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Survey addresses student interest in recruiting businesses
November 5, 2004

The Associated Students of Washington State University last month co-sponsored a student-administered survey with the Pullman Chamber of Commerce to find out what businesses students would like to see come to town. More than 20 students from Professor Donald Stem’s marketing research course have tabulated the preliminary findings of the survey. With the results, ASWSU and the chamber of commerce hope to quantify student interest in certain businesses. According to Fritz Hughes, director of the chamber of commerce, the results could be used to recruit popular businesses that require a population minimum. “Businesses do very well in Pullman once they get here,” ASWSU President Brea … » More …

Entrepreneur delivers Burtenshaw Lecture
October 1, 2004

“Can you be both a leader and an entrepreneur?” That’s the question to be discussed by Joseph P. Micatrotto, chairman, president and CEO of Micatrotto Ventures, Inc., at the annual Burtenshaw Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Smith CUE 203. A reception will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the CUE atrium, second floor. The public is welcome to both.Micatrotto is a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry and a recognized leader and motivator. He is known for his experience in the rollout of new concepts and management of restaurant expansions. He is co-founder of BUCA, Inc., known for its Buca de Beppo family-style … » More …

Hall of fame to serve as entrance to new institute
October 1, 2004

International pioneers of cutting-edge inventions and breakthrough products will be the focus of Washington State University’s new, interactive Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hall of Fame.“We believe this will be the first center in the world to highlight the accomplishments of these very dynamic and creative people,” said WSU College of Business and Economics Dean Len Jessup.The hall will serve as the entrance to the planned state-of-the-art Pullman learning facility, the Grant Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, named for Gus Grant, co-founder of Sprint and a 1941 WSU alumnus. Grant has been a driving force behind WSU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative, which charges the College of Business … » More …

Scientists find it all in Spokane
October 1, 2004

Excelling in one area would be enough of an accomplishment, but Lisa Shaffer and Bassem Bejjani are excelling in three: basic research, clinical work and a startup company on the side.And the beauty of it is, they are doing it at WSU Spokane. Two years ago they were tenured faculty members at Baylor Medical College in Houston, home of one of the most prestigious and highly-funded genetic research programs in the country. They knew their work environment was top-tier and their research was flourishing. What they didn’t know was whether they could trade up in quality of life issues and still maintain their pioneering research … » More …

Breakfast series dawns with entrepreneur speaker
September 3, 2004

Kerry Killinger, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Washington Mutual, will speak at the inauguration of the Washington State University Power Breakfast series at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the W Seattle Hotel. The series is sponsored by the College of Business and Economics.“I applaud the deep commitment to academic excellence made by both WSU and its business college, and the impact they have on the state’s future business leaders,” said Killinger. The Power Breakfast series was created to inform, inspire and engage prominent business executives and members of the regional business community, said CBE Dean Len Jessup. It will offer fresh … » More …

Business law professor dies
September 3, 2004

Business Law Professor Ray August, 60, died unexpectedly Monday morning in Pullman due to a congenital cardiac event. On the Washington State University faculty since 1980, he was an academic innovator, a renowned researcher and publisher, and an expert on cyber law. His research interests were in the areas of international and comparative law, intellectual property law, and legal history. He was a leader in adopting technology and applying it to his teaching, and created courses featuring animated lectures that students watched on the Internet.August had just celebrated his birthday on Saturday.August received his B.S. in chemistry and master’s in history from New Mexico State … » More …

Diversity in business featured in lecture
September 29, 2003

Gerry Fernandez, founder and president of the MultiCultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), will speak on “The Business Case for Diversity” at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 1 in Todd Auditorium. A reception will precede the lecture at 3 p.m. in the Todd Atrium.MFHA is an educational non-profit organization that promotes the economic benefits of multicultural diversity in the restaurant, foodservice and lodging industry. Under his leadership, MFHA has become the industry’s main source for multicultural information and is considered one of hospitality’s elite organizations. Fernandez conducts lectures, workshops and strategy sessions for some of America’s best-known companies, organizations and brands. An accomplished restaurateur and foodservice professional, … » More …

Four finalists named in search for business, economics dean
April 11, 2002

Four candidates, vying for dean of the College of Business and Economics, have been named finalists. They are:• Kenneth Evans, associate dean and professor of marketing, University of Missouri Columbia.• Ali Malekzadeh, dean/professor of strategic management, Herberger College of Business, St. Cloud State University.• Thomas Gutteridge, dean/professor of management, School of Business Administration, University of Connecticut.• Leonard Jessup, assistant director, School of Accounting, Information Systems and Business Law and professor in MIS, Washington State University.The committee expects to ask two candidates to return to WSU for additional meetings with the larger campus community.