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DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND MIS

SPOTLIGHT

Summer 2010

Donald L. Harrison College of Business


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Dear Alumni, Students and Friends of Southeast, Welcome to the first edition of the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) “Spotlight” newsletter. The newsletter is designed to facilitate communication between the Southeast Department of Accounting and MIS in the Harrison College of Business and its stakeholders—including current, former, and prospective students as well as employers and others interested in the progress and achievements of our programs, including high school faculty and counselors. Our goal with this edition of the newsletter is to familiarize readers with current department news and to chronicle the progress of our programs over time. The Department of Accounting and MIS houses a variety of educational professionals, including accountants, lawyers (teaching our business law courses), engineers (teaching our quantitative methods and supply chain management courses) and technology specialists (teaching our management and administrative information systems courses). Within this newsletter, you will find that the Southeast Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) was officially installed on April 26, 2010. BAP luminaries from around the country were in Cape Girardeau to share in the celebratory moment. Accounting faculty have been actively updating the curriculum over the past year. The proposed changes (see page 6) to the curriculum strengthen entrance requirements, maximize student learning of topics that are the subject of professional examinations, and provide greater encouragement for internships. Awards and recognition have recently been bestowed on department faculty. Mary Johnson will serve as Missouri’s first Faculty Fellow for the State Supreme Court. Alisha Youngblood was given the prestigious Eugene L. Grant Award for her research. Read more about this on pages 10-11. The past year has been a good one for faculty recruiting. Southeast welcomes three new faculty on board: Alisha Youngblood, Raju Vanteddu, and yours truly. Check us out on page 11. Every year brings with it the recognition of outstanding student achievement, including student awards, CPA exam pass success, students obtaining their first job, and student internships. At the end of the day, this is what we are all about—giving a student a chance at a great start in a professional career. On the down side, the University voted to eliminate the Management Information Systems (MIS) program this past year. Consistent with national trends, the major was not attracting the number of students needed to insure a high-quality program. The department will complete the educational experience of students caught in the transition and consider next steps for the technology component of business education. Finally, I look forward to continuing communications with you through this newsletter. Let us know where you are and what you are doing by updating your profile at www.iAMsoutheast.com. If you know an alumnus who is “off our radar screen,” forward this newsletter to him or her so that we can reconnect. If you have any questions or input, feel free to contact me at rpalmer@semo.edu. Richard J. Palmer

Ph.D.,CPA, CMA


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Glenn Brady Leverages Success in Accounting to Success in Business Advisory Services The Southeast accounting alumni spotlight is on Glenn Brady (class of 1984). Glenn is currently a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PWC) Aerospace and Defense Advisory Services practice in St. Louis. Glenn graduated from Southeast with a double major in accounting and finance. He chose accounting because he enjoyed the order and logic of the subject matter. He also felt the field offered a variety of career choices. Glenn began his career in 1985 with KPMG, LLP and worked his way to a manager position. His career path shifted gears in 1992, when Glenn began working as cost manager for EG&G, a small high-tech firm. Glenn worked at EG&G for three years before joining MasterCard International as a controller for the Global Technology and Operations unit in St. Louis. In that role, he was responsible for accounting, budgeting, and settlement amongst participating financial institutions. He joined PWC in 1998 as a director in PWC Internal Audit Services practice. Eventually, he found

governance, risk, and compliance (GRC). That interest ripened into professional accomplishments—Glenn is a contributing author to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework. Glenn has now turned his attention to the aerospace and defense sector where he provides GRC services to many well-known companies, including The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Goodrich, and BAE Systems. Glenn says, “I absolutely love the variety of exciting performance improvement projects we engage in with our clients. And, I love the quality, professionalism and diversity of people I work with.” On any given day he has teams in all time zones in North America working on a variety of client issues representing a broad array of backgrounds and ethnicity. Glenn has very fond memories of his days at Southeast. He enjoyed Cape Girardeau and its setting on the Mississippi River (including the Pump

The Brady Bunch: Glenn and his family himself more attracted to the area of

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Glenn Brady House) as well the many downtown attractions. He also greatly values the various professors he feels fortunate to have studied under, including Dr. Deborah Beard, Dr. Gary Johnson, Dr. Tony Varnon, and Dr. Frank Chong, among others. He has been married to his wife, Sharon, for twenty years, and they have three teenage children: Megan, Erin, and Ryan. When his schedule allows, he enjoys playing golf. On weekends, he is busy attending and enjoying sporting events for his three teenagers. Also, like any true St. Louis resident, he is a Cardinals, Blues, and erstwhile Rams fan. Glenn has a few thoughts for Southeast’s accounting students today, “I feel my story is a great example of how a SEMO accounting education and working in the public accounting sector to start your career will open many avenues to business success.”


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Mu Xi Chapter Of Beta Alpha Psi Installed On Saturday, April 24, 2010, the Mu XI Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was officially installed at Southeast Missouri State University at a celebratory event held at the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at the River Campus. Beta Alpha Psi is the world’s premier honorary organization for accounting majors at AACSB-accredited schools. The organization’s activities Scott Hosson, include promoting the study Chapter Advocate and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. The installation of the Mu XI Chapter is the fulfillment of longheld aspirations of Southeast alumni, students, and faculty. The chapter petition process for full chapter recognition began in 2007 with the support of Ms. Rebecca Lohmann and Dr. Gary Johnson. To be recognized, each aspiring chapter must demonstrate its ability to establish and govern through bylaws and requirements and reflect a commitment to the principles of Beta Alpha Psi through its activities. Approval of the petition for chapter status was announced on December 1, 2009. The chapter installation ceremony was conducted by two members from the national office— Chapter Advocate Scott Hobson of Brigham Young University and President-Elect Teresa Conover of the University of North Texas. Rebecca Lohmann, Southeast Chapter Faculty Advisor, received the chapter’s charter as Mu XI chapter. In addition, 38 founding members and four faculty members received initiation certificates during the cer-

emony. The Beta Alpha Psi banner was presented to chapter president, Lucas Luckett. A new chapter leadership team was also sworn in at the chapter installation. That team includes Deanna Hotop (president), Ben Castelli (vice president), Elaine Hoff (recording secretary), Sara Kopp (reporting secretary), and Michelle Meyer (treasurer). Outgoing president, Lucas Luckett, presented the chapter gavel to Deanna Hotop, incoming president. Going forward, the Mu XI chapter at Southeast will have a board to plan for activities and competitions. The goal of chapter activities is to involve all members fully in chapter affairs. A successful chapter operation requires participation by most members in meeting attendance, activities, and academic excellence. All chapters are evaluated annually on their service to members, campus, community, and the profession. Superior chapters are recognized each year at the Beta Alpha Psi’s annual meeting. The chapter activities are divided into categories according to: plan of activities and budget, initiations, professional programs, involve-

ment in campus and professional activities, community service, and annual year-end report. Activities include speeches and panel discussions by students, faculty and professionals; field trips; business meetings; and a wide variety of professional, social, and service activities. Many of the activities provide students with an opportunity to network with professionals who may one day interview them or help them advance in their career goals.


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Recognizing Outstanding Students Southeast’s Department of Accounting and MIS annually recognizes seniors and juniors who have shown great leadership potential and excelled in the classroom with outstanding academic performance. Congratulations to the 2010 awardees for their hard work and excellence in their studies. Outstanding Academic Achievement in Accounting James R. Brandt Outstanding Accounting Student Lucas Luckett Outstanding Academic Achievement in Administrative System Management Penelope Bender Outstanding Academic Achievement in Business/Marketing Education Jordan Kitchen

Dean Gerald McDougall and James R. Brandt

Outstanding Business/Marketing Education Student Jamie Wisnasky Outstanding Academic Achievement in Management Information System Charles D. Wilson Outstanding Management Information Systems Student Michael C. Stefaniw

Students Get an Edge at Symposium Southeast students worked on enhancing business sales and operations planning this past semester. On April 13, 2010, the Southeast APICS (the Association for Operations Management) student chapter attended a St. Louis Chapter APICS meeting in St. Louis. Eighteen students from Dr. Somarajan’s production and operations management classes attended. The students enjoyed networking, followed by a presentation from David Jankowski of Jankowski & Associates. Jankowski has several certifications through the APICS organization and delivered a presentation on sales and operations planning. During the event, students were seated at tables with managers from a diverse group of St. Louis area companies.

Dr. Somarajan, David Jankowski and APICS students. Students were able to network and get a better idea of the type of people the businesses need and what each of the businesses do. The students were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, provide their major, year in college and future plans. This allowed the local business people to target students who

could have potential in their businesses. The meeting provided a professional setting for the students and extended exposure and insight into the real-world, their career options and how to interact in the market.


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Southeast Accounting Program Gets Facelift Changes Designed to Intensify Learning, Expand Opportunity and Save Students Time and Money The Accounting and Management Information Systems Department at Southeast Missouri State University proposed a significant upgrade in its Accountancy curriculum on April 30, 2010. The most significant changes are in the undergraduate curriculum, where the program has been revised to intensify the focus of coursework on the student’s ability to master topics that are part of professional tests such as the CPA examination. According to Richard Palmer, Chair of the Accounting and MIS Department, “Southeast has a long tradition of high

CPA Exam Section

CPA pass rates, frequently leading or among the top three Missouri state universities. Our faculty wanted to accomplish three goals with the curricular changes: (1) to maximize student learning about accounting topics that are the focus of professional examinations, (2) to strengthen student training on accounting and spreadsheet software, and (3) strongly encourage internships in the field. We think the new curriculum does all of these things and represents ‘state of the art’ preparation for success in the business world.” Notwithstanding the changes, Palmer

Southeast Course Course Name Four Required Courses

Financial

AC321

Financial Accounting and Reporting I

Financial

AC332

Financial Accounting and Reporting II

Regulatory

AC435

Taxation of Individuals

Audit

AC437

Auditing and Assurance Services

Financial

AC540

International Perspecitves on Accounting

Elective Courses (Choose from five below) BEC

AC330

Cost Accounting and Analysis

BEC

AC331

Accounting Information Systems

Financial

AC534

Financial Accounting and Reporting III

Audit

AC537

Advance Auditing and Assurance Services

Regulatory

AC545

Taxation of Business Entities

Financial

AC548

Not-for-Profit Accounting

Regulatory

AC563

Regulation and Professional Ethics

All

AC573

Internship

noted that students will need to take a few extra steps to become a CPA since Missouri requires a person to complete 150 college hours to sit for the qualifying exam. But, the core of accounting knowledge will be behind them after their undergraduate experience and their options in preparing for the CPA exam will be many. Importantly, Southeast students will not have to enter a graduate program (that would require an additional one to two years of schooling) to be ready for the CPA exam. Southeast’s new curriculum will, according to Palmer, take advantage of the fact that, “many accounting students already have 6-15 additional undergraduate college hours beyond that of a traditional student and do not need or want the full-fledged graduate exposure at this time in their life. We have designed the program to ‘fast track’ students into the Accounting profession, giving them a top-tier educational experience while saving time and money. In today’s economy, we think that is important.” The new curriculum also addresses needs at the graduate level. For students seeking an MBA with an Accounting Option, the department plans to offer a graduate course in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting. This additional course reflects the increasing market need for accountants with special training related to investigations of wrongdoing. The new curriculum is planned to take effect in Fall 2011, but changes in course offerings will begin immediately. For more information about the Southeast Accounting program visit www. semo.edu or contact Professor Palmer at rpalmer@semo.edu.


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Southeast CPA Exam Performance Among the Top of Missouri Universities Out of eleven state universities in Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University ranked third in production of undergraduate degree candidates that passed all or part of the CPA exam in 2007, according to figures released by the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy. The high percentage of Southeast students passing some or all of the 2007 Uniform CPA Examination was driven by stellar performance

on each section of the four-part test. Of the 11 Missouri state universities with students without an advanced degree taking the exam, Southeast had the highest exam pass rate in the Regulation section (74%) the second highest exam pass rate in Business Environment and Concepts (64%), and the third highest exam pass rate in Auditing (54%). Table 1 summarizes 2007 CPA performance statistics for Missouri universities by test section.

2007 CPA Exam Pass Rates of Missouri State Colleges and Universities, by Test Section, Undergraduate Degree Students Rank Regulation

% Pass

Business Environment and Concepts Section

% Pass

1

Southeast Missouri State University

73.9

Truman State University

69.4

2

Northwestern Missouri State University

66.7

Southeast Missouri State University

65.4

3

University of Central Missouri

60.9

University of Missouri-Saint Louis

59.5

4

Truman State University

University of Central Missouri

58.6

5

Missouri Western State College

57.1

University of Missouri Columbia

58.1

6

Missouri Southern State College

54.5

Missouri State University

7

University of Missouri-Kansas City

52.4

University of Missouri-Kansas City

38.9

8

University of Missouri-Columbia

51.3

Northwestern Missouri State University

38.5

9

Lincoln University

50

Missouri Western State College

33.3

10

Missouri State University

46.8

Missouri Southern State College

30

11

University. of Missouri-Saint Louis

34.7

Lincoln University

14.3

Rank Audit and Attestation Section

% Pass

Financial Accounting and Reporting Section

% Pass

1

University of Central Missouri

65.7

Missouri Southern State College

2

Truman State University

58.7

Truman State University

56.5

3

Southeast Missouri State University

53.6

University of Central Missouri

55.9

4

University of Missouri-Columbia

51.5

University of Missouri-Columbia

55.6

5

Missouri Southern State College

50

Southeast Missouri State University

50

6

Northwestern Missouri State University

50

Northwestern Missouri State University

50

7

Missouri Western State College

50

Missouri State University

8

University of Missouri-Saint Louis

44.2

University of Missouri-Kansas City

40

9

Missouri State University

42.9

University of Missouri-Saint Louis

30

10

Lincoln University

33.3

Missouri Western State College

25

11

University of Missouri-Kansas City

31.3

Lincoln University

0

60

50

80

Commenting on the success of Southeast students on the 2007 CPA exam, Richard Palmer, accounting and MIS chair, stated, “The accountancy program at Southeast has a long history of student success in the accounting profession. We are working to continuously improve our course content and teaching methods to insure student success in an accounting career and on the CPA exam. One of our key goals is to be the leader in CPA test success in the State of Missouri, and we are making every effort to make that happen.�

Congratulations Passing the CPA exam is a major milestone in the career of an accountant. Special congratulations to the Southeast alumni below on passing the 2009 Missouri CPA exam. Adam Meyer Alan Kridelbaugh Carla Gilooly Jennifer Koenig Kirk Nesbit Leah Bennet Michelle Lauchner Mijin Kim Nicole Gemoules Sarah Weadon Stacey Geringer

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Students Impress at Phi Beta Lambda Conference

Fifteen Southeast students representing Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) took part at the 51st Annual Missouri PBL Conference in Jefferson City on March 23-25, 2010. The chapter received many awards including: 2nd place in March of Dimes Fundraising, Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, and the Joanne Newcomer Spirit Award. Students who placed first or second are eligible to attend the National PBL Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. in July. In addition to competitions, chapter members participated in networking, fundraising for the March of Dimes, and leadership development. State and local officer, Daniel Schuenemeyer, presented a workshop on officership. Two Southeast students were elected to state office: Emilee Glueck, secretary, and Katie Deason, treasurer. Furthermore, Emilee Glueck received the state’s endorsement to run for National PBL Secretary. Outgoing Missouri PBL Vice-President and local chapter President Daniel Schuenemeyer commented, “While it’s sad to end another term in office, I am extraordinarily proud of our chapter’s accomplishments. I am confident that our chapter will continue with great success at nationals.” For more information about PBL, please visit the national (www.fbla-pbl.org) or local (www6.semo.edu/ pbl) website. Phi Beta Lambda Conference Attendees

Congratulations to First and Second Place Finishers First Place Business Ethics Nathan Litchfield, Daniel Schuenemeyer First Place Contemporary Sports Issues Danielle Huebner First Place Emerging Business Issues Ibrahim Elbreki, Nathan Litchfield, Daniel Schuenemeyer First Place Sports Management Danielle Huebner Second Place Accounting for Professionals Jordy Howell Second Place Business Communication Jaclyn Birks Second Place International Business Daniel Levesque

Southeast Students Get Jobs and Experience in a Stagnant Economy Despite the state of the economy, Southeast students are reporting success in employment. At right is list of recent students placements of which we have been made aware. If you have updates, please drop us a line. Internships play a valuable role in accounting education and assists in getting that first job. Realworld experience makes classroom theory come alive, allowing students to grasp the depth and breadth of their field. Students listed on the opposite page worked as interns in 2009, and we want to recognize and thank the employers for their important role in educating Southeast students. If you are interested in hiring an intern, please contact rpalmer@semo.edu.

Newly Employed Grads Austen Banks - Birsinger & Associates Kristy Blue - Alliance Bank Scott Burle - Mueller Prost PC Amanda Courtois - Buchheits Rita Dirnberger - The Boeing Company Stephanie Ficken - KPMB, LLC Samantha Huff - Midwest Grain & Barge Carol Janes - Truman State Brittany Mickel - MRM Ag Services, Inc. Matthew Ramshaw - Klance Unlimited, Inc. Jenna Ruettgers - Stanley, Dirnberger, Hopper & Associates Keith Seiffert - Sailor, Khan, and Co. Tyson Shoemaker - J Baer & Associates Markesha Stayton - Scottrade


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Accounting Students Shine in Redhawk Rumble The final period with games round of the eliminating teams until Redhawk Rumble only two teams remain featured a contest for the final contest. between accounting The event majors—Dr. Roberta is organized by the Humphrey’s associate dean’s office. Redhawk Rumble winning team of Tyler Craven, Sara Kopp, accounting team Heather McMillan Kristin Buck and Ben Castelli. and Dr. Mary Moore moderated the sessions, Johnson’s BL563 while Dr. Charles provide business students the opportunity team! It was a very close contest to the end McAllister, Dr. Alicia Youngblood, and to test their knowledge of the principles with the team of Kristin Buck, Sara Kopp, Dr. Raju Vanteddu served as scorekeepers of management, marketing, accounting, Ben Castelli, and Tyler Craven besting Joe for the contests. Sherri Jenkins and Tiffany finance, information systems, economics, Blakemore, Daniel Schuenemeyer, Alicia Stone managed the question board and statistics, business law, POM/quantitative Thomure, and Jacqueline Prater. With the otherwise kept the activity organized. methods, current events in business in game see-sawing in points, the outcome Technical assistance was provided by Matt a fun, entertaining, and yet challenging hung in the balance until the final challenge environment. Mangels and Mark Hughes. Dean Gerald question. McDougall provided the funds for the Each contest consists of three rounds. Congratulations to Dr. Humphrey for contest prizes. The first two rounds of each game have leading her team to victory and to Dr. Mary five categories ranging from accounting to A very special thanks goes to the Moore Johnson for developing a “class following organizations and faculty business law to current events in business. team” which appeared unbeatable through sponsoring Redhawk Rumble teams: Alpha Each category is comprised of five most of the games. Kappa Psi, Beta Alpha Psi, Finance & questions. The third round is one question Administered by the dean’s office, where teams can wager all, some, or none of Economics Club – Professor Ben Dow , Dr. eight four-person teams participated in their accumulated points. Every participant Mary Moore Johnson, Rebecca Lohmann, the single elimination event answering Dr. Alisha Youngblood, Dr. Carolyn in the competition won something, with questions from all areas of business. Rainey and Dr. Roberta Humphrey. the championship team splitting $500, The purpose of the Business Challenge 2nd place $300, and 3rd place $100. The Competition (aka Redhawk Rumble) is to Rumble is completed over a three-week

2009 Internships Amanda Courtois - Jeffrey Baer & Associates Brittany Mickel - MRM Ag Services, Inc. Candace Carter - The Boeing Company Carol Janes - Belle Dental Clinic Chelsea A. Criddle - Stanley, Dirnberger, Hopper & Associates Edwin Maxwell - Schott and Associates Emily Scot - Delta Companies, Inc. Jeremy Wulfers - Harold Meyr Accounting Jessica Johanning - Interstate Document Solutions Karla Pappas - Delta Companies, Inc. Katie Mell - Thurman, Shinn & Company Kelsey Gantner - Stifel Nicolaus Kristin Buck - Southeast Missouri State University Accounting Office Kristy Blue - Alliance Bank Liza K. Walker - Mississippi Radio

Luke Luckett - Jackson Hewitt Tax Services Matthew Ramshaw - Missouri State Auditor’s Office Michelle Griesheimer - Hochschild, Bloom & Company Robert Tibbs - Jeffrey Eftink CPA, PC Samantha Huff - Midwest Grain & Barge Sandra Blake - Hillin & Clark Sara Carmack - Montgomery Bank Stephanie Ficken - KPMG Stephanie Schuette - Rubin Brown Stephanie Winschel - Southeast Missouri State University Accounting Office Tara Renner - Perry County Memorial Hospital Tony Denton - Southeast Missouri State University Accounting Office Tyson Shoemaker - Jeffrey Baer & Associates


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Johnson Appointed First Faculty Fellow for Supreme Court of Missouri Dr. Mary Virginia Moore Johnson, professor of business law at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed as the first faculty fellow for the Supreme Court of Missouri. Johnson will serve in this role while on sabbatical leave from the University. Her services to the Supreme Court of Missouri will begin Aug. 15 and end May 15, 2011. As a faculty fellow, Johnson will develop, implement and assess a state-wide Faculty Fellowship program for the Court to be instituted upon the completion of her appointment. She also will act as a consultant to the Coordinating Commission for Judicial Education, which is responsible for setting policy for judicial branch education. In her role as Faculty Fellow, she also will develop and coordinate a statewide judicial public outreach program. This will include creating, compiling and disseminating presentation materials and training judicial speakers. In addition, Johnson will collaborate with The Missouri Bar to develop an education curriculum about Missouri’s judicial system for educators in Missouri working with students from elementary school through law school. She also plans to organize state-wide events for Constitution Day in September and Law Day in May 2011. Finally, she will research assessment tools to be used to evaluate the successes and challenges of the newly created Faculty Fellowship program and to make recommendations for future improvements. “My colleagues at the Supreme Court and I are elated

about the opportunity for Professor Johnson to dedicate her sabbatical to partner with us to develop a civic education curriculum for all Missouri judges to utilize in educating students and teachers from grades five through college level,” said Supreme Court Judge Mary Russell. “This project is sorely needed because most citizens lack knowledge about this important topic. “Professor Johnson’s generous and imaginative offer to serve a faculty fellowship with our Court has sparked excitement among my colleagues,” Russell said. “We were all impressed with her skills, vision, and organization. In addition to her congenial personality and her legal and education background, Professor Johnson brings a commitment to public service.” Johnson is uniquely qualified to be the first faculty fellow. She holds a juris doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration degree from Missouri State University. Johnson has been admitted to practice law in the state of Missouri and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, The Missouri Bar and the Cape Girardeau Bar. She is an active member of three Missouri Bar committees and participates in the National Association of Women Judges Conference. Academically, Johnson has been teaching at Southeast for 13 years. She was named Educator of the Year by the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and has won numerous academic awards. Johnson has also chaired the Missouri Training and Employment Council (MTEC) strategic planning committee and served on the Executive Board of Education Committees. “My faculty fellowship is of great value to the University, college, department, students and my discipline of law,” Johnson said. “Developing a close relationship between the University and the judiciary will have a positive effect on students who will be able to observe court proceedings on campus, to have judges visit their classes to interact with them, and to learn more about the judicial branch of government. My connections with judges throughout the state could open more doors for more internships in law, enhancing opportunities for experiential learning. I hope this experience will enhance my teaching capacities and greatly contribute to my teaching effectiveness in the law classes I teach at Southeast.”

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Meet the New Faculty Dr. Gangaraju Vanteddu joined the faculty of the Department of Accounting and MIS in August 2009. He brings to Southeast eight years of teaching experience from Miami University of Ohio and Wayne State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in Tech in Civil Engineering, and his master’s degree in Tech in Quality, Reliability and Operations Research from Indian Statistical Institute. He later earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2008 while at Wayne State University. He has obtained Certified Supply Chain Professional certification from APICS, and Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Reliability Engineer certifications from ASQ. Dr. Vanteddu will be primarily teaching Business Statistics, Management Science, and Operations Management. Dr. Vanteddu is married and has a 7-year old son and a 4-year old daughter. Traveling and reading are his favorite pastimes in addition to dabbling with table tennis from time to time.

Dr. Alisha Youngblood joined the faculty of the Accounting and MIS Department in August, 2009. Alisha attended the University of Arkansas receiving her Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D in Industrial Engineering. Before teaching, Dr. Youngblood researched for the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Alabama Department of Transportation. Dr. Youngblood then taught at the University of Arkansas, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and now here at Southeast. Dr. Youngblood lives in Jackson with her son Drew (15), a cat, and a pet rabbit. She will be marrying this summer. In her free time she enjoys reading fiction, working out and watching her favorite ‘nerd’ humor: “The Big Bang Theory.”

Youngblood Receives Eugene L. Grant Award Dr. Alisha Youngblood recently received the Eugene L. Grant Award for a paper she co-authored in The Engineering Economist titled, “Considering Risk Within Net Present Value: Calculations for Government Projects.” The paper was co-authored by Paul Gradl of NASA and Paul Componation and Sampson Gholson of The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The paper reports on a new launch vehicle upper-stage engine trade study where insight into cost factors was gained by using net present value and applying a set of factors to incorporate the risks inherent to key system life cycle phases. The award is given annually by the Engineering Economy Division of the American Society for Engineering Education to the authors of the best paper in The Engineering Economist. The papers are judged on originality, importance of the problem, logic and clarity, and adequacy of proposed solution. Eugene L. Grant, after whom the award is named, was a professor of economics of engineering at Stanford.

Richard Palmer joined the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems as the chairperson in July, 2009. Richard comes to us from Eastern Illinois University, where he served as Accountancy Program Chair and Lumpkin Professor of Business for nine years. Prior to academic work, he held management positions in both public accounting and the banking industry. He received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Richard currently studies issues in accounting systems, strategic cost management, and process performance measurement. His specific interests include e-procurement and commercial card technology applications to business. His writings have appeared in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Accountancy, Government Finance Review, Management Accounting, European Management Journal, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and Issues in Accounting Education, among others. He has received research grants from KPMG, the AICPA, and the Boeing Center on Technology, Information, and Manufacturing at Washington University in St. Louis. Richard’s e-commerce and commercial card research has been quoted in U.S. Senate hearings, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNN Money, CBSNews MarketWatch, and American Banker, among others. Richard is married to Mary, his wife of 30 years and has seven children (Erin, 26; Natalie 24; Nathan 22; Stephanie, 18; Andrea, 15, Hannah, 12; and Zachary, 9). Stephanie joins the Redhawks as a freshman in 2010 and will be a member of the women’s soccer team.


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Tell Us ... Share your good news with the alumni community or update your profile. To share what you have been up to, visit www.iamsoutheast.com and click Update Your Info. Be sure to include your name, e-mail address, mailing address, current position, year of graduation and a photograph.

Thank You The Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems would like to send out special thanks to all our friends and alumni who have generously donated to the department over the past year. These donations help ensure that our program will continue to provide students with an outstanding education and the tools for a brighter future. Given shrinking state support and economic challenges, your support is now more important than ever. If you have made a gift in the past, please continue and consider ways in which you can increase your gift for a greater impact. Please visit www.semofoundation.org and click “How to Give� or call (573) 651-2332 to learn more. To direct your support to the accounting program at Southeast, be sure to designate that your gift is to benefit the Department of Accounting and MIS in the appropriate box. Your gifts are valued, important and may change the life of a student.

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