Friday, December 21, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 32 -- The view from my desk

We got a couple of inches of snow today. (Photo by Tim Smith of the MBA office)
It has been really quiet here with the students gone for Winter Break. But even though there's no activity in the classrooms until January, there will be plenty of it in the hallways.

Construction workers on Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center are taking advantage of the decrease in foot traffic to remove those old orange Spanish-style tiles in the hallways as part of the interior renovation. You know the ones -- they make it impossible to quietly roll a cart or a chair past the classrooms.

The goal is to remove the tile from all four floors in the south section of the building before the students return for class Jan. 7, leaving bare, but smooth, concrete.

During the summer months when there are fewer students here, the crew will start installing a terrazzo-type floor similar to what's under your feet when you're standing in Kelley's Hall of Honor.

Outside this week, workers have continued on the steel frame on the Fee Lane side.

I'll be out for a few weeks for break, so it will be fun to see the progress when I get back. Look for the first update of 2013 on Jan 11. Happy holidays, everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 31 -- The view from my desk

The steel for the west side of the Hodge Hall expansion is going up quickly.
My office mates remark on a daily basis how fast the steel frame for the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion is going up. Sometimes it seems like the workers must have worked overnight, the change is so noticeable.

The ducts have arrived!

While still just a grid, really, the frame is a hive of activity during the day, with workers on every floor, welding, placing steel beams, putting down the decking. At lunch time, they all methodically navigate extension ladders from floor to floor.

But there was a small milestone this week -- the first load of ductwork arrived for the south side of the building. This is beginning to get real.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 30 -- The view from my desk

A new section of steel goes up on the west side of the Kelley School undergraduate building.

The view from my desk looks like a giant Erector set this week.

Various pieces of construction material -- from the footings to the rafters -- are lined up along the edge of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center site awaiting placement.

The steel is going up pretty quickly on the Fee Lane side, and there's a ton of it. Several tons, actually.

Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction overseer, stopped by my window today with the construction blueprints, and we pulled out the calculator to do some figuring.

The vertical columns of steel weigh almost 10,000 pounds -- 9,770 to be exact. The deep horizontal beam you see at the top of the photo just left of center is 40 inches tall and weighs 167 pounds per foot, making it almost as heavy at 7,800 pounds. The smaller horizontal beams across the front contribute another 882 pounds apiece.

The blueprints are intricate and precise, and it's a little mind-boggling to think of the number of pieces -- each cut to a particular size and tagged for a certain spot -- that have to be assembled to bring even the frame of the building together.

Thinking about the electrical wiring to come? Mind blown.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 29 -- The view from my desk

The shape of the roofline of the Hodge Hall expansion is now visible. 

Topping out: The steel frame is complete
on the 10th Street side.

The Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion has "topped out" on the 10th Street side.

With the last piece of steel in place on that side of the building, welders have been busy on every level securing the various components of the structure.

The steel frame sections on the Fee Lane side should be going up next week.

The concrete pump truck arrived before Thanksgiving and started pushing cement to the upper floors. Workers spread it over metal grids used to reinforce the floor and then leveled it with a long board called a screed. A power trowel, which kind of looks like a fan that's laid flat on the surface, is used for finishing.

Cement is pumped up to one of the upper floors of the
expansion, where it is spread over a metal grid
used to reinforce the concrete floor.

With all of the work going on outside my window, it's sometimes hard to remember there's work going on inside the undergrad building. The crew has been working on some plumbing for the restrooms, which are being reconfigured. Interior walls are already going up.

Some temporary light poles went up this week as well, to replace the lights that had to be removed during excavation.

The project continues to be on time, and there have been no major setbacks. We've been lucky to have good weather over the last six months. Great to see it taking shape!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

EC3 competion integrates business analytics into economic strategy

The winning team of Rob Jiang, Shirin Baradaran and Jeff Carlson present their solution.

EC3: It's a small name with a big impact.

The annual Economic Consulting Case Competition brings together students from many disciplines across the  campus of Indiana University, including every major at the Kelley School of Business. The event is competitive, with 15 teams of three students each making the cut.

Sponsored by Nielsen, the annual case competition involves economic strategy using data analysis, allows students to apply classroom skills to a specific business situation and provides practical experience in teamwork and presentation.

Students also get to learn more about and network with representatives of Nielsen, the global leader in consumer understanding. And the money isn't bad, either: $1,500 to the winning team, $900 for second place, $600 for third place and $300 for fourth place.

Michael Golodner of M.D.M. Consulting
makes his case.
This year's case revolved around a fictitious product launch in the natural energy drink market. Teams performed data analysis and modeling using a year's worth of actual Nielsen data from the drink industry and a Nielsen evaluation of the new concept. The goal? Recommend an optimal price for the drink and be prepared to defend it.

The teams got the case on a Monday night and had to have their suits pressed and 20-minute presentations ready by the following Friday.

The presentations were judged by faculty from the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, which organizes the competition, and representatives from Nielsen, many of whom are Kelley alums. 

First Place: Beta1Hats -- Shirin Baradaran (senior; BEPP, legal studies), Jeff Carlson (senior; BEPP) and Rob Jiang (senior; BEPP, technology management).

Second Place: Team America -- Caleb Williams (junior; marketing, BEPP), Miles Simmons (junior; economics, political science) and Jared Swihart (senior; economics, mathematics, geology).

Third Place: M.D.M. Consulting -- Michael Golodner (sophomore; BEPP, finance), Matthew Lim (sophomore; BEPP, technology management) and Delgerbat Uvsh (senior; finance, accounting).

Fourth Place: Team Insight -- Kate Lukaszewski (junior; economics, LAMP), John Glennon (junior; economics, political science, LAMP) and Bob Nommensen (junior; economics).

PHOTOS: See more of the case presentations at the Kelley School Facebook page.

VIDEO: Kelley alum Kate Duffy talks about how BEPP prepared her for a job with Nielsen.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kelley Direct degree helps manager deliver after Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy tossed boxcars and caused extensive
damage to ports in New York and New Jersey.

Guest post from Kelley Direct Programs

John Boullie

As the supply planning manager for several production lines that run 24/7 in Windsor Locks, Conn., John Boullie puts his Kelley Direct degree to work on a daily basis.

However, it wasn’t until Hurricane Sandy hit that he came to truly appreciate the skills he gained in the school’s Global Supply Chain Management program.

“We had to shut operations down entirely when the governor of Connecticut closed the highways,” says Boullie. “When we reopened a day and a half later, we had to manually coordinate our just-in-time raw material deliveries with each supplier and look at how the unplanned shutdown would affect our promised ship dates to customers.”

Complicating matters even further was the extensive destruction found in the ports of New York and New Jersey.

“The ports were closed for more than a week with no power and a great backlog of traffic,” he says.

Keeping his plants running and shipments moving in the midst of such chaos was no easy task. To stay on track, Boullie relied on his Kelley Direct education.

“The process-mapping skills I learned in professor (Rhonda) Lummus’ class allowed me and my team to outline and focus on the pieces of the chain that were the most critical and needed the most attention,” Boullie says.  “I even pulled out some of the Excel files we worked on to help me maximize our production output and get the most shipments out in the smallest amount of time.”

Things are getting back to normal now, but Boullie continues to be thankful for his Kelley degree.

“Getting a Global Supply Chain Management degree from Kelley Direct was a great decision for me,” he says. “I’ve applied many of the more unique tools and concepts I learned at Kelley to my work here.”

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 27 -- The view from my desk

Workers are at the ready to guide a beam into place atop the Hodge Hall addition.

The steel frame you see at the end of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center building is the fourth of six sections, which means the frame is more than halfway complete!

While the students are gone next week, workers will do a little work on the inside of the building. The water to the undergraduate building will be shut off on Monday so that they can work on the plumbing in restrooms that are being renovated.

Corrugated metal is used as a base for the floor. Wire grids
will be placed on top before the cement is poured.

On Tuesday, workers will begin pouring cement on the upper floors of the framework on the 10th Street side. Corrugated metal is used as a base for the floor, and wire grids will be placed on top of those before the cement is poured to help lock everything into place.

The cement has to be pumped from the ground level with a special truck, which I'm told is interesting to watch.

Check back on Nov. 30th for the next Hodge Hall update. In the meantime, enjoy your time off, and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Kelley School!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Students rank Kelley No. 1 in faculty, career services, satisfaction

People love rankings. It's great to be able to say the school you go to or the team you follow or the city you live in is No. 1 at something.

Indiana University and Bloomington are no strangers to top rankings. IU is consistently touted as a top-ranked public university, top research school, top grad school. We're among the most-wired universities and the most beautiful campuses. We have a top music school, top journalism school, and yes, a top business school.

Bloomington is consistently ranked high as a best college town, best place to retire, best small city, most bicycle-friendly, healthiest place to live. The list goes on....

Of course, IU has the No. 1 men's basketball team in the country. (Nice to be able to say that again -- go Hoosiers!) And we have one of the top basketball players in the country, Cody Zeller, who happens to be a Kelley student.

This week, the Kelley School's MBA program achieved No. 1 rankings worldwide in faculty, career services and student satisfaction in a Bloomberg Businessweek survey.

No. 1 in the world.

The thing that makes these rankings so awesome is that they're based on student surveys.

The individual rankings are part of a larger story that will be told Thursday afternoon, when Businessweek releases its overall rankings of MBA programs. The student surveys account for 45 percent of the overall score, with corporate recruiter surveys weighing in at another 45 percent, and faculty research making up the final 10 percent.

We'll be thrilled if our overall ranking improves, but at Kelley, it's always been about the students. Our programs are built around personal development and partnerships with professors, Academy directors and career coaches who genuinely want to know our students and help them succeed in the field that's right for them.

We may not have the most well-known name among business schools (for now), and some may think our Midwestern location puts us at a disadvantage -- although our alumni are employed all over the world -- but the Kelley School has long been considered a "hidden gem" among our alumni and recruiters, and our programs have been used as models at other business schools.

The thing that sets Kelley apart -- the Kelley Advantage -- is a highly personalized approach that prepares our graduates with the soft and hard skills to lead, collaborate and get the job done.

And we're good at it. The best.

Just ask our students.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 26 -- The view from my desk

The steel framework for the Hodge Hall expansion reaches the corner, six months into construction.

Every time I looked out my window this week, I've been struck by how large that crane is. It's been here for a few weeks, but now that it has come into view as the framework for the Hodge Hall expansion reaches the corner, I'm impressed on a daily basis.

The wheels on it are taller than a person. When the telescoping boom is extended to its full length, it towers over everything. That it gingerly plucks a steel beam from the ground and dangles it over the site as a worker guides it into place is somewhat amazing to watch.

That's not the only thing that's impressive.

I drove home down 10th Street last night to check the progress on that side, and was in awe of the frame structure. Even though it's still a skeleton, you get the sense of how imposing and noble the undergraduate center will be when completed.

It's definitely going to make a statement, one that a Top 20 business school certainly deserves.

Kelley hosts National Team Selling Competition

Members of the Kelley School team present their sales strategy to the judges. From left, Brandon Tuleja,
Jennifer Messinger, Jordan Rolsky and Jenna Aldo, all seniors.

First Place: University of Washington

The Kelley School was busier than usual recently as our Center for Global Sales Leadership hosted the sixth annual National Team Selling Competition.

Teams from 21 schools filled the halls, breakout rooms and classrooms as they participated in the "Can't Beat the Experience" case competition, sponsored by Altria Group Distribution Company.

Jennifer Whaley, senior account manager with Altria, said the company was excited to sponsor and participate in the competition again.

“We were thrilled to have 21 schools participate and were very impressed by the preparation of the students.  Our goal continues to be to provide the students with a “real world” selling situation,” Whaley said. “The students continue to amaze us with the quality of their sales presentations and their ability to work as a team.”

The schools received the case two weeks in advance, allowing plenty of time for research and collaboration.
Second Place: University of Toledo

This year's case involved developing a sales plan for a fictional GetFit health monitoring system to incorporate into company wellness programs.

After a long day of sales meetings and presentations, students enjoyed networking time and an awards dinner hosted by the Kelley School.

“Our goal of the NTSC is to give sales students the opportunity to take classroom knowledge and experience and apply those skills in a selling situation that is realistic and relevant in today’s market,” said Rosann Spiro, executive director for the Center for Global Sales Leadership.

Third Place: Baylor University

“The NTSC provides a venue for sales students to compete with peers from other schools as well as demonstrate sales skills. We hope everyone found the case challenging and will learn from the team selling approach to sales.”

The University of Washington earned the top spot this year, walking away with bragging rights, individual and school trophies, and a $2,000 prize. Second place and $1,500 went to University of Toledo, and third place and $1,000 went to Baylor University. The Kelley School team of Global Sales Leadership Society members finished just out of the money this year in fourth place.

“The Indiana Team approached this competition as if it were the NCAA basketball finals,” said Kelley School professor Dick Canada. “They prepared, they practiced, they adapted and modified, and they played. And played well, I might add.”

Congratulations to the participants, and thank you to Altria!

Thank you, Altria, for sponsoring the National Team Selling Competition. You can't beat the experience! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 25 -- The view from my desk

Ready for steel: The limestone has been removed and the foundation has been packed with stone.
The crane and aerial lift on the Fee Lane side of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center are gone from the construction site, but not before the workers removed more limestone from the building.

The two vertical sections on the lower part of the building were cleared of stone to make it easier to add wheelchair lifts to tiered classrooms there.

The "floor" of the building is smoothed and ready for conduit before the cement is poured, and more crushed stone was brought in for backfill in various areas of the site.

Exciting to see the crane on the 10th Street side come into view as the steel work progresses.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kelley sweeps top spots in annual competition with Purdue

1st Place: Chris Allen, Di (Esther) Chen, Haley Wolf and Augustin Ruta of Kelley Bloomington

2nd Place: Matt Whitesel, Justin Tran, Kristyn
Crawford and Jay Trewn of Kelley Bloomington 

The Kelley School of Business earned a year's worth of bragging rights when it claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the 14th annual Kelley-Krannert Case Challenge with intrastate rival Purdue.

Kelley and the Krannert School of Management at Purdue send four teams each to the competition, which alternates sites. Based on enrollment, three of Kelley's teams come from IU-Bloomington and the fourth comes from the Kelley Indianapolis campus at IUPUI. This year, the competition was hosted at Bloomington.

The teams examined a Harvard Business School case concerning the LEGO toy company.

3rd Place: Jon Nix, Jim Plew and Ajay Bohra of
Kelley Indy
Kelley teams from the IU-Bloomington campus earned 1st and 2nd places, while the team from Kelley Indy took 3rd place.

Kelley would like to thank our judges: Martha Blood, director of corporate partnerships for the Association of College Unions International and COO of ACUI Procure; Donna Snyder (Kelley-BS'86), vice president and CFO of Hoosier Energy; Fernando Cadena (Kelley-BS'07), associate engagement manager with Elwood Staffing Services; John Rose (IU-MS'78), president and co-owner of Textillery Weavers; Bill Metzger (Kelley-BS'73, MBA'77), national sales manager with ACME Manufacturing; and Karthik Krishnan (Kelley-MBA'10), supply chain planning and purchasing team management with Carlisle Brake & Friction.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 24 -- The view from my desk

An aerial lift and 50-ton crane work in tendem as crew members remove limestone.
Workers in the lift use a saw to
cut through limestone sections.

So much activity going on outside my window this week!

Workers on the lift have finished removing the protruding limestone from the side of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center on the Fee Lane side, while those on the ground have been working on walls and backfilling areas with crushed stone.

An auger drills 65 feet below the
surface for the elevator's
We had another piece of equipment on site this week, too. An auger was brought in to drill a hole for the hydraulic shaft for the elevator. 

The hole had to be equally as deep as the highest point of ascension, which meant they had to drill 65 feet below the surface. It took less than two days. 

On the 10th Street side, steel beams continue to rise, creating the skeleton of the Hodge Hall expansion. 

Crews have been working through the rain and wind and are on schedule. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 23 -- The view from my desk

Up in the air: A 50-ton crane and an aerial lift are used to remove protruding limestone from the
building's facade in order to have a flat surface. On the ground: Workers continue to form the foundation walls.

The steel has arrived, and there has been a buzz of activity on the Hodge Hall construction site this week. Let's look at it by the numbers.

Capstones are removed from atop the undergraduate
building. The top of the 90-ton crane for the steel
 can be seen in the background.
For most of this week, we've had 10 construction vehicles on the site:

  • 1 90-ton crane
  • 1 50-ton crane
  • 1 aerial lift 
  • 2 forklifts
  • 2 bulldozers
  • 1 backhoe
  • 1 Bobcat skid steer
  • 1 cement truck
Add numerous personal trucks, trailers, the site supervisor's golf cart, and all of the people who operate them and who work on the ground, and our little corner of Indiana University at 10th and Fee is as busy as the mezzanine of The Union between classes. 

A sneak peak at what's to come: Site manager Gregg
Rinnert of The Skillman Corporation shared this photo
of the steel beams going up in front of the Kelley School.

About those cranes: The 90-ton crane is hauling huge steel I-beams into place on the 10th Street side, while the 50-ton crane is conveying dismantled limestone from the building's facade. The limestone weighs about 160 pounds per cubic feet -- that's some pretty heavy rock.

The stone has already been removed from the front of the Kelley School, and workers have been removing the capstones from the Fee Lane side this week. Meanwhile, more concrete foundation walls are going up.

The steel beams are going up, too. They're not visible from my desk yet, but the site manager took a photo for us from the 10th Street side. 

Exciting to see so much progress above ground!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Entrepreneurship professor Dean Shepherd awarded honorary doctorate

Kelley professor Dean Shepherd receives his doctoral hat from Jönköping professor Ulla Runesson during the ceremony.
Photographs by Patrik Svedberg, courtesy of Jönköping University.

Honored scholars also received
a diploma and ring.
Kelley School faculty contribute to their fields and the world at large in ways many people don't ever know about. 

For many years, Dean A. Shepherd, professor of entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business, has collaborated with Jönköping University in Sweden, helping to establish its entrepreneurship center, mentoring doctoral students and sharing his research insights.

For his contributions to the success of the university and its students, Jönköping recently presented him with an honorary doctorate.

"It means a great deal when the people who know you well over a long period of time recognize and appreciate your relationship with them," Shepherd said of the honor. "The contribution to the university has meant a great deal to me because I have helped develop entrepreneurship research and entrepreneurship researchers in a different country. It means that my work, and hopefully my contributions, extend beyond the U.S. to a group of people who will continue to make contributions through their entrepreneurship research and the development of the next generation of scholars.

Shepherd, the Randall L. Tobias Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Kelley, is recognized as one of the world's leading entrepreneurship researchers and scholars. His groundbreaking work on entrepreneurial failure is helping to cultivate a culture of innovation in which failure is seen as part of the process in a competitive business climate.

Dean Shepherd
During a weekend celebration of the honored scholars in Sweden, Shepherd discussed that work as part of a series of presentations by the honorary doctorates to more than 250 students and faculty. 

At the formal conferment, the honorees were presented with a doctoral hat, a diploma and a custom ring from the university.

During his introduction, Johan Wiklund, professor of entrepreneurship at Jönköping International Business School, enumerated the contributions Shepherd has made to the school and the field of entrepreneurship:

"First, he has helped foster the next generation of academics by working with our PhD students. He has been adviser, faculty opponent and host to a large number of our PhD students. Second, he has worked in close collaboration with several of our scholars to take their research to the next level, coauthoring several important paper and publishing it in the most prestigious and impactful journals. Third, during his frequent visits to Jönköping he has generously shared his deep knowledge of research with everybody interested by organizing workshops, seminars and courses.

"Apart from being a close friend of Jönköping University assisting in our development, Dean is an outstanding scholar in his own right who has pushed the research frontier forward by his numerous publications and his editorship of our leading entrepreneurship research journal."

Included in Shepherd’s accomplishments are citations for having published some of the most significant articles in the field of entrepreneurship over the past five years, an award from the Academy of Management annual conference recognizing him as a “thought leader” for entrepreneurship research, recognition as an Entrepreneurship Research Exemplar and the 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, and the Academy of Management Mentor Award for the Entrepreneurship Division.  

Idalene Kesner, interim dean of the Kelley School, said Shepherd is a "one-of-a-kind scholar" whose outstanding publishing record is a key reason the Kelley School has been regularly ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurship research. She said the honorary doctorate from Jönköping is a tribute to all that he has achieved.

"We all hold the greatest admiration for Dean. He is the best researcher in the field; he is an outstanding teacher; he is an amazing service contributor to the profession and to his school and university," Kesner said. "He is the academic’s academic – a role model whose contributions leave us humbled by comparison. Furthermore, you would be hard-pressed to find a nicer, more generous colleague.”

Donald F. Kuratkothe Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the Kelley School, agrees.

“Dean is recognized as the world’s leading entrepreneurship research scholar because of the immense impact his work has had on our field," he said. "Our entrepreneurship research team at Indiana University is truly enhanced by his extraordinary talent and research skills. 

"Dean is not only a gifted scholar but also a great friend to all of us here, and we are proud of him," Kuratko continued. "Speaking on behalf of our entire faculty team in entrepreneurship, we extend our heartiest congratulations to Dean on this marvelous honor.”


Read OnTopic: Entrepreneurship and Innovation to find out more about Dean Shepherd's research on entrepreneurial failure and other research by the Kelley School's award-winning entrepreneurship faculty. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 22 -- The view from my desk

That cement mixer couldn't be painted in better colors.
Construction workers have been setting up forms for the foundation walls at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center site this week. The cement is poured inside the forms -- the wall of dark sections in the middle of the photo -- and allowed to hardened, then the forms are removed.

The foundation walls near where the back steps to the expansion will be are visible on the left side of the photo.

Trucks loaded with crushed stone for backfill have been navigating through the site and dumping the stone that is then spread with bulldozers and smoothed out and compacted with a road roller.

Another key change this week is good news for students -- things should be a little quieter during class. While we can't eliminate all of the noise, the construction manager said they are putting away the jackhammer for a quieter saw to cut through stone and concrete.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 21 -- The view from my desk

We're starting to see the outline of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion.

Now that the work with the concrete footings for Hodge Hall has reached the Fee Lane side, we can begin to see the outline of the expansion of the undergraduate building.

Nathan Morrison, construction overseer for the Kelley School of Business, brought the design plans with him this week to help me visualize what is taking shape outside of my window.

The design plans help visualize the addition.
I should clarify that he brought Volume 1 of the design plans, which contained hundreds of pages and was more than an inch thick. The detail is amazing, if not overwhelming. Nathan and I marveled over how people used to do this by hand. Every wire, every light switch, every beam, and every inch of stone is accounted for.

In the main photo, the grouping of concrete walls on the left marks the north side of the expansion. Steps will lead to an entrance there from a small courtyard. The concrete footing just above the IU logo on the fence marks about how far the building will extend toward Fee Lane, minus the addition of the stone exterior.

We should begin to see a lot more activity on this side of the building in the next few weeks. Call me a construction geek, but I have to admit, I'm excited that the steel beams will be arriving soon!

Executive students from India explore analytics, culture in Macedonia

Students from the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow who are participating in a joint-certificate program with the Kelley School of Business studied business analytics with Kelley faculty in Macedonia recently.
About 70 students from Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow recently explored business and culture in Macedonia as part of the Kelley School's Business Analytics certificate program.

The 10-day business analytics symposium was a multi-school, multi-cultural event in partnership with South East European University aimed at educating students about business analytics and equipping them with tools to make business decisions based on data.

The 10-day symposium was intense, but also mixed in
a little culture. The course ended with a case competition.
Students learned how to frame problems analytically, build models to aid decision making, and derive insights from data. Students were also introduced to the concept of managing the data life cycle.

In addition to the academic experience, students gained an understanding of the cultures and customs of Macedonia by interacting with students of SEEU and visiting the cities of Skopje and Tetovo. 

The week included several activities outside of the classroom -- social events, team exercises and visits to local companies -- and ended with a case competition in which students applied the concepts they learned.

Archana Shukla, dean of IIML-Noida, participated in cultural activities and helped judge the case competition. Kelley School faculty who presented during the symposium were M.A. Venkataramanan, Vijay Khatri and Goker Aydin.  Kelley Executive Partners provided support.

The program was coordinated through Kelley's Executive Degree Programs. Richard J. Magjuka is faculty chair of EDP, and Usha Venkataramanan is the director.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 20 -- The view from my desk

The construction site of the undergrad building expansion got a face lift this week.
The Hodge Hall construction site is sporting IU red (Pantone 201 -- now you know) with new fence panels courtesy of the IU Foundation.

The panels are similar to those around the construction sites of the Jacobs School of Music and the new baseball and softball complex at Fee and the Bypass and say "Philanthropy at WORK."

The elevator shaft at the corner of the existing
building continues to grow skyward.
The Kelley School is proud that no tax dollars or tuition funds are being used for the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion. The generous gifts from our wonderful alums -- including James Hodge, for whom the building is now named --  and a grant from the Lilly Foundation will fund the addition as well as the renovation of the existing building.

Donors can be proud that their gifts will create an innovative and collaborative environment for Kelleys in the future. But they should also be proud that their philanthropy is creating jobs and contributing to all of the businesses, vendors and manufacturers that supply the labor, materials and oversight for the construction.

As for ongoing work, crews have been shaping the walls around the elevator shaft, and creating more forms for footings. They've also been doing some heavy but delicate work on the 10th Street side -- more about that when it comes around to our side.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 19 -- The view from my desk

Construction continues under a beautiful fall sky in Bloomington.
I was out of town at a conference last week, so I was eager to see how much the view from my desk changed over the last 10 days.

We have a new "road" on the Hodge Hall construction site to give the cement mixer and other equipment easy access to the footings. There has been some discussion about naming these roads. What do you think? Dean Dan Drive? Herman B Wells Way? Walled Street?

The foundation and sides for the elevator shaft at the corner are in progress and a few more footings are taking shape. There seems to be more material on the site than when I left. Maybe it's just the migration of most of the equipment from the 10th Street side the Fee Lane side.

Word is we'll be getting a little surprise addition to the site soon....

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 18 -- The view from my desk

A little drizzle doesn't slow the addition of backfill to the Hodge Hall site.

The dump truck has been bringing in loads of crushed stone to fill in around the concrete footings at the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction site this week.

The stone is smoothed out using a vibrating plate compactor -- the small orange machine the worker is using in the photo. He pushes it forward and pulls it back at a pace a little slower than mowing the lawn.

The crushed stone (Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction overseer, cautioned me not to call it "gravel") will create a level surface for the concrete slab that will become the foundation for the Hodge Hall expansion.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 17 -- The view from my desk

Workers with Gibraltar Construction continue to create footings
and tie rebar together for reinforcement grids. 

The storm we had this week slowed construction on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center for about half a day or so -- it's not easy to pour cement in the rain.

The footings are well within the view from my desk now, as the construction workers have made it to the corner of the bulding. You can see cement mixer pouring cement into the form just past the giant hole where the elevator will go.

With more rain in the forecast, the depressions on the site that have filled with water likely will have to be pumped out before the footings can take shape on the Fee Lane side.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 16 -- The view from my desk

A lot of activity this week around the corner. 

They're called "rod busters."

The workers who tie rebar together to make grids that are used to reinforce concrete are skilled and practiced in the art.

Tagged rebar.
It's a lot more detailed than it looks. Each steel rebar, short for reinforcing bar, is cut to fit a specific spot on a blueprint for the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion. Some have been shaped with a curve at the mill, which has tagged each bundle of rebar with its size and where it goes in the grand scheme of things.

The rod busters have built a few more grids and cages this week, fastening the rebar together with wire, while the cement truck has been busy churning out the gray glue that holds everything together. They've completed several footings, the last of which just makes it into the view from my window.

As they finish the footings, they bring in "backfill" of crushed stone to fill in the rest of the space. (They took all of that rock out, and now they're bringing more in....) The stone reaches almost to the top of the footings. It will be tamped down to make a hard, firm base for the concrete floor.

But there are a lot more rods to bust before then.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 15 -- The view from my desk

Workers tie rebar into grids to be used for the footings that will anchor steel beams for Hodge Hall.

Workers for Gibraltar Construction are making their way around the outside of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center, beginning on the 10th Street side, making rebar grids and pouring cement into them to create reinforced concrete footings.

The footings will anchor steel beams that will create the framework for the Hodge Hall expansion. I've seen the cement truck go back and forth many times, but haven't gotten to see its handiwork yet. Hoping they'll round the corner next week so we can see a little more action.

This part of the job should move pretty fast. The concrete work is expected to be finished by Sept. 21.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 14 -- The view from my desk

Holes where footings will go for the Hodge Hall expansion are filled with rain from the much-needed storm we had Thursday night. A worker sets up surveying equipment on the 10th Street side of the site.

The second phase of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion was delayed a little this week because of some paperwork, but the crew from Gibraltar Construction was on site today looking at the lay of the land.

Gibraltar will be pouring the cement for the concrete footings that will hold the steel beams. The concrete work is expected to take place through Sept. 21. We'll start seeing steel arrive in mid-September.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 13 -- The view from my desk

Ready to build.
The jackhammer has stopped hammering and the shovel has stopped shoveling. Phase I of the construction of Hodge Hall is now complete.

All of the crew and heavy equipment that have been hard at work all summer preparing the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center site wrapped up their work a little ahead of schedule this week, leaving us with a calm before the storm of students return for orientation next week.

The lack of construction noise has been eerie almost, we've grown so accustomed to it. Now when we look out on the empty site, it seems to hold such promise -- you can almost imagine the steel beams reaching skyward, forming the skeleton of the addition. 

The second phase, which will begin next week, will include pouring the cement for the footings and mapping out the foundation of the building. I think we'll be seeing a lot of rebar soon.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hodge Hall: Week 12 -- The view from my desk

Buck Reed breaks up more rock to make sure there's enough room to pour the steps to the Hodge Hall addition.

Well, we thought it was over. All of the holes had been made for the Hodge Hall expansion footings, and we were hoping that would be the last we'd hear of the jackhammer for a while.

But there's Buck Reed, breaking up some rock near the bridge that joins the undergrad building to the Godfrey Center across Fee Lane. We're thinking about changing our name from the School of Business to the School of Rock.

They wanted to be sure there is enough room to pour the steps that will lead up to Hodge Hall's Fee Lane entrance, so they've been busting through quite a bit of rock today.

Nathan Morrison, Kelley's construction overseer, tells me the work inside the building is going well. They've finished removing the windows and replacing them with concrete blocks on the first, third and fourth floors on both sides of the building.

The second floor will be a little more tricky. The limestone frames around the skinny windows actually protrude from the building, so they will have to be removed to create a smoother connecting wall.

The problem is, they also protrude into the classrooms on the inside. They may be working on those windows through November. A lot of the work will be done after hours so that classes won't be disturbed.

I'll be interested to hear what the students think of the progress as they return!