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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.

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}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.

{short description of image}Economics Professors Teach in China

Drs. Jacqueline Khorassani and Greg Delemeester were part of the Marietta College faculty contingent that taught at the University of International Relations in Beijing, China, during the summer of 2014. Dr. Khorassani taught a two-week course on International Economics while Dr. Delemeester taught a course on Environmental Economics. For Dr. Khorassani, it was her third trip to China and the first since 2002. It was Dr. Delemeester's first trip to mainland China, though he had taught in Hong Kong in 2004. It was also a family affair as their daughter, Hannah, accompanied her parents and completed an internship with the Office of International Exchange at UIR.

Department Welcomes Four New Faculty

Professor John Fazio, Assistant Professor of Management. Fazio comes to Marietta from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he taught since 2002. His research interests include perceived organizational support, emotional intelligence, multilevel organizational theory, leadership and followership. Fazio has presented papers at the Southeastern InfORMS Annual Conference and the MBAA International Conference, and is published in the Journal of the North American Management Society.

Professor Julie Harding, Assistant Professor of Marketing. Master of Business Administration (University of Louisville), Bachelor of Science in Journalism (West Virginia University). Before forming her own marketing consulting firm and moving to a career in higher education, Harding spent more than 20 years as a senior executive in the healthcare industry. She serves as the lead instructor for Marietta College's Marketing major.

Dr. Tom LaSalvia, Assistant Professor of Economics. Ph.D. in Economics (Binghamton University), 2014; Master of Arts in Economics (Northeastern University), 2008; Bachelor of Science in Financial Services (Roger Williams University), 2004. During his graduate studies at Binghamton University LaSalvia taught classes in microeconomics principles, statistics, and urban economics. His research interests are in the field of urban economics. LaSalvia is currently working on a series of papers exploring the relationship between residential choices and household characteristics. Other research interests include urban renewal policy, low income housing policy and environmental impact studies.

Dr. Duong Le, Assistant Professor of Finance. Ph.D. in Finance (University of Oklahoma), 2009; Master of Business Administration (with concentration in Finance) (University of Oklahoma), 2004; Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, Vietnam), 2000. Dr. Le serves as a lead instructor for the Finance major at Marietta, and teaches a variety of courses in the discipline. Her current research focuses on the energy markets. Dr. Le has presented at premier meetings hosted by the Financial Management Association and the Eastern Finance Association.

We warmly welcome our new colleagues and wish them well in their first year at Marietta College!

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.

{short description of image}Economics Students Present at Undergraduate Conference and Cleveland Fed

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.

Additionally, their paper was published in the July 2014 issue of The Anthropologist.

Joining Professor Johnson at the ASIANetwork conference were Dr. David Brown (Biology) and MaLisa Spring (senior biology major) who presented their research on the impact of shrimp farming on mangroves in Thailand.

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.

{short description of image}Congratulations to Marietta Tau Pi Phi 2014 National Case Competition Participants -- Both Teams Trophy!

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 University 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.

Last updated: 28-March-2015, B&E Department webmaster