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School of Business Professor Receives Fulbright Honor

By Liz Monahan
Posted on 21 February 2017 | 10:17 am — 

Professor Rene Mueller, director of the International Business Program at the College of Charleston School of Business, is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to teach marketing and international business at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), University of Applied Sciences in Innsbruck, Austria.

Mueller was nominated by Fulbright Austria and selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board — a 12-member committee appointed by the president of the United States — to become a visiting professor at MCI.

“The Fulbright Scholar Program seeks to expand international understanding by sharing knowledge and culture among scholars, and this goal is consistent with the School of Business’ global vision,” said Alan Shao, dean of the School of Business. “I am delighted that Dr. Mueller has joined some of her colleagues — Drs. John Crotts, Steve Litvin and Mark Witte — as a global scholar to share her expertise in international business.”

Mueller, who shares Shao’s enthusiasm for the opportunity, credits the Fulbright grant for enabling her to extend her service, teaching and research overseas. “I am honored to be chosen to represent the School of Business as a visiting marketing and international business professor with MCI and look forward to further exploring cross-cultural marketing, global commerce and other business-related topics in the heart of Europe,” she said.

With numerous accomplishments and accolades under her belt — including two publications in the Journal of International Business Studies; five research awards as well as the 2015 Howard F. Rudd Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award for Service Leadership; nine U.S. Department of Education International Education grants; appointments to the District Export Council, the Brookings Institute Metro Export Initiative Steering Committee and the Chamber of Commerce Foreign Direct Investment Steering Committee; and the creation of multiple bi-lateral exchange and dual-degree programs at the School — Mueller is poised to find success and make an impact in the beautiful city of Innsbruck.

Former president of DuPont Performance Polymers Diane Gulyas will visit the College of Charleston School of Business as this semester’s George G. Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker.

The event, which will be held Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium of the Beatty Center, is an opportunity for Gulyas to meet with students, faculty and members of the Charleston community and discuss the insights she’s gleaned from her 36 years leading one of the world’s largest chemical corporations.

Gulyas plans to highlight the importance of intrapreneurs, or individuals within a company that are willing to take risks to solve problems, and debunk the myth that only start-up companies value both intra- and entrepreneurship. In her experience, big corporations want and need more innovative thinkers.

A firm believer in the power of personal brand, Gulyas will also speak to why job seekers should invest in themselves. “It is important for entrepreneurs to develop their brand identity because employers are investing in the person as much as they are investing in his or her skills and ideas,” she says.

The presentation will conclude with tips for having a fulfilling career. Gulyas’ secret to success: finding joy in her work.

Prior to retiring from DuPont in April 2014, Gulyas was responsible for guiding and expanding the growth and profitability of the global organization by providing customers, particularly in the automotive, packaging, construction and consumer durables markets, with high-performance polymer, resin and film materials. She served various executive and managerial roles within the company prior to her station as president.

Gulyas is now a full-time professional board director.

The College of Charleston School of Business’ Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management is joining forces with the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College and the Charleston Area Hospitality Association to host a hospitality job fair on Feb. 6 in the TD Arena.

The Charleston Hospitality Opportunity Fair hopes to bring together the best of the hospitality industry – great employment opportunities and exceptionally talented individuals – in an environment that fosters growth and development for our city.

For opportunity seekers, the event is free and lasts from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Opportunities include part time, full time, contract or seasonal employment; management-in-training and supervisory positions; internships/externships, and volunteer work. Register here for free.

The agenda for employers kicks off at 8 a.m. and concludes at 5:30 p.m. Register your business here.

To learn more, visit


Editor’s note: The event was rescheduled from its original date on Oct. 6 due to inclement weather. 

The 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 Feb. 2. 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, Zeltwanger LP and Kuehne + Nagel 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.

joe-chealeyOn Monday, Jan. 9, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) named School of Business student and Cougar point guard Joe Chealey the men’s basketball Player of the Week. The honor came after the junior and Business Administration major scored a career-high 31 points versus Hofstra University, a team-best 22 points versus Towson University and 19 points at the University of Delaware. According to the CAA, Chealey has tallied double figures in seven straight games and ranks 5th in the CAA’s overall scoring (15.9 points per game) and 8th in assists (3.1 per game).


GBRC Director Rene Mueller and Global Studies Education Coordinator Cantrelle Gilliard with Pat Fosberry, CBFFAC Education Committee Chairperson

GBRC Director Rene Mueller and Global Studies Education Coordinator Cantrelle Gilliard with Pat Fosberry, CBFFAC Education Committee Chairperson

The Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of Charleston (CBFFAC) has honored the Global Business Resource Center (GBRC) at the College of Charleston School of Business with its Affiliate Member of the Year award.

The GBRC supports continued development of international education opportunities so students may gain the necessary international business skills, cross-cultural experience and foreign language proficiencies needed to compete effectively in today’s globalized economy.

“Our association has formed a great partnership with the College of Charleston School of Business, providing a professional venue to support our educational programs,” said CBFFAC education committee chairperson, Pat Fosberry.

The Association cited the Center’s ongoing service and contributions throughout 2016 as the impetus of the award.

“At the School of Business, we strongly value our industry partners,” said Rene Mueller, director of the GBRC and the School of Business’ International Business Program. “Our relationship with the CBFFAC is important, and being honored for this collaboration is especially gratifying.”

For more info about the organization, please visit

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

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