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- AACSB accredited business programs since 1974
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Spring 2010 Newsletter
Published: August 04, 2010
There are lots of activities taking place this quarter that will keep everyone busy - besides classes, of course. Listed below are upcoming events of which we want you to be aware as well as information on faculty activities.
We are very pleased to announce that the search for two accounting professors ended successfully. We are excited to have the return of Dr. Arsen Djatej as an associate professor. He will be joining us for the summer term teaching two classes and will also be assisting Dr. Beth Murff with the upcoming ISAGA Conference (see item below). Mr. Bruce Davidson has been hired as an assistant professor and will begin his teaching appointment in the fall. Bruce is coming to us from Florida State University in Tallahassee where he is finishing his work on his PhD.
Jim Sinegal, April 6
Jim Sinegal, the CEO of Costco, will be speaking on the Riverpoint campus on Tuesday, April 6 at 6:00 pm in SAC 20. The primary purpose of his coming to campus is to engage our students and present some of the best practices from his business and industry. Consider attending and making this event known to your classes. Mr. Sinegal is well-known for his commitment to community engagement and practices that promote employment longevity.
Technology Enhancement Learning Workshops - April 9 and May 7
Information covered at previous TEL workshops is available on Blackboard, and the password is "riverpoint." The Workshop on April 9 will focus on Adobe Connect-Pro, Skype, and Second Life. Vance Cooney will be leading the discussion. The first part of the workshop will be in Riverpoint Phase 1, room 316 with lunch provided. Hands-on demonstrations of Adobe Connect-Pro and Skype will take place in the mini-lab (room 343). Contact Sharlene Bozanich if you plan to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org; 358-2242).
MBA Study in Chile - April 15 deadline
Join the EWU MBA program this summer as they head to Santiago, Chile to explore the culture, economy and business environment. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to start building meaningful professional relationships in Chile by meeting top executives and touring operating enterprises. There will be plenty of time for experiencing the city and seeing the sites. Flexible travel schedules can be accommodated if you want to go early or stay afterwards.
The trip is open to MBA students, alumni, significant others and anyone interested in learning more about Chile, their culture and the dynamic business environment. Trip dates are August 28, 2010 to September 5, 2010. For more information on pricing and logistics go to www.ewu.edu./mba/studyabroad or contact Roberta Brooke, email@example.com, 358-2270.
Business Plan Competition - April 20
Dave Gorton announced there are five EWU student teams covering three categories who will be asked to submit full business plans by April 6. Categories are Community Partners, Social Enterprise and Student Generated. There were 16 EWU teams entered in the first round. Judges will select their top five choices for final presentation on April 20 at Whitworth University's Weyerhaeuser Center at 1 pm with the final award ceremony at 5:15 pm.
MBA Alumni Event - May 13
Julie Prafke, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Humanix, is the scheduled guest speaker for the next MBA Alumni social to be held at Manito Country Club at 5:30 pm. Julie will address the topic of "How to Make Your Company Attractive to High End Employees." She will cover questions such as: 1) how flexible is your business; 2) do you know how to engage your employees; 3) how can you be an employee of choice; and 4) how do you make yourself invaluable to your employer. Cost for the event is $25 for alumni, faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Contact Cy Parker for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 358-2248.
Beta Alpha Psi dinner - May 21
The student chapter of Beta Alpha Psi will be holding an awards dinner on Friday, May 21 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park at 4:30 pm. They will be presenting awards and scholarships to students. This is the return of their awards dinner after a hiatus of several years where accounting firms, faculty and students are given an opportunity to network in a social setting. Cost for the dinner is $40 per person. For more information contact Dave Gorton at 358-2284
Annual "Drive for Excellence" Golf Classic - June 4
The annual Drive for Excellence golf tournament will once again be held at the Creek at Qualchan on Friday, June 4. Registration begins at 11 am with Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate - either by entering the tournament or by assisting as a volunteer. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, selling raffle tickets, working at holes where we have special games, and in other capacities. Proceeds from this tournament have benefitted many students with scholarships that would not have been awarded due to the low market return. It is expected that much of the proceeds will be used for this purpose again this year. Your participation and support of this event is very much appreciated. For more information on the tournament and volunteer opportunities, contact Sharlene at 358-2242.
Awards Reception - June 9
The annual awards ceremony and reception will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 4-5 pm, in the Phase 1 Auditorium. This year we will only be honoring students - awards and select scholarship recipients.
Graduation - Friday, June 11
Please note that graduation will be held on Friday, June 11 this year. Since faculty will not have to give up a day of their weekend, we hope you will all be able to participate in the ceremony honoring those students who have chosen to attend Eastern and especially those who chose the College of Business & Public Administration. You may order your cap and gown from the Bookstore and the cost of rental will be covered by the Dean's Office as well as tickets to the barbecue.
Staff assistance at both ceremonies is also needed and supervisors are strongly encouraged to allow their staff to help with the ceremonies.
Business After Hours - June 24
The CBPA has joined forces with Greater Spokane Inc. to host "Business After Hours," on Thursday, June 24, from 5-7 pm. This event will feature the Riverpoint Campus and showcase the educational opportunities available in Spokane at EWU. If you have ideas on what we can have as displays, please let the dean know. Refreshments will be served.
ISAGA - July 5-9
The International Simulation and Gaming Association conference is being hosted by EWU this year and will be held on the Riverpoint campus July 5 - 9. Beth Murff is the conference chair and has many exciting events taking place in conjunction with the conference. If you have a paper you would like to submit for this conference, please be sure to do so. Go to http://www.isaga.info/ for more information on the conference, registration, and submitting papers. Allan Hagelthorn has confirmed that he will be speaking on "Simulations saved my life" during the keynote address on Thursday, July 8th. This should prove to be a fascinating presentation as Allan, winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, credits simulations as a factor that helped him outrun multiple SCUD missiles while piloting a B-52.
The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis will be finishing a new Community Indicator website in May that will cover all of Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille counties. This latest project titled, Northeast Washington Trends, was paid for with a Federal Appropriations bill that was awarded from Congress last year. This is the fifth indicator project for the institute. The next two projects that will be addressed in the coming months will be for Grant County and Kootenai County in Idaho.
Students from Dave Gorton's MGMT 422 class are in the "semifinals" of the Business Plan Competition. Three teams were in his course last quarter, one team is from last year, and one team is comprised of MBA students. Dave is the contact for all teams providing advice and support.
Dave was also recognized as a reviewer for the textbook, Introduction to Managerial Accounting, by Brewer, Garrison, and Noreen, a 2010 edition published by McGraw-Hill.
"Human Resources Underutilized: The Plight of Women on Campus!" authored by Robert McGinty, was published in the February 2010 edition of Contemporary Issues in Education Research.
Steve Shervais and co-authors Patricia Kramer, Shawn Westaway, Nancy Cox and Martin Zwick, had their article, "Reconstructability Analysis as a Tool for Identifying Gene-Gene Interactions in Studies of Human Diseasess," in the Berkeley Electronic Press, Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology © 2010.
"Technology and Economic Development: A Literature Review," authored by Harm-Jan Steenhuis and Erik De Bruijn, was published in the International Association for Management of Technology 2010 Proceedings.
Harm-Jan and Erik also had their article, "Ranking Operations Management Conferences," published in Operations and Supply Chain Management's January 2010 edition.
Duanning Zhou was a participant in the Teach-In held on the Cheney campus March 9, as part of the visit to campus by Geshe Phelgye, a Buddhist monk from Tibet. Duanning spoke about "My Life in Lhasa, Tibet: From 1972 - 1980, and Revisit in 2008."
CBPA faculty receiving university merit awards this year included Damon Aiken in Teaching, Duanning Zhou in Scholarship/Creative Activity, and Dick Winchell for Service. Congratulations! They will be recognized at a reception this fall.
Damon Aiken and his co-author Keven Malkewitz from Oregon State University, were featured in a Science Blog on Google for their research on how intense war news reduces the ability to remember advertising which will be featured in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising. It is the first study of its kind related to programming intensity in the context of war news.
Professor Emeritus of Marketing, John Mager, has been notified that his article, "Fifty Years of Advertising Images: Some Changing Perspectives on Role Portrayals Along with Enduring Consistencies," co-authored with Jim Helgeson (Gonzaga), has been accepted for publication in Sex Roles: A Journal of Research.
Authors David Eagle, David Senteney, Dean Kiefer, and Arsen Djatej have had their article, "The Real Options Solution to a Cost-of-Capital Dilemma," published in the February 2010 issue of the Journal of Business and Economics Research.
David Eagle, Arsen Djatej, Robert Sarikas and David Senteney also had their article, "The Rationality of Index Investing and Paradoxes of Indexation," published in Investment Management and Financial Innovations, 2009, Vol. 6, Issue 4.
Goitom Tsegay and Nancy Birch's article, "Do Switching Barriers in the Retail Banking Industry Influence Bank Customers in Different Age Groups Differently?" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Services Marketing.
The Western Business Education Association has recognized Pam Weigand for her contributions to that organization. She received the "Newsletter Recognition Award for High Standard of Excellence in Publication." She has received this award four of the five years that she's been editor. In addition, she was selected by the state and regional associations to attend (and has completed) the Professional Development Institute. She was also elected as the incoming President-Elect for the Washington State business Education for a 3-year term beginning July 1.
Faculty and staff receiving grants recently include Patrick Jones (federal) for "Accelerating Economic Development in Rural, Underserved Communities in Northeast Washington."
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