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The BEACON is a free publication sent annually. Issue number: Vol. 15. This issue dated: January 2014. Address: Central Washington University 400 E. University Way Ellensburg WA 98926-7487

Dean’s Corner As I sit down for the annual tradition of writing the Dean’s Corner for the Beacon, I reflect on what a busy year it has been. Many of our faculty traveled nationally and internationally to share their scholarship and deepen their expertise. More than 75 students received scholarships or awards at our annual Honors’ Banquet. Nearly 100 students in Supply Chain Management and Marketing classes participated in hands-on consulting projects for 25 local companies and organizations. More than 100 students participated in external conferences and/or case competitions.

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The momentum continues with the college’s first-ever Westside Career Fair, which was well received by both employers and the 200 students who participated. We hosted the annual Economic Outlook Conference that drew a record-breaking audience and featured Governor Jay Inslee as its keynote speaker. We have initiated consulting projects to develop online advertising campaigns for local companies in our new Digital Marketing class.

It was a year that we welcomed new faculty at all three of our locations. In addition, after a nationwide search, we hired a new development officer for the College of Business—a position that sat vacant for too long. I encourage you to read our regular feature piece introducing new faculty and staff to the Beacon readership—I’m sure you will be as impressed with the experience and the energy these folks bring to the college as we are! In this issue, we also shine the spotlight on some familiar faces who have contributed to our College of Business community: Accounting Board member and College of Business’s Alumna of the Year Ralph Connor; alumna and outgoing College of Business Advisory Board chairperson Susan Swartz; and Accounting Professor Margaret Smith. A theme running through these stories is service and engagement. In addition to their service to the college, the list of their service activities is long and diverse, ranging from professional and philanthropic organizations to local institutions like the Yakima Valley Museum and the Ellensburg Rodeo. A number of articles reflect another theme that we have emphasized in the College of Business over the past two years: student professional development. These include experiences in which our students have participated: the sales training with the Mariners, the HRM and Sport Business boot camps, the I4IE business plan competition, the professional speakers our centers and institutes bring to campus, and the consulting projects for real companies. You will be impressed by the many professional development and service activities organized by our wonderful student clubs. These projects are the “Do” in Learn. Do. Live. The College of Business pursues these activities to professionalize our students and give back to the community. If you would like to provide these opportunities for students, either with an internship or an idea for a consulting project, please let me know. In the words of Management Professor Lynn Richmond, “There is only so much that can be taught in the classroom.” Your assistance in adding this valuable experience piece to our students’ education would be most appreciated!

The College of Business is a learning community committed to a set of core values based on integrity, respect, and responsibility that guide our interactions.

We always introduce you to a few students and alumni in the Beacon. Those highlighted in this issue will inspire you with their stories of grit and determination to overcome obstacles in the way of their success, ranging from learning disabilities to being trapped in war-torn Sudan. We are very proud of Juan, Amau, Mark, and Brittany, and know you will be too.

CWU is an AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by calling the Center for Disability Services at 509-963-2171 or e-mailing

Finally, the Beacon says good-bye to some of our retiring faculty. This issue includes articles on Norman Gierlaskinski, accounting; and Lynn Richmond, management, who collectively have served Puget Sound CWU business students for 50 years. Both provide final words of advice for their students to be involved, open-minded to change, and never stop learning. Good advice for all of us! Also retiring this year are Linda Larson, accounting; and Eldon Johnson, finance, both from our Puget Sound centers. Their presence has enriched us, and their loss will be deeply felt.

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Table of contents Speaking of loss, Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy, Professor Emeritus of Accounting, passed away over the Thanksgiving weekend. To say that he was iconic is an understatement. He was the founding chair of the Department of Accounting when the College of Business was created in 1974. His impact and legacy will reverberate well past the four decades that he taught at Central. He was honored by his former students and other devotees with the $1.1 million Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy Endowed Professorship, the first such professorship in the Department of Accounting. In closing, I hope you enjoy this issue of the Beacon. Editor Alexandra Leong, Assistant Editor Chelsie McNabb, and Associate Dean Laura Milner have worked hard to bring our stories to you, and I applaud their efforts. We appreciate your interest in the College of Business, and if you would like to better connect with us please let me know. My door is always open. Best wishes,

Kathryn Martell, Dean

Dean’s Corner......................................................... 2 voice of faculty: NOrman J. Gierlasinski........ 4 voice of faculty: lynn Richmond....................... 5 Student Internships.............................................. 6 Boeing partnerships.............................................. 7 voice of Alumni: Juan Huitron........................... 8 Alumni Profile: Ralph Conner............................ 9 CB Student organizations............................ 10-11 CB out & About..................................................... 12 CB News................................................................... 13 Student Profile: Brittany Waskom................. 14 Student Profile: Mark Walker......................... 15 Faculty Profile: Margaret Smith.................... 16 Introducing three new faculty...................... 17 Amau (Mary) Andrea Malath...................... 18-19 Four CB Centers............................................... 20-21 2013 CB events................................................... 22-23 Philanthrophy: Chris Studenka....................... 24 Recognition........................................................... 25 Aspiration and perspiration: focusing on Faculty scholarly activity......................... 26 from the cb advisory board............................ 27 Editor’s Note......................................................... 28

In Memoriam: Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy 1935–2013 Pat was a beloved academician, teacher, mentor, and friend. He will be missed. CWU dates of service, 1964-1999. The ability to relive the life and times of PRO is available by scanning the QR code, or by going to: > Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy Toast and Roast.


voice of the Faculty: Norman J. Gierlasinski

Twenty-eight Years by Dr. Norman J. Gierlasinski, CPA, CFE, Professor of Accounting I am moving toward my 28th year of teaching at CWU. I never thought I would be a teacher while growing up in Chicago. My path to teaching at the university level is probably much different than those who recently earned their doctorates. After receiving my bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Illinois, I took and, fortunately, passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. While working for a CPA firm in Chicago, I went to DePaul University evenings and got my master of business administration in finance. Years later, while working as controller for a manufacturing firm, I started to teach accounting at a local college part time. I enjoyed it to the extent that I quit my day job and started teaching full time. Soon I realized a doctorate was a requirement, which came next. Then it was time to move to Montana. After spending time in Colorado in the army, I decided that, someday, I wanted to live near the mountains. I accepted a position with the University of Montana and remained there for four years. The next step was CWU. The first two years I taught in Ellensburg and then, for the last 26 years, at university campuses in western Washington. What I have enjoyed most about being a part of the College of Business is seeing students graduate and become professionals. Also of great satisfaction has been sharing experiences with my educator colleagues. Many of the faculty members I started with have retired and I will soon follow. Teaching at three locations (Ellensburg, CWU-Des Moines, and CWU-Lynnwood) has made it difficult to get to know new accounting faculty, much less the rest of the CB faculty. Even at CWU-Des Moines, it is difficult to interact because of our schedules, and different class days and times. Many faculty members also live in different parts of the Seattle metropolitan area. I have enjoyed being assisted by the smiling and helpful staff at CWUDes Moines over the years. A drawback to the western Washington campuses is the limited opportunity to get to know the evening students, most of whom are non-traditional, as they come to evening classes right from work. Participation in the business community is important. I have been involved professionally with the Washington Society of CPAs, Washington State Board of Accountancy, and Puget Sound chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. My active involvement with those groups has helped in counseling students for their career choices, as well as getting guest speakers for my classes. It can be valuable for students to participate in the CWU accounting club, where they can be involved in leadership roles. It also allows them to meet other students at meetings and take away important information presented at those events. Employers look for students with good communication skills. Being involved with the club may help with that. At meetings, students can also learn more about the business world from guest speakers.


Upon graduation and going to work, it is important for them to show up on time and do more than is required. Most of all, they must never stop learning. Being an accounting professor at CWU has been a fulfilling career. I have been able to merge my enjoyment of teaching with my profession of accounting. Over the years, the debits stayed on the left and the credits remained on the right, but technology has made the difference in how accounting is done. Upon retirement, I will not miss preparing and grading exams or driving home at night after evening classes. What I look forward to is spending time with my wonderful wife and gorgeous granddaughters. Also, I can watch the traffic on the morning news instead of being in it. Norman J. Gierlasinski

voice of the Faculty: Lynn Richmond

Retiring from the Classroom by Alexandra Leong CB Professor Lynn Richmond has been teaching management and organization courses for more than two decades at CWU-Lynnwood. As his retirement draws near, he knows that he is going to miss his time in the classroom with his students. He readily acknowledges that they have been very tolerant of and kind to “the old man,” as he refers to himself. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, neither of Richmond’s parents graduated from high school. His dad actually dropped out of school following the fourth grade and repeatedly questioned Richmond, one of five children in the family, as to why he wanted to continue going to school past the sixth grade. Regardless, Richmond graduated from high school and enrolled at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). There, he became active in student government and was elected student body president in 1957. One of his responsibilities was to attend a conference at the University of Oregon (UO), where he fell in love with the school and town. Richmond graduated with a sociology degree from CSULB in 1958. He then enrolled in graduate school at UO, to study organizational sociology and social psychology, where he earned his master’s degree and PhD. He went on to lead a 12-year, UO study—funded by the National Institute of Mental Health—on delinquency among small-town youth. Richmond and his family eventually moved to Edmonds, where he began teaching at both CWU-Lynnwood and Edmonds Community College (EdCC). Working with both institutions, he envisioned an opportunity for students to be able to complete a four-year degree without ever having to leave the community college campus. So, he helped in the development of closer collaborations that allowed CWU to begin offering baccalaureate degree programs at EdCC and, ultimately, led to construction of a joint facility, opened in 2002, for housing programs from both institutions. The significance of Richmond’s role was recognized, when he was invited to join in the project’s groundbreaking ceremony, doing the first dig with a special golden shovel. Throughout his more than 20 years in the classroom, Richmond says what stands out has been the opportunity to work with students on a first-name basis. “It’s more enjoyable for both them and me,” he said. “I appreciate when students chat with me after class, whether it’s about the subject matter or about things in their personal lives.”

Lynn Richmond Richmond tries to make it clear to his students that change—particularly in the workplace—is inevitable and that, instead of trying to avoid it, they should embrace it both for their benefit and that of their employer.

Richmond says he is particularly pleased when his students connect with the subject matter or relate current events to what is being taught in the classroom, saying those are among the reasons he had most enjoyed teaching.

In addition, Richmond encourages students to seek internships in organizations that appear to be a good fit. Matching a student’s personality with an organization’s culture and leadership is important for that student to have an energizing and fulfilling experience while contributing to the organization.

Richmond points out that he has dealt with a changing student body over the years. Earlier in his career, he recalls students seemed to have more time and less stress. The stress level is increased today as students are handling more demands on their time and resources, including working part or full time.

During retirement, Richmond plans to stay informed on current business trends and activities. He and his wife also have two grown sons who reside, literally, on the same street in Seattle and four grandchildren also living nearby. In addition, he plans to spend more time on his hobbies, which include miniature railroading and geomythology.


student internships visibility tool. Scarlett appreciated supply chain management professor Kun Liao’s guidance because he provided her a solid foundation and understanding of Lean and Six Sigma, which pertained to her position. As Scarlett finishes her senior year, she will return full time upon graduation in June 2014 as a procurement agent for Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

Boeing intern: Josh Domingo

Boeing Interns by Alexandra Leong During the summer of 2013, several CWU College of Business students were selected to participate in a highly competitive internship program at The Boeing Company. They learned that the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, and defense, space, and security systems has limitless opportunities and it is an exceptional company to work for. Also, each student had the opportunity to apply the fundamentals and theories learned in the classroom to real world situations. Below follows four students’ experiences:

Boeing Defense, Space, and Security

Josh Domingo, a business major specializing in management and organization, interned for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security within the F-22 Sustainability Organization in Tukwila. His group helped the government achieve full capabilities to repair specific parts for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. As an intern, he supported project managers to develop special contracts with the government and Boeing’s suppliers. He had the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people, build his network, attend interesting high level meetings, and tour several impressive development and manufacturing facilities. Domingo believes that students should pursue a career at Boeing because there is something for everyone. With positions all over the world and thousands of different types of positions, Boeing is an organization where you can really find your niche.

Alexandra Leong, currently a junior pursing a business administration degree with specializations in finance and supply chain management, supported Flight Services Supplier Management in the Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) business unit as a procurement agent intern. She developed and implemented pro forma Master Purchase Sale Agreements to facilitate inter-entity global purchasing for Flight Services, created and documented procurement process best practices, and assisted in the development of a supply chain solution to order, store, and deliver flight simulator hardware. Leong had set four goals for herself at the beginning of her internship: 1) to have an understanding of how Flight Services Supplier Management supports The Boeing Company, 2) to accomplish assignments at a meet/exceeds expectation levels, 3) to have fun and network with other interns and employees to further learn what Boeing has to offer, and 4) to return as an intern for the summer of 2014. She is proud that she has fulfilled her goals and is returning to The Boeing Company as a finance intern this summer. Kerianne Dorwin, a supply chain management student at the Des Moines campus was a procurement agent intern in the Maintenance, Repair, and Operations team in Boeing’s Shared Services Group. During her internship, she was able to participate in contract formation and renewal through soliciting and negotiating with suppliers. She worked on managing contracts that were already in effect by adding funding and supporting the business partners who were parties to the contract. She also had the opportunity to visit multiple suppliers and tour their facilities as well as visiting multiple Boeing factories. “My favorite part was going into the Boeing factories to see how the tools I was helping to purchase were used in the airplane manufacturing process,” said Dorwin. “Understanding how my job fit into the big picture was very important and exciting.” At the end of her internship, Dorwin had two job offers from different functions. She is currently a part of the highly competitive Business Skills Rotation Program supporting finance operations for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security while also being a part-time student.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Shared Services Group

Alina Scarlett, a supply chain management student at the Lynnwood campus, supported the Lean+ Enterprise Office. She provided consulting services about Lean and process improvements for various business functions within Boeing. She also facilitated workshops that solved problems and eliminated waste by implementing Lean principles. For her work team, she coordinated the training for 50+ employees by developing, implementing, and conducting the training for an internal


Boeing interns (l. to r.): Alina Scarlett, Alexandra Leong, and Kerianne Dorwin

Boeing Partnerships by Laura M. Milner, Associate Dean The partnership that the College of Business has enjoyed with The Boeing Company through the years has been transformational. Always supportive, their request to us to start the Supply Chain Management specialty changed the trajectory of our institution. They were instrumental in modernizing not only a curriculum, but also a college. Boeing’s presence on the College of Business Advisory Board and on the Supply Chain Management Institute Advisory Board has been one of not only substantive guidance but also one of substantial financial support in terms of sponsorships, scholarships, faculty support, and student clubs. Always breaking new ground, we were delighted to have participated in the first Boeing-sponsored case competition between University of Washington, Central Washington University, Western Washington University, and Portland State University during fall quarter. We are one of three universities in Washington that receive financial support from Boeing. Extending beyond guidance and fiscal support, the internship opportunities provided for our students have been exemplary, as have the employment opportunities for our graduates. They are the largest single employer of College of Business graduates. Because of that steadfast affiliation, the College of Business honored that relationship by having the first ever company-specific alumni event in April 2013. We look forward to many more years of synergy together as we continue to produce a world-class workforce for the state of Washington, and indeed the world.

Boeing CWU Alumni Gathering

Boeing Case Competition

Dr. Martell welcomes alumni

The final teams from all universities at the Museum of Flight

L. to r. Dr. Martell with Grace Jiang and Sveflana Levshina

CWU teams learning about The Boeing Company

Dr. Milner with student Kerianne Dorwin and alumnus Bryan Dorwin

High Flying Five, one of five CWU teams presenting to the Boeing panel


voice of the Alumni: Juan Huitron

Making Connections on the Way to Success by Chelsie McNabb From a love of sports, baseball in particular, and a motivation to succeed, comes the success story of CB graduate Juan Huitron. He was one of the first students in CWU’s Sport Business Certificate Program, earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2011. Currently, Huitron is Director of Ballpark Operations for the Hillsboro (Oregon) Hops professional baseball team, the Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

internship, the Yakima Bears baseball team hired Huitron, where he worked in marketing and stadium operations. When the team moved to Hillsboro he was offered—and accepted—the chance to relocate with it. Huitron says he loves seeing communities rally around a team and teams bringing a community together. While he enjoys his job, one day Huitron hopes to join a larger franchise and expand his role with the team.

Huitron grew up in Ellensburg, with Central being a big part of his life. His family emigrated from Mexico and that gave Huitron, and his siblings, the motivation to pursue higher education and become firstgeneration college graduates. The work ethic that his parents instilled in him has helped him through school and on his career path.

There are many people that have helped Huitron get to where he is today. His family is his top support system, but there have been others. At CWU, professors Mark Pritchard and Jeff Stinson developed the Sport Business Certificate Program, which offered him experience as an undergraduate that most other universities do not offer until graduate school. With the Hillsboro Hops, K.L. Wombacher, the club’s executive vice president and general manager, who is also a CWU graduate, is mentoring Huitron.

While at Central, Huitron had many first-hand experiences through the Sport Business Certificate Program. One was visiting CenturyLink Field, where the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders play, when a sales person handed the phone to the students and told them to try to convince a customer to renew his season tickets. Huitron said this “eye-opening experience” was among those that helped reinforce that he wanted to be in the sport business industry. He went on to develop sales techniques and time-management skills, and learned how to interact with different types of people, which have helped further his career. Huitron next became a group sales intern with the Seattle Mariners, which further broadened his knowledge and experience. Following his

Some advice that Huitron would give to students is to use the alumni network, pointing out that a lot of people are willing to help students and share their experiences with them. He says that by speaking to and building relationships with alumni and other students on campus, students’ professional and personal lives can be affected. He says you never know when your path may cross with someone that you talked to at CWU and where it can help you down the road.

Juan Huitron


Alumni Profile: Ralph Conner

Valuing Education and Community Involvement by Alexandra Leong From experience, Ralph Conner knew that the best way to achieve his life goals would be through higher education. Conner worked in the orchards of the Yakima Valley while attending night school at the local community college. Just before he turned 30, he transferred to Central Washington University to earn his degree in accounting and passed the Certified Public Accounting exam, all while working full time. Conner believes that CWU offers quality education and that the accounting program prepared him for rigors in the competitiveness of the industry. Not only did CWU’s business program contribute to his success, but also the advice from his accounting professors, such as Karen Martinis, Gary Heesacker, and Patrick O’Shaughnessy, helped launch his career. Upon graduation in 1988, he accepted a position with a local accounting firm in Yakima that later merged with LeMaster Daniels. He worked there for nearly 20 years and eventually became an owner of the firm. In 2010, the firm merged with Clifton Larson Allen where Conner is currently a principal. He manages the Yakima office while overseeing the non-profit/public sector practice for the entire Pacific Northwest region, which is the number one public sector practice across Clifton Larson Allen.

“Our world is about relationships and we must be involved to help foster the growth of our business or industry.” Conner believes that it is important as a business professional to be active in the community because “our world is about relationships and we must be involved to help foster the growth of our business or industry.” He also believes it is important to engage in the community as a resident. Conner served on the YMCA board as treasurer, and as a member of the board of trustees, he was involved with scholarship funds. Today, he still participates in the YMCA’s annual youth campaign. He also volunteered for seven years at the Yakima Valley Museum as the treasurer and oversaw its financial performance and budget. The museum offers historical exhibits on Yakima’s early life and the development of the fruit industry. He also spends his time participating in other organizations such as the American Cancer Society and United Way. Along with his involvement in the community, he is an active contributor to the College of Business. Because of the great opportunities and quality education Central had offered him, he wants to give back to the school today by serving on the accounting

Ralph Conner department board and being a College of Business donor. He believes that students should set attainable goals and remember that a career path is a “marathon, not a sprint.” Students and graduates who are well prepared through a college education, who have the ability to present themselves in a professional manner, and who are actively involved in extracurricular activities and community service have an edge in today’s job market. Conner heavily expressed the importance of gaining real world experience through internships. According to Conner, one of the most important things to remember is “the value of hard work because it contributes to personal growth and success.”


CB Student organizations

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Dean’s Council The Dean’s Council is a group of student leaders in the College of Business at the main campus in Ellensburg. Comprised of club presidents and the Beacon’s editorial team, the Dean’s Council meets the first Friday of each month to discuss club activities, upcoming College of Business events, successful club accomplishments, and other topics of interest. Through a collaborative effort, the Dean’s Council adopted the following mission statement: The mission of the Dean’s Council is to serve as a liaison between College of Business students and administration in order to facilitate communication, encourage student club interaction and collaboration, and showcase productive talents of student organizations. The Dean’s Council intends to educate, promote, and enhance the College of Business in its quest for excellence.

We strive to acquaint students with business and business communications ideas and issues, to develop a nucleus of professional individuals who have a concern for business principles and ethics, and to encourage our members to associate with professionals in the business community. Through our numerous activities we provide opportunities to develop event planning, teamwork, collaboration, time-management, and professional communications skills. We also hope to foster an environment where members feel valued, supported, and comfortable exploring their ideas and ambitions as students, individuals, and future professionals. Patrik Rojan President L. to r. Hannah Elledge and Alpha Kappa Psi VP of Chapter Operations Barbara Wyatt at the Clubs and Organizations Fair

Tailgating at the Homecoming game (l. to r.) Chris Norris, Melissa Irwin, Patrik Rojan, Wellington, Riley Crow, Abby Brink, and Blake Pipkin

Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting & Finance Club

Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting & Finance Club are two separate clubs but work closely together. Beta Alpha Psi is an international honorary organization for accounting and finance majors that focuses on professionalism and community service. The Accounting & Finance Club is an essential organization for students who are not fully admitted into the accounting major and/or do not meet the qualifications to be a member of Beta Alpha Psi.

Last May, CWU’s Beta Alpha Psi became a recognized chapter in the organization, named the Nu Epsilon chapter. Beta Alpha Psi holds regional and annual conferences that give students an opportunity to compete, work on presentation skills, learn from professionals and other chapters, network, and participate in community service activities. For our first appearance at a competition, we placed third in the organization’s Ethics and Best Practices competitions. In addition to these activities, the two clubs work together to develop and attend networking events where students can interact with professionals. They also volunteer in the local community and participate in campus events through the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement on campus. Also, workshops are presented by professionals in the industry that teach students how to succeed in the workplace. The Accounting & Finance club focuses on recruiting younger students who may be interested in a business major. They also work on setting up on site tours with companies in the industry. There are no requirements to join this club. Jacque Korn Beta Alpha Psi President Emily Wilson Accounting & Finance Club President

Alpha Kappa Psi

Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of future business leaders. We are a coed fraternity and open to all majors with an interest in furthering their professional, academic, and personal skills. Together, we focus on five main areas of development: professionalism, service, fundraising, intercommunications, and the development of lasting relationships between students of diverse backgrounds and like minds.


Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting & Finance Club at the Olmstead State Park and City of Ellensburg Cleanup

Beta Alpha Psi participating in Boo Central

CWU Economics Club

CWU Economics Club’s main goal is to assist in student growth outside of the classroom by participating in conferences, partaking in competitions, and hosting speakers from many backgrounds. These events all promote networking, development of business skills, and prepare students to become comfortable in the professional arena. The Economics Club formed two teams to compete in the Boeing Case Competition against Northwest region universities. The case heavily focused on analyzing supply chain, but learning to balance economic theory with supply chain concepts proved to be a fun experience. The Economics Club and the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) have formed a closer relationship in light of the cooperative effort. Another event that the Economics Club has participated in was the 2013 Economic Outlook Conference. Club president Michael Hadfield introduced an overview of the importance of agriculture to the Washington State economy. All majors are welcome to attend! Michael Hadfield President

Entrepreneur Club (l. to r.): Kyle Fenton, Keenan Smith, Roy Savoian (Advisor), Dan Clausen, Danica Perrault, Korey Shroyer, and David VanGeelkerken

Entrepreneur Club The Entrepreneur Club offers students resources and opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship. The club works directly with the CB’s Institute for Innovation and

Entrepreneurship, hosting the annual business plan competition at SOURCE [Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression], as well as a speaker series on a variety of entrepreneurial topics. Members also have exclusive opportunities to interact and network with successful entrepreneurs. Past entrepreneurs have included Vince Bryan, inventor of the Bryan Artificial Spinal Disc and founder of the Gorge Amphitheater, and Sandy Wheeler, founder of Bowflex. These interactions are an excellent resource to help students generate and develop entrepreneurial ideas. This year, the club’s goal is to increase membership by recruiting from diverse majors across campus, in the hope of forging meaningful relationships, resulting in realworld companies. The club hopes to foster a culture in which members are encouraged to find their passion and turn it into a business. Students interested in joining should contact either Dan Clausen at or Danica Perrault at Dan Clausen President

Society for Human Resource Management The SHRM Club is the collegiate branch of the Professional Society for Human Resource Management. It is our goal to acquaint students, both in and outside the major, with human resource management ideas and issues. Our activities include fundraising, company tours, conferences, case competitions related to HR, and regular guest speaker sessions with active professionals. We strive to expand our members’ understanding of HR while acquainting nonmajor students with regulations, practices, and policies that will affect them regardless of their field. Through participation, our members gain access to current insight

SHRM Club Executive Board: (back, 1. to r.) Isiah Lewis, Evan Tidball, Sam Chapin, (middle, l. to r.) Shelby Bayha, Rachel Walker, (front, 1. to r.) Alexis Kruse, Becca Brucker on the occupation while interacting with professionals in the business community and potential employers. We welcome all majors and offer a variety of leadership opportunities to our members. Alexis Kruse President

Supply Chain Management Association

The Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) is dedicated to creating networking opportunities for all students interested in this field. Every quarter, SCMA hosts guest speakers from businesses interested in recruiting our graduates. We also are allowed access to see first-hand the internal workings of many companies through guided tours. SCMA participates in conferences such as the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals and Institute for Supply Chain Management, which provide great interaction with business professionals currently in the field. Our members are active in career fairs, resume writing workshops, internship and employment application assistance, mock interviews, and business etiquette discussions. We even participate in case study competitions such as Operation Stimulus, a national event that takes place in Denver, and the Boeing Case Competition in Seattle. All of our activities work towards job placement in this wonderful and rapidly growing career field. In fact, many CWU alumni work to recruit from our club. Please visit our Facebook page “CWU-Supply Chain Management Association” or see our bulletin board across from room 111 in Shaw-Smyser Hall. Tyler Snow President


CB Out & About Human Resources Sport Business Management Boot Camp For the first time (in the summer of 2013), the Boot Camp Sport Business Boot Camp visited Portland, During HRM Boot Camp, our business students were given the opportunity to visit with HR leaders in the field and to experience firsthand the many different faces of human resource management. Our summer 2013 HRM Boot Camp included visits to Amazon, Costco, Virginia Mason, Washington Employers, Data I/O, and Nordstrom. In addition to being a fantastic networking opportunity, students were able to learn about the different specializations within HRM, such as compensation, law, employee relations, organizational development, and recruiting. Hiep Nguyen, an attendee of the HR Boot Camp, said “the most interesting part is learning how HR departments differ from company to company. Although they all have the same purpose, processes and procedures differ from domestic companies to international companies, small companies to large companies.�

Oregon. Mirroring previous boot camps in Seattle, the professional sports teams and organizations in the Portland-area hosted Sport Business Certificate students for a day of executive presentations and job shadowing. This year, students spent time with the Portland Timbers, Portland Trailblazers, Hillsboro Hops, Pacific University Athletics, University of Portland Athletics, and Nike. Boot Camp is the highlight of the Sport Business Certificate and often leads to internships and professional jobs in the sport industry.

Economic Outlook Conference Summary

The 2013 Economic Outlook Conference featured keynote speaker, Governor Jay Inslee, in addition to other business professionals. The conference focused on agricultural trends as well as global, national, and Washington State economic outlooks. Governor Inslee spoke about the ways to strengthen the agricultural industry in Washington. Other speakers who participated included economists and members of several boards concerning the agricultural industry in central Washington. More than 160 students, faculty, and business professionals from the community attended event.

Hillsboro Stadium

Governor Jay Inslee greeted by President James Gaudino and CWU Board of Trustee Chair Sid Morrison

Students at the Issaquah Costco headquarters

CWU students at Pacific University

Michael Hadfield, Economics Club President

Students at Costco with Sarah Rajski, personnel manager

Students at Data I/O with Ruth Histadt, director of HR and IT


Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon

Todd Fryhover, Washington Apple Commission President

John Mitchell, M&H Consultants

CB News Accomplishments

L. to r. James Keenholts, Brittany Waskom, Erika Norgard, Sadi Foltz, Jamie Macumber, Jessica Hodgman, Jaime Daily, and Tyler Tate

PSE—Pritchard Class Visit

Research at the Wild Horse Wind Farm involved students working for Puget Sound Energy in Ellensburg this spring on four different service-learning projects. Originating from a marketing research course during winter term, these projects culminated in May when marketing management seniors traveled to Bellevue to present their findings to PSE management analysts. The research course partners with firms by developing live, data-based, pro-bono research projects for presentation to and evaluation by their management team. Past partners have included Tree Top, Mission Ridge, Costco Wholesale, and Destination Hotels & Resorts. This year’s projects involved interviews, phone surveys, and an online survey of more than 500 local Chamber of Commerce members and 400 past visitors about the Wild Horse Wind Farm. The PSE project presentations covered findings on: • An electronic survey of attitudes toward Wild Horse Wind Farm • A comment book analysis of wind farm visitors • An in-depth phone survey of wind farm visitors • In-depth interviews with local business owners on their feelings about the wind farm

Awards: • Erica Holley, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2013 • Nancy Graber-Pigeon, Faculty Professional Services Excellence Award 2013 • William Provaznik, Faculty Advising Excellence Award 2013 • Chase Thiel, Faculty Research Excellence Award 2013

Faculty Tenure & Promotion: • Nancy Graber-Pigeon, Associate Professor and tenured • Yong Lee, Associate Professor and tenured • Kun Liao, Associate Professor and tenured • Carlo Smith, Associate Professor and tenured • Fang Wang, Associate Professor and tenured • Thomas Tenerelli, Associate Professor and tenured • Ozden Bayazit, Full Professor • Peter Boyle, Full Professor • Charles Wassell, Jr., Full Professor • Terry Alkire, Senior Lecturer • Margaret Smith, Senior Lecturer New Department Chairs: • Carlo Smith, Finance and Supply Chain Department Chair and Economics Interim Department Chair

Retirements & Departures

L. to r. Aaron Erickson, Sophia Sullum, Letitia Greydanus, and Taylor Martin

Tax Case Competition

Aaron Erickson and Taylor Martin (Ellensburg) and Sophia Sullum and Letitia Greydanus (Lynnwood), represented CWU and the Department of Accounting at the Annual Tax Case Competition. This event was sponsored by several accounting firms in the Seattle area and held at UW’s Foster School of Business. While the team was not victorious against the seven other teams (from, in part, UW, UO, WSU, and WWU), the members should be commended for the time and effort that they put into this competition. Of the twelve students who originally volunteered for the event, these four stayed committed and spent at least a portion of their Christmas break practicing income tax law.

• John Lasik, Accounting - Retired • Scott Leong, Accounting Departure • Bill Bailey, Accounting - Departure • Marty Boschee, Accounting Departure • Tim Dittmer, Economics Departure • Dick Larkin, Supply Chain Management - Departure • Ravae O’Leary, Dean’s Office Departure

New CB Staff

• Tinja Wyman, Dean’s Office • Chris Studenka, Director of Development for CB • Student staff (Alexandra Leong, Shelby Gremel, Shannon Fulkerson), Dean’s Office

This was the first team we have sponsored in about five years, but their “pioneering” effort should have provided a foundation for future participation.


Students reaching their full potential Student Profile: Brittany Waskom

Optimism Leads to Success by Alexandra Leong Brittany Waskom always knew she wanted to pursue a degree in business. However, at one point, she did not think she would make it through the CB program. Courses were challenging and she felt as if she was falling behind. But, with support from her family and friends, Waskom became “determined to graduate with a business degree and was not going to steer away from it.” She drastically changed her study habits and utilized her professors’ office hours to ensure she understood the curriculum. This year, she will be proudly graduating with a degree in business specializing in marketing and supply chain management. Born and raised in Sammamish, Waskom chose to attend CWU because it was close to home, the classes were small, and because of the CB’s great reputation. “My professors kept me engaged and opened my eyes to different areas of the business world,” she said. “They were great mentors and provided me with the necessary resources and time to be a successful student.” While at Central, Waskom also worked at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum and became an active member of the Supply Chain Management Association her junior year. Her leadership skills and contributions to the association led to her election to the president’s position for her senior year. As president, Waskom networked with business professionals from various companies—including Fluke, Paccar, Boeing, and Liberty Bottleworks—to organize tours, speaker series, and networking events. Because of her achievements, both academically and socially, Waskom received the 2013 College of Business Dean’s Award. Kathryn Martell, CB dean, says, “Brittany was chosen because she typifies the success that students can achieve when they work hard. Brittany not only rose to the challenge of the College of Business rigorous coursework, but she did everything she could to take advantage of the College of Business leadership and team participation opportunities to develop those skills desired in the work place. She sought faculty and industry mentors and had a maturity that enabled her to personally grow and learn from all of her experiences. Her discipline, perseverance, work ethic, and aspirations are personal attributes that will serve her well as she pursues what assuredly will be an excellent career, full of accomplishments and achievements. We are all truly pleased to have Brittany represent us as a College of Business Wildcat.” Waskom said, while the award was unexpected, she was honored to receive it and that it provided her with even more encouragement to better herself.


Brittany Waskom Last summer, Waskom served as a purchasing analyst intern for Paccar Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, that designs and manufactures medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Her role included assisting cabin and electrical commodity managers with developing and executing long-term agreements, cost-saving reports, and supplier evaluations. Her internship led to a full-time position as a purchasing assistant in Paccar’s Cabin and Electrical team, where she will be doing much of the same work along with coding parts and processing tooling purchase orders. Waskom, who acknowledged she was excited to start her new job, said, “I love to negotiate and don’t like taking no for an answer. Also, I like to buy things, so this is a great fit for me.” As for the future, Waskom would like to pursue her career at Paccar and see where it leads in purchasing. She is thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in business, but, for right now, she is enjoying the moment.

Student Profile: mark Walker

Overcoming Challenges by Chelsie McNabb Throughout middle school, Mark Walker had a hard time paying attention in class and, because of that, his grades suffered. It was later discovered that Walker had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) that made it hard for him to focus. Despite the challenges that he was facing, he worked hard in middle school and high school in order to get good grades and get accepted to CWU. Once Walker started at Central, it was choosing an area to study that was his next challenge. He knew that he wanted something that was stimulating to him and kept his focus. Walker always knew that he wanted to work with numbers, so he initially pursued a degree in mathematics. The math major was not as interesting as he had hoped, so he started to investigate other programs, such as computer science, actuarial science, and accounting. After much research, Walker settled on an ambitious double major in finance and accounting. Through his accounting major, Walker became involved in Beta Alpha Psi and holds a leadership position as the National Reporting Officer. He has also been part of many Beta Alpha Psi service projects including GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), where club members teach accounting basics to middle school students and the Financial Literacy Symposium, which teaches high school-aged kids how to get jobs in accounting. A couple of key things that Walker has learned from Beta Alpha Psi are the importance of compounding interest and the importance of money management. Some people that have influenced Walker’s life through teaching are CWU professors John Lasik, Karen Martinis, Margaret Smith, and Michael Young. These professors took time to work with Walker and make sure that he understood the material. Martinis said, “Mark is fun to be around and very dedicated to his endeavors. His enthusiasm, sense of humor, and thirst for knowledge were an inspiration and kept reminding me why I love teaching.” Another influence in Walker’s life is his family. His mother helped him overcome his challenges early on and has supported him all the way. His dad has always been a hard worker and a source of inspiration for him. In the future, Walker wants to work at a national level doing financial advising and, one day, possibly to give back through teaching. As of right now, he plans to stay focused on earning his degree. In his words, “If I can do it, so can everyone else.”

Mark Walker


faculty profile: margaret smith

Finding Happiness Through Service by Alexandra Leong “It’s a rewarding experience to be involved in the Ellensburg community where I grew up and feel a sense of belonging,” said Margaret Smith, accounting senior lecturer. “Looking back, I remember how much of an impact my friends and family had made on me. So I would like to give back to the community now that I have the available time, resources, and physical ability.” Smith has always held the local people close to her heart. Reflecting on her childhood, she fondly remembers the memories of the supportive and encouraging neighborhood to which she belonged. To continue the tradition, today she is an active contributor to Kittitas County organizations and enjoys every moment of it. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Smith graduated from Central Washington State College in 1976, with a BS degree with a specialization in accounting. She went on to work in public accounting and then entered into private industry as an assistant controller. Not long after, she attended Gonzaga University and earned her MBA in 1982. As a qualified and experienced accountant, she worked in the Washington State Auditor’s Office for nine years. Subsequently, she decided to return to Ellensburg to become an internal auditor for the university. She completed the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant and currently maintains the qualifications as a Certified Internal Auditor. Smith dedicates her spare time to volunteering in local events and associations. For 15 years, she spent her Labor Day weekends at the Ellensburg Rodeo as a hostess providing the special guests of the rodeo with resources and directions to special events. In addition, she serves as a certified mediator at the local Dispute Resolution Center. Her role is to provide a safe environment where both parties can talk with each other and can come to a mutual agreement about the dispute. Smith recalls a time when someone said “that was the first time anyone actually listened and understood me.” More recently, she became an active volunteer at Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center and was named the 2012 volunteer with the most service hours. She finds it most rewarding to participate with physically and emotionally challenged children and adults as they grow and gain more confidence during therapy.


Margaret Smith

“It’s a rewarding experience to be involved in the Ellensburg community where I grew up and feel a sense of belonging.” On campus, Smith serves as the advisor for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the International Honor Organization for financial and information systems students and professionals. Smith and the club members have participated in many service activities such as Boo Central, Junior Achievement, and the Baltimore Homeless Project. In 2012, Smith and six BAP students attended an educational conference where one day was dedicated to serving the community. Smith, other faculty advisors, and more than 900 students served 1,100 homeless men and women who were a part of the Homeless Connect Project, which is Baltimore’s ten-year plan to end homelessness. This was one of the most memorable service events in which she has participated because she could see her efforts and those of the other students and advisors changing people’s lives. Today, Smith not only teaches her students accounting practices, but she also shares her stories to express the importance of getting involved with the community. She hopes that by sharing her experiences, she will inspire students to volunteer in service activities.

introducing three new faculty

L. to r. Sayantani Mukherjee, Clemense Ehoff, and Bryan Deptula

Sayantani Mukherjee

At the CWU-Lynnwood campus, marketing professor Sayantani Mukherjee looks forward to the opportunity to make a lasting impact on her students. Her decision to become a professor stemmed from the influence her professors had on her and the sense of pride that she feels when her students connect with the material taught in class. To be successful, she advises her students “to keep their eyes on the prize,” because it is easy to get distracted. Reaching out to faculty for help is a great way to keep focused. She also recommends that students get involved by joining clubs. Through clubs, students can make connections with business professionals and work on career development. She really wants students to take advantage of the community around them, either in Ellensburg or Seattle. The diversity that the area offers provides a source of constant growth and learning for her and for the students. It is most important to maintain a balance. Keep focused, treat people with respect, and have fun. Mukherjee believes that engaging in the community is a fundamental pillar for success. She plans on bringing her class into the community by doing ad campaigns for local businesses using online technologies. The businesses appreciate all the new ideas, and students gain valuable experience developing their skills in a real-world environment. Mukherjee enjoys working at CWU and is looking forward to adding value to the university, the College of Business, her fellow professors and, most importantly, her students.

Clemense Ehoff

to students and community goals, and commitment to excellence. I aim to make courses a self-reflective journey that helps students develop self-awareness, and apply the tools and knowledge gained in the classroom to the purpose of enhancing performance in current and future organizational roles. By sharing my own travel, professional, and personal experiences, I will make every effort to construct a vibrant learning atmosphere wherein students creatively think, and trust that their input will be valued.

First, have the strength of your convictions. If you think that you are right, fight for what you believe. However, when you are wrong, be able to recognize that and grow from it.

My research and teaching interests include mentoring, leadership, training and development, and organizational behavior. My research agenda is focused on bringing clarity to the discussion about the role of developmental relationships in helping individuals achieve life- and career-related goals. Consistently setting professional goals aligned with my personal values has allowed me to pursue a quest for knowledge, personal growth, and an understanding of the world’s people. For me, being a positive influence involves contributing to students’ personal growth by creating developmental relationships and connecting the principles of leadership to the educational context.

Ellensburg accounting professor, Clemense (Clem) Ehoff, has a diverse array of interests ranging from writing to martial arts to playing jazz piano to accounting. These different activities help provide the equilibrium he needs to maintain a life/work balance and to be successful. Ehoff has three pieces of advice that he believes will lead students to succeed not only in the College of Business, but also in other areas of life.

Secondly, question everything. A former professor of his, Harry Knight, taught Ehoff to challenge assumptions. By probing and analyzing what you are taught, you comprehend it better and you can internalize the knowledge. Once that happens, you will possess that knowledge forever. Lastly, contribute to the community or your organization. Ehoff contributes to the community by volunteering as the treasurer of a non-profit organization that raises money for starving women and children. The funds help them become self-supporting and provides medication for the sick. When it comes to contributing to Central, Ehoff wants his students to contribute and to question everything. He wants his students to grasp the concepts and then to shoot even higher and go for more. In Ehoff’s words, “Seeing a student ‘get it’ is all I need.”

Bryan Deptula

I am honored to be a new faculty member in the CB Department of Management at CWU, an institution renowned for its dedication

Henry Ford famously said “whether you think you can, or you think you cannot, you are right.” In this spirit, I encourage each student to believe in their capacity to become their own best possible self. For students shaping their life’s philosophy, I suggest that they develop and maintain honest and collaborative relationships, create positive life experiences, focus on healthful living, make morally upright and ethical decisions, work diligently, and find balance among the important components of life. Remember that success, however you define it, should not come at others’ expense. Be the author of your own story, and use your success to improve other people’s lives!


In my own words: Amau (mary) andrea Malath

Mary Malath with siblings at the 2013 graduation ceremony

Living the Unforeseeable Dream by Amau (Mary) Andrea Malath The Sudan Civil War was responsible for taking more than two million lives and for tearing apart families like the Malaths. Amau (Mary) Andrea Malath and her siblings Peter and Martha were orphaned during the ongoing violence. They fled to a nearby village and depended on each other to survive. Below is Mary’s inspirational story of how she is working towards her dream:

My Life and Education A native of Rumbek, South Sudan, I attended primary and middle school with many other children in a remote, war-torn environment. During my youngest years, I did not imagine that anyone lived any differently than me. We walked more than four miles to school, which was held outdoors under a tree. We practiced our writing and math skills using our fingers to create images in the sand, all the while hoping that the wind would not make a mess and carry off our images like a cloud. I learned to quickly memorize information, because it would all be erased at the end of the day as we tramped through each other’s writings on our way home. I completed middle school (through eighth grade) at age 16, younger than many of my classmates. As the war zone drew closer to my home, my siblings and I fled to Uganda, leaving behind the memories


of our parents, both victims of this never-ending travesty. My older brother (who lived in the United States) could not afford to finance the education of all three of his siblings, so I sacrificed my education for one year to allow my younger brother and sister to continue. The next year I entered high school in Kampala and graduated in 2005. In 2006, my brother finally received the authorization for the three of us to seek refuge in the United States, just a few months before my 21st birthday. Now too old to attend an American high school, I spent my time learning about the community college system and job market in Seattle. I enrolled in school and secured a job at nearly the same time in the spring of 2007. Excited and overwhelmed at the idea of furthering my education and making money at the same time, my first year proved one of the most difficult experiences ever for me. I kept this pace for four years before earning my associates in arts transfer degree from a community college. In the fall of 2011, I began my business administration courses at Eastern Washington University. Soon, I transferred to Central Washington University because it proved to be a better financial option for me. In spring 2012, I started at CWU-Des Moines with nine credits and in the summer of the same year, I learned that I wouldn’t be able to get my HRM specialization at CWU-Des Moines. This was sad for me because most of my friends

more CB News lived in that area. In fall 2012, I transferred to CWU in Ellensburg, where I didn’t know anyone besides my younger brother who transferred before me. A few weeks into the quarter, I received an e-mail from CWU College of Business wanting me to make my graduation plan and take it to the advising center for evaluation. From the day I took it, that is when my opportunities began. I met with Debbie Boddy; she turned to be both advisor and friend. She helped arrange all the classes that I needed to meet spring 2013 graduation requirements. In the beginning of spring 2013, I went back to her for final evaluation and everything was great. Debbie opened a big door for me. I could come to her office anytime, whenever I had a question. It all made sense to me because Debbie knew her job very well and did extra work helping people like me who really needed help.

First book

Professors Mark Pritchard and department chair Jeff Stinson, both principals in the Northwest Center for Sport Business, have co-published their first book, Leveraging Brands in Sport Business with Routledge. Available at

As the quarter continued, I learned about the masters of international studies scholarship at the University of San Francisco, which required a bachelor’s degree from any program and an international background. I got the scholarship and was accepted by USF for MAIS in fall semester 2013. Without the help I received from Debbie, I wouldn’t be able to meet the requirements for this opportunity. Now I see a very bright future ahead of me. The opportunity to earn a masters degree in international studies, combined with my business undergraduate degree, would provide me with a strong set of tools to return to South Sudan and work with local and state governments, as well as with young women, to discuss and implement ideas for educational growth and economic advancement. In addition to the MAIS degree, I look forward to earning a masters in international business in the future. I feel like I need some working experience with an organization which affiliates itself with South Sudanese affairs, and that is what I will seek upon earning my MAIS. My heart and soul is dedicated to my home country’s health and security. I am a daughter of South Sudan, and I will never lose my place in its future. The link below talks a bit about me and my siblings: localnews/2003268582_ malath21m.html


Four CB centers Northwest Center for Sport Business The year has seen unprecedented growth in industry engagement and outreach for the Northwest Center of Sport Business (NWCSB). In February, the NWCSB held its first Sport Sales Summit at the CWUDes Moines campus. More than 100 CWU, community college, and high school students attended panel presentations from industry professionals. A highlight of the summit was the return to campus of several NWCSB certificate alumni now working in the industry (see the Juan Huitron profile). The panels served as a recruitment tool for our programs, a professional development opportunity for our students, and a networking opportunity for the professionals.

Finally, in August, two NWCSB-affiliated faculty, Mark Pritchard and Jeffrey Stinson, published the textbook Leveraging Brands in Sport Business. The text and associated video cases were published by Routledge and represent the conclusion of a major effort on the part of the center to leverage our industry and professional connections to academic programs throughout the world. Planning is already under way for 2014 activities, including the Sport Sales Summit, CWU Mariners Night, and Sport Business Boot Camp. Director: Jeffrey Stinson

On Tuesday, April 30, the NWCSB, in partnership with the CWU Alumni Association, hosted the first CWU Mariners night event at Safeco Field. More than 400 students, alumni, and CWU friends attended the event. A portion of ticket proceeds were donated to the NWCSB by the Mariners. This activity was the primary fundraiser for the center. We are looking forward to our second annual CWU Mariners night (see the events calendar). In July, eight sport business students and faculty visited Portland, Oregon, for four days to attend the Sport Business Boot Camp. This was our first trip to Portland for Boot Camp. K.L. Wombacher (CWU grad and NWSCB Advisory Council member), executive vice president and general manager of the Hillsboro Hops, helped organize visits with the Portland Timbers, Portland Trailblazers, Nike, the Hillsboro Hops, Pacific University Athletics, and the University of Portland Athletics. Students attended presentations by executives in each organization and participated in job shadowing opportunities.

Brady Rusch and Mariner’s batboy

CWU Supply Chain Management Institute

extra-curricular engagement. For those who have graduated, the survey inquires about job search status and starting salaries. During academic year 2012-13, 95 students graduated with a specialization in supply chain management. Current enrollment in the program exceeds 200.

During the 2012-13 academic year, the CWU Supply Chain Management Institute continued to add to its cadre of council advisory members. Multicare Health Systems, Microsoft, Cardinal Health, and Bio-Rad Corporation have joined the institute council.

L. to r. Ricky Moreno, David Itauschild, and Brady Rusch working CWU Mariners Night

Director: Carlo Smith

The institute held its third supply chain summit in April at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The theme was Innovating the Supply Chain. Speakers included Bob Mahlik, vice president for Danaher’s Corporate Procurement; Mike Wentling, vice president of operations for Resource Optimization and Innovation; and Randolph Bradley, technical fellow, Supply Chain Management, The Boeing Company. In addition to the keynotes, members of the CWU Supply Chain Case team discussed their experience attending the Operation Stimulus Case Competition in Denver, Colorado earlier in the year. More than 100 professionals, faculty, and students attended the event. The council curriculum committee implemented their third annual survey of supply chain students at the end of spring quarter. The survey is used to gauge interest in particular supply chain positions, course selection, involvement in internships, anticipated graduation, and


CB students representing CWU at the Northwest Boeing Case Competition

Northwest Center for Organizational Research For the first time since its founding in 2009, the Northwest Center for Organizational Research (NWCOR) had new leadership in 2012-2013 when Chase Thiel replaced James Avey as director. Notwithstanding this change in leadership, the NWCOR continued to pursue a research agenda and advance understanding of organizational leadership, consistent with its mission.

organizational-political tactics. The NWCOR is happy to report that these research streams are still active and that many more publications are expected this current academic year. At the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, NWCOR contributing members published The Handbook: A Practical Guide for Managers, a career guidebook for early business professionals. Last year, due to the adoption of the text in many CWU courses, more than 200 books were sold. Many of the professors who adopted the text found value in the text as a complementary counterpart to the theoretical books students are often assigned.

Last year, members of the NWCOR collectively published more than 20 scholarly articles in top field journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, and Human Resource Management. As a sampling, this research examined several topics, such as causes and consequences of ethical leadership, dispositional predictors of manager success, ethical-decision making the workplace, consequences of positive leadership, and leader

Moving forward, NWCOR members have their sights set on pursuing funded research, which would expand the Center’s visibility and influence. The NWCOR is also committed to applying research findings in-house and working to meet the needs of the CWU community.

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

several of his innovations, from the artificial spinal disc to the appleharvesting machine to the flying fish.

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE) serves as a hub for greater learning and knowledge, resources and infrastructure, and innovation and entrepreneurial activities. The I4IE Advisory Group was established during the spring of 2013, and members met from May to August to discuss the institute’s plan. Last year, 22 teams competed in the I4IE-sponsored Business Plan Competition during SOURCE, which offered a $5,000 grand prize provided by the Hebert B. Jones Foundation. Daniel Clausen’s On-a-Roll American Fusion Sushi business plan took first place. Graduating this March, Clausen plans to establish his Japanese-American Fusion food truck business, which is a lean production version of the restaurant industry with a relatively lowcost model for competitive advantage. Clausen says the ideal location would be in Bellingham because of its close proximity to fresh seafood and local produce.

Director: Chase Thiel

For him it all starts with identifying a problem, figuring out if the problem matters, and then finding a way to solve it. Bryan said that the way to become a successful entrepreneur is to have “tenacity and don’t be afraid to try.” Other speakers at the series were Maury Forman, Chris Martin, and William Reichlin. Forman’s talk was about how to create an entrepreneurial community by developing assets; and developing entrepreneurial programs through technical assistance. Martin spoke about his company CleanScapes, an organic waste processing company. His advice to budding entrepreneurs was do your research when starting a business and to hire colleagues not friends. Reichlin currently has his brewery up and running. He says that you need patience, a support network, and dedication to start your own business. Director: Roy Savoian

William Reichlin took second place for his business plan for Colockum Craft Brewery, a half-barrel nano-brewery and home brew supply store located in an early 1900’s building in the City of Kittitas. The CWU Society of Physics Students took third place with their business plan to develop a limited liability company (LLC) for a local nonprofit organization in central Washington. In addition to the Business Plan Competition, the I4IE regularly hosts guest speaker series to connect students with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors, and retired business executives, and to learn about their practices. This year’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series featured Vince E. Bryan II, a retired neurosurgeon and inventor, who is also the owner of Cave B Estate Winery in Quincy and founder of the Gorge Amphitheater. His talk, “Is There a Better Way? Innovation,” described

L. to r. Director Roy Savoian, winners Daniel Clausen and Casey Lafkas, and mentor Karen Martinis


2013 cb events

Wannabe Wildcats CWU Sport Business Mariners Game

Nimnicht Fundraiser


The Washington Society of CPAs and the Finance & Accounting Club/BAP

Honors Banquet

Career Fair

Graduation Reception 23

Philanthrophy: Chris Studenka

Greetings College of Business Alumni and Friends I am very excited to be the new director of development for the College of Business at Central Washington University. My role with the college is to engage our alumni and friends, to get more involved with business and industry for internships and employment for our students, and by raising funds to support our mission of providing a quality education and experience for our students. Since starting my position in May, it has been wonderful learning about the many great opportunities available to our current students and alumni and all the things our alumni and friends have accomplished in the world of business. There seem to be Wildcats everywhere! I have greatly enjoyed meeting with many of you already, and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the future. We encourage you to return to campus for a visit. We would be happy to give you a tour and keep you up to date on all the great things that are happening. In addition to our main campus, the university now has an administrative office in Seattle on South Lake Union at 1505 Westlake Ave. N. We are in a great spot, and we hope you stop by. We even validate parking! I have offices in both locations, so I am more than happy to meet with you where it suits you best. We would love to hear from you as well, and ask you to please keep us up to date on your experiences since graduating. Please take a moment to e-mail, call, or stop by my office in Ellensburg or Seattle. You can reach Chris by e-mail at or at 509-963-1092.

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Join Central Washington University alumni as we proudly show our Wildcat pride at Safeco Field Saturday, May 31 where the Seattle Mariners will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit student programs in CWU’s Northwest Center for Sport Business. For more information, contact Jeff Stinson at AA/EEO/Title IX Institution. For accommodation:


Chris Studenka

recognition Thank You Donors

CB Donors Gifts and Pledge Payments July 1, 2012-June 30, 3013

Platinum - ($30,000+) The Boeing Company

Gold - ($10,000+)

Costco Wholesale Herbert B. Jones Foundation Marv Bouillon Jean E. Adams Gary Heesacker

Silver - ($5,000+)

Hensler, Inc. Ernst & Young Foundation Tree Top, Inc. James Nimnicht Patricia D. Galloway Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program Boeing Employees Credit Union Mark W. Pearson Schelert & Company Inc PS

Bronze ($1,001+)

Microsoft Corporation Charles C. Adams Bi-Mart Susan K. Swartz Melody L. Wollan Seattle Mariners Baseball Club Moss Adams Foundation KPMG Foundation Yakima Federal Savings and Loan Thomas A. Carnevali Scott E. Eschbach John F. Dacy Gretchen Evans North Coast Electric Company Ryan S. Golze Bruce A. Russell

Supporting (up to $1,000) Centralbanc Mortgage Corporation Puget Sound Energy CliftonLarsonAllen James L. Freer

Arne L. Haynes Bruce R. Hedlund Robin L. Hunt Zabrina M. Jenkins Timothy J. Searing SHRM Foundation United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties Lisa T. Wilson Larry M. Hellie Kathryn Martell Eric M. Freeberg Verizon Foundation Cashmere Valley Bank Debra A. Boddy Highline Community College Kenneth M. Blanco Michael J. Doneen Fife Commercial Bank Tony A. Martinez Dennis Park Starbucks Coffee Company Milton Vine John A. Williams Helen L. Fennerty Karen D. Martinis Vicki R. Pelton Laura M. Milner George W. Campbell Moss Adams, LLP Virginia M. Piazza Paul R. Lunkes Lynn Richmond Ronald D. Murray Aaron J. Christophersen Jennifer L. Richards George W. Hammer David Massey Wendy S. Cook Margaret A. Smith Becker Professional Education Allison R. Ohab Nancy S. Pigeon Linda B. Cifrodella Jennifer B. Cravens Tommy G. Leong Don R. Nixon Robert C. Rygg Rebecca Ward Asher B. Wilson

Sally A. Yancey Linda K. Herrington Alexandra M. Leong Julie A. Back John T. Fisher Kristen E. Adamson Laura B. Gendlek Danielle K. Lewis Eldon C. Johnson Roy Savoian Jerry F. Brown Erik K. Tingelstad Margot A. Washington John L. Simmons Malcolm L. Edwards Donald R. Scotberg Robert J. Usher Thomas R. Mance James B. Avey Steve L. Bouchee Kathy Buchanan Michael E. Cooper Erik R. Crawford Kristine Foreman Hoffman & Company, CPA, LLC Danny E. Kikuchi Marisa M. Kosney Debra K. Landrie Richard E. Lane Kenneth C. Lewis Branden A. Lopez Marilyn K. Lowe Elizabeth M. McFarland John B. Myers John A. Neubauer Stephen T. Osborne Aaron N. O’Leary Theodore C. Rogge Anita Sena-Johnson William W. Sims Michael D. Swanson Wendy L. Swanson Ronald R. R. Tidd David Divoky Karla J. Shugart Washington State Combined Fund Drive The Seattle Foundation Denise C. Lawson Michael J. Chrisom

Brian J. Maskell David J. Winters Bryan K. Dorwin Scott A. George Linda Holt-Taylor David M. Tookey Todd Weber Nikki K. Adamson Marny J. Burdega Kristen A. Clark Reddy Janis E. Frank Katrina Fulton Janice M. George Michelle A. Gibbon Todd S. Gua James M. Imhof Jolyn Jacobs Michelle R. Jennings Jennifer C. Johnson Michael J. Kelly Clifford D. Kosbab Shirley I. Layman Kimberly J. Lodahl Barry T. Mizuno Christina R. Nickerson William J. Provaznik James R. Ramborger Carl J. Uthus Joseph M. Marty Samuel Otim Janet M. Caviezel William G. Hamilton Larry J. Peick Garold W. Morris J. A. Manning, E.A., Accountant Patricia M. LaFontaine Merry Lee Lison K.A. Morris Lori A. Peterman Puget Sound Energy Foundation Aaron D. Strong Shaun C. Werle Juan Baldovinos Beverly J. Farrell Robin K. Krick Matt Eslinger Diana Krasnova Michael D. Werner

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Aspiration and perspiration: focusing on Faculty scholarly activity 2012-2013 Publications

Faculty members play a fundamental role in the mission of the College of Business by balancing and blending their responsibilities as teachers and scholars. The college takes great pride in the professional development activities of faculty. In particular, we recognize faculty whose research culminates in being published in scholarly journals. Consistent research and publication ensures that faculty members are abreast of innovations in their respective discipline or field of instruction. As a result, our students receive an up-to-date, relevant education that reflects recent developments in business, and promotes an understanding of theory and its practical application. Faculty scholarly activity includes journal articles, research monographs, scholarly books, and textbooks. Listed below are published journal articles from 2012-2013. College faculty are listed in bold. DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING Ehoff, Jr., C. E., & Fischer, D. (February 2013). Why the SEC is delaying adoption of international financial reporting standards. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 12(2), 223-228. Holtfreter, R. E. (Sept/Oct 2012). Mobile devices: A gold mine for cyber criminals’ exploitation. Fraud Magazine, 27(5), 68-70. Holtfreter, R. E. (Nov/Dec 2012). Identity theft complaints soared in 2011: Fraudsters hitting military personnel hard. Fraud Magazine, 27(6), 42-48. Holtfreter, R. E. (Nov/Dec 2012). New banking identity theft scams inject fake chat boxes, rogue web pages. Fraud Magazine, 27(6), 1618. Holtfreter, R. E. (Jan/Feb 2013). Avoid the bait: Phishing schemes continue to flourish. Fraud Magazine, 28(1), 56-58. Holtfreter, R. E. (March/April 2013). ‘Eurograbber’ banking trojan: Draining accounts via mobile devices. Fraud Magazine, 28(2), 58-60. Holtfreter, R. E. (May/June 2013). Typosquatting: The good, bad and ugly. Fraud Magazine, 28(3), 62-64. Holtfreter, R. E. (July/Aug 2013). Facebook phishing schemes are turning ‘friends’ into enemies. Fraud Magazine, 27(4), 64-67. Holtfreter, R. E. & McLeod, T. (July/Aug 2013). European fraudsters say pay up or your computer and files are goners. Fraud Magazine, 28(4), 49-56. Qian, H., Zhong, K., & Zhong, Z. (Spring 2013). Seasoned equity issuers’ R&D investments: Signaling or overoptimism. The Journal of Financial Research, 35(4), 553-580. Thompson, J. H. (2013). A global comparison of insider trading regulations. International Journal of Accounting and Financial Reporting, 3(1), 1-23. Thompson, J. H. (May 2013). Ethics in the Accounting Curriculum. Journal of Studies in Education, 3(2), 87-102. Thompson, J. H., Hodge, T. G., Koski, A. (Fall 2012). A study of compliance of oil and gas companies’ audit reports with the reporting model provided by auditing standard no. 5. Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly, 62(1), 65-78. DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS Carbaugh, R. J. (2013). International economics (14th ed.). Cincinnati, Ohio: Cengage Learning/SouthWestern. Krieg, J. M., Wassell, Jr., C. S., Hedrick, D. W., & Henson, S. E. (July 2013). Collective bargaining and faculty job satisfaction. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 52(3), 619-644. Tenerelli, T. (May 2013). Understanding concerns about the effects of large mobile telecom mergers on industry competition: The case of the proposed AT&T-T-Mobile merger. Regional Business Review, 32, 66-85.


DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT Bayazit, O., & Karpak, B. (Winter 2013). Selection of a third party logistics service provider for an aerospace company: An analytical decision aiding approach. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 15(4), 382-404. Golicic, S. L. & Smith, C. D. (April 2013). A meta-analysis of environmentally sustainable supply chain practices and firm performance. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49(2), 78-95. Griffis, S. E., Rao, S., Goldsby, T. J., Voorhees, C. M., & Iyengar, D. (2012). Linking order fulfillment performance to referrals in online retailing: An empirical analysis. Journal of Business Logistics, 33(4), 279-294. Iyengar, D., Rao, S. & Goldsby, T. J. (2012). The power of centrality of the transportation and warehousing sector within the US Economy: A longitudinal exploration using social network analysis. Transportation Journal, 51(4), 373-398. Wang, F. (2012). Idiosyncratic corporate liquidity and equity returns. Banking and Finance Review, 4(2), 47-70. Wang, F. (2012). Residual cash, firm value and financial distress. Journal of International Finance and Economics, 12(3), 247-270. Young, M. T., & Foster, M. (Spring 2013). Capital structure determinants for emerging markets by geographic region. Journal of Applied Financial Research, 1, 55-87. DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT Alkire, T. D. & Avey, J. B. (2013). Psychological capital and the intent to pursue employment with developed and emerging market multinational corporations. Human Resource Development International, 16(1), 40-55. Bagdasarov, Z., Harkrider, L. N., Johnson, J. F., MacDougall, A. E., Devenport, L. D., Connelly, S., Mumford, M. D., Peacock, J., & Thiel, C. E. (2012). An investigation of case-based instructional strategies on learning, retention, and ethical decision-making. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 7(4), 79-86. Beaghan, J. P. (January 2013). Non-traditional student performance and attitudes toward online and other forms of distance learning. Review of Business Research, 13(1), 23-28. Caughron, J. J., Antes, A. L., Stenmark, C. K., Thiel, C. E., Wang, X., & Mumford, M. D. (July 2013). Competition and sensemaking in ethical situations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43(7), 14911507. Graber Pigeon, N., Cook, W., & Nimnicht, J. L. (2012). Women managers to women employees: Helping hands or competitive jerks? Gender in Management: An International Journal, 27, 417-425. Harkrider, L. N., MacDougall, A. E., Bagdasarov, Z., Johnson, J. F., Thiel, C. E., Mumford, M. D., Connelly, S., & Devenport, L. D. (May 2013). Structuring case-based ethics training: How comparing cases and structured prompts influence training effectiveness. Ethics & Behavior, 23(3), 179-198. Harkrider, L. N., Thiel, C. E., Bagdasarov, Z., Mumford, M. D., Johnson, J. F., Connelly, S., & Devenport, L. D. (2012). Improving case-based ethics training with codes of conduct and forecasting content. Ethics & Behavior, 22(4), 258-280. Johnson, J. F., Bagdasarov, Z., Connelly, S., Harkrider, L., Devenport, L. D., Mumford, M. D., & Thiel, C. E. (2012). Case-based ethics education: The impact of cause complexity and outcome favorability on ethicality. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 7(3), 63-77. Pritchard, M.P., & Stinson, J.L. (2013). Leveraging Brands in Sport Business. New York, NY: Routledge Press. Reichard, R. J., Avey, J. B., Lopez, S., & Dollwet, M. (2013). Having the will and finding the way: A review and meta-analysis of hope at work. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(4), 292-304.

from the cb advisory board. . . bridge to the future Advisory Board

The CB Advisory Board is a bridge between the College of Business and developments in the business world. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Susan Swartz, Board Chairperson, (CWU ’81 ACCT/BSAD), Managing Director, Wealth and Tax Advisory Services, Inc., Seattle Jim Davis (CWU ’69 BSAD), President/CEO, Fife Commercial Bank, Fife John Delaney (CWU ’70 BSAD), President/CEO, Central Banc Mortgage Corporation, Kirkland Brent Johnson (CWU ’88 ACCT), Audit Partner, KPMG LLP, Seattle


James Andrus, Partner, K&L Gates, LLP, Seattle Jody Carona, President, Health Facilities Planning & Development, Seattle J.J. Collins, Resort Real Estate Consultant, Freestone Consulting, LLC, Roslyn Alan Crain (CWU ’87 ACCT), EVP/CFO, Seattle Bank, Seattle Jenny Cravens, VP/CFO, Cashmere Valley Bank, Cashmere Ron Cridlebaugh, Executive Director, Economic Development Group of Kittitas County, Ellensburg Kevin Daniel, (CWU ’95 BSAD-FIN), VP Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch, Seattle Mark Dederer, (CWU ’95 BSAD), Manager, Community Affairs, Wells Fargo Bank, Seattle Kathy Elser (CWU ’89 ACCT), Senior VP and CFO, Boeing Employees’ Credit Union, Tukwila Gerry Fierling, (CWU ’96 ECON), Sr. Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond Mark T. Hanson (CWU ’81 ACCT), Principal, Bader Martin, PS, Seattle James Hebert, President, Hebert Research, Bellevue Tom Hurson (CWU ’80 ACCT), Senior Vice President, Ingredient and Foodservice Sales, Tree Top, Inc., Selah Zabrina Jenkins (CWU ’92 BSAD), Director, Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle Karen Jones, Director, Business Operations Functional Excellence, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, The Boeing Company, Charleston, SC Taft Kortus (CWU ’98 ACCT), Partner, Moss Adams LLP, Seattle Michael Luckenbaugh (CWU ’93 BSAD), President, XternalSource, Bellevue Lori Minard (CWU ’86 ECON/BSAD), Senior Vice President/ Investments, Merill Lynch, Bellevue Amy Norton (CWU ’94 PR), Director, Online Marketing, Costco Wholesale, Issaquah Brad Powell (CWU ’83 ACCT), CFO, Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., Seattle Tim Searing (CWU ’78 BSAD/ACCT), Managing Director, McGladrey, Inc., Seattle Eric J. Silvers (CWU ’81 MUSIC ED), Owner/Agent, State Farm Insurance Agency, Yakima Doug Wood (CWU ’87, BSAD), President and COO, Tommy Bahama, Seattle Kathryn Martell, Dean, CWU College of Business


Jack Byeman, (Boeing-Retired), Redmond Linda Clark-Santos, [Past Board Chairperson], (Washington MutualRetired), Boise, ID Clark Daffern (CWU ’73 BSAD), Senior VP, Kibble & Prentice, Seattle Gail E. McKee, [Past Board Chairperson], Managing Consultant, Pacific Northwest, Towers Watson, Seattle Dennis Weston (CWU ’73 BSAD), [Past Board Chairperson], Senior Managing Director, Fluke Venture Partners, Kirkland Andrew Zuccotti, Partner, K&L Gates LLP, Seattle

Service and Engagement through Advisory Boards by Susan Swartz, Chair College of Business Advisory Board As I leave the College of Business Advisory Board after 13 years of service, including the last six years as chair, I am proud of our accomplishments, and the impact we have had on the university, the faculty, and the students. The College of Business Advisory Board is comprised of approximately 30 representatives from a number of companies and organizations across Washington State who care deeply about the success of the College of Business and its students. Through a variety of forums, we link students to the business community. Our board members frequently speak in classrooms and attend events to get to know students. We invite students to our businesses to tour facilities and learn more about the business environment. Board members serve as excellent referral sources, with their wide networks of contacts in the business world, and often hire students for internships and longer term career positions. The advisory board also links university faculty to the business community. Faculty must keep current both academically and professionally, and our board members keep them abreast of changes that may affect their curricula and the job market the students face. Further, in recognition of the powerful influence and achievements of professors, the advisory board sponsors the Faculty Excellence Awards in Teaching, Advising, Professional Service, and Research each year. The advisory board supports the advancement of the university and its programs on many fronts. We have worked for years to position the College of Business to obtain accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). We raised more than $350,000 to fund the Research Grant Awards Program, providing incentive awards to faculty members who published articles in peerreviewed journals. Faculty research was an essential component to qualification under the accreditation standards. The College of Business obtained accreditation in 2010, and became one of an elite group of less than 5 percent of business schools globally to meet the high standards of the AACSB. While the advisory board benefits the College of Business, students and faculty through its board member networks, resources, and counsel, it is by no means a one-way street. Board members find ample reward from their interactions with students and professors, and their impact on the direction of programs that develop the next generation of business leaders. As the university expands the number of advisory boards to other colleges, I encourage alumni and friends of the university to seek positions and actively participate. We can influence students and their life choices in ways a parent or teacher cannot. Students are often told to pursue their passions, but they frequently aren’t in a position to connect the dots between their passion and a career, and what opportunities lay ahead. That is where we, as advisors and mentors, can make a difference. The sense of giving back is never more meaningful than when you have engaged in a cause and changed a life. That is the opportunity we have as advisory board members for the university.


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Editor’s Note It has been my pleasure to serve as the editor-in-chief of the Beacon this past year. I have enjoyed working with my wonderful colleagues on this publication and am delighted with the final creation. I am truly fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn and experience the amazing things the College of Business’s students, faculty, and alumni are accomplishing, while also learning and developing the practical skills to manage the development of this publication that represents CWU. Alexandra M. Leong

As assistant editor last year, I was able to build a solid foundation of the capabilities and skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of editor-in-chief. This year, I built on what I had learned and further developed my communication, time management, and leadership skills, while creating a cohesive team working toward a common goal. The lessons and skills that I have learned will be integrated into my future endeavors. I am grateful for the welcoming and dedicated individuals who helped make my transition smooth and thus this a rewarding year. I would like to give special thanks to Dr. Laura Milner who has not only been an invaluable mentor to me while working on the Beacon magazine, but also a friend and supporter of my college experience at Central Washington University. I truly appreciate and respect her for having taught me so much. She has been a major contributor toward my accomplishments and success. As I enter my senior year, I am driven to finish my college career strong and earn my bachelor’s degree in business administration with


specializations in finance and supply chain management. I am excited to see what the future holds, and I look forward to the time when I can give back to the College of Business, which has provided me with such great opportunities and an incredible education.

Alexandra M. Leong, Editor-in-Chief

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Upcoming 2014 Events May 3

College of Business Honors Banquet 5:00 p.m., Ellensburg, SURC

May 31

CWU Night at the Mariners, Ticket sales benefit the N.W. Center for Sport Business. For details, contact Dr. Jeff Stinson,

CWU Commencement

June 14 – Ellensburg • June 15 – Kent

October 28

2014 Economic Outlook Conference

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Supply Chain Management Institute 4th Annual Conference For details contact Dr. Carlo Smith,

CWU Beacon fall 2013  

A publication of Central Washington University's College of Business.

CWU Beacon fall 2013  

A publication of Central Washington University's College of Business.