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The Colonial Ledger SCHOOL OF BUSINESS NEWSLETTER

> Message from the Dean

It has been a year of very successful “inaugural” items including Business Week, the Celebration of Excellence, Faculty and Staff Awards, and School of Business Newsletter. These were coupled with “new or improved” items including our Strategic Plan, Dean’s Suite, School of Business Committee Structure, Assurance of Learning, 120 hour BSBA, and the On-Line BSBA. We also added new faculty and staff and received a generous gift/grant from the PNC Foundation for $400,000. Like RMU as a whole, the School of Business is on a high positive trajectory and our future is bright. You might say that we are “on a roll.” Let’s keep up the momentum. I look forward to working with all of you to raise the School of Business to even higher levels of excellence in the future. J O H N M . B E E H L E R , P H . D . , C PA DEAN, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

> Connect with SBUS Visit the School of Business website at rmu.edu/business The School of Business blog is a great place to keep up-to-date with us. Here you can find news stories written by students, links to department specific blogs and the SBUS presence on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. The blog can be accessed at rmusbus.blogspot.com. Your support is crucial to the high quality, professionally focused education that the School of Business provides to our students. To show your commitment, please make your gift today at rmu.edu/sbusgift.

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The School of Business has just completed an extremely productive academic year with many noteworthy accomplishments. It has truly been a team effort and I am very thankful for all the contributions made by our faculty, staff, administrators, business constituents and alumni. The most noteworthy accomplishment is the extension of our prestigious AACSB International accreditation for another five years. This continues to place us among the top 5% of business schools in the world! The review team and the AACSB Board of Directors were very complimentary of the quality of our business school along many dimensions, including our proud tradition of being a quality supplier of business graduates, student engagement, enrollment management, faculty research productivity, alignment of faculty performance with mission, and faculty confidence in the Dean.

>SUMMER 2014

The School of Business spent a significant amount of time and effort preparing our AACSB Fifth Year Maintenance Report including four all-day faculty retreats in anticipation of our Review Team Visit that occurred in early February 2014. All constituents were involved in the process and were prepared in advance by the Dean with knowledge of what to expect during the visit. The visit was very successful resulting in a very positive recommendation for extension of accreditation by the Review Team. This recommendation was confirmed by the Continuous Improvement Committee and the Board of Directors of AACSB International. The final result was the reaffirmation and extension of AACSB accreditation for another five years. AACSB accreditation is known as the most difficult to attain and maintain of all the discipline-specific accreditations that a university can pursue. In addition, it is very prestigious placing the School of Business in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. The AACSB Review Team and the Board of Directors were very complimentary of our School of Business and the only recommendation they made was a generic one: continue to transition to the new AACSB Standards over the next five years. “Extension of AACSB accreditation is a tribute to the performance and commitment of our faculty, staff, administration, alumni and our business constituents and their ability to rally as a team in preparation for our Review Team Visit, “commented Dean John Beehler. “Now we can focus on implementing the new AACSB standards and pursuing our other key strategic initiatives outlined in our new strategic plan.”

> Celebration of Excellence Ceremony The inaugural School of Business Celebration of Excellence was held on April 16th, 2014 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. It was a joyous night celebrating and recognizing excellence across our School of Business. The event is a combination of several events held separately in the past along with our new faculty and staff excellence awards. According to Dean Beehler, “It is important for the School of Business to recognize the excellence of its students, faculty, staff, business constituents and alumni in one celebration.” Recognized individuals included Beta Gamma Sigma inductees and honorees, Dean’s Scholars,

Outstanding Students by Discipline, Special Scholarship Award Winners, Faculty and Staff Excellence Award Winners, and the recipients of the University Distinguished Achievement Awards for Teaching and for Service. Dean’s Scholar Award recipients are current business students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA for three consecutive terms while taking at least six credits each term, do not have a grade lower than a C, and have earned at least 45 credits at Robert Morris University. There were 163 students recognized at the ceremony with this award.

O U T S TA N D I N G S T U D E N T AWA R D S B Y D I S C I P L I N E

F A C U LT Y A N D S TA F F E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D S

Accounting Keegan T. Beemsterboer

Academic Publication Award Yanbin Tu

Economics Colin L. South

Professional Publication Award Adora D. Holstein

Finance Zachary A. Dalton

Teaching Excellence Award Artemisia Apostolopoulou

Hospitality and Tourism Management Eric D. Meyer

Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award J. Brian O’Roark

Human Resource Management Bethany M. Sweitzer

Service Excellence Award Daria C. Crawley

Marketing Alexa P. Sarsfield

Staff Excellence Award David E. Budziszewski

Sport Management Shelby L. Lander

University Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Jeffrey K. Guiler

O T H E R S T U D E N T AWA R D S Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Student Award Rachel K. Elder

>> OUTSTANDING FACULTY

>> KEEGAN BEEMSTERBOER AND TRISHA THE BETA GAMMA SIGMA INDUCT

University Distinguished Achievement Award for Service Mark K. Eschenfelder

Outstanding McGraw-Hill/ Irwin Management Student Award Kelly C. Joy Outstanding Hospitality and Tourism Management Association Service Award Ashley E. Sherwin >> CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE

> Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony Beta Gamma Sigma is the top honorary society for AACSB Schools of Business. Only students who are in the top 10% of their class are eligible for induction into this prestigious society. During this year’s ceremony, held in conjunction with the Celebration of Excellence events on April 16th, top undergraduate and graduate students were inducted along with faculty inductees. School of Business alumni and university Board of Trustees members, Michael J. Smith ‘77, President/CEO Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and Gary R. Claus ’74, Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, received special recognition as chapter honorees.

Y AND STAFF WINNERS

BRANT DURING TION CEREMONY

SENIORS Brandon Aikens Keegan Beemsterboer Justin Bucci Brunella Camponez William Crouch Rachel Elder Zachary Freeman Ashley Gloor Benjamin Grom Nicole Hamilton Megan Herbstritt Chris Hudac Christine Johnson Stephanie McCarl Amanda Mesina Eric Meyer Thomas Mihelic Chris Pell Garrett Reiber Mark Scholle Ashley Sherwin Steven Tessaro

JUNIORS Natalie Baldridge Trisha Brandt Jill Cassidy Catherine Conley Zachary Cosnotti Roberto DaSilva Christopher Elm Mark Gaynord, Jr. Jessica Gromo Alexis Jones Ethan Keller Stephen Kerna Michelle Lewthwaite Laura Maffeo William Meyers Lauren Mooradian Kyle Neff Vanessa Petrasko Stephen Phillips Aaron Schmidt Jason Schnur Benjamin Stock

G R A D U AT E Aaron Bennett Alison Bruce Jonathan Cardiello Eric Chimenti Laura Dupel David Fischer Rachel Jeannerate Ryan Karasack Thomas Krappweis John Murphy Ingeborg O’Mahony Sunita Pandey Logan Williams

F A C U LT Y Scott Branvold John Clark Michele Cole Jeffery Guiler Ersem Karadag Denise Letterman James O’Roark Denis Rudd

>> BETA GAMMA SIGMA INDUCTEES

> Setting Sail: Charting Your Own Course The School of Business hosted its inaugural Business Week, February 24-27, 2014 at the Charles L. Sewall Center on the Robert Morris University campus. Business Week is designed to help students prepare for their future careers in business with this year’s theme being “Setting Sail: Charting Your Own Course.” Programming included 21 panel discussions and presentations by members of the business community with topics focused on diversity, mentoring and leadership, interviewing and consideration of job offers, professional dress, personal finance, and Business ethics and entrepreneurship. Approximately 1,700 students took part in events over four days. A key highlight of Business Week was the keynote address by alumnus Rande Somma entitled “Navigating Your Personal Journey.” Somma,

former CEO of Johnson Controls, had a profound effect on students. It got them thinking about their future and what it takes to be successful. Dean John Beehler was impressed with the success of Business Week. “It was amazing that Business Week was embraced immediately by our student body in its inaugural year. The student leaders who planned the sessions and our faculty and staff motivated students to attend the many events focused on career preparation and planning.” Students’ reactions to Business Week were extremely positive. Student Alexa Sarsfield of the American Marketing Association observed that, “Students were very pleased with Business Week and are already looking forward to next year’s events.”

>> MEMBERS OF THE RMU STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION.

>> LEADERS OF THE RMU STUDENT CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY FOR ADVANCEMENT OF MANAGEMENT (SAM), ENCOURAGED THEIR FELLOW STUDENTS TO ATTEND BUSINESS WEEK DURING A STUDENT ORGANIZATION FAIR.

>> A PIRATE HANGING IN THE NICHOLSON ROTUNDA ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO ATTEND BUSINESS WEEK AND “CHART THEIR OWN COURSE.”

>> PANELISTS AND ORGANIZERS FROM BUILDING YOUR OWN SHIP: A PANEL DISCUSSION ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Contact Us: Students: Need information about a certain Business major or class? Alumni: Looking to share your expertise with the School of Business? Accounting and Taxation:

Economics and Legal Studies

Ms. Carol MacPhail macphail@rmu.edu 412-397-6242

Dr. Patrick Litzinger litzinger@rmu.edu 412-397-6383

Finance

Management

Marketing

Sport Management

Dr. Riza Emekter emekter@rmu.edu 412-397-5458

Dr. Marcel Minutolo minutolo@rmu.edu 412-397-5451

Dr. Steve Clinton clinton@rmu.edu 412-397-6360

Dr. Dave Synowka synowka@rmu.edu 412-397-6388 1170-76-14


The Colonial Ledger, Summer 2014