David Nicklaus and James Gallagher, reporters and business columnists at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recorded their weekly debate, called The Bottom Line, in Olin’s new Atrium on Wednesday. The feature is posted on the newspaper’s website each Friday.

This week’s topic: Can the stock market stay strong? Dave and Jim talk about the recent record-setting stock market and question if it is rooted in reality, a sign that investors have confidence that the economy is strong and going to continue to improve, or just complacency?

Stay tuned: Dave and Jim will be back next week with another video shot on campus.



The deadline for applications for the Taylor Community Consulting Program is June 12 at noon. A total of nine Taylor Community Consulting Program (TCCP) projects are available this summer. The projects span a wide variety of organizations in the non-profit community.

The consulting projects are managed by the Center for Experiential Learning. Detailed descriptions of the projects and organizations are available on the CEL website. Consulting teams will be announced by June 17.


  1. Lutheran Family and Children’s Services: Market Research
  2. Great Circle: Market Research
  3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis: Operational Assessement
  4. Senior Services Plus: Market Research
  5. Sweet Success: Market Research
  6. Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital: Strategic Plan
  7. Saint Louis Crisis Nursery: Market Research
  8. North Grand Neighborhood Services: Financial Assessment
  9. Veterans Business Resource Center: Strategic Plan


Students who are interested in applying for the program should submit their applications through the CEL Website.

  • Click on Students – Apply Here
  • Fill in the “Student Applying for Taylor” and then click “Continue”
  • Check the box for each project of interest
  • Rank order your selected projects, with “1” being your preferred project, “2” your second preference, etc.  You do not need to rank every project, and you will only be considered for projects that you rank.  You may apply for projects even if you have not yet registered for the class (MGT 520).

TCCP consulting teams consist of 2 – 4 students; you may apply as an individual or as a team.  If you apply as a team, please list the other members on your application, but know that each team member must also apply.   In addition, know that even if you have already registered for the course, you must still apply for your projects of interest.

Participants in the TCCP are expected to dedicate approximately eight to ten hours per week to their project during Summer B, and will receive 1.5 credit hours for this course.  Each team is required to make a final presentation, with final presentations tentatively slated for the evenings of August 12, 13 or 14 from 4:00-9:30PM.

Students who participate in the program should plan on attending the mandatory Taylor Course Introduction on Thursday, June 19 in Classroom 104 in Simon Hall at 5:30-6:15PM.


Anton Gimmel, MBA’14, is Ed Domain’s guest on Techli TV this week. He talks about his MBA experience, his travels with Olin to Israel and Budapest, and his new job as an associate at RiverVest Venture Partners in St. Louis. As a newly-minted alumnus, Anton is a great ambassador for Olin and he’s very bullish on St. Louis as a thriving startup hub. When asked to compose a tweet about his MBA experience, Anton said, “WUSTL has one of the best MBA programs in the country # it’s all about the people you meet.”

Thanks, Anton. We love you, too!



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Harnessing the power of big data is a must-have skill for today’s tech-driven marketplace. In response to the growing need for anayltics-savvy managers, Olin is launching a new Master of Science in Customer Analytics degree program in partnership with IBM.  The graduate program is designed to arm managers with the technical and strategic tools for 21st century business.

“The MSCA program will train students to become analytics-driven business managers,” said Seethu Seetharaman, PhD, the Patrick W. McGinnis Professor of Marketing and director of the program. “Graduates will be well equipped to successfully participate in the emerging business era of big data. The program is ideal for applicants whose undergraduate training is in a technical field who want to build on their abilities and develop the skills to manage strategic business issues using advanced analytical methods.”

From the IBM Academic Initiative site.

From the IBM Academic Initiative site.

Olin’s partnership with IBM is through the company’s Academic Initiative, which includes a large network of IBM and higher education professionals to help advance curriculum in areas including Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing, Security and Social Business.

Students will benefit from the collaboration with IBM on special projects and learning to use IBM software to conduct analysis. Washington University computer science and political science professors will also participate in the program along with a schedule of guest speakers from the business community.

“Our graduates will be able to seek job opportunities with any organization that has embraced the value of big data, including companies marketing the world’s most respected and recognizable brands,” Seetharaman said. “Additional opportunities exist at consultant companies with a heavy reliance on customer analytics. Organizations across the board will be searching for applicants trained in social media analytics.”

The MSCA program holds a STEM designation. A STEM program is one that is based in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math. Under regulations established by the Department of Homeland Security, international students in this program are eligible to apply for a 2-month off campus work experience called Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students that graduate from a STEM degree can apply for a 17-month extension of OPT.

The program can be completed in a 10 or 18-month format, including foundations coursework in August. Rolling admissions is in effect for domestic students. Due to visa processing time, the international student application deadline is now closed.  Prospective students should visit the website or contact Nikki Lemley, Associate Director of Specialized Masters Programs Admissions, via email

Image: Façade study for IBM Manufacturing and Administrative Center, Rochester, Minnesota, 1956-58. Published in: Eero Saarinen: buildings from the Balthazar Korab archive / edited by David G. De Long and C. Ford Peatross, 2008. Library of Congress.

This summer, Skandalaris Center student interns will again host Summer Friday panel discussions on topics related to starting, building, and sustaining new ventures. This week’s topic is “Sports Entrepreneurship” and will include the following panelists:

  • Carla Rose, Kansas City Sluggers, a traveling showcase baseball organization for 15-18 year old young men
  • Stephane McCormick, Backyard Lifeguards, a full-service aquatic safety company serving private pools and their owner families, and water-based sporting events
  • Khalia Collier, St. Louis Surge, a semi-professional woman’s basketball team that entertains spectators and provides players the opportunity to meet with recruiters and scouts

Carla and Stephane are both hosting Skandalaris interns this summer.  The interns hosting the discussion are Daniel Feinberg, a junior in Arts & Sciences interning at Intact Genomics; Kristine Yang, a junior in Olin Business School interning at VelociData, Inc.; and Samuel Jong, a sophomore at Olin interning at Gorilla 76 .

Join us for the panel discussion and the opportunity to ask for help on your idea or project, then we will host a reception for all to connect and help each other. We will offer FREE PARKING for our Summer Fridays, but registration is required at so we can send you directions and a parking pass.  Unlike previous summers, our Friday discussions will NOT be in Simon Hall which is undergoing renovation this summer, so please register to find details of the location and to receive a parking pass.

Next up on June 13:  Educational Entrepreneurship. See the full schedule of Summer Friday topics at

Also please save the date for our Summer IdeaBounce® scheduled for Thursday, July 17.  The deadline to post your idea to be invited to pitch at that event is Monday, July 14.

Image: WUSTL Women’s Soccer Team, Bear Sports

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