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Release: May 10, 2001

Tippie School of Management honors students, faculty

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Tippie School of Management recently honored its students and faculty at the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Spring Honors Banquet held April 13.

Donald Schmidt, a first-year MBA student from Clarksburg, W.Va. and president of the UI MBA Association, received the $5,000 Kiplinger Award. The award is given to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and potential for leadership by the Kiplinger Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation. It was established by W.M. Kiplinger, a business and economics journalist who founded the Kiplinger Letter, a weekly business forecasting publication, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

The IMPACT Award went to Patrick Carruthers, a second-year MBA student and past president of the MBA Association. He will graduate with an MBA concentration in general management. This award recognizes graduating students who display the characteristics of IMPACT (involvement, motivation, professionalism, achievement, challenge and teamwork), the core values of the Tippie MBA program.

Matt Billett, associate professor of finance, received the MBA Core Faculty Member of the Year award and Baba Shiv, assistant professor of marketing, received the MBA Elective Faculty Member of the Year, as selected by the MBA students. The Tippie School of Management Staff Member of the Year award was given to Jeff Emrich, director of MBA Student Services.

At another presentation in April, the UI Office of Student Life honored the MBA Association with the Hawkeye Award, as the graduate-level UI Organization of the Year. It was recognized for having a direct impact on the lives of students and the community as a whole.

UI Small Business Development Center offers E-Business Workshop

IOWA CITY, Iowa --The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Iowa is sponsoring a workshop May 23 focusing on advanced e-business training.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 at the Radisson Hotel, 2525 N. Dodge St. in Iowa City. The program is sponsored by the SBDC in conjunction with the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership (IMEP), Software and Information Technology of Iowa (SITI), and Qwest.

The e-business training program includes seminars, online resources and one-on-one mentoring. The workshops will also cover more advanced topics and provide small businesses with customized content and resources.

The Iowa City workshop is one of four similar programs being held across the state in May. Lars Peterson, associate state director of the SBDC network, said the workshops will be centered on audits of attendee Web sites.

In addition, Peterson said attendees will learn to build customer relationships through effective e-mail strategies, protect their business from hackers and other security breaches, develop an effective Internet marketing strategy, utilize Internet tools and resources to achieve business goals, and choose and work effectively with Web development partners.

"Because each workshop will focus on attendee Web sites and strategies, participants will learn from real-world examples," Peterson said. "And those examples will be from other small businesses -- their peers."

The workshop fee is $69 in advance or $99 at the door, which includes lunch and refreshments. To register or for more information, contact Paula McMartin at the UI SBDC, (319) 335-3742 or email

MacBride Raptor Center celebrates migratory bird day

The MacBride Raptor Center will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MacBride Nature Recreation Area located off County Road F28, one mile north of Mehaffey Bridge Road.

Activities include a discussion about neotropical migrant birds at 8:30 a.m., a "warbler" bird walk hosted by the Iowa City Bird Club at 9:30 a.m., presentations about Iowa birds of prey at 10:30 a.m. and noon, and a presentation about osprey at 11:30 a.m. Activities for children are also scheduled.

The MacBride Raptor Project, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College, helps rehabilitate sick and injured birds, conducts educational programs for the public, and does field research of Iowa's native raptors.

For further information, call the Center at (319) 398-5495.