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Keyana Cordano has joined the College of Charleston School of Business to direct MBA Employer Relations and Career Development.

Keyana Cordano, MBA Employer Relations and Career Development

Keyana Cordano, Director, MBA Employer Relations and Career Development

Cordano acts as a liaison between students, faculty, alumni and the community at large. She facilitates career counseling, personal development, interview preparation, internship and mentoring programs, MBA recruitment and more.

“Our one-year program develops students for professional development from day one.  Keyana brings the background experience and networking abilities to quickly add value to our ambitious students,” said program director James Kindley.  “Her position will generate more opportunities for current MBA students to interact with alumni, influential business leaders, and employers in Charleston and beyond.”

Cordano brings more than 15 years of experience in business management in financial services, higher education and nonprofit industries.  Prior to moving to Charleston, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls (FLOW) and is currently on its Board of Directors.  She also held sales and program management positions at IBM.

Cordano earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Executive MBA from Florida Atlantic University with Phi Kappa Phi honors.

The College of Charleston will offer a new supply chain management major in the School of Business beginning in the 2015 fall semester. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education approved the major on October 2, 2014, setting the stage for the only undergraduate supply chain management major in the state.

“This new business program is an investment in the future of the College, the Lowcountry, and the State of South Carolina,” says President Glenn F. McConnell ’69. “Our new Supply Chain Management program is in response to members of the College and at-large community who identified that there are more jobs in supply chain management and operations than there are qualified graduates to fill them.  Our new degrees are an effort toward filling that gap in a way that provides our students with a strong liberal arts background and the core competency needed to achieve success in their careers.”

Industry Reaction

Marco Wirtz, president and CEO of Daimler Van Manufacturing, with business student, Nicole Watches ’16, at Ladson, SC facility.

Marco Wirtz, president and CEO of Daimler Van Manufacturing, with business student, Nicole Watches ’16, at Ladson, SC facility.

Industry partners have heralded the exciting new major as an opportunity to recruit more employees with supply chain knowledge and applied learning experiences.

Marco Wirtz, President and CEO of Daimler Vans Manufacturing (DVM) in Ladson, S.C., has been a strong industry supporter of the students through new scholarships, relevant curriculum, and overall program leadership. “The Lowcountry has experienced significant growth in the past few years and with growth comes the need for experienced people in all areas of manufacturing. Therefore, Daimler Vans Manufacturing supports the state’s only undergraduate supply chain management major at the College of Charleston School of Business.”“We look forward to working with interns in helping develop their applied learning which will position them for a successful career,” says Wirtz, a member of the School of Business Board of Governors.

About the Curriculum

“The supply chain management major will provide students an end-to-end view of the flow of products and services from raw material provider down to the customer, and the flow of valuable information back upstream for continuous improvement in product delivery,” says Joshua Davis, chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management and associate professor in the School of Business. “Our goal is to develop the knowledge, skills, and industry partnerships to meet the needs of expanding manufacturing and information services companies in our region and across the U.S.”

Course curriculum in the supply chain management major will include planning and analysis, global logistics, operations strategy, Lean Six Sigma, production and operations management, procurement, and management information systems as well as electives in green supply chain, project management, and supply chain risk management.

 

King Street, located right next to the College of Charleston campus, has been named one of the 10 great streets in America by the American Planning Association.  You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t think King Street is great, but professors and students in the College’s Urban Studies Program explain the “why” behind King Street’s charm

RELATED: Read what the APA has to say about King Street.

1. King Street is a human-scaled street.

There are few tall buildings and many different types of commercial, residential, recreational and spiritual settings.

“Places are the most powerful when they provide many different settings in which people can linger and create meaning,” explains political science professor Kevin Keenan, AICP. “King Street provides a venue for people to experience life in the ways that they find meaningful – whether it is seeking solace in a quiet church, romping through an open field with Frisbee wielding teens, viewing the latest art or strutting around with a recently purchased Gucci bag or belt.

Second Sunday on King Street

2. It invites pedestrians.

“I especially like King Street on Second Sundays when the street is made ‘pedestrian only,” sociology professor Debbie Auriffeille says. “It easily transforms into a mobility utopia that brings people together. Children are running around everywhere, you see people you know, and it makes Charleston feel like one big ‘neighborhood’ out for a barbecue.”

“King Street has a European feel, especially on Second Sundays,” notes history professor Richard Bodek. “Families walking down the street, cafes and vendors set up on the sidewalks.”

3. It is natural smart growth.

“King Street effectively combines residential development with commercial, without losing the overall feeling generated by years of history,” says Ron Hanna III, a graduate student in urban and regional planning. “King Street is smart growth, which has occurred naturally due to the geographic constraints of the Charleston peninsula.”

4. King Street blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

“King Street brings the vibrancy of the city right into the heart of the College of Charleston,” notes Kendra Stewart, director of the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities. “I love the subtle reminders King Street offers of what is happening on campus, such as the white dresses that students wear at graduation in store windows each April.”

King Street 25. King Street reminds us of the past, with an eye to the future.

“King Street is where the historic architecture of the past provides the backdrop for present and future life,” says Barry Stiefel, historic preservation and community planning professor. “It is a captivating, four-dimensional place that encourages every generation’s appetite for social interaction.”

“King Street exudes how cities can evolve and stay true to their roots simultaneously,” says Deidre Carr, urban studies student.

6. King Street has energy.

“King Street’s food scene captures the dynamism and creative energy of the city,” notes history professor Lisa Pinley Covert. “There is so much to explore from the diverse offerings at the weekend farmer’s market to the upscale restaurants and the classic Lowcountry Sunday brunch spots.”

7. King Street fosters agglomeration economies.

Economics professor Chris Mothorpe notes, “King Street serves as the vital artery of the historic downtown Charleston area. Businesses and restaurants have located along the street to form an agglomerate that offers services to a diverse set of people and firms. This collection of institutions in close proximity to each other promotes even higher levels of social interactions.”

“I love the variety of King Street: Upper King with its design businesses, consignment stores, funky shops, and the mix of restaurants; Lower King and its antique stores, art galleries, and higher end stores; Marion Square, the centerpiece between the two arms of King, offering open space and a wonderful venue for music, art, occasional movies, and the Farmer’s Market,” says Melinda Lucka, urban studies faculty.

Link to The College Today article.

The School of Business and The Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process invites John Cerasuolo, the chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and president and CEO of ADS Security, as a part of its BB&T Free Market Process Speaker Series.  On Tuesday, October 7, Cerasuolo will discuss the role of business leaders in preserving a free society.

 

The feature presentation will be held at the School of Business, 5 Liberty Street, Charleston, in the Beatty Center Wells Fargo Auditorium, from at 1:40 – 3:00 p.m.  This event is open to students, the business community, media, and other Charleston area residents.

The event is co-sponsored by the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process, the Schottland Scholars Program, and MGMT 345: Leadership and Management Development.

About John Cerasuolo
John Cerasuolo is the chairman of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of ADS Security, which he joined in 2008. ADS Security is the 25th largest security firm in the United States and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee serving the southeastern United States. The security industry leader has received several notable recognitions including being Honeywell’s four-time National Dealer of the Year. Mr. Cerasuolo recently served as the Vice President of AFL Network Services headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee. In this capacity, Mr. Cerasuolo led a division with 1,300 employees across 35 locations. He began his career as a Naval Officer in the United States Navy’s Nuclear Engineering Program. Mr. Cerasuolo earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1983 and a Masters of Business Administration degree in 1995 from Clemson University.  He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

Five College of Charleston School of Business students were awarded scholarships at this week’s 41st annual S.C. International Trade Conference (SCITC). This is the second consecutive year that College of Charleston students have swept SCITC scholarship awards.

Each year, the SCITC presents scholarships to students in memory of Mrs. Margaret A. Patrick, who was instrumental in the development of the annual trade conference and its strong support of transportation education, and in memory of W. Don Welch, the former executive director of the South Carolina Ports Authority. Five scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, were awarded at the 2014 conference held at the Wild Dunes Resort with more than 400 attendees from across the state and southeast region.

All students from South Carolina colleges and universities were invited to participate in the competitive

Featured L-R: Dr. Rene Mueller, director of the Global Business Resource Center and Global Scholars Program with scholarship recipients Kornelia Kostka, Krystyna Rastorguieva, Lauren Hackler, and April Henry. Not shown: Ryan Faucher.

Featured L-R: Dr. Rene Mueller, director of the Global Business Resource Center and Global Scholars Program with scholarship recipients Kornelia Kostka, Krystyna Rastorguieva, Lauren Hackler, and April Henry. Not shown: Ryan Faucher.

application process. The winners were selected based on a proven interest or experience in international trade or related area, academic standing and performance, a personal narrative, letter(s) of recommendation, honors and extracurricular activities.

  • Krystyna Rastorguieva, international business major (Don Welch Scholarship sponsored by the S.C. International Trade Conference Board of Directors in the amount of $2,500);
  • Kornelia Kostka, double major in international business and finance (Margaret A. Patrick Scholarship sponsored by the S.C. International Trade Conference Board of Directors in the amount of $2,500);
  • April Henry, international business major (scholarship sponsored by the Propeller Club of South Carolina in the amount of $1,500);
  • Ryan Faucher, international business major and Honors College student (Customs Broker and Freight Forwarder Scholarship in the amount of $1,000); and
  • Lauren Hackler, economics major with minors in French and international studies (scholarship sponsored by the Butler C. Derrick, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in the amount of $1,000).

“This scholarship has provided me with additional motivation to expand my horizons and work even harder to develop my skillset as a student,” says Kostka. “Balancing athletic and academic obligations while finding time for extracurricular activities can be challenging, so I am very thankful for South Carolina International Trade Conference’s support as I aspire to reach my goals.”

“I am extremely proud that, for the last two years, our business students have swept the South Carolina International Trade Conference scholarship awards,” says Rene Mueller, director of College of Charleston’s Global Business Resource Center and Global Scholars Program, and professor of marketing. “I am constantly amazed at the impressive academic and work backgrounds of the students. Not only do these students have impressive GPAs but they also have extensive work and extracurricular experiences. They have studied abroad, participated in service learning programs, and have taken advantage of international trade internships. The scholarship awards are well deserved.”

About the School of Business
College of Charleston’s School of Business offers seven undergraduate majors and several interdisciplinary concentrations, an honors program in business, an M.S. in Accountancy and an MBA.  Approximately 2000 undergraduate and graduate students attend from as far away as China, Germany and Brazil. The faculty has research expertise in areas such as global logistics, hospitality and tourism, political economics, financial investment, bankruptcy, business intelligence, real estate, and sustainable business practices. Visit http://sb.cofc.edu/to learn more about our students’ achievements, undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty and Centers of Excellence.

About the College

The College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. With more than 11,000 students, the College of Charleston offers the distinctive combination of a beautiful and historic campus, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs.

 

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, NBC Today Show financial editor Jean Chatzky will talk about

Jean Chatzky, Author and Financial Editor, The Today Show on NBC

Jean Chatzky, Author and Financial Editor, The Today Show on NBC

“Making Money Make Sense” in the College of Charleston School of Business. Chatzky will talk about the importance of proactively managing your money, why debt is dangerous and how to avoid financial pitfalls. The free event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Beatty Center’s Wells Fargo Auditorium (5 Liberty St.).

In addition to her role on the Today Show, Chatzky is an author, motivational speaker, and has given personal financial advice on Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly and The View, among others. She started her career in 1986 at Working Women, knowing that she wanted to be a financial journalist. She left after two years taking at Dean Witter Reynolds before moving to Forbes. She is the author of The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even The Toughest Times (March 2009), Make Money, Not Excuses (March 2008), Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (January 2006), The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness (January 2005) and Talking Money (January 2001).

Link to original article on The College Today.

It’s one thing to organize and analyze the vast streams of computer data that many businesses and organizations collect by the terabyte. But what does it all mean? And how can organizations use this information to improve their performance and boost their bottom line?

That’s where an expert like Chen-Huei Chou comes in. An Associate professor in the new Department of Supply Chain and Information Management in the School of Business, Chou has been teaching at the College of Charleston since 2008.

RELATED: Learn more about the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management.

Chen-Huei Chou

Chou’s academic background in computer science, information systems and business are reflected in his research. He has studied everything from abuse of the Internet in the workplace to the usefulness of state emergency management websites. He’s also adept at teaching information management concepts to students, as demonstrated by the Distinguished Teaching Award he received from the School of Business in 2013.

Fresh off a busy summer of travel, research and speaking engagements, Chou recently answered a few questions for The College Today.

Q: What is your academic background?

A: Before joining the College of Charleston, I received higher education in both Taiwan and the United States. I have an academic background in two completely different fields: one in engineering and one in business. I received a B.S. in Information and Computer Engineering from Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan, and a M.S. in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. After working for Acer, Inc. as a senior computer engineer for two years, I came to the U.S. and received an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Q: What are your research interests?

A: My areas of interests include Web design issues in disaster management, ontology development, data mining, text mining, knowledge management, Internet abuse detection and software testing. I’ve published, including forthcoming, 17 peer-reviewed journal articles in the past six years. Several of the manuscripts have been published in top-ranked journals. For example, I have a forthcoming paper entitled “Ontology-based Design and Evaluation of Natural Disaster Management Websites: Tools and Applications” to appear in MIS Quarterly, which is the No. 1-ranked journal in Management Information Systems.

RELATED: Read an abstract of Chou’s forthcoming research article in MIS Quarterly.

Q: What are your expectations and hopes for the new Department of Supply Chain and Information Management, and why is it an important field of study for business students?

A: More than ever before, effective supply chain management involves the collection, distribution and analysis of complex information. This evolutionary trend is occurring in many other functions of the firm as well. As such, the knowledge and skill requirements for success in business have evolved to include information management and analysis for problem solving, and the ability to use technology to execute business activities. These changes have made it very important for business students from all functional backgrounds to study information systems. Our hope and expectation is that the new Department of Supply Chain and Information Management will be the go-to area for obtaining rigorous information management training that will complement the existing programs in the School of Business and will add value to all our business students.

Q: You had a busy summer working on research projects, delivering a keynote speech and attending international conferences. Tell us about these activities?

servers-embedA: In July, I was invited to offer a keynote speech at the International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management in Bangkok, Thailand. In this speech, I shared my knowledge and experience in conducting a text mining approach for detecting Internet abuse in the workplace. As the use of the Internet in organizations continues to grow, so does Internet abuse in the workplace. Internet abuse activities by employees — such as online chatting, gaming, investing, shopping, illegal downloading, pornography and cybersex — and online crimes are inflicting severe costs on organizations in terms of productivity losses, resource wasting, security risks and legal liabilities.

This summer I also attended two international conferences to report on recent research. At the International Conference on Information Management, I presented the findings of a study co-worked with a professor in Taiwan. This study, entitled “Examination of Team Performance Predictors: A Data Mining Approach,” aims to use data mining to identify team personality traits related to team performance. We found that conscientiousness and neuroticism traits were highly ranked by three filter methods. Our findings potentially contribute to the development of human resource management academically and practically.

At the International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Applications held in Chengdu, China, I presented the topic “Functional Validation and Test Automation for Android Apps.” Android open source mobile operating systems have been used by major smartphone manufacturing companies. Its market share exceeded 80 percent in the third quarter of 2013. During the presentation, I presented proposed test cases for performing system testing, compatibility testing and automated stress testing of Android apps.

Q: Some of your work in management information systems is focused on disaster preparedness and emergency response websites. How can this research lead to improvements in these systems and benefit public safety?

HurricanhugoA: Local and state natural disaster management (NDM) websites play an important role in assisting people through various disaster stages such as general preparation, preparation for a coming/predicted disaster, disaster in progress and response, recovery, and learning and mitigation. However, such websites are complex and there is little research on standards and guidelines for developing and evaluating them. In a project co-worked with two professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we developed an ontology-based evaluation tool to assess the utility of NDM websites. Two main groups of stakeholders — experts who are in charge of NDM websites and potential users of such websites — contributed to the process.

The practical usefulness of our work has been demonstrated in its use to assess the online readiness of all 50 U.S. states. Our analysis of NDM websites revealed a lack of preparation by most states. This is stunning given the fact that websites have become a common channel of communication to reach the public asynchronously. Our work identified the areas of weakness for each state in the five stages of NDM. This work can be used to enhance the websites of the states and assist in prioritizing the areas that need improvement.

Re-posted from:
http://today.cofc.edu/2014/09/16/data-mining-professor-analyzes-digital-information-improve-business-practices/

The Office of Economic Analysis and the Office of Tourism Analysis  forecast that occupancy rates in Charleston will remain steady through the rest of 2014 and 2015.  Frank Hefner, Ph.D., professor of economics, and director of the Office of Economic Analysis, forecasts that occupancy rates for peninsula hotels should remain at 80.5% for the rest of 2014, and are predicted to be 80.1% in 2015.

Bing Pan, Ph.D., associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, and head of research for the Office of Tourism Analysis,  added that given the increase of 304 hotel rooms, the roomnights sold in peninsula will rise slightly in 2015. Occupancy rates for surrounding Charleston County should remain at 74.5% for the rest of 2014, and are predicted to be 74.7% in 2015.

The average daily rate for hotel rooms on the peninsula is predicted to rise slightly, from an average of $188.72 in 2014 with continued growth to $194.17 in 2015.  In surrounding Charleston County, the average daily rate is predicted to increase from $136.66 in 2014 to $143.49 in 2015.

For more information, please contact:

Bing Pan, Ph.D.
, Head of Research, Office of Tourism Analysis
Associate Professor, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
School of Business, College of Charleston

Work: 843-953-2025
Mobile Phone: 843-608-9188
Email: [email protected]

Managing a hostel in Ghana for NGO workers, operating the food and beverage departments at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, creating sales and marketing strategies for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australia Baseball League. In today’s global marketplace, these types of internship experiences on a student’s resume are likely to get him or her noticed in the $2 trillion global tourism industry. Unfortunately, not every student is able to afford these opportunities.
Michael and Tania Cahill, parents of Isabel ’14, were inspired by their daughter’s experiential learning through the hospitality and tourism management (HTMT) program.  During the summer before Isabel’s sophomore year, she worked at a hotel in Montreal.  The following summer, she interned at a hotel in Amsterdam.

“We realize the value of those experiences and wanted to make similar opportunities available for other hospitality and tourism students who might not otherwise be able to afford it,” says Michael Cahill.

In June 2014, the couple created the Cahill HTMT International Internship Award to enable one undergraduate student annually to participate in an extraordinary internship abroad.  The Cahill gift also advances the School of Business’ mission to incorporate global learning into students’ experiences.

The first award recipient will be selected this fall by departmental faculty. Students can use the award to meet a variety of needs, such as travel, fees related to the visa process, tuition, and living expenses.

“The Cahill HTMT International Internship Award aligns with our emphasis on industry partnerships, the desire of our students to work and study internationally, and the mission of the College to foster distinctive opportunities and relationships around the world,” says Brumby McLeod, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management.

Both Tania and Michael have “outside” perspectives on the impact of their gift.  Tania, a native of Holland and Michael, originally from Canada, see how it will influence a student’s outlook and career success in a life-changing way.

“International internships will better equip students at the College of Charleston to participate in the global economy alongside students from Europe, Asia and elsewhere,” says Cahill. “Dean Shao, Dr. Frash and Dr. McLeod have clearly focused on these initiatives as an important part of a good education and we’re glad to be a part of their vision.”

In addition to working abroad, the recipient will be encouraged to live with a local family.  A home-stay arrangement allows the student to be deeply exposed to the area’s people and lifestyles.

“Our hope is that wherever a student lands an international internship, that he or she soaks up the unique culture by meeting, socializing and living with the local population,” says Cahill.

In today’s borderless business world, international work experience is more than an added bonus on a student’s resume. It’s the differentiating factor that will be made possible for several HTMT students, thanks to the generosity and global vision of Michael and Tania Cahill.

With the finance major heading into its second year and the new supply chain and information management program beginning this fall, the number of students who are excited about job prospects in these fields is increasing.

Industry leaders like Marco Wirtz, president and CEO of Daimler Vans Manufacturing, see the value of these two programs and how investing in our students can enhance the educational experience offered at the College of Charleston and benefit our region’s high-growth economy.

In April, Daimler Vans Manufacturing LLC. created the Daimler Vans Scholars Program with a $163,000 pledge to help support highly motivated students who are preparing for careers in supply chain management or finance. Wirtz, a member of the School of Business Board of Governors, was instrumental in designing the program and advocating for Daimler’s generous commitment.

“I see the College of Charleston School of Business as a valuable source of talent to join Daimler Vans Manufacturing, particularly in the areas of supply chain management and finance,” says Wirtz.  “The faculty is closely aligned with the business community and has designed the academic programs to be rigorous and relevant to the needs of the job market.”

Rising junior, Blair Healey was inspired by Dr. Marvin Gonzales to learn more about supply chain management in a decision sciences class when he connected the power of data on driving business decisions and efficiency, especially in manufacturing environments. Healy’s experience learning about supply chain management and its importance in industry has motivated him to focus the next two years studying in the discipline.  He was selected by Joshua Davis, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management and associate professor, as one of two inaugural Daimler Vans Scholars.  Each recipient will receive a prestigious scholarship during their junior and senior years and will also be offered unique opportunities to meet DVM leadership and be exposed to the company.

“The Daimler Vans scholarship will lead directly to advancement in my career. It will lighten the financial burden of college and enable me to focus more whole-heartedly on my education in supply chain management,” says Healey.  “As a Daimler Vans Scholar, I also have invaluable connections into the manufacturing industry, such as Marco Wirtz, to give me more comprehensive knowledge in a competitive field.”