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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS Acknowledgements Interview with

Sam Thompson

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Students want to be this professor. . .

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We are one semester in and already students are starting to adjust to the fifteen week flow. Fisher students are active as ever and adjusting their schedules to fit in the wealth of out-of-classroom activities that help them to set themselves apart.

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Dear Reader,

*Cover Photo Credit to Robert Jordan III

Caitlin Hwang....................................President Genie Lee..............................................Chief Editor Madchen Petrie...............................Content Editor Miriah Elliott............................................Design Editor Alex Quintero............................................Finance Dir. Brian Koesters.......................................Marketing Dir. Andrea Evans............................................Staff Advisor Devin Casey, Sydney Glassman, Maggie Wehri, Adam Zimmerman Design Team Sydney Glassman, Jenna Herrmann, Rebecca Mashni, Maggie Wehri, Xu Weng, Adam Zimmerman Writing Team

Fisher students are brightening up the lull of these winter months in many ways, whether it be reaching out to their communities and volunteering, setting strong examples for others through many strong accomplishments, or simply spreading smiles on campus. Fisher students strive for the best. From the little successes of nailing the career fair or managing the hectic life of a student athlete, to the huge strides of starting a new organization or running a signature event, Fisher Ink is here to capture it all and show students all there is to be excited about here at the Max M. Fisher College of Business. We hope you enjoy this issue and keep giving us the inspiration that drives all our publications!


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p. 8-10 National Center for the Middle Market Creating community leaders through middle market companies

International Window

Fisher Organization

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14 Consulting with a Champion 20 Meeting Dr. Prud’homme 15 Sitting Down with SCNO 21 Espresso Economy Opinion Sports 22 If you could be any 16 Q&A with Sam “Air”

internship: Lynn (Teng) Lun

Student Spotlight 06 Spreading a Smile at OSU 07 Creating Optimists at Fisher Career 12 Corporate vs. Nonprofit Internships 13 Nth Connection


Thompson; Athlete and Fisher student

Business 18 Pursuit of H-APTE-ness

Outside the Classroom

Fisher professor, who would you be?

Entertainment 11 Spot the Difference 23 Fisher Ink Sudoku Puzzle 23 Cartoon Corner




MAKING THE MOST OF AN INTERNSHIP An Interview with Lynn (Teng) Lun by rebecca mashni


hat do you expect out of an internship?

That’s a good question to ponder when applying for jobs and going through the interview process. For one Fisher Senior, Lynn (Teng) Lun, her internship reality was more than she could have ever expected to do as an undergraduate student. She was able to get involved in opening up a foreign market for a local Ohio company.

It all began when Lun enrolled in a new class last spring in Fisher called The Export Internship program. In this class, two instructors trained nine students

in exports and matched them with a company to intern with in the following summer. The program is a partnership with the Ohio Department of Development, Fisher College of Business International Programs Office and small/medium sized Ohio businesses that want to get into exporting. The goal is to give these companies grants so that they can utilize the Fisher students to increase Ohio exports. Lun was matched for her internship at Sutphen, a manufacturer of fire trucks based out of Dublin, Ohio. A

family business since 1890, Lynn worked with the 4th

generation family members, who were trying to increase their global presence. The

economic downturn caused a decrease in the U.S. market for fire trucks, so Sutphen needed to expand. Their biggest potential markets were China and Latin America. Lun was a perfect match for the company because of her trilingual abilities in English, Chinese and Spanish. Her main job as an intern was to work with engineers to fill out the Chinese Compulsory Certification application to enable Sutphen to export products to China. This immense responsibility was a lot for the company to trust in an intern, and Lun admits, “my boss was hesitant to give me this assignment.” Lun succeeded in contacting two engineers in China and six from the U.S. and sat down with each one of them within two weeks. “It was a lot of work but my boss was very happy…. this was a big step for the company.” She even got to interpret business negotiations with China, which she credits as being the “coolest thing

I have ever done.” Even faced with such important tasks, Lynn felt confident in her abilities. She credits this to the spring quarter class; “The class really prepared us well in terms of knowledge … where to look for resources and who to contact.” However, she was nervous coming into her first internship, partly because it was a small company, because “small

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companies don’t get as many interns and are not sure how to handle them, what responsibilities to delegate, etc.” In the end though, Lun found the company’s small size to be a huge advantage.

“One of the best things for students as interns at a small company is that you are able to be exposed to so many different aspects of the businesses, you are not limited.” But, it does take a

certain amount of self-motivation and confidence to succeed. “If you are interning at a small company you really need to take initiative.” Lynn not only helped the company successfully

complete its first international export, she also applied for the image grant (a government grant for small/medium sized company exports) and got the company $15,000 to boost their export program. For Lun, the experience taught her a lot about about business, but more importantly it taught her about what direction she wants to go in life. She has always had a passion for the global world but admits, “I never realized that I could incorporate that into my career.” Lynn, a marketing major, is no longer worried about the fact that her specialization is

not international business.

Lun knows that she has a wealth of international experience to share, and her export class and internship is just one more way that she can distinguish herself against her peers. As for plans for next year, Lun will work full time for Sutphen Corporation.


AT OHIO STATE by maggie wehri

The Boo Radley Society’s only motive is to help make OSU as warm and welcoming a place as possible, without any strings attached. Although it brings us joy when students recognize us, helping the campus smile is truly all that matters to us.


arygrace Ashdown, a third year Fisher student, felt that something was missing. She wanted to have even more impactful interactions with her classmates and needed a way to share her enthusiasm and positivity with others. To accomplish this, Ashdown founded the Boo Radley Society last year.

Our purpose is to always maintain a positive atmosphere, spread smiles, and perform random acts of kindness while inspiring other to do the same,” says Ashdown. Last spring term, the Boo Radley society started with only five members; now, less than a year later, there are 84 active members. Ashdown’s inspiration stemmed from the character, Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Ashdown explains, “I [believe] Boo Radley is a misunderstood character that cares a lot about others and puts their needs in front of his own.” Inspired by the actions of Boo Radley, Ashdown and Boo Radley members share with OSU


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their own version of what it means to be selfless. “I think people are surprised and not expecting for people to give without wanting anything in return,” she says. The society is always looking for new and innovative ways to implement its random acts of kindness. “Every Friday we all stand in the Oval and high-five everyone who walks by us. It is the goal of the Boo Radley

Society to encourage others to believe in themselves and instigate a ripple effect so everyone is doing random acts of kindness to each other across campus,” Ashdown says. The society is about collaborating to recycle positive energy between students. Other spirit-lifting activities of the nascent organization participates include street clean-ups, handing out bubble wrap, and inspiring a smile with a giant smiley-face costume.




n his first year at Ohio State, Fisher student Peter Von Der Vellen established the Buckeye Optimist Club, a service organization focused on youth outreach. The club is grounded in the philosophy of spreading the optimist creed of Optimist International, whose mission is “Bringing out the Best in Kids.” Von Der Vellen first became involved in the organization in middle school, as part of his youth club. During his first year in high school,Von Der Vellen became governor at the youth level of the organization’s Ohio district. “I had a great experience and met a lot of great people,” Peter says. This motivated him to start a chapter at Ohio State. At an event for incoming Fisher students, Von Der Vellen approached Fisher’s Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs, Jackie Elcik, about starting the Buckeye Optimist Club, and within a week persuaded Elcik to become the organization’s advisor. “It was a leap of faith on her part. She never heard of the organization and had just met me,” he says. In its inaugural year, the Buckeye Optimist Club has worked to empower kids through organizations such as the Red Cross, Heartland Victorian Villa Nursing Home, and Association for the Developmentally Disabled.

for leadership and service. It was a huge success, and the Buckeye Optimist Club was asked to make a presentation at the international conference in Cincinnati this summer.

The club has taught Peter many things, including the impact one individual can have on another. He has learned that the optimist creed, the fundamental ideal of the club, provides a framework for living life. In recognition for his achievements with Buckeye Optimist Club,Von Der Vellen was awarded the Outstanding First Year Student award by Ohio State. He was one of only nine students to receive this award. As Peter describes, “It was quite an honor.” The club has taught Peter many things, including the impact one individual can have on another. He has learned that the optimist creed, the fundamental ideal of the club, provides a framework for living life. Peter aspires to go to law school and pursue tax accounting. He also plans to continue his involvement past graduation by joining Optimist International as an adult volunteer.

The club recently put on a College Club Conference, the first of its kind, that provided attendees opportunities




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esigned with a red, white, and blue theme, The National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) quietly resides as a perpetual resource for businesses, faculty, and students. Located in 255 Fisher Hall, the NCMM opened its offices in October 2011 as a result of a partnership between GE Capital and the Max M. Fisher College of Business. Fisher competed against many top business schools for the partnership with GE Capital. Middle market companies, by definition, are companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion. (cont.) Generally, middle market companies are privately held, so little information is publicly available. For GE Capital, a partnership with a university was a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into its largest customer base, middle market companies.


To encourage research and improve our understanding of the middle market, NCMM produces an annual request for proposal (RFP) that goes out to top faculty across the nation.


NCMM aims to develop in three ways: increase corporate outreach, expand the academic research available, and enhance student understanding of middle market companies. To address this last goal, NCMM will be offering two student-focused opportunities for undergraduates this year—a student summit on February 21st and a job fair on March 19th. Former Fisher student and current program manager for NCMM, Christa Rubbelke highly recommends students to consider working for a middle market company when graduating. “A lot of times, students focus on the name of the company. When I graduated, I worked at a smaller public accounting firm. Through that job, I got a more well-rounded foundation than if I were to work at a large company, where you are more likely to be sequestered into one job function. I was able to do different things on a daily basis . . . what we learned from talking to CEOs, they really look at applicants by how well rounded they are, how broad is their skill set is, and their range of abilities.” For more information, contact Christa Rubbelke at




Compared with larger companies, Middle Market firms usually have stronger community linkages and affiliations because their supply chain is more likely to be local and/ or regional (as opposed to large multinationals, which are twice as likely as Middle Market firms to source from global suppliers). Compared with small businesses, Middle Market companies, because of their more sustainable size, are also more likely to impact a community or city. NCMM Research


NCMM ANNUAL STUDENT SUMMIT year the National Center for the Middle FEB. 21ST, 2013 Each Market congregates approximately 1000 middle CEO’s for networking and best practices 3:00PM-7:00PM market at the Annual Middle Market Summit. This year, the

The middle market makes up 1/3 of the nation’s private sector GDP and accounts for over 44 million jobs.

Center will be holding a similar event dedicated solely to business students. At the Middle Market Student Summit, NCMM will discuss what the middle market is, how it's relevant in today's economy, and what career opportunities are available. Students will hear from a middle market CEO John Lowe of Jeni’s Splendid Icecream, as well as recent OSU graduates who are now working in middle market companies. Free food and goody bags for those who attend. Register at student_summit

NCMM ANNUAL JOB FAIR The middle market employs approximately 43 MAR. 19TH, 2013 million people. Between 2007 and 2010, while large shed almost 4 million jobs, the growing 11:30AM-3:00PM businesses middle market segment added 2.2 million positions major industry sectors and U.S. geographies THE BLACKWELL across and from 2010 to 2011 middle market firms added an additional 1.95 million jobs in the U.S.—proof that this resilient, thriving market deserves your attention. The Annual Middle Market Career Fair is your opportunity to meet the businesses that make up this vital segment of our economy and discover the rewarding and challenging career opportunities they have to offer. Hosted by the National Center for the Middle Market and the Office of Career Management at Fisher College of Business, this can’t-miss event offers exclusive access to the middle market community.


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At least 20 full-time job offers were extended to Fisher students from the middle market companies at last year’s career fair.

2012 EMPLOYMENT GROWTH 2.7% 2.1% Middle Market

S&P 500

1.2% Small Bus.

The middle market is an important source of sustainable jobs. In 2012 alone, the middle market added 1.17 million jobs which is equivalent to an of 2.7% employment growth rate.


Answers: David is missing a button on his shirt and his belt is a different color. Peter’s right sleeve is longer than the original. Marygrace no longer wears a bracelet on her left wrist and her knot on her dress disappeared. Adam is wearing different colored shirts. In the background, there is an extra bookself in the upper left, a missing bookshelf in the upper middle, a missing support “x” in upper right, and a missing light by Marygrace’s right arm.

Student Leaders (L-R) David Miracle, Peter Von der Vellen, Marygrace Ashdown, and Adam Windnagel pose at the Thompson Library.



Can you find the ten differences between these two pictures?



irst and foremost, a vast amount of internships are unpaid volunteer positions. There are specific laws outlined by the US Department of Labor and Wage Hour Division defining what it means to work as an intern and how employers are to handle hiring an unpaid worker.


The following six legal criteria must be considered when making a determination if an internship is required to be paid:

by jenna herrmann

Summer is looming close, and the time to decide how you’re going to spend it is dwindling away. A majority of college students with the desire to jump-start their career path opt to find an internship. But how do you know what internship route is right for you? Here is some basic information regarding the differences between an internship that is paid and unpaid.

1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment. 2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. 3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff. 4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded. 5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. 6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Even though you are not necessarily receiving payment for your internship, you do have the option to talk with your employer and school about the possibility of claiming your time spent working with the organization as college credit.



Corporations, are more likely to pay their interns for the work they provide. However, this increases the competition when applying for the position as well as an increase in the workload.

Non-Profit organizations are “taxexempt organizations that serve the public interest.” Their employees consist of both paid and volunteer staff. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, it is vital to distinguish an intern as a part of the volunteer staff.

According to Internshipfinder. com, “Corporations are more than likely going to have loads of paper work, data entry, and menial tasks to perform and have been depending on interns to complete these tasks for a long time.”


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Fisher students can take a one credit internship course to earn academic credit for unpaid internship experiences. Contact the Office of Career Management for more information.

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by madchen petrie

he pressure builds as the line slowly gets smaller and your 30 seconds with the recruiter looms nearer. In a career fair setting, it can be hard to get everything across to make a good impression in 30 seconds. Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), a Fisher College of Business fraternity, has tried to build a new structure for their career fair event, The Nth Connection. Matthew Meyers, the Vice President of Alumni Relations for AKPsi, talks about the different advantages he has personally experienced from it.

The Nth Connection, which offers opportunities for students of all specializations to interact with recruiters from some incredible companies, just took place this month and showed again why it earned the Best Professional Event last year at Fisher’s Recognition Banquet. The event provided a typical career-fair setting towards the end, but it first allowed students to hear presentations from individual companies and participate in an interactive, fun networking activity. “During the Nth Connection, I was able to sit down and listen to more relaxed and thought-out presentations on a variety of companies with a lot of time to ask whatever questions I had afterward,” said Meyers. “I think it’s vital to keep an open mind because there’s always that chance you’ll end up loving a company you would have never expected yourself to be interested in. Listening to the variety of companies speak made me realize I was much more open to different careers than I originally thought.”

Meyers was able to obtain his current position at Ernst & Young from his experience at the Nth Connection last year and his follow-up with the recruiter afterwards. After hearing more about the company, he decided to approach the recruiter when the event was over and offer to help close down her stand and pack up. This led to a more casual conversation, “almost an hour of talking about things that honestly had nothing to do with accounting,” and she asked for another resume as he left. They both had been able to enjoy themselves talking together and that allowed the recruiter to see his personality, which is hard to get across in 30 seconds.

an important distinguishing action. Meyers stresses following up with each and every person you talked to during the actual recruiting event.

For those who weren’t able to attend the Nth Connection this year, Meyers’ advice still rings true for other career fair events coming up this spring. The Nth Connection career fair’s relaxed, fun setting makes it easier for students to stand out and feel comfortable, but all career fairs aim to create an outlet for the same thing: connection. The recruiters want to connect with students, an important fact to remember when “These people meet literally overwhelmed hundreds of people at each with the task one of these type of events, of cramming in as many so I can’t blame them for forgetting a name or a face; achievements as you can in you have to make yourself 30 seconds. stand out one way or another,” said Meyers. His unique way of standing out to the recruiter may not always be available, but being persistent in following up with representatives is always





•Third year marketing major at FCoB •Active member of Business Builders’ Club •Future consultant & entrepreneur •Founder of, a textbook exchange site


Jay was on the winning team of the 2012 Student Consulting for Non-profit Orangization (SCNO) case competition, and he is an active participant in various case competitions around Fisher.

WHY DO YOU COMPETE IN CASE COMPETITIONS? “I have always been someone who works to be ahead of the curve. . .so I threw myself headfirst into any opportunity that I could. . .the [SCNO] case competition came along and that seemed like a really cool and unique challenge.”

WHAT’S UP WITH CONSULTING? “The consulting industry is very inclusive; you can go into consulting with any background or major. Case competitions are a great way to get consulting experience while in college. Through case competitions, you get a feel for the day-to-day work that consultants perform.You also don’t need any prior experience in order to participate in case competitions, but it helps to have a creative mind and the ability to think critically.”

THREE PIECES OF ADVICE FROM JAY TO FUTURE COMPETITORS: 1) Prepare. 2) Be ready to commit your time to the competition. 3) Trust your teammates to do the work.


What is a case study competition? Case competitions challenge a students’ ability to apply classroom knowledge and creative problem solving skills to real-world scenarios. Students form (sometimes randomly assigned) teams and are given a specific time frame to craft thoughtful solutions to the case presented. At the end of the allotted time, teams compete by presenting their solutions to real-world industry professionals.

In March, Students Consulting for Non-profit Organizations will hold its annual case competition that is open to all students. There will be $1,500 in prizes, plus the opportunity to network with industry professionals. Sponsored by Deloitte’s consulting arm, the SCNO case competition will assign teams of five to work on a case for two weeks. Then, teams will present to industry professionals who will analyze the teams’ recommendations. For more information on how you can participate, go to


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by genie lee

WE THINK THAT THE VOLUNTEERISM THAT WE DO IS EXPONENTIALLY MORE IMPACTFUL THAN BASIC VOLUNTEERING. . . of fifteen schools. Ohio State was the fourth SCNO branch ever created and contributed a great deal to the formation of an international SCNO organization that links every SCNO organization with each other.


ho says college kids can’t save the day?

Students Consulting for Non-Profits (SCNO) is a serviceoriented organization with an unexpected twist. It pairs students with non-profit organizations in the Columbus community to solve problems faced by resource-strapped non-profits. Over the course of a semester, students apply the skills learned in their business classes to provide practical solutions for issues faced by local organizations. Since its inception four years ago, 37 non-profits in the Columbus Community are better off than before because of the Ohio State SCNO chapter. The Ohio State branch of SCNO is part of an international organization

On average, a SCNO member invests 200 hours of extracurricular time over the course of twelve weeks on a project. A student generally works in a team of five people, one being an executive board member of SCNO to ensure quality control. There are often six projects with different non-profits running simultaneously during one school term.

quality solutions to every non-profit by the end of the term. “We think that the volunteerism that we do is exponentially more impactful than basic volunteering,” Adam Windnagel, president of SCNO, says. “Students develop analytical, creative, and teamwork skills while the community benefits from economical and high-quality consulting from college students.”

Adam Windnagel, SCNO President

It is a competitive process to be a SCNO member. SCNO is open to students of all majors who have a passion for creative thinking and consulting. There is an application, and membership is capped at around 40-50 members. While SCNOs chapter sizes differ across the nation, the Ohio State Chapter is dedicated to having a collaborative group that ensures high


A Q&A WITH . . .

SAM “AIR” THOMPSON by adam zimmerman


t is a tough task to attend college while playing a sport. Just ask Fisher student Sam Thompson, a 6’7” forward on the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team. The sophomore, from Chicago, Illinois, sat down with Fisher Ink to discuss school, basketball, and more. Nicknamed “Air Thompson”, Sam Thompson is known as one of the best leapers in the NCAA. Currently averaging 7.2 points and 3.4 rebounds, Thompson figures to be a key part of the team as it heads into the second season.

FI: So what were some key things that attracted you to Ohio State? ST: I would say the basketball program and the university as a whole. I read a great deal about Ohio State and its national reputation. I wanted to come to a school that was known not only for basketball but also for its academic standards. FI: As a student-athlete at such a huge school, how hectic is your schedule? ST: It’s pretty bad, but it’s all about prioritizing. It’s about

taking care of what you need to take care of before you get to the fun stuff; for example, not hanging out with the team after practice. It’s as hard as you want to make it. FI: What are your thoughts on the use of social media in the sports world? ST: It is good for the fans. As a player, I got a little bit tired of using it. However, it is fascinating to see the growth that social media has had on the games. We just redid our court at the Schott and it says hash tag “Go Bucks.”

Did you know. . .?

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SPORTS & BUSINESS It gives fans an opportunity to participate in a way they haven’t been able to before.

the Columbus area, it’s pretty important to give back.

FI: Being from Chicago, how has it felt playing on the road at Northwestern and Illinois?

FI: It is well highlighted that you can dunk the basketball. How did you learn to be so creative and impactful at throwing it down?

ST: Northwestern is a weird experience because we have to fly into Chicago, and I recognize everything but I can’t go home. I had a lot of family and friends in the stands.

ST: I have always been able to jump. I don’t remember doing anything special when I was younger. I liked to watch the dunk contest.

FI: Who has been a great mentor to you throughout your life? ST: Both of my parents have been my biggest and best mentors. They are really big on education. They were not athletes growing up, but have taught me a lot in the academic and athletic arena. FI: Growing up in the basketball-centric city of Chicago, is there a player you looked up to, who motivated you to pursue basketball or model your game in a certain way? ST: When I was a kid, I was a big Tracy McGrady fan, even though he is more of a scorer than I am. I was a big Michael Jordan fan, bought all the shoes, and my dad would take me to Bulls games. FI: What does service mean to you? ST: Service means a lot to me. It really means a lot to give back to others who give to you. Just being in the position to help, where I am pretty well known in

FI: Who would you say is the 2nd best dunker on the team?

24 SECOND SHOT CLOCK (Sam Thompson’s Favorites)

On-Campus Food. . .

Off-Campus Food. . .

ST: It’s a toss-up between Lenzelle Smith Jr., who has a lot of power, and LaQuinton Ross, who has more finesse. FI: You’re only a sophomore., so how do you plan to improve your game in the future? ST: I definitely want to continue to improve my offensive game, including ball handling and my jump shot. I also want to get stronger in the weight room. The Big Ten is such a physical conference, so I want to give myself the best possible chance to succeed in it.

Class. . . CSE; especially the MS Excel part

Music. . .

FI: What do you want to accomplish here at Ohio State and beyond, both on and off the court? ST: On the court, I want to win three more Big Ten Championships and I want to win the National Championship. Off the court, I am a finance major so I would like to get my degree. I also want to play in the NBA. Visit our Fisher Ink’s Facebook page for more interview content!

R&B, Classic Rock, and Rap (Jay-Z)

Movie. . .

Lucky Number Slevin




found ways to fight poverty using innovation and entrepreneurship, free of charge. It is the only summit of its kind around the Midwest, barring Chicago. The APTE summit has attracted over 1,000 attendees the past two years, features speakers from around the globe, and is completely organized and funded by members of an undergraduate madchen petrie Fisher organization, the Business Builders Club (BBC).

ags-to-riches stories are not confined to Will Smith and the big screen. The Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship (APTE) Summit puts together students and community members with professionals who have

--David Miracle, BBC President

The purpose of the summit is to educate students and the local community on ways to use business as a tool to end poverty. David Miracle, the President of Business Builders Club, says that it was the vision of APTE that drove him to get involved. Of the seven speakers at the recent APTE summit, all were founding members, CEOs, or Executive


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Directors of established international business projects with positive social impact. Not only does the summit feature a speaker series, but it also includes the Innovation Marketplace. The “action arm” of APTE introduces students to opportunities to start taking action through campus organizations, internships, study abroad, research opportunities, etc. The greatest part about these opportunities is that admission to the summit is free. “Admission fees create a barrier to entry, especially to students who are just being introduced to social entrepreneurship. Making APTE free is crazy, but we’re passionate about keeping it open, and we are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for making it happen,” Miracle said. The BBC raises $40,000 annually for the summit through the efforts of undergraduate members. The Business Builders Club has plans to expand even further and provide more opportunities in the future. “Overall, we want APTE to be known as the premier conference for social entrepreneurship in the Midwest,” said Miracle. “I hope that we can use [APTE] to get people to think about business in a different way and to take action, whether it’s big or small.”

To Do List:


where aspiring entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in a less formal setting than the actual IdeaPitch competition held by BBC. Anyone is welcome to share their million dollar idea and get feedback from peers and judges.

E-SHIP SPECTACULAR - brings together dozens of accomplished entrepreneurs from around our community. The event is also followed by a career fair with local startups and small businesses looking for young talent.

WEEKLY MEETINGS – Tuesdays at 7:30 at the Ohio Union Senate Chamber, listen to speakers share their entrepreneurial experiences and follow up each meeting with pizza and beverages at Woody’s Tavern, where you can socialize with the speaker and all the members.






seasoned traveler and food enthusiast, Dr. Andrea Prud’homme loves invigorating and connecting with students. Self-described as the type to “get bored easily,” she keeps on her toes by heading the Honors Cohort Program and advising for the Buckeye Operations Management Society (BOMS).

Dr. Prud’homme did not always work in education. Prior to Fisher, she conducted operations and sourcing in industry. While at Hewlett Packard, she decided to teach part-time at Colorado

State University. Realizing that she liked making an impact through her teaching, Dr. Prud’homme left HP and completed her doctorate degree at Michigan State. Since then, she has enjoyed the stable but chaotic environment at OSU. “The greatest reward to teaching is being able to meet students early and watching their advancements. E-mails that say my class made a difference make me feel that I’m making a contribution. Classes are a reflection of faculty, personally.” As a member of the local board and

on a national committee of APICS, the Association for Operations Management, Dr. Prud’homme wanted to establish a local chapter that would allow students to network and learn more about operations. To accomplish this goal, she chose to help create the Buckeye Operations Management Society (BOMS), and assisted with revitalizing a student chapter of APICS focused on strong leadership and alumni relations. The aim for the organization is to allow students to network and gain professional experience outside the classroom. She sees a similar purpose for the Honors Cohort Program, offering students the opportunity to connect with their fellow Fisher peers and professional alumni ambassadors. Cohort is engineered to challenge students intellectually while also offering unique experiential learning opportunities. Something that may not be well known about Dr. Prud’homme is that she loves interacting with her students. She emphasizes that college should be “fun” balanced with “academics” and that networking with professors is priceless. She hopes that students will work hard, but remember to enjoy life. “I hope that they love their jobs and careers and find them rewarding and fun. Don’t stay in a job you do not like. The important thing is to stop stressing about the future. In the end, know that everything will be okay.”


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ESPRESSO ECONOMY by maggie wehri

rimsonCup has been serving the students of The Ohio State University for over three years, and roasts one of the best cups of coffee on campus. Locally owned and operated in Columbus, Ohio, CrimsonCup pairs with The Ohio State University to support the initiative to “eat global and buy local.” Ohio State dining services believes in supporting the local economy and CrimsonCup founder and president, Greg Ubert, and his partner, Armando Escobar, provide Ohio State with products and amenities to enhance those efforts. Coffee houses are often difficult to manage because they provide services for a diverse range of customers. To help address this challenge, CrimsonCup offers independent business owners consulting to startup and maintain their coffee house.

According to CrimsonCup, “We are passionate about teaching independent business owners and operators how to be successful in specialty coffee houses.” CrimsonCup trains employees at the various campus locations, including the Berry Café at Thompson Library and the OSU Marketplace on Neil Avenue. CrimsonCup even provides a private-label for the Blackwell Inn on north campus. “My favorite drink is the frozen caffé mocha. I tried it as a free sample during buckeye frenzy the first week of school freshman year and I’ve been hooked ever since,” says Fisher student, Alyssa Benson. From the artisan-roasted coffee blend to the sweetly flavored specialty latte, CrimsonCup brings coffee to a new standard at Ohio State. CrimsonCup and The Ohio State University ask students, faculty, and visitors to support the local economy at participating locations available all over campus.


From the artisan coffee blend to the sweetly flavored specialty latte, CrimsonCup brings coffee to a new standard at Ohio State. Below are dissections of the popular choices of caffeine-addicted college students.





















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