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Olin MBA alumnus, Steven Cash Nickerson, JD, president and CFO of PDS Tech Inc. of Irving, Texas, was elected as a new Ethan A.H. Shepley Trustee for a four-year term ending in December 2018 by the Washington University in St. Louis Board of Trustees on Dec. 5.

Nickerson (JD ’85, MBA ’93) has led PDS Tech Inc. for 11 years. PDS Tech is one of the largest engineering and IT staffing firms in the United States, employing more than 10,000 people annually.

During his 30-year career, he has held a variety of legal and executive positions, including serving as an attorney and marketing executive for Union Pacific Railroad; an associate and then partner at Jenner & Block, one of Chicago’s five largest law firms; and chairman and CEO of an Internet company he took public through a reverse merger.

Nickerson earned a law degree and a master’s in business administration from Washington University, where he was an editor of the law review and a recipient of a U.S. Steel scholarship. Licensed to practice law in California, Nevada, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas, he is a member of the American, Los Angeles and Dallas bar associations.

An active alumnus, he serves as chair of both the North and Central Texas Regional Campaign as well as chair of the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Cabinet. He is a member of the School of Law’s National Council and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute’s International Council.

Nickerson received a global philanthropy award from the university in 2010 for his support of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Law in 2013, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university in 2014.

He is an avid martial artist, ranked as a third-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and is a Russian martial arts instructor.

Photo credits: WUSTL Photo Services

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On Thursday, December 4th, 2014, Olin’s LGBT graduate club BranchOUT, celebrated with more than 60 fellow students the recent decision by a state judge overturning Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Sadie Pierce (left) and Lilly Leyh were the first same-sex couple legally married in Missouri. (Love and Perry Photography)

Sadie Pierce (left) and Lilly Leyh were the first same-sex couple legally married in Missouri. (Love and Perry Photography)

The ruling immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses, including Lilly Leyh, dual degree candidate at Olin (MBA) and Brown School (MS in social work).  Lilly and her spouse Sadie Pierce were the first in line to receive legal marriage documentation. Read more in the Record.

The event was co-sponsored by the Weston Career Center. For more information, go to BranchOUT campus groups page.

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Wondering who that bespectacled bass player wearing leather pants, army boots, and a Ramones T-shirt was in the band at the recent student production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”? It was none other than Wash U’s multi-talented Provost, Holden Thorp, who is profiled in Raleigh, N.C.’s The News & Observer.

The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Photos by Jonathan R. White Photography

The cast of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Photos by Jonathan R. White Photography

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Teams from 11 top business schools competed in the inaugural Olin Case Competition Nov. 14-15 for $5000 in prize money. The team from the University of Southern California (USC) took first place, winning $3500; Wash U placed second winning $1000; the University of Texas at Austin placed third winning $500; and Wake Forest placed fourth.

Team Olin earns 2nd place.

Team Olin earns 2nd place.

The winners were announced at a dinner hosted by our generous sponsor, CapitalOne. Competing schools included: Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, Indiana University, UNC, Notre Dame, USC, UT-Austin, University of Virginia, and Wake Forrest University.

Wash U and USC advanced to the finals from the first round, while Wake Forest and University of Texas at Austin advanced to the finals from the second round.

Olin Case Competition teams visited the St. Louis Arch after the awards ceremony on Saturday, November 15th.

Olin Case Competition teams visited the St. Louis Arch after the awards ceremony on Saturday, November 15th.

The executive board of the Olin Case Competition and the Olin Business School just want to say thank you one last time to all the teams who competed and helped make the competition so exciting and successful. We also would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for making the competition possible. We hope to see everyone back next year!

To read about the case and see photos from the competition, visit the Olin Case Competition site.

Post by Graham Gaddes, a freshman studying finance, economics and strategy at Olin who served as the Vice President of Public Relations for the 2014 Olin Case Competition.

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Many thanks to all the Aramark employees at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education and Conference Center who work so hard to cook, serve, and clean up the biggest Thanksgiving day feast on campus! 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Olin’s turkey tradition that began with a small gathering of international students who were introduced to this very American holiday with all the fixings when Stuart Greenbaum was dean.

More than 500 reservations have been made for this year’s celebration. And the Knight Center Chef has roasted 50 turkeys. Pass the mashed potatoes and enjoy!!

Image: Rick Scully, Thanksgiving Dinner, 2008, Flickr, Creative Commons

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