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Price Newsletter - February 2022

A photograph of the exterior of Price Hall with the words - February 2021 Newsletter, The University of Oklahoma Price College of Business


Corey Phelps - Dean, Price College of Business



As we near the end of our second month of the spring semester, a quiet determination and a sense of hope for the future have descended upon the hallways of the Price College of Business. The fall semester and all its seasonal festivities have passed, and the end of the academic year, with the excitement of May’s commencement ceremonies, draws near. This is a time of year that students focus and forge ahead, knowing Spring Break will soon provide a welcomed reprieve for the semester.


While February is typically a quieter time of the year for our community, Price College continues making important strides. The college has moved up in new reputational rankings released by U.S. News & World Report and Poets & Quants for Undergrads, we launched the world’s first Executive MBA in Renewable Energy, and our faculty continue receiving international recognition for their impactful research. Morale has improved greatly as the threat of the global pandemic wanes, bringing with it a renewed optimism about a return to normalcy soon.


This April 14th marks the return of OU Giving Day, an annual fundraising initiative by the OU Foundation that enables us to target specific areas of need for students and faculty. It’s an excellent opportunity for alumni and supporters, like you, to come together and directly impact the success of our students and the future of Price College. I look forward to joining you for this important and fun day of sharing. This year’s event features (healthy) competitions with the other schools and colleges at OU. I hope you’ll help us beat this year’s goals and come out on top. More information will become available soon, so please stay tuned.


I am energized by the drive of our students and colleagues, and I am proud of the successes we continue achieving together. Please enjoy the latest news from Price College. Thank you for your continued support.

Corey Phelps signature

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

Logo - OU Giving Day | 4.14.22

On April 14, the OU Foundation will launch its fifth OU Giving Day. This 24-hour fundraising campaign supports the success and innovation of Price College students and programs. This year, we are introducing an exciting new format where Price College alumni and supporters can compete with other colleges and academic units across the university. Your participation will help impact the lives of many Price College students, so stay tuned!

U.S. News & World Report logo

In its new Online Program rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked OU No. 31 for Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) and No. 67 (tied) for Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (Excluding MBA).

smiling graduates in cap and gown with the Poet and Quants Ranking badge for Best Undergrad Business Schools 2022

Price College jumped seven spots to No. 53 in a new Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking for 2022 by Poets & Quants for Undergrads, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news. The comprehensive study ranks the top nearly 100 business programs in the United States.

Oil drilling site silhouetted against a blue, and orange sky at sunset

To meet the needs of energy sector professionals and those who work with them, the OU Energy Institute has scheduled an event in Houston on Financing Hydrocarbon Projects. The program, set for April 7-8, will cover valuation and financial structuring, ESG and carbon footprint considerations, and how to match project economics to investors.

graphic showing part of the united states, highlighting partner logos from each state that are now part of the BBCetc Catalyst Advantage Network

Thirty-one students traveled to Costa Rica in January, making history for the JCPenney Leadership Program for its largest study abroad group yet.

Group photo of EMBA Cohort 17 standing outside of the Adams Hall entrance on the Norman campus

The first cohort of students in the Executive MBA in Renewables program and the 17th cohort of EMBA in Energy students spent a week on campus in January to take part in their first sets of classes. The cohorts took two classes together and two separately. The week included tours of campus highlights, group dinners, and a welcome from Dean Corey Phelps.

Boyd Street Ventures logo

Boyd Street Ventures, which connects partners and OU alumni with high-growth investment opportunities within the University of Oklahoma, highlighted a partnership between the firm and Price College’s Finance Division in a recent newsletter.

image of Zoom meeting showing the participants in student congress

The OU Undergraduate Student Congress appointed Price junior Lauren Roberts as chief of staff for the Lissau-Akuffo administration. Roberts is a double major in entrepreneurship/venture management and finance pre-law, as well as the 2021-22 director of alumni relations for the JCPenney Leadership Program.

nbdc Innovation and Tecnology - Graphic of the US showing states and the partners that are part of the BBCetc Catalyst Network

The Oklahoma Catalyst Programs, part of the Tom Love Innovation Hub, is partnering with the Nebraska Business Development Center to promote entrepreneurship in Nebraska and assist innovators in applying for and obtaining SBIR funding.

photos left to right - top row: Lubomir Litov, XIA "Summer" Liu | bottom row: Bill Megginson and Ramora Sitorus

Lubo Litov, Finance Ph.D. candidate Xia “Summer” Liu, Bill Megginson, and Finance Ph.D. alumnus Romora Sitorus co-authored a Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog post about their recent paper, Venture Capitalist Directors and Managerial Incentives

Mark Bolino

Psychology Today published a new blog post by Mark Bolino about how to combat the “Great Resignation” and improve the workplace in 2022.

Tom Lumpkin

Tom Lumpkin received the Social Entrepreneurship SIG Award for Excellence for Programs or Events for his Social Entrepreneurship Doctoral Seminar. The USASBE Social Entrepreneurship SIG Awards honor scholars, educators, practitioners, and programs for their outstanding contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship.

Logo - The University of Oklahoma|  Price College of Business

Numerous Price College faculty members were included in’s 2022 ranking of the Top 1,000 Scientists in the fields of Business and Management and Economics and Finance, including Mark Bolino, Mike Buckley, Jayanth Jayaram, Tom Lumpkin, Bill Megginson, and Wayne Thomas, plus emeritus professors Lowell Busenitz and Robert Zmud, and distinguished visiting professor Paul Cousins.

March 14-18

Spring Break


April 7-8

Financing Hydrocarbon Projects


April 22

JCPLP Alumni Career Conference

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