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Have you selected your Spring 2012 courses yet? Get on the schedule and start looking -- and then make an appointment to meet with your adviser (if you have earned fewer than 60 credit hours, you can sign up for appointments with Dr. Evans here; if you have earned more than 60 credit hours, contact Amanda Falkenbury at afalkenbu [at] ltu [dot] edu)
It might seem like Spring is far away, but it really isn't. Registration starts the second full week in November, and you want to make getting your best schedule a priority!
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If you're still looking to fill in some holes in your fall schedule, here are some options for elective courses:
Of course you have visited the Using Your Electives page on your website (oh, you haven't? Okay, I'll wait while you go check it out.)
Back? Good! So you've seen the Using Your Electives page, but you might be wondering what specific courses are available this Summer and Fall that might be a good fit for your career plans. Below is a list of some (but certainly not all) of the options you might want to check out for Summer! A Fall list will follow.
If you haven't already met with your advisor, be sure to make an appointment as soon as possible. If you have 60+ credit hours, contact Amanda Falkenbury (afalkenbu at ltu dot edu); if you have fewer than 60 hours, contact Dr. Evans at http://bit.ly/evansadvising
Summer 2011 Electives
FIN3203 Finance for Entrepreneurs W 5:45-9 p.m. CRN 5029. You may want to open your own business someday. With that will be the joys of making your first dollar, and the frustrations of having to share that dollar with the IRS, your parent--I mean, your investors, and your vendors. You will be relieved that Prof. Kushner was there to walk you through the ins and outs of managing the dollars and cents side of a new biz.
HTM5001 Terms and Org of the US Health Care System W 5:45-9 p.m. CRN 5400. Requires special permission of College of Management. These days, you can't open a web browser and type in NYTimes.com or WSJ.com without hearing something about health care. Why not learn what all those terms are about? This course introduces you to the wide world of health care in the US and is part of the Health IT Management graduate certificate.
HTM5013 Information Technology & Healthcare IT Infrastructure R 5:45-9p.m. CRN 5401. Requires special permission of College of Management. Someday, we will all be sitting at home watching the last remaining soap opera (who has bets that it's Days of Our Lives?) while digital facsimiles of ourselves do the real work. Until then, we must go out into the world and risk injury and illness that will likely lead us to spending time in the world of health care. There, digital records are becoming very common -- and there is a huge need for experts in the field of managing healthcare IT. Dr. Kohnke will show you the ins-and-outs of health IT management. This course may not be needed for students with a strong IT background. Part of the Health IT Management graduate certificate.
HRM3053 Leadership: Effective Skill Development R 5:45-9 p.m. CRN 5030. (Preqreq: HRM3013). Let Prof. Manfredi challenge you to create a personal development plan for your leadership future. A helpful companion for your future LDR4000 portfolio course, HRM3053 puts the leadership ideas you've been engaging with into a business context.
PSY1213 Introductory Psychology MW 5:30-7:40 (CRN 5225) OR Online (CRN 5355). After this class, you will surely be tempted to diagnose everyone you run across with some sort of disorder. But you will also be more aware of how the human brain works, what psychology is, and how this scientific field has advanced understandings of human behavior and human relations.
PSY3323 Organizational Psychology Online CRN 5356 (prereq: PSY1213 and COM3000). Qualifies as Jr/Sr Elective. Applies to Psychology Minor. Looking at a big office building is almost like looking at a giant ant farm, or a mouse maze. There is even a popular business book called "Who Moved My Cheese?" The field of Psychology has a lot to add to our understanding of how people's brains work when working with others. After this class, you might better understand why Jan in Purchasing always seems to have a "case of the Mondays," or why Mike in your in-class group just can't seem to stop dominating the conversation.
SSC3523 Money and Banking MW 5:30-7:40 CRN 5331 (prereq: economics and COM3000). Qualifies as Jr/Sr Elective. Applies to Economics Minor. Looking at Michigan's unemployment rate (over 10% with seasonal adjustments), it's easy to feel a vague sense of anger at "those people" who contributed to the economic crisis. We know it has something to do with the banks...but that's as far as it goes. Let Prof. Fogel help bring you to a new state of awareness about how money and banks influence and create our economic system.
SSC3733 Aesthetics MW 3:10-5:20 CRN 5304 (prereq: Foundations, Development and COM3000). Qualifies as Jr/Sr Elective. How do we know that Beethoven's 7th is "powerful," or that Monet's lillies are "beautiful?" Why do we applaud the offbeat design of the Guggenheim Museum (or the Taubman Center here on campus) and look with disdain upon plain rectangular buildings (sorry Science Building!)? Work with Yale-graduate Dr. Hadley to discuss the intricacies and theories behind critical judgments of what is "good" and "not good" in literature, art, drama, and more.
All Business and IT students (and really all LTU students) are required to take 7 credits of science coursework.
If you are looking to find out your options for these courses, check out this link on our website: https://ltu.edu/undergrad_management/electives.asp#NatSci
Field Trip: Cengage Publishing Company - Wednesday April 6th Click RSVP! on CareerQuest
10:30-1:00PM, Further details will be sent by email to confirm your attendance and transportation.
Cengage Learning recruits English and Media Communication interns as editorial assistants, writers and research assistants. They are also interested in students with IT skills and students in the humanities areas for research assistant roles.
Field Trip: Central Intelligence Agency Student Open House - Wednesday , April 6th 4-7PM, Further details will
The Importance of Networking Effectively - Wednesday, April 6th 8-9AM 1-2PM, E101 Click RSVP! on CareerQuest
Guest Presenter: Dorothy O'Brien, Ayers Group. Learn how to network and use resources that will help you build a network of professional contacts.
Why Soft Skills are in Demand for Engineers - Wednesday, April 6th 2-3PM, E101 Click RSVP! on CareerQuest
Guest Presenters from KellyServices Company Headquarters. What are the soft skills engineers need to be seen as the right candidate for a job? Learn about how and what these skills are that employers are seeking and how you can sell employers on your skills.
Hot Jobs and In Demand Skills for the IT and Engineering Industries - Wednesday, April 6th 3-4PM, E101 Click RSVP! on CareerQuest
Guest Presenters from KellyServices Company Headquarters. Best ways to represent technical skills on a resume, growing industries and opportunities in SE MI, Hot technology skills and knowledge companies are seeking, how can recruiters help in a job search. Click the RSVP! on CareerQuest
Career Week Mixer
Leading Through Service Roundtable -
SIFE -- Students in Free Enterprise -- is a global competition funded by organizations like Campbell's Soup, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Lowe's and more. SIFE competitors work together to use their knowledge to aid the community, and then take those results to a regional competition in Chicago, IL for a chance to advance to a national competition. The regional and national competitions feature recruiters from SIFE sponsors.
SIFE has 0 membership fees and gives you the ultimate chance to gain real-world experience and get in front of recruiters from major corporations.
We are looking for students interested in forming a SIFE team. As a student leader, you will have the opportunity to meet and recruit advisory board members (we are shooting for people from corporations like Quicken and Microsoft, so this is a great chance to meet very influential people), recruit student competitors, and be recognized in LTU and local news for your efforts.
Please complete this form if you are interested. The first step will be having a brief meeting to talk more about what SIFE is, and ideas for getting students involved. If we have enough people to get this off the ground, we will talk more seriously about leadership roles.
More information here:
-Project Stories (successful projects from other SIFE teams): http://www.sife.org/successstories/Pages/ProjectStories.aspx
-Corporate Partners -- http://www.sife.org/OurNetwork/partners/Pages/SIFEDonors.aspx
Registration starts the week of April 18! Seniors (90+ credits) and Honors students get to register on Monday, with the levels progressively becoming available throughout the week. You should have your schedule planned and ready before advising begins!
It might seem that August is far away and, while it is, classes can start filling up much earlier than you might expect. So meet with your advisor today!
Who is your advisor? How do you get in touch?
If you have earned 0-59 credit hours toward your degree (ESL and courses like MCS0035, MCS0054, and COM0094 do not apply toward your degree), you will meet with Dr. Evans -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- advising scheduler here: http://bit.ly/evansadvising
If you have earned 60 or more credit hours toward your degree, you will meet with Amanda Falkenbury -- email@example.com
Before your advising appointment, it might be helpful for you to review your curriculum requirements (http://www.ltu.edu/undergrad_management -- click on Business Management or Information Technology and you will locate the degree requirements at the bottom right of the page) and the Using Your Electives page.
5th Annual Spring Management Accounting Conference
Navigating the Future: Management Accounting’s Role in the 21st Century
The Metro Detroit Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants is proud to present a day and
a half of quality management accounting education by three nationally known authors, educators and
Register at www.IMADetroit.com, then Click on [Events] and [Event Calendar]
Early Bird student rate (through March 6, 2011): $75 for Day 1 only, $50 for Day 2 only, $90 for both days (best value)
Regular student rate (March 7-18): $90 for Day 1 only, $65 for Day 2 only, $105 for both days
Day One – Thursday, March 24, 2011
9:00am – 3:30pm
Session Descriptions & Speakers
How to Choose and Use Performance Metrics
John L. Daly, CPA, CMA, CPIM, President – Executive Education, Inc.
Metrics have enabled performance management to move from being an art to a science. Today, the Balanced
Scorecard provides a framework for developing performance metrics that goes well beyond the traditional financial
ratios you learned in business school. These techniques makes financial planning and control easier, less time
consuming and a more effective. In this session, popular accounting speaker John L. Daly will show you how to
develop performance metrics for individual responsibility centers as well as the company as a whole.
Cost Information for a Successful 21st Century Organization
Douglas T. Hicks, CPA, CMC, President – D. T. Hicks & Co.
A successful 21st Century organization will need more than just GAAP-based cost accounting information if its
managers are to make the quality decisions and take the effective actions necessary for it to be competitive on the
worldwide stage. This session will discuss the changes in perspective that must be addressed and how a company
can begin taking steps today to develop the quality cost information it needs to survive and grow tomorrow.
Leading Practices in Moving Beyond Budgeting: Breaking Free from the Annual
Steve Player, Managing Director – The Player Group
See how leading edge companies are eliminating the time-consuming traditional budgeting practices that leave their
organization trapped. This session, led by Steve Player, Program Director of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table in
North America, will show you more effective ways to plan and control your organization by moving beyond budgeting.
Case studies will show you which companies have eliminated budgets, how they are doing it, and why you should as
Pricing for Profitability – Because Cost Still Matters
John L. Daly, CPA, CMA, CPIM, President – Executive Education, Inc. and
Douglas T. Hicks, CPA, CMC, President – D. T. Hicks & Co.
Although cost has nothing to do with price, it is a critical factor in making economically sound pricing decisions. A
company that cannot provide accurate and relevant cost information to support pricing decisions cannot insure that it
attracts the kinds of business that leads to a profitable future. A mistake in pricing just one major product or service
can lead to the demise of an otherwise healthy business. This session will illustrate how the effective use of accurate
and relevant cost information will help an organization accumulate a portfolio of profitable business that supports its
financial performance goals.
Round Table Discussion – Management Accounting’s Role in the 21st Century
Steve Player, John L. Daly, Douglas T. Hicks and Attendees
Interactive session discussing the future role(s) that management accountants will be expected to play in the modern
world of business.
Day Two – Friday, March 25, 2011
8:20am – 12:00noon
Take Your First Steps to Moving Beyond Budgeting by Improving your Forecast Process
Steve Player, Managing Director – The Player Group
Whether you want to move completely Beyond Budgets or just improve your ability to forecast results, this in-depth
session will show you how to improve your forecasting process. Leveraging off his new book “Future Ready: How
to Master Business Forecasting,” author Steve Player will help you examine your current forecasting process and
identify how you can improve it. Using case examples he will cover the top ten dos and don'ts of implementing rolling
forecasts. He will also provide the key designs principles that will help you develop an effective forecasting process.
Be sure to sign up for this deeper dive into an area that can dramatically improve how finance helps improve your
John L. Daly is a Chelsea, Michigan-based management consultant and educator specializing in
costing, pricing strategy and pricing model development. Through his firm Executive Education, Inc. he
has taught continuing professional education courses since 1995. Earlier in his career, John was Chief
Financial Officer for a Tier 1 automotive parts supplier. He also has been CFO for a large restaurant
chain and COO for a window treatments manufacturer and retailing chain. He is the author of Pricing for
Profitability published by John Wiley & Sons.
Steve Player is founder of The Player Group, a Dallas, Texas-based firm dedicated to helping clients
improve cost and productivity management and the Program Director for the Beyond Budgeting Round
Table in North America. The Player Group manages leading edge best practices research in to advanced
ABM implementations and beyond budgeting applications. Steve has served as a monthly columnist on
cost management for Controller magazine and is the author of Future Ready: How to Master Business
Forecasting published by John Wiley & Sons.
Doug Hicks is founder of D. T. Hicks & Co., a Farmington Hills, Michigan-based consulting firm
specializing in the cost and management accounting needs of small and mid-sized organizations. Doug
has consulted with over two hundred organizations and lectured on management accounting topics
throughout North America for the past twenty-five years. His articles have appeared in periodicals such
as Cost Management, Management Accounting, and Journal of Accountancy and he has authored three
books including Activity-Based Costing: Making it Work at Small and Mid-Sized Businesses published by
John Wiley & Sons.