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Summer 2019

Price College of Business Summer 2019 E-News

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Welcome to the Summer 2019 issue of Price E-News. We just finished such a huge spring semester, that this issue is packed with news! First off, as the recently named interim dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business, one of my first orders of business was to identify a successor. I am excited to announce that faculty member Karen Hennes has been named interim director of the John T. Steed School of Accounting. Please welcome her aboard in her new capacity, and feel free to read more in our recent SOA Summer 2019 E-Newsletter. Thanks to your votes this spring, I'm happy to announce that the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business has received this year's Reader Rankings Top Winner Award for MBA Program by the Journal Record, which was announced Thursday, June 20.


And speaking of awards, we’d like congratulate our own Beth Gatewood, Executive Director for Finance and Operations, who received the distinguished Jennifer L. Wise Good Stewardship Award from the University of Oklahoma during its annual staff awards presentation. This much deserved award recognizes outstanding contributions made by staff who demonstrate the qualities associated with good stewardship. Additionally, Price College held its annual staff awards luncheon in May; click here to see a full list of award recipients. Thanks to all our staff who work hand-in-hand every day with our faculty and students!

 

What follows are just a few examples of how our students, faculty and staff fulfill the Purpose of Price® every day.

 

Wayne B. Thomas
Interim Dean
George Lynn Cross Research Professor

OU Giving Day

The University of Oklahoma’s single day of campus-wide giving is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, and once again, we’ll be calling on our partners for support. Just like last year, OU Giving Day provides numerous opportunities for supporting scholarships and programs at Price, at any level, so please keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, we invite you to consider giving to our Momentum Scholarships, which support undergraduate students, or our Do More Sooner® Scholarships for MBA students. With your help, students can focus more on their studies and less on financial concerns while obtaining the education necessary for success. Thank you for your support!

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Tackle Big Issues | Energy

Karen Hennes taught "Financial Reporting Issues in Energy" in the Energy Management program offered at the UK-based University of Reading. Price students attended their first corporate visit in London, including Orsted, Anadarko Petroleum Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Phillips 66.

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Tackle Big Issues | Economic Development

OU Regent Phil Albert, CEO of Pelco Structural; Julie Knutson, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Academy; and Price alumnus Matt Motley, chief investment officer of Vareco Holdings, presented to students about innovation and entrepreneurship on March 28.


 

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Price faculty Al Schwarzkopf, Rocio Claybon, Jeremy Bellah and Joyce Burch joined Gallogly College of Engineering faculty Zahid Siddique and Rafal Jabrzemski for a tour of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (FAA) on May 16 to learn more about their operations and discuss potential opportunities for collaborations and projects for students in both colleges.

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On April 26, members of the Tom Love Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development held their annual awards ceremony, where students, faculty and partners received recognition for achievements such as research, collaboration, support and student development.


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Tackle Big Issues | Healthcare

In April, MIT students Jacob Lamb, Bachazile Sikhonde and Nathan Napier’s team, the Sooner Sleuths, was selected among 10 finalists to present at the Alexion Challenge Track of the Association of Information System Student Chapter Competition, hosted by the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Tackle Big Issues | Globalization

Kafui Quashie, an Entrepreneurship and Venture Management/international business with Arabic and finance minor student, received a $5,000 scholarship from the OU College of Arts and Sciences Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies for his summer study abroad experience in Jerusalem.


 

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Jesse Chesnut, an international business and accounting double major, visited Moscow, Finland and Norway while studying abroad in Latvia this spring. His travels included Lapland and Bugøvnes, Norway, where he swam in the Arctic Ocean and saw the Northern Lights. He traveled with Erasmus Student Network Riga, an international student association in Europe.
 

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Marketing and Supply Chain Management students studying abroad in Arezzo, Italy, this spring took a road trip to Modena, home of supercar manufacturer Pagani, where students saw how carbon fiber was molded into shape, as well as the factory floor, where the actual assembly takes place. Students also visited Acetaia Giusti, home of the world’s best balsamic vinegar.

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Generate Business Insights

This spring, MBA students Andrew Trautman, Cory Osetkowski, Scott Adler, Tate Johnson and Austin Holley competed against more than 250 universities in the Bloomberg Trading Challenge, where they invested $1 million over 10 weeks. These students were one of seven teams invited to the Bloomberg world headquarters in New York City to present their investment strategy.


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Interim Dean Wayne Thomas recently received the Don Herrmann Distinguished Ph.D. Alumni Award by the School of Accounting at the OSU Spears College of Business. Herrmann, who passed away in 2018, and Thomas met while they were accounting Ph.D. students at OSU. The two friends co-authored Financial Accounting, a textbook recently published by McGraw-Hill Education.

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Mark Bolino, center, the Ph.D. director and Michael F. Price Chair in International Business, received the David L. Boren Professorship Award during the annual OU Norman Faculty Awards ceremony in April. Additionally, several Price faculty received recognition for 30- and 20-year anniversaries with the university.

 

 

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The Price College of Business held a Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Forum at the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in Oklahoma City. The daylong event featured faculty from throughout Price, as well as guest speakers from around the globe, and covered such diverse topics as law and global trade, cyber-ethics and transparency and financial reporting.


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The Center for MIS Studies held its annual spring CMISS Retreat on April 4 in Price Hall. Faculty, staff, students and guest presenters spoke on numerous topics, including student achievement and special projects, faculty research, MIS capital projects and digital innovation.

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Prepare Leaders

Price alumnus Tyler Jones (BBA, Accounting, 2015) recently was featured in a video about the impact of the Dimensions Academy program in Norman. In it, he talks about the impact of the program when he was a young man, which led to his serving in the U.S. army, obtaining his degree from OU and becoming a successful CPA.
 

 

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JCPenney Leadership Program associate Saidy Herrera Orellana attended the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Entrepreneurship Summit in March. The annual conference introduces HSF Scholars to the value and importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset while inspiring attendees to achieve personal and professional success and gain financial freedom.

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In March, MBA student Andrew Trautman was named "Best Presenter" at the Big XII Case Competition in West Virginia. The competition was sponsored by Grant Thornton and focused on the creation of a strategic contingency plan for organizations with public sector consultants who are impacted by government shutdowns.

 

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Julie Garner, an OU MBA student, and Elizabeth Spencer, a Price MIS sophomore, received scholarships from the University Women’s Association during an annual scholarship banquet on April 8. The organization exists to promote fellowship and provide support to the University of Oklahoma while providing scholarships to OU students each year.

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In conjunction with OU’s Integrity Council, a branch of the Office of Academic Integrity, Price hosted an Integrity Panel with James Finch and Breea Clark on April 10. Finch is the executive vice president and Oklahoma commercial division manager of First Fidelity Bank, and Clark is the director of the JCPenney Leadership Center.

 

 

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Multiple Price student teams took home awards in this year’s annual Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup competition. Student team Banners earned 2nd Place, Bridal Wave took 3rd Place and Cloud Patrol was a Love’s Cup finalist, while Zonx (formerly ScheduleNav) won an Interview award. A full list of award winners is available here, and student team descriptions are available here.

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Graduating doctoral students were honored at the annual Ph.D. luncheon on April 25, where Price faculty celebrated the research and achievements of students completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration during the 2018-19 academic year. Faculty members spoke in celebration of the nine students who will either begin or continue professorial positions at other universities this fall.

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On April 29, MIS students students participated in a day of “elevator speech” style interviews. Thanks to the generosity of industry partners and MIS alumni, 78 undergraduate and graduate MIS students will receive scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5000 during the 2019-20 year to support their education at OU.

 

 

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Faculty Research

Zinat Alam’s co-authored paper, “Board Structure Mandates: Consequences for Director Location and Financial Reporting,” was published in Management Science Vol. 64, No. 10, October 2018.

 

 

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Jeremy Short and Marcus Wolfe co-authored a paper with several Price doctoral students, “Narcissistic rhetoric and crowdfunding performance: A social role theory perspective,” which was published in the Journal of Business Venturing Vol. 33, Issue 6, November 2018.

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Brant Christensen and co-authors wrote a blog entry this spring for Columbia University Law School’s BlueSky Blog about a paper accepted by Contemporary Accounting Research last September.

 

 

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A study co-authored by Bill Megginson was published in the Journal of Banking and Finance in May and summarized by the University at Buffalo School of Management.


 

 

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Research by Ph.D. alumna Sydney Shu (faculty member at Miami University of Ohio) and Interim Dean Wayne Thomas recently was featured by CFO.com. The article, “Managerial Equity Holdings and Income-Smoothing Behavior,” was published in the spring 2019 issue of the American Accounting Association’s Journal of Management Accounting Research.

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In March, Ph.D. alumna Herita Akamah (faculty member at the University of Nebraska), Interim Dean Wayne Thomas and co-author Ole-Kristian Hope were awarded the Responsible Research in Management Award for their 2018 article, “Tax Havens and Disclosure Aggregation,” published in the Journal of International Business Studies.
 

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Mark Bolino’s article, "How to Motivate Employees to Go Beyond Their Jobs," is featured as a chapter in the new HBR Guide to Motivating People from Harvard Business Review. The chapter is co-written by Price alumnus Anthony Klotz (Ph.D., Business Administration, 2013), and the book is now available on Amazon.
 

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Colleen Baker’s paper, “Incomplete Clearinghouse Mandates,” was accepted into the American Business Law Journal this spring.


 

In Memoriam

Lamar Wallace (BS, Business Management, 1936), potentially the oldest living Eagle Scout yet, has passed away at the age of 107. He became an Eagle Scout at 15, earned his BS from OU, then worked for the Tulsa Tribune. He was a World War II veteran turned real estate broker before retiring in 1979. Thanks to a generous estate gift, an endowed scholarship has been created in Lamar’s memory.

 

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Royce Hammons (BBA, Finance, 1969), has passed away at the age of 73. Royce was a lifelong banker who held numerous leadership positions including Republic National Bank in Dallas, First National Bank Dallas Holding Company, Fidelity Bank (Bank of Oklahoma) and UMB Oklahoma. Royce and his wife, Kirk, are members of the Adams Society, a room in Price Hall is named in Royce’s honor, and he was a senior advisor on the dean’s Board of Advisors.

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Rajiv Dant has been recognized posthumously as a co-recipient of the 2019 Louis W. Stern Award in the Interorganizational Special Interest Group for his 2013 Journal of Marketing article, “Relationship Velocity: Toward a Theory of Relationship Dynamics.” Rajiv’s impact marches on even after his passing in 2015.


 

 

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