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Upcoming Events

October 22: Business Alliance Meeting, Emporia Chamber of Commerce Reception, Hayes Lecture Series

October 23: Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Recent Graduate panel discussion 10 am with reception to follow at 11 am in the Roe Cross Room  (Cremer Hall 204)

October 24: Emporia State University Homecoming

November 5: Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics Speaker Series: Amanda Cebula at 6 pm in the W.A.W. Library Commons.

November 16: School of Business Scholarship Reception and Beta Gamma Sigma Initiation, 3  pm in Webb Hall  (Memorial Union)

November 18: Business High School Career Day

December 12: CommencementDots 

In the News...

Master of Accountancy Degree Ranks in Affordability




What does it mean to be an AACSB-accredited university?

AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.  AACSB standards guide a rigorous self-evaluation and peer-review process.  Attainment of AACSB accreditation acknowledges exceptional quality and continuous improvement.  Worldwide, AACSB accreditation is perceived as the highest standard of achievement for business schools, helping to ensure:

  • Quality teaching and current curricula.
  • Effective management of resources to advance a vibrant and relevant mission.
  • Advancement of business and management knowledge through faculty scholarship.
  • Cultivation of meaningful interaction between students and a qualified faculty.
  • Graduates who have achieved specified learning goals.


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Welcome from John Rich

Greetings from the School of Business at Emporia State.  This is the inaugural edition of our School of Business Digital Newsletter.  We want to share with you all of the good things that are happening in our School of Business.  We are so very proud of our students, alumni, and faculty.  We know you will enjoy and get a sense of pride from all of the accomplishments made by those connected with the School of Business in the Hornet Nation.  Please let me know what you think of the Newsletter and keep us updated on your professional activities.  I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our many events.  Go Hornets!!

John C. Rich, Ph.D. and CPA
Interim Dean and Professor of Accounting


School of Business News 

Biz Fest 2015!

On August 25, 2015, over 250 students piled into Webb Hall to learn more about the School of Business at the 3rd Annual BizFest!

First, students took a passport and walked around Webb Hall to booths featuring student organizations, school resources, centers, and more. After grabbing some pizza, attendees took a seat and were welcomed by Interim President Jackie Vietti and Interim School of Business Dean Dr. John Rich.

School of Business faculty and staff highlighted resources within the School, career opportunities, the Emporia Entrepreneurial Challenge, and upcoming activities for the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics at Emporia State University. The event wrapped up with a performance from campus improv group, Zoiks!, and a drawing for prizes!

Ice Cream Social

To celebrate the beginning of the semester, the School of Business hosted its annual ice cream social. This event, open to the campus, gives students the chance to meet members of the School of Business faculty and staff and enjoy a sweet treat on a hot afternoon!

Block Party 

Thousands of new students and community members attended the 2015 Welcome Back Block Party in August! Members of the Business Resource Center, Lauren Woolard, student services professional, and Alisha Lyon, graduate and career coordinator, had a chance to chat with students about degree options, upcoming events, and School of Business resources. The prize wheel was also a big hit!

School of Business Learning Community

Wouldn't it be great if there was a floor in the residence halls dedicated to business students? We thought so! This academic year, students had the option to select the School of Business Learning Community when signing up to live on campus. Through a partnership between Residential Life and Dr. Nathan Woolard, assistant professor of management and director of strategic initiatives, this Learning Community will offer students an extended learning environment outside the classroom and the opportunity to network with peers throughout the school year.

Building Renovations

This past year brought several changes to our School! Several break-out study rooms and a Student Learning Commons came to fruition on the first floor of Cremer Hall. In addition to renovations, the first floor of the building became accessible 24/7 through the hard work of the IT and Facilities departments.

Teams from Building Services and Facilities spent countless hours over the summer upgrading the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of Cremer Hall. Mini lounges can be found on the top two floors of the building, giving students the opportunity to meet with class members for group projects or study before class.

Phillips 66 Professional Development Suite

Students now have a dedicated space to participate in interviews with potential employers from across the country or even internationally using the resources provided by the Phillips 66 Professional Development Suite.

A ribbon cutting was held Sept. 23 to dedicate this space at Emporia State. Students, faculty and staff, along with university supporters and Phillips 66 representatives, gathered in the School of Business to celebrate.

Housed on the first floor of Cremer Hall, the Phillips 66 Professional Development Suite will serve over 950 business students who, with faculty and employers, can use the space to conduct interviews and other professional development activities both face to face and via video capabilities. For the complete story, please click here.


Student News

 Summer Abroad Feature 

Senior business administration major, Anna Zimmerman, spent her spring semester and summer traveling in Europe through the International Student Exchange Program coordinated by Emporia State’s Office of International Education. During her travels, Anna took classes at Johannes Kepler University, located in Linz, Austria. Her classes included courses in International Business, International Market Entry, and Cultural Marketing.

When asked what her best experience was, Anna replied, “My best experience was the opportunity to spend so much time with students from around the world. Our program had about 150 students from 40 different countries. Nearly every evening, I had the opportunity to sit with students from around the world and discuss the differences and similarities between our cultures. It was exciting to be able to learn about Austrian culture, both through my own experiences and through the perspectives of others. I would encourage everyone who has an opportunity to study abroad, even if it is for only a brief period, to take it. It can be intimidating to take a leap into another culture, but I feel that it was very rewarding.”

Beta Alpha Psi Makes Superior Chapter

The Emporia State chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) was awarded Superior Chapter at this year’s annual meeting in Milwaukee, WI. All chapters are evaluated annually on their service to members, campus, community, and profession. Accounting senior and BAP President, Payson Maydew, attended the annual meeting this summer. “It was a fantastic experience to gain more insight into the accounting profession, network with professionals and other BAP students, and learn how to further the betterment of our chapter at ESU,” said Maydew.

The trip also featured a day centered on community service.  Lindsay Cuadra, senior accounting student and BAP Vice President-Operations, spoke on her experience, “We were able to go out to elementary schools and organizations to have a field day with the kids. The day was centered on literacy and each station got the kids to either focus on literacy, being active, or being involved,” said Cuadra. “At the end of the event, we read a book to the kids and each of them received a book of their own. It was really awesome to see the impact we, as individuals, could make when we teamed up together.”

Beta Gamma Sigma Receives High Honors

The Emporia State chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) qualified for “Highest Honors” for the 2014-2015 academic year. This status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus. To celebrate the achievement, they were awarded a Leadership Scholarship which covers the cost of one student registration at the Global Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL. Senior accounting major and BGS Student Vice President, Casey Teichmann, will be attending the conference this November. Last year, accounting majors Beauty Mangwiro and Victoria Harmon represented Emporia State at the event. Obtaining Highest Honor status also qualifies the chapter for Chapter of the Year and Advisor of the Year.

Phi Beta Lambda Members Compete at State and National Levels

The Emporia State Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the university academic fraternity for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), traveled to Fort Hays State University on February 13th and 14th for the state leadership conference. 

Three students, Aubrey Plankinton, sophomore accounting major; David Szabo, freshman business administration major; and TravisRay Salyers, sophomore business education major and PBL President, qualified to represent Emporia State at nationals.

Plankinton placed 1st in Computer Applications and 2nd in both Accounting Principles and Financial Concepts, Szabo placed 1st in both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, and Salyers placed 2nd in Entrepreneurship. 

Holly Clark, freshman marketing major; and Chelsea Ingram, junior accounting major and PBL Secretary and Treasurer; and Salyers were awarded the Who’s Who in Kansas Phi Beta Lambda designation. This award is a testament to a student’s outstanding contributions to the Phi Beta Lambda organization at the local, district, state, and national levels.

The National Leadership Conference was held in Chicago, IL, from June 24th through June 27th. Plankinton competed in Accounting Principles and Computer Applications and Salyers competed in Entrepreneurship and Personal Finance. Szabo competed in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, where he received third place. 


Faculty Publications


Dr. Kamal Lamsal:
Lamsal, K., Jones, P. C., & Thomas, B. W. (2015). Continuous Time Scheduling for Sugarcane Harvest Logistics in Louisiana. International Journal of Production Research.

Dr. Steven Lovett:
Lovett, S. (2015). Evaluating a New Field of Research About the Influence of Business Ethics Education. Business Ethics Journal Review, 3(3), 15-21.

Dr. Mohammed Sajedur Rahman:
Husain, A. S., Rahman, M. S., Baisden, C. E., Forgione, D. A., Kane, L., Neish, S. R., & Calhoon, J. H. (2015). Creating a Value Index: A Method to Compare Regional Programs Performing Congenital Heart Surgery. Journal of Health Care Finance, (42:Special), 1 - 12.

Dr. Satvir Singh:
Anand, S., Vidyarthi, P. R., Singh, S., & Ryu, S. (2015). Family Interference and Employee Dissatisfaction: Do Agreeable Employees Better Cope With Stress? Human Relations, 68(5), 691-708.

Dr. Chris Stone:
Stone, C., & Stone, D. (2015). A Model of Factors Affecting Hiring Decisions About Veterans. Human Resource Management Review, 25, 68-79.  

Dr. Lei Wen:
Wen, L., Hao, Q., & Bu, D. (2015). Understanding the Intentions of Accounting Students in China to Pursue Certified Public Accountant Designation. Accounting Education: An International Journal, 24(4), 341-359.

Dr. Nathan Woolard
Woolard, N. A. (2015). Offline Crowdfunding for Locavesting: The Social and Communal Impact of a Localized Microlending Project. Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, 2015(3), 1-28.

Dr. James Zheng:
Qi, J., Sutton, N. K., & Zheng, Q. (2015). The Value of Strategic Alliances in Acquisitions and IPOs. Financial Management, 44, 387–430.  




Linda Sinnett (BSB ‘79 & MBA 2014), CFO at Design Resources, Inc., was selected as a Women Who Means Business (2015) by the Kansas City Business Journal. This program honors outstanding professional women in for-profit businesses who have made significant contributions to their business or industry, as well as their community. For more information, please click here.

Dr. Bing Luo (MBA 2009) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. Dr. Luo’s dissertation title was, “Effects of Auditor-Provided Tax Services on Book-Tax Differences and Investors’ Mispricing of Book-Tax Differences”. For more information, please click here


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