we would be a much cheaper alternative” Gotlieb says. Although NXTSTOR itself is a novel idea, for Gotlieb it also represents an important aspect of what makes the process so invigorating – student entrepreneurship. Gotlieb is so passionate about guiding students through the loopholes of starting a business, that the team actually put on an event called “The Showcase” this past April, where fledgling student entrepreneurs could discuss and develop their ideas with like-minded individuals. Gotlieb hopes to continue to meet with potential entrepreneurs and help them along the way. “It is all about finding the right students to help you and the right mentors to guide you,” says Gotlieb. “As much as I can act like a human LinkedIn, I will do my best. So, if you ever come to me with an idea and I do not know how to help you, I will connect you with somebody who does and I think that is huge for students.” It is safe to say that the share economy is here to stay and if all goes well, NXTSTOR will likely find a fit amongst the Airbnb’s of the world. By providing consumers with a viable alternative to an industry that has seen as much change as Blockbuster video, NXTSTOR will provide the storage industry with a much needed wake-up call. If you find yourself with a few boxes to store over the summer, NXTSTOR may be the perfect option available. Hopefully, within the next few years NXTSTOR will make the dreary process of finding a storage unit just as easy as finding an Airbnb.

The Fisher Impact Basesh Gala’s climb to success

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hen college students graduate and enter the business world, most of the knowledge they learnt will eventually fade away. What actually matters is the knowledge that is more intangible or abstract—and this is what Fisher excels in—instilling lifelong knowledge that could have a profound impact on students’ lives. Basesh Gala, a finance MBA graduate who recently decided to leave his Wall Street job to start a consulting company in India, exemplifies the Fisher impact. During his time at Fisher, Gala challenged himself in two ways. First was his involvement with Fisher Professional Services (FPS), which is an MBAoperated consultancy within the Fisher College of Business serving Fortunelisted companies, regional businesses, and The Ohio State University. FPS enabled him to work with real clients on real projects. The second initiative was his participation in various case competitions, which helped build up his confidence and prepared him for the real world. Gala was also involved in the Indian Student Association, a commitment he felt deeply connected to. “It was a great pleasure for me to be able to arrange events for the Indian community and celebrate traditional Indian festivals,”

says Gala, “and that experience helped me build my confidence, developed my networks and added great value to my resume.” Gala believes consulting is the best way to challenge himself and keep learning. After one year at Ernst & Young, Gala decided to leave Wall Street and become one of the founders for 39Solutions, a consulting and business training organization located in Mumbai, India. “India has been an emerging economy,” Gala says, “and I always wanted to be with my family since they are all in India.” He has been working on various consulting projects, and his clients range from the Indian government to individuals. The project he is most proud of is offering free consulting for entrepreneurs. As a result, 39Solutions has recently been named one of the best startups and the best training organization in India by the government. “Choosing Fisher has been one of the best choices I have made in my life,” Gala says, “and I would like to give special thanks to Professor Marc Ankerman. He taught me about effective communications and he has been a life mentor for my case competition experiences.”


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of effort into getting this position; being aggressive on LinkedIn and making great use of his network were crucial. Throughout his two years at Fisher, he also actively attended conferences and seminars joining high level business discussions and building his network. “It has been a dream to work at Wall Street,”

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allaway, Dave & Buster's and Raising Canes: these seemingly unrelated and well-known companies are connected. Whether the firms provide sporting equipment, an arcade or a hot meal, these specific firms, and many more, fall under the classification of middle-market firms. While most Americans have heard of large corporations like Procter and Gamble, and politicians focus on small businesses, combined these two sectors of business only consistute two-thirds of our nation's GDP. That which lies between these two extremes— the middle market— only composes 3 percent of all firms yet still makes up a third of the nation’s economy. The middle sector is growing quickly, yet has a severe lack of skilled workers; an ideal cocktail for young adults leaving college and entering the workforce. The middle market, according to the National Center for the Middle Market, is a non-governmental firm that has an annual revenue between $10 million and $1 billion. These nearly 200,000 businesses employ a third of the private sector. The middle market accounts for over $10 trillion in annual revenue, as well as 60 percent of all new jobs created. Despite being such an integral part of the economy, the middle market has not historically been well researched; notably, the nation’s leading center for middle market research is located on OSU’s campus in Mason Hall.


The National Center for the Middle Market, according to Managing Director, and Fisher Graduate, Doug Farren, was created in 2011. Originally funded by GE Capital, the center is a vital resource for collecting data on what is, as Farren describes, “literally the middle third” of our nation’s economy. Prior to the center’s conception virtually no data existed on such a major portion of the economy. “Nobody else is really looking at these companies,” Farren says. “There is really no other research center that exists that does the type of things we do at Fisher.” The intermediate size of middle market firms presents many unique challenges.





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Many of the regulations the federal government places on large companies, that do not apply to small businesses, adversely harm middle market firms. For example, as reported by independent business columnist Erik Sherman, as of 2016 the Affordable Care Act employer mandate requires any employer with over fifty employees to insure 95% of employees. While this mandate is manageable for large companies, smaller firms struggle. While the National Center for the Middle Market is expressly non-partisan and cannot lobby, they do study the effects of red tape. “Because our elected officials are not aware of the unique needs of the middle market they developed regulations or policies that small companies are exempt from” Farren said. “They bear the brunt of the regulatory burden.” In 2012, the Center created a Middle Market Indicator (MMI). The MMI,

opportunity, in a flooded labor market, is not the only reason joining a middle market firm may be advantageous. Middle market firms are smaller than large corporations and, consequently, have leaner management teams. This difference allows even new graduates to work closely with senior leaders. Moreover, these companies do not have the resources of large corporations and rely on the input that workers of all ages and skill levels can provide. An opportunity for OSU students who wish to enter the middle market, or gain experience with a middle market company, is the Industry Immersion program. The program combines a semester of guest lectures and site visits with a second semester of team projects with middle market companies. Because of the firm’s size, they can truly utilize all available resources, which presents a unique opportunity for students to

They are growing faster than they can find talent to support them. There is a growing need for more highly skilled folks and it doesn’t seem like the current system is providing enough. released quarterly, is a survey that tracks revenue, employment, short- and longterm outlooks, economic confidence, investment plans, and challenges to provide a comprehensive review of the health of the middle market. The indicator shows the middle market has been growing steadily, with revenue growth rates above the S&P 500 and employment growth double that of small and large businesses. Such growth paints a positive picture for graduating students; even more promising is the dire need for new talent. “They are growing faster than they can find talent to support them” Farren says. “There is a need for more highly skilled talent and it does not seem like the current system is providing enough.” Employment contact us at or visit us at

receive useful experience. “These middle market companies actually look at the student projects” Farren said. “Even though students lack experience they bring a fresh set of eyes to business challenges and opportunities.” For students who wish to enter the corporate world, Farren, who has worked for both large and small companies, recommends experience, such as internships. Furthermore, for Ohio State students specifically interested in the middle market, having the nation’s leading research center on campus is a useful resource. The center not only offers a $500 scholarship available to any student, but also can help students and companies connect based on major, on interest and on location. The handson experience offered by the Industry Immersion program, along with the research center’s resources makes the attainability of a middle market job for graduates very plausible. 13

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he general problem with college textbooks is that they only hold value to the student for one semester. After completion of the course, most become paperweights on a shelf. Some students sell them to book exchanges for a thin margin. Senior marketing major Zagrous Kawarizadeh noticed this problem last April when he tried to sell $200 worth of textbooks and only received $8. But what if those textbooks had more value than pocket change and could empower education for students in developing nations? Blanket Books, founded by Zagrous Kawarizadeh, is a non-profit with the goal of providing students around the world the opportunity to learn from used textbooks, all of which are donated by students from the United States. When returning his books for razor thin margins, Kawarizadeh noticed two important details. The value of the book was not fairly priced given the amount of time he needed the utility of the book. And, not all the textbooks returned would be used. The whole point of the organization was to give students a tax deduction while allocating the textbooks for students who lack accessibility to course materials. Donating your textbook is easy. All you have to do is collect your used textbooks and take them to a Blanket Books drop off location, which is currently located at Trism on High Street. From there, you identify the textbooks you are donating and you will be emailed a donation receipt to file for your

tax savings. The process is quick, easy, efficient, and impactful. Blanket Books is currently partnered with the University of Belize, the University of The Bahamas, and the University of El Salvador. In addition to Latin American universities, Blanket Books is looking to expand into Middle Eastern markets, however most attention has been focused on Latin America because of Asian copyright laws and European and African shipping costs. While Kawarizadeh works to solve logistical difficulties, there is clear demand for the growing number of donations from these universities. The non-profit, operating in existence for less than a year, is expecting to expand to 20,000 books delivered in 2018. Kawarisdeh feels corporate social responsibility and academic empowerment are two values which act as the bedrock for Blanket Book’s guiding principles. Touching on an age-old belief, Kawarisadeh’s non-profit recognizes the importance of technical skill sets in a changing labor force. “If you give a man a fish he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish he eats for life. If you give that same man a book on accounting, he isn’t a fisherman anymore, but a CPA.” He believes the idea rings true for everyone. Having a practical skill such as accounting drives impact within y c their economies. a r Education, as a lite y.

tool of empowerment, strengthens the labor force in emerging markets. As a result, developing countries foster a hotbed of ingenuity and growth to help diversify their economies. As the university’s reputation grows, local talent and interest in businesses will grow. Kawarisadeh’s vision of utilizing academic incentives with tax deductions pairs local businesses with universities and library systems, encouraging literacy for everyone. Additionally, the universities are able to notify Blanket Books of curriculum changes which allows Kawarisadeh to target specific demand. While Kawarisadeh touches on the impact of accounting textbooks, the University of Belize sends books to libraries nearby reaching an even larger audience. In terms of future plans for Zagrous Kawarisadeh, his intention is to continue devoloping strong ties for Blanket Books across the globe. Currently a senior marketing major, his previous work developing operational strategies is indicative of more partnerships. “I enjoy a balance with Blanket Books. It’s important to have a career that you are passionate about. Blanket Books is a project I touch on once a week, though it has been rewarding to see the results flourish and bloom.”

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Young Students of Tomorrow College students empower young children through mentorship program story anna czulno design makenzie jones photo sean yu


or the “little buddies” in College Mentors for Kids, the program is all about having fun through activities such as selling lemonade, petting service dogs, and molding play dough. However, on a national scale, it has proven that current students in the program graduate high school and move on to secondary education at a rate 10 percent above the national average. College Mentors for Kids is a national organization focused on pairing students in grades first through fifth with a college mentor. As one of over 30 chapters in the U.S., Ohio State’s program has grown from working with one elementary school in 2008 to five schools in the greater Columbus Area. While College Mentors for Kids is centered around assisting the youth of today, its broader implications include ensuring each student will successfully move on through their educational path in the future. Three out of every four kids in College Mentors for Kids achieve postsecondary education on a national scale. “It is really fun working with these kids because I think there is this whole idea that because they are in inner city schools, they have less opportunity,” Vice President of Programming for Weiland Park Elementary School, Ally Brady said. “With that being said, they have all this ambition and drive and motivation. They are some of the most dedicated students I have seen and putting them in this program really helps because it shows them the opportunity of college.” Within the program, each student or “little buddy” is paired with a college mentor where they participate in weekly activities based on three of the following themes: cultural diversity, higher education and careers, and community service. In order to design the activities, Vice President of Programming for Highland Park Elementary School, Alex

Kuenzli, has focused on connecting other clubs around Ohio State’s campus with College Mentors for Kids. “One of our main focuses is to encourage higher education and careers and expose them to all these different opportunities,” Kuenzli says. “For example, one activity we had was [with] the OSU Neuroscience Club. One station they had involved using real animal brains [where] the little buddies got to...put gloves on and hold them.” Other organizations around campus that College Mentors for Kids has worked with include the Lego Brick Club, Jump Rope Club and Engineers Without Borders. Additionally, due to being in close proximity with the city of Columbus, students have also been able to work with the OSU and Columbus Police Department. While College Mentors for Kids focuses on the “little buddies” in the program, it has helped the mentors grow as well. “In Columbus, there is so much opportunity in this city itself,” Kuenzli says. “For me personally, being able to go to different activity days and see the wide range and diversity of the kids in the program is great.” Each activity that the “little buddies” participate in has a greater purpose in terms of helping them with their education or future career. However, in their eyes, it is simply as fun as playing freeze dance or petting service dogs. When asked about what their favorite part of College Mentors for Kids was, one of the “little buddies” said, “Some dogs came and we were upstairs and got to pet them and give them treats.” College Mentors for Kids is continuing to expand each year at Ohio State and is looking to add an additional elementary school to the program. In the future, College Mentors for Kids is hosting a 5K to raise money for the program.

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OSU’s branch partners with elementary schools in the greater Columbus area.

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Taking Refuge in Education OSU student organization dedicated to empowering teen refugees through higher education support story priyanka jain design nithika badam


hen refugees are forced to flee their home country because of persecution, war, or violence, they move to a brand new country with barely any knowledge of the new place just to survive. If they didn’t have to fear for their safety, many refugees would rather live in their home country where they grew up. Nevertheless, these unjust situations ultimately force refugees to move past their traumatic experiences and overcome language barriers, financial insecurity, and cultural gaps just to stabilize their families. Therefore, Refuge, an online refugee mentorship program, was founded two years ago to mitigate the challenges faced by refugees and specifically empower high school refugee students to make higher level education an attainable reality. Abdul Bah, president of Refuge, explains why they have pinpointed adolescents. “When people come here as immigrants and refugees,” explains Bah, “the younger [child] population [has time] to integrate into society and then the older [adult] population goes

into the workforce and has resettlement agencies that help them with English and finding a job, but the adolescent population is lacking in services.” “On an emotional level,” explains Noor Alhashim, the Operations Chair of Refuge, “that middle generation has the expectations to perform as well as adults while they are just as unsure and helpless as the younger generation.” To match the needs of adolescent refugees, Refuge has created a program completely tailored to them. In contrast to traditional mentoring, all lessons are covered through text and video chat to increase accessibility limited through transportation issues. Using a modular curriculum designed for each grade, mentors cover topics on college preparation and career development such as resume writing and personal statements as well as activities to ease cultural acclimation. Because refugees often miss these seemingly simple topics that most learn in high school, the personalized curriculum is crucial when trying to provide a missing service that bridges personal and professional gaps. Although mentors and mentees meet

The Refugee Advocacy Training event helped students learn about the resettlement process and how to aid refugees in the Columbus area.




virtually, the organization recognizes the power of face to face contact, so to allow the online mentorship to come full circle, Refuge held an Immersion Experience last April. During this two-day event, the refugee mentees experienced what it is like to be a student at Ohio State. They ate at a dining hall, had private tours of campus catered to their interests, talked one-on-one with a diverse group of professors, learned about marketing their bilingualism, participated in an engineering case competition and even gave their own TED talks about their experiences in a collaboration with TEDxOhioStateUniversity. There was also a reception-styled symposium open to the general public that was dedicated to highlighting other refugee organizations, speakers with refugee experiences, and immigrant performers to show the community the skills and passions of an undervalued community. In addition to their community outreach at the Immersion Experience Reception, Refuge partners with US Together and Central Ohio Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants to put on a Refugee Advocacy Training every year. The event is dedicated to breaking down prejudice against refugee communities through community education and engaging dialogue on refugee resettlement and the benefit of refugees to the community and local economy. In comparison to last year, they have definitely noticed a decreased concern for refugee issues due to a change in news topics and political landscape. “Last year there was a lot more interest in refugee advocacy and mentorship itself, whereas this year it is no longer the trend,” says Alhashim. “Even though it is still affecting our mentees and the refugee population is just the same way. So the fact that it is no longer the big news in the media affected how our local community responded to our educational programs.” Last year’s travel ban specifically instilled a lot of fear into the immigrant

First interactions with the refugees happen on Ohio State’s campus! It helps the mentee and their mentor get to know one another better.

population, giving the program a rocky start and making the refugee population even more unstable. As a result, this impacted the size of their program and the reliability of the mentees. For example, when funding for resettlement, agencies decreased last year resulting in a few families having to decide between having cell phones or having power and opting out of the program. Due to the nature of the refugee population and the political climate, Bah believes that Refuge’s greatest challenge is holding their mentees accountable and consistently engaged in the program. The Mentee Development and Recruitment Chair of Refuge, Yusef Saeed explains that they need to identify how to effectively support the mentees in the program and help them get the most out of the mentorship experience. One solution is to learn more about the geographical landscape of Columbus and locate the refugees that truly need the program. It is especially difficult to gain insight and tap into more recent refugee populations such as the Bhutanese because those students are not at Ohio State. What distinguishes Refuge from mentorship programs that deal with underprivileged students in inner cities is that mentors must not only be relatable to someone with a completely different background but also culturally competent. Saeed says Refuge “goes deeper than

poverty tourism,” and as a mentor, “you are forced to really understand these communities. You can’t just come in and assume you know. You have to do your research and understand what happened to these people in these countries.” Therefore, cultural competence is a very important element that adds to the challenges of being a mentor, especially because the cultural gaps and differences change for each person. In addition to cultural differences, each person’s transition varies based on age, experiences, finances, and family, and every mentor understands that the students in their program were put in terribly unjust situations. Ultimately, Refuge creates a family of activists, so when their mentors “learn about these people, they don’t just end it there. [They] stand up for them, and [they] use what [they] have to help them,” exclaims Saeed. With a culture of mutual concern and love for each other, Refuge gives motivated leaders a platform to succeed and come together to inspire others. “When you empower somebody within a population or community that is struggling or facing a lot of difficulties,” says Bah, “those are the best people to come back and create change within that population,” so hopefully Refuge can create a cycle where one day mentees will return to Refuge as mentors, and all refugees will have the ability to take refuge in their education.

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fter jamming to music during silent disco, watching the morale captains show off their dance routines and coming together to shake the floor of the Grand Ballroom during rave hour, there was only one last thing to do. It was time for the BuckeyeThon leadership team to reveal that this year, The Ohio State University raised a record-breaking total of $1,603,437.49 for the kids. This year, BuckeyeThon’s goal was to raise 2 million dollars for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They had been working with a nonprofit throughout


the year to discuss and plan out a partnership for the future. “For our end of that partnership, they would donate a large sum of money to Nationwide Children's Hospital to support a specific aspect of pediatric cancer research that BuckeyeThon was not already funding,” shares Imran Nuri, a second year finance student at The Ohio State University and the newly appointed President of BuckeyeThon. Unfortunately, due to being unable to determine which project or type of research the money would be helping, as well as leadership changes on the



nonprofit’s end, the BuckeyeThon team was not able to sign the contract in time for this year’s dance marathon. “Our leadership team was upset for a moment but not for long. They immediately began to brainstorm ideas for how their committees could contribute to fundraising as much as possible in the time we had left until the Dance Marathon. The team understood that even though we were not getting a large donation that we were expecting, it was not time to give up. It was time to push harder than ever. The team was simply resilient,” Nuri mentioned. Since the BuckeyeThon team knew they would no longer receive their large donation from the non-profit, they turned their attention to marketing to the students on campus. “Our marketing strategies try to target three different groups of people: the people that are affected by the cause, the people that do it because their best friend, sorority, fraternity are doing it and the people that do it because they want to be a part of the awesome experience of BuckeyeThon and what it stands for. We understand that some emails sent will strike with some but not with others,” says Colin Quinn, a third year biology student at The Ohio State University that has been on the BuckeyeThon executive board since his freshman year. Along with marketing to the students of campus, the BuckeyeThon team relied

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harder than ever.” on selling the student experience to their corporate sponsors for donations. Due to BuckeyeThon’s efforts in the last four to five years, they have been able to increase their sponsorships as well their relationships with their previous sponsors. “We use that [sponsorship] money to reinvest in our operating costs. So what we will say to a corporate sponsor is maybe you want to give a $10,000 donation to BuckeyeThon, well you can either donate that $10,000 directly to Nationwide Children’s Hospital or you can invest it in us, where we can use it to promote student fundraising and then that gift can become five times greater,” Quinn says. Although BuckeyeThon was not able to solidify the sponsorship with the non-profit, they were able to gain Delta Airlines as a new sponsor. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN), a large non-profit organization that fundraises for hospitals around the

country, has a branch of their non-profit that focuses on dance marathons and helps to connect dance marathons all across the country. Since Delta is a sponsor for CMN, BuckeyeThon was able to secure a sponsorship from Delta. During the event, BuckeyeThon tweeted “for the next hour from 3:30-4:30pm, all donations will be matched by @Delta! Raise $36 for the 36 kids in active treatment at NCH right now! Your $36 becomes $72. Thanks Delta Air Lines! #OSUForTheKids#DeltaGreaterGood.” The matching hour allowed Delta to not only engage with the college student population but also helped BuckeyeThon stay on track in beating last year’s grand total. “We want to use corporate money most responsibly and most effectively, as well as to create the best benefit for our partners. When that number is raised, we want our sponsors to know they are just as much a part of that number as we are,”

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Quinn states. BuckeyeThon continues to build upon their sponsorships, in hopes that they will raise even more money for the fight against pediatric cancer. “There continues to be planning in the works to figure out how the nonprofit and BuckeyeThon can work together for the future,” says Nuri. Even without the non-profit as their sponsor, BuckeyeThon was able to surpass last year’s total. “To say that Ohio State students raised $1.6 million is just absolutely incredible and Ohio State students should be really proud of that number. They are making such an impact and difference in the lives of kids in our community. To say it was a success is an understatement and I’m looking forward to what they will accomplish in the future,” says Quinn. Photos Courtesy of BuckeyeThon


Streaming for Revenue

Unpacking the massive world of Internet content creation story sean yu design abby myer


ith his easygoing demeanor and casual dress code, thirdyear computer science student Justin Monte looks like any other normal college student at a glance. But look a little closer and you will probably see some differences, such as the pocketsized tripod he keeps on his backpack and the beefy-looking camera he always seems to be talking to. That is because Justin Monte is not just a normal student. He is also a fulltime YouTuber. And when he turns that camera on, thousands of people tune in. It is no secret that YouTube has changed the modern landscape of media and content sharing today. Ever since its inception in 2005, the platform has reported over 1 billion users who contribute about 1 billion hours watched daily across 88 countries and 76 languages. Today, many analysts estimate the value of the site to be anywhere from $70-$75 billion alone. Although YouTube has always been home to a diverse network of users, attention on the platform has only intensified over the years as media trends began shifting towards the internet. As a result, an unlikely new occupation has emerged: professional YouTuber. “Slowly but surely, [YouTube] began to evolve almost into a full-time job for me,” Monte recalls. “When I wake up, one of the first things on my mind is


what I am going to be recording [for a video] that day. Every single day, I have to think about how I can make things interesting or what I want to talk about.” Monte, who goes by the moniker JMontage on YouTube, specializes in making lifestyle videos documenting his day-to-day life as a student at OSU for an audience of about 4.4 thousand subscribers. While he does acknowledge that his current earnings from the

“Even though you can

think of it as a job, it does not feel like a burden, but more of a privilege.” platform are too little to make a career on it, Monte is nevertheless committed to content creation through YouTube. “I love doing the things [I am doing],” Monte says. “Even though you can think of it as a job, it does not feel like a burden, but more of a privilege.” Monte is just one member of the massive and ever-growing community of YouTubers that make money through content creation. Directly through the main site, creators can earn revenue through advertisements and video sponsors. Last year, Forbes estimated that YouTube’s FISHER INK MAGAZINE


top earner—26-year-old video gamer Daniel “TheDiamondMinecart” Middleton—made about $16.5 million in advertisement revenue alone. In recent years, YouTube has found itself under intense scrutiny for controversial content and statements that began to emerge on the site, prompting the withdrawal of many of the platform’s sponsors—including CocaCola and Amazon. As questions about YouTube’s future mounted, many midlevel YouTubers turned their attentions to another emerging platform: Twitch. Since 2011, the Amazon-owned site has carved out its own niche on the internet as a platform for people to live stream their activities. While video gaming content remains the focus of much of the site’s 15 million daily active users, one can also find live concerts, sports broadcasts and even workout routines on the site. The interactivity of Twitch presents itself as an attractive alternative. Viewers can engage in the stream’s live text chat, make direct monetary donations to the broadcaster or support the channel through paid monthly subscriptions. As a result, many YouTubers have branched out into Twitch streaming in addition to their regular YouTube content. “[During my sophomore year of college] I was only streaming part time,” says Robert “Rhabby_V” Vanegas, a fulltime Twitch streamer. “But then when

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full-time Twitch Streamer 96,000 Twitch Followers 22 years old

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I saw myself not being happy with my major and seeing all the success [my friends] were having, I knew I too could do the same if I took it seriously.” Vanegas dropped out of college in August 2017 to pursue video game streaming and content creation. Through collaborations with other streamers and YouTubers, Vanegas was able to start building a regular core audience. Now, with 41 thousand YouTube subscribers and over 96 thousand Twitch followers, being able to support himself through these platforms has become a reality. “[Going full time] was the best choice I ever made,” Vanegas says. “I feel extremely lucky to have a tight community [around me]. Without them I am nothing, and I make sure I let them know that.” Lately, the popularity of Twitch has veritably exploded thanks to increasing celebrity attention. Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Felicia Day, Deadmau5 and Karl-Anthony Towns are all among the growing collection of musicians, actors and athletes that have made regular appearances on the platform. Just last month, streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins teamed up with musician Drake, rapper Travis Scott and athlete Juju-Smith Schuster for a Twitch session to play the wildly popular video game Fornite: Battle Royale. The stream drew in a peak of about 628 thousand concurrent viewers, setting the Twitch record for most concurrent viewers on an individual stream. Like any audience-driven profession, the success of these careers can be incredibly volatile. Monte and Vanegas both agree that expanding their own brand and business outside of these platforms is a point of emphasis. Despite these concerns, the popularity and growth of these platforms has made the message clear: content creation is here to stay. “Things like content creation, monetization and personal brands will not be going away anytime soon,” Monte asserts. “I do not think YouTube will be going away anytime soon, despite what


other people on social media may be saying.” Vanegas shares a similar sentiment about his long-term career. “Hopefully I can stream for as long as I can, but I want to expand my portfolio much more than just being a content creator,” Vanegas says. “I think [YouTube and Twitch] can stay up there for years to come, but we thought that about MySpace, Napster [and] Blockbuster. The world of content will expand past YouTube and Twitch, but I do not think it will happen anytime soon.”

Popular YouTubers' Earnings According to Forbes 2017

$4.26 Million Jake Paul

Paul jumpstarted his career by becoming a viral star on Vine, a former social platform for videos. Recently, he played the role of Dirk in the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark.

$3.25 Million Logan Paul

Last December, Paul received backlash against a video he uploaded that showed a man who had committed suicide in a forest in Aokigahara, Japan.

$1.10 Million Jenna Marbles

Since her first viral video in 2010, Marbles continues to post comedic videos on a regular basis. Today, she has more than 18 million subscribers. contact us at or visit us at


Food for Good Thought Local bakery offers gluten-free items and employment opportunities for individuals with autism story alex turcinov design lily wang photo sarah long & lily wang


ccording to the Autism Society, autism spectrum disorder is a disability hindering the ability of those affected to relate and communicate with others. As of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reported autism is present in 1 of every 68 children born in the U.S. The specific cause of autism is unknown. What we do know is how much autism affects an individual’s functioning varies from person to person complicating treatment options. Food for Good Thought, a local social enterprise in Columbus specializing in baking gluten free products, is determined to alleviate the social stresses faced by people with autism. The organization’s mission is to employ people with autism living in the Columbus area and assist them as they transition into adult life. Food for Good Thought was created in 2009 when Dr. Audrey Todd, the business’s founder, was struggling to find employment for her autistic son. “She had the idea of the


bakery and we began working with two clients baking just one hour a week, when her son was only 6 years old. Employment for individuals with autism is under 10 percent, so the goal was to not only possibly employ him, but others as well,” explains Sarah Duplessis, director of Food for Good Thought. As of January 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor reports as unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is 8.8 percent versus 4.3 percent for those without disabilities. More alarming is the labor force participation rate for the disabled at 20.4 percent. While these statistics represent more than just people with autism, it is evidence of a general lack of opportunities for the disabled in the U.S. “Employment for individuals with autism is hard because it is not where it should or could be,” Duplessis says. “While it is getting better, there is still a lot of work to be done. I think there a few important things that need to occur— adults with autism need to be taught the employment skills prior to getting a position but there is also education that needs to occur with the businesses as well. Businesses would benefit from education on how to work with an employee with autism, but also what benefits can come from that. Adults with autism can be some of the most loyal and reliable employees that a business can have, but there are still many, many businesses in the Columbus area that are not willing to give them a chance. A lot of times employment



occurs because the person that is hiring for the position knows someone with autism and knows what they are capable of.” As for the gluten-free products, Duplessis explains, “there have been some studies that have mentioned that a gluten-free diet will help individuals who have autism in many ways, however we began as a gluten-free bakery because our founder's son was on a gluten-free diet due to GI issues. When the goal for him was employment with us she wanted it to be something he would be able to eat as well.” Food for Good Thought champions its transition program, EveryBody Works, located on the campus of Ohio Dominican University located in Columbus. They were looking for a smaller school located near their bakery. It is only 15 minutes from there and can be accessed by bus. ODU’s strong education department makes it a great fit for the program. Individuals participating in the transition program have access to an intervention specialist and have the opportunity to participate in paid internships. The program is in its second year with five students currently enrolled and is expected to grow in the future. “In our other programs we have 10 clients working at the bakery, 25 going through employment services and will have slots for 100 high school students in our summer programs this year,” Duplessis says. “We build our own curriculum and teach them everything they need to know about becoming an independent adult.” Duplessis explains. The

Fisher Ink members Sarah Long and Akane Ohara enjoying an orange sunshine cupcake and lemon bar from Food for Good Thought curriculum is focused on four core areas: money management, employment skills, life skills and independent living skills. The students learn how to cook, shop for groceries, make a budget and interact with co-workers and their peers. Food for Good Thought also offers a summer employment program for high school students with disabilities. It is a five-week program that includes a focus on developing job-searching skills. Food for Good Thought has its employees meet with a Job Developer throughout their employment. “The transition program leads to a few opportunities to occur. The program is designed to help the students increase their independence, but also build their skills in the area that they want to explore—either employment or college,” Duplessis explains. Some students plan to complete the program and then take more classes, while others hope to enter the workforce directly. “The students take classes with us in the morning and

then work in the afternoon. At the end of this year we will have one student that will be employed in the community and two that will be returning to us,” says Duplessis. Ohio State also has three transition programs on their campus. Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings, School to Employment Program and Project Plus. Public services, such as the Ohio Department of Education’s Center for Autism and Low Incidence incite awareness for the challenges posed by autism as well as tips for those with the disability to thrive off their strengths. While the government can write laws for equal employment opportunities, it cannot create jobs for people with autism. This is what makes the efforts of non-profit and social enterprise companies unique and special. Duplessis is looking forward to implementing new programs in the future. “I have personally always said

"do what you do and do it well before bringing on new programs. We are hoping to expand more at the college level with college students and to build much more in our transition program services.” Food for Good Thought is located at 4185 N. High St. just a few miles north of Ohio State’s campus. Feel free to reach out to them if you are interested in contributing to their movement and helping spread their important message. Duplessis enjoys her job commenting, “working for Food for Good Thought is extremely rewarding. The clients that we work with are either looking for jobs in the community, looking to become more independent or are working in our bakery. Once our clients complete our program and complete their goal, many times they are a totally different person. They feel that they are a productive member of society and have self-worth. Knowing that we are able to help with that is by far the best part of the job.”

Food for Good Thought sells a variety of gluten-free baked items

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Academic and

Specialization Organizations Big Data and Gamma Iota Sigma



Analytics Association


Gamma Iota Sigma brings in speakers to discuss various career opportunities within the risk management field, ranging from insurance, finance and cyber security; because of their specific focus, they merged this past year with the Risk Management Association. Being a newly merged organization, one of their highlights from this pilot year was the Risk Manager in Residence Series. The speaker series allowed those in attendance to further develop relationships with risk management industry professionals. For the future, Gamma Iota Sigma hopes to provide students with opportunities to develop meaningful skills which can be transferred directly to the professional world.



The Big Data and Analytics Association is a one-ofa-kind student organization focused on the continued education of its members. There are over 150 active members within the organization who regularly attend workshops on cloud computing, investing and topic modeling and also have the opportunity to listen to analytics advisers and panels of young professionals. BDAA is serious about reaching out to prominent companies such as Cardinal Health, Accenture, Deloitte, IBM and many more. This year, BDAA had their 3rd Annual Career Fair which hosted 20 companies and 300 students which was beyond their projected attendance. Not a business major and still interested in Data Analytics? According to the President of BDAA, James Bassett, one of their major goals they achieved this past semester was reaching out to students beyond the data analytics major. Looking into the future, BDAA plans to create more opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom. In particular, creating an alumni resource bank for students is one of their top priorities.

Accounting Association The Accounting Association connects students with recruiters from accounting firms and professionals in the field that come in and present about their work. Their meetings advise students from freshmen to seniors on landing that coveted internship and full-time position. This year AA has met more regularly and incorporated more private-accounting firms into its events. They were responsible for putting on the Accounting Career Fair last September which 421 students attended. In order to give members more opportunities to network, they plan to coordinate more socials going forward. They hope to couple strong relationships among peers with accounting expertise.

Most Overplayed Song of the Year

1 "Closer" by The Chainsmokers

2 "Bodak Yellow" by Cardi B

3 "Havana" by

Camila Cabello

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Most Instagramable Place on Campus

Buckeye Operations Management Society



1 The Oval

2 The Shoe


Purchasing and Supply Management Association

“We just do it…better.” With Buckeye Operations Management Society’s tagline aligning with its mission to be the premier recruiting resource for firms seeking the best and brightest operations students, BOMS provides students the opportunity to learn about Operations and Supply Chain outside of the classroom, as well as network with peers, faculty and professionals. Fundamentally, the organization desires to spread knowledge and excitement about the rapidly and continuously changing field of Operations Management by providing the opportunity for members to attend guest speaker events, plant tours, networking events with local businesses and events sponsored by the Association for Operations Management (APICS), of which BOMS is a student chapter. This year BOMS had over 15 Professional Development Meetings with various companies, including Cardinal Health, GM, PepsiCo, Lbrands and JPMorgan Chase. It also provided students with resume workshops, mock interviews and professional headshots. This year is BOMS tenth year as a student organization, and as part of BOMS ten-year anniversary, it will be hosting a BOMS Alumni Reunion on April 13th. The reunion will include an Alumni Panel discussion, which will be open to all Ohio State students. One goal BOMS had this past year was to continue building on its relationship with APICS. This year BOMS successfully sent three students to the national APICS annual conference, held in San Antonio, TX. They were able to network with supply chain professionals from all over the world, foster mentorship relationships and attend speaker-series and presentations to learn about current issues and advancements in the field of supply chain. As far as the future goes, BOMS is looking forward to continuing to be a pathway for students to gain that experience and launch their career.

3 Knowlton Hall


The Purchasing and Supply Management Association is a Fisher club that strives to build peer-to-peer relationships between those who plan to pursue purchasing as a career through social and professional events. Whether meeting fellow members in a social at the Blackwell, or learning about purchasing as a profession, PSMA works to grow their members personally and professionally. With a speaker from the purchasing world coming in to discuss their role as a buyer in their organization almost every week, PSMA worked towards its goal to grow membership, and remains eager to learn and continue growing their unique member base in the future.

International Business Club



The International Business Club (IBC) works to foster an understanding of the interconnectedness of the global economy within the Fisher community. They actively work to keep members informed about opportunities that may present themselves within international business, while at the same time hosting meaningful discussions at the meetings about trends in the global economy and other current issues in globalization. In working toward fulfilling their mission, they have been able to grow membership by 50 percent in the past year. As they look forward, they want to continue to expand the impact on the general understanding of global business within Fisher.

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Systems Association



The Information Systems Association (ISA), led by president Ali Graham, is an organization with 25 active members which is dedicated to connecting students passionate about technology with industry professionals. Through organizing communication between professionals, faculty and students, ISA fosters a community of like-minded individuals. This past year, ISA introduced “Tech Talks�, in which they host industry professionals to discuss trends within the industry as well as topics not covered in the classroom, such as agile methodology, sever-less architecture and systems thinking. In addition, they hosted a Careers in Tech panel, in which they brought in members across all specialties like software engineering, IT analysis/ auditors and technology consultants because of the broad nature of the field. A major problem in the information systems industry is a general lack of awareness; by hosting their second annual outreach event for high school students, ISA has met its goal of educating future collegiate students.

American Marketing Association

1 Condado

2 Cazuela's

Fisher Real Estate Society


The American Marketing Association (AMA) is dedicated to helping its 60 members better market firms, brands, and themselves. To achieve this, AMA connects its members with high caliber organizations, companies, agencies and market research firms. This past year was highlighted by AMA rebranding and launching their new website, solidifying their social media presence and allowing them to grow their member basis. AMA also attended the AMA National Conference in Las Vegas in September. AMA has a young executive board that has their work cut out for them as they continue to retain new members. Looking ahead, AMA aims to recruit further and continue putting on skill-building events for those involved.


Best Mexican Food on High St.


3 Chipotle



The Fisher Real Estate Society is a student organization focused on improving careers in the real estate industry. Students have the chance to network with faculty, alumni, professionals, and recruiters. For many, this is an excellent way to learn of the opportunities that exist for recent graduates, but also help connect MBA students to full-time positions. Throughout the year FRES hosts roundtable discussions and networking events at Fisher. Alumni, faculty, and industry professions attend various segments to discuss the global landscape for the 4th largest investment asset class. Highlights from the previous year include a discussion of the development of Columbus. Brian Ellis, President of Nationwide Realty Investors, discussed growth plans for Franklinton, Arena District, and the Grandview Yards, giving student direct insight into future Columbus growth.


The Logistics




Finance Association


The Undergraduate Finance Association strives to hone financial skills and shed light on opportunities in the field for students. They invite companies to come in and speak to students, bring in guest speakers, and hosts workshops centered on career development. Their student panels allow students to hear about their peers’ experiences from their internships or jobs. This past year the organization has sought to add variety to its list of speakers. In the future, the group wants to make the organization even more interactive by adding social events. The organization is open to any student interested in finance regardless of major.

Human Resources Association

The Logistics Association is an organization that provides students with opportunities and resources that help them develop their knowledge of logistics and supply chain management. By inviting companies, such as Nestle, DHL Supply Chain and LBrands, to expose students to real world business professionals who engage in real world logistics activities, the Logistics Association provides members with a direct line to the logistics world. This year, for instance, the supply chain management and logistics program at Fisher was ranked 4th in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and The Logistics Association hopes to further expand students' logistics knowledge by providing students with various opportunities to learn about logistics through facility tours and networking events. They organized tours at centers for both Amazon and Big Lots!, in addition to organizing a career fair and case competition. In the coming year, The Logistics Association hopes to continue to invite prime logistics companies to their meetings while expanding their member base. Through the integration of workshop activities into their meetings, The Logistics Association hopes to continue to be the best place to serve as “the pipeline to logistics for all Fisher College of Business students�.


The Human Resources Association (HRA), led by president Samantha Wilkins, is an organization of 20 active members which aims to help students interested in human resources develop the necessary skills to be successful in the industry. The central goal of the organization is to give each member a strong professional network for after graduation. The human resources major is small at Fisher, so the organization was thrilled to have a record number of members join this past year. Achieving this has allowed HRA to achieve its goal of reaching a broader student base. Because the human resource community is small, a persistent struggle is finding internships and job opportunities for graduating students. Despite these challenges, HRA has elected its new board of executives and plans to continue facing the fight head on next year.

Best Ohio Travel Destinations

1 Hocking Hills

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2 Cedar Point/

King's Island

3 Put-in-Bay


General and Special


Interest Organizations

Coastal Connections


FisherCares This year, FisherCares, the official undergraduate business student community service organization, was able to achieve a variety of their goals through the hard work of their members. With 65 members volunteering for on- and off-campus organizations such as Buddy Up Tennis, FLOW, the mid-Ohio Food Bank and CHA animal shelter, FisherCares hit their target of over 200 documented service hours for the organization, as well as having 4 service events and speakers for the club’s members only. In addition, in a partnership with Fisher and Buck-I-Serv, the organization helped to fund a service trip to Sarasota Florida exclusively for Fisher College of Business students to further their reach.

Fisher Ink


Buckeye Coastal Connections is a Fisher organization that focuses on developing the personal networks of members in order to assist in obtaining professional opportunities. To assist in this development process, BCC brings in guest speakers, offers a peer mentorship program and provides professional development workshops. The continuation of the peer mentorship program and quality of speakers allowed BCC to continue to grow as an organization over the course of the year; they saw increased membership size, increased retention rate and a high diversity in the content and structure of meetings. To continue to grow the quality of organization as well as membership size, BCC hopes to offer a wide range of speakers from all over the country and introduce a New York City networking trip next semester. With these improvements and new events on the horizon, BCC hopes to be an outlet for Fisher students to expand their network “from coast to coast”.


Fisher Ink is the official undergraduate student-run magazine for the Fisher College of Business. With three editions released each year, Fisher Ink’s magazines reach the hands of 3,500 students, faculty and alumni. By offering opportunities in writing, design and promotions, Fisher Ink provides multiple avenues for expressing creative thought. As the digital age continues to flourish, Fisher Ink has dedicated this year to modernizing and diversifying. They instituted a new set of magazine design standards in order to create a more appealing and cohesive product. In addition to printing magazines, the organization releases all print articles, as well as additional pieces that did not fit in the physical magazine, on its website, With six episodes already released this semester and a few more to come, they are proud of their new, Fisher-focused podcast, Fisher Link. Not only has Fisher Ink pushed itself internally to produce more than ever before, but it also has committed to reach broader audiences and collaborate with new partners. With its “Submit a Story” portal, any student, faculty member, or alumnus can contribute to the brainstorming process, allowing others to promote their own work and the work of their peers across campus. Magazines are now distributed in every Fisher building. The organization has been working with Fisher’s Information Technology Services to videotape and enliven its stories. Fisher Ink’s goal has always been to explore and share Fisher’s every day, underreported successes. Fisher Ink hopes to further expand upon on that mission, by delivering content in new ways and to new audiences within the Columbus community. 30



Professor You'd Love to See at Bullwinkles

1 Marc Smith


Builders Club

2 Ty Shepfer

3 Susan Clark


Business Builders Club’s events and initiatives aim to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship at Ohio State. They collaborate with both the Columbus ecosystem and the world. Highlights from this past year included attending the Intercollegiate Entrepreneurship Network Summit at Vanderbilt University, being invited to speak to Steve Case (founder of AOL) in the Rise of the Rest Tour, and collaborating with OUAB (Ohio Union Activities Board) to bring in Alexis Ohanian (co-founder of Reddit). They also brought in numerous other Columbus founders such as Sean Lane (CEO of CrossChx), Dan Manges (CTO of Root), Jeff Schumann (CEO of Wiretap). Business Builders Club accomplished their goals by bringing in several great speakers throughout the year and engaging in the intercollegiate entrepreneurship community (which included Vanderbilt, UT Austin, Princeton, Columbia, and UVA). They managed to restructure their executive board along the way. When weekly attendance began to wane, the club took the time to step back and reflect, deciding to cut back on meetings and focus on making the ones they do hold even more impactful. Some Business Builders are determined to end poverty. Some want to be millionaires. All of them want to change the world.

Net Impact

Undergraduate Chapter

Net Impact is a social entrepreneurship club that looks at how business can be used as a force for creating a sustainable world. Members of Net Impact partner with local businesses to create student-led projects. enacting change both on Ohio State’s campus and within the Columbus community. The club hosts speakers from a variety of industries that present on how business can be used as a tool for societal gain. This year, Net Impact secured a grant from ENGIE to install a reusable container system in one of the campus dining halls. This system will replace the disposable togo container system currently in place. Their plastic bag recycling program has prevented hundreds of bags from ending up in the landfill. They are also organizing a student brainstorming session with Nike representatives to discuss what the company can do to improve their image by leveraging sustainability. Internally, Net Impact has increased membership, transitioned into a new executive team, and earned Gold Chapter Status from the national board. Although it struggled to keep long-term projects going from semester to semester with members graduating, it sent several members to the national conference, where they participated in workshops and networked with a variety of professionals. Clearly, Net Impact continues to “Make a Positive Impact in the World!”

Most Used Smartphone App

1 Snapchat

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2 Instagram

3 GroupMe


Business of Retail Association


Just a Minute

In the Business of Retail Association (BORA), student leaders work to create a bridge between Ohio State students and companies in the retail industry by exposing themselves to a variety of experiences. In this past year, they were able to host tours of nearby retail companies’ offices, such as Zulily, welcome guest speakers to their meetings and host competitive shopping trips. In building a network both within Fisher and outside through these events, BORA continually exposes its members to the ins and outs of retail. BORA saw a great deal of change this year, including a name change from its former title “Fashion Forward”, a more diverse recruitment season and a new basis of company relationships, including Rent the Runway, Rue21 and GAP. As they look to grow the organization, BORA wants to organize more events for members to meet one another and develop an internship email that will keep their membership updated with opportunities in the field.

Just A Minute (JAM) gives students the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills in a casual environment, with the goal of building confidence in both speaking and presenting for members. While the organization is small, JAM is a great place for anyone to refine vital skills. JAM has seen a lot of growth in the past year due to an increase in the number of workshops held. At these given workshops, members discuss tactics for giving better speeches. Older members of the organization take on a role of leadership and often are given the chance to be guest lecturers for freshman classes.

Dream Study Abroad Location

1 Florence, Italy

Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club


2 Sydney, Australia

3 Madrid, Spain


“This is as close as you can get to working as a consultant without actually being employed as one,” says Mitch Switala, president of Buckeye Undergraduate Consulting Club (BUCC). BUCC is an organization that strives to help students learn and develop skills that they will be able to leverage in the interview process and, ultimately, in the workforce. BUCC focuses on developing these skills through their Consulting Education Program and their assigned projects. The Consulting Education Program (CEP) allows their newest members the opportunity to meet with top consulting firms and learn networking and technical skills applied in the consulting industry and business world. The projects they work on are with companies that range from Fortune 500's to start-ups, allowing members to work with a firm they feel passionate about. During the program, they help clients solve real problems they are currently facing and deliver solutions that could potentially be applied to the company’s business plan. BUCC’s biggest goal for the future is to find a way for their members to be compensated for the work that they do. Although providing their services for free is advantageous to their clients, BUCC would like to begin to be rewarded for their work, especially as their talent level continues to rise. BUCC is proud of both the level of diversity and the level of expressed interest in the organization. They have a membership basis with a wide variety of majors, interests, ethnicities and backgrounds represented in the organization. In addition, this semester, BUCC received the highest number of applicants in their history as well as the most project proposals from clients. As their organization continues to grow and become more competitive, BUCC continues to seek individuals that are not only extremely talented, but will also contribute to the organization as they continue their collegiate career. BUCC aims to develop the university's top strategic thinkers to deliver unparalleled client value. 32




Citizenship Program


International Friends




Fisher International Friends (FIF) is organization that helps students build friendships by pairing international students with domestic students for semester-long conversations. The organization runs the Fisher International Friends Program (FIFP), which allows international students the opportunity to gain fluency and confidence in English and develop their cultural awareness, while also making friends in the process. FIF is currently collaborating with the English Conversation Program offered by the Office of International Affairs. This collaboration will assist in bringing unique events to the participants. This year, FIF has been able to offer biweekly to monthly events for the participants of the program. In the future, FIF hopes to apply for more funding so that they can bring even more events to their members. Fisher International Friends continues to make international students feel more at home at both Ohio State and The Fisher College of Business.


The Fisher Citizenship Program helps first-year Fisher and pre-business students to become more involved within the Fisher community and to become an active participant within Fisher’s undergraduate business program. They also help Fisher students become more well-rounded by establishing the core values of business basics, civic responsibility, global connection and career exploration. This program helps expose students to other organizations that fit their interests and personalities. FCP also helps first-year students with their studies, career and overall involvement. Members of FCP are active year round and attend the completion ceremony for the program in April where FCP thanks them for completing the program and joining at least one other Fisher organization. FCP plans to continue to help freshmen students throughout the year by collaborating with Fisher organizations and companies in the Columbus area so that they have an enrichening time at Ohio State.

Best Dressed Fisher Professor

1 Ty Shepfer

Impact Marketing and Design

2 Susan Clark

3 Jay Wellman



Impact Marketing and Design is an organization focused on providing free marketing and design services to OSU student organizations and small businesses around Columbus. The organization accomplishes this through methods such as market research, advising reports and in-depth analyses of market trends. Members are afforded a relaxed environment and various opportunities to apply classroom marketing and collaboration skills into real life situations. Over the past year, the organization has worked with clients such as Socialyze app and Food for Good Thought on implementing marketing strategy and realizing consumer feedback. Moving forward, Impact Marketing and Design looks to expand both its club size and client base in order to better serve rising businesses and organizations. contact us at or visit us at



Capital Investors


Common Cents


Investment Group

Buckeye Capital Investors is a club focused on the world of finance and markets, with its 110 active members taking part in weekly market updates, debates, stock pitches and a semesterlong membership development program for new members. In addition, the club has begun creating a paper-traded fund, with their largest goal at present being getting real capital behind the project within the next year. This will help to grow the club, as stock pitches and debates will then center around how to allocate those funds in the real-world market. Furthermore, BCI has had several speakers come in this year, such as Professor Matt Sheridan and Professor Michael Brandl, and hosted their stock competition last May in which multiple schools competed for a cash prize. Running a club that must operate with such real-time changes in the marketplace can be difficult, but BCI is looking ahead to establish strong alumni connections on Wall Street in the future, allowing for more guest speakers and advice, as well as an alumni blog to keep current students aware of career updates of fellow Buckeyes. Biggest Fisher Stereotype

1 Easiest


2 Constantly

3 Wears a Suit to


Students Consulting

for Nonprofit Organizations




Common Cents Investment Group (CCIG) is an organization that focuses on educating Fisher & nonFisher students on finance and investing. The group starts with the basics of investing and advances to higher-level material as the year progresses. CCIG plays a virtual Investopedia stock game every semester with a cash prize for the winner, hosts numerous industry speakers and frequently holds macro-economic discussions at their meetings. They also offer Wall Street Prep for their paid members at a discounted price. This year, the members heard from a variety of speakers, ranging from their sponsor Vanguard, as well as JP Morgan and Fifth Third's securities arm. CCIG also had to opportunity to bring in Rebecca Hall, named Forbes Top Women Advisors for 2017. Over Fall Break, several members took a day trip to Skylight Financial in Cleveland to hear firsthand from their sponsor and receive a tour of the top-floor office. CCIG met their goal this year of better participation at meetings by encouraging discussions and member stock pitches. They were also able to host recruiting opportunities for their members. Since it can be difficult to maintain consistent member participation as the year continues and classes pick-up, CCIG tries to keep meetings interesting through speaker events, special topics and stock games like Jeopardy. CCIG hopes to continue to expand their organization and sponsorship network, so that they can fund more beneficial events for their members.



The purpose of the Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) is to offer strategic consulting services to local and international nonprofit clients, which are offered free of charge. With 57 current members, SCNO has worked with eight different clients this year ranging from the Children’s Hunger Alliance to The Ronald McDonald House. Founded in 2009, SCNO has expanded its membership, bringing in 30 new members from a pool of 170 applicants, and continued to increase its current clientele base to over 80 businesses and organizations. In addition to consulting for nonprofit organizations, SCNO also hosts events such as the Nonprofit Professionals Panel. This event involves bringing in professionals from various local and national nonprofits such as American Red Cross and The Family Mentor Foundation to speak with students regarding their profession. In addition, they facilitated breakout sessions during the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit and a case competition based on a scenario from the nonprofit A Kid Again. Through the services that SCNO provides, their overall mission is to promote social change within consulting. 34



Professional Business Fraternities

Delta Sigma Pi

Phi Chi Theta D S P

With 123 brothers in its ranks, Delta Sigma Pi is a business fraternity founded on the four pillars of professionalism, brotherhood, community service and fundraising. The fraternity’s members seek to accomplish these goals through personal and professional development to effect positive change on businesses, the community and the world at large. Over the past year, the fraternity has hosted successful events, including Integrate—a TED-style conference that hosted keynotes from industry leaders—a family activities weekend, outreach programs for underprivileged kids, and partnerships with the Juvenile Research Diabetes Foundation, Columbus soup kitchens, the Red Cross, and Crosswalk Outreach. Moving forward, the fraternity seeks to promote a better environment of inclusiveness and wellness for its members and the community by organizing a “Wellness Week.” They plan to further promote this environment through a five-year plan focused on fostering diversity and inclusion in partnership with other organizations and corporations. The fraternity is currently planning its first ever out-of-state networking corporate trip to Philadelphia and New York City.

Alpha Kappa Psi


Phi Chi Theta (PCT) is one of the four business fraternities at Fisher. As a national fraternity, the goal of PCT is to build a foundation for students to learn and practice professional leadership skills as well as provide a strong network of people, both local and national, for members to connect with. PCT is a co-ed organization open to students pursuing a degree in business or economics. In order to help its members become more acclimated to the professional environment, PCT conducts mock interviews, hosts industry panels and plans other business-related events. This year, PCT was able to accomplish a variety of new events to continue working towards this mission. They were able to send some of their brothers to Chicago for company site visits with Pepsi, Wise-apple and CDW. In the spring, they also partnered with DSP to host their first annual case competition open to all students at Ohio State. In addition to PCT’s focus on professionalism, members of the fraternity also participate in philanthropy events. Specifically, PCT is partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance and Operation Christmas Child and has so far raised over 1,000 dollars for Children’s Hunger Alliance. Along with the professionalism and service aspect of PCT, brothers make lasting connections within the fraternity and beyond college.

A K Ψ Alpha Kappa Psi is one of the larger business fraternities here at Ohio State, boasting 138 brothers. They pride themselves on their three pillars of professionalism, service and brotherhood. AKPsi relies on its brotherhood and family-like mentality to develop its members as future business leaders. AKPsi and its members were recognized with four awards at their national conference in February, including the prestigious Leader of the Year Award. They are excited about their Alumni Mentorship Program which matches brothers with alumni to learn about careers that interest them. They have launched their AKCare program to raise awareness for mental health, a program that was awarded with four regional chapter awards on its own. In the future, AKPsi hopes to continue helping its members grow personally and professionally. They strive to grow together and make their organizations the best it can be.

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Governance and

Honorary Organizations

Pi Sigma Epsilon P S E

Beta Alpha Psi

Pi Sigma Epsilon is the nation’s premier co-educational marketing, sales, and management fraternity. Their purpose is to professionally develop its members through real world experiences. By working with companies such as Venmo, Sara Lee and Oros and simulating selling situations through its Pro-Am Sales Competition, the Gamma Nu chapter provides an opportunity for its members to hone both marketing and networking skills. This year the Gamma Nu chapter took home the Lewis F. Gordon Top Gold Chapter award, naming it the best Pi Sigma Epsilon chapter in the nation. In addition to receiving PSE’s top honor, the Gamma Nu chapter placed in eight other categories. There is no doubt that the twelve different projects they completed this year went a long way in securing such recognition. In addition to its internal successes, PSE has made the extra effort to pay it forward. With a focus on pediatric cancer research, the Gamma Nu chapter raised $12,000 for BuckeyeThon and held yet another Fore The Kids golf outing. They hosted their first annual Gamma Nu Alumni Weekend this past fall, offering a banquet and tailgate before a Saturday football game. As the chapter looks forward to next year, it hopes to take home yet another Top Gold Chapter award and raise $20,000 for BuckeyeThon. With over 30 majors represented, the chapter’s 130 active members are in a prime position to build off of their already nationwide prominence.



The purpose of Beta Alpha Psi is to recognize outstanding academic achievements in the field of accounting, to promote the study and practice of accounting, to provide networking opportunities with professionals in the accounting field and to encourage a sense of ethical, social and public responsibilities. Each year, Beta Alpha Psi invites professionals to come in and pass on the real-world knowledge that they gained throughout their career. Beta Alpha Psi currently has 30 active members and was able to maintain a strong membership with 18 new inductees joining them this year. Next year, Beta Alpha Psi’s focus will shift to increasing networking opportunities among its members.

Undergraduate Business Council


The Undergraduate Business Council (UBC), led by president Maggie Chwalek, is an organization with 15 active members which serves as a government-like medium for business students. Students who participate in the UBC work with faculty and other students to make policy changes, plan events and build relationships to enhance the Fisher experience. This past year, the UBC played a major role in organizing Impact Day, bringing back the Fisher Spring Festival and giving students better opportunities to consult with faculty. The organization feels it has successfully created a sense of community through its various programs, such as Donuts with the Dean, as well as has become more organized in general, allowing greater change and staff cooperation. They have worked to attend the Core Academy meetings, where core professors discuss issues, best practices and changes within the Fisher curriculum. The UBC will always face the challenge of meeting the needs of Fisher students but feels as though increasing visibility to students and staff as well as improving its media presence will allow it to provide an “enhanced undergraduate experience” for all students in Fisher.



Diversity and

National Association

Multicultural Organizations

of Black Accountants



Study Spots That Fill up the Quickest

1 Reading Rooms in Thompson

2 Connecting

3 4th Floor of 18th


Hispanic Business Students Association

Avenue Library



As a student chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), The Hispanic Business Students Association (HBSA) works to provide the Latino population with opportunities to grow professionally through workshops, networking, leadership experiences and internships. This year, HBSA was able to bring in companies and guest speakers from the public and private sector including Accenture and P&G. In addition, they were part of multiple successful events with various Fortune 500 companies that provided meaningful handson experience to their members. Most notably, they fully funded a trip to Las Vegas for the annual ALPFA conference where their members participated in workshops and had the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with market leading companies. Their largest struggle has been providing their members with a general understanding of business and knowledge related to each specific major; however, they have tried to limit this gap by making sure the companies they bring in offer roles for a variety of majors to give members the opportunity to ask specific questions related to their interest. Lastly, HBSA believes in “Passion First” and loves giving back to the community by volunteering in Columbus and promoting higher level education in local Latino populations, hoping to partner with other Hispanic and Latino organizations in the future.

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) is a group of 20 members that focuses on providing its members with professional development opportunities while also creating a community conducive to building soft skills. 6 NABA members were recognized for scholarships at this year’s NABA Central Region Conference in Milwaukee. 85% of their active members received interviews with one of their sponsors. These accomplishments reflect the time its members invested in personal growth. The club itself responded to the group’s efforts by setting up a one-day conference between other NABA chapters across Ohio and diversifying its sponsor portfolio. Thus, its members had the opportunity to make new connections. This coming year NABA will be focused on increasing both their member retention rate and visibility across Fisher and as well as Ohio State as a whole.

Best Place to Work Out on Campus

1 The RPAC

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2 The NRC

3 Jesse Owens South


Council of Black

Students in Administration



The Council of Black Students in Administration is an organization that aims to inspire, enable and support minority students toward completing their MBA. CBSA was founded at Ohio State in 1972 and is one of 39 collegiate chapters in The National Black MBA Association. Its main purpose is to assist minority students in an academic and professional setting as well as promote social connections and change on campus. This involves facilitating discussion between students on campus and within the club. Throughout the course of the year, CBSA plans many events for its members including connecting them with companies such as L Brands and Accenture to social and wellness activities such as a workshop on how to maintain health and manage stress in college. CBSA is continuing to grow both on a national scale and at Ohio State.

Undergraduate Business Women's Association

Asian Business

Student Association



For the past 16 years, the Asian Business Student Association (ABSA) has been a place for international students and Asian-Americans to grow personally and professionally. Throughout this academic year, ABSA was able to maintain a steady stream of membership and brought in a wide variety of companies to speak. At the beginning of the semester, ABSA had three executive board members resign from their positions, and thus required the new executive board members to step into the challenge and take on added responsibilities. ABSA was able to keep the professionalism that recruiters and members have come to expect from ABSA thanks to everyone’s effort. With the new executive board, ABSA also attended the annual Harvard Asia Business Conference representing Fisher and Ohio State as well as sharing insights on the Asian business environment. With most of the current executive board intact and ready to take on next year, ABSA continues to grow and increase its opportunities and connections for their members.



The Undergraduate Business Women’s Association (UBWA) brings together students interested in business through general meetings, professional development events, service opportunities and socials to empower members to grow professionally and personally. Overall, UBWA was able to increase their membership retention through interactive meetings with a diverse set of speakers that appeal more to upperclassmen and more social events. With the help of 8 sponsors, UBWA visited companies including JP Morgan, DSW and L Brands, hosted over 18 companies at general meetings, attended the BIG10 Leadership Connections Conference in Minneapolis and collaborated with various organizations at Fisher. In addition, they organized a letter writing campaign for More Love Letters and A Million Thanks, a Women in Business TEDTalk Series and a Women Mean Business Campaign that featured blog and social media posts. UBWA also partnered with Dress for Success and participated in Buckeyethon. Looking forward, UBWA hopes to continue their marketing campaigns, increase their community outreach and start a mentorship program, as they believe that “empowered women empower women.” 38



Out in Business Best Fisher-Centric Event

1 Career Fair

2 Fisher Impact Day

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Out in Business is an organization that works to serve the LGBTQ+ community within Fisher. This organization continually works to promote an environment of inclusivity and visibility. Some of the goals of the organization include making students feel comfortable during their time at Ohio State and also in the workforce. Out in Business set up a Pride Photo Booth in the Fisher Courtyard last fall during Coming Out Week. Anyone walking through Fisher’s courtyard could talk to members and take a picture and show their support as an ally. This up-and-coming organization has solidified its first full year of being active and is looking for more members to support its mission-driven goals. Out in Business is planning on increasing the number of events during the Coming Out Week such as hosting an alumni panel with other diversity and inclusion organizations.

Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders

As the largest Asian commercial organization in North America, Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders has 17 professional divisions and 34 student chapters in North America and has established a broad social network in many fields and industries since their founding in 2005. Every year, Ascend organizes seminars for their 40 active members, aimed at providing the members with the best contacts, leadership and business development support. This year, they were able to hold workshops on business-related topics, fundraising events, a debate competition in collaboration with the China Entrepreneur Network at Ohio State and a case competition. Most notably, they went to the Ascend Mid-West Student Leadership Conference in Chicago this year and competed against six other student chapters of Ascend. Looking forward, Ascend hopes to continue holding an annual case competition, increase their fundraising efforts and collaborate more with other organizations on campus in order to continue providing the high quality contacts and support the leadership and business development of their members.

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