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Will social security be around when you retire?

JMU professor Barkley Rosser

JMU economics professor's Rosser equation answers questions on social security.
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It's not about getting rich

Ben Stout and Eric Wallsko

JMU faculty and alumni help students apply creativity and put innovation into practice.
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Sometimes it takes a maverick or two
Alumni duo endows Business Plan Competition and engages students with competition and incentive.

Meet CoB Graduate Sean Britt
Two years into a busy, highly successful career, CoB graduate Sean Britt still makes time to come back to Showker to share his thoughts and insights with current students.

College of Business Students Navigate SharePoint
One of the major goals of study for disciplines in the College of Business is to prepare students to enter the job market with a competitive edge and knowledge of current industry practices. To help better prepare students, many professors in the CoB are introducing one of the leading business collaboration tools-Microsoft's SharePoint.

Student Athletes Work Especially Hard to Succeed in Business Courses
Student athletes enrolled in College of Business courses face more of a challenge than most when it comes to balancing time and succeeding in the classroom as well as on their sports teams. Succeeding as both a student and an athlete depends heavily on strong time management skills and dedication to such success.

CoB Expands Experiential Learning Tour to Include Trips to DC, Boston, and NYC
This year, the CoB Experiential Learning Tour has expanded to include student trips to Washington, D.C. and Boston in addition to New York City.

Senior Marketing Student Rachel Lam Gains Recognition
The past few weeks have been a time of celebration for senior marketing student Rachel Lam—in addition to landing a job as a Search Engine Optimization specialist for Rimm-Kaufman Group, Lam has also been awarded a scholarship from the national marketing honor society, Mu Kappa Tau, and she has been named the 2014 Outstanding Marketing Student for the College of Business. And Lam attributes much of this success to her upbringing.

Jonathan Wight Presents the Moral Foundations of Capitalism
On Monday, April 7, the Madison Economics Club hosted Professor Jonathan Wight of the University of Richmond to deliver a seminar about the moral foundations of capitalism according to Adam Smith—s ethics.

Support the Dean's Club
New this year is a way you can make a difference with students and faculty by truly enhancing the national prominence of your College of Business. The Dean—s Club has been recreated from what was formerly known as the College of Business Network Program. It is now the primary fundraising group within the College.

Graduate MSA Student Rachel Hershey Leads Cross-Cultural Trips
JMU graduate student Rachel Hershey recognizes the importance of a global worldview thanks to her experiences living in Guatemala and Mexico—experiences that have not only opened her eyes to other cultures, but have given her a new perspective on American society.

Financial Risk Management Concentration Leads to FRM Exam Success
The Financial Risk Management (FRM) Exam is typically reserved for graduate students with some professional experience under their belts. However, students leaving the College of Business risk management concentration with the Department of Finance and Business Law are passing Level 1 of this exam shortly after graduating, which was previously unheard of.

JMU Alumnus Chris Meadows Earns Position as COO in the U.S. Army
Christopher Meadows (JMU '10) earned the Certified Manager (CM) certification in April 2010 as a senior management student at James Madison University. Only four years after graduating from JMU, Meadows has earned a position in the U.S. Army as Chief Operating Officer, where he works in health care administration and oversees policy and program administration for several facilities and small field hospitals.

Professors Set Up Forensic Crime Scene Lab for Graduate Accounting Course
Accounting professors David Hayes and Tim Louwers set up an accounting forensics crime scene lab on the sixth floor of Zane Showker Hall to teach graduate students the process of investigating crime scenes.

SSLS Student Writes Dissertation on Immigrants with Professional Credentials
Stephen Lambert, a Ph.D. student in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies, is currently working on a dissertation about immigrants with professional credentials, a topic with which he has become very familiar from years of teaching English as a second language courses in Harrisonburg.

Dr. Scott Gallagher's Research Named 2013 Best Practitioner Paper
Recently, Management department head and professor Dr. Scott Gallagher won the 2013 Best Practitioner Paper Award for his article titled, "The Battle of the Blue Laser DVDs: The Significance of Corporate Strategy in Standards Battles."

Professor reporting from Winter Paralympic Games
Dr. Joshua Pate plans to use the experience to inform his teaching and research at JMU.

ICPM Hires Recent CoB Marketing Grad Aly Wilkins
Multiple seasoned professionals applied for a job opening last spring as a marketing/customer service representative for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. Of all the applicants, Aly Wilkins (Marketing, '13) stood out to Executive Director Lynn Powell, CM, who offered Wilkins the position.

CoB Alumnus Aids Advancement of Multiple African Countries
After graduation, alumni from the College of Business take their skills and knowledge to many different places. Michael Amankwa ('99) went farther than most.

New Professional Sales Lab Simulates Real Sales Experience
Thanks to donations from TEK Systems, Carahsoft, and SAP, the marketing department has created and introduced a professional sales lab to its students.

UREC Student Employees Win National Award
Three UREC staff members recognized as top students in collegiate recreation.

Kevin Tucker Acts as Entrepreneur-in-Residence
Throughout the year, the Center for Entrepreneurship invites various entrepreneurs to participate in the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program.

Ethics or the bottom line
Business decisions often affect the environment and the community at large. College of Business Dean Mary Gowan offers insight on making informed decisions.

Hospitality Management Celebrates Le Gourmet Success
On October 26th, the Hospitality Management program held its 11th annual Le Gourmet event in Washington, DC.

President and CEO of NCB Chuck Snyder Encourages Active Ethical Reasoning
On Monday, Oct. 28, president and CEO of National Cooperative Bank (NCB) and JMU alumnus Chuck Snyder returned to JMU to speak about his experience working in community-focused social banking.

Cisco Presents to Pi Sigma Epsilon and Marketing 430 Classes
Over the week of September 23rd, representatives from Cisco delivered a presentation on opportunities available at Cisco for upcoming JMU graduates.

A Contemporary Odysseus: His Journey from Thug to Scholar
"Ask purposeful questions. Why are you doing what you are doing?" For Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management professor Dr. James Williams, life changed when he began asking purposeful questions.

Dr. Susan Kruck Making an Impact as Editor-in-Chief of JISE
Since 2009, Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Business Analytics professor Dr. Susan Kruck has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE), a position that has proved to be rewarding.

NENA Federation President Dr. Michael O'Fallon
In July 2013, Director of the School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management Dr. Michael O'Fallon was named president of the North East North American (NENA) Federation of the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE).

JMU Faculty Embark on a Tour of Local Social Enterprises
Jeff has a wife and several children he wants to provide for, but he is visually impaired and his disability has made it difficult for him to hold down a job for a prolonged period of time.

AITP Student Chapter Wins Outstanding Performance Award for Third Consecutive Year
The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student chapter at JMU has done it again. Recently, the National Office of AITP honored the JMU AITP student chapter with the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) for the third year in a row.

Melissa Kniceley on Taking Leaps of Faith
This past summer, senior Melissa Kniceley took a leap of faith—and landed hundreds of miles from home in Boston, Mass.

Scouting Bridges Generational Gaps by Dr. Paul Copley
Every generation of the Copley family born after the founding of Boy Scouts (1910) or Girl Scouts (1912) has been involved in scouting.

Jetsetters Securing MBA Dreams
Imagine enrolling in a MBA program that meets 1,500 miles away from your home. For Russell Keith and Michelle Cantone, this is life in the Information Security MBA program.

CIS Alumna Christine Smith Receives Gold Stevie Award
At the recent American Business Awards, JMU Computer Information Systems alum Christine Smith was the recipient of the Gold Stevie Award for the Technical Professional of the Year.

Wall Street success with some alumni networking help
Come to JMU and you're part of the Madison family. Professors invest in your success; alumni mentor and network in your behalf. Read J.P. Kril's story and see how it works.

Who is the JMU entrepreneur?
These entrepreneurs are intense competitors and go after a challenge - and they are JMU students.

Who is the JMU entrepreneur?
These entrepreneurs are intense competitors and go after a challenge - and they are JMU students.

College of Business Leadership Council
College of Business faculty has not been afraid to dream big or put in the extra time and effort to make plans work.

Making a case for alumni involvement
Alumni award winner Mike Thomas ('76, '77M) is convinced that JMU is a special place and that there's power in giving back to Madison.

Harrisonburg downtown redevelopment benefits community and JMU.

Dean Mary Gowan Letter for Spring Enews
Many great things are happening in the College of Business and at JMU.

Recent MBA Graduate Eric Korn Encourages Students to Go the Extra Mile
"Every class you take, be it small or large, offers you something. It is up to you to figure out what that something is," says Eric Korn, a 2012 graduate from JMU—s Master of Business Administration program.

Reflections on Industrial Design
COB student Sean Williams shares his reflections on his experience in INDU 492 Topics in Industrial Design.

Sports and Rec Management/Kinesiology Offer Adapted Sports Day
Clinics in the adapted sports of power soccer, Paralympic soccer, and Kinball soccer were held during the recent Adapted Sports Day, at University Park.

Professor Neil Marrin: Cue Center Stage
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone," says Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management Professor Neil Marrin.

Management Department's Mike Yankey Loves His Cars
Mike Yankey, lecturer in the management department, has a passion for vintage cars that goes back to his childhood.

Meet Jamin Engel, 2013 Innovation MBA Graduate
Jamin Engel works as lead pharmacist at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He recently completed the Innovation MBA program at James Madison University, and was honored by being named Outstanding MBA Student

Spotlight on Laura Stanley
In August, the James Madison University Center for Economic Education says goodbye to Laura E. Stanley, whose career as a honor student at JMU was closely tied to the center.

College of Business Alumnus Challenges Class of 2013
Don Rainey ('82) challenged the College of Business class of 2013 to be brave. The first step is to give back to the university so that others who follow them can continue to be brave.

Employing a competitive edge
It's real world learning at its best. The JMU Capital Markets Lab gives students access to real-time Wall Street financial data and information technology.

Jumping off a cliff
Want to be a successful entrepreneur? Students in Bill Wales' class get to unleash their creativity, start ventures, solve problems and learn from failure. The result? Students have created thriving ventures that prosper long past the end of the course...

COB 300
In one semester JMU's COB 300 12-credit interdisciplinary class requires student teams to build a business from the ground up. Alumni say the course provided them with the skills to succeed in the real world.

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