We believe an important part of success is caring about others and about your community. Our faculty are active with non-profits and charitable organizations in the community, and they often lead opportunities for students to become involved as well. Read about some of their recent projects: 

Dr. Ina Markham
Ina Markham

Congratulations are in order for Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics Dr. Ina Markham, who just received a Distinguished Service Award from the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SEDSI). The mission of the organization is to “develop scholars, who produce, use, and disseminate knowledge primarily within and across information systems, analytics, and supply chain management to improve decisions involving systems, technology, and processes.” She started her service with SEDSI twenty-two years ago and has served as Track Chair, Program Chair, President, and Council member, and also served the International DSI as Track Chair, panelist for Doctoral, New Faculty, as well as Mid-Career Faculty consortia, Coordinator of Mini-Conference on Curricular Issues, At-Large Vice President, Regional Vice-President, and Vice President for Professional Development on the Board of Directors. The award is not annual—it is only given out when there is a person who truly deserves it; in fact, it has only been bestowed twice since 2010. Congrats!

Dr. Bill Ritchie
Bill Ritchie

Dr. Bill Ritchie took experiential learning to a whole new level. Students in his class spent the fall semester learning about supply chain management through the lens of hurricane disaster relief, collecting more than $12,000 in supplies to help citizens in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Concepts from sourcing and procurement to warehousing, logistics, and distribution were reinforced by actual interaction with the supply chain concepts - people, tools and applications.

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Chris Roeder & Dan Zisk

Chris Roeder and Dan Zisk advise JMU’s Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE) chapter, which won the 2016-17 National Chapter of the Year award for the second consecutive year. The group also received this honor for their inaugural 2015-16 year. The award recognizes achievements such as active chapter programs, such as guest lectures, career counseling and networking opportunities; number of new members initiated; community service projects; and honors and recognitions of individual members.

Dr. Kathryn Schumaan
Kayti Schumann

Dr. Kathryn Schumaan is the faculty advisor to the JMU Financial Management Association student chapter which has earned the FMA Superior Chapter Award for the 2016-17 academic year. This highly coveted designation is awarded to less than 10% of FMA chapters. In order to receive this prestigious designation, the chapter had to meet several criteria, demonstrate exemplary chapter management, and excel in providing member program activities. Achieving this honor requires a high level of effort and commitment from students and faculty. 

The JMU FMA chapter is recognized for this honor on FMA International’s website, www.fma.org and in FMA publications.

Molly Brown
Molly Brown

Congratulations to the members of JMU’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) and advisor Molly Brown, associate dean for undergraduate programs, for qualifying for the organization’s “Highest Honors” for the 2016-2017 academic year. The achievement was recognized at this year’s regional dean’s conferences and at the annual ICAM conference.

The honor, based on information provided by the Chapter Year in Review Survey and data from the Chapter Management System (CMS), recognizes a strong commitment to academic excellence among College of Business faculty and students. The designation as a Highest Honors Chapter provides an Honor Roll Scholarship to cover the cost of one student registration for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit.

Dr. Laura Leduc & Dr. Angela Heavey
Laura Leduc & Angela Heavey

SHRM advisors, Laura Leduc and Angela Heavey dedicate their time and expertise to JMU’s SHRM group, which was a recent winner of the national Superior Merit Award for 2016-17. This is the highest award presented to student chapters by the Society for Human Resource Management. The annual Student Chapter Merit Award program recognizes chapters for outstanding activities and projects in the following areas: Student Chapter Requirements, Chapter Operations, Chapter Programming and Professional Development of Members, Support of the Human Resource Profession, and SHRM Engagement.

Dr. Harry Reif

Harry ReifCoB faculty member Harry Reif was honored by the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for contributions to technology innovations in higher education.

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Dr. Robert Kolodinsky

Bob KolodinskyProfessor of Management, Bob Kolodinsky was selected selected for the 2016 Provost’s Award for Community Service for the College of Business based on his service to the Mercy House Thrift Store in Harrisonburg. His commitment to this organization makes a significant impact to underprivileged families in our area and engages our students in community service.

Dr. Daphyne Thomas

Daphyne ThomasMuch of Daphyne Saunders Thomas’ life has been inspired by a famous quote from the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who once asked an audience to consider, “What are you doing for others?” In every interaction with students, Thomas hopes to spark a desire to be a light to others who are less fortunate.

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