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. Sandra Cereola

Congratulations to professor of accounting and Johnson Lambert Faculty Scholar Sandra Cereola, who is the recipient of a 2019 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, finance and information systems students at AACSB institutions. This year the award was bestowed to only six of the over 300 faculty advisors worldwide, which puts Cereola in quite an exclusive group. JMU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter has distinguished itself in its more than 20-year existence and this is further proof of its exceptional nature. 

Dr. Barkley Rosser
Barkley Rosser

Congratulations to president-elect Barkley Rosser! The professor of economics and international business was recently elected as President of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences (SCTPLS). His nomination and subsequent election occurred during the business portion of the 29th annual SCTPLS conference held in Orange, Ca. in August. The SCTPLS website can be found at https://www.societyforchaostheory.org/home/

Nancy Nichols

Nancy NicholsAfter recent elections by the American Accounting Association, Nancy Nichols will be serving as Council Chair-Elect. The Council’s role is both advisory and decision-making, advising the Board of Directors on certain matters and making organizational decisions on other matters. Congratulations Nancy!

Ruari Walsh & Angela Heavey

Ruari Walsh & Angela HeaveyCongratulations to faculty co-advisors Ruairi Walsh and Angela Heavey, as well as the students on the JMU SHRM Executive Board leadership team as their chapter was awarded the SHRM Merit Award for the fourth year in a row. The award is given to chapters for “providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.” The awards themselves were created in 1972, and were conceived to “require ongoing excellence 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.” More great news for SHRM at JMU!

FMA earns Superior Chapter Award

Advised by Ron Rubin, JMU's chapter of Financial Management Association (FMA) has earned the FMA Superior Chapter Award for the 2018-2019 academic year! This group of students had to meet a number of specific criteria, demonstrate exemplary chapter management, and excel in providing members with program activities to receive this highly coveted designation which is awarded to less than ten percent of the 175+ chapters.

Long-time college of business professor receives special award

Brad Roof receiving the All Together One award, just before retirement - 2019Professor of accounting and of hospitality Brad Roof was chosen to receive the JMU All Together One award. Roof and four other honorees were celebrated for engaging and building community and inspiring others, as well as their caring attitude, dedication to learning and commitment to working together. The event was created in 2000 by members of the JMU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Each spring, students, faculty and staff are invited to nominate members of the community who exemplify this special spirit of "all together one."

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2019 Town Hall

Cob Town Hall - 2019In its first Town Hall of 2019, the faculty and staff of the College Of Business gathered with representatives from PwC, who led a lively presentation and workshop on unconscious bias and ‘blind spots’—things that inform the ways in which we engage with the world without our being aware of them.

The faculty and staff had time to reflect on their own spheres of influence and how their minds automatically make judgements based on previous experiences. Brief round table discussions prompted questions and led to further insights.

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Sandra Cereola, Pam Drake, and Eileen Shiflett

JMU Beta Alpha Psi Eta Delta Chapter and faculty advisors Sandy Cereola, Pam Drake and Eileen Shiflett recently created a literacy project for a local elementary school, designed to encourage young students to read and also learn about what going to college might be like.

The project began with a donation of 130 books, one for each of the first-graders in the school. Inside each book, BAP members included cards with personal stories about why they went to college and what they liked best about college—which is fitting, as the book was Mahalia Mouse Goes to College, written by John Lithgow and illustrated by Igor Oleynikov.

Over the course of a week, BAP members read with the students and then helped those students make their own bookmarks. What a creative way to give back and pay it forward at the same time!

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