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Five Florida State fraternities come through with generous donation for Legacy Hall

At the November 2013 official launch of the fundraising campaign for Legacy Hall, the new College of Business building, Daniel Dispenziere and his Phi Kappa Tau fraternity brothers presented a $5,000 check to Caryn Beck-Dudley, dean of the college, and challenged student organizations across the Florida State University campus to also give back to their schools.

Prestigious case competition provides students with global business experience, helps build cross-cultural relationships among peers

It may be a whole year away, but members of the Case Competition Club at Florida State University College of Business already are looking forward to next year’s prestigious Global Business Competition. Thanks to COB junior Jarred Adams’ participation on the multi-university Global Team that took top honors at the 2014 competition at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business April 7-13, the Florida State team has earned a much sought-after invitation to return in 2015.

College of Business officially launches new retail management major

Kicking off its new retail management major, Florida State University College of Business hosted a reception Thursday for representatives of some of the nation’s leading companies. The event gave more than 150 business students the opportunity to network and learn about career opportunities that await them in the $5-trillion high-tech, global retail industry.

Florida State’s College of Business No. 36 in Bloomberg rankings

Florida State University’s College of Business is No. 36 among public universities in the United States, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2014. The magazine ranks the college No. 85 among all universities in the U.S.

Undergraduate business students showcase research to university community

Five undergraduate business students showcased their research April 1 as part of the Florida State University Office of Undergraduate Research’s 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Florida State Greeks raise money for Legacy Hall

Before opening the doors to Line Dance 2014, Florida State University’s Greek community had already reached its goal of raising $20,000 for Legacy Hall, a new planned building to house the College of Business.

David A. Ralston

David A. Ralston began his career with IBM in 1969 working with management systems. During his nearly 10-year tenure with the company, he earned a master’s degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University. He completed his Master of Business Administration in 1978 and his Doctor of Business Administration in 1981, both from Florida State University’s College of Business.

Florida State excels in Startup Madness

What happens when you merge the high-octane energies of March’s national college basketball playoffs, passionate entrepreneurs and driven students? It’s Startup Madness! – a fiercely competitive contest among ACC schools pitting teams of student entrepreneurs against each other in a bracket-style tournament that will yield a champion team taking home prizes and bragging rights.

BNY Mellon gives renewal grant to Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program

For the third consecutive year, BNY Mellon is demonstrating its commitment to U.S. military veterans by providing funding that allows wounded warriors to participate in the annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program at Florida State University.

Dean's Speaker Series

Business plays an important role in reshaping the world, and the challenges of providing the business world with quality leaders have never been greater. To expose our students to exemplary business leaders, the College of Business regularly hosts prominent business professionals through our Dean's Speaker Series. These accomplished professionals share their knowledge on various business topics, providing students with insights into current global and domestic issues. The presentations allow students to bridge the gap between the classroom and the business world.

2013 College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Three alumni of Florida State University’s College of Business have been selected for induction in the college’s 2014 Hall of Fame. Tony DiBenedetto (MIS ’87), Don Harbaugh (MAR ’71), Cinny Streich Murray (MAR ’80) will join a prestigious group of 32 business leaders when they are inducted in an official ceremony on Thursday, April 24, in Tallahassee.

Blass named executive director of The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

Randy Blass, research associate of organizational behavior in the Florida State University College of Business, has been named executive director of The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.

2013 College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Three alumni of Florida State University’s College of Business have been selected for induction in the college’s 2014 Hall of Fame. Tony DiBenedetto (MIS ’87), Don Harbaugh (MAR ’71), Cinny Streich Murray (MAR ’80) will join a prestigious group of 32 business leaders when they are inducted in an official ceremony on Thursday, April 24, in Tallahassee.

2013 College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Three alumni of Florida State University’s College of Business have been selected for induction in the college’s 2014 Hall of Fame. Tony DiBenedetto (MIS ’87), Don Harbaugh (MAR ’71), Cinny Streich Murray (MAR ’80) will join a prestigious group of 32 business leaders when they are inducted in an official ceremony on Thursday, April 24, in Tallahassee.

2013 College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Three alumni of Florida State University’s College of Business have been selected for induction in the college’s 2014 Hall of Fame. Tony DiBenedetto (MIS ’87), Don Harbaugh (MAR ’71), Cinny Streich Murray (MAR ’80) will join a prestigious group of 32 business leaders when they are inducted in an official ceremony on Thursday, April 24, in Tallahassee.

New rankings give quality online programs high marks

Online graduate programs at the Florida State University College of Business excelled in U.S. News & World Report rankings released Wednesday, reaching the No. 33 spot among public schools and earning the No. 43 rating among all universities.

Student-athlete could go 'pro' in sales

Florida State University student Jessica Nori is used to being in tight situations. As a relief pitcher for the women's softball team, she steps in when the going gets rough and the pressure is on. She's been playing softball since she was 8 years old and takes the challenges on and off the field in stride.

Florida State Finance graduate steps out of the corporate world into a more fulfilling world of social entrepreneurship

A summer 2013 mission trip to Haiti turned out to be life changing for Florida State University College of Business graduate Brett Hagler. Witnessing the difference he and his fellow missionaries made during the time they were in the poverty-stricken Caribbean country left a deep impression on him and a desire to step out of the corporate world and into the world of social entrepreneurship.

Campaign for Legacy Hall receives enthusiastic kickoff

The tailgate party before the Florida State-Miami football game provided the backdrop for the official launch of the campaign for Legacy Hall, the College of Business’s future home.

Syn-Tech Systems gift to support student business incubator in college’s new building

Entrepreneurial students across Florida State University’s campus are assured of rent-free office space in which to run their start-up business ventures in the new College of Business building, Legacy Hall, thanks to a half million dollar gift from Tallahassee-based Syn-Tech Systems Inc.

Meg Crofton’s lessons in leadership

Florida State University graduate and Disney executive Meg Crofton will be on campus Friday, Nov. 15, to share her insight with students in a talk titled “Lessons in Leadership.”

From Russia – and back – with insights into U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship

An executive director of the Russian Association for Entrepreneurship Education (RAEE) is at Florida State University to learn the American version of innovation and entrepreneurship while providing an international perspective to his U.S. colleagues, particularly about the challenges facing the growing number of aspiring Russian entrepreneurs.

Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker Series

To expose our students to exemplary leadership styles, the College of Business regularly hosts prominent business leaders through our Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker Series.

Graduate Degrees

In today’s highly competitive job market, you must be prepared to stand out or to stand back. A graduate degree from The Florida State University College of Business will get you noticed by potential employers. It says you have the right credentials, that you are skilled in best practices, strategic decision-making and management. It says you are a leader who can help their company prosper.

Autore prepares students to analyze financial strategies

Don Autore, Dean L. Cash Professor of Finance, gets new Master of Science in Finance (MSF) students ready for the rigorous year ahead, teaching them the statistical techniques – or econometrics – used to test financial hypotheses using real-world data.

New trading room to enhance students’ education with experience in real world of finance

This fall, when students and visitors walk through the main entrance of the College of Business, they will be met with a dazzling new sight: a state-of-the art trading room.

College to accept state employee tuition waivers

Starting this fall, the Florida State University College of Business will begin accepting state employee tuition waivers for several of its graduate programs, giving state workers the opportunity to pursue coursework without emptying their pockets.

Sales Education Foundation ranks FSU’s Professional Sales Program tops

The Sales Education Foundation (SEF) released its annual list of Top University Sales Programs in May, highlighting the Florida State University College of Business professional sales program as one of the best for hiring graduates as sales professionals.

Blay guides future auditors through complex issues

If you think the practice of auditing is a concrete discipline, a mere matter of checking a company’s books against its bank statement, its assets against its stated inventory, Assistant Professor Allen Blay says think again. Auditing hard numbers is easy, he said. The real skill comes in learning how to evaluate a firm’s estimated values.

RMI doctoral candidate awarded prestigious scholarship

Jill Bisco, a Ph.D. candidate in risk management and insurance (RMI), has been able to focus more time on dissertation research this school year, thanks to a $10,000 scholarship from the Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc.

Florida Retail Foundation’s $300,000 gift is boost for emerging retail management major

A substantial gift from the Florida Retail Foundation (FRF) presented today to the Florida State University College of Business is enabling the college to move forward with plans to launch a retail management major that will bolster the credentials of students graduating from the college and be a boon for Florida’s retail industry.

Online study-guide platform takes first in InNOLEvation Challenge’s Shark Tank competition

Moolaguides.com, an online platform that facilitates the buying and selling of student-generated study guides, emerged as the first-place winner of the Shark Tank round of Florida State University’s InNOLEvation Challenge.  FSU College of Business senior and company CEO Tom Brady, an entrepreneurship major, walked away with a check for $15,000 to help grow his business.

Senior Kaitlin Wallace named College of Business Humanitarian of the Year

Senior Kaitlin Wallace has been selected as the College of Business Humanitarian of the Year, and is in the running for the Florida State University President's Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Sophomore embarks on entrepreneurial adventure

Entrepreneurship major Luke Valentine’s vivid imagination has taken him to a place he hadn’t dreamed he would find himself: the real world of publishing. With the February 2013 release of his book “Sky Child: Piece One of Chimp’s Tale,” the 20-year-old Florida State University sophomore has embarked on an odyssey that, though not nearly as bizarre as his fantasy novel, is just as harrowing – and exciting – for the first-time author.

Developing a culture of ethical decision-making and business leadership at the COB

Florida State University’s College of Business is among a growing number of schools placing renewed emphasis on building an ethical foundation that allows students to integrate information and lessons from practical courses with a societal perspective.

Professor ties courses to working world, readies students for managing international trade

Larry Giunipero’s zeal for purchasing and supply chain management has a way of infusing students with a new purpose in life.

“He made me fall in love with the concepts,” said Patrick Kimbrough (MBA ’08), a buyer for Lockheed Martin in Orlando. “As a student, you love to see your professor have passion regarding the subject matter, and Dr. Giunipero personifies love for your job.”

Global Business Seminar offers College of Business students a perspective on international marketplace

Last summer’s Global Business Seminar in Seoul, Korea, for graduate business students was such a hit that it took just two days to fill the allotted 20 slots for the 2013 seminar in Strasbourg, France, and Stuttgart, Germany. The success of the program also was the impetus for offering the business seminar this spring to undergraduates for the first time.

Frank Nardozza honored for professional accomplishments, contributions to alma mater with induction into FSU College of Business Hall of Fame

Francis (“Frank”) J. Nardozza has earned national and international recognition as a foremost advisor in mergers, acquisitions, financial restructurings, and investment development in the real estate and hospitality investment arenas in a career that spans more than 35 years. Now, in recognition not only for his professional accomplishments, but also for his generous contributions to his alma mater, he has been selected for induction into the Florida State University College of Business 2013 Hall of Fame.

Florida real estate powerhouse, FSU graduate Donna Abood to be inducted into the FSU College of Business 2013 Hall of Fame

Donna Abood, a Florida State University College of Business alumna and one of the powerhouses of Florida’s real estate industry, has one more accolade to add to a long list of professional and community honors: induction into the college’s 2013 Hall of Fame.

FSU alumnus John Crossman adds another honor to his illustrious career; College of Business inducts him into its prestigious 2013 Hall of Fame

John M. Crossman, president of Crossman & Company, a much sought-after speaker and writer on national retail issues and a passionate mentor of college students, will be inducted into the Florida State University College of Business 2013 Hall of Fame.

Dedman School of Hospitality meets funding goal

Dedman School of Hospitality meets funding goal

Meet our new professors

Meet our new professors

PGA Golf Management students get a shot at networking with heads of world-class golf resorts

Students in Florida State University’s PGA Golf Management program in the Dedman School of Hospitality will have an opportunity to network with and learn from general managers of some of the world’s most highly regarded and prestigious golf clubs during the Founder’s Leadership Summit, Nov. 1-2, held at the school.

College of Business to host International Collegiate Sales Competition

The Florida State University College of Business’ Sales Institute is preparing to launch its first International Collegiate Sales Competition, with the nation’s top sales students competing for cash and prizes of more than $10,000.  The event will be held Oct. 19-21 in Tallahassee.

Nick Inamdar to be honored for professional achievement, service to FSU

Nick Inamdar, a 2001 graduate of the Florida State University College of Business, has been named the 2012 recipient of the college’s Recent Alumni Achievement Award.  Inamdar is vice president and director of government relations for The Gatehouse Companies, a national leader in the acquisition and development of affordable and senior apartment communities, and an avid Seminole supporter.

Head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management addresses FSU faculty, students as Bruning Distinguished speaker

College of Business students heard from one of the country’s most successful experts on wealth management Sept. 18, when alumnus John Thiel was on campus as the college’s 2012 Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker.

McCullough advocates for Florida State’s top-ranked risk/management program

FSU's risk management and insurance (RMI) program, which recently was renamed the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance in appreciation of a $5 million gift he bestowed, is ranked sixth among public institutions and seventh overall nationally by U.S .News & World Reports. The program resides in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies. The online master’s program in RMI, which McCullough coordinates, was the first fully online master’s program in risk management at an AACSB-accredited institution and still remains one of the nation’s largest.

Business graduates among veterans receiving special honor cords as recognition for their service to our country

Committed to becoming the most veteran-friendly public university in the nation, Florida State University is providing support and services to military veterans and those whose future will include military service. As one way to demonstrate its high regard for these men and women, the university has begun a tradition of presenting them with a special red, white and blue Veterans Honor Cord to be worn at graduation ceremonies.

$1 million challenge gift launches College of Business' $65 million new-building plan

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A $1 million gift to the Florida State University College of Business from Dollar Tree Inc. President and CEO Bob Sasser and his wife, Pam, will kick-start the college’s $65 million new-building campaign.

The Sassers are challenging fellow alumni to demonstrate confidence in their alma mater by supporting the college’s efforts to grow, prosper, and strengthen the educational experience for generations of Florida State business students to come. The university has committed to matching private donations raised for this new facility.

Mission Accomplished: FSU’s Entrepreneurship boot camp marches into fifth year

In 2006, at age 46, with 25 years in the military behind him and two master’s degrees and a doctorate in business administration in hand, Fred “Randy” Blass was set to transition into retirement and civilian life. He had pretty much mapped out the next stage of his life: Teach management and entrepreneurship classes two days a week at the Florida State University College of Business and spend the rest of his time boating, fishing and golfing.

“That was the plan,” he says.

But in less than a year, the retired Air Force lieutenant colonel was bored and looking for something service-oriented and meaningful to engage him. He was tinkering with an idea for a nonprofit organization when he received a phone call from a friend and former colleague who had taught with him at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call would mark the end of his brief retirement and the beginning of a venture that has changed the course of his life and the lives of veterans from across the nation.

MBA student overcomes hurdles to return to Olympics

Faster than most mortal men, able to leap great heights in a single bound and sporting a powerful grade point average, MBA student and Olympic decathlete Gonzalo Barroilhet may seem to have superhero skills. But those who know him best say his success can be traced to this simple truth: He never gives up.

COB's Andrea Laos selected for prestigious internship with Financial Accounting Standards Board

Andrea Laos, a master of accounting student at the Florida State University College of Business, has been selected for a position as a postgraduate technical assistant with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, Conn.  The FASB plays a crucial role in the economy by issuing financial accounting standards that govern corporate financial reporting.

On the court and in the classroom, he’s earning his stripes

As a point guard on Florida State University’s basketball team, Peterson is expected to run the team’s offense by controlling the ball and making sure it gets to the right player at the right time. Above all, he must totally understand where each player is and what each player is doing at all times. In fact, Peterson’s position on the basketball team can be compared to his Master of Science in Marketing (MSM) studies. As a student pursuing this new, innovative graduate program Peterson must take on a 360-degree perspective of the firm to learn how today’s organizations develop, manage and protect their most valuable asset – their reputation.

An Inside Look at College of Business Student Internships

Internships provide a great opportunity for students to gain on-the-job training and to network with professionals in their fields before joining the workforce.  They help bridge the gap between college and the work world and allow students to experience life in the job arena. Students learn about their strengths, interests, problem-solving skills, and their ability to deal with clients and work under pressure.  Visit the College of Business Internship Office to find out about great opportunities available to you!

Dr. William T. Hold to be inducted into FSU College of Business 2012 Hall of Fame

With a passion for education and commitment to excellence, Dr. William T. Hold built one of the largest, most recognized insurance education organizations in the world. In recognition of his four-decade crusade to raise professional standards across the insurance industry, as well as his quiet, generous and unwavering support of his alma mater, Dr. William T. Hold has been selected for induction into the Florida State University College of Business 2012 Hall of Fame.

Dr. Hold will join a prestigious group of business leaders on March 29 at the Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony at the Florida State Turnbull Conference Center. Since 2003, the college has honored alumni who embody the qualities that make the College of Business an extraordinary place to learn and grow. Like Dr. Hold, other Hall of Fame inductees have excelled in their careers and made significant contributions to the college.

Tallahassee civic leader, ’68 graduate Mike Pate to be inducted into College of Business 2012 Hall of Fame

Since retiring from the Tallahassee Democrat,where he served as publisher and president from 1997 to 2005, J. Michael Pate has been an untiring, effective and welcome presence in Florida’s capital city and Florida State University, his alma mater.  

For his professional accomplishments and his successful efforts to enhance his community and the university, Pate, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1968, has been selected as a 2012 College of Business Hall of Fame inductee.  He will join a prestigious group of business leader on March 29 at the Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony at the Florida State Turnbull Conference Center.

FSU College of Business selects alumnus Tim Cole for induction into 2012 Hall of Fame

As an executive at Quaker Oats and now at Del Monte Foods,Tim Cole has a reputation as leader with a clear vision and an uncanny ability to cut through the clutter and laser focus on “needle-moving” activities. He exhibits these same leadership qualities as a member of the Florida State University College of Business Board of Governors.

Cole’s professional achievements and his efforts on behalf of the college have earned him the high regard of his peers and a position in the College of Business 2012 Hall of Fame.  He will be inducted along with two other COB alumni at the March 29 Annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony at the Florida State Turnbull Conference Center.

Bruning Distinguished Speakers Series lecturer and COB alumna Lynne Lummel is living her dream

Lynne Lummel’s rise through the ranks of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the world’s largest performing rights organization, representing hundreds of thousands of songwriters, lyricists, composers and music publishers, has been steady, deliberate – and fun.

Starting as an assistant director for human resources in 1988, she now is senior vice president of distribution and repertory, responsible for the processing of billions of musical performances which lead to a distribution of almost $850 million in domestic and foreign royalty payments to music writers and publishers annually.

The 1976 graduate of the Florida State University College of Business, who went on to earn a doctorate degree in organization development and succession planning from Columbia University, will speak at FSU on November 3 to share her experiences with students as the Charles A. Bruning Distinguished speaker.  Her topic is “Living the Dream: Managing Career Shock.” The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall.

MBA Class of 2012 selects officers

Tallahassee, Fla. – Accelerated MBA students on Tuesday elected a new slate of MBA Association officers for the 2011-2012 school year at The Florida State University College of Business.

Ken Willis selected as 2011 Hall of Fame inductee

Tallahassee, Fla. – Alumnus Ken Willis, B.S. ’76, has been selected as a 2011 Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame recipient. Willis is one of three individuals to be officially inducted into this prestigious group of 23 business leaders on Thursday, Mar. 31 at the 9th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner & Ceremony.

Game plans or business plans, he's earned his stripes.

FSU quarterback, Christian Ponder, earned his stripes, and his B.S. in Finance in '08 and his MBA from the College of Business in '10.

FSU Real Estate program racks up international rankings

"The caliber of research in the real estate program is of the highest quality," said Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, dean of the College of Business. "These rankings reflect an immense effort from the internationally acclaimed faculty and a dedication by private donors to enhance our program."

Eye on the Economy

Join finance guru Bill Christiansen, director of the Gene Taylor/Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies, as he speaks to the hot topics of our nation's economy and learn more about what the FSU College of Business MBA program can offer you.

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