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1st Tuesday Speaker Series

December 4, 2012
Mark Lucas
President and CEO, Imation

February 5, 2013
Sri Zaheer
Dean, Carlson School of Management

March 5, 2013
Mark Dayton
Governor of Minnesota

April 2, 2013
Sara Mathews
Chairperson, President and CEO
Dunn & Bradstreet

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Flannery Clark is the new Associate Administrator in the Department of Institutional Advancement at the Carlson School. In this role, she serves as the department’s go-to budget and HR person and is the coordinator for the “roll out” of the new dean to alumni and donors across the school. She also is charged with final production of corporate engagement reports for the dean’s corporate site visits.

Previously, she held several roles at Macalester College in St. Paul, including admissions officer, assistant director of admissions, and project manager of software implementation. She has a BA degree from Macalester.

“I’m happy to be joining the Carlson School at this exciting time,” she says. “My short-term goal is to smoothly coordinate the roll out of Dean Zaheer. Long term, I would like to support institutional advancement in being a school-wide asset and a resource as we help to support the work of the school.”

Reach Flannery at fmclark@umn.edu.

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Outstanding Achievement Award

The Regents of the University of Minnesota present the Outstanding Achievement Award each year to a select set of alumni who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions and have demonstrated exceptional leadership on a community, state, national, or international level. This year, two Carlson School alumni have been selected for this honor:
•    Robert Kueppers, ’76 BSB
•    Michael Hoffman, ’02 MBA

Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals

The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals is presented by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota to honor international alumni, former students, or friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-University work as leaders in their professional careers.

This year, Michael Byungnam Lee, ’88 PhD-HRIR, has been selected to receive
this honor.

Both the Outstanding Achievement Award and Distinguished Leadership Award were presented at the Carlson School Honors Dinner on October 4.

Alumni Service Award

The Alumni Service Award is presented by the Regents to alumni in recognition of their volunteer service to the University, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA), or any of its constituent groups. This year, the award is presented to:
•    Robert Bjork, ’81 BSB
•    David Walstad, ’88 BSB, ’91 MBA

The Alumni Service Award was presented at the UMAA Awards Celebration
on October 11.

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For the past 83 years, a now-antique tomato soup can has been bestowed on the Carlson School’s best and brightest. The school’s oldest award to students, the Tomato Can Loving Cup, is presented annually to an undergraduate to recognize his or her accomplishments in service, leadership, and scholarship.

This year, Daniel Spors, ’12 BSB, was the recipient of this prestigious award. Throughout his four years at the Carlson School, this marketing major’s contributions to the University community have been numerous. He served as a University of Minnesota Senator and Minnesota Student Association member as well as Delta Sigma Pi chapter president and VP of Pledge Education. Additionally, he participated in the Brand Enterprise and worked as a TA for business communication.

“In each of these roles, Danny has proven himself as a dedicated and engaged leader and active participant in the University of Minnesota community,” said Undergraduate Program Assistant Dean Mary Maus Kosir upon presenting the award to Spors at commencement. “Those of us who have had the opportunity to work with Danny know that his approachable demeanor, commitment, and passion will take him far in life.”


Best Undergraduate Honors Theses

Commencement is also the time when the winners of the Dean’s Award for Best Undergraduate Honors Theses are named. Students are nominated for this award by their faculty supervisors. This year’s winners were Courtney Carufel, who wrote “I Feel Just as Fake as My Bracelet: Counterfeit Products and Threats to Our Sense of Self,” supervised by Professor Deborah John; and Adam Lueck, who wrote “Show Me the Money: An Analysis of the Efficiency on Kiva.org’s On-line Microfinance Interface,” supervised by Assistant Professor Colleen Manchester.

Other students nominated include Jennifer Beasley, Jeffrey Debele, Felyn Goh, Kathleen Price, and Scott Schanke.

carlson loses champion

Professor Robert Ruekert, a tireless promoter of the Carlson School’s Undergraduate Program, passed away on September 1. He was 59 years old.

Ruekert received his BA in journalism and his MBA and PhD in marketing all at the University of Wisconsin. An expert in brand management and new product development, he joined the Carlson School in 1981 where he taught in the Department of Marketing. His research has been published in top-tier marketing journals, including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, and MIT’s Sloan Management Review among others.

In 2001, Ruekert assumed the role of associate dean of Undergraduate Programs, in which he led many initiatives to improve the quality of the program. Through his efforts, the Undergraduate Program grew by more than 50 percent, experienced a complete revamping of its curriculum, and moved into its new home, Herbert M. Hanson, Jr. Hall, called by many “the house that Bob built.”

“Bob’s legacy will leave a lasting imprint on the Carlson School,” says Dean Sri Zaheer. “His devotion to the Undergraduate Program and the school as a whole created such a palpable energy around him and brought us to such new heights that it’s hard to image how the school would have been without his passion. All of us will greatly miss him.” In Ruekert’s honor, the Bob Ruekert Undergraduate Scholarship Fund has been established. Those interested in donating can visit the Carlson School’s giving page.

Ruekert stepped down as associate dean in May of 2011. To honor his accomplishments, a special gathering took place in the Atrium that same month. At this event, a video presentation was shown, featuring many of those whom Ruekert had touched over the years. An essay by Ruekert, in which he provided thoughts and reflections on his tenure, appeared in the spring 2011 issue of Carlson School and is reprinted below.

Reflections on Undergraduate Business Education


For many faculty administrators, tenure in office can be rather short. Either such talented people find they enjoy and are successful in their positions and are asked to move up the academic hierarchy, or they find that their true calling is what brought them to academics in the first place—teaching and research—and return to their non-administrative status. Thus, it is unusual to find someone like myself who has found such satisfaction in serving as associate dean for the Undergraduate Program for the past 10 years.

As I reflect on that 10-year period, I find that the world has indeed changed in broad, powerful ways that have affected all that we do in our Undergraduate Program. While these changes are many, I group them into three major themes: including students, faculty, and the strategic importance of undergraduate education.

The Undergraduate Program at the Carlson School has seen tremendous growth in interest from both incoming freshmen and transfer applicants. We have experienced double-digit growth in applications year after year. This year we have more than 6,500 applications for about 490 seats in our freshman class. The key result of this growth in interest is that our student body consists of the very best students, capable of extraordinary academic achievement. But our students today are also quite different than their counterparts from a decade ago. As part of the Millennial Generation, many of our current students are deeply interested in changing the world. They want to make a difference in their communities, not just by volunteering, but by building new organizations designed to create significant social change. I have tremendous confidence that our students of today will definitely change both the corporate and social landscape in deep and sustainable ways.

The role and challenges facing faculty is a second area of change over the past decade; in many ways following the demands placed by our student body. The classroom experience of today is dramatically different from that of 2001. Gone are days of faculty lecturing for full class periods. The typical class period now involves student interaction in the learning process. Small group exercises illustrating and deepening the learning of concepts permeate most class sessions. Group assignments and projects are the norm. The use of technology continues to grow both in the classroom and in tools that organize everything from the course syllabus to quizzes. Faculty are also being asked to be more connected to students outside of the classroom, and to act as mentors to assist in their students’ personal and professional development. Increasingly common is having faculty develop courses that combine learning on campus with education abroad. In short, the demands on faculty have grown and diversified considerably over the past 10 years. Never have faculty been a more important factor in our program’s success.

The third change I would like to highlight has been the growing strategic importance of undergraduate business education to the health of the business school as a whole. Ten years ago, our industry, especially the top 50 business schools, was primarily focused on graduate education, especially the MBA. Across the nation, a call for investment in undergraduate education fell on deaf ears. I am very proud of the fact that the Carlson School was a national leader in recognizing the critical importance of undergraduate education in meeting the school’s strategic objectives. We launched an expansion of our undergraduate student body and built a world-class facility, Hanson Hall, to serve our students’ needs. We also committed to a new curriculum that now requires all students to have an international experience as part of the degree. In short, undergraduate education at the Carlson School is one of our hallmarks. As one of our recent accreditation team members commented, the Undergraduate Program is a “jewel in the crown of the Carlson School.”

As I prepare to leave my position as associate dean, I am truly honored to have been a part of these massive changes we have witnessed. The Undergraduate Program is on very solid ground and is meeting all of its strategic objectives. I am also confident that these trends will continue, as they have been engrained in our school’s culture.

I am also extremely thankful for the support I have received from my bosses—the deans who have served over this 10-year period, the tremendous faculty who have stepped up to enhance what we do, my wonderful group of highly professional and caring staff, and to the hundreds of students I have gotten to know over these years. I am truly a lucky man.

from the dean

One of the core values of the Carlson School is fostering community. We bring together students from all walks of life; we collaborate with businesses and academic researchers both near and afar; and we maintain close, lifelong ties with our growing body of alumni. In many respects, these relationships are what motivate us. They inspire us with the desire to succeed because, in the end, our interconnections make us all accountable to each other.

Connectivity is also at the heart of the social media revolution. And it is powerful. World-shaking events are relayed across the globe in 140 characters or fewer with no buffer between the source and the audience. Grass roots efforts spring up almost immediately to protest or support a given issue. And consumers no longer view businesses as faceless entities; they demand dialogue.

As social media continues to grow and thrive, think of all the data that is generated—persons’ demographic characteristics, their lifestyle habits, and their likes and dislikes. So much information is available for mining that it would take several lifetimes to capture it all. However, go a step further. Can we leverage social media to conduct new research, collect new data, and find answers to new social science questions? That, as you’ll discover in the following pages, is the goal of SOBACO.

SOBACO, the Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative, is a new University of Minnesota-wide initiative designed to tap into the rippling waters of the digital river and extract new knowledge. Housed at the Carlson School, SOBACO’s tools are the social media platforms we all know and use; its research subjects are potentially anyone connected—hundreds of millions, including, quite possibly, you and I. In this issue, we present an overview of SOBACO and its vision and goals. It is currently seeking corporate connections. So if your company is actively interested in new media research, now is a great time to get involved.

While SOBACO is new, the world of social media is, of course, not and our faculty has been studying it since day one. You will read about some of the most recent research in this realm, such as trust levels in web communities and how online information can weaken brand performance.

Many of our alumni, no matter the discipline they studied at the Carlson School, have become heavily involved in social media as part of their jobs. We have asked several of them to tell us about their experiences and provide us with some insights they have gleaned in this ever-changing electronic environment.

As a final note, I would like to add that I personally value making and maintaining connections, especially with Carlson School alumni and friends. During the last few months, I have attended several gatherings and have had an opportunity get to meet many of you. For those of you who could not attend these events or desire to continue an open dialogue, I encourage you to visit my blog which is always open for you to view and comment.

Sri Zaheer, Dean
Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility

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