Summer/Fall 2018University Updates

Summer 2018: School of Business Update

Awards & Accolades

The Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development cohort won the 2018 NAIOP & Urban Land Institute Challenge for the second consecutive year facing other local universities and colleges. The UIndy team received the Wally F. Holladay Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and a $5,000 Scholarship provided by the Opus Foundation for their vision for the redevelopment of Lafayette Square Mall.

Dr. Jerry Flatto, professor of information systems, led a team of students to Ball State for the 8th Annual CIS Case Competition. The students earned first place for all three awards categories. The competition invites students of information systems and technology, management information systems, software engineering, and computer science to present projects and participate in a live case analysis. Participating students included:

  • Abby Norman ’18 (information systems & applied business analytics and operations & supply chain management double major; experience design minor)
  • Maria Villegas ’18 (information systems & applied business analytics, accounting and finance triple major)
  • Claire Carlton ’20 (information systems & applied business analytics and finance double major)
  • Taylor Lahrman ’20 (marketing major, operations & supply chain management and sociology double minor)
  • Rosalee Mulligan ’20 (operations & supply chain management major, information systems & applied business analytics minor)


Photo: Dr. Jerry Flatto (L) with students at the 8th Annual CIS Case Competition.

Shelby Winner ’19 (accounting), ’20 (MBA) won the 2018 Indiana ACG Student Leadership Award, the fourth UIndy student to be honored with the prestigious award in recent years. Winner is also the president of the Student Business Leadership Academy.

The School of Business Entrepreneurship Club and the Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning joined forces to run the first edition of the Imaginaction competition, the first innovation competition designed to foster high school students’ creative professional skills. The University hosted the finals in April 2018. A panel composed by invited guests selected Decatur Central High School as the winning team. With the success of this first edition, the organization team plans to repeat the experience next year with more schools.

Dr. Marcos Hashimoto,  associate professor of entrepreneurship in the School of Business, nominated four undergraduate students who received the Service-Learning Undergraduate Student of the Year Award: Samantha Beckwith ’18 (marketing), Justin Jones ’18 (operations & supply chain management), Nicholas Southwood ’18 (marketing) and Mallory Walker ’18 (marketing). The students were selected because of their achievements in developing the whole marketing campaign to the social project #Shesinvisible, an Association that collect and share the stories of women with invisible diseases.

Worldwide Service-learning and Study

A group of 19 students, faculty, staff and alumni involved in the MBA program visited Hong Kong and Vietnam to explore business relations in those countries. Many of the students who participated in the trip were members of the MBA 652 Global Business Seminar class taught by Kathy Bohley (professor of international business & marketing).

Six students from the Student Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) made the 12-hour drive to help Coastal Empire Habitat For Humanity for the second consecutive year. Activities included nailing sheaths to the frame of the house, adding trusses to the roof and working in the ReStore, where they unloaded truckloads of donated furniture and household items and prepared them for resale.

Master of Professional Studies: Human Resource Development and Administration updates

Ann Denis ’18 (MPS-HRDA) was awarded the inaugural Outstanding MPS-HRDA Scholar Award for 2018. This award recognizes outstanding scholarship in the program.

Courtney Carpenter ’18 (MPS-HRDA) spent nearly a month overseas completing an intensive internship with Destiny Rescue in Thailand. Destiny Rescue is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals,particularly children, who are victims of human trafficking. Carpenter used this experience as the basis for her master’s capstone project to complete her MPS-HRDA degree.

Campus Hosts HR Convention

In February, the UIndy Student Human Resources organization hosted the Indiana State Student SHRM conference on campus. The event brings together human resource students from student SHRM chapters around the state.

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