Monday, April 22, 2013

COBI’s undergraduate program nationally ranked by Businessweek

The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation’s undergraduate program  has been ranked by Businessweek for the first time in the just released Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Schools ranking for 2013.

“It is a tremendous recognition for the College of Business and Innovation (COBI) to be ranked #116 in the nation by Businessweek,” noted Dr. Thomas Sharkey, COBI Interim Dean.  “This is the first time COBI has been ranked by Businessweek, and this ranking reflects the remarkable work performed by the COBI faculty, advisors, students and staff, day after day, year after year.”

“There are a total of 1,654 schools in the United States offering business programs,” noted Dr. Terribeth Gordon Moore, COBI Senior Associate Dean. “To identify the top undergraduate business programs Bloomberg BusinessWeek uses a methodology that includes nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes, and academic quality. During the ranking process, seven new colleges of business were invited to participate this year and we were one of the seven.   The student survey portion ranked us 95th within the student satisfaction segment, which we believe is outstanding.”

Founded in 1929, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine is a market leader, with more than 4.7 million readers each week in 140 countries.

Sharkey said.  “It is particularly rewarding to obtain this ranking so recently after our continuing recognition by U.S. News and World Report and Eduniversal.”

U.S. News and World report ranked COBI as the only Ohio program in the top 50 in their 2013 Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

Eduniversal, an international higher education ranking agency, rated COBI Excellent and included it as the only Northwest Ohio business school in its list of 180 schools in North America in its fifth edition of the Best 1000 Business Schools in 154 Countries, 2012. Earlier this year Eduniversal also ranked COBI’s Human Resources Management program #37 in North America and one of the top 200 HR masters programs worldwide.

“This recognition by a series of prestigious publications and organizations validates what we have long known; that COBI is a premier provider of business education programs, not only in Northwest Ohio, but throughout the United States and around the world,” Sharkey said.  

COBI students surveyed by Businessweek for the ranking echoed that sentiment as they identified what makes COBI unique.  Their comments included:

“The collaboration between local business and the college really helps students network and take part in internships.”

“Real life experience, great selection of professional business organizations to help you network, and plenty of knowledgeable teachers that are willing to help. “

"They provide us with so much knowledge and skills relating to the real world - - group projects, resume writing sessions, daily e-mails about job opportunities and scholarships, etiquette dinners, mock interviews, sales role plays, etc.  They put a lot of effort into making us successful and marketable.”

“Role plays, required internship, virtual programs, group projects, and the ability to participate in regional and national competitions.”

“Our Professional Sales program went above and beyond. One of the major worries of students these days is finding a job after graduation.  I had to turn down job offers that were being thrown at me.”

“UT COBI program stands out from the rest because of how student centered they are. The interactions they have with the students is far and beyond what they have to do. They want to prepare you in the best way possible and they continue to do that every year.”




UT Sales School helped 3M interns build teamwork through Ability Center projects

The Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales (ESSPS) at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation in partnership with The Ability Center of Greater Toledo hosted 3M Frontline sales interns in a teambuilding event on April 10, 2013.

“As a Frontline Partner School with 3M, the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales assisted 40 students from across the country - - including five from our sales program - - who have been hired as interns at 3M,” noted Deirdre Jones, ESSPS associate director. “The purpose was to generate team building and excitement for these new 3M interns so they bond with each other before they formally begin their summer internship assignments."
The interns worked to build lasting, mutually beneficial teams based on common understanding, communication, and trust through team discussions.

The process built more than teamwork, as the interns worked on two permanent additions at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo: a meditation labyrinth, shown to significantly reduce stress, and a memorial garden.

“The Ability Center was chosen because we wanted the teambuilding portion to have a community, philanthropic component to it,” Jones added.

"Partnering with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo is an ideal team project for our incoming team of interns.  The act of ‘giving back’ is an inherent part of 3M's culture,” noted  Candace Mailand,  3M sales innovation manager. “At 3M, we have a long-standing tradition of employee involvement that touches communities and natural resources around the world.  Employees and retirees participate in 75 percent of 3M giving through matching programs and service on advisory committees, nonprofits and community projects.  What better way for the students to begin understanding our culture at 3M than by getting involved with such a worthwhile organization as the Ability Center, which is focused on providing services to those living with disabilities in the Toledo community."

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

50th Anniversary of Pacemaker Awards honors Mud Hens President Joseph Napoli, outstanding UT business students

The University of Toledo  College of Business and Innovation (COBI) and the Business Engagement and Leadership Council recognized business and academic excellence during their 50th anniversary Pacemaker Awards on Friday, April 19 at the Inverness Country Club.

The 2013 recipient of the Business Pacemaker Award is Joseph D. Napoli, President / General Manager, Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club and Toledo Walleye Hockey Club.


“Joseph Napoli’s highly successful career,  community involvement and outstanding leadership make him the ideal business professional  to receive this year’s Pacemaker Award,” observed Thomas Sharkey, Interim Dean, UT College of Business and Innovation.  “The Toledo Mud Hens are recognized around the world, and Joe’s generosity and personal involvement in various projects , such as Great Lakes Center for Autism and the Boys Scouts of America, produces meaningful results in our own community.”

“From Stephen Stranahan to Robert Savage, Harold McMaster to Richard P. Anderson, the recipients of the Pacemaker Award over the past five decades reads as a Who’s Who of current and legendary business leaders in the Toledo region,” Sharkey added.  “As the College’s highest honor, the Pacemaker Award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in business as well as contributions to the community and the University.” 

Marianne Ballas, winner of the 2011 Business Pacemaker Award, said “Winning the Pacemaker Award is a great honor, and I am very proud to be a part of the history of this prestigious award.  Previous awardees are some of the most successful and admired business people in our region.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Napoli graduated from St. John’s University in New York City.  Upon graduation, he joined Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust in New York City.  After a brief career in banking, Joe’s twenty-year career in sports began in Canton, Ohio, with the Canton Indians, the Double-A club of the Cleveland Indians.  In the early 1990’s, he moved to Toledo to work for the Toledo Mud Hens before spending several years working for the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Tigers. 

Napoli returned to Toledo to develop Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo, and  later became part of the development team for the Toledo Walleye and Huntington Center.   The Hens and Walleye have been recognized and awarded for organizational excellence by Minor League Baseball and the ECHL (Minor League Hockey), respectively.
Napoli serves the community on the boards of ProMedica Health System, Toledo Children’s Hospital and Toledo Symphony. He and his wife, Annette, raise their five children in Toledo.

Academic Excellence Pacemaker Awards are presented to UT College of Business and Innovation graduate and undergraduate students for their outstanding academic achievement, University and community service, and leadership.
The 2013 student Pacemakers are:

Applied Organizational Technology – Stacie Novelli;  Accounting – Cassandra  Wenman and Tracy Lester;  Finance – Zachary Buckland and Derrick Jones;  Information Operations Technology Management – Timothy Schloz and Jeffrey Williams;  Marketing and International Business –Kelsea Kiene and Sarah Hess ; Management – Alvin Fletcher, Jr. and Emily Henzler ; MBA –Nicholas Fasciana ; Ph.D. Prashanth Anekal ;  Dean’s Office – Paige Stiriz