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img_8727-1Kristen McMullen has dedicated nearly 20 years of her life to higher education, bolstering various universities’ alumni relations, spearheading career service initiatives and creating programs that connect students with the resources they need to succeed at the likes of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University and Duke University.

Now she’s bringing her talents and years of experience to a new role as director of the College of Charleston School of Business’ Student Success Center (SSC).

McMullen understands that a prepared job candidate is taken more seriously in the competitive marketplace, and is dedicated to assisting students and alumni in becoming ready-to-work, top contenders for the best jobs in business.

“Securing a job is no easy task,” says McMullen. “Especially in a job market that is not always predictable. Success requires organization, strong relationship-building skills and a desire to help others succeed — all assets that the Center will strive to instill in business students on a daily basis.”

McMullen plans to strategically enhance current SSC programming, identify opportunities to increase student engagement and create new services to further partnerships with faculty and employers.

Her vision is to work with the SSC team to take its efforts to the next level. She hopes the Center will serve as an example to other universities that are looking to improve their professional development resources.

McMullen received a Bachelor of Science degree in health policy and administration from Penn State and is currently pursuing her masters in management with a concentration in organizational leadership with Wilmington University.

She will officially begin serving as SSC director on January 3, 2017.

gew-logoGlobal Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life and drive economic growth. Coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is November 14-20, the School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship will host a week’s worth of speakers and events designed to both support and help entrepreneurs take the next step on their entrepreneurial journey.

This year’s lineup includes a Student Entrepreneur Panel, a talk on global trade by Michael Tschantz, director of government relations at Ingevity, Charleston’s leading special chemicals manufacturer and supplier and a presentation by software entrepreneur Nate DaPore, who will discuss “the highs and lows of raising venture capital” from his time spent as president and CEO of PeopleMatter, one of the leading tech companies in the southeast. More details are forthcoming on the School of Business’ events calendar.


This fall, New York Times best-selling author Dan Solin will speak at the College of Charleston’s School of Business Think Differently Forum. This biannual event, meant to inspire new ways of thinking and encourage debates among the Charleston community, is open to the public and will be held on October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium of the Beatty Center.

Solin will discuss the lessons he’s learned from a long career in the finance industry, challenging attendees to put a high valuation on first impressions, emphasizing the importance of empathy and debunking popular investment myths. Solin is the author of the “Smartest” book series, including The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read and The Smartest Portfolio You’ll Ever Own. After his presentation, Solin will open the floor up to questions from the audience.

The event will be moderated by this year’s Think Differently Scholars — Julia Lines, Annie Simpson, Owais Jadoon and Neith Stone. When asked what drew these business students to become involved with the forum, they cited their shared desire to create an environment that fosters critical thinking and benefits the campus community.



School of Business Club to Offer Free Finance Classes

By Liz Monahan
Posted on 26 September 2016 | 12:19 pm


UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the first session has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 12

Wish you understood the stock market? Interested in learning how to improve or establish credit? Want to become a budgeting guru? Look no further. The School of Business’ Microfinance Club is hosting a free personal finance seminar series covering these topics and more.

Open to the public, these classes are taught by business students alongside finance professor and associate dean of the business school, Jocelyn Evans, Ph.D. The courses will take place Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 5 through November 16, in Room 220 of the Beatty Center.

Active since 2010, the Microfinance Club works to uphold the School’s mission to promote sustainable economic development both locally and abroad by educating and supporting community members through a deeper understanding of financial literacy.

For more information about the personal finance seminars, please contact Evans at


UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Friday, October 28. 

This fall, Major General James E. Livingston will bring his 33 years of military experience and leadership insights to the College of Charleston School of Business as the honorary lecturer for the George G. Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker Series. This event will be held Friday, October 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium of the Beatty Center.

During his presentation, Livingston, a decorated United States Marine Corps veteran, will discuss entrepreneurial and adaptive leadership with CofC students, alumni, faculty and the general public. Topics will include strategic decision-making, the fundamentals of honor, loyalty and patriotism and the importance of leading through empowerment and accountability.

The speaker series was established in 1995 by the late George Spaulding — former General Motors executive, Post & Courier columnist and first Executive-in-Residence for the School of Business — to connect the Charleston community with the nation’s leading entrepreneurial, executive and military minds.

german-americanThe College of Charleston School of Business, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, Career Center and German department have partnered to host the first-ever German-American Business Summit on October 6. And, the timing could not be better.

According to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, German corporations have invested more than $4.1 billion in South Carolina from 2011 to 2015 and are now responsible for 27,000 jobs in the state. With German industry focusing many of its efforts in Charleston, local jobseekers would be wise to start thinking Deutsche — and the German-American Business Summit is the perfect opportunity to do so.

“It’s been a secret for far too long here in the Lowcountry that proficiency in German and knowledge of German culture are extremely lucrative assets for those pursuing careers, and advancement, with industry in the state and globally,” says Morgan Koerner, Ph.D. chair of German studies department.

Made possible with help from the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, the summit connects executives from Charleston’s leading German corporations with students, alumni and job seekers in the CofC community.

Attendees can look forward to a job and internship expo, where big names such as Mercedes-Benz Vans, BMW, Bosch, IFA Rotorion, KION, Hubner, Continental Tire and Stoebich Fire Protection will be in attendance.

The summit also boasts an impressive lineup of speakers including Antonio Tills, Ph.D., dean of the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs; Alan Shao, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business; Robin Mishra, Ph.D., minister counselor from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Sam Moses, Esq., of Parker Poe Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

Moses, whose firm represents many of Charleston’s foreign manufacturing operations, sees a tremendous opportunity for public-private partnerships with German industries in Charleston. “With its exceptional German program, high-ranking globally-oriented School of Business, and strong liberal arts mission, the College of Charleston is the ideal place for a further expansion of those productive relationships,” he says.

The event, which lasts from noon until 5 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom, concludes with a panel session on workforce needs in South Carolina, followed by a networking reception for select attendees.

For more information about the event, click here.

Jason DAfter the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Jason Dalrymple knew he wanted to be a Marine. Two years and a high school diploma later that’s exactly what he became. Now a veteran and third-year undergraduate student at the College of Charleston School of Business, Dalrymple brings the skills he learned in the military to the classrooms of the Beatty Center.

During his two tours in Iraq as a TOW gunner for the Marine Corps Infantry, Dalrymple honed leadership skills, often making split-second decisions under extreme duress. He learned the importance of communicating effectively to earn trust and successfully complete each mission.

Putting those same team-building principles into practice at the business school helps tremendously, he says. “When I work on a group project I try to pull from my military training by learning what makes the people I’m working with tick, their strengths and their weaknesses, so I can determine how best to approach the assignment.”

This was a winning strategy during a project Dalrymple completed for a marketing concepts class in which students were required to simulate owning and operating a computer company. Students were divided into teams and asked to perform market research, create and adhere to a budget, and make decisions about sales strategy. Dalrymple attributes his group’s victory as the most profitable company to their strong teamwork.

Currently an international business major with a minor in international studies, Dalrymple plans to graduate in 2018. He’s set his sights on liaising with foreign companies or working abroad, an area familiar to him.

Jason_militaryAfter his military contract ended in 2007, Dalrymple moved to Australia, where he worked in sales for an ecommerce business acquired by daily deal company LivingSocial. That experience lit a flame: “It was just so interesting to see a small company grow into something much larger,” he says.

Dalrymple traded the land down under for Sweden, where he lived for a year working for several businesses, ranging from a mobile communications company to a global sports marketing and events firm. “It was exhilarating to be exposed to a new language and a different culture,” but home – and a degree – beckoned.

After looking at a number of different schools with strong business programs, Dalrymple found his perfect fit at CofC. “The school and the city had everything I was looking for. Charleston has a great college-town vibe and is booming with economic promise.” The presence of a port and access to import/export opportunities was a plus, he said.

Dalrymple admits he’s not all business. He enjoys surfing at Folly Beach, hitting the links with pals, or checking out local music venues like The Pour House on James Island. But outside of the business school, his most frequented destination is the rugby field. Dalrymple has been a member of the College’s rugby club since early 2016. His coach, Mathew Garrison also works as the College’s coordinator for veteran, military and ROTC recruitment.

 “Veterans bring a different perspective to the business school,” says Alan T. Shao, dean of the School of Business. “Their leadership skills, discipline and maturity help foster an interesting dynamic in the classroom.”

 As for Dalrymple’s advice to other veterans interested in pursuing a business degree? “Apply what you’ve learned in the military to your college education and be open to learning from others. If you can do that, you will go very far.”

port-hansondavidCongratulations are in order for Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship David Hansen, Ph.D., who received a Best Reviewer Award from the entrepreneurship division of the Academy of Management (AOM) at its annual meeting. Hansen was identified as a distinguished evaluator out of over 900 journal reviewers.

The 2016 AOM meeting — hosted in Anaheim, California — gave researchers, teachers, students and consultants from across the country the opportunity to exchange the latest management research, present scholarly papers and network with colleagues.

To learn more about Hansen, his research and coursework, click here.

The College of Charleston School of Business welcomes new faculty members, as well as an administrative change, for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. With each addition comes a fresh approach to promoting curiosity in the classroom, rewarding innovation and upholding the College’s rigorous standards in education.

evans-jocelyn-2014Jocelyn Evans, has been named associate dean of the School of Business. Evans, a professor of finance, joined the School of Business in 2005 and has progressed through a series of teaching and advising roles. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Barat College, an MBA from Washington University and a doctorate at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include banking, corporate governance, financial distress and compensation. She is the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Research Award from the School of Business in 2008.

pelzer-josetteJosette Pelzer will be joining the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies as an assistant professor. Pelzer holds a doctorate in accounting from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Accountancy from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include behavioral and qualitative auditing.

wright-craigCraig Wright is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Management and Marketing. Wright holds a doctorate in business administration from Swiss Management Center, an MBA from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Wright is a certified public accountant with more than 17 years experience in international commercial business.

The College of Charleston School of Business has released its diversity report for the 2015/16 academic year. The report highlights goals, accomplishments and events that broaden diversity on campus. Notable accomplishments since the 2014/15 academic year include increased diversity of new faculty hires, greater female student enrollment, numerous guest speakers who represent minority groups, more involvement with the Office of Institutional Diversity and events that promote and celebrate diversity.

Diversity and inclusion are key strategies in the School of Business’ overall pursuit of excellence. Demographics show that the business school is actively working toward these strategies on numerous fronts:

  • 36 of 92 faculty and staff members are women
  • 21 of 88 faculty and staff members are minorities in terms of race/ethnicity
  • Two out of six new faculty members were women and three were minorities in terms of race/ethnicity

“While diversity of race, gender and ethnicity is important, diversity of the mind is equally critical in expanding the learning experience for our students,” says Alan T. Shao, dean of the School of Business. “Our students and faculty come from different backgrounds and bring diverse perspectives to the classroom, which benefits our students and prepares them for a borderless future.”

Throughout the year, faculty also taught courses related to diversity, namely: Managing Diversity, Diversity & Inclusions in Hotels/Hospitality and Measuring the Impacts of Tourism.

In keeping with the School of Business’ dedication to diversity, faculty were supported in their efforts to teach abroad – where they shared insights and embraced new perspectives to bring back to the College. But, the faculty weren’t the only world travelers last year; 185 business students participated in study abroad programs, including the one-year MBA students. These opportunities gave them cross-cultural experiences and provided new awareness of global communities as varied as Costa Rica and Dubai. The School of Business offers scholarships to ensure deserving students can access these opportunities.

A total of 92 foreign exchange students came to study in the School of Business, which exceeded the previous year’s total of 59. Countries represented included: Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

In addition, the School of Business participated in and/or hosted several events this year that promoted diversity, including:

  • 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Women in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Forum hosted by the Supply Chain & Information Management Department
  • Let’s Disable Disabilities: Challenge Your Views on Normality, hosted by the Think Differently Forum

More than 40 female guest speakers visited the Beatty Center during the 2015/16 academic year to connect with students and present topics such as career development, executive insights and current industry trends.

The School of Business is committed to instilling a culture of diversity and inclusiveness for its students, faculty and staff, and will continue to uphold key values of diversity.

Chris Birkel, assistant professor of legal studies, will serve as the School of Business’ diversity liaison for the 2016/17 academic year.

To learn more about diversity efforts at the College of Charleston, visit the Office of Institutional Diversity’s website.

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