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SMG's Executive MBA program makes top 25 worldwide
The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at BU's School of Management
has been named by Business Week as one of the top 25 executive MBA programs
worldwide. Ranked 22nd, SMG is the only business school in New England
listed among the world's best. The school also placed sixth internationally
in the leadership category and seventh under teamwork in the Best of the
Bunch portion of the rankings.
"Some of the largest international corporations, including United
Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Verizon, and Genzyme, send their executives
to Boston University because of the excellence of our professors and the
relevance of our curriculum," says Louis Lataif, an SMG professor
and the school's dean. "We are pleased that Business Week's survey
recognizes the excellence of our program, which has grown by 25 percent
over the last five years."
Business Week gauged the satisfaction of EMBA students by using a customer-focused
research methodology. For this ranking, 50 percent of the overall score
of a program came from a survey of over 3,000 students from 82 business
schools. A poll of EMBA directors at those schools made up the balance
of the score.
The EMBA program at SMG was founded in 1988. Unlike most traditional MBA
programs, which teach classes by subject matter, such as economics or
statistics, the SMG program centers on business cases, where professors
with different academic disciplines analyze each case from a variety of
perspectives. For more information about the program, visit http://management.bu.edu/emba.
LAW prof named mediator in Microsoft antitrust case
Eric Green, a LAW professor and a specialist in resolving disputes
out of court, has been named as the mediator in the Microsoft antitrust
case. The order from Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly was issued late on Friday,
October 12, and received by the parties in the case on Saturday. Her order
came after Microsoft, the Justice Department, and the 18 states that have
joined the suit failed to reach a settlement on their own by the October
12 deadline the judge had set.
Green is a recognized expert in a branch of the law known as alternative
dispute resolution, or finding ways to settle legal conflicts outside
the courtroom. He is the founder of two Boston alternative dispute resolution
firms, JAMS/Endispute Inc. and Resolutions LLC, and has served as a court-appointed
special master in asbestos injury cases.
"He is a prominent figure in alternative dispute resolution, he's
a very smart guy, and his skills are as a mediator rather than in antitrust,"
says Stephen Houck, a former lead counsel for the state of New York in
the Microsoft case and a classmate of Green's at Harvard Law School.
Green faces a huge challenge. Three previous rounds of settlement talks
have ended with no agreement. Microsoft, the Justice Department, and the
states now have until November 2 to reach an out-of-court settlement.
If they do not, Kollar-Kotelly will preside over hearings next spring
to determine what remedies to order in the case.
House tour to benefit
The third annual Brookline Chorus fundraising event, Shingles
and Shade Trees, opens several historic homes -- including those of some
BU officials -- in the Cottage Farm area of Brookline to public viewing
on Sunday, October 21, from noon to 5 p.m. The chorus music director is
Scott Allen Jarett, a doctoral student in choral conducting at SFA and
the University organist and choirmaster ad interim at Marsh Chapel.
Roger Reed, preservation planner for Brookline's Department of Planning
and Community Development, describes Cottage Farm as "one of the
earliest planned residential suburbs in the Boston area. From its inception
in 1850, it served as a verdant residential retreat for Boston businessmen
and their families seeking a quiet suburban enclave in close proximity
to the city."
Today Cottage Farm retains much of its original charm despite being steps
away from the traffic and bustle of Brookline's busiest thoroughfares.
The area is bordered by Commonwealth Avenue on the north, Beacon Street
on the south, and St. Mary's and St. Paul's Streets from east to west.
While earlier homes are Gothic Revival and Mansard designs, later residences
have a variety of styles, including Colonial and Georgian Revival, Queen
Anne, Shingle Style, and Arts and Crafts.
House tour tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. Advance
purchase tickets are available at Brookline Booksmith or by calling 617-277-1027.
Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be available at the starting
point for the tour: New England Hebrew Academy, 9 Essex St., Brookline.
For more information, visit www.brooklinechorus.org.
Comedy night to benefit relief efforts
Local comedian Mike Dunphy (MET'02) will host Humor for Humanity, a night
of comedy, on Friday, October 19, at the Morse Auditorium at 620 Commonwealth
Ave. at 7 p.m. to benefit the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief
Fund and the American Red Cross Mass Bay Chapter.
Dunphy, with a cousin among the thousands missing after the terrorist
attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, organized the night
of comic relief. "I'm not saying laughter is always the best medicine,"
says Dunphy, "but maybe it can help." Humor for Humanity will
feature Tony V in a special guest appearance and the New England Patriots
cheerleaders as greeters.
More than 700 people are expected to attend, and seats are on a first-come,
first-served basis. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 with student ID.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by the BU Student