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Dear alumni and friends,

This calendar year marks our 25th anniversary as the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business and we have so much to celebrate!  Over the past 25 years, the administration, faculty, staff and board of advisors have built a dynamic business school at Elon. All of that hard work was rewarded recently when Bloomberg Businessweek ranked our undergraduate business program as #26 for academic quality, #36 among private schools and #60 overall! This ranking means that we have top-ranked undergraduate and graduate business programs at Elon for the first time. 

In this newsletter, you will read about our anniversary celebration, our newest rankings, student and faculty activities, and speakers we have had on campus. This spring, our students, faculty and staff have been representing us around the globe. Seven of our students visited Jacksonville, Fla., for the LSB’s first alternative spring break trip with Sarah Thomas, our director of undergraduate programs. This group was engaged in several service projects and visiting regional businesses.  Special thanks go out to a former Elon parent and member of the LSB board of advisors, Victor Hughes, for hosting this group for dinner.

Our Doherty Scholars traveled to Seoul, South Korea, with Gary Palin, executive director of the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. One of the students, junior Brian Serow, won first place at the MIT Global Startup Elevator Pitch Workshop. Brian competed against 47 individuals from across the globe, including entrepreneurs, Ph.D.s and graduate students. He pitched an idea for an app for food allergies when eating at restaurants, an idea he developed for the Elon Idea Launchpad competition this year.   

As you can see, the good news just keeps coming! Many of you wrote to us after the last newsletter and asked about ways to get more involved. We have explored building partnerships with companies, hiring interns, speaking to classes and making financial contributions. We look forward to hearing from more of you. Feel free to contact me at mgowan@elon.edu. If you would like to make a contribution and want to discuss our greatest priorities, feel free to contact me or Brian Baker, our major gifts officer, at bbaker7@elon.edu. You also can make a contribution online by clicking on the "Give Now" button in this newsletter.  In whatever form it takes, thank you for reaching out.

All the best,
Mary A. Gowan, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Management


Bloomberg Businessweek ranks LSB among nation's best

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the LSB among the nation's top undergraduate business programs in its 2011 rankings, which were released March 3. Elon ranked #26 in academic quality, #36 among private schools, and received an "A" grade for facilities and services.

This is Elon's first appearance in the annual Bloomberg Businessweek ranking, which identifies the top undergraduate business programs based on measures of student satisfaction, postgraduation outcomes and academic quality. Elon's overall ranking is #60 out of the 113 schools identified as the best undergraduate business programs.

"The recognition of our program in this public forum attests to our success, especially by achieving a ranking this high the first time we are ranked," said Dean Mary Gowan. Read more ...


LSB kicks off 25th Anniversary year

Students, faculty, staff and friends of the LSB gathered Feb. 5 at Alamance Country Club to kick off a yearlong celebration of the school's founding in 1986 through a gift from the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation. The gala featured the announcements of major gifts by Elon parent and trustee David Porter and the Martha and Spencer Love Foundation.

Attendees heard comments from Porter; Charles Love, son of Martha and Spencer Love and chairman of the family's foundation; William Creekmuir, chair of the LSB board of advisors; and Dean Mary Gowan. In the gala's finale, Elon President Leo M. Lambert led a toast, saying the school's first 25 years have passed "in a blur of excitement and accomplishment." He called on the school to "continue to be a shining beacon of excellence for the university."Read more ...


LSB junior takes first place in international competition

What does it take to sell someone on your idea for a new product or service? A good pitch certainly helps - especially one you can give to a prospective investor in less than a minute, a skill that won junior Brian Serow top prize at the 2011 MIT Global Startup Workshop in Seoul, South Korea. Serow (pictured at far right with fellow Doherty Scholars Meghan Green, left, and Hunter Perry, middle) won $1,500 in the Elevator Pitch Competition at the late March conference. Read more ...


Innovator shares insights with entrepreneurship students

Raj Ananthanpillai, an Elon parent and president and CEO of InfoZen, a company that provides software solutions for the federal government and select commercial customers, visited Elon University on March 14 as part of the C. Ashton Newhall Endowed Lecture Series. Mixing insight and humor, Ananthanpillai shared his career story and encouraged entrepreneurship students to harness their creativity and competitiveness.

“Most innovation did not happen by accident, sitting in your basement,” he said. “It happens where you work. If you get a job, don’t be discouraged. Take that job and along the way find out if there are any inefficiencies … that will let you go out and do it better, faster and cheaper.Read more...


USAA chairman offers lessons in effective leadership

After 28 years in the U.S. Army and several more as a business executive, retired Lt. Gen. John Moellering knows a thing or two about leadership. The chairman of USAA, one of the nation’s leading insurance and financial services companies, Moellering offered this advice for today’s business students: behave yourself, because those who work for you will follow your lead.

“People pay close attention to what those at the top are doing,” he said, “and they pay very close attention to what is rewarded and what is punished," he said. Read more ...

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LSB students shine at conferences, in competitions

Several Elon students presented research and received awards this spring at various events around the world. Six LSB students participated in research sessions at the Eastern Economics Association's annual conference. Elon students placed third in the state finals of the invitation-only CFA Global Investment Research Challenge. Three LSB students competed in the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition at Concordia University in Montreal. Two teams of students from Elon's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi garnered honors at the 2011 Best Practices Competition sponsored by Deloitte.


Linda Poulson joins leadership of NCACPA

Linda Poulson, associate professor and chair of the accounting department, has been appointed to the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, serving more than 13,000 members statewide. Read more ...


Michael Rodriguez talks Super Bowl ads with local media

Michael Rodriguez, assistant professor of marketing, was interviewed on WFMY News 2's "Good Morning Show" in February about what makes a memorable Super Bowl and and how companies can use airtime to build brand awareness. Watch video ...


Make plans now for Homecoming 2011!

We hope you'll join us for Homecoming this year as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the LSB. Homecoming will be the weekend of Oct. 21-23. Visit our website for updated information as October nears.


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