Year in Review 2008-2009
Johnson School Highlights 2008-2009
- Hired two new full-time, senior faculty members who have expertise in global business.
- Produced a series of faculty panel discussions focused on the financial crisis, both on and off campus.
- Created the first interactive viewbook, a rich media tour of the Johnson School and its programs that is loaded on a reusable USB jump drive for prospective students.
- Launched Thought Leadership@Johnson, a Web site and e-newsletter highlighting the research, knowledge creation, and expert insights of the Johnson School faculty.
- Joined forces with the Cornell Law School to offer a new course, Ethics and Corporate Culture.
- Convened the inaugural Cornell Global Forum on Sustainable Enterprise in New York City, an event that brought together 100 leading pioneers and practitioners for working sessions focused on accelerating the rate of change toward the Great Convergence, the intersection of clean technology and business development at the Base of the Pyramid. The forum's closing event at the 92nd Street Y, moderated by Charlie Rose, featured former Vice President Al Gore; H. Fisk Johnson '79, MEng '80, MS '82, MBA '84, PhD '86, CEO and chairman of SC Johnson & Son, Inc.; Ratan Tata '59, chairman of India's Tata Group, a multinational conglomerate; and Professor Stuart Hart.
- Launched a host of new career and business research tools for alumni, including CareerBeam, IvyExec.com (an alumni résumé database), and extensive online access to business research databases, through the Johnson School Management Library.
- Launched JS-Pals and JS-Coaches, new programs designed to connect admitted students, current students, and alumni.
- The student-run Cayuga MBA Fund, LLC, a market-neutral equity hedge fund, finished 2008 up 0.42 percent, beating its benchmarks, the HFR Equity Hedge Index and the HFR Equity Market Neutral Index, which delivered returns of -25.45 percent and -1.16 percent, respectively, for the year.
- BR MicroCapital, a student-led organization based in the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, partnered with Ithaca's Alternatives Federal Credit Union and began offering lending and business support services to catalyze micro-business development in Tompkins County.
- A team of students won first place at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup competition hosted by ACG New York. This two-round case competition requires student participants to provide strategic financial advice to a holding company and private equity firm.
- A team of students fielded by the General Management Association took second place and a $4,000 prize at the 13th Annual International Case Competition hosted by the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
- Students launched SustaInvest, a sustainable investing portfolio pitch competition focused on maximizing profitability and sustainability in investment decisions.
- Jon Greene, MBA '04, and Jason Springs, MBA '09, were chosen as two of the five finalists in this year's New York Creative Core Emerging Business Competition. Chosen from 76 applicants, Greene and Springs competed for a prize of $100,000 to further develop their businesses. Greene's business, Widetronix, was ultimately chosen as the grand-prize winner.
- The Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA Program received approval to expand to New Hampshire and has been recruiting in Boston and southern New Hampshire.
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