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 May 2016

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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 semester has given us the opportunity to cheer for, share in, and support our many student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments. We are so proud of the work our Hornets do both in and outside of Cremer Hall. I hope you read this newsletter and feel the same pride I do for our fantastic school. Please keep us updated on your professional achievements. 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 

Future Business Leaders of America Conference

In February, Emporia State University hosted over 500 students for this year’s Kansas District VII Future Business Leaders of America Conference. The FBLA organization allows students to learn and pursue their interests in a variety of business fields. Each year, students have the opportunity to compete at district, state, and national conferences.

Students came to the conference from 20 area middle and high schools to compete in hopes of qualifying for the State competition later in the semester. The Conference offered 21 objective tests and 20 team and personal events.

Learning Community

On February 3, 10-15 students in the School of Business Residential Learning Community participated in a Myers-Briggs activity to learn more about their personalities and competencies. The Residential Learning Community allows incoming freshmen to live on a dorm floor with other School of Business majors and participate in events throughout the year to orient themselves to the school.

Throughout the event, students were organized according to type and given a number of tasks to complete. These tasks highlighted the differences students had in planning and learning techniques and gave them helpful tips as to how they could capitalize on strengths and improve weaknesses.

Beta Alpha Psi Banquet

Beta Alpha Psi members gathered in February for their spring member initiation banquet. Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor society for students in finance, accounting, and information systems. During the ceremony, students who completed their candidacy in the fall 2015 semester were initiated and a new vice president was installed. Casey Teichmann, senior, has been a member of BAP for two years. Speaking about the organization, she said, “The best aspect of this group is to connect with speakers and especially older students to seek advice. They have already been through interviews and know what to do and not do.”

Business Student Ambassadors Photo Booth

Business Student Ambassadors, a relatively new organization in the School of Business, helped students bolster their social media profiles by hosting a photo booth in Cremer Hall. Students were encouraged to dress professionally and had the option of the photos being taken on their personal devices or with a professional camera.

Insurance Career Day

Insurance Career Day was hosted for the first time at ESU in February by the Kansas Insurance Commission. The event exposed students to the many types of career paths within the industry. Insurance Career Day included a meet and greet with company representatives, a panel discussion, and pizza provided by Security Benefit. Panelists included Miles Shirk (BA ’11) of Farm Bureau Financial Services, Brett Balkenbusch of Farmers Insurance Company, Mike Eichten of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Dusty Peterson of Security Benefit, and LeAnn Crow of the Kansas Insurance Department.

VITA Program

This February and March, the Emporia State University School of Business reinstated its Free Tax Preparation workshop. The workshop served as an IRS VITA/TCE return preparation site and was operated by certified student and faculty volunteers. Dr. Liz Diers, assistant professor of Accounting, led the project this year. She explained the workshop as, “Certified student volunteers prepare basic tax returns free of charge, including free electronic filing. The partnership is a win-win; students learn while helping community members save money and file accurate tax returns.”

Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge (EEC)

This year marked the 2nd year of the EEC.  The EEC allows Flint Hill Technical College and Emporia State University students to compete in an intensive venture idea competition. The Elevator Challenge served as the kickoff activity for the event. On February 15th, students had the chance to pitch their business ideas during the 27-second Cremer Hall elevator ride from 1st to 5th floor.

Approximately 20 students turned out to pitch their business ideas. Seth Akpovona, junior MIS major, won Best Idea; Yasir Alrasasi, senior Business Administration major, won Judges’ Choice; and Freddy Rodriguez, Communications major, won Best Pitch.

Thirty-seven teams competed in the official Emporia Entrepreneur Challenge. Following the business proposal round, 20 semifinalist teams were selected to advance. Those teams had the opportunity to meet with local business leaders prior to pitching their ideas in the oral presentation and community showcase rounds.

The Community Showcase and Awards Ceremony was held in the Memorial Ballroom on April 11th. Megan Allen, Flint Hills Technical College student, won first place and $2,500 for her Nfusion business plan. Speaking of the competition, Allen said, I am really glad to have entered the EEC; the judges have given lots of great feedback. Winning the competition will allow me to get my products retail ready. I plan to use the prize money to get my website up and going and look into insurance for my business.” Ebrahim Kayali, ESU business student, placed second and was awarded $1,500 for his Disabled Helper business proposal. Third place and $500 went to Karen Martinez, ESU graduate student, for her Kathi plan. Students were judged based on the feasibility, market potential, business model, and concept.

To read more, click here.

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Students from Regents universities were invited to participate in the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol held in mid-February. This year, two of the five Emporia State students to participate were School of Business majors. Taner Thurman, a senior Business Administration major, presented his research entitled, “Shrinkwrap Licensing Agreements with Monopolies: Are They Enforceable?” His research was conducted in coordination with Dr. Steven Lovett, assistant professor and co-director of the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics, over the summer as part of the ESURP program. ESURP provides research grants to student-faculty teams at Emporia State University.

Coffee with the Dean

As students settled in for the semester, they were given the opportunity to meet with Dr. John Rich, interim dean of the School of Business, to discuss their ideas and concerns for the school. This event was sponsored by the Business Student Ambassadors (BSA), an organization that serves as the student advisory board for the school. Ikbal Hassine, president of BSA, explained the purpose of the event saying, “When students know they have a platform, they can feel comfortable and give more useful feedback to the administration. The students are the customers of the school, and knowing their needs helps the school put successful and efficient initiatives into place."

School of Business Sponsors Basketball Game

This year, the School of Business sponsored the Turnpike Tussle basketball games against Washburn University. The games allowed the School of Business to recognize its 93 student athletes. Hornet Fans were encouraged to show their support by wearing one of the over 450 promotional T-shirts handed out before the game. Justin Richardson, a graduate assistant in the School of Business, started the game with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem. The Lady Hornets won 98-61 in their game against Washburn, and the men lost 76-86.

To read more about the event click here.

Emporia State Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Receives National Recognition and Places at State

This past winter, ESU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda completed the “Super Sweeps” challenge for national recognition. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America and Super Sweeps is a national program that encourages local chapters to increase membership and chapter participation.

In early March, Phi Beta Lambda members traveled to Sterling, Kansas, to compete at the 2016 State Conference. This year, six of the seven students that attended the conference placed within the top three for their events. One student was unable to attend but was recognized for outstanding contributions to the ESU Chapter of PBL. To read more about PBL’s accomplishments and student placings, click here.

Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council Meets at ESU

The Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council started over 20 years ago for the purpose of facilitating international expansion among Kansas businesses. The KITCC hosts seminars and trade events and determines the Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award recipient. The Exporter of the Year Award showcases the beneficial effects of international growth and diversification. Companies are nominated for this award by Chambers of Commerce, local organizations, or individuals, though they may also nominate themselves. In March, members of KITCC met at Emporia State to determine finalists for the 28th year of the award. Dr. Joyce Zhou, associate professor of Marketing, serves as the associate chair to the Council.

To learn more about the Exporter of the Year Award, click here.

Food for Students

Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Business Student Ambassador members gathered at the Emporia Gazette on March 23rd to prepare bags of food for students. The Food for Students organization collects donations, bags them, and distributes them to area students. During the event, university and high school students helped to prepare 400 bags of food.

Student Shadows Marketing Firm in Topeka

Piper Brooks, junior Marketing student, was selected to participate in Shadow Day at MB Piland Advertising + Marketing, LLC in Topeka in March. After a rigorous application process, Brooks was one of six students selected to spend the day at the agency learning about the daily activities of the firm. Students participated in a business meeting, role play scenarios, networking, and other activities. Brooks shared her lasting impression saying, “One of the greatest benefits to these kinds of opportunities stems from the networking. At the end of the day, all of the students that participated received the business cards of the president and the vice president of the company, and they offered to help us in the future job search.” Piper Brooks’ experience cemented her passion for marketing, and she looks forward to pursuing internships and a career in that field.

Beta Alpha Psi Travels to Omaha

Beta Alpha Psi members traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, in March to participate in the Missouri Valley regional meeting. Beta Alpha Psi is the honorary organization for accounting, information systems, and finance students. Chapters from North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas were represented. Dr. George Durler, adviser of the organization, shared the purpose of the event saying, “Activities of chapters were shared to help achieve the organization’s goals to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.”

Beta Alpha Psi Visits Phillips 66

Beta Alpha Psi members had the opportunity to visit Phillips 66 headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in March. Matt Haefele, senior Accounting student and P66 intern, was among the students that attended the trip. He encourages younger students looking to find internships to take full advantage of opportunities like this saying, “Each time you meet with a potential employer they get more comfortable with you, and you get more comfortable with them. It makes the internship interview a lot easier and more relaxed.” Haefele will be spending the summer interning for Phillips 66 in Houston, Texas.

Kansas Business Hall of Fame Nominations

The Kansas Business Hall of Fame has served to recognize the phenomenal heritage of Kansas Business Leadership since 1987. Housed at the Emporia State University School of Business, it features two awards, the Historical Heritage Award and the Contemporary Honors Award. Dr. Jeffrey Muldoon, executive chair of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, describes the legacy of past recipients, saying, “The members of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame provide outstanding examples of excellent ethical and dynamic leadership and inspire the current and future generations of Kansans to achieve excellence themselves.”

The Board of Directors encourages students, chambers of commerce, businesses, and other organizations to nominate outstanding business individuals. The Historical Heritage Award is given to a person who has made contributions to business in Kansas that establishes that person as meriting preservation as a historical figure. The Contemporary Honors Award is given to a living business leader of Kansas. The individual may show outstanding leadership in Kansas business, or may be a native Kansan who has achieved national recognition.  The Board is now accepting nominations for 2017.

To nominate an individual to the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, click here.


Faculty News

Faculty Workshop

This February, faculty members gathered to learn how to engage students in research and active scholarship. Dr. Tim Burnett, associate professor of Biology, and Dr. Gary Wyatt, associate provost and director of the Honors College, were guest speakers at the event. They focused their remarks on the ESU Summer Undergraduate Research Program (ESURP), the Honors Program, and High Impact Learning Grants. ESURP allows students to team up with faculty members to collaborate on a research project in their discipline. The awards pay for faculty salary, a student scholarship, and research supplies. The School of Business seeks to increase its student involvement within these programs. This initiative is led by Dr. Joyce Zhou, director of Marketing Research.

Dr. Jeffrey Muldoon Receives Best Paper Award

Dr. Jeffrey Muldoon, assistant professor in the School of Business, was presented the Best Paper Award from the National Small Business Institute in February. Dr. Muldoon was a co-author of the paper, “High Performance Work Systems: A Necessity for Startups,” along with Dr. Eric Liguori of the University of Tampa, Dr. Joshua Bendickson of East Carolina University, and MBA student, Chelsea Midgett of East Carolina University. The paper discussed the importance of finding and training qualified employees in new businesses.

To read more, click here.

Faculty Grants Awarded for Research

This spring, eight School of Business faculty members were awarded grants from Research and Grants to aid them in their research:

  • Antonina Bauman, $510
  • Shawn Keough, $510
  • Kamal Lamsal, $487
  • Mohammed Rahman, $510
  • Timothy Thornton, $423
  • Lei Wen, $510
  • Jun Yu, $510
  • Joyce Zhou, $510


Faculty Publications and Awards

Dr. Kalyan Chakraborty:

Chakraborty, K., Chakraborty, J., & Sengupta, P. (2016). Determinants of economic performance of non-life insurance industry. Journal of International Business and Economics, 16(1), 7-16.

Chakraborty, K. (2016). Determinants of fertilizer demand: A case for India. Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, 13(1), 27-40.

Dr. Steve Lovett:

Lovett, S. L. (2015). The employee-lawyer: A candid reflection on the true roles and responsibilities of in-house counsel. Journal of Journal of Law and Commerce, 34(1).

Dr. Jeffrey Muldoon:

Bendickson, J., Muldoon, J., Liguori, E., & Davis, P. E. (2016). Agency theory: The times they are a-changin’. Management Decision, 54(1).

Dr. Mohammed Rahman:

Rahman, M. S., Ko, M., Warren, J., & Carpenter, D. (2016). Healthcare technology self-efficacy (HTSE) and its influence on individual attitude: An empirical study. Computers in Human Behavior, 58, 12-24.

Dr. Douglass Smith:

Smith, D. (2016). E-government initiatives case study: New models for success. International Journal of Applied Management and Technology, 15(1), 21-40.

Dr. Tanja Steigner:

Steigner, T., & Sutton, N. K. (2015). Worth waiting for – evidence of late-mover benefits in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. QJFA, 53, 113-146.

Dr. Lei Wen:

Wen, L., & Wang, Z. (2016). IPO performance of China’s mid-cap and small-cap stocks: Do accounting earnings numbers matter? Journal of International Finance and Economics, 16(1), 7-20.

Dr. Nathan Woolard:

Woolard, N. A. (2016). Academic capitalism and the impact on state spending for higher education: Perceptions from members of the Oklahoma State Legislature. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, 19(1), 319-335.


Alumni News

John Boyle

John Boyle (BSB ’92) was named an associate partner at IBM Global Services this past January. Boyle was active on campus and graduated from ESU with a degree in Finance. He moved on to work for big names like Unisys, Xerox, Hewlett Packard, and the National Academy of Social Insurance prior to his current position at IBM. He currently lives in the District of Columbia.

Angela Dailey

Angela Dailey (BSB ’91) was named as first vice president-human resources director at Capitol Federal in January. Dailey previously worked as the chief operating officer at Brewster Place, a Topeka retirement community, for 15 years. She is active in her community, serving as a Master Volunteer for Kansas 4-H and YWCA Board Member.

To read the Emporia Gazette’s coverage click here.

Emporia Graduates Help Ring Closing Bell for Nasdaq Market

Jeff Bloomer (BS ’80), Greg Kossover (BSB ’85), and Gary Allerheiligen (BSB ’70) were on Wall Street this past January to celebrate Equity Bank's initial public offering. The men, along with several other Equity Bank representatives, were in New York to ring the NASDAQ market closing bell. Greg Kossover works as chief financial officer of Equity Bancshares, Inc.  Gary Allerheiligen and Jeff Bloomer serve as independent directors for Equity Bancshares, Inc. The bank’s IPO launched on Nov. 2nd after publicly announcing in October the intent to go public.

To read the Wichita Business Journal’s coverage, click here.

Two School of Business Alumni Named 2016 Distinguished Alumni

This February, Mike Law (BSB ’81) and Steve Sauder (BSB ’68) were named Distinguished Alumni for 2016. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes professional accomplishment and is the highest award bestowed by the Alumni Association. Mike Law, an Emporia native, is vice president of programming for Steel City Media Kansas City and program director of Q104 KBEQ. Steve Sauder owns the Emporia radio station KVOE/KFFX and is founder of ValuNet.

To read more, click here.


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