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{short description of image} Welcome Professor Spencer Izor

The Department of Business & Economics welcomes Professor Spencer K. Izor as visiting assistant professor of Sport Management. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Dayton School Of Law. Upon graduation from law school Professor Izor knew she belonged in athletic department and not a court room. Her time as a Division I softball collegiate athlete, studies and career experience in athletics has given her a great sense of how to cater to the educational needs of students, particularly in the area of sport administration. As a former Assistant Director of Athletic Administration at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she found herself wanting to work more closely with students and share her knowledge and first-hand experiences of what to expect as a future sport administrator. After receiving approval from the Director of Athletics at Miami she pursued a dual appointment at the as an Athletic Administrator and an Adjunct Professor in Sport Leadership. The one on one time that she spent with students in the classroom, has thus far, been the most rewarding part of her career.

{short description of image} Johnson One of Three Authors of Korean Accounting Textbook

Grace Johnson, McCoy Professor of Management and Accounting, celebrated the publication of her textbook IFRS Principles of Accounting with Key Words in Korean on July 20. Co-authored with Soon Suk Yoon of Western Illinois University and Kim Hyo-jin of Jeonju University, the book is now in its third edition. A highly popular accounting textbook at Korean universities, Johnson was invited to join its author team in 2014.

“The Yoon-Kim text is particularly valuable because many key Korean universities teach some or most of their courses in English,” Johnson said. “For Korean students to land top jobs after graduation they must demonstrate strong English skills. Our book is one tool in a student's toolkit to help the student reach this goal. I am very honored to be part of the writing team for a text as highly regarded as this one.”

Coincidentally, Johnson was working in Korea when the book was released and personally accepted her copy.

Johnson has published four other textbooks since 1994: three accounting texts and one on management information systems.

(Photo courtesy of Robert Mroczynski)

{short description of image} Three B&E Faculty Teach in Asia

Dr. Greg Delmeester, Professor Grace Johnson, and Dr. Jackie Khorassani spent parts of their summers offering courses in China and South Korea.

Delemeester and Khorassani were among six Marietta College faculty and staff members teaching at our sister institution, the University of International Relations, in Beijing, China. It was the second straight summer that Delemesster and Khorassani taught economics at UIR. While in Beijing, the MC faculty members were able to meet up with former students and MC alumni living in the area, and did some sightseeing as well.

{short description of image} Johnson taught at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. Her course, Financial Statement Analysis, was among 11 courses offered through KNU's Global Summer School. In addition to teaching undergrads, she presented two workshops to master's and doctoral students in the Department of Accounting. Johnson had the opportunity to take basic Korean language lessons, visit historic and business sites in the southern part of the country, and interact with the other visiting professors during the four-week summer session.

Lazorik Retires; Khorassani New Department Chair

After a 38 year career in higher education, Associate Professor Debbie Lazorik retired effective May 8, 2015. Lazorik served as the Chair of the Department of Business & Economics for the past two years. Beginning on the same date, Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani becomes chair of the department.

While Lazorik is looking forward to her retirement she has agreed to continue in the position of internship coordinator for the Department through the 2015- 2016 academic year.

We extend our congratulations to Professor Lazorik on her retirement and best wishes to Dr. Khorassani in her new role!

{short description of image} Spring Interns Present Posters at All Scholars Day

Twelve department students delivered their internship poster presentations at the April 15, 2015, All Scholars Day events. Poster sessions are the means by which interns communicate their experiences and reflections with student peers, faculty, and administrators. Pictured, l. to r., Maddie Griffiths, Katherine Johnson, Candace Alexander, Regina Collette, and Alex Cavanagh take a break during the All Scholars Day poster session.

Department Recognizes Scholarship Winners

On April 15, 2015, the Department of Business & Economics presented awards to 14 students at the Marietta College Spring Honors Convocation and banquet. Faculty and honorees celebrated student academic accomplishments. The Department congratulates the following students receiving scholarships:

Brianna Finck and Taylor Walker Jules Bourmorck and Julia Staats Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Bush and Eric White The Lewis-Riggs Business & Economics Scholarship
Ryan Lynn Wen-Yu “Frank” Cheng Scholarship
Samuel John Bob Duggan ‘59 Distinguished Scholarship
Tyler Irish and Dean Myers Bert T. Glaze Scholarship
Caleb Hester and Morgan Spradling Edward H. Osborne Scholarship
Ashley Jesser and Emily Jones Jack E. Prince Scholarship
Tyler Butler William M. Summers Memorial Scholarship
Matthew Mock The Ford Rinard Memorial Scholarship

Johnson Presents at ASIANetwork

Professor Grace Johnson presented her paper, "Master Yang and the Tibetan-Qiang Embroidery Center: Protecting Cultural Heritage and Continuing the Tradition", at the 2015 ASIANetwork annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, April 10-12, 2015. Her work, co-authored with Ha Shiling, of Chengdu, China, presents a business ethnography of Master Yang Huazhen, whose dual emphasis on improving the livelihoods of village families devastated by the Great Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008 and preserving and nurturing ancient cultural handcrafts has reached a key turning point. How can younger women be encouraged to turn to embroidery as an income-generating activity? And is it the public or private sector that bears responsibility for protecting ancient traditions?

{short description of image} ODE Welcomes New Members at Spring Ceremony

On April 7, 2015, Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the international economics honorary, inducted four new members: Donald Burton, Mengjia Chen, Daiyi Li, and Eric White. Created in 1963, ODE recognizes economics students' academic achievement and seeks to foster close working relationships between economics professors and students. Pictured at the induction ceremony (l. to r.) are Dr. Khorassani, Burton, Chen, Li, and Dr. LaSalvia.

{short description of image} Marietta Teams Participate in Tau Pi Phi 2015 National Case Competition

Over the weekend of March 27-28, four B&E Department students participated in the annual Tau Pi Phi national business case competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Marietta's two teams consisted of Brett Burns and Christian Long, and Katherine Johnson and Emily Jones. Professor Julie Harding accompanied the team to Pittsburgh.

Katherine Johnson, a management major/human resources minor, said about the case competition, "I really enjoyed how fast-paced our days were, which always kept Emily and me on our toes. Although we didn't take home the prize, it was a valuable experience to show the judges how we would go about solving a business problem and receiving feedback from them on what we did well and how we can improve."

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 2016 Case Competition. Contact Tau Pi Phi advisor Professor David Mead for more details about membership in the honorary and the case competition.

Chicago Welcomes Johnson, Le, and Mead

Three department faculty - Professor Grace Johnson, Dr. Duong Le, and Professor David Mead - presented their work at the MBAA International conference in Chicago, March 25-27, 2015. Johnson and Mead, along with Dr. Soon Suk Yoon of Western Illinois University, led a roundtable discussion on the topic of sustainability reporting. "Three Perspectives on the Value and Relevance of Sustainability Reporting" delivered a point-counterpoint review of the benefits derived from sustainability reporting compared to the costs of producing the report and its relevance to investors and capital markets. The third viewpoint shared international trends in sustainability reporting, including examples from Japan, China, South Korea, India, and the European Union.

Le's research, "Relationship Between Crude Oil Prices and the U.S. Dollar Exchange Rates: Constant or Time-Varying?", examined connections between the price of oil and exchange rates for the dollar over a 15-year period. Her paper found significant evidence of a time-varying correlation between crude oil prices and value of the U.S. dollar. Since 2002, changes in the dollar's value tended to have a negative impact on crude oil prices. However, crude oil prices were also impacted by other factors, such as global supply and demand dynamics or institutional arrangements, which were independent of the dollar value.

MBAA International is the umbrella organization for the 12 disciplinary associations that meet at this annual conference. Johnson serves on the board of directors of the North American Accounting Society and is its webmaster. She also is a newly appointed member of the MBAA International's Advisory Council.

{short description of image}Bank of America CEO Visits Campus

Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America, returned to his hometown to speak to the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley on March 24, 2015, at the Lafayette Hotel. Earlier that morning, B&E's Professor David Mead moderated a “fireside chat” with Moynihan on topics including Moynihan’s career path, the financial crisis of 2008, and the future of the banking industry. Moynihan was also presented with the Mister Mac award from Dr. Gama Perruci on behalf of Marietta College’s McDonough Center for Leadership and Business.

Pictured above (l. to r.) are Dr. Greg Delemeester, Moynihan, Dr. Gama Perruci, and Professor David Mead at the ERT luncheon.

{short description of image}Inaugural PioPitch Meeting Draws a Crowd

PioPitch, a venue for entrepreneurs to present their experiences and ideas and receive feedback on how to start, expand, or improve their businesses, had its inaugural meeting on March 19, 2015. Doug Kreinik, owner of Kreinik Mfg. Co. in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and Alina Kielbasa & Tyler Baltzell, Marietta College seniors, pitched their ideas at the meeting. Kreinik manufacturers metallic braids and silk, and carries various embellishments used by textile enthusiasts in needlepoint, weaving, sewing, quilting, scrap booking, crocheting, cross stitching, costuming, knitting and fly fishing. Kielbasa & Baltzell have established a “Pull Out” Program that aims to reduce electricity costs at colleges and universities and increase student awareness of energy use through innovative technology.

PioPitch also gives students an opportunity to engage in conversations with new and established entrepreneurs in an informal, relaxed environment where they can find a source of inspiration and learn about the steps and challenges involved in turning ideas into actions.

{short description of image}Economics Major Presents Capstone Research at Akron Conference

Senior economics major Daiyi Li presented her economics capstone paper at The Committee for Research on Women and Gender’s 7th Annual Conference at the University of Akron, March 6-7, 2015. Li's paper, "The Puzzle of Adolescent Fertility Rate: A Panel Data Study", examined worldwide average adolescent fertility rates from 2002 to 2012. While most countries experienced a decline in the rate, some countries such China and Canada experienced increases. Her study used a panel data set consisting of 59 countries in the years 2002 and 2012 to estimate two regression equations.

Pictured above, Li during her presentation. Congratulations, Daiyi!

{short description of image} 31st Annual Milton Friedman Lecture Brings Dr. Betsey Stevenson to Campus

Dr. Betsey Stevenson, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, delivered the 31st annual Milton Friedman Lecture "The Labor Market in the Recovery: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities" on March 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of Ryan Turnewitsch.

On leave from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Stevenson is a Fellow of the Institute for Economic Research in Munich and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association. She served as the Chief Economist of the US Department of Labor from 2010-11, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Princeton and been a visiting scholar at the Philadelphia and San Francisco Federal Reserve Banks. A labor economist, Stevenson has published widely in leading economics journals. Her research examines the impact of public policies on the labor market, with a focus on women’s labor market experiences, the economic forces shaping the modern family, and the potential value of subjective well-being data for public policy. Stevenson received a Bachelor of Science from Wellesley College and an Master of Arts and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

While in Marietta, Stevenson also spoke at the monthly meeting of the Economic Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

{short description of image}Spring Semester Chinese Visiting Faculty

The Department of Business & Economics welcomes Dr. Bin Liu and Dr. Kunqiang Qian, two visiting scholars from the University of International Relations in Beijing, China. Dr. Liu is teaching a course on China’s Economic Development and Global Interaction; Dr. Qian will be holding seminars on American/English literature from a Chinese perspective.

Pictured above, Drs. Liu and Qian with President Bruno and other guests at a welcome reception for the visiting scholars.

Department Professors Honored at Founders Day

Professors Grace Johnson and David Mead were recipients of awards at the 180th Founders Day ceremony on February 12, 2015. Professor Johnson received the 2015 Research Award for the publication of her textbook Fundamentals of Accounting Information Systems: An Internal Control Approach. Professor Mead was honored with the 2015 Advising in the Major Award, presented to a Marietta College academic advisor for excellence in advising students in their majors. Congratulations!

{short description of image}PioPitch Program Launches in March

PioPitch, a program to give students an opportunity to hear from new and established entrepreneurs, comes to Marietta College in March 2015. Set in an informal and relaxed environment, the program offers a venue for local entrepreneurs to share information and seek feedback on how to start, expand, or improve their businesses. It is hoped that this connection among educators, experts, and other members of the community will foster idea exchanges around the theme of business and entrepreneurship.

This semester's meeting dates are March 19 and April 9, from 4:00pm-5:00pm in Thomas 124. Light refreshments will be served.

PioPitch meetings are free and open to the Mid Ohio Valley community. Contact Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani by e-mail ( or phone (740.376.4621) for more details. You also can visit the PioPitch website.

{short description of image} Alumna Profile: Amanda Cross Clark (MC '97)

After graduating from MC in 1997 with a degree in International Business and French, I worked for about two years for a venture capital investment firm. I knew my interests were more geared towards international affairs and how that impacts US policy, so I went back to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and received my master's degree in Public and International Affairs with an emphasis in international political economy in 2000.

I worked in the private sector in international trade for about 11 years. I worked for Limited Brands as a customs compliance specialist where I received my U.S. customs broker's license. I also worked for Expeditors International, a global freight forwarding and customs brokerage company, where I held numerous positions, including process improvement manager, corporate account manager, and trainer.

Throughout my years in the private sector, I felt most at home training people, whether it be internal employees or external customers. I have loved school since kindergarten and I had always dreamed of getting my PhD someday and teaching at the college level. In 2012, I started that journey and am currently in my 3rd year at Kent State University in the graduate program in the political science department. My main focus is transnational politics and policy. My dissertation topic relates to how non-governmental organizations frame their messages to the public and policymakers on the topic of human trafficking. I recently had my first academic publication, a book chapter about the 1960 Nashville student sit-in movement.

{short description of image} Digital Monitors Make Their Debut

Something new is adorning the walls of the Department of Business & Economics! Two large flat screen digital monitors have taken up residence in the B&E Reading Room and main entryway. Funded through gifts from alumni and other donors, the Department acquired one 55" and one 65" digital monitor. The smaller monitor sits in the Reading Room and streams Reuters Business News Live Online (pictured), while the larger monitor serves as an information station in the entryway to the Department.

{short description of image} Tau Pi Phi Inducts New Members

Eleven students were inducted into Tau Pi Phi, the national business honorary, in a ceremony held on February 3, 2015. Officers for the 2014-2015 academic year were elected by the membership: Caleb Hester, president; Lauren Morain, secretary; and Kate Reid, treasurer. A reception was held afterward to celebrate the students' achievements. Congratulations to all of the students: Donald Burton, Brittany Curry, Ann Goolman, Tammy Holshu, Katherine Johnson, Emily Jones, Daiyi Li, Christian Long, Lauren Morain, Kate Reid, and Eric White. Pictured are some of the new inductees at the ceremony.

{short description of image}B&E Team Participates in 2015 Peoples Bank Case Competition

Marietta College was one of seven schools participating in the annual Peoples Bank Case Study Competition on January 30-31. Mollee Brown, Brett Burns, and Donnie Burton were chosen by members of the Department to serve on the team. Dr. Duong Le worked with team members as their faculty advisor. The Department congratulates and thanks all four for their preparation and work in representing Marietta College at the competition.

January Accounting Meet & Greet Welcomes Becker Professional Education

On January 27, 2015, Professors Grace Johnson and David Mead, along with about a dozen accounting and public accounting majors, enjoyed an afternoon of conversation on the CPA examination and exam preparation with Becker Professional Education's Amy West. West presented a thorough overview of the exam and its parts, steps to register to sit for the exam, and basic information about the Becker CPA review program. Students Andrew Billingsley, Emily Kochevar, and Aaron Tice won door prizes.

Professor and Students Publish Research on Internal Control and Fraud

Professor Grace Johnson and accounting majors Brittany Kidd (MC ‘15) and Rachel Hartong (MC ‘14) published the results of their research on public sector internal control weaknesses in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Government Financial Management. Examining 74 cases of reported public sector employee fraud, the article identifies the three most common internal control weaknesses and suggests ways to reduce the incidence of fraud in public sector entities.

{short description of image}Fall 2014 Economics Capstone Projects

Six students presented the results of their semester-long economics capstone research projects on December 4, 2014. Donnie Burton, Payton Blair, Zipeng Victor Dong, Daiyi Li, Shaoze Gibson Qi, and Mollee Brown worked with economics capstone advisor Dr. Jackie Khorassani on a variety of empirical studies. The capstone project descriptions can be accessed here.

{short description of image}Faculty Volleyball Team Wins

The faculty team "Do Your Homework" of Drs. Dave Brown, Greg Delemeester, Debbie Egolf, Craig Howald, Tom LaSalvia, and Mark Sibicky went undefeated all season in the competitive league. They battled their way into the championship match to win it 2-1 against a great student team.

Dr. Greg Delemeester commented "not bad for a bunch of PhDs!". B&E new hire Dr. Tom LaSalvia said "it was a hard fought victory, but in the end experience trumped youth".

Congratulations to the entire team!

{short description of image}Cabela's Outing for Sports Management Students

Students in the Sports Management first-year seminar learning community, along with their professors (Prof. Debbie Lazorik and Dr. Liane Gray-Starner), took a field trip to Cabela's in Wheeling, West Virginia, on November 20, 2014. The store's product expert, Joe, provided a tour of the store and discussed the Cabela's business model. At the conclusion of the visit students had an opportunity to shop, then enjoyed a lunch of buffalo, elk burgers and venison hotdogs in the cafeteria.

{short description of image}Accounting Students Honored at WVSCPA Dinner

Four accounting majors were recognized by the Parkersburg Chapter of the West Virginia Society of CPAs at its annual Student Night dinner on November 18, 2014. Held at the Parkersburg Country Club, the WVSCPA recognized the academic excellence of accounting students from several of the region's colleges and universities. Attending from Marietta were seniors Brett Burns and Yiqi Shi, and juniors Caleb Hester and Ryan Lynn. In addition to interacting with local CPAs, including several MC alumni, the students met some of the WVSCPA leaders. Professor Grace Johnson accompanied the students to the dinner.

{short description of image} Internship Fall Poster Session Draws Students, Friends, and Family

The lower level of Thomas Hall was packed with interns, faculty, students, friends, and family members on November 12, 2014, as more than 20 department students presented their internship posters. The poster session serves as the primary outlet for interns to share their experiences and reflections with student peers, faculty, and administrators. Matthew Parenti, left, and Professor Julie Harding talk about his Philadelphia Flyers internship.

{short description of image}Accounting Alumni Meet & Greet a Success

More than a dozen accounting and public accounting alumni mingled with current accounting and public accounting majors at the 2014 Accounting Alumni Meet & Greet on November 5. The business networking event is one of several venues to promote interaction between Marietta accounting students and professionals in a relaxed, business casual setting. Junior Yi Yang, left, chats with alumni Ryan Becker and Heather Peters from Tenney & Associates.

{short description of image}Department Hosts Oil & Gas Symposium

Marietta College, in conjunction with the law firm of Brouse McDowell, sponsored an Oil & Gas Symposium on October 16, 2014. The Symposium included a series of industry speakers addressing various economic and legal aspects of the Utica Shale play. The Symposium also provided attendees with an opportunity to network, particularly students in the Land & Energy Management program. Dr. Greg Delemeester and Dr. Bob Chase (Department of Petroleum Engineering) were among the panelists speaking at the Symposium.

Professor Presents Work on Sustainability Reporting at Las Vegas Conference

Professor Grace Johnson traveled to the Academic and Business Research Institute's semi-annual meeting in Las Vegas, October 9-11, 2014, to present her paper "Why Sustainability Reporting is Good for Internal Control". The work demonstrates relationships between sustainability reporting - using guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative - and internal control. She explains how an organization's system of internal control can be strengthened as a result of work performed to produce sustainability reports.

{short description of image}Johnson Conducts Entrepreneurship Research in Southwest China

Amid the steep mountains of Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China -- site of the massive 2008 earthquake -- Professor Grace Johnson realized a six-year-long dream to investigate post-earthquake entrepreneurial activity in and around the epicenter of the tremblor. Along with Southwestern University of Finance and Economics colleague Dr. Cao Xubin, Johnson investigated the case of entrepreneur Yang Huazhen and her grassroots effort to revitalize income opportunities for village families whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed in the earthquake. "Beginning on May 12, 2008, I knew I had to find a way to get to the earthquake region and discover how people would rebuild their lives and communities. It took six years, but I finally got the chance to do this. It was worth the wait."

Johnson is pictured with entrepreneur Yang Huazhen (left) and Wang Qingshu (center), master embroiderer of Qiangfeng village.

Last updated: 13-August-2015, B&E Department webmaster