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It's spring on campus, and as the flowers are blooming and leaves are growing on Elon's oaks, we in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business have much to celebrate.

First, as I hope you've heard, the Love School of Business broke into the top 50 of Bloomberg Businessweek's annual rankings of undergraduate business schools. This is a great testament to the creativity, hard work and commitment of the faculty, staff and students in the Love School of Business.

We recognized Nobel Peace Prize winner and social business pioneer Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, with the Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Dr. Yunus took time to meet several of our students during his visit.

On the horizon are the annual Love School of Business Awards Ceremony and Commencement, at which we'll graduate nearly 300 students prepared to transform the organizations they will work for - just as you have.

I hope to see some of you Under the Oaks on May 19, and I hope you enjoy reading this update. I think you'll agree that all of us here in the Love School of Business and Elon continue to move forward with energy and passion.

Best wishes,

Scott Buechler, Ph.D.
Interim Dean & Assistant Professor of Business Communication


Love School earns first
top-50 national ranking

In Bloomberg Businessweek's "The Best Undergraduate B-Schools" list, the Love School of Business was ranked #43 among the nation's top programs. This year's ranking is up 17 spots from the 2011 rankings. Bloomberg Businessweek develops its ranking based on nine measures of student satisfaction, post-graduation outcomes and academic quality.

In addition to its top-50 ranking, the school received an "A" for quality of teaching, an overall ranking of #26 on the recruiter survey and an "A+" in facilities and services. Click here for a full report on the Love School's 2012 undergraduate ranking.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus receives entrepreneurship honor

The Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Love School of Business presented the Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership to Muhammad Yunus in an April 4 ceremony. The 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize founded the Grameen Bank and is chairman of the Yunus Centre. Read more about the medal ceremony.

Yunus, who was on campus to deliver the keynote address at the annual Conovcation for Honors, also took time during his stay to speak with Elon students. Read more about his visit to Elon.

SIFE group wins regional competition

Elon's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise was selected one of five regional champions March 27 at the SIFE USA Regional Competition in Charlotte, N.C. Elon's team presented the results of community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders serving as judges and were evaluated on how successfully they applied business concepts to improve the standard of living for those in need.

Elon's presenters included Kyle Cassaday '13, Liz Jester '14, Sean McCormick '14, Andrew Somers '12, Kelvin Walker '13 and Christopher Welch '13Jeff Baldetti '15, Andrew Ganim '13 and Hope Williams '13 also attended the competition with chapter adviser Sarah Thomas '05 G'09, director of undergraduate programs for the Love School of Business. Read more about the team's experience.

Porter Family Professional Development Center
welcomes new team

The Love School's Porter Family Professional Development Center welcomed two new staff this semester - Jan Pagoria (left) and Jane Mehringer (right). Pagoria serves as director of internships and she previously worked at Wake Forest University, Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management and Columbia College Chicago. Mehringer, associate director of career services, will be charged with directing professional development programming. She previously worked in recruiting capacities for Credit Suisse, ACC Staffing and Robert Half International. Contact them at

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Love School students planned and hosted two conferences to extend their learning beyond the classroom this spring: the Elon International Career Conference and the Managing Your Future Conference. Click on the conference name to learn more.

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