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Spring 2012 Newsletter
Published: April 09, 2012
College of Business & Public Administration
Spring 2012 Newsletter
Spring is here and we are all ready for warmer weather and the many activities that take place during Spring quarter both on the academic and personal side. There are many activities being planned this quarter and details on some of these events are listed below. The Dean's office hopes that you have a great quarter.
Martine Duchatelet has been named dean of the College of Business & Public Administration and executive dean of EWU Spokane. She will begin her duties on June 1, 2012. She comes to Eastern from Purdue Calumet, where she has been dean of the School of Management since 2006. Martine received her doctorate in economics from Stanford University and her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Brussels University. Beth Tipton will serve as interim dean during the interim period resulting from the retirement of Niel Zimmerman on March 31.
We wish all the best to Niel and his wife, Judy, as they finally get to enjoy their well-deserved retirement.
Celebration of Entrepreneurship - Thursday, April 5, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
This year's honorees are Jeff and Julia Postlewait, owners of the Rocket Bakeries in Spokane. Readers of the Inlander have designated the Bakeries as the "Best Local Coffee/Espresso" restaurants. The Rocket Bakeries are known as warm eclectic locations where friends meet or one can just kick back and read a book. Founded in 1992 by the Postlewaits in a tiny location in the Spokane Valley, the Rocket Bakery was instrumental in bringing the West Coast coffee culture and wonderful baked goods to the greater Spokane area. Since opening, The Rocket has grown to nine locations, including a grocery, a commercial bakery and much more. All of this has been accomplished without outside financing. To hear more of their amazing story, join us in honoring Jeff and Julia.
Cost: $25 per person
Contact Sharlene Bozanich at 828-1226 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Business Plan Competition
Students in Liz Peterson's Entrepreneur class (MGMT 422) will be participating in this year's Business Plan Competition. There are currently 13 teams from the class who have entered (out of a total of 32 teams) in three categories: Student, Community (graduate students), and Social (non-profit). March 23 was the preliminary competition. Five teams in each category will advance to the final round based on judging, which includes the judging at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship breakfast. The finals competition will be held on April 19 at Whitworth University.
Northwest Tribal Transportation Symposium
The 19th Annual ATNI Northwest Tribal Transportation Symposium will be held April 9 - 12, 2012 at Grand Mound, Washington. This year's symposium will feature, "Preserving our Culture and Community." For more information on the symposium, visit www.ewu.edu/NWTTAP/Training/NW-TTAP-Symposium.xml.
Visit by AACSB Team Chair
Dr. Kjell Knudsen, Business Accreditation Team Chair, and Dr. Duchatelet will be visiting the campus May 8-10. During this time, they will meet with the Accreditation Team (Dean Kiefer, Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Beth Tipton, Nancy Birch, and Roberta Brooke), MBA Committee, faculty and staff, and others individuals and groups. This is a pre-visit by the Team Chair prior to the team's site review in February 2013. More details and itinerary will be available as we get closer to the date. Dr. Knudsen is currently the dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
BAP Dinner - Friday, May 18, 2012, Center Place Fireplace Lounge,
4:30 - 6:30 pm
2426 N. Discovery Place in the Spokane Valley will be the site of the 2012 Beta Alpha Psi Spring Banquet featuring Vicky Dalton, Spokane County Auditor, as the keynote speaker. Reservations can be made by contacting BAP at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 11, 2012.
Cost is $40 per person.
CBPA Golf Classic - June 8, 2012, The Creek at Qualchan
The annual CBPA Golf Classic will take place at the Creek at Qualchan. Registration will begin at 11 am with a shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, registration, manning holes for the hole-in-ones and selling tickets, putting contest, and many other tasks. This is the college's major scholarship fundraiser and is a day filled with fun and excitement. For more details on the tournament, volunteering, and other aspects of the Golf Classic, please contact Sharlene Bozanich.
Honors and Awards Ceremony
This year's ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 14 in the Riverpoint Phase 1 Auditorium. This will be a time to acknowledge our students successes and achievements, including the induction into several of our honor societies, recognition of our scholarship recipients, and other honors and awards. A reception will be held following the ceremony.
Commencement, June 16, 2012
More changes are taking place at this year's commencement ceremony. This year both masters and baccalaureate students will be combined into one ceremony and the colleges will be divided into two separate programs. The College of Business & Public Administration will join with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Social Work at the morning ceremony. All faculty and students will participate in the Grande Marche from the campus mall to Roos Stadium. More details on the logistics of the graduation ceremony will be available in late May.
Tne other major change is that our students will be crossing the stage from both sides. Faculty will be needed at the ramps on both sides of the stage to greet students as they descend from the stage and help them return to their seats.
The traditional barbecue will be held following the morning ceremony.
Faculty from the CBPA receiving merit awards for 2011-12 are:
•· Damon Aiken, Teaching
•· Kelley Cullen, Teaching
•· Grant Forsyth, Teaching
•· Bill Kelley, Service
•· Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Scholarship/Creative Activity, Service, and Professor of the Year
•· Bruce Teague, Teaching
•· Dick Winchell, Scholarship/Creative Activity, Service, and Professor of the Year
Congratulations on your achievements!
News from the MBA Program
The MBA program has developed a dual degree program with the University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden, Germany (FhS). Students will be able to earn an EWU MBA and an MA in International Business and Economics from Schmalkalden. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to students as a home tuition exchange program. Full-time students will be able to accomplish both degrees in as little as six quarters; 4 quarters at EWU and 2 quarters at FhS. Interested students should contact Roberta Brooke. Classes offered in Germany will be taught in English.
In partnership with Cengage Learning, the MBA program has implemented a pilot writing assessment project. Using Cengage's Write Experience artificial intelligence software, MBA students are assessed at intake and throughout the program depending on their initial score. The software is available to students for use at their own pace. It provides tutoring and editing assistance to students as they work with it to improve their writing skills. Eventually all students must pass the writing test in order to be eligible for the oral exams and graduation. This assessment project is just one of the continuous improvements efforts in the MBA program.
A new course, "Economics of Competitiveness for Community Leaders," is being taught this summer as a non-credit course to regional business and community leaders. This course explores the determinants of regional and national competitiveness and economic development by focusing on the productivity of firms operating in the region. It examines competitiveness from the perspective of firms, economic clusters, regions, nations, and groups of neighboring countries. The roles played by the practices of local firms, the vitality of clusters, the quality of the business environment and competition, government, industry associations and universities will be discussed. Harm-Jan Steenhuis will teach the course and be assisted by Dean Kiefer. EWU is one of a dozen universities in North America authorized to teach this course based on materials developed by the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School.
News from Urban & Regional Planning
Prior to graduation, graduate students are required to synthesize and apply all of the planning theory, tools, and practices they have learned. Known affectionately as Methods III, this course has in recent years featured a hypothetical comprehensive planning exercise. This year's class opted to undertake a real-life planning project and has recently completed an extensive review of the City of Newport, Washington Comprehensive Plan. The students have provided the City of Newport with updated data, maps, and analysis that will be used to revise their comprehensive plan. It is important to note that when the city originally prepared their comprehensive plan, neither the city nor county had any mapping capability, so the maps and data prepared by the students will be incorporated into the County's new Geospatial Information and Mapping System. The students presented their findings to the Newport City Council on March 19 and prepared a detailed briefing for the city staff and local newspaper on March 20.
Undergraduate planning students are also required to conduct the same sort of planning exercise as graduate students. Students in the senior capstone course during spring quarter will be joining the City of Spokane Planning Department in supporting the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood in updating their Neighborhood Plan. The students will be preparing a community profile derived from the 2010 Census and will prepare a map highlighting the various planning initiatives and opportunities in the neighborhood.
Students participating in internship opportunities have been involved with many different projects including the City of Rathdrum, Federal Transit Administration, Seattle, the City of Spokane Office of Neighborhood Services and Spokane Transit Authority.
Graduate student Aline Uwonkunda presented her paper, "Vegetation Cover Change Detection in the Nile River Basin by using MODIS NDVI" at the National Conference of the Association of American Geographers in New York City in February. This paper was a presentation of her work on an international research project on vegetation cover change on the Nile River watershed in Africa.
Chicano Development Institute to link Chicano Studies and Urban Planning Curricula to Identify Critical Issues in Central Washington.
Dr. Dick Winchell, FAICP, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and Dr. Martin Garcia, Assistant Professor of Chicano Education, along with MPA student Cricelia Calderon completed the first phase of their 2011-12 Diversity Grant using community service-learning classes in urban planning and Chicano studies. The $7,000 grant is to fund the "Chicano Community Development Institute" as a collaboration between the EWU Department of Urban Planning, Public and Health Administration with Chicano Education to identify, assess, and address Hispanic Issues in Central Washington and to assess the potential for an on-going institute, curricular transformation and collaboration, along with field-based research.
Winchell's PLAN-267 Community Development and PLAN-502 Advanced Community Development, along with Dr. Garcia's CHST-320 Chicano-Latino Politics in America identified critical issues facing a rapidly growing Hispanic population in Central Washington, and completed preliminary demographic and socio-economic assessments of population change. For the 11 counties of Central Washington, the Hispanic population has grown from around 190,000 in 2000 to 285,000 in 2010, an increase of over 30%, while two counties-Franklin and Adams-had majority Hispanic populations as of 2010. These are major changes for these mostly rural counties and raise many issues in terms of planning, community and economic development.
Dr. Veronica Elias, Public Administration and Urban Planning, has also supported this project, and will work with Dr. Patrick Jones over the Summer to assess perceptions of Hispanic business leaders across this region as a new economy emerges. Further collaboration to address change and critical issues will be the subject of on-going student research during Spring Quarter, along with a lecture series and curricula development. For further information or if you would like to participate in future activities, please contact Dr. Dick Winchell (email@example.com). Watch for special events and activities during Spring Quarter.
Eisenhower Fellows Represent EWU at National Conference in DC
Dr. Dick Winchell and five Native American students in planning and related studies traveled to Washington, DC in January to participate as Eisenhower Tribal Transportation Fellows in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual conference. TRB is the transportation branch of the National Academies, and two of the EWU Transportation Fellows were invited to present their research projects in a poster session. Ms. Angelena Campobasso, Colville Confederated Tribes, presented her research on the Colville Confederated Tribes' tribal transit program needs, and Mr. Sherwin Racehorse, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, presented his project on the Indian Reservation Roads Maintenance Program deficiencies, issues and needs (see photo). Other EWU Fellows are Elima Bird, Spokane Tribe; Raymond Allen, Nez Perce Tribe; and William Marchand, Colville Confederated Tribes. There are 300 Eisenhower Fellows research stipends awarded nationally, and all participants receive a certificate and the chance to participate in this major conference with 10,000 engineers and transportation officials. The EWU Eisenhower Fellows receive stipends of $5,000 to $7,500, which includes travel expenses to TRB in a grant developed by Dr. Winchell. This is the third year of successful funding for Eisenhower Fellows.
Richard Rolland, NW TTAP Director, EWU urban planning, also attended and actively participated on several committees of the TRB, including the American Indian Transportation Committee. Both Mr. Rolland and Dr. Winchell serve on the TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program Review Team for TCRP Project H-38 Developing, Enhancing, and Sustaining Tribal Transit Services. The final products for this research project will be published this Spring by TRB.
Mr. Rolland is an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Native American Transportation Issues, a member of the Committee on Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and has just been nominated to become a new member of the Environmental Justice Committee. The Transportation Research Board (trb.org) is a section of the National Academies.
Mr. Sherwin Racehorse, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes; Ms. Angelina Campobasso, Colville Confederated Tribes
Economics Department News
Economics major Bina R. Walker presented her paper, "An Econometric Analysis of the Economic & Social Implications of India's Declining Sex Ratio" at the Midwest Economics Association (MEA) meetings in Chicago, IL during spring break. Her paper is being considered for Best Undergraduate Paper by the conference.
Students form "EWU Economics Society"
Several EWU students and several department faculty attended an organizational meeting on Thursday, March 1 to form the "EWU Economics Society." The interim officers (pending upcoming elections for fall) include Bina Walker, President; Ryne Rohla, Vice-President; Leia Hyde, Secretary; and Jessica Skidmore, Treasurer. Dr. Kelley Cullen will be serving as the faculty advisor. The club hopes to plan academic activities such as department seminars, guest speakers and film viewings as well as social activities like bowling and laser tag. The club has also started a Facebook page.
Economics Students and Faculty Visit WSU (Pullman) for Annual Leigh Lecture
On Thursday, March 8, Dr. Kelley Cullen took eight EWU students to Washington State University in Pullman for a dinner and lecture hosted by the School of Economic Sciences (SES). Students Bina & Anthony Walker, Ryne Rohla, Leia Hyde, Connor Cockle, Johnny Mojica, Nic Burnham and Tim Fackenthall were joined by Dr. Grant Forsyth & Dr. Mark Holmgren of EWU and Dr. Hayley Chouinard of WSU who hosted the pre-lecture dinner and informational session about WSU graduate programs in economics. Following the dinner, Dr. Matthew Rabin, UC Berkeley, presented his talk "Incorporating More Realistic Psychology in Economics" at the annual Bertha C. and Roy E. Leigh Distinguished Lecture Series. Students had the opportunity to hear from a leading behavioral economist and to talk with WSU faculty and students about their courses and graduate programs.
Economics Students Watch Moneyball
Seventeen students showed up on Wednesday, February 15 for a screening of Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The central premise of Moneyball is that the collected wisdom of baseball insiders (including players, managers, coaches, and scouts) over the past century is subjective and often flawed. The movie, based on the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, argues that the Oakland A's' front office took advantage of more analytical measures of player performance conducted by an economics major from Yale to field a team that could compete successfully against richer competitors in MLB. Students enjoyed pizza, popcorn and an ice cream cake at the event.
Zovanyi, Gabor, The No-Growth Imperative: Creating Sustainable Communities Under Ecological Limits to Growth" accepted for publication with Earthscan/Routledge. Publication anticipated by late 2012 or early 2013.
Aiken, Damon, and Conrad John, "Source Influences of Internet Trustmarks: An Exploratory Study," Business Research Yearbook, forthcoming
Elias, M. Veronica, and Alkadry, Mohamad, "Constructive Conflict, Participation, and Shared Governance," Administration and Society, 43:869, 2011
Hasan, Jameel, "What Research has to Say about Student Ratings of University Classroom Instructional Effectiveness, Advances in Business Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011
Muehling, Darrel and Pascal, Vince, "An Involvement Explanation for Nostalgia Advertising Effects," Journal of Promotion Management, 18:100-118, 2012
Nemetz-Mills, Patricia, "Faculty Social Networking Interactions: Using Social Domain Theory to Assess Student Views," Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, in press 2012
Wandebori, Harimukti, deBruijn, Erik Joost, and Steenhuis, Harm-Jan, "Required Steps of Managing International Equity Placement Strategic Alliance," The Asian Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011
Yokozawa, Kodo, Steenhuis, Harm-Jan, and de Bruijn, Erik-Joost, "Factors Affective International Transfer of Kaizen," Operations and Supply Chair Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2012
Presentations and/or Proceedings
Bucciferro, Justin, "Forced Labor in the Historical Formation of Brazil," 37th Annual Meeting of the Economic and Business Historical Society, Las Vegas, NV, April 2012
Cullen, Kelley, "Assessing the performance of Students in Principles of Economics," Teaching Economics: Instruction and Classroom Based Research, 23rd Annual Conference, Robert Morris University, Pittsburg, PA, February 2012.
Cullen, Kelley, "Income Distribution," Leadership Spokane's session on "One Paycheck Away: How can the community leader build community capacities and respond to human needs in trying times?" Spokane, WA, February 2012
Cullen, Kelley, Dempsey, Jessica, Wargo, Gary, Titus, Codi, Jones, Mike, Shank, Nancy "Running Start in the High School - A Small School Perspective," WASA Small Schools Conference, Yakima, March 2012
Hasan, Jameel, "Digital Diplomacy and Human Dimension of Cross-Cultural Sensitivity at Home and Abroad," Academy of Business Research Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2012
Ittner, David, Lady, Steve, Nielsen, Jake, and Steenhuis, Harm-Jan, "Cultural Values and their Effect Upon the Economic Development of the Brics Nations," Managing Technology-Service Convergences in the Post-Industrialized Society, IAMOT, Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 2012
McKee, Gavin, Chapman, Kenneth, Uhling, Thomas, McDonnell, Robert, and Steenhuis, Harm-Jan, "The Role of High Speed Broadband Communication Networks and their Impact on GDP Per Capita," Managing Technology-Service Convergences in the Post-Industrialized Society, IAMOT, Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 2012
Peterson, Elizabeth, "Don't Touch my Medicare," American Economics Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 2012
Weigand, Pam, "Making Students Responsible for Their Writing Improvement," presented at the Washington Business Education Association Conference in California (February 2012) and the National Business Education Association Conference in Boston (April 2012)
Patrick Jones has been notified that he has received three grants for the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis in the past few months. The Empire Health Foundation has provided additional funding in excess of $13,000 for the grant, Wellness and Readiness in Two Rural Communities. The City of Spokane has funded a $15,000 grant for the Spokane Community Indicators. Grant County funded over $11,000 for their website maintenance.
Dick Winchell has received an additional $140,000 from the Department of Transportation for his grant with the Federal Highways Administration.
Elizabeth Peterson will conduct a workshop on entrepreneurship for EWU's Children's Studies conference, "Building Better Communities: Engaging Young Voices," May 2012.
Elizabeth Peterson will attend the Faculty Development in International Entrepreneurship program in Denver, May/June 2012.
Pam Weigand is President of the Washington State Business Education Association for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Gorton, Dave, served as a reviewer for Introduction to Managerial Accounting, 6th Edition, published by McGraw-Hill Irwin.
Larry Luton served as the public administration chair for the Western Political Science Association annual conference in Portland, March, 2012. He also co-chaired the Qualitative Methods portion of the "Methods Café," chair and discussant for a panel on "Issues in Public Administration Theory," and a member of the "meet the editors" panel at the conference.
Students in Tam Limpaphayom's Operations Management course (OPSM 330) in Bellevuewere guests at McKinstry in Seattle. Their host, Mark Jonson, and speakers Mark Guymon and Peter Locke, were wonderful and the students learned a great deal. Kim Pearman-Gilman, Spokane representative, helped coordinate the tour.
Administrative Theory & Praxis, Volume 34, No. 1, March 2012, edited by Larry Luton. This was the first publication with Larry as the editor.
Jianfeng Xu, an associate professor for Nanchang University, China, is a visiting scholar working with his advisor, Duanning Zhou, on data mining and behavioral aspects of software development. Professor Xu will be here through August 2012.