JMU Economics Professor Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
Dr. William C. Wood, professor of economics at James Madison University, has been chosen by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association as a co-winner of the association's 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Wood will be recognized along with William Darity Jr. of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In recognition of this honor he will receive a cash prize of $1000 and the President of the Southern Economics Organization will present him with an inscribed plaque at the 2003 meeting of the organization in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Wood is a former winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award in the JMU College of Business (2001-2002) and the Omicron Delta Epsilon Teaching Award at the University of Virginia (1986). He is also a winner of national research awards from the Association of Private Enterprise Education (1994) and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity (1991), and was named a Madison Scholar at JMU in 1996 for research achievement. As an economics professor and director of JMU's Center for Economic Education, Wood spends two-thirds of his time in a regular faculty role and the other third in economic education research and program delivery. When asked what the award meant to him, Wood responded, "It's particularly an honor to be recognized in the first year of the award. There are some excellent teachers in the Southern Economic Association and I felt that I was in distinguished company just being nominated."
Madison Scholar, Susan Palocsay, presents "Neural Networks as Modeling & Analysis"
Susan Palocsay, professor of Computer Information Systems and Operations Management and recipient of this year's Madison Scholar award, presented her lecture on Wednesday, October 15th. Pictured with Dr. Palocsay is Ehsan Ahmed who received the Madison Scholar award last year. He introduced Dr. Palocsay and presented her with the Madison Scholar pendant.
CIS 320 Students Earn Certificates of Appreciation
Two of this semester's CIS 320 students working on Community Service Learning projects were recognized at the Harrisonburg City Public School Board's October 21 meeting. Paul Tocco, a CIS major, and Beth Rommel, an ISAT major, were given Certificates of Appreciation by the Board for their work in networking Harrisonburg Plaza office space to accommodate School employees who were relocating there from the former Simms School. Professor Harry Reif was also recognized by the Board for his continued efforts to provide Harrisonburg City Public Schools with JMU student talent to assist in their network construction and maintenance projects. Note: Photo contains, Harry Reif, Beth Rommel, Paul Tocco, Lewis Lindamood (HPS AV Technician), Rob Lineweaver (HPS Network Administrator)
Lori Knicley initiated into the JMU chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
In recognition of her excellence in academic advising in the Accounting, Finance, and Quantitative Finance programs in the College of Business. With 170 chapters across the country, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization recognizing outstanding academic achievement among first and second year college students and encouraging members to develop leadership skills through community service. After the ceremony, Dr. Michael Galgano, the advisor for NSCS, commented that he had heard nothing but great things about Lori Knicley as an advisor from the students in the organization. When asked what the award meant to her, Ms. Knicley replied, "I am honored to be recognized by a student organization that has the same values that I do... scholarship, leadership & service."
COB golf tournament a great success
Twenty-one foursomes participated in fund raising annual event held October 3rd at Bull Run Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Pictured above is the team representing Marriott International, including Daniel Balkey, Patrick Walsh, Catherine McKee and David Aungst. The winning score of 59 was posted by alumni Josh Pringle, Denny Petrella, Joe Donatella and Shannon Smith. It was a great time. Plan to join us for the 2004 event.
Hospitality and Tourism Management students honored with Scholarships
Devon Welsh, Allison Boehm, Mei Acuna, and Kristen Tomlinson recently received scholarships from the American Lodging Foundation. Also pictured are Robert Reid, Dean and Reg Foucar-Szocki, Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. The scholarships were presented during the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association meeting, held on the JMU campus.
Best Publication Awards
Dean Reid congratulates the recipients of this year's best publication awards. Shown, from left to right, are Dr. Barkley Rosser, Dr. Marina Rosser, Dr. Mike Mitri, and Dr. Theresa Flaherty. (Not pictured is Dr. Joanne Doyle.)
Faculty and Staff Awards
Dean Reid is pictured with Mrs. Suzanne Vance (Support Staff Award for Outstanding Service), Dr. Ron Cereola (Business Community Service Award), and Dr. Ken Williamson (Innovation in Teaching Award).
Distinguished Teaching Award and Madison Scholar Announced
The College of Business has bestowed its most prestigious faculty awards for 2003. Dr. Susan W. Palocsay, Professor of Computer Information Systems and Operations Management, has been selected as the 2003 College of Business Madison Scholar. The Madison Scholar designation is awarded each year to a faculty member whose research throughout his or her academic career has been clearly exemplary. Dr. T. Windsor Fields, Professor of Economics, has been awarded the College of Business Teaching Award. Dr. Field's curriculum and other pedagogical innovations, in addition to his well-known classroom effectiveness, have made him a distinguished selection for this award.
Business Plan Competition Produces Five Winning Teams!!!
On Saturday, March 29th, the College of Business was filled with excitement over the Business Plan Competition. Five student teams electrified an audience of judges, parents, faculty and fellow students with presentations of business plans that rivaled professional presentations to venture capitalists.
This competition was the culmination of a year's work by hundreds of students. More than 150 student teams had prepared business plans throughout the academic year in COB 300 - Integrated Functional Systems. From this huge number, just over a dozen plans selected by COB 300 faculty went to a panel of highly successful JMU alumni entrepreneurs that selected five finalists. Those five outstanding finalist teams competed for prestige and more than $10,000 in prize money in an afternoon filled with stellar business analysis and creativity that produced drama, humor and a thrilling conclusion.
After a three-hour program in which the finalists presented their business plans, the judges' announcement of the final team rankings and special recognitions turned the audience's anticipation into applause, cheers, and praise.
Here's how the judges ranked the finalists!
First Place - $3,500
The Avenue ........ Designer women's wear for weddings, pageants and other formal occasions available for rental
Team: Sarah Anderson, Leah Batten, Elizabeth Lewis, Kate Maggi & Jennifer Wange
Second Place - $1750
Campus Eye ……. Marketing services for smaller universities and colleges on CD-ROM
Team: Mary Catherine Gilliam, Nina Jackson, Jessica Quinn & Lisa Rines
Third Place - $1,000
Mech Tech ……… Wireless information technology for the retail automotive industry
Team: Kelly Grantham, Jarrett Gold, Jon Mickiewicz, Chris Montague & Ida Sey
Fourth Place - $500
Pet Palace ……… Full-service pet resort treating pets like royalty
Team: Madeline Collelo, Jonathan Dail, Jennifer Hodges, Julie Milleson, David Moss & Aaron Ritenour
Fifth Place - $250
Interlink ……… Wireless and cable network technologies for the home
Team: Phil Cottone, Amanda Divalerio, Ryan Dunlop, Tom Evans & Janelle Tracy
All Star Team - $1,000
(Team that performed best as a group)
Most Valuable Players (MVP's) - $1,500
First Place team, The Avenue, celebrates after being selected as the best business plan from among 150 plans prepared during the academic year.
Information Security Means Even Better First Aid and Disaster Relief
To kick off the latest MBA Information Security course in Northern Virginia, Ron Baklarz, Chief Information Security Officer for the American Red Cross, spoke to the students about the risks of having inadequate information security. He demonstrated how even non-profit service providers need to build their information infrastructure and operations tightly around the principles of effective information security. He further discussed the information security challenges presented by the Red Cross' unique programs and operations.
What an Opportunity for Hospitality and Tourism Management Students!
Beginning in the Fall semester, more than 40 Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students visited The Homestead Hotel and Resort to learn best practices in guest service, and to give those practices a test drive by actually serving guests at this premiere American hotel and resort. It all began when Brett Schoenfield, general manager of The Homestead and HTM advisory board member, offered to create an alliance between the HTM program and The Homestead. The goals were simple: provide The Homestead with "weekend warrior" employees to serve the winter guests and provide students with "hands-on" training at a venerable resort facility. Everyone at the Homestead has been happy and excited with the JMU students. The general consensus is that this is a big "win-win" for The Homestead and HTM students alike.
HTM Students Serving in the Homestead's "Real-World" Classroom
Students Working at Homestead say "Goodnight" to Retiring Guests
JMU Students Assume National Leadership
Members of the JMU Chapter of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) recently excelled at the Society's 14th annual conference in Boston. Three JMU members were already on the National Board. Leslie Corridon, a senior, served as the National Finance Director. Lamont Finn, another senior, was National Communications Director. Mei Acuna, a junior, held the National Public Relations Director's position. After the conference's new elections, Mei got promoted. She was elected National Chairperson. Furthermore, Devon Welsh, a JMU sophomore, was elected National Secretary for the new year. JMU members certainly reflect the NSMH motto: "Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders."
NSMH is the premier professional organization for Hospitality students. The goal of this year's conference was to promote the importance of diversity in the workplace and career development. That aim was realized through participating in various workshops and taking advantage of opportunities to network with industry professionals.
Goodman & Company, the largest certified public accounting firm based in Virginia, announced its sponsorship of the second annual Goodman Accounting Challenge. In September, the company expanded the competition from 49 to 95 invited universities and colleges throughout Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Eleven teams registered from eight colleges and universities for the opportunity to be a recognized, promote the profession, win individual prizes, win awards for schools, and network with professionals and other students. Each team must consist of up to four undergraduate accounting students, one of which must be a junior, and a moderator or administrator as chaperone. JMU's first place team, led by professor Sandy Cereloa, consisted of the following outstanding accounting students: Felix von Lepel (Beta Alpha Psi President), Jennifer Wange (Member of the Student Advisory Board for COB), Matthew Reddy (President of IMA), Teresa Hilliard, and Ben Hawkins as an alternate. The challenge was designed as a case study that challenged junior and senior accounting majors to solve complex accounting problems based on the day-to-day experiences in public accounting. The problems were drawn from actual past Goodman & Company client experiences and included questions concerning such issues as interest rate swaps, changes in accounting methods, and deferred income taxes. In order to narrow the competition for the "Final Challenge", a pre- qualifying test that simulates today's challenges in public accounting was e-mailed to students at 9:00 am on October 4. The four highest scoring teams were James Madison University, Salisbury University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia College at Wise.
The "Final Challenge", held the weekend of November 8th, involved taking an additional six-hour exam. Tests were scored and judged by a panel of Goodman & Company partners and managers consisting of: Hugh Barlow, Mitch Bean, Scott Brezler, David Rippy, Rich Pontynen, and George Walker. Each student received $250 and JMU received $2500. Check out the story on Goodman's web site at http://www.goodmanco.com/gac.
Here is what the students said about the competition:
"I think our team had a lot of fun meeting the Goodman Challenge. We really enjoyed the social events as well as the opportunity to compete against other accounting students from various schools." ~ Teresa Hilliard
"The Goodman challenge was one of the best experiences for me here at JMU. To be put in a competition without text books and instead real life accounting sources, while allowing me and our team the opportunity to prove our competence in the material was wonderful. Winning the competition allowed me to fully realize how lucky I am to be receiving my education from James Madison. I really appreciate the opportunity that I had to experience this event and most importantly appreciate the other individuals on the team who made it the experience that it was. A big thank you goes out also to Professor Cereola for taking the time to be our advisor, feed us, and motivate us through the whole process. I think it speaks volumes for James Madison that we are two for two in winning this competition!" ~ Jen Wange
"We have a really great accounting program including both the professors and the students. I really enjoyed working with our team." ~ Matt Reddy
"I think that the Goodman Challenge is great event that promotes excellence in the accounting profession. It is an opportunity for the students to show their expertise in the field of accounting beyond the classroom experience. Personally, the Goodman Challenge was an invaluable experience for me, as I had the chance to talk to professionals from Goodman & Company and students from other Colleges. I am very proud of my team members and happy that we succeeded in coming in first ONCE AGAIN. In addition, I would like to thank my team for their hard work and perseverance. They all contributed in making the event fun and memorable. Finally, I would like to thank the accounting faculty for their efforts in teaching us relevant accounting principles! This is the 2nd time that JMU has won this challenge and this proves to me that the accounting program here at JMU is definitely a strong one and one that prepares us to compete against top schools such as William & Mary, and Virginia Tech. I am proud of my JMU accounting degree."~ Felix von Lepel
Pictured from the left, Rachel Langhans (CS), Megan Cech, (CIS) and TAG Chair, Tom Carr