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Price E-News October 2019

Price College of Business E-News October 2019


Interim Dean Wayne Thomas speaks with faculty members

The fall semester is well underway at the Price College of Business, and this semester has already proven to be an exciting and successful one for the College. Our first and most exciting news is the recent announcement that the Price College of Business has jumped 12 spots to 50th in the nation for its undergraduate programs, according to a new report by U.S. News and World Report. And although rankings alone do not define us, they certainly help send a message that Price College belongs among the elite business schools in the nation. Thanks and congratulations to the many faculty, staff, students, alumni, partners and stakeholders who help us achieve our best every day.

More good news comes from our 2018-19 Master of Accountancy graduates, who achieved 100% placement by graduation. Of our 61 graduating students, 49 were employed with national, international, regional, or local CPA firms, while 10 obtained or retained employment and one pursued further education. Congratulations to our students, and to the faculty and staff who helped support their success!

Congratulations also are in order for Ronnie K. Irani, one of our great friends and partners, who will be recognized next month by the Oklahoma Geological Foundation for “having a significant effect on the geology profession, the energy industry and volunteer and philanthropic endeavors.” Please join us in congratulating Ronnie for this much-deserved award!

I’d like thank everyone who participated in September’s University-wide Giving Day. Thanks to staff, faculty, alumni, and friends like you, Price College raised a record $120,000+ from more than 160 individual gifts. We appreciate your much-needed support and your help making this a successful giving event!

I’d like to invite our local friends and alumni to participate in Price College Service Day 2019. This year’s event is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. As you may know, Price Service Day is a fantastic college-wide event where Price students, faculty and staff volunteer for local organizations in Norman. Last year, around 250 Price students volunteered, and current RSVPs are over 275 so far. Please sign up online here and select the site at which you’d like to serve, and thank you for your service!

Faculty and staff visit AT&T

Lastly, Price College was well represented during a visit to AT&T on Friday, Oct. 11, just before the Red River Showdown. AT&T is a longtime partner to the University of Oklahoma and the Price College of Business, under the leadership of Price alumnus Randall Stephenson (Master of Accountancy, 1986), and we are grateful for their ongoing support.

The academic year is off to a great start! Following are just a few examples of how our students, faculty, and staff fulfill the Purpose of Price® every day

Wayne Thomas signature

Wayne B. Thomas
Interim Dean
George Lynn Cross Research Professor

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Oct 18
Price CoB Golf Tournament

Women in Business Leadership Conference

Robert L. Reynolds Presentation

Oct 26
Price College Service Day

Oct 28
201 Talk with Andrea Sullivan 

Nov 4
Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business Open House 

Nov 8
Board of Advisors Meeting

Adams Society Dinner

Nov 9
Price Alumni Tailgate

Nov 21
Entrepreneurship Expo

Nov 22
Healthcare Day

Tackle Big Issues | Energy
EMBA cohort 10 group photo

The 10th cohort of the EMBA in Energy will be on campus to complete the program Oct. 20-25. Each cohort of the EMBA in Energy concludes the program with a week-long, face-to-face residency in Norman, and we are proud to host the 10th cohort on campus to complete this premier program. Congratulations!

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Tackle Big Issues | Economic Development
Students and vendors converse at Entrepreneurship EXPO

Applications for the annual OU Entrepreneurship Expo are open through Oct. 18. The OU Entrepreneurship Expo is a trade show for OU students, Sooner Innovation Fund winners, local business owners and entrepreneurs to exhibit their goods, services and concepts in an open forum. The event is scheduled 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Tom Love Innovation Hub.

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Sirkka Jarvenpaa

Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Professor of Information Systems and Bayless/Rauscher Chair in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas, gave a presentation to MIS faculty and students on Sept. 13. Jarvenpaa’s lecture was titled, Next Frontier on Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research.

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Oklahoma Catalyst Programs

The Oklahoma Catalyst Programs have received FAST funding for FY19 in the form of a $125,000 grant for the Tom Love Innovation Hub. Additionally, our Oklahoma Catalyst team won $50,000 from the SBA as part of their Growth Accelerators Fund Competition. This award expands our SBIR Accelerator and Catalyst Researchers program to Tulsa. Congratulations!

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Tackle Big Issues | Healthcare
Healthcare day speakers Harold Urschell and Lauren Key

The Center for the Business of Healthcare’s next Healthcare Day is scheduled 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Dr. Harold Urschell, III, Chief of Medical Strategy at Enterhealth, will present Exploring the Myths of Marijuana in Price Hall’s Dodson Lounge at 9 a.m. Lauren Key (BBA, Marketing, 1988), Senior Executive Officer, Consumer Strategy with Adventist Health System, will present Marketing/Branding the Center for the Business of Healthcare in Price Hall 2065 at 1 p.m. Additional guests will be announced soon.

Tackle Big Issues | Globalization

This spring, Taylor Watson spent the semester in Europe, where she visited 12 countries. Watson is a double major in international business with French language and marketing. Her blog describes how studying abroad for a full semester helped her land an internship and job offer from GM Financial.

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Students particpate in business week

This year’s Business Week was a success! Held Sept. 9-13, the week’s theme was Business Without Borders and included international foods, new Price polo shirts that benefitted Meals on Wheels, student association booths, an industry networking event, the Sooner Showcase Career Fair, and more.

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Generate Business Insights
Privacy in statistical databases. Arezzo Italy, September 23-25 2020

Next fall, the Price College of Business is sponsoring the Privacy in Statistical Databases conference in Arezzo, Italy. The conference is designed to attract world-wide, high-level research in statistical database privacy, and is organized by the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy, with proceedings published by Springer-Verlag in Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 

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TedX OU 9-13-2019 Level Up

OU’s own independently organized TED event returned for its eighth year on Sept. 13, 2019. The event was sponsored by the Tom Love Innovation Hub and the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth. TEDxOU is a day-long conference for dreamers and doers that offers a platform for OU and Oklahoma leaders to spread inspiration and innovative ideas.

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Robert Engle

Robert Engle, the Michael Armellino Professor of Management and Financial Services, Director of The Volatility Institute at New York University, and 2003 Nobel Laureate in Economics, was the guest speaker for the Deane and Ginger Kanaly Lecture Series on Sept. 19, in the Meacham Auditorium inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

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Jeff Gabello visits BMacc class

Jeff Gabello, the Supervising Project Manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, spoke with BMacc professional development students on Sept. 23.

Susan Dell'Osso visits Price marketing operations class

Susan Dell'Osso, Chief Operations Officer for Happy Colon Foods, visited with marketing operations classes on Sept. 25.

Emma Ryan visits Price marketing operations class

Emma Ryan, owner of OKC-based PLANT, spoke with social media classes on Sept 26. Plant is focused on making plant-based living a mainstream concept in the OKC community.

Prepare Leaders
Chennyri Whitaker

Chennyri Whitaker, an international business and supply chain management senior, completed a summer retail management internship at Love’s in Newcastle. Whitaker is featured in a Love’s write-up and video about her experience. “I’m learning everything it takes to be a great, productive manager and leader," she said.

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Karma Choedak

MIS accelerated BBA+MIT student Karma Choedak (far left) is a second-place winner in the Technology Innovation Challenge competition, organized by ConocoPhillips. Choedak was the only OU student in this team, and students from universities such as Kansas State, Missouri State, Georgia Tech, and Texas A&M participated in the competition. Congratulations, Karma!

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Price College of Business Fall 2019 Faculty Announcement | Ranked 50th in the nation in undergraduate programs by US News & World Report

This fall, as part of our continued commitment to attract and retain the best and brightest scholars our students and future business leaders deserve, Price welcomes over a dozen new full-time faculty members to our growing roster of educators. We hope you’ll take a moment and get to know a little more about each of the newest members of the Price family.

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Network configuration diagram

In an effort to provide students with an alternative to access software needed for Price College graduate classes, the Price IT department has implemented a virtual computer lab. This technology gives Price the ability to provide software titles to students on their personal computers that normally would have to be accessed via a physical lab in Price or Adams Hall.

Reserve Lab

MIS student receives scholarship at annual banquet

The 2019 MIS division’s scholarship banquet was held Sept. 10 at the Sam Noble Museum. With support from corporate partners and alumni, the MIS division provided scholarships to 80 MIS students, with individual scholarships ranging from $1000 to $5000 each, for a total of $120,000 in scholarship money.

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faculty gather at Accounting banquet

The 2019 Steed School of Accounting scholarship banquet was held Sept. 11 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. With support from corporate partners and alumni, the School of Accounting awarded $215,000 in scholarship funds to 97 undergraduate accounting students and $173,000 to 52 graduate accounting students, with individual awards ranging from $200 to $12,000.

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Faculty Research
Ashley Newton

Ashley Newton’s newest co-written article has been accepted for publication by Financial Management.

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Marcus Wolfe

Marcus Wolfe has published three articles since April, in Small Business Economics, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and ScienceDirect, respectively.

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Will Drover

Research co-conducted and published by Will Drover in ScienceDirect has received mentions in multiple articles this fall.

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Lubomir Litov

Lubomir Litov is presenting research from his latest article, published this fall by SSRN, at the upcoming EDHEC Climate Finance Conference.

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Mark Bolino

A new article co-written by Mark Bolino and published recently by the Academy of Management, has been cited by the Academy of Management Insights.

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Jeremy Short

Research about optimism published by Jeremy Short in 2016 was referenced in a new article by Financial & Advisory News.

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In Memoriam

James Bates, Jr. (BS, Management, 1939), a decorated soldier who served his country for decades, has passed away. Bates was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve for more than 15 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and served as a Congressional liaison officer in Washington, D.C. He worked with the Army Corp of Engineers, then the U.S. Air Force for the remainder of his career. Bates was awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award for excellence by the Air Force.

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Don Symcox

Don Symcox (BBA, Finance, 1952) has passed away. Don and son Lee both steered the First Fidelity Bank naming of and partnership with Price College’s Integrated Business Core Program, which transformed the future of countless students by exposing them to real-world business aspects and experiences. Additionally, Symcox served faithfully on the Price College of Business Board of Advisors, where he helped tackle important issues by offering his unique perspective and knowledge. Symcox served City National Bank for 65 years and retired as its Vice Chairman.

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Randy Trainor

Randy Trainor (BBA, Management, 1976) has passed away at the age of 69. Trainor was a proud graduate of Price College of Business. He spent many years working and traveling in the oil industry. He loved fishing at Grand Lake, trips with family to Vail, Colo., NASCAR, and OU football.

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The 43rd Annual Price College of Business Red River Reception
Attendees gather at the 43rd annual red river reception

The 43rd annual Price College of Business Red River Reception was held Friday, Oct. 11, at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.                                                               

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