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Adjunct Retirees Honored with Scholarship Renaming

The Department of Business & Economics Scholarship has been renamed The Lewis-Riggs Business & Economics Scholarship in recognition of the two professors' retirements from adjunct teaching at Marietta College. As its February 25, 2014 department meeting, members of the department unanimously elected to rename the scholarship in honor of C. Roger Lewis and Roland W. "Chips" Riggs, III, both long-serving adjunct faculty members. Lewis and Riggs consistently and willingly taught any course needed, spent many hours talking with students about courses and careers, and served as peers, mentors, and friends to faculty and alumni.

Lewis began teaching accounting as an adjunct in 1973, and Riggs (business law) in 1976. These faculty members, whose high standard of ethics and passion for the curriculum and students have earned this tribute by the department, will be sorely missed by faculty, students, and alumni.

The Lewis-Riggs Business & Economics Scholarship endowment provides a scholarship for an outstanding junior or senior student majoring in the department. The first recipient of the newly named scholarship is Caleb Hester, a public accounting major from Lancaster, Ohio.


Economics Students Present at Undergraduate Conference and Cleveland Fed

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On Saturday, April 19, four Marietta College students presented papers at the Bowling Green State University's Undergraduate Economics Student Paper Contest and Conference. Sean Kuhn, a junior double majoring in Economics and Political Science, presented his finalist paper in the Macroeconomics division of the conference. His paper was entitled "Determinants of Inward Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America 2008- 2011: An Empirical Analysis".

Tristine Toves, a senior double majoring in Economics and English, presented her finalist paper in the Microeconomics division of the conference. Her paper was entitled "The Effects of Gun Control Legislation:An Empirical Study".

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Xiaoyan (Layla) Liu, a senior majoring in Economics, received the second place award in the Macroeconomics division of the conference for her paper entitled "Determinants of the Female Labor force Participation Rate in the U.S.: A State Level Cross Sectional Study in 2000 & 2010".

Shaylyn Allen, a senior double majoring in Economics and Environmental Science, presented her finalist paper in the Microeconomics division of the conference. Her paper was entitled "Determinants of the Growth Rate of Endangered Mammals: A Cross Sectional Study".

Additionally, Toves and Liu gave poster presentations on May 2,2014, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. These posters were based on the students' economics capstone research projects conducted in Fall 2013.

Pictured at top (BGSU conference), left to right, are Dr. Khorassani, Troves, Liu, and Kuhn. Pictured above (Cleveland Fed), left to right, are Khorassani, Troves, and Liu.


Johnson Presents at ASIANetwork

Professor Grace Johnson gave her paper, "From Monotony to Diversity: Changes in Urban Chinese Ideas of Consumption", at the 2014 ASIANetwork annual meeting in Bloomingdale, Illinois, April 11-13, 2014. Her research, co-authored with Tang Yuanxiong of Lanzhou University, China, examined the changes in urban Chinese consumption ideas from the early 1980s to the early 2010s. Changes in consumption ideas among Chinese urbanites is just one part of the country's market transition and reflects changes in social values and ways of life across the last thirty years.

Dr. David Brown (Biology) and MaLisa Spring (senior biology major), also presented their research at the ASIANetwork conference.


Department Recognizes Students at Annual Honors Reception

On April 8, 2014, the Department of Business & Economics presented awards to ten students at the annual B&E Honors Reception. Faculty and honorees celebrated student academic accomplishments. As well, Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the national economics honorary, inducted its new members. The Department congratulates the following students receiving scholarships:

Alex Cavanagh Jules Bourmorck and Julia Staats Memorial Scholarship
Caleb Hester The Lewis-Riggs Business & Economics Scholarship
Sean Kuhn Wen-Yu “Frank” Cheng Scholarship
Ann Goolman Bob Duggan ‘59 Distinguished Scholarship
Mollee Brown Bert T. Glaze Scholarship
Brittany Kidd Edward H. Osborne Scholarship
Kurt Fire Jack E. Prince Scholarship
Dragan Mijatovic and Eric White William M. Summers Memorial Scholarship
Syreeta Osborne The Ford Rinard Memorial Scholarship


Students received into ODE for 2014 were Mollee Brown, Conner Busby, Xiaoyan Liu, Kelsey Wells, and Zach Utley.


Chicago Welcomes Johnson, Hartong, and Kidd

{short description of image}Professor Grace Johnson and her student co-authors Rachel Hartong, MC '14 and Brittany Kidd, MC '15 presented their paper at the MBAA International conference in Chicago, March 26-28, 2014. Their paper, "74 Ways to Defraud the Government: A Study of Public Sector Internal Control Weak Spots", examined 74 public sector organization occupational frauds and thefts by public employees. They investigated why public organizations - despite visible and embarrassing media publicity - continue to suffer from employee fraud and theft. The three most common internal control weaknesses in their cases involved a lack of independent verification, inadequate records and documentation, and abuse of authorized access to assets. The trio offered reasons why these vulnerabilities continue to go unchecked, and recommended practices to enhance public sector entity internal controls.

Professor Johnson also served on a panel, "The Role of First-Year Seminars in Retention", with Professor Donna Whitten of Purdue University North Central, and was a teaching circle leader for faculty discussing pedagogy for the Accounting Information Systems course.

Pictured above - Johnson, Hartong, and Kidd with the other faculty who presented papers in their session: Dr. Alex Faseruk of Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada; and Dr. Carol Jessup of the University of Illinois, Springfield.


Congratulations to Marietta Tau Pi Phi 2014 National Case Competition Participants -- Both Teams Trophy!

{short description of image} Over the weekend of March 21st and 22nd, five Marietta business students participated in the annual Tau Pi Phi national business honorary case competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Matt Napier, Yiqi Shi, Mollee Brown, Morgan Spradling, and Caleb Hester represented Marietta College in the two-person and three-person team categories. This was Napier's second year participating in the competition.

At the end of the two-day event, Morgan Spradling and Caleb Hester received second prize in the two-person team event and Matt Napier, Mollee Brown, and Yiqi Shi were awarded third prize for the three-person team competition. Yiqi Shi, a senior accounting major, shared her thoughts about the experience. " It's a wonderful trip and I feel so grateful to work with my team members. As the only Chinese person, I am afraid of my spoken English and whether I can act confident when I am presenting at first. However, my teammates put me under their wings and gave me strong affirmation during the competition. I did much better than what I think it could be. I am so thankful to my teammates, they encourage me and I learned how cooperation is important to a team. Best team forever!!!."

Mollee Brown, a junior economics major, added another perspective about the competition. "We went to the competition with a goal to bring home trophies. Both teams learned so much about the business world and how to apply what we learn in classrooms throughout the competition. We also saw how backgrounds in all different business departments can work together to make company decisions. I'm so thankful for the opportunity that Tau Pi Phi gave me to compete and represent Marietta College. I was also thankful for the people that went with me on the teams and the experiences we had together in Pittsburgh. I can't wait to go again next year!."

Sophomore public accounting major Caleb Hester commented, "the Tau Pi Phi Case Competition was an excellent opportunity for me to apply the skills I am learning in classes to scenarios that real business managers analyze every day. The highly competitive nature of this event created an excellent environment for me to practice critical reading and thinking skills, develop my ability to create presentations with short time constraints, and build my confidence in communicating to superiors. I was also able to witness some amazing sights in Pittsburgh and build close relationships with my fellow teammates. I would highly recommend participating in this event if you have the chance; I will definitely be back!".

Returning team member Matt Napier said, "It was a fantastic opportunity and it is so perfect that everyone who competed ended up placing. Our group did a great job balancing the rigor of the cases with the importance of having fun and we made sure to enjoy ourselves and squeeze in sightseeing. We became very close over the two days and I couldn't be more proud of each of them."

Tau Pi Phi faculty advisor Professor David Mead was equally impressed. "Faculty members of the Business & Economics Department are always very proud of our students when they perform so well in case competitions, especially when all of our team participants end up placing in the final results. The competition is judged by experienced business professionals which gives an entirely different feel to students than making presentations in front of other students and faculty in classes. This is the second year in a row where teams from Marietta College have placed in the Tau Pi Phi business case competition. It speaks volumes about our students who are competing with the best and brightest business majors from other colleges and universities."

Pictured above are members of the teams along with James Inks, MC '12, who served as a competition judge. Inks presently is employed in the finance/treasury department of Univeristy of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Established in the 1950s, Tau Pi Phi is a national business honorary society that sponsors a case competition annually. Any current Tau Pi Phi member is eligible to form a team for the 2015 Case Competition. Contact Professor Mead for more details.


Khorassani Recipient of Harness Award

{short description of image} Dr. Jackie Khorassani was one of three College faculty to receive the Harness Outstanding Educator Award at the 2014 Founders Day, February 13. The award honors and rewards Marietta College faculty for their high level of commitment to the education of students in and outside of the classroom. Selection is made through a process of peer nomination and review.

"I must say that it definitely made me feel appreciated by my colleagues," commented Dr. Khorassani when she learned she had received the Harness Award. "However, the best reward for me is my students' success in the short run, the medium run, and the long run. It feels really good to see a student having a 'light bulb moment' in class. It also feels wonderful to see a young recent high school grad gradually turning into a mature, thoughtful, and purposeful young adult right before your eyes. Finally, no joy compares to the joy of seeing your students succeed in life after college."

Congratulations Dr. Khorassani!


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Tau Pi Phi Inducts New Members

Sixteen students were inducted into Tau Pi Phi, the national business honorary, in a ceremony held on February 6, 2014. Officers for the 2014-2015 academic year were elected by the membership: Brittany Kidd, president; Caleb Hester, secretary; and Morgan Spradling, treasurer. A reception was held afterward to celebrate the students' achievements. Congratulations to all of the students! Pictured are some of the new inductees at the February 6 ceremony (top) and the new officers (bottom).






Paula Lewis receives first inSPIRE Award

{short description of image}Paula Lewis, academic secretary for three departments, was honored with the first inSPIRE Award on Friday, Jan. 17, during a special ceremony in the Trustee Conference Room. President Bruno presented Paula with the award, including the first inSPIRE thermal stylized tumbler. She also received a certificate of recognition, gift certificate from Follett Book Store, one free lunch at Gilman, and a reserved parking space. The award was created by the College's Staff Advisory Council to recognize a staff member who has been inspiring or who has a) gone above and beyond the call of duty b) helped someone on a project c) helped a student, co-worker, or member of the public while on campus d) demonstrated outstanding customer service Paula, who serves Business & Economics, History, Philosophy and Religion and Political Science, received nominations from all three departments. One of the nominators said the following: "The Department of Business & Economics ran three faculty searches in the period of October-December 2013. Paula was responsible for communicating with the finalists (approximately 10 people), helping with their travel and lodging arrangements, creating their interview schedules and confirming all appointments, videotaping their teaching demonstrations ... and informing some 120-plus people that they had not been selected for the positions." Congratulations Paula on this well-deserved honor.


Professor Publishes Accounting Textbook

{short description of image}Professor Grace Johnson's textbook, Fundamentals of Accounting Information Systems: An Internal Control Approach, was published in November 2013 by North American Business Press. The textbook is aimed at introductory accounting information systems courses and can be used as the primary or a secondary textbook. "I am very pleased that the work started on this text four years ago has finally come to print," says Johnson. She credits former Department of Business & Economics chair Dr. Jim Falter with encouraging her to pursue a publisher for the textbook. "Jim knew I was working on this text for my students because I wasn't satisfied with existing textbooks in this subdiscipline of accounting. He strongly urged me to seek out opportunities to share my work with a wider student audience."

Johnson wrote the first version of the manuscript while on sabbatical in the 2009-2010 academic year. She tested it with her Acct 320 (Accounting Information Systems) students in the spring semesters of 2011, 2012, and 2013, and made modifications along the way based on student feedback. Instead of handing out photocopied pages of her work, Johnson will be able to use the professionally printed text in Acct 320 in the spring 2014 semester. Congratulations, Professor Johnson!


SBA Officers Elected

Members of the Sports Business Association elected their 2014 officers. They include President, Chris Long; Vice President, Stephanie DeAngelis; Recorder, Tyler Packanik; Alumni Relations, Jessica DeAngelis; and Social Media Director, Charles Dixon. Welcome and congrats to the new officers!

The Sports Business Association is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing and supporting students whose career interests fall within the sports management industry. Professional development opportunities come from alumni networks and campus/off-campus experiential learning.


Accounting Students Honored at WVSCPA Dinner

{short description of image}Dr. Greg Delemeester accompanied three accounting majors to the annual West Virginia Society of CPAs Student Awards dinner on November 19, 2013. Held at the Parkersburg Country Club, the Parkersburg Chapter of the WVSCPA recognized accounting seniors from each of the region's colleges and universities. Attending from Marietta were seniors Teddy Daub, Rachel Hartong, and Matt Napier. Senior accounting major George Bloomfield also was honored but could not attend. In addition to interacting with local CPAs, including several MC alumni, the students met some of the WVSCPA leadership team.


Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice Publishes Article on Student-Created Assignments

Professor Grace Johnson's paper, "Student-Created Assignments in an Undergraduate Accounting Information Systems Course: Student and Faculty Perceptions", has been published in Volume 13 of the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice. Co-authored with two senior Public Accounting majors, Bethany McFarland (MC '12) and Rachel Worthington (MC '12), the study examines how student created assignments - rather than instructor created ones - can strengthen how students understand the topic of internal control. Benefits and drawbacks of using the approach are explored from student and faculty points of view.

Building on a tradition started years ago by Emeritus Professor of Accounting Edward Osborne, Johnson continues to involve students in her professional projects. She's presently collaborating with senior accounting majors Rachel Hartong and Brittany Kidd on a study of internal control gaps in public-sector organizations.


Johnson Presents in Wyoming; Elected to Accounting Educator Board of Directors

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Professor Grace Johnson spent time at the end of June, 2013, in Laramie, Wyoming, presenting a workshop at the 15th Annual Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference. Her program, "Hammers and Chisels or Brushes and a DremelĀ®?: Thoughtful Craftsmanship in Honing AIS Students' Skills", was based on a skills development workshop Johnson attended in 2005 and led by Dr. Mary Crowe of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

At the annual meeting, Johnson was elected to the organization's board of directors for a three-year term. She will serve as Student Manuscript Chair for the organization's 2014 annual meeting in Golden, Colorado.



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