Monte Ahuja College of Business News

Calling all Women Entrepreneurs!

Bad Girl Ventures has partnered with the Monte Ahuja College of Business for its Spring 2013 session. The 9-week session teaches women entrepreneurs to develop a solid business plan and increase business revenue. At the end of each session, a $25,000 loan is awarded to one of the business owners. If you are just interested in the classes and not the loan, those are open to the public. Learn More »

Congratulations to the 2012 HR Awards Winners!

Congratulations to our CSU winners and finalists of the 2012 HR Awards! Dr. Vickie Coleman Gallagher won for HR Student Advisor. Olga Nagdaseva won for HR Student. And Dr. Tracy Porter was a finalist. These two professors and our student really demonstrate excellence in the field of HR. Well done! Read more »


Formerly Noon@Nance, this series of interactive panel discussions on current trends and best practices in business will starting up again. The first program will be held on October 24th and the topic is Marketing: What to Expect in 2013. Speakers from Rosetta and thunder::tech will be present. Details and Registration »

Learn & Lead Through Business & IT Courses This Fall

The Professional Development Center is offering a fresh line up of continuing education courses in business and information technology during the Fall 2012 semester. Each course offers practical and hands-on training, enabling participants to increase productivity and effectiveness.

Supervisors will find courses that equip them to meet their own professional development goals as well as courses that cultivate well-roundedness within their staff. CSU’s faculty and staff members are encouraged to enroll in courses of interest using staff development funds.

Courses cover a broad spectrum of topics including accounting and finance, human resources and organizational development, marketing and communications, data analysis and reporting, Microsoft Office applications and web development and design.

Professionals might be especially interested in the business courses Finance & Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager, The New Supervisor: Leadership Training, Search Engine Optimization and Social Media for Business, as they are designed to equip professionals to reach their peak performance. The six-module SHRM Learning course offers in-depth knowledge in the key areas of human resource management and is regarded as the *#1 PHR/SPHR Cert Prep Tool. Software training in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access, Dreamweaver, and HTML can enhance one’s ability to reach departmental goals.

Review the complete list of courses, descriptions, and dates on the Professional Development Center site.

Contact Marie Herlevi, Program Manager, Outreach & Business Centers at 216.523.7278 or
Angie Weimer, Coordinator, Outreach & Business Centers at 216.687.4797

*According to the HR Certification Institute's exit survey results.  

2nd Annual Real Estate Conference

The Paul J. Everson Center for the Study of Real Estate Brokerage/Agency and Markets presents its 2nd annual real estate conference on Wednesday October 3rd. Learn about new economic and real estate development initiatives taking place in the Cleveland area. Hear from a dynamic panel of speakers. Network with colleagues and real estate professionals. Learn more »

Steve Percy named Interim Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business

Cleveland State University has named Steve Percy, former chairman and CEO of BP America Inc., to interim dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business. "Mr. Percy is a legendary businessman, who brings immeasurable talent and experience leading one of the largest companies in the world," said CSU President Ronald M. Berkman. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for CSU to advance the important work of the Ahuja College of Business and set new standards for engaged learning." Read message from Dean Percy»

Japan’s Foreign Minister Commends Monte Ahuja College of Business Professor Toshinori Munakata

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced on July 12th, 2012, that Dr. Toshinori (Tosh) Munakata, Professor Emeritus of the Computer and Information Science Department at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio has been awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation. This honor is conferred on individuals and groups, each year, for outstanding efforts and valuable contributions to mutual understanding and friendly relations with Japan. This year, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs chose to award this prestigious Commendation to only 62 individuals and 18 organizations worldwide.

In receiving this highly coveted award, Professor Munakata is recognized for his significant achievements in information science and numerous efforts and accomplishments in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.

Professor Munakata has contributed greatly to the field of information science in both the United States and Japan. On three separate occasions, he was awarded the University Merit Award for Excellence in Research by Cleveland State University. He was also awarded the College Legacy Award in Research in 2007. In Newsweek Japan’s special 25th anniversary issue published in May 2011, the magazine selected Dr. Munakata as one of 25 Japanese people who “changed the world.”

During his career, Professor Munakata published a graduate level artificial intelligence textbook that covers new fundamental aspects of the field. His textbook has received excellent evaluations and is used in classrooms worldwide. Professor Munakata has also promoted the development of information science by serving as Editor of two influential and widely known computer science journals: IEEE Expert (now IEEE Intelligent Systems) and Communications of the ACM.

Professor Munakata has also been instrumental in linking information science studies in the United States and Japan. Through the influential journals that he edited, Professor Munakata introduced the achievements of many Japanese researchers to an international audience. He also facilitated the publishing of journal articles translated from English to Japanese and contributed greatly to clarity of the Japanese text. Professor Munakata also supported the development of information science in Japan by giving informative lectures and taking part in joint projects.

Because of his many valuable contributions to both the field of information science and to enhancing relations between the United States and Japan, Professor Toshinori Munakata will be honored at an awards ceremony later this year.

College Appoints New International Trade Assistance Center Director

Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business is pleased to announce the appointment of Nate Ward as the Director of the International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC).  

Mr. Ward brings international experience within manufacturing and banking as well as diverse cultural and linguistic knowledge to the ITAC. He most recently worked at the Vitamix Corporation in the internationalconsumer products department. There, he worked through importer/distributors in over 30 countries to sell high-end consumer kitchenwares.   Mr. Ward brings over seven years ofexperience in sales, logistics, marketing, pricing, research, and product development – all with an international focus. Prior to Vitamix, Mr. Ward worked for Charter One Bank in international money transfers. In addition to studying in six countries, he holds an International MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MA from McGill University of Montreal. He speaks multiple languages including French, Spanish and Japanese.

The ITAC will provide export assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in northeast Ohio to promote growth through exports. The ITAC is hosted by Cleveland State University's Monte Ahuja College of Business, Global Business Center and funded by the Ohio Small Business Development Center.

For further information about the services offered by the International Trade Assistance Center at the Monte Ahuja College of Business, please visit Cleveland's ITAC on the web or contact Nate Ward at 216.523.7347 /

CSU Business Students Place Third in National Case Competition

A team of three Cleveland State University MBA students from the Monte Ahuja College of Business placed third in the KeyBank/Fisher College of Business Minority MBA Case Competition this year. The team, coached by Dr. Elad Granot, included Ilda Beqiraj, Wanda Cruz-Knight, Alejandro Sardina, and Vladimir Sheinfield.

Among the 18 teams that competed in the 2012 event, CSU placed above all other Ohio schools, including The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. CSU beat Penn State and several other nationally ranked schools to finish third. The University of Washington and UCLA finished first and second respectively.

This is the fourth time in eight years that CSU has placed in the top four. In the competition, organizers propose a business problem, and teams are tasked to create solutions through a written thesis. Teams have 30 days to present their submissions to a panel of KeyBank executives, who act as judges.

"The strong performance of our MBA students in the KeyBank Case Competition shows their ability to analyze real-world business problems and develop effective plans to create solutions," said Robert Scherer, Ph.D., Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

College Maintains Business and Accounting Accreditation by AACSB International

In October 2011 our College underwent a rigorous review of our business and accounting programs by AACSB International, the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. We are proud to announce that we have maintained our business and accounting accreditation by AACSB—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Only 643 schools of business, or less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education, of which only 176 have earned specialized accreditation for their accounting programs. To maintain accreditation a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. AACSB Accounting Accreditation requires the satisfaction of an additional set of 15 standards that are specific to the discipline and profession of accounting.

"We're all very proud of this achievement. It is due to the dedication of our faculty excellence, scholarship, and service to the community. I'm also very proud of the commitment by our staff to this important team effort," said Robert Scherer, Dean of the College.

Among the commendations cited by the AACSB Peer Review Team were our portfolio of global business and export trade programs—programs that twice earned the Ohio Governor's Export Award and more recently the President's E Award; our establishment of a Diversity Council to engage minority students; and our certificate program in Sustainable Business Practices offered to professionals and students.

The achievement will be recognized in April at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

CSU Team Advances to Semi-finals in Clean Energy Challenge

A team of CSU business and engineering students, led by Dr. Majid Rashidi and Dr. Oya Tukel, was selected as a semi-finalist in the Clean Energy Challenge 2012, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Clean Energy Trust. This is a significant achievement since more than 100 applications were submitted to compete for $250,000 in cash prizes.

Clean Energy Challenge is a first-in-class business competition that seeks to find Midwest clean energy businesses with the potential to bring innovations to the marketplace. Applicants compete in either the Early Stage Business track or the Student Challenge.

The student team, comprised of MBA students Niki Zmij and Rahul Sukheja, and engineering student Patrick Mohney, along with Terry Thiele, director of sustainable product strategies at Lubrizol, developed a commercialization plan for an innovative modular Wind Speed Amplification system based on a design by Dr. Rashidi at CSU. The business plan introduces consumers to a new understanding that wind turbines do not have to be placed in high wind areas, costing millions of dollars in investment, in order to generate adequate electricity.

The Amplified Wind Solutions team will compete with 18 other semi-finalists on February 29 and March 1 in Chicago, IL. The winner of the Student Challenge will represent the Midwest at the U.S. Department of Energy's national competition in Washington for a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize.

For more information about the Clean Energy Challenge, visit:

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