High-Impact Community Engagement
2bLeaders In Networking Event
The college’s program had a networking event, NetworkIt, to develop top students’ leadership talents that hones student networking skills while building relationships with UCO alumni and OKC professionals. Students participated in resume critiques, mock interviews and speed networking. Students polished their professional skills while gaining interview tips from experienced professionals.
College of Business Hosting Rose State College
The College of Business hosted a successful recruitment visit with prospective students, faculty and staff from Rose State College. Faculty showcased each business major and ensured students had resources and familiarity with the College of Business. Students were able to get to know UCO’s campus, culture and business programs.
ISOM Speaker Series
The College of Business ISOM Speaker Series kicked off March 13 with Ashean Talasac, Senior Data Scientist for Chesapeake Energy. Talasac spoke over management issues in implementing business analytic programs such as changing business processes, employee behavior and organizational culture.
Elvena Fong, Health Data Analytics Program Manager for Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation. Fond spoke over the management of people including senior managers, business analysts, end users and information technology employees.
Randy Collica, Principal Solutions Architect for SAS spoke over ethics in analytics, edge computing and SAS Viya.
MBA Open House
The College of Business hosted an MBA Open House at UCO Downtown April 16. Guests had the opportunity to hear from faculty, current students and college leadership about the program format, curriculum and experiences offered, both in and out of the classroom. Guests also networked with local industry leaders and stakeholders in the program and explored the UCO Downtown facility.
MBA Leadership Speaker Series
Michael Rohleder, CEO of Thunderbird Resources Equity, Inc, was recently the keynote speaker at the MBA Leadership Speaker series. Rohleder has over 30 years of experience in corporate leadership and business development in the energy and technology industries. He spoke over organizational cultures, strategies and politics.
Dr. Travis Roach
Roach was interviewed by a Canadian newspaper that discusses two research papers he published last year: https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/01/30/LNG-Quakes-Housing-Oklahoma/
Dr. Zhen Zhu
Dr. Zhen Zhu has been an expert on the issues of return on equity (ROE) on behalf of California Department of Water Resources in several transmission rate cases at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) involving three largest IOUs in California – Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Distinguished Alumni Award
Mike Collison, vice president and chief financial officer of the Oklahoma Publishing Company, a multi-industry holding company that owns Oklahoma media landmark outlets, The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, was named as one of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. Collison graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.
College of Business Hosts Japan College of Foreign Languages
The College of Business hosted Principal Iizuka and Takeshi from Japan College of Foreign Languages on May 1. The college has an established relationship with JCFL. Iizuka and Takeshi were impressed with the college’s AACSB accreditation and plan to continue to send prospective students to UCO.
College of Business Honors & Awards Banquet
The College of Business recently awarded scholarships to students during the UCO College of Business Honors and Awards Banquet. The college awarded more than $125,000 in scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year at the annual banquet, which gives recognition to Central’s business students for academic achievement and outstanding service throughout their time at the university. To view scholarship recipients, visit here.
Congratulations to the Department of Accounting
The Accounting Department is the first department in the college to reach 100% participation in donations to the faculty/staff campaign!
Congratulations to New Faculty Hires
Riley Shaull, M.S. – Accounting Assistant Professor
Riley Shaull worked for the state of Oklahoma for 25 years upon his retirement from the state. Throughout his 25 years of government accounting, he developed and grew the Agency Business Services (ABS) division with Office of State Finance, now known as Office of Management Enterprise Services. During this time he grew the ABS division from one shared services agency to 35 agencies. The last four years of his government service were spent as CFO of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission where he was responsible for the full range of financial services including accounts payable, purchasing, budget preparation, cash management and year end reporting of the agency. He has also been teaching financial accounting and advanced income tax courses for UCO. Shaull has a master’s in accounting from Oklahoma City University. Shaull is an alumni from UCO, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in management.
Dr. Evan Shough – Accounting Associate Professor
Dr. Evan Shough is currently an associate professor at Oklahoma City University. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Accounting and Director of the MSA program at OCU. While at OCU, he has been an advisor for their MSA and undergraduate accounting students. He worked on two major curriculum revisions in the MSA and MBA programs, updating both programs to streamline course content while improving the quality of the programs to the students. He has taught financial, managerial and accounting information systems at the undergraduate and graduate level. His primary research interest is accounting education.
Mohammed Anas Irfan – Operations and Supply Chain Management Assistant Professor
Mohammed Anas Irfan is currently an instructor at Georgia Southern University where he has been teaching undergraduate courses covering correlation, regression, time series and forecasting, and linear programming models for business problems. Anas Irfan is working towards his doctorate in logistics and supply chain management from Georgia Southern University and will graduate this summer. He earned a Master of Science in logistics and supply chain management from Cranfield University in 2014. In 2012, he received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include operational persistence, volatility, disruptions, risk and uncertainty in business operations. He has earned certificates in “Teaching and Learning Essentials in Higher Education” and “Developing and Teaching Online Courses” from Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Najmi Hossein – Operations and Supply Chain Management Assistant Professor
Dr. Hossein Najmi is currently an instructor at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He earned his doctorate in management science and a Master of Finance from the University of North Texas. Najmi began his career as an English teacher in Iran. After four years he moved to Multi Media University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and earned his Master of Business Administration in finance In 2008. Since then, he worked at the International Department of the Chamber of Commerce and later transitioned to a bank to become a credit analyst until 2013. His research interests include supply chain management, finance and data analytics.
Jason Eliot, J.D. – Human Resource Management Assistant Professor
Dr. Jason Eliot has been a visiting assistant professor in the management department for UCO this academic year. Prior to working at Central, he was apart of the INTEGRIS Health team since 2000, where he was a chief experience and talent officer, a system vice president of human resources and community wellness, a system administrative director of human resources and a legal counsel. He holds a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a bachelor’s in economics and political science from Westminster College. His research interests include HR’s role in leading change, developing leaders and resilience in the workplace.
Dr. Abbie Lambert – Human Resource Management Assistant Professor
Dr. Abbie Lambert has been employed by UCO since 2012, where she has been an adjunct professor and is currently an EDU-Innovator. She has over 12 years of management related experience working in the service industry. Throughout her career, she has provided human resources to professional corporate employees, restaurant franchisees, restaurant operators and team members. Lambert holds a doctorate in human resource development from the University of Texas, a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University and a bachelor’s in human resource management from UCO. Her research interests include employee engagement and employee burnout, particularly in the quick service restaurant industry.
Dr. Shekhar Rathor – Management Information Systems Assistant Professor
Dr. Shekhar Rathor taught as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Analytics at the University of Central Missouri before joining UCO. Rathor earned his doctorate in business administration (information systems) from Florida International University. He received his masters in e-business and ICT for management from Politecnico di Torino in Italy and a master of computer applications from Panjab University Chandigarh in India. His research interests include agile software development, IT project management, IT outsourcing, healthcare informatics and information security.
Dr. Saheli Nath – Management Assistant Professor
Dr. Saheli Nath is currently a graduate assistant at Northwestern University where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and earned her doctorate in management and organizations and sociology (joint affiliation in the Kellogg School of Management and the Department of Sociology). She received her Master of Philosophy in development studies from the University of Cambridge, and graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s in finance and economics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Broadly, her research interests include social issues in management, business strategy, organizational theory, social networks, and business and public policy.
Dr. Wenkai Zhou – Marketing Assistant Professor
Dr. Wenkai Zhou is an assistant professor in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has taught courses in consumer behavior and marketing. Zhou earned his doctorate in business administration (marketing) in 2017 from New Mexico State University. He received his Master of Business Administration in management and marketing from the University of California, Riverside in 2013. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (marketing) from Eastern Washington University in 2010. His current research broadly lies in the area of international marketing concerning emerging markets. His other research interests include consumer decision making, survey methodology, and marketing ethics. He currently serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Global Marketing and Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research. He is presently co-editing a special issue of International Marketing Review.