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The Colonial Ledger SCHOOL




> Message from the Dean

The SBUS has been very busy over these last few months with the dedication of the Beta Gamma Sigma Key monument, the Sport Management Student Career Conference, the Somma Integrity First Ethics Workshop, the formation of the Women in Business Club and a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the AMA Kickoff Night, the IIA/PICPA case competition, and departmental networking events. In addition, the SBUS faculty and students participated in two very successful, faculty led international education programs (FLEAP) one to Cyprus and Turkey, and another to Greece. I am grateful to the faculty, staff, and students for their support over these past few months. The recent successes of our School could not have been achieved without the spirit of teamwork and cooperation amongst the SBUS community. There have been new administrative appointments with SBUS faculty stepping into leadership roles and several new faculty and administrative staff hires. I hope the information provided in the pages that follow helps to convey the sense of excitement that we feel about the activities and accomplishments of our School of Business. L O I S D . B R YA N , D . S C . , C PA ACTING DEAN AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING SCHOOL OF BUSINESS


> Administrative Appointments


Welcome to the newest edition of the Colonial Ledger. It has been an exciting year in the School of Business (SBUS) and I am proud to have the opportunity to serve in the role of Acting Dean during this period of continued advancement for our School. I began my academic career at Robert Morris as an instructor of Accounting and have watched our School mature with the change from Robert Morris College to Robert Morris University. I was extremely fortunate to be a part of the administrative teams that steered the SBUS towards acquiring the prestigious AACSB-International accreditation in 2009 and the successful reaccreditation in 2014. During my tenure at RMU, I have served in numerous administrative positions including: Director of the Master of Science in Taxation degree program, Department Head of Accounting and Taxation, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Excellence, and now in a new leadership role as Acting Dean.


Serving as Associate Dean for Student Success, Dr. Steven Clinton is a Professor of Marketing. Previous to taking the Associate Dean position, Dr. Clinton served as the Department Head of Marketing and Interim Associate Dean for Student Success. In December 2014 the Pittsburgh American Marketing Association Professional Chapter selected Dr. Clinton as its “2014 Educator of the Year.” Dr. Clinton holds degrees from Michigan State University (Ph.D.-Marketing), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MS-Management – Tax Concentration), University of South Carolina (Master of International Business), and University of Wisconsin (BA-French). Dr. Prasad Vemala was appointed as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Dr. Vemala, an Assistant Professor of Management, is also serving as the Interim Assistant Dean. Dr. Vemala earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Bangalore University in India and holds both a Master of Computer Science and an M.B.A. from the University of South Dakota. He received his Ph.D. in International Business and Finance from Texas A&M International University. Dr. Vemala's work has been published in several journals and he is currently serving as an honorary adviser for two small businesses. Prior to joining RMU, Dr. Vemala worked as an Assistant Professor of International Business at McNeese State University. At McNeese, Dr. Vemala held an endowed professorship and served as a faculty senator.

> Administrative Appointments Cont.

Michele T. Cole, J.D., Ph.D., University Professor of Management, is serving as the Interim Department Head for Management. She received her law degree in 1982 from Duquesne University and her doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management in 1993 from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include effective online instruction, e-learning and academic integrity, curriculum development and social media, issues in human resource management, and capacity-building in the nonprofit sector as well as the application of technology to learning strategies.

Serving as Interim Department Head of Economics and Legal Studies, Dr. Adora D. Holstein earned both a B.S.B.A. in Accountancy and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines before earning her Ph.D. in Economics from Penn State University. She received a National Science Foundation grant for research on the impact of Japanese direct investments on R&D and exports of U.S. manufacturers and has been published in many journals. Her current research interests include the economic impact of technology startup incubators and accelerators, banking regulation, health care policy, as well as industrial policy and microfinance in Asian countries.

Dr. Dean R. Manna, University Professor of Marketing, holds the position of Interim Department Head for Marketing. He holds a BSBA degree from Gannon University, an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests focus on Emotional Intelligence and its effects on productivity in the public and private sectors. He has consulted for private industry and the public sector for thirty-five years in the areas of sales, management, customer relations, and marketing. His teaching specialty is in the area of Professional Selling and Marketing, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Theresa Hilliard joins Robert Morris University as an Associate Professor of Accounting from the College of Business & Economics, West Virginia University. She is a Certified Public Accountant with 12 years of experience in public accounting as an audit and tax manager. She received her Executive Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University and her Master of Science in Professional Accountancy degree from Walsh College. Dr. Hilliard’s research interests include the transitory effects of International Financial Reporting Standards and gender distinctions of fraud.

John S. Stakeley joins Robert Morris University as a Lecturer in the Management Department. He received his Doctorate of Science in Information Systems & Communication from Robert Morris University. He is the Co-founder and President of Muninn Group, a North American control, software development, and engineering firm located in Pittsburgh. Dr. Stakeley has extensive experience in sales and project management. His teaching background includes operations management, entrepreneurship, and organizational leadership. He is a member of the US Army Reserve currently serving as a Knowledge Management Specialist.

> New Faculty

David B. Brauer joins Robert Morris University as a Lecturer in the Management Department. He received his doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University, UK. His dissertation topic is How and Why Can a Strategy of Sustainability be Used for Graduate Business Schools in the United States to Gain Competitive Advantages? As a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Brauer focused on further developing a theory on defining magnitude of priorities necessary for developing effective strategy.

> Save the Date for Business Week 2016


> Administrative Staff New Hires/Promotions Brandi Budris, Administrative Coordinator for the School of Business, joined RMU in October and brings with her over 10 years of experience in communications, sales and administration with companies such as Deloitte, UPMC, and Renda Broadcasting. She also served as Communications Director for Phoenix Color, a large book component printer, where she dealt directly with clients such as Harper Collins, Penguin/Random House and Simon & Schuster. She earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Philosophy from Slippery Rock University. Rachel Farrell joined the School of Business in September as secretary for the Department of Accounting & Taxation and the Department of Finance. She comes to RMU from St. Bonaventure University where she served as assistant to the Dean of Clare College. In addition to her work in higher education, Rachel has years of experience in customer service and call center management. Jacquelyn Griffin, Administrative Coordinator for the School of Business, was promoted in August to Administrative Coordinator in the Dean’s Office. She has been with the School of Business as a Secretary for the Department of Accounting & Taxation and the Department of Finance, since February 2013. She was presented the RMU Additional Annual Performance Award in 2014 as well as nominated for the School of Business Staff Excellence Award in 2015. She earned a B.A. in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University. Renee Lyles, Secretary for the Department of Marketing and the Department of Economics and Legal Studies, comes to the School of Business from RMU's Center for Innovative Teaching and Directed Engaged Learning, where she worked as a part-time secretary. Prior to working at RMU, she was an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Business Programs for eight years, and Registrar Specialist for five years at Kaplan Career Institute. While working there she earned an Associate Specialized Business Degree (Major: Office Administration) and later, an online BSBA degree from Kaplan University.

The School of Business is excited to announce that Business Week 2016 will be held February 22nd through 25th, 2016 on the RMU campus. For the third year of this popular event, programming will be centered on the theme, “BRAND YOU.” There will be a wide range of session topics including: careers in accounting, careers in finance, entrepreneurship, opportunities in marketing, and sport management, landing your first job and thriving in it. Be on the lookout for details on speakers and a full schedule of events!

> Networking Dinner The Networking Dinner, a business professional event open to all students, took place on December 2, 2015, in the Ferris Ballroom of Yorktown Hall. The event was organized by the students of the Financial Management Association along with the help of students from the American Marketing Association, the Association of Future Accountants, and Phi Beta Lambda. A variety of executives and entrepreneurs took part in the networking event. Professionals from firms in the Greater Pittsburgh Area were invited, including, DiNuzzo Index Advisors, Inc., Lazarowicz Financial Services, Mass Mutual Financial, Pittsburgh Fellows, PLS Logistics, PNC, Prudential, PWC, and REI. They shared their stories and offered advice on career success, including making connections with business professionals that can be indispensable in landing a dream job and having a successful career. Some of the professionals were RMU graduates who provided beneficial insights on how to obtain a career similar to their own.


> The 5th Annual Somma Integrity First Ethics Workshop The 5th Annual SBUS Somma Integrity First Ethics Workshop was held on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Drs. Jeff Guiler and Stephen Foreman presented the topics for the evening that pertained to the theme, Ethics in the Healthcare Industry. Over 160 students attended the event to discuss relevant healthcare topics and related ethical decisions. During the event, recipients of the Rande and Georgia Somma Integrity First Scholarship were recognized. Each received a $5,000 scholarship. The night concluded with a few thought-provoking words from Rande Somma about his involvement with ethics in the workplace.

> Beta Alpha Psi The SBUS is extremely proud to announce that a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) has been chartered at RMU. BAP is the most prestigious internationally recognized accounting and finance business fraternity and is only provisioned at AACSB-accredited institutions. The inaugural meeting was held on January 19, 2016 where Robert W. McCutcheon (SBUS ’91), Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers delivered the keynote remarks to students and faculty.

> IIA/PICPA Case Competition On November 5, 2015, nineteen teams of undergraduate students from the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Chatham University and Robert Morris University participated in a case competition sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). A team of RMU accounting students Amanda Choma, Michael McCoy, and Danielle Silofau, won first place in the case competition and received a $1,000 team scholarship. The Case Competition is an interactive, educational, collaborative event that challenges students to work with their peers to analyze data, develop ideas, and communicate their findings.

The Economics and Legal Studies Department held its 5th Economics & Legal Studies Networking event on October 1st, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the International Suite, Sewall Center. It was attended by Business students, Economics & Legal Studies Faculty, Advisory Board members, Sushil Acharya (Director of Research & Grants Administration at RMU), Lois Bryan (Acting Dean) and Prasad Vemala (Interim Assistant Dean). Two speakers gave excellent presentations on support services available to Pittsburgh tech start-ups in general, and women entrepreneurs, in particular. They were Aaron Tainter, Program Manager of AlphaLab (a Pittsburgh tech startup accelerator with state funding), and Anne Schlicht, Assistant Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

> 12th Annual Sport Management Conference The 12th Annual RMU Sport Management Student Career Conference was held on October 16, 2015, with 160 students representing 18 universities and 70 plus industry professionals in attendance. Highlights of the conference included our 6th Pre-Conference Workshop for the RMU Juniors and Seniors; an industry networking reception hosted by Murray Cohn, VP of Team Ticket Sales; an internship and job fair; and a postconference reception at which three alumni were inducted into the Sport Management RMU Hall of Fame. Next year's conference is scheduled for October 14, 2016, along with the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Sport Management.


> Marketing Department 2015 FLEAP Trip The Hospitality and Tourism program conducted two study-abroad courses, Executive Development and International Tourism. The Executive Development course provides students with the tools to be effective in leadership in various hospitality venues. International Tourism is an analysis of international trade via tourism, examining the complex relationship between tourism, business, and international politics. Visits to Cyprus and Turkey enabled students to view hospitality leadership in action in cultures that are distinctly different from North America’s. In addition to the different cultural context, students were able to interact with expatriates from around the globe who are working within the Cyprus and Turkish cultures. Visits to tourist attractions in Cyprus (Kyrenia Harbour, Kyrenia Castle, Monastery of St. Barnabas, St. Hilarion Castle, Bellabais Abbey, Roman Ruins of Salamis, Famagusta Castle and Karpaz Beach) and historical sites in Istanbul, Turkey (Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, Princes Islands) vividly illustrated the beauty and challenges of international tourism.

> AMA Kickoff Night: Where Are They Now? The American Marketing Association (AMA) had its annual Kickoff Night on October 5, 2015, in the School of Business Building. A panel of three former AMA officers discussed where they are now in their careers and how being a part of the AMA helped them get there. The AMA also hosted their annual Business Fashion Show in the Massey Theater, sponsored by Jos. A. Bank and The Limited. Students learned about proper business dress and “what not to wear.” Our own RMU students showed off their modeling skills. In the same week, the AMA hosted their annual Marketing Career Fair where over 15 companies attended and shared marketing career experiences and advice. Over 75 students attended this event. Resumes and job openings were shared.

> Beta Gamma Sigma Key Dedication As part of the School of Business Student Picnic held on April 29, 2015, the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Key monument was unveiled and dedicated in the Rudolph Family Gardens, located directly between the School of Business Building and Massey Hall. Induction into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society is the highest recognition a business student can receive from an AACSB International accredited business school. Only the top 10% of junior and senior undergraduate students and the top 20% of the graduate students are eligible for induction to BGS. The installation of the BGS Key was made possible through support from the PNC Foundation, and serves as a reminder to all business students of the importance of striving for excellence in business education.

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> AACSB International


> Sport Management 2015 FLEAP Trip International Sport Management introduces students to core segments of a global sport industry and highlights opportunities and challenges of globalization in sport. Emphasis is placed on the efforts of North American sport properties to grow their business overseas, as well as governance and culture of the Olympic Movement and other major international sport organizations/events. This course covers international sport business strategies including sport marketing, sponsorship, media, event, and tourism management. The main feature of this course is a trip to Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization and the Olympics. Students visited the archaeological sites of the Acropolis, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Ancient Olympia. Stops also included Kallimarmaro Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens ‘Spiros Louis’ at which the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics were held. While in Greece, students had the opportunity to interact with executives from local sport properties such as the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Olympiacos FC.

> Women in Business

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, leadership, and value-added services. RMU School of Business is proud of its prestigious accreditation by AACSB International, placing us in the top 5% of business schools in the world.

> Connect with SBUS Visit the School of Business website at 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

Newly created is the Robert Morris University School of Business Women in Business Club. Co-advised by faculty members, Drs. Daria Crawley and Jill Maher, the club attracted 49 founding members in its first semester. The members developed their own logo and slogan and have planned speaking events for female business students. They have already made their mark on campus.

Photo Credits: David Budizewski, Rachael Hower, David Synowka, and Brian Wilwohl

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Economics and Legal Studies

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Sport Management

Dr. Riza Emekter 412-397-5458

Dr. Michele Cole 412-397-5285

Dr. Dean Manna 412-397-6366

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