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December 2008

Director's Message: Dean's Advisory Council
Join JS-PALS and JS-Coaches
Alumni Career Services
What's news with you? Submit your Class Note online
Health care leaders from across New York earn Cornell certificates
Student Honors — Fried Fellows, Case competition winners, and more
Faculty Research
Cornell to host Net Impact Conference 2009
Featured Alumna
News Highlights
Alumni in the News
Students in the News

Karrie BorgeltWelcome Renee Fong to Alumni Affairs
I am very pleased to announce that Renee Fong started on November 17th as assistant director, West Coast, for the Johnson School Alumni Affairs and Development team. Renee brings with her a wealth of experience in event management and client relationships: Her former roles include catering sales manager at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, director of hospitality sales for IMG, and event director for Jazz at Lincoln Center. More...

Join JS-Pals and JS-Coaches to help students achieve career goals
Alumni have begun to sign up for JS-PALs and JS-Coaches, the Johnson School's exciting, fledgling mentoring programs designed to strengthen ties among alumni, current students, and admitted students. But we need more alumni to volunteer as mentors. Through JS-PALs (Johnson School Personalized Admissions Links), each admitted student experiences the value of becoming a member of the Johnson and Cornell community through instant Cornell connections. Each newly admitted student receives a Cornell network of PALs (a first-year and a second-year MBA student, plus two alumni matched by career interest and geography). PALs call the new admit to welcome him or her to the Cornell community and continue to be a resource throughout the decision-making process. JS-Coaches matches interested students with an alumni coach who can provide them with advice and counsel in their job search. To sign up for either program, log on to JAC (Johnson Alumni Connection) and use the selection boxes there to indicate you would like to participate in JS-PALs and/or JS-Coaches. While you're there, please update your information in JAC.

Alumni Career Services
In this tough economy, we continue to hear about alumni losing their positions. In response, the Johnson School is offering alumni several new career services in addition to established services. Please especially note JohnsonJobs for networking and the new Alumni Résumé Database and the online Career Guide.

What's news with you?
Submit your Class Note online

New job? Promotion? New business? Marriage? New child? Volunteer work? Honors? Hobbies? Passions? Visits with classmates? Share your news with your classmates via the online Class Notes form for Cornell Enterprise, the Johnson School's magazine.

Health care leaders from across New York earn Cornell certificates
The Johnson School and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) collaborated on an inaugural eight-week educational program, the Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement, with leadership sessions and closing ceremonies held on the Cornell campus in November. The program was developed for high-level health care professionals to gain greater knowledge and information on the latest strategies being employed across the management, business, and health care sectors.

Student Honors

Fried Fellowships 2008-09

Fried Fellowships 2008-09 named
Dean Joe Thomas announced the following second-year students as recipients of the Fried Fellowships for 2008-09: Ruchit Agarwal, Jeffrey Cho, Matthew Durbin, Benjamin Hansen, Stacie Palmer, and Caitlin Ramsey Pollak. The Fried Fellowships, one of the Johnson School's most prestigious awards, were established in 1989 by a generous endowment gift by a distinguished Cornell Alumnus, Albert Fried, Jr. The fellowships are awarded to second-year students each year solely on the basis of academic achievement and leadership demonstrated in the first year. The award includes a stipend and requires that the recipient work with a faculty or senior staff member on a project of mutual academic or professional interest.

Johnson School Students Place Second in Tepper's International Case Competition
A Johnson School team fielded by the General Management Association and comprised of MBA students Adam Treadwell, MBA '09, Ben Fielding, MBA '09, Chris Atwell MBA '09, Tayfun Uslu, MBA '09 (A), and Tiago Khouri, MBA '10, 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, held November 7-8, 2008.

Johnson School Places Second at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management National MBA Human Capital Case Competition
The Johnson School team, comprised of MBA students team captain Javed Singha, Shaun Mathews, and Roy Ashok, all MBA '09, Lauren Furgione and Swati Gupta, both MBA '10, and Mohammed Alsalamah, MILR '09, took second place and a $5000 prize at the second annual National MBA Human Capital Case Competition held Oct. 16-18, 2008, at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee.

Johnson School Students Win UNC's Alpha Challenge Performance Award
Stock picks yield 97 percent return in the year since the competition

Faculty Research
Like a Trail of Bread Crumbs, Corporate Executives often Leave Clues of Fraud
A new financial model by Johnson School Assistant Professor D. Craig Nichols tracks accounting practices to predict the likelihood that a company will engage in fraud.

Cornell to host Net Impact Conference 2009
Preparations are underway for the 16th Net Impact Conference to be hosted in Ithaca November 12-14, 2009, with the Johnson School taking the lead in designing and organizing the conference in partnership with colleagues in the College of Engineering, School of Hotel Administration, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and other schools and programs from across the University. Expected to attract about 2,000 students and professionals interested in business and sustainability, the conference will include plenary sessions, panels, discussions, interactive sessions, business and case competitions, a business expo, and other forum for exploring cutting edge approaches to sustainability in the private sector.

"The Net Impact Conference 2009 will seek to highlight Cornell's world-class, multidisciplinary strengths in innovation and entrepreneurship," says Mark Milstein, director of the Johnson School's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and faculty chair of the event. The organizers seek to link a significant portion of the conference's content to Cornell alumni and the work they are doing in the marketplace around the world. Erin Bina, MBA '09, Kevin Johnson, MBA '09, and Ryan Legg, MBA '10, are the core student planning team working to sort out logistics and content for what will be one of the largest conferences ever held at Cornell. The planning process gives them an opportunity to manage a complicated project in their interest area, allowing them to draw from the strength of the Cornell alumni in providing content for the event. For further information about the conference, contact Mark Milstein at or Ryan Legg at

Featured Alumna
Melissa Moore, MBA '05
Melissa Moore, MBA '05
Melissa Moore, MBA '05, director, National Institute Operations, Teach for America, and a member of Net Impact, credits her experience as a student consultant and a leader with the Johnson School's Community Consulting Group as strengthening her skills in both business management and nonprofit operations. As a member of Net Impact since 2003, Moore is committed to using her business skills to make the world a better place, something she does in her current position by developing efficient systems and processes related to both technology and finance operations for our teacher preparation program.

"The better systems that we are able to create in our internal support structures, the easier it will be for this organization as a whole to continue driving toward educational equity," Moore says. More...

News Highlights

Alumni in the News

The Best New Tech Toys for Kids
U.S. News and World Report — 11/7/2008
Adam B. Hocherman, MBA '06, president, American Innovative, LLC is quoted in this article, which includes a description of American Innovative's "Teach Me Time!" product.

50 Women to Watch
Wall Street Journal — 11/10/2008
Irene Rosenfeld '75, MS '77, PhD '80, CEO of Kraft Foods Inc., the largest food maker in the U.S., came in #6 in the Wall Street Journal's 2008 list of "50 Women to Watch."

Stetson University Elects Dr. Wendy B. Libby Its Next President
MarketWatch - 11/13/2008
Wendy B. Libby, MBA '77, has been elected president of Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.

Students in the News

Students beat market managing $14 million Cayuga Fund
Cornell Chronicle
At Cornell, students can learn to appreciate wine, build robots and even raise livestock in the tropics. But only a select few get to handle $14 million of other people's money.

Rocket Racing League
Middle East Motorsport Magazine — December 2008
This article about the Rocket Racing League (RRL), features Executive MBA students and their Global Business Project, focused on introducing RRL to the Middle East. Student Global Business Project team members include Brenton Benson, John Burnett, [Suvara] Paul Mingmongkol, Noaman Najeeb, Sridhar Reddy, and James Bridenstine, who is also a RRL team owner with his own plane.

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