Archive | April, 2013

Submission by Hannah Janssen!

29 Apr

Hey there fellow Doermer Dons!

My name is Hannah Janssen, and I am a sophomore studying accounting. I’m actually writing this from Whitewater, Wisconsin thanks to the National Student Exchange!

Now, I know all of you business students have heard about NSE; they make presentations in the J100 classes and there are signs are all over campus. But I am writing this blog to give you my personal testimony about what an exchange can do for a business student.

A couple of things about signing up for your exchange: choose schools that have the AACSB accreditation (not membership, two different things), and make sure you know how much your housing will cost.

Like I said, I’m in Whitewater, Wisconsin, at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Oh, you never heard of it? Well, neither had I. Until I found out it was well-known for its accounting area and it’s the closest Wisconsin school to Fort Wayne. The school itself actually isn’t that big; enrollment is a little less than IPFW’s. If you can, I highly suggest visiting your school once you know where you are going. Whitewater is a pretty small town, but once I found out it had a Wal-Mart in walking distance (I wasn’t going to have a car), I was fine.

I only signed up to spend a semester here, but honestly, I could’ve stayed a year. I love my exchange. I get along with all of my roommates (I have 3), and I’ve actually made friends in my short time here. It’s like they say at every college, you have to get involved.  Seriously, getting involved in groups, especially on your exchange, is the best thing you can do for yourself, particularly when you’re a business student. I joined a group called IMA (Institute of Management Accountants), and today, I’m going to a Brewer’s game; last week, I found an internship I’m really interested in, and if I get it, they will pay for my housing and transportation! The opportunities I’ve had here are endless; all I had to do was put in effort and participate in meetings.  Also, thanks to technology like Skype, I can still participate in my group at IPFW too. I’m in Delta Sigma Pi, and I just got elected VP of Community Service for next year!

Going on this exchange was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far in college. I made new friends, and some new contacts for networking, and I got to do things I could have never done at IPFW (scuba diving!) I highly recommend an exchange to all business students, especially those who know where they want to go after college. It’s truly an experience you’ll never forget.

Want to know more about NSE?  – National Student Exchange

Lugar Academy Washington

29 Apr

Lugar-Washington-SemesterThe Lugar Academy Washington Semester program, which begins this fall, is available to any college or university student. The Lugar Academy semester offers a four-credit classroom experience and a twelve-credit integrated D.C. experience. Internships will allow students to gain professional experience (internship examples are Congresswoman Susan Brooks Office, the British American Security Council, and Senator Coat’s Office) and a unique opportunity to benefit firsthand from Senator Lugar’s experiences and insights as he is the longest-serving senator in Indiana history.

Students will live in Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH).

The Summer academy deadline has passed, but there is still time to apply for the fall academy.

To find out more or fill out an application, please visit

Internship Oppourtunity!

29 Apr

Mishawaka-based company is seeking a business major for a summer intern position as a technical writer.

Duties include:

  • Rewrite all technical documents including user manuals, specification sheets, white papers, and test plans to use the same uniform look and format.
  • Display high proficiency in writing including: creativity, grammar and spelling.
  • Ability to use required applications including: Microsoft Office, Adobe Products.
  • Must be able to display adequate graphics, design, and layout skills.
  • Ability to quickly grasp new ideas and concepts.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus but not required.

To apply:  contact Paula Reed in Neff 337, 481-6919 or [email protected]

Looking for an Internship?

24 Apr

coopCo-op which is short for cooperative education gives you the opportunity to explore how classroom theory relates to actual employment opportunities, while you remain an IPFW student.

You receive a competitive wage and earn academic credit while working two or more semesters with an employer from the Greater Fort Wayne area or you can go to another state.

For more information Click Here!

Want to Contribute to the Blog?

19 Apr

The students of the Doermer School of Business are the most qualified to share their experience at IPFW. We welcome you to submit potential Blog entries for students, faculty and visitors to the Doermer School of Business Blog to read. We encourage students at every level to participate! To submit an entry, send an email to [email protected] that includes your name, class standing and major, and Microsoft Word attachment.

Submissions must meet the following guidelines:

  • 300-500 words in length
  • Discuss some aspect of your experience as a student in the IPFW Doermer School of Business
    Identify a relevant article and write a reflection about how the information is relevant or important for business majors
  • Must be grammatically correct and well-written
  • Must be original and may not have been published elsewhere online already.  All submissions will be verified for originality.
  • Must not include marketing-related links and must not be self-promotional.

All submissions will be reviewed by Doermer School of Business staff for approval. If approved, your submission will then be posted on the blog. There is no guarantee we will use your submission, but if we do, you will be notified via e-mail.  Having an article published is worth 50 Passport to Success points.

Please note that the Doermer School of Business reserves the right to edit all submissions.  The Doermer School of Business is not obligated to post submitted material.  If in our professional opinion, the submission is not appropriate, negative, hurtful or is poorly written, the post will not appear on the Blog.  If you use anyone’s name in your post, please use only the first name.

IPFW Students Get First-Hand Experience in International Marketing

18 Apr

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—For some college students, spring break means a week of soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, with all thoughts of classes, studying, and final exams banished from their minds. For a group of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) business students, sun and sand were part of their spring break landscape, but business was definitely on their minds.

Fifteen students in the D490 Special Study in International Business class and three faculty members spent 13 days on a study tour of Morocco. They returned with transformed perspectives and a mass of market research data for their two northeast Indiana client companies, Annie Oakley Perfumery of Ligonier and OFabz Swimwear of Churubusco.
The students spent the first days of the trip working with Moroccan marketing research students at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI). They tested and refined surveys and focus group plans that were used to collect data in Casablanca later in the trip. In addition to hearing lectures by experts in Moroccan economics and commercial law, the students enjoyed traditional Moroccan cuisine and were welcomed by “haydouss,” a musical performance by men moving shoulder to shoulder to the rhythm of a bendir or frame drum. Other highlights of the group’s trip to the Middle Atlas Mountains were visits to the monkeys of Azrou, the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis; the village of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun where King Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam; and to the English Highway School in Meknes.
Assisted by their IPFW instructor Ahmed Rachdi, AUI instructors Abdelhamid Benanni and Samir Aguenaou, and IPFW faculty members Kathy Pollock and Myeong Hwan Kim, students surveyed Moroccan consumers outside the gigantic, aquarium-equipped state-of-the-art Morocco Mall in Casablanca. The group was also welcomed by Procter and Gamble, Coca Cola, the Regional Moroccan Investment Center, and the American Chamber of Commerce.
In their sightseeing ventures, the students saw the palace of the current King of Morocco, Mohammed VI; explored the ruins of Chellah, an old Phoenician city; marveled at the architecture of the Hassan II Tower and the shimmering interior of the Mohamed V Mausoleum; and bargained for unique souvenirs in the medina, a traditional market.
Christopher Bach, one of the D490 students, said about the trip, “…Morocco is an amazing country filled with people that did nothing but make me want to return. Everywhere we went, we were treated as family. Without this D490 experience, I think each of us would be leaving IPFW missing an incredibly important aspect of what the business world has to offer. In this age of globalization and diversity, it is more crucial than ever to broaden our education to include practical, multi-cultural experiences.”
The annual trip is funded by Bill Lawson, prominent Fort Wayne businessman and former owner of Franklin Electric.
For more information, contact Rachdi at 260-481-0116 or [email protected], or Pollock at 260-481-5751 or [email protected].

Internship Opportunity!

18 Apr
SycamoreHills_5_L-e1358532302534PAID INTERNSHIP – Marketing & Ticketing Assistant for the Western Golf Association / Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club
RESPONSIBILITIES: The primary roles of the Marketing & Tickets Assistant are listed below. Other responsibilities will develop through the course of this internship as needed.
Marketing: • Assist with execution of advertising plan including development of creative elements as needed • Collect, review, and submit all ads for the Championship Program • Organize and submit signage list for all on-course advertisements and hole signs • Assist with fulfillment of marketing partners trade packages • Communicate with all expo village vendors and manage pre and post tournament delivery schedules • Serve as liaison to Sycamore Hills neighborhood residents, managing ticket and parking pass distribution • Assist Dittoe PR with Media Day preparation, set-up and tear down
Tickets: • Manage the championship ticketing system – Ticket Tapp – processing phone orders and managing data • Inventory and organize printed tickets • Provide customer service to those inquiring about tickets or spectator information • Prepare credential boards and admissions policy documents for Championship Week • Serve as liaison to Admissions volunteers and supervise training • Manage the Tickets & Will Call office throughout Championship Week • Supervise all front gate operations including security and expo village
Promotions: • Assist with management of off-site promotions (speaking engagements, sporting events, community events) • Assist development and distribution of promotional materials.
REQUIREMENTS: • Excellent people skills are a must • Self motivated team player • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Comfort with public speaking • Computer skills are mandatory (PowerPoint, Word, Excel and website management) • Bachelor’s degree (complete or to be completed by June 2013)
APPLICATION: Send cover letter & résumé to Sally White at [email protected] / Refer to JobZone posting on IPFW Career Services website for more information –

Congratulations IPFW Students!

15 Apr

P1010673The DSB Enactus (formerly SIFE) students won the regional competition in Chicago last week.  They will now compete in the nationals to take place in Kansas City in May.

A big thanks to the students for their hard work.  Also, want to acknowledge the superb mentoring  by their advisor Nan Suntornpithug.  Without her dedication and leadership this would not have been possible.


Other good news!!!  Nicholas Lawrence, our Business student who works with Nan Suntornpithug on his independent study, won the

People’s Choice award at the IPFW Research Symposium. Way to go… Doermer School of Business!!

National Professional Business Organizations

10 Apr
ipfwDid you know most national professional business organizations offer student memberships?   For a very small cost you can get the inside scoop on the latest news in your field and possibly leads on career positions.  A great way to begin networking as a student and it looks great on your resume too!
It’s also worth Passport Points – 30 points per organization up to  max of 90.  Here is just a partial list of organizations you might want to investigate and their student rates:
Your professors may know of other professional organizations.  Talk with them about which ones they think are most beneficial.

Passport Point Opportunities Coming Up!

3 Apr

April 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm      Job Fair Prep Session      KT 109 – 40 points

April 9, 3:00 – 4:00    STEPS Ipad workshop    KT G20A – 10 points

April 9, 12:00 – 1:15    Countdown to Finals    Walb Student Union – 40 points

April 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm    Job Fair Prep Session    KT 109 – 40 points

April 10, 4:00 – 5:00    STEPS APA & MLA workshop    KT G20A – 10 points

April 10, 12:00 – 1:15    Suicide Prevention: A Cry for Help    Walb Student Union – 40 points

April 11,  1:30 – 2:30    STEPS Excel workshop    KT G20A – 10 points

April 11, 12:30 – 4:30    NICE Job Fair    Walb International Ballroom – 40 points


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