Faculty and staff lead the way
This summer marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle in the Civil War. Professor Brad Alge took a group of students to the battle site earlier this year to learn about leadership, and he talks about the experience: http://bit.ly/1cahGAF.
Speaking of leading…a group of Krannert faculty and graduate students took first in their division and won for the best team name (Just Purdue It!) in the Ragnar Chicago relay, a running relay race from Madison, Wisconsin, to Chicago. The group stopped just long enough to take a picture: http://on.fb.me/13vqKXm.
Finance Professor Xiaoyan Zhang was one of three co-authors to win the William F. Sharpe Award for the best paper published in 2012 in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. The award recognizes research that contributes to the understanding of financial economics; the title of the paper was “Aggregate Idiosyncratic Volatility.”
Erik Props and Gloria Klutzke work just a few feet apart in the Krannert Professional Development Center, helping undergraduate students as they prepare to begin their work careers. Helping is in their DNA: Erik was featured as a Purdue Momentum Maker (http://bit.ly/16z2czM). Gloria recently returned from working in a volunteer medical clinic in Vietnam; she was there as a part of Vets With A Mission, a group of Vietnam veterans and non-veterans who are dedicated to bringing healing, reconciliation and renewal to the people of that country: http://bit.ly/130m8tx.
Professor Elaine Mosakowski and Melissa Evens, Director of Military Affairs, were interviewed on Purdue campus station WBAA about the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (http://bit.ly/13s5Vgk).
With the recent retirement from the board by Purdue Trustees Chairman Keith Krach, Krannert alum Tom Spurgeon was elected the new Chair. Of the 10 Trustees, four are Krannert alums: Tom, Mike Berghoff (who was elected Vice Chairman), Gary Lehman and Bruce White.
One of our alums, Mark Bucherl (MSIA ’87), recently completed a cross-country bike ride from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., to benefit Mercy Housing (http://bit.ly/1aV4IUb).
Another Krannert grad, Kara Eschbach (BSM ’07), has launched Verily, a magazine geared toward women (http://bit.ly/13kq4c2).
Krannert students in an Experiential Learning Initiative project with Purdue Athletics came up with a system of dynamic pricing for single-game football tickets (http://bit.ly/13sK0G3). Dynamic pricing is the continuous adjustment of ticket prices based on several factors, including available inventory, opponent, team performance and weather.
In its inaugural year, the Krannert Board Fellows program (http://bit.ly/13wmuqF) placed 15 master’s students on local boards of non-profit organizations. It’s a win-win; students gain knowledge of how non-profits and their boards work, while the organizations get access to talented business students with fresh and innovative ideas.Finally, the Purdue chapter of Net Impact received gold status for the past academic year. Net Impact is a group dedicated to creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world.