July 19, 2010
  Class of 2010 Graduation
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Commencement for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business was held on April 30, 2010 to honor graduates from all of Ross' academic programs. The afternoon began with a reception, held in the school's Davidson Winter Garden. Dean Robert Dolan, Ross faculty, and staff joined the reception to mingle with students and their families as they toured the school and enjoyed a light lunch buffet. Seung Jin Ahn of Korea Investment & Securities Co. is shown below with his family enjoying the Dean's reception.

The official commencement ceremony was held at Crisler Arena in the evening. More than 6,000 graduates and guests gathered in support of the Ross School. Shown below center, Class President, Jae Hyung Ham of S & K Polytec helps gather the graduates in the concourse before leading the impressive processional through the crowd of guests as the graduates descend to the floor of Crisler Arena to begin the ceremony. Dean Dolan presided over the evening events. Commencement speaker, Ms. Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO of Women for Women International, offered words of wisdom and encouragement to the graduates. In addition to serving as the 2010 Ross School commencement speaker, Ms. Salbi received the 2010 Women in Leadership Award which recognizes leadership and achievements that promote the success of women in business.

Immediately following the address, graduates crossed the stage to shake hands with Dean Dolan as they were individually recognized for their academic achievements. Pictured below right, Kai-Shiang Yang of Ho Huan Construction, Jo-Wei Huang of Genia & Co., and Yasuhiro Miyaoka of Nomura Securities smile for a quick picture during the ceremony. The day offered a truly unique and memorable experience for our graduating students. Congratulations to the Ross Global MBA Class of 2010!
  Beta Gamma Sigma Honorees
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Five students from the Ross Global MBA Class of 2010 were invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honorary business administration society. The outstanding academic performance of these five students while at Ross made them eligible for membership. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma represents the highest scholastic honor conferred by the school. Election to the University of Michigan Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma within the MBA program is limited to the top 20 percent of graduates.

All Beta Gamma Sigma members were invited to a reception with the Dean on graduation day, April 30, 2010. An afternoon ceremony held in the Blau Auditorium honored graduates for their academic success. Valerie Suslow, Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Dennis Capozza, Professor of Finance and Real Estate and Dykema Professor of Business Administration, hosted the ceremony. Attendees received their membership certificate and a keepsake sash. Honorees proudly displayed the sash over their graduation attire at the commencement ceremony that evening.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010 Global MBA Beta Gamma Sigma recipients shown here preparing for the commencement ceremony. Honorees pictured from left to right are Carlos Posadas of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Kai-Shiang Yang of Ho Huan Construction, Prin Mana-aporn of CAT Telecom, Yukinobu Yamamoto of Information Services International-Dentsu, and Hiroki Yonekura of NTT East.
  Reaching Across Campus
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Professor Kenneth McElwain is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is also a Faculty Associate for UM’s Center for Japanese Studies. As an expert in political science and Japanese culture, the selection of Professor McElwain as the moderator of the Japan panel in the Ross School’s annual Asia Business Conference in February, 2010, was a guaranteed fit. As the moderator, Professor McElwain connected with a group of Ross MBA students who helped facilitate the conference, including several students from the Global MBA program. After the conference in February, everyone returned to their demanding schedules with classes, team meetings, and research activities. In May, after the winter term concluded, Professor McElwain and his wife, Tomoko, graciously invited the group of Ross students to dinner at their home. In the picture, Professor McElwain and Tomoko are seated in the middle of the front row surrounded by Ross students. The night offered a casual social gathering including food, drinks and lively conversation focused on Japan and the University of Michigan and promises of future meetings in Japan.

Professor McElwain joined the political science faculty at Michigan in Fall 2008, following post-doctoral appointments at Stanford and Harvard. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and he received his A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
  Class of 2011 Asia Term
ASIA - At the beginning of their program, Global MBA students spend one month each in Japan, China, and Korea. In addition to the core academic requirements, the school offers tours in each country to facilitate opportunities for students to expand their understanding of local business, history, and culture. The Global MBA Class of 2011 took advantage of interactions with Asahi Kasei Homes in Japan, KT Corporation and Samsung Electronics in Korea, and Ogilvy & Mather and Google in China. Corporate visits provide students the opportunity to tour the facility, view exhibition rooms and participate in Q & A with executives from leading companies throughout Asia. For historical and cultural exposure, the class visited Nikko National Park and the Toshogu Shrine in Japan, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, commonly referred to as the DMZ, in Korea, and the Great Wall and Long Qing Gorge in China.

In the picture below left, a group poses during their Asahi Kasei Homes tour. The middle photo shows the class at the DMZ and the photo on the right shows the class during their Q & A with Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing.

Diversity among Asian nationalities in the classroom and exposure to businesses and historical sites during the Global MBA session in Asia provides Global MBA students with an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of other Asian business and social customs.
  Class of 2011 Arrives in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Students in the Global MBA Class of 2011 touched down at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on June 7 and were met by the Class of 2010 who assisted the newcomers with moving their luggage and locating their new apartments.

The very next day, the students gathered for the first time at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor for their orientation. The day began with a light reception, followed by a warm greeting from Valerie Suslow, the Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Professor E. Han Kim, the Program Director.

The orientation included a tour of the business school campus including stops at the Tozzi Finance Center, the Kresge Library, the Och Fitness Center, the Davidson Winter Garden, and the classrooms where students will complete their core curriculum during the summer. Following the tour, technicians from Ross' Information Technology Department assisted the class with accessing the school's wireless network for the first time. Then advisors from the University of Michigan International Center provided tips for getting settled and living in Ann Arbor
, performed the student check-in, and presented an overview of the health insurance program. Next on the agenda was a presentation by AAA of Michigan about insurance and purchasing vehicles. The day ended with the University of Michigan Credit Union's presentation on the checking account, as we know it in the US, which is a new concept to many of the students. The first day in Ann Arbor was very exciting for everyone, despite the jet-lag most students were experiencing. Classes began again on July 6 giving the students a little time for setting up their households, adjusting to their new environment, and of course, preparing for their classes.  
  Teaching Excellence Award
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – In his debut course for the Ross Global MBA, Wallace Hopp, Herrick Professor of Manufacturing and Professor of Operations and Management Science, was selected by the Global MBA Class of 2010 as the recipient of the fifth annual Global MBA Award for Teaching Excellence. The Teaching Excellence Award allows students to take their course evaluation results one step further by openly acknowledging the efforts of a core faculty member. Professor Hopp won the distinction and was presented with a keepsake plaque.

Professor Hopp joined the Ross School in 2007. His research focuses on the design, control and management of production, supply chain, and work systems. He has published widely in academic literature in these areas and was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Management Science from 2003 to 2008. Hopp is co-author of the text Factory Physics, which was named the IIE Book of the Year, and author of a new book Supply Chain Science. He has won numerous teaching and research awards, including being named a Fellow of INFORMS, IIE, SME, MSOM and POMS. He is an active industry consultant, whose clients have included Abbott Laboratories, Bell & Howell, Black & Decker, Case, Dell, Ford, Eli Lilly, Emerson Electric, General Motors, John Deere, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Owens Corning, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, and Zenith.

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