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February 2019 Alumni Updates

Jim Ziolkowski honored as a visionary change agent by global business education alliance 

Ziolkowski (BA Financial Administration '89), founder of buildOn, was one of 33 business school grads from 13 countries named as 2019's Influential Leaders by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He was nominated for the award (which recognizes people who impact their communities and inspire future business leaders) by the Broad College.

The nonprofit started by Ziolkowski more than 25 years ago empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service, and builds classrooms in some of the world’s economically poorest countries.

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Alumni News

To start a biz, you need to be a bit irrational 

So says Dave Zilko (BA Finance '85), CEO of FUEL Leadership, former vice chairman of Fresh Gourmet, and author of “Irrational Persistence: Seven Secrets That Turned a Bankrupt Startup Into a $231,000,000 Business.” Today's Spartans gleaned his insights at a recent Innovate State event.
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Leadership is a task, not a title, alum says

Colin Chummers (MBA '02), vice president of Cisco Systems, shared that and other thoughts during the first Pung Executive Speaker Series event of the spring term.
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Taking the family biz onward, upward

Mike Uckele (BA General Business Administration ‘92) has had Uckele Health & Nutrition among America's fastest-growing private companies for 10 years in a row.
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Broad College Executive MBA Virtual Information Session

12:00PM - 12:30PM
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BroadX Alumni Event with Dean Sanjay Gupta in Houston

6:00PM - 8:00PM CT
Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar St.
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Broad College of Business Alumni Event in Los Angeles

5:30PM - 7:30PM PT
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
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The Best of Broad

Accounting senior on the road to Amazon

D'angelo Bragg's love of accounting first took him to the Broad College, and soon he will be en route to the e-commerce giant's Seattle HQ.
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Broad FTMBA among best for pay and value

The Financial Times ranking has the Broad FTMBA tied for first among American public schools for percentage pay raises seen among alumni.
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Broad Tech Trek takes students out West

Broad Spartans visit Silicon Valley in Northern California to meet and network with alums and tech industry representatives, in hopes of landing future jobs there. 
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'Empowerment Closet' to help all Spartans

Students will be able to borrow professional outfits to wear to job and internship interviews, thanks to the work of senior Hannah Ahluwalia and others.
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Getting Social

Wintry precipitation is measuring 0.33 TBSs (Thin Business Spartys) of snow on the ground. Bundle up as you prepare for tomorrow's business, Broad Spartans!
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A fake smile at work can lead to a real frown from your boss. In the Spartan BizCast, Brent Scott looks at how an inauthentic grin prompts unethical behavior.    
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Happy Lunar New Year to Michigan State University Spartans and their families! Wishing all MSU Spartans a prosperous and healthy year of the pig.
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Around MSU 

Satish Udpa takes interim leadership of MSU

The long-time Spartan will fill the interim president's role while the search for a permanent leader continues. Most recently, Udpa had been serving as executive vice president for executive services at MSU: “I am eager to work with the board during this transition, helping the university move forward.”

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Spartan staffers turn into winter warriors

So-called "critical employees" help keep the campus running in the face of one of the coldest winter weather outbreaks in years. 
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MSU award honors faculty excellence

Ten professors were awarded the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award, including one from the Broad College.
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