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The School of Business honored its newest Wall of Honor inductees, Rebecca Herring and J.C. and Alberta Long, as well as 2014 inductees Stan and Ellen Schottland, at its third Wall of Honor celebration on Friday, April 21, 2017.
Each honoree was nominated and selected by the School of Business’ Board of Governors for their “transformational and lasting impact on the School of Business.”
Rebecca Herring, associate professor emeritus of accounting, paved the way for today’s accounting program at the College of Charleston School of Business. Referred to as the “consummate advisor,” Herring dedicated her life to teaching accounting and ensuring the professional success of her graduates.
J.C. Long was an attorney, builder and entrepreneur who made a name for himself by developing the Isle of Palms with a vision to offer affordable homes for returning veterans and their families. Long eventually became the largest single property owner in all of Charleston County, including what is now known as the J.C. Long Building — the first home to the College of Charleston School of Business.
Stanley A. Schottland, former chair and CEO of American Packaging Corporation (APC), was an early member of the College of Charleston School of Business’ Board of Governors. Schottland stressed the importance of experiential learning, and established the APC Internship Program, which later evolved into the Schottland Leadership Award program.
Herring, the Longs and the Schottlands join past Wall of Honor inductees, Tommy and Victoria Baker, Guy and Betty Beatty, George and Dorie Spaulding, Bill Finn, Howard and Vicki Rudd, and Anita Zucker, who served as the event’s keynote speaker.
Each year, School of Business professors are selected for their exemplary contributions in student learning, service leadership and intellectual advancements. This year, the honors go to four accomplished faculty members who represent the highest standards for teaching, service to students and the School, and research published in top-rated journals. This year’s winners are:
- Distinguished Teaching Award – James Malm, assistant professor of finance
- Distinguished Service Award – David Hansen, associate professor of entrepreneurship, and Yu Henry Xie, associate professor of marketing and international business
- Distinguished Research Award – J. Wesley Burnett, assistant professor of economics
In addition, Mark Pyles, associate professor of finance and director of the School of Business Investment Program, is the recipient of the 2017 Howard F. Rudd Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award for Service Leadership.
The award was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding, high-performing business professors who lead by example and advance the mission and global vision of the School of Business.
The award is named for Rudd, dean emeritus of the business school, who taught at the College for nearly 30 years. It is the most prestigious faculty award given in the School of Business and the only one of its kind at the College of Charleston.
The selection criteria – measured over a three-year period – includes service leadership, teaching, research and business community engagement.
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 www.charlestonhospitalityfair.com.
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 http://www.cbffac.com/.
Global 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.
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.
Jocelyn 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.
Josette 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.
Craig 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.
The College of Charleston is pleased to announce Mark David Witte as program director for its one-year Master of Business Administration program. An associate professor of economics, Witte holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Nebraska – Omaha and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
He has published numerous articles in international trade and international finance as well as other fields such as sports economics, labor economics and comparative economics. In 2013, he co-founded Sports Analytics Consulting, LLC, which aids collegiate and minor league organizations via statistical analysis.
Witte describes the mission for his new role as “creating value for students.”
“I want to get to know each of the students’ professional goals, challenges, and ambitions, so I can help them navigate their ideal work paths,” said Witte. “I see my role as a ‘career GPS,’ supporting them in their efforts to arrive at the right place professionally.”
Witte’s goals for the one-year program are ambitious. “Our current job placement rate is 95 percent three months after graduation,” he said. “The goal is 100.”
In addition to the program’s rigorous curriculum, Witte is ramping up time spent with students. His “Drinks (Coffee or Tea) with the Director” will be a weekly meet-up with four or five MBA students at a local coffeehouse. It’s designed to be an opportunity for students to share their experiences, ask for support, and discuss their professional aspirations.
Student meet-ups with the director of MBA employer relations, Keyana Cordano, are also planned to help students understand what potential employers want – and how to best position themselves for success.
Ani Meloyan stands at the helm of a full boardroom in Roper St. Francis’ hospital, poised and prepared to pitch a business idea to potential investors. The faces staring back at her belong to Roper Hospital’s CEO, its vice president of medical affairs, physicians, local business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors, all of whom have come ready to either opt in, negotiate, or leave Meloyan’s business plan in the dust.
Only, Meloyan is not actually seeking money, and the bigwigs in the room don’t really intend to spend any.
That all played out last spring for Meloyan and her peers.
College of Charleston School of Business students, Meloyan, Samantha Curtin and Michael Stalcup participated in an internship program that connected them with Israeli startup companies to learn more about international trade, writing export plans, and ultimately pitching their plans to local “investors” who would potentially have a vested interest in the product.
The internship program, called “Doing Business with Israel,” is a joint initiative between the Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute (CBRI) at Roper St. Francis, the College of Charleston’s School of Business and the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program. The program connects students with international business partnerships – specifically Israeli startups in the life sciences industry.
This Shark Tank-style scenario was arranged as a part of the internship program’s final business plan presentation. Leading up to this day, the students were each paired with an Israeli business, working with their respective CEOs to learn about the products they hope to launch in the U.S.
Meloyan was connected with a business that invented a special kind of baby bottle that preserves 50 percent more nutrients of breast milk than standard bottles. Curtin’s assigned company developed smart sensor epidural needles, ensuring a more accurate needle placement. And Stalcup worked with a business that created a blood-based diagnostic test to detect Alzheimer’s Disease in its earliest phase.
The interns spent two months producing business plans with the guidance of Rene Mueller, professor of marketing and director of the School of Business’ International Business Program, and the final month comparing their business plans with those of the actual Israeli businesses. Throughout the span of the project, the students also worked alongside Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, executive director of the CBRI, who offered insight into the medical component of the program.
“I was drawn to this internship due to its competitive nature and the international aspect of it,” says Meloyan. “The opportunity reinforced my decision to major in international business, and served as a great opportunity to gain valuable industry experience.”
Curtin adds: “The premise of ‘transforming an idea into a product’ caught my attention. While the work was daunting and, at times, exhausting, I can say for the first time in my professional career that I was truly inspired as a result of this internship.”
The international component is an integral part of this internship program. But, why Israel, specifically?
Mintzer, who spearheaded the initiative, completed his medical internship and five-year residency at the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine in Jerusalem, and is keenly aware of Israel’s booming healthcare industry.
According to the 2015 Israel Advanced Technology Industries Report on Israel’s Life Sciences Industry, more than 1,300 active companies in the life sciences industry – comprising medical devices, biotechnology/pharmaceutical and healthcare IT/digital health businesses – operate in Israel today. In the past decade, Israel’s life sciences industry has seen an annual growth rate of 20 percent.
The only problem with this growth is its inability to flourish domestically due to Israel’s small market. Because of this, Israeli entrepreneurs tend to turn to the U.S. as their primary market. Mintzer observed the success of these U.S.-Israel partnerships along with the Israeli model of aggressively merging business and academics, and thought of it as an incredible learning opportunity for local business students.
That is when he contacted Mueller at the School of Business and Martin Perlmutter, director of Jewish Studies, to initiate the “Doing Business with Israel” internship program. The School of Business’ “ready-to-work” tools and resources, coupled with Jewish Studies’ strong interest in connecting with Israel given the strength of Israeli business today, made for a no-brainer partnership in Mintzer’s mind.
“CBRI’s connecting to Jewish Studies and the School of Business, enriching the educational opportunities for the College’s students, and exposing them to the rich fabric of Israeli business innovation is an all-around winner,” says Perlmutter. “The fact that it is a long-term initiative, with a bright future, makes it even sweeter.
To learn more about the “Doing Business with Israel” internship program, please contact Mark Swick, community liaison for the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program, at email@example.com.