June 17, 2011
  Commencement 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Stephen M. Ross School of Business Commencement Ceremony was held on April 29, 2011 to honor graduates from all of Ross' academic programs. The festivities began early and included a reception 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. The group gathered for a photograph with Dean Dolan in the school’s courtyard.

The official commencement ceremony was held at the University’s historic Hill Auditorium where graduates and guests gathered in support of the Ross School. Dean Robert J. Dolan presided over the ceremony. The Class of 2011 was honored with two commencement speakers, Ross graduates from 2002. Al Leandre, CEO and president of Vyalex Management Solutions Inc., and Darys Estrella Mordan, CEO of the Stock Exchange of the Dominican Republic, reminisced about their Ross experience and shared their thoughts for the future with the audience. Throughout their careers, Al and Darys have committed themselves to improving conditions on their shared island of Hispanola. After the words of encouragement, graduates received individual recognition from Dean Dolan for their academic achievements.

Earlier in the day, a ceremony was held in the Ross School’s Blau Auditorium to honor graduates in the international honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, which recognizes students for their academic success. 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. The ceremony was hosted by Professor Dennis Capozza, Professor of Finance and Real Estate and Dykema Professor of Business Administration. Attendees received their membership certificate and a keepsake sash which they proudly displayed over their gowns at the Commencement ceremony. Global MBA Beta Gamma Sigma honorees pictured below middle are Achariya Leevanichayakul of Chai Prasert Yont Co., Ltd. and Xiaoqi Wang of NS Solutions Corporation. Beta Gamma Sigma honorees from the Global MBA Class of 2011 not pictured are Ukrit Archapairoj of Kasikornbank PCL, Koji Koyakumaru of Nippon Life Insurance, Joon Deok Park of Hynix Semiconductor, Martin Reynoso of C.M. Pineda Realty, Nicholas Shang of Moie, and Hirofumi Yamazaki of McKinsey & Company.

The entire day was a great success offering a truly unique and memorable experience for our graduating students. Congratulations to the Ross Global MBA Class of 2011!
  Dexter-Ann Arbor Run
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Koji Nakajima of Re-Tem Corporation and Masaru Tarui of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, students in the Global MBA Class of 2011, joined more than 6,000 other runners in the Dexter–Ann Arbor Run on June 5, 2011. In its 38th year, the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run is the unofficial beginning of summer in Ann Arbor and includes a half-marathon where participants run a 21 kilometer race that winds through beautiful scenery along the Huron River. Ross Professor Michael Jensen, the Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow & Associate Professor of Strategy, took the lead in encouraging the Ross Community to participate in the run. More than 20 members of the Ross Community committed to the half-marathon along with 10 visitors from Erasmus University in Holland. A portion of the entry fees are donated to local charities so participants run to feel good, and to help a good cause.

All smiles after the race, pictured above from left to right are Masaru Tarui, Koji Nakajima, and Brian Wu, Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School.

  Aid for Japan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Ross Japan Business Association (JBA) raised more than $30,000 to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March. In conjunction with several University of Michigan schools, the JBA spearheaded efforts to raise funds for children in the city of Kesennuma, located in the heart of the destruction. The donated funds were sent to Peace Winds Japan.

Several Global MBAs are members of the JBA and assisted with the fundraising efforts. The JBA sponsors events throughout the year to share their knowledge of Japanese business culture and practices with the entire Ross community. The club also plays a key role as the main link between the Ross School and the Ross Alumni Club of Japan. For more information on the JBA, check-out their website at http://ross.campusgroups.com/rjba/home/.
  Autumn in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Fall 2010 term offered the Global MBA Class of 2011 an opportunity to take advantage of the vast array of elective courses at Ross. The first 6 months of the program are devoted to the core through instruction in Japan, China, Korea and Ann Arbor, lasting through the summer. Then September marks the beginning of the fall term. Global MBAs experience the beginning of the academic school year at the University of Michigan, the beginning of integration into the regular academic schedule at Ross, and the beginning of autumn in Ann Arbor. Having completed their core requirements, Global MBAs take ownership of their education with the freedom to choose from the full breadth of Ross elective courses. In doing so, they tailor the program to their personal interests and professional goals.

In addition to changes at the school, autumn also brings a chance for special activities around the Ann Arbor area. Football Saturdays bring more than 100,000 fans into Ann Arbor, the vibrant colors of the changing leaves awe onlookers, trips to local cider mills delight locals and non-locals alike, and Halloween festivities hosted by the Ross Partners Club are enjoyed by children of Ross students.
  Alumni News
In April 2011, Takahiro Kazahaya of Deutsche Securities and the Global MBA Class of 2007, was ranked the #1 retail analyst in Japan by Institutional Investor. As Head of Japan Retail Sector and Director of Global Markets Research with Deutsche Securities Inc., Takahiro has consistently earned accolades for his performance in the industry. Takahiro’s prior year ranking was 3rd in the country. Even before completing his Ross MBA, Takahiro was recognized as one of the top Japanese analysts. At that time, Takahiro was rated the #4 best stock picker in Japan for 2005 as announced by the Nikkei Financial Daily and StarMine in July 2006. Congratulations Kaza!

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