Welcome from Dean Myron Roomkin
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the first issue of Weatherheadlines, a monthly e-newsletter featuring articles and information about the exciting happenings at the Weatherhead School. This publication is being sent to almost 25,000 constituents in the Weatherhead community, including alumni, current and perspective students, and Executive Education clients and participants. It’s a great way for our School to kick off the 2005-06 academic year. Special thanks to FirstEnergy for being our inaugural Featured Employer. If your company is interested in being a Featured Employer in upcoming Weatherheadlines, please contact the Office of Career Services at 216-368-3662.
The fall is always an exciting time for educational institutions. At Weatherhead, after a relatively quiet summer, the Peter B. Lewis Building, Dively Center and Wolstein Hall have come alive again with student, faculty and staff activity. It's a good feeling to greet returning students eager to talk about what they learned during their summer internship experiences and to meet new students openly discussing what they hope to achieve in their upcoming years at Weatherhead.
As we begin the new academic year together, our thoughts are also with the Tulane community that has been severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. Not only do we support the efforts of Scott Cowen, Tulane’s president and past Weatherhead School Dean, but we have also accepted several Tulane business school students and a Finance faculty member into our community until they can return to New Orleans. We will continue to find ways where we might offer assistance to this tumultuous and sad situation.
Other news of note includes the following:
- Program Highlights
- The 2006 Accelerated MBA program has increased 100% over last year, from 17 to 34 students.
- The Executive Doctorate of Management program launched its academic year with 31 students -- the largest class ever and a 50 % increase over last year. The program also hosted 52 of 86 total alumni for a 10-year celebration of the start of the program – remarkable when considering Hurricane Katrina prevented 3 people from attending and many EDM alumni have heavy travel schedules or reside overseas. Graduates and current students came from as far away as Hawaii, California, and Washington, as well as many places on the east coast.
- The first class of the re-structured Executive MBA Program has 33 highly qualified students who will be experiencing a new modular approach to education that combines classroom time with distance learning.
- The first Weatherhead Masters of Science in Management (MSM) class has 14 students, a great beginning for a new program. This program is for students who have graduated with a non-business bachelor's degree.
- Increase in Job Offers: 84% of our Class of 2005 MBA students have received job offers, up 6% over last year at this time, and this past summer, 97% of our first year students received internship offers. Employers hiring Weatherhead students include Dell, Deloitte Consulting, General Electric, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company.
- New Finance Professors: Christa H.S. Bouwman, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Business School, and Leonardo Madureira, a recent graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, have joined our Banking & Finance faculty.
- New Grant: The Cleveland Foundation has given Weatherhead a grant of $350,000 to support the School's efforts in globalization. The goal is to make Weatherhead one of the institutions in this region that points the way to economic development through greater participation in the global economy and international issues of relevance to business. Read more.
- Weatherhead Faculty and SAGES: The Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) is a bold new model for undergraduate education, connecting our newest students with Case's faculty and culture in a series of small, interdisciplinary seminars. Six Weatherhead faculty members are deeply involved in this new program.
- New Graduate Student Lounge: Room 203 at the Peter B. Lewis Building has been converted to a new place for graduate students to socialize, network and have fun! The space includes a big screen TV and pool table.
It has been an exciting, challenging and I must add successful first year for me as Dean of the Weatherhead School. I could not have done it without an outstanding faculty, staff and student community. However, beyond that we are truly indebted to those of you who are friends and colleagues in the Cleveland area and around the world. I look forward to a great future for the Weatherhead School and believe that we are on the road to continued success. We’ll keep in touch with you about what we’re doing here, and would be honored if, when you are in Cleveland, you would drop by and say hello.
With warm regards,