College of Business Spring 2019 Newsletter

UCO College of Business

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Table of Content

High-Impact Research

High-Impact Student Activities

High-Impact Community Engagement

Dean's Message

High-Impact Research

Dr. Ho-Chang Chae

Chae, H.-C, Koh., Park, K.O. (2018). IT Capability and Firm Performance: Role of Industry. Information and Management, 55(5), 525-546. (A+ journal on the ABDC list)

Dr. Zane Swanson

Dr. Zane Swanson is a top 10% author on SSRN of all-time downloads. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/results.cfm

Marty Ludlum, J.D.

Editor in Chief of the Southern Journal of Business and Ethics, a law journal listed in Washington & Lee’s Law Journal rankings.

Dr. Victoria McKee

Mckee, V. (2019) Employee Perceptions of Climate as an Antecedent of Time Banditry in the Workplace. International Journal of Selection and Assessment. (A journal on the ABDC list)

Dr. Zhen Zhu

Zhu, Z. (2019) Energy and Agricultural Commodity Markets Interaction: An Analysis of Curde Oil, Natural Gas, Corn, Soybean, and Ethanol Prices. The Energy Journal. (A journal on the ABDC list)

High-Impact Student Activities

Fall 2018 Class Marshal, Hannah Mette

Hannah was named the Fall 2018 Class Marshal for achieving the highest academic excellence in the College of Business. Hannah is a human resource management major with a 4.0 GPA from Spring Creek, Nevada. Following graduation, she plans on continuing her professional career in training and development in Oklahoma City. “There are periods in your life that you reflect on as truly transformational. I know that, for the rest of my life, I will view my time at UCO as one of these periods,” she said.

Spring 2019 Class Marshal, Cody Ray Troutman

Cody was named the Spring 2019 Class Marshal for achieving the highest grade point average and number of hours earned in the College of Business. A professional selling major and a graduate form Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, Troutman represented the college with a 4.0 GPA at the spring commencement ceremony.

Troutman is a member of the UCO Men’s Golf team and the UCO Sales team. He received the Broncho Achievement Scholarship and the 2016 Elite 90 Award and was named a McDonald’s Community Champion. He also became the first team all-conference golfer and placed first in speed spelling as part of the International Collegiate Sales Competition. Troutman’s post-graduation plans include continuing to grow his company, Troutman Jacobs Capital, and pursuing a career in professional golf on the PGA tour.

Students Excel at National Sales Competitions

The professional sales team received national recognition at professional sales competitions throughout the fall 2018 semester.

One team, coached by Dr. Aguirre-Y-Luker, Ph.D., placed 16th at the International Collegiate Sales Competition in Orlando, Florida. Student Cody Troutman took home first place out of 77 teams in the individual speed selling portion of the competition.

Another team placed 9th overall at the RBI National Sales Challenge in New Jersey. Student Ashlyn Priest took home second place in the individual speed selling competition. The RBI National Sales Challenge is a Premier Collegiate Sales Competition consisting of international and national sales students. Corporate sponsors look to recruit and hire sales talent from across the country during this event.

The collegiate sales competitions are hosted and judged by company sponsors looking to recruit and hire sales talent from across the country.

Business Students Take First in National Sales Competition

Chris Young, a senior marketing and professional sales major from Edmond, Oklahoma, recently placed first in the professional selling role play competition at the annual American Marketing Association (AMA) International Collegiate Conference, a variety of sales and marketing competitions in New Orleans.

“I was fortunate enough to travel and represent UCO’s American Marketing Association chapter at the biggest collegiate marketing conference of the year,” said Young.

The AMA Sales Competition is an opportunity for students to test their ability to close a sale against other marketing students. Over 1,600 students from across the country competed at AMA.

Love Cup Competition Teams

The College of Business undergraduate business plan competition team recently made it to the semi-finals. The graduate team was one of six finalists, qualifying them to compete at Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup, a statewide collegiate business plan competition that simulates the real-world process of researching marketing, writing a business plan and making a presentation to potential investors.

CFA Student Competition

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis and professional ethics. Each student will be tested on their analytical, valuation, report writing, and presentation skills. They gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst. The Bloomberg terminal is a device that allows financial professionals to monitor real-time market values of companies.

This year the UCO participants of the CFA Research Challenge were Luis Robles, Joe Down, Devon Smith, and Roshan Tiwari. The Team faculty mentor was finance professor Dr. Barry Ellis. “Dr. Ellis has provided a fantastic experience by guiding the team. The Bloomberg Terminal is an exceptional education tool in finance,” said Robles.

Economic Club of Oklahoma Scholarship

Congratulations to Garrett Gunn, the 2019 recipient of the Economic Club of Oklahoma Scholarship.

Pictured: Dean Lam, Garrett Gunn, Finance Chairperson Dr. Steve Black, at the award ceremony on March 25, 2019 at the Petroleum Club.

College of Business Students Meet with the Oklahoma City Mayor

Dr. Travis Roach’s Economics of Social Issues class recently traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with the Mayor of Oklahoma City, David Holt. They had an inspirational, practical and thoughtful conversation while visiting with the mayor.

Oklahoma Research Day

Dr. Travis Roach and Dr. Neil Metz’s students participated in Oklahoma Research Day, a consortium event coordinated by Oklahoma’s Regional Universities to celebrate student and faculty research and scholarly activities. Contributors from local, national and international academic and research institutions participate in the event with oral and poster presentations. It gives students and faculty an opportunity to interact with their respective counterparts in their disciplines.

Bronchos Abroad

Professors Dr. Geoff Willis and Dr. Mariya Burdina led a group of 15 intrepid MBA students on a study tour of Cuba during Spring Break, visiting businesses and learning about the glories of socialism. Pictured here in Revolution Square, the site of hundreds of speeches by Fidel Castro, the group admires the monumental portraits of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos and the José Martí Memorial.

They are pictured here lunching at a farm to table operation in the Pinar del Río Province on the east side of the island, between business tours of two of Cuba’s most lucrative exports.

Dr. Victoria McKee led a Study Abroad Culture and Commerce Tour in Paris over Spring Break. This 10-day opportunity allows students to study the culture and commerce of France and its capital city, Paris. Students had the opportunity to visit iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral.

PGA Golf Management Student Selected for the 2019 PGA Global Internship Program

Congratulations to Kaylee Neff of Yukon, Oklahoma, a student in the PGA Golf Management program, who was selected as one of 11 PGA member students from over 1,700 students across the United States for the prestigious PGA Global Internship Program. Kaylee will intern at the Pacific Harbour course in Australia.

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.

Dean's Message

Welcome to the UCO College of Business. I am honored to serve as the Business Dean of this inspirational College and accomplished University. Our AACSB accreditation validates the College’s achievements and dedication to all stakeholders. UCO emphasizes on transformative learning for students in leadership, discipline knowledge, scholarly activities, health and wellness, global and cultural competencies, and service learning and civic engagement. Upon this transformative learning infrastructure, we are laboring with love for our college mission of preparing students to become productive, ethical, engaged citizens and business leaders while promoting commerce and advancing the quality of life in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

We provide extensive teaching and research resources to our students and faculty including 12 Bloomberg terminals, financial lab, professional sales lab, SAP software and Wharton Research Data Service. Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and outstanding scholars. Many of them supervise students in research projects and conference presentations. Our staff is caring and competent. Our Student Success Center advises students in every step of their progressing to graduation and prepares them for internships and future careers.

The Carnegie Center and the Santa Fe Center in Downtown Oklahoma City represent our mottos Connect to Central and Connect to the Future of Business. Our MBA and M.S. in Business Analytics in Downtown OKC are the heartbeats of modern business and future adventure. We are developing exciting and relevant degree programs for prospective students to pursue their life goals. The satisfaction of our students, faculty, alumni, staff, administrators, employers and community supporters is our priority goal. We look forward to collaborating with you to create an eternal value and success for you!

Monica Lam, Ph.D., M.Div., AAT

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