Mendoza College of Business has done it again.The College pulled off a five-peat, achieving the No. 1 spot for the fifth year in a row in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2014 ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools.“What makes Mendoza unique among business schools is our clearly defined mission to develop leaders who view business as a force for good in society,” Roger D. Huang, the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College, said. “A lot of schools now say they have the same mission.”Emily Hoffmann | The Observer According to a press release from the College, Mendoza’s undergraduate studies program ranked first in student satisfaction, second in academic quality and fourth in employer satisfaction. The College earned “A+” scores for teaching quality, facilities and services and job placement.Huang said Mendoza’s top ranking this year is due to the efforts of many groups, programs and individuals across the entire University.“The undergraduate admissions office recruits students who are passionate about their interests as well as high academic achievers,” Huang said. “The career center works tirelessly to place our students in jobs. The Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to providing students with the kind of experience that is the essence of Notre Dame.”Huang said numerous alumni who help mentor and help students are also to thank.“We describe ourselves as the Notre Dame family, and the ranking is a family achievement,” Huang said.In the midst of the new digital revolution, Huang said the College has evolved to teach students newly important skill sets such as business analytics and social media marketing. In addition, he said, the global marketplace has replaced the domestic marketplace, which has elicited a need to educate students on how to obtain a “big picture” perspective.“At Mendoza, we focus on what I call MAGI – Mission, Academic excellence, Globalization and Innovation. Together, these four areas encompass a lot of new developments, from coursework to international studies opportunities,” Huang said. “We must continually innovate to address the ever-changing business world.”The College plans to continue expanding the MAGI vision, incorporating innovative coursework and expanding global programs to remain a trendsetter in business education, Huang said.“The higher business education landscape is rapidly changing, and we have challenges on all fronts,” he said.Huang said student comments published in Bloomberg’s survey spoke about business ethics, sustainability and corporate social responsibility permeating the classroom.“That’s very inspiring and humbling for a dean to hear,” Huang said.The magazine’s ranking, which was released April 4, looked at a total of 132 U.S. undergraduate business programs. The report was released on Businessweek.com.According to the press release, University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce ranked second and Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ranked third.Bloomberg Businessweek’s undergraduate business school rankings are based on five components: student assessment, academic quality metrics, employer opinion, median starting salary and a “feeder school” score.The Mendoza College of Business, which currently enrolls 1,950 undergraduate students, offers students a choice of five majors: accountancy, finance, marketing, management entrepreneurship, management consulting and IT management.Tags: best undergraduate business school, business, five peat, Mendoza, mendoza college, mendoza college of business, mendoza undergraduate, number one business school
Remaining undefeated early in the regular season, the men’s volleyball team took down Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Long Beach State in straight sets Wednesday at the Galen Center.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0, 5-0 MPSF) maintain their spot atop the conference standings and trail only defending national champions No. 1 Loyola-Chicago in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll.The Trojans took down the No.11 ranked 49ers by a final score of 25-17, 25-18, 25-19, and finished the match swinging just under 35 percent.Senior middle blocker Robert Feathers led the team with eight kills, while redshirt sophomore outside hitter Christopher Orenic added seven kills on the night and senior setter Micah Christenson orchestrated the attack with 27 assists. The team, which has put an emphasis on aggressive serving throughout the season, recorded six aces.Senior Cristian Rivera got the start at opposite in place of junior opposite Josh Kirchner, who had started the last two matches.USC began last weekend with a three-set win at UC San Diego by a score of 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 on Thursday, Jan. 22. The following night, USC pulled out a five-set win at UC Irvine by a score of 28-30, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13.Kirchner led the way against UC San Diego with 12 kills, then also led the team in kills against UC Irvine with 15. Rivera was recovering from a sprained ankle from earlier in the season.Kirchner, who grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, converted to an opposite after playing as a middle blocker most of his career.He started 13 matches as a middle blocker his freshman year in 2013, appeared in only one match last year as a middle blocker, but should factor into the rotation much more at opposite this season.In an interview with the Athletic Department after the UC Irvine win, Christenson said the team’s deep bench is a real strength of the team. He noted Kirchner as well as freshman outside hitter Larry Tuileta as key pieces to the team outside of the usual starting rotation.“We’ve had some injuries,” Christenson said. “Tuileta came in and really swung strongly, and [Kirchner] replacing the injured [Rivera] didn’t miss a beat. It’s really nice knowing we have that team depth. There really is no step down, they can come in and raise the level.”Tuileta recorded six kills off the bench against UC Irvine but did not make an appearance against Long Beach State.Tuileta, a Honolulu native, is also a member of the football team.In head coach Bill Ferguson’s weekly video recap with the Athletic Department, he likened the squad’s depth, resilience and team-oriented style of play to that of the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champions and five-time winners of the NBA title.“They understand the greater concept of team,” he said. “I’d like to think of us, if things are going well, like the San Antonio Spurs where sure everybody in the world knows who Tim Duncan is but by and large, their concept of team and ‘next guy up’ […] is what I think this team can be.”While Rivera is the more experienced of the two at the position, having started at opposite frequently last season, Ferguson referred to the two as a “1a and 1b” at the position.The Trojans will next host Cal State Northridge in another MPSF match on Friday Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.The match will feature the jersey retirements of former USC National Players of the Year Tom Duke (1988) and Bryan Ivie (1990, 1991).