Alumni networking

Current students and alumni meet at the Charlotte Networking Event. CoB alumni visit the campus often to help students get internships and jobs, to mentor and coach them and to connect them with successful people in various companies across the country.

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Spotlight on: The College of Business

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The Ohio University College of Business is committed to providing a transformational professional business education that redefines the traditional educational experience. One of Ohio University’s most selective colleges, the College of Business focuses not just on teaching its students business principles, but also on having students apply those principles to real-world problems. Add in a highly qualified faculty and five unique centers, and you have a top 50 public business school in the country, according to BusinessWeek magazine.

The program is based on four essentials that provide the foundation of success in the business world: entrepreneurship, strategic leadership, global perspective and professional development.

Business Cluster presentation

Students present solutions to clients to help them enhance their business as part of the Cluster program. Rather than teach core subjects as isolated units, the Business Cluster combines traditionally independent classes — management, marketing, management information systems and finance — into one integrated class taught by a team of professors. Working in teams, students solve authentic business problems and get a taste of what it is like to work in the real world.

Business Honors Program

Hala Annabi, founding executive director of the Business Honors Program, coaches a student. The Business Honors Program is specially designed for academic achievement-oriented students with a unique, demanding, engaged and applied learning experience. Students of the COB Honors Program belong to a highly selective group of students who have access to smaller classes, scholarship opportunities, mentorship opportunities, real-life consulting projects and one-on-one interaction with top business faculty.

Select Leadership Development Group

Tim Reynolds, executive director of the Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership, takes the junior class of the Select Leadership Development Group for a trip to Kitchen-Aid in Pittsburgh in March 2013. Students visited two more companies, where they had a chance to spend time with executives, ask questions and build their personal networks. The Select Leadership Development Program is based on principle-centered leadership that allows students to assess their own leadership identities.

Sales Symposium

Students attend the Annual Sales Symposium. The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre, one of the foremost collegiate sales programs in the country, offers students assessment strategies to understand their personality preferences, know their strengths, and learn which type of sales job fits them best while in college. The selective organization provides practical experience helping run the Centre as a small “business.” This year’s symposium brought Jeffrey Gitomer, author of the New York Times best-seller The Little Red Book of Selling, to talk about the difference between customer loyalty and satisfaction.

GCP students at the Great Wall

CoB students at the Great Wall of China as part of the Global Consulting Program (GCP). The GCP program offers students an opportunity to work in another country (including China, Spain, Brazil, Greece, Italy, France, Slovakia, Germany and Argentina) for two to four weeks, in conjunction with teammates from the College of Business and foreign partner universities, to conduct analyses and present recommendations to a foreign client company. For students who are not able to go abroad there is a new offering — the Ohio International Consulting Program (OICP) — which allows students to work with an Ohio-based company for 8-10 week to develop and apply solutions to strategic problems facing the client. This May, 157 students will go abroad as part of the GCP program.

Student Equity Management Group

The OU Student Equity Management Group is a student organization that manages a $2.1 million equity fund for the Ohio University Foundation. The student managers research companies for a few weeks and present their 20-page findings to the group of about 25 other student managers to make decisions regarding investments. The OUSEMG has consistently outperformed the S&P Index for eight consecutive years. It is one of 25 student organizations that help CoB students develop various skills and competencies.

Bobcat Hatchery

Students discuss ideas at the Bobcat Hatchery, an idea incubator that provides students with space and professional support to help develop business ideas into start-up ventures. It is part of the Center for Entrepreneurship, formed as a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, which aims to build upon and raise to new levels OHIO’s efforts to provide entrepreneurial education, assistance and investment capital for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.  

Junior Executive Business Leadership Board

The Junior Executive Business Leadership Board meets to discuss strategies for this year’s program. The Junior Executive Business Program for Diverse Students is an eight-day collegiate experience geared toward high school juniors from disproportionately represented cultural backgrounds who want to major in business when they go to college, and invites them to participate in a real college experience on the Athens campus. This year's week-long program will take place June 15- 21.

Tax return help

Accounting instructor Jennifer Bagwell assists an international student to file his tax returns.
No business survives alone; College of Business students pride themselves in giving back to the community. This year, 37 student volunteers put in approximately 363 hours to help 183 international students from 35 countries complete their federal and state of Ohio tax returns. That’s a total of 366 of tax returns completed in the less than one month! (Last year, Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting fraternity in the College of Business, collected more than 3,000 pounds of food for the Athens Food Pantry.)

Copperheads game management

Graduates manage a game of the Southern Ohio Copperheads baseball team. Our MBA and master's in sports administration program has been ranked best in the world for two consecutive years. The Center for Sports Administration serves as a resource to solve the issues facing multibillion dollar sport industry. The center boasts of an incredible alumni network and has more than 1,200 graduates in key positions in intercollegiate and professional sports.

The College of Business is providing transformational professional business education that redefines the traditional educational experience. Every day our students, faculty, staff and alumni make us proud of their achievements and help us gain national prominence.

Taking a cue from OHIO's "Highlighting the Green," this College of Business slideshow encapsulates a few of the recent triumphs of the students, faculty, staff and alumni.