newsletter by MarijanStefanovic


									                                         Issue 1 Vol .1 December 2009

                                      The University         supply chain concentration for MBAs. This program
                                   and the Business          was approved by the University for launch in the fall
                                   School were not           of 2010.
                                   and are not im-
                                   mune to the chal-            With the help and support of a cadre of dedicated
                                   lenges that mark          alums, we have begun to locate and involve our
                                   the past months           strong base of 3000 graduate and 7000 undergradu-
                                   and the future for        ate alums. Your involvement in recruitment, cur-
                                   our country. As           riculum development, mentoring, friend raising,
                                   most of you are           fund raising, and every aspect of your school will
                                   aware, the Univer-        be pivotal to our coming success.
                                   sity declared an
                                   enrollment emer-             Earlier this year we began the complete renovation
                                   gency in February         of Wright-Young Hall. In the coming months we will
                                   2009 resulting in         update you on the progress as we prepare to move to
layoffs totaling 55 faculty and 30 staff. The Business       our state-of- the art facility.
School was impacted losing six faculty and two staff.
These layoffs were not performance based but were a             With this inaugural issue of the on-line Business
necessary consequence of the turbulent economic cli-         Chronicle, we are delighted to reconnect with you,
mate. As a result, the School said goodbye to both           our most valued resource. We ask that you inform us
recent and longtime staff.                                   of classmates who are not on our email list so that
                                                             they too can be informed of the wonderful things hap-
     While we will continue to be challenged, we take        pening at their institution.
the view that challenging times are also a period of
great opportunity. The faculty, staff and students are         We thank you for your support and invite your
seizing the opportunity to strengthen recruitment, up-       comments.
grade program offerings, re-engage with alumni and
broaden corporate partnerships. We have begun by re          All the best,
-emphasizing quality over quantity for our MBA ad-
mits. We are using the success of our undergraduate          Edward L. Davis
                                                             Interim Dean
Supply Chain Management Program to develop a

                            MBA Recruitment News

    We are excited about the fall 2010 recruiting season. We are off to a great start and have lots of activities
planned. In September, CAU was well represented at the National Black MBA conference in New Orleans, LA.
While the majority of conference attendees hold MBAs or are in the process of earning an MBA, CAU had the
opportunity to meet and share program information with several prospective students from the Texas and Louisi-
ana areas.

    We hosted an Open House/Information session October 15th utilizing the CAU website, Face book, Twitter,
and the AUC email network as primary communication vehicles in addition to aggressively contacting prospec-
tive students provided by GMAT submissions. On December 2nd we hosted a GMAT seminar where we
brought in the CAU GMAC representative to offer valuable test taking strategies.

    With the launch of the new school of business website we have achieved a paperless application process
(with the exception of official transcripts) which we expect will increase our number of applications. Increased
applications should translate to a larger pool of high quality candidates.

    We are seeking Alumni participation with our recruiting efforts. CAU alumni are our school’s greatest asset.
No one can better sell the school to prospective students than those of us who have walked the halls. Please help
us spread the word about our ―hidden gem‖. Refer someone today!

         Undergraduate News & Events
     The second annual corporate sponsorship day was a huge success. On October 20th and 22nd, 2009, 18 cor-
porate partners—from Coca Cola to Target—sponsored student teams in a variety of concentrations. This col-
laborative effort between Fortune 500 America and the Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administra-
tion continues to provide our corporate partners with direct access to an endless stream of talented and capable
first year business students. Moreover, this joint initiative involves continuous active communication and ex-
change between the student team and corporate representatives. The company sponsors training sessions and
active learning programs which assist students in developing vital skill sets and critical thinking that are essential
for professional development. Our student teams are exposed to the culture, business, and industry dynamics of
the parent company through research, case studies, and site visits. Since each team will continue to work with
their sponsor until graduation, after four years team members will be molded into highly skilled, well trained,
potential employees. And what do our corporate partners receive? Enhanced campus visibility, increased brand
profile while streamlining their recruiting activities. Congratulations to our student teams!

                                         On October 15, 2009, the Undergraduate Student Business Council spon-
                                     sored the annual Fall Mixer. This is an opportunity for the students, faculty
                                     and staff to spend some FUN time together! Each of the School of Business
                                     student organizations was present to provide an overview of their organization
                                     and recruit new members. Lunch was provided and the event was well at-
                                     tended by students, faculty and staff. The next mixer will be held in the
                                     spring in preparation for the end of the semester and in celebration of the
Undergraduate Organization Leaders

    In addition to the strategic alliances created through the
CEO Academy, the undergraduate program has established
a significant corporate partnership with MetLife. In the past
three years, 30 undergraduate students have completed in-
ternships with MetLife Investors in either Hartford, CT or
Irvine, CA. In these rotational internships, the students are
exposed to multiple business units (Marketing, Finance, In-
ternational Operations and Underwriting) that support the
sale of life insurance and annuity products. As a by-product
of the internship, MetLife remains committed to full-time
employment of our students upon graduation. MetLife also
sponsored the production of School of Business polo shirts
and has provided funding for academic scholarships.

                                                                                CEO Academy Students

           A Call For Alumni Help for MBA
               Recruiting Resources
     This year marks the 63rd year in which we have
welcomed MBA students to Clark Atlanta University.              Fellow alumni, as stakeholders it is our passion for
During those years, we have graduated more than             the university and our continued support that will al-
3,000 students who have gone on to marvelous careers        low us together to make a difference. There is work to
in. the fields of industry, government, academia and        be done to move the program to forward. You have
entrepreneurship. We are very proud of your accom-          our commitment that we will work at it every day!
                                                               We are counting on your support. Please send
    We are now in a very competitive environment to         your contribution to:
attract new talent to continue this wonderful legacy.
Therefore, we are requesting your support for a gradu-                School of Business Administration
ate recruitment fund. These funds will provide a                           Clark Atlanta University
budget to allow us to identify, recruit and enroll talent              223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
that can keep our MBA program competitive.                                   Atlanta, GA 30314

     Our goal is to raise $100,000. We can reach this       Checks should be made out to the School of Business
goal if 1000 of you give or pledge $100, or 500 give or     with “Graduate Recruitment Fund” in the memo
pledge $200, or 100 give or pledge $1,000. However,         section
any amount is appreciated. With over 3000 alums, we
feel sure that the goal will be reached. Clark Atlanta      Dr. Edward Davis Lorri Saddler Rice (MBA ’92)
University was the Tom Joyner School of the Month           Interim Dean     Associate Director of Admissions
in October. Contributions received by the end of De-
cember were counted in this campaign.

                                                            Supply Chain News
                                                   The Supply Chain Management Advisory Board met on campus
                                               on Monday, October 5th to provide leadership to the university’s
                                               undergraduate program. Led by Craig Reed, Senior Vice President
                                               of Supply Chain Management at Eaton Company, the board mem-
                                               bers spent a successful session providing ideas and recommenda-
                                               tions to support the strategic direction of the program. These compa-
                                               nies have provided such things as permanent employment , intern-
                                               ships, financial support, and guest speakers.
        Supply Chain Advisory Board

                     Graduate Alumni Spotlight

   Jeff Shirley graduated from CAU’s Graduate School of Business in May of 1990. In June of 1990, he
began his career at Kraft Foods where he spent 11 years in Brand Marketing, Promotions, and eMarketing.
During his tenure at Kraft, Jeff marketed some of the company’s largest brands including Oscar Mayer
Lunchables, Kraft Miracle Whip and Mayo, Kraft Salad dressing and Log Cabin Syrup. He joined Coca-Cola
as the Senior Director of eMarketing for North America Brands in 2001 and joined Georgia Pacific in Sept
2002 as the Director of eMarketing for their Towel, Tissue, and Napkin Brands. In November 2004, Jeff was
named Director – Diversity Business Development for Georgia Pacific. In that role, his team was committed
to growing Minority Businesses through increased spending, strategic alliances, and capacity building. Real-
izing that he could never achieve freedom and Time and wealth working for someone else, Jeff left Georgia
Pacific in September 2006 to start his own business. Jeff’s vision is to help erase poverty in America by help-
ing people to own a business in the lucrative field of Financial Services and teaching families basic financial
principles that he was never taught in High School, College or Graduate School.

      Jeff and his wife, Gina, are building a management team that is focused on helping families to create
generational wealth. Their goal is to open 12 offices in the Atlanta Metropolitan area over the next 5 years to
help achieve this objective. They are constantly looking for people who want to start a business, ―own their
life‖, and make an impact in the community. They are both licensed to help families with Life Insurance,
Auto and Home Insurance, Retirement Savings, College Savings, Variable Annuities, Debt Management,
Long Term Care, Mortgage Refinancing and Business Ownership. Jeff and Gina have done numerous
―Financial Independence Seminar’s‖ where they teach attendees how to develop a personal plan to create
wealth and leave an inheritance for their children’s children (Proverbs 13:22).

    Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from Alabama A&M
University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity incorporated.

     To reach Jeff Shirley or to book him for an engagement contact him at 770.329.3773 or email:

            Undergraduate Alumni Spotlight


    Khari Dickson, CEO Divine Chariots Limousines is emerging as Atlanta’s preferred choice for luxury
ground transportation under the leadership of Clark-Atlanta University alumni Khari Dickson. Since DCL’s incep-
tion in 2005, Khari has seen great success as an entrepreneur – with a rapid expansion of his fleet and clientele.

    Khari has 12 years of experience in the ground transportation industry. He gained most of his training from a
ten-year journey with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. During his time in corporate America, he expanded his leadership
skills to become an effective leader and asset to the company through receiving four promotions.

    He held positions as Management Assistant, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and Area Rental
Manager. In 2002, he became the first African-American Area Rental Manager in the Atlanta Group's West Re-
gion. In addition, he served as a mentor in the company's employee mentoring program and was a representative in
the company's Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP).

    Since embarking on his path of entrepreneurship, Khari has become a fixture in the Atlanta transportation in-
dustry. His clients include business professionals from the pharmaceutical, meeting planning, information tech-
nology, engineering, education, theological, non-profit, hotel and food and beverage industries and many celebri-

    Khari is currently an active member of the Georgia Limousine Association (GLA) serving as an Advisory
Board Director and the Chair of the Venue Relations Committee. He is also a member of the National Limousine
Association (NLA), and has been an active member in his church, New Zion Christian Church, in Suwanee, Geor-
gia for the past 12 years.

    Khari and his wife Celeste live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. They have one daughter, Xolani Reina.

                                             CAU Class of 1997
                                 Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
                                        Divine Chariots Limousines

                       B-School News & Events

                                              This fall was filled with exciting brand building business school
                                      events. In early September Dr. Davis hosted the Annual School of Busi-
                                      ness picnic with record breaking alumni attendance. Current MBA stu-
                                      dents also showed up in full force and had the opportunity to network and
                                      exchange Econ, Stats and Production notes with some of the legends of
.                                     Wright-Young Hall.

     Later in September the MBA program chartered a bus
and transported 33 students to New Orleans, LA for the 31st
Annual National Black MBA conference. Despite the soft
economy, the conference was well attended and provided
great corporate exposure for our 1st years seeking intern-
ships and solid networking and leads for permanent posi-
tions for 2nd year students. In addition it was a great oppor-
tunity to connect/re-connect with alumni and provide up-
dates on B-school initiatives, personnel changes and share
how we plan to move forward. CAU hosted a standing
room only reception in conjunction with Howard University
in the French Quarter. The venue provided a breath taking
view of Bourbon Street, the buffet of Creole cuisine was to
die for and an outstanding time was had by all (who were
able to get in). Without question, it was the hottest event in

                                                 By the time we finished unpacking our madi gras beads we im-
                                             mediately shifted gears for our next local event…CAU Homecoming
                                             2009. For the first time the school of business hosted a homecoming
                                             tailgating tent complete with perfectly seasoned hot meat off the grill
                                             (Roderick Edwards MBA ’08), cold refreshing beverages
                                             (compliments of Hussein Warmack MBA ’99, United Beverage
                                             Group) baked beans and peach cobbler (prepared with love by
                                             T’versa Ricks BA’05) so good you’d think your grandmother made
                                             them. B-school alums both graduate and undergraduate were wel-
                                             comed home with open arms, smiling faces and full plates.

        B-School Faculty Contributions

    "Short and Long Run Performance of IPOs in Post       Pleasant, Jamie (2009), “Effective Advertising
    -Apartheid South Africa", with Kasim Alli, Kim-       Strategies For African American Law Firms”;
    berly Gleason and Vijaya Subramanian. Accepted        Journal of Ethnic Marketing Vol. 1. No. 1.
    for publication in the Journal of African Business.
.   Accepted: March 2009.                                 Jones, K. (2009). ―Ethiopian Immigrant Entrepre-
                                                          neur Technology Attitudes: Generational Differ-
    ―A Gender Analysis of Productivity in Finance         ences and Insights‖. Business Research Yearbook:
    Research‖, with Kasim Alli, P. Keys, and P.           Global Perspectives. Vol. XVI, 430-437.
    Turner. Journal of Financial Education (Spring
    2009).                                           ―Entrepreneurial Emergence: Key Congruence
                                                     Factors and Community Processes,‖ authored with
    Apaiwongse, Tom Seraphim (2009), "Ecological Young Kim, Charles T. Moses and Donald Vest,
    Market Exchange for Current Green Policy: The    International Journal of Business and Economics
    Parallel-Political Marketplace Approach,"        Perspectives, in-press, forthcoming winter 2009
    “Exploring the Relationship between Supply Net-
    work Configuration, Inter-Organizational Infor-  Patten, L. (2009). ―Using Strategic Management
    mation Sharing and Performance‖. Dissertation    to Successfully Integrate WebCT into a Business
    Manuscript, 2009 Rai, A., Im, G., & Hornyak, R. School’s Curriculum‖. Texas Business and Tech-
    2009. How CIOs Can Align IT Capabilities for     nology Educators Association Journal, “The
    Supply Chain Relationships? MISQ Executive. 8    Waves of Change: Social, Economic, and Cultural
    (1), 9-18.                                       Transformation in Business Education, Volume 11,
                                                     Issue 1.
    M.W. Indrani, and Siriyama Kanthi Herath,
    (2009) ―A Framework for Analyzing the Roles of ―Impact of Prerequisite-lag on Performance in the
    Management Control Systems in Creating Com-      Introductory Finance course", with Emmanuel
    petitive Advantage‖. International Journal of    Onifade and Wanda Owens. Accepted for publi-
    Managerial and Financial Accounting, Vol. 1. No. cation in the Southwestern Business Administra-
    3, pp.320-337.                                   tion Journal. Accepted: September 2009.

    Pleasant, Jamie (2009), "Managed Care: A Look
    at Market Segmentation Strategies For The Health Pleasant, Jamie Prayers That Open Heaven pub-
    Care Industry", Journal of Business and Economic lished November 2009
    Issues; Vol. 3. No.3

                        News & Upcoming Events
           Renovation of Wright-Young Hall is underway! We look forward to occupying our state-of-art busi-
           ness school building in January 2011
           2010 marks the Ten Year Anniversary for the Working Professional Program. Please stay tuned for
           celebration details
           This year will be the 15th anniversary of the Development of Self Conference. Conference dates are
           February 25-27.

           The School of Business Administration is re-building our founda-
       tion one brick at time - Reserve your brick on the Walk of Fame.
       Please visit the school of business website to down-load an order form

               We are proud to announce that we once again suc-
               cessfully maintained our AACSB Accreditation. The
               review was completed in early November.

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