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Price E-News - August 2020

Price College of Business – E-News August 2020
Corey Phelps - Dean, Price College of Business


This week, as we welcome students back to campus and onto our computer screens, we are excited about the potential of a new academic year, despite the challenges we face. To return safely to campus, we are following the University’s OU Together guidelines, which include mandatory masking and social distancing policies for all. We are also learning how to anticipate and adapt to an ever-changing environment. Rather than approach this year from a place of anxiety, we are determined to fulfill our Purpose and provide the highest quality education and learning experience possible. With your continued support, we will make the 2020-21 academic year one of the most memorable to date.

I am excited to share with you the latest updates since our June e-Newsletter. As you know, I joined the Price College family on July 1, after moving my family halfway across the country from Montreal. As the new Dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business and a newcomer to OU, one of my first objectives was to assemble a top-notch leadership team. I did not have to look far. I am pleased to announce the following appointments of four key Price College faculty members to important administrative positions:

  • Wayne Thomas has been named Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research Innovation.
  • Laku Chidambaram has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Engagement.
  • Karen Hennes has been named Director of the John T. Steed School of Accounting.
  • Chitru Fernando has been reappointed as the Director of the Finance Division. 


Each has shown exemplary leadership during a time of uncertainty and transition. I look forward to working with and leveraging their deep experience with Price College and OU. Please join me in congratulating each of them.I am also pleased to share with you some new additions to Price College. Ally Thrash has joined the Tom Love Innovation Hub team as a Managerial Associate, where she will provide administrative and financial support to the I-HUB, including the numerous grants supporting the Oklahoma Catalyst and Startup Programs. Jenn Ille has joined Price College as the Division Assistant for the Division of Management Information Systems. Jenn, an OU alum, has spent the past several years in a similar role for the OU Naval ROTC. Please join me in welcoming them to the Price Family.

Please take a moment to watch the following short video, where you can learn more about what’s in store this semester at the Price College of Business. And if you haven’t already done so, please feel free to watch my short introductory video, where you can learn a little more about my background and my hopes for the College.

We stand at a unique moment in the history of the Price College of Business and the University of Oklahoma. The decisions we make in the coming weeks and months will shape both the futures of our students and our great institution. I am confident that, with your continued commitment, we will achieve a new level of success. I look forward to our journey together.

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Corey Phelps
Fred E. Brown Chair in Business
Professor of Entrepreneurship

Momentum Scholarships
Student sitting on a bench outside of Price Hall at the University of Oklahoma

In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that students receive the tools necessary for success. By supporting the Momentum Scholarship, you can help undergraduate students better focus on studies and classwork instead of the stresses of working while in school. Many students’ families have been financially harmed by COVID-19 and now qualify for this vital source of funding. Thank you for considering a gift!

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Tackle Big Issues | Energy
Man hanging photo in the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program Collaborative Classroom

Renovations have been recently completed in the Robert M. Zinke Energy Management Program Collaborative Classroom, located in Adams Hall 104, and the adjoining hallway to the east. In addition to numerous improvements made last summer, the space now includes the history of the Energy Management Program, quotes from alums, an updated mission statement and more. Special thanks to Bob Zinke, the program’s namesake and stalwart benefactor!

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Group photo of the 14th cohort of the Executive MBA in Energy program

The 14th cohort of the Executive MBA in Energy program began their 15-month program with a weeklong residency Aug. 5-12 on the Norman campus. Although the COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges, the 17 students completed four courses, worked with an executive coach and spent some time socializing (at a distance) through evening dinners and campus tours.

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Stephen Trauber

In response to the challenges of pandemic-related global demand for energy resources, the OU Energy Institute launched a new complimentary bi-weekly webcast series this summer. The next episode, Availability of Capital for Energy Investments, is scheduled to go live at noon on Aug. 26 with special guest Steve Trauber, vice chairman and global head of energy at Citi.

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Tackle Big Issues | Economic Development
Two men sitting in front of a flat sceenadvertising the Oklahoma Wonder Grant

The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and OKC-based Trifecta Communications Oklahoma are offering a new $15,000 Wonder Grant to develop an augmented reality project by an Oklahoma-based business, nonprofit organization or public sector entity.  The Coltrane Group won for their mobile app, which tours historic Black towns in Oklahoma.

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Lubomir Litov and Jared Stanfield

Lubomir Litov and Jared Stanfield have coordinated an online workshop with several finance academics who share interests in entrepreneurship. Scheduled for Aug. 28, the workshop features presenters from business schools at the University of British Columbia, the University of Utah, Texas Christian University, Northwestern University, and Duke University.

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Tackle Big Issues | Globalization
Graphic displaying the top 25 supply chain undergraduate programs, with Price college placing at 24

Our undergraduate Marketing and Supply Chain Management program is now ranked in the newly released Gartner Supply Chain University Top 25 for 2020 list. The list includes the University of Arkansas, Rutgers University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, and others.

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OU Global Risks & Threat Series Leadership Forum Logo

Price College launched a new online OU Global Risks & Threats Series this summer, with global leaders from the intelligence, finance, law enforcement, corporate and cyber sectors. The special edition event was held Aug. 22 and focused on aerospace and defense, with an emphasis on the launch of the new EMBA in Aerospace and Defense Program.

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Generate Business Insights
Exterior shot of the Tom Love Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma

The Tom Love Innovation Hub has been awarded $300,000 through the CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, aimed at boosting the university’s capacity to support regional economic development strategies in response to the coronavirus pandemic through the launch of a new startup incubator.

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The Wall Street Journal Logo

All OU faculty, staff and students now have free online access to the Wall Street Journal, thanks to the generosity of Michael F. Price and his Library Endowment. Whereas previously, only Price College of Business students, faculty and staff were granted complimentary access, the Endowment now includes access for all University of Oklahoma students and personnel.

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Man standing with arms crossed wearing an OU polo

The Glen McLaughlin Prize for Ethics in Accounting Research has now celebrated 20 years and has become known as the “gold standard” of ethics research in accounting across the country. This summer, our accounting faculty created a new document revealing the key “lessons learned” by previous prizewinning researchers over the past two decades.

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Rhadika Santhanam

Radhika Santhanam was invited to present during the recent Annual MIS Academic Leaders Conference, organized by the MIS department at the University of Georgia, on a panel of department heads and IS deans from several universities about how institutions are preparing for the fall and beyond, challenges, best practices and the new normal for higher education.

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Prepare Leaders
Danielle Nickell

Accounting student Danielle Nickell has received a $10,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The PCAOB Scholars Program aims to benefit outstanding students who are likely to become accountants and auditors. PCAOB Scholars are nominated by their educational institution.

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Suzanna Dellinger, Shea Worthington and Emily Kamphius

Three Price College students have received scholarships from the Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (TCOSCPA) for the 2020-21 academic year. Suzanna Dellinger and Shea Worthington received TCOSCPA scholarships, and Emily Kamphuis received both a TCOSCPA scholarship and a Jim Small Volunteerism Award for volunteer and service efforts.

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ACRP Design Competition Logo

A five-member team of spring 2020 interns at the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth won an honorable mention award in the Airport Management and Planning category of the University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs at the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

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Al Schwarzkopf

Adriana Sanford is a finalist for Cybersecurity or Privacy Woman Law Professional for the Inteligenca 2020 Cybersecurity Woman of the Year Awards. Finalists in this category demonstrate accomplishments related to cybersecurity and privacy law. Winners should be announced later this year.

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Sean Akadari

Price College entrepreneur-in-resident and AgBoost founder Sean Akadiri was featured in two recent news articles about agriculture technology and the livestock industry. Akadiri created AgBoost to provide analytics on the genetics, health and nutrition of livestock to producers, so they can make more informed decisions and create safer food products.

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Code Launch logo

Spencer Smith, CEO at InvisiMind, recently graduated as a double major in marketing and entrepreneurship. Smith is a semifinalist in the Student Founder category for Code Launch 8, a seed accelerator competition, tech tradeshow, startup conference and networking event. Code Launch is the product of Price alum Jason Taylor (BBA, MIS, 1995).

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Sooner Parents logo

The International Business Student Association and APICS – the Association for Operations Management, the premier organization in the Supply Chain and Operations Management field, have received a $700 grant from the Sooner Parents Mini-Grants Program. The mini-grant will help students create a portfolio based on 2020-21 professional presentations in order to help bolster their classwork and job/internship searches.

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Faculty Research
Colleen Baker

Colleen Baker has co-authored a new article, Banking on the Cloud, for SSRN. The article examines cloud computing in the banking and financial sectors, the associated risks, and the consideration of being designated as systemically important financial market utilities under Dodd-Frank Act’s Title VIII. The article also was mentioned on the Legal Theory Blog.

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Mark Bolino

Mark Bolino published a new article in Psychology Today about leadership, he was quoted in a new article in SHRM about telecommuting, and he wrote a new article for Harvard Business Review about work schedules, which is based on a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Organizational Behavior he co-authored.

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Craig Shimasaki

Elsevier has published the second edition of Craig Shimasaki’s book, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: Leading, Managing and Commercializing Innovative Technologies. His book offers practical advice, best practices and inspirational insights from seasoned biotechnology veterans in the industry who share their leadership wisdom for success.

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In Memoriam
James Teegerson

James Teegerstrom (BBA, Accounting, 1965) has passed away. Teegerstrom grew up in Shamrock, Texas. After graduating from OU, he worked in the trucking industry in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as the building industry in Oklahoma. In his senior years, he served in the oil and gas industry.

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Paula Magarian

Paula Magarian (BBA, Management, 1984) has passed away. Magarian spent most of her childhood in Lawrence, Kansas, and in St. Louis, then moved to Norman when her father joined the OU College of Pharmacy faculty in 1970. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from OU, she worked at both OU Health Sciences and Norman campuses, and for 18 years served as the Chief Financial Officer at the Norman YMCA.

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Berry Davis

Long-time community leader and businessman Barry Davis (BBA, Finance, 1963) has passed away, joining his wife of 55 years, Karen Davis, who passed away 10 days prior. A Tulsa native, Davis spent his formative years working at his family’s downtown Tulsa sporting goods store. After graduating from OU, Barry joined the U.S. Army, serving as an artillery officer. Over the course of his subsequent 50-plus year business career, Davis was at the forefront of the national and regional venture capital industry. As Managing Partner of Davis Tuttle Venture Partners and Davis Venture Partners, he invested in and helped nurture a diverse range of innovative companies and entrepreneurs. Davis additionally served as Managing Partner of New Era Group, an energy and natural resources group, and as President and CEO of the Alliance Business Investment Company. A champion for his industry and passionate believer in the transformative power of entrepreneurship, Davis served as National Chairman of the Board of Governors of NASBIC, a national venture capital industry trade association, and was the recipient of the industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a board member of the National Venture Capital Association, a founder and Chairman of the Venture Capital Institute, Chairman of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, and board member of the Price College of Business, from which he received a Distinguished Alumni Award. Davis also worked for decades to advance Tulsa’s quality of life. His most notable civic leadership roles included serving as Trustee of the University of Tulsa, Chairman of the Board of Hillcrest Healthcare System, board member of the Tulsa Community Foundation, Chairman of the Morningside Foundation, President of Temple Israel, and Chairman of the Zarrow Pointe Retirement Center.

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