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Graduation 2016

Graduation took place on June 12th, with 350 Albers undergraduate and 255 Albers graduate students receiving diplomas at their respective ceremonies in Key Arena. Kristen Stoffel received the Paul A. Volpe Award for the highest academic performance among business undergraduate students and Zach Gose received the Jerry A. Viscione Award for the highest academic performance among business graduate students. Economics major Eric Kennedy was the student speaker in the undergraduate ceremony.

Sarah Receives BAP Faculty Advisor Award

Sarah Bee has been named the 2016 Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Advisor. She will receive the award at the BAP annual meeting in Baltimore, MD in August. Previous winners of the BAP faculty advisor award include Dave Tinius.

Best Paper Award

Bonnie Buchanan, Cathy Cao, and Susan Weihrich had their paper, "Uncertainty and Firm Dividend Policy - A Natural Experiment," co-authored with Eva Liljeblom (Hanken School of Economics), received the Best Quantitative Paper Award at the Behavioral Finance Working Group Conference hosted by the University of London.

Henry Garcia Departs

After serving as an administrative assistant for three and half years, first in the CLF and then in the Departments of Management and Marketing, Henry Garcia is graduating with his PMBA degree and heading out for an "adventure of self-discovery," as he describes it, starting with a trip to Spain. Prior to joining our staff, Henry worked for several years in industry after earning his undergraduate degree from Albers.

Paige Koury Joins Albers

Our new administrative assistant in the Departments of Management and Marketing, is Paige Khoury, who is joining us from New York City. Paige has a background in dance, having earned a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She will also be starting the MFA in Arts Leadership program at Seattle University in the fall. Please welcome Paige when she joins us on June 29th.

Tax Prep Program Returns Nearly $1 million to Underserved Households

Students, faculty, and alumni in our Low Income Tax Preparation Program (formerly known as VITA) served 751 clients in 2016, facilitating tax refunds of $738,216 and Earned Income Tax Credits of $238,776, returning nearly $1 million to underserved families. This was the 43rd year of service for the program, organized by our Department of Accounting!

APC Hosts Employers

On June 15th the Albers Placement Center hosted an Employer Breakfast on the SU campus. Fifteen employers were represented and received an update on the work of the APC while also providing their feedback on best practices in college recruiting.

SU Faculty-Staff Appreciation

On May 27th, the university recognized 22 Albers faculty and staff for their years of service at SU. This included:

  • 25 Years – Sharon Lobel, Greg Magnan, and Dean Peterson
  • 20 Years – Vidya Awasthi and Teresa Ling
  • 15 Years – Madhu Rao, Liz Wick, Joe Phillips, and Jot Yau
  • 10 Years – Sommer Harrison, Jay Lambe, John McLean, David Reid, and Megan Spaulding
  • Five Years – Cathy Cao, Nathan Colaner, Katie Fitzpatrick, Matt Isaac, Marinilka Kimbro, Claus Portner, Nattasha Reese, and Erin Vernon

Congratulations and thank you to all these colleagues for their outstanding 245 years of collective service to SU and Albers.

2016 Campus-wide Award Recipients

Three Albers students are the recipients of campus-wide distinctions or awards. They are:

  • Undergraduate Commencement Speaker -- Eric Kennedy (Business Administration and Environmental Science)
  • Distinguished Graduating Student -- Jordan Murakami (Accounting)
  • The Mission Award for Diversity -- Keziah Abigail (International Business)

Congratulations to these students!

2016-2017 Naef Scholars

Eight Albers students have been selected as Naef Scholars for 2016-17. The recipients are among the university's finest students, and the scholarship they receive is made possible by an endowment gift from the estate of Sue M. Naef. The students are:

  • Koji Clark -- Senior/Honors, Psychology/ Economics
  • Alexander de Janasz -- Senior/ASBE, Marketing
  • Ashley Do -- Junior/ASBE, Finance and Accounting
  • Robert Duggan -- Junior/ASBE, Finance and Marketing
  • Layla Fidel -- Senior/ASBE, Marketing
  • Brendan Kehoe -- Senior/Honors, Economics and English
  • Madalyn Lynch -- Senior/ASBE, International Business and Economics
  • Trey Takara -- Senior/ASBE, Accounting

Congratulations to these students!

Sommer Harrison Leaving Albers, not SU

Sommer Harrison will be stepping down from her role as Manager for Graduate Programs Outreach in the Center for Leadership Formation. She has worked at Albers for the last decade, first in the Placement Center and then in the CLF. While no longer on the staff, she will continue to pursue her MDiv degree in STM, so she will still be a part of the SU campus. Nevertheless, we will miss her outstanding work and colleagueship.

Forty-fourth Annual Accounting Awards Banquet

On June 3rd the Department of Accounting hosted its 44th annual Accounting Awards Banquet. Twenty-three scholarships and awards were distributed to accounting students. Dhorea Brown and Teresa Ling received the Chair Award for outstanding service to the department. The department also recognized Dr. Vidya Awasthi, who is retiring at the end of this academic year, including with an award winning video produced by the students.

Suzanne Quoted in Financial Times

Suzanne De Janasz was quoted in an article on mentoring that appeared in the June 5, 2016 edition of the Financial Times. The title of the article was, “Benefits of a virtual mentor when time is short,” written by Emma Jacobs.

Albers Ranked Highly by US News

The 2017 US News and World Report graduate school rankings have been released, and the Albers School is mentioned prominently. Our PMBA program is ranked 59th, making it the top ranked private school program in the Northwest. Our LEMBA program is ranked 12th in the nation, making it tops in the northwest, and our MPAC program is ranked 16th, tied for best in the Northwest.

REI CEO to Speak

Jerry Stritzke, President and CEO of REI, will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on January 19th, 2017. The event will be from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium.

Weyerhaeuser CEO to Participate in Speaker Series

Doyle Simons, President and CEO of Weyerhaeuser, will be speaking in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on February 28th, 2017.  Weyerhaeuser recently announced a merger with Plum Creek and will be moving to Pioneer Square later this year.

Albers Summer Fellowships Announced

Congratulations to the following faculty who have been awarded Albers summer research grants for 2016.

  • Jot Yau -- The Offshore Renminbi (RMB) Bond Markets: A Tale of Two Cities
  • Al Ansari -- Collaborative Design Outsourcing Strategy
  • Tina Zamora -- Comparative Corporate Governance: Towards a Global Theory
  • Dean Diavatopoulos-- The Flow of Information between Stock and Option Markets
  • Matt Isaac -- It's Not Manly Being Green: The Role of Gender Identity Maintenance in Men's Avoidance of Environmentally-Friendly Behavior
  • Cathy Cao -- Product Market Competition and Corporate Fraud

Marinilka Awarded University Summer Fellowship

Marinilka Kimbro has been awarded a 2016 University Summer Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support her work on, "The Market Pricing of Firm Risk through goodwill post SFAS 142: An examination of information channels."

Speaker Series Set for Fall

The schedule for the Albers Executive Speaker Series is set for the fall quarter. Kurt Dammeier, founder of Sugar Mountain, which includes Beecher’s Cheese and seven other food related businesses, will be speaking on October 18th. Elena Donio, President of Concur, will be participating in the series on November 2nd. Concur is a provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and was recently sold to SAP, and Donio is one of the few women leading a large tech company.  Both events will take place in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. 

Business Week Ranks PMBA 44th in the Nation

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks our Professional MBA program 44th in the nation in its 2015 rankings of graduate business programs. This places us second in the Northwest, third among Jesuit schools, and eighth on the West Coast.

Albers Listed in Princeton Review Best 295 Business Schools

Our Professional MBA program is featured in the Princeton Review’s 2016 295 Best Business Schools publication. Each year, the Princeton Review highlights the top MBA programs in the US.

Publications

Bridget Hiedemann’s paper, “Disability and Labor Market Earnings:  Hearing Earnings Gaps in the United States,” co-authored with SU students Tom Glassman (JD/MSF) and Shandra Benito (BA Social Work), has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Jeffrey Smith’s article, “Efficiency and Ethically Responsible Management," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Dean Diavatopoulos’ article, “Does Corporate Governance Matter for Equity Returns?” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting and Finance.

Matt Isaac’s article, “When (Firsthand) Experience Matters Less Than You Expect: The Influence of Advertising on Repurchase Decisions,” co-authored with Morgan Poor (University of San Diego), will be published in the Rutgers Business Review

An article by David Arnesen and Terry Foster, "Planning for the Known, Unknown and Impossible – Responsible Risk Management to Maximize Organizational Performance", has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences.

Joe Barnes will be publishing a book that is a guide for students and business leaders about how to implement a social media ethics policy and meet disclosure requirements, as required by the Federal Trade Commission for all businesses. The book is entitled, Social Media Ethics Made Easy, and it will be published by Business Expert Press.

Jessica Imanaka’s paper, “The Role of the Imagination in Whole Person Education: Creativity, Empowerment, and Transformation,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Jesuit Business Education.

Greg Magnan’s article, "Relational Architecture and Relational Capability: Organizational Levers to Support Strategic Supplier Relationships," co-authored with Stanley Fawcett (Weber State), Marc Day, and Carola Hillenbrand (both at the Henley School), has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Procurement Management.

Sarah Bee’s article "Assembly FG: An Education Case Study Using QuickBooks as the AIS for a Small Manufacturing Business," co-authored with Sherwood Lambert (West Florida), has been accepted for publication by the AIS Educator Journal.

Lisa Zhao’s paper, "Strategic Planning as a Complex and Enabling Managerial Tool," co-authored with Michael Song (Harbin University, China), Richard Arend (Missouri-Kansas City), Subin Im (Yonsei University, Korea), has been published in the Strategic Management Journal.  

Nadeje Alexandre's article, "Words Matter: The Art of Language in Advising," has been accepted for publication in the tenth edition of MAGIS.  MAGIS is a publication of the SU Student Development Association.

Marinilka Kimbro has had her study, "The Accounting Treatment of Goodwill, Idiosyncratic Risk and Market Pricing," co-authored with Danielle Xu (Gonzaga), accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance.

Meena Rishi has had two papers accepted for publication. The first is, "Determinants of CO2 Emissions for Post-Soviet Independent Countries," co-authored with Jeong Hwan Bae and Dmitriy D. Li (both of Chonnam National University (S. Korea)), which has been accepted for publication in Climate Policy. The second is, "ASEAN plus Six and Successful FTAs:  Can India Propel Intra-Industry Trade Flows?" co-authored with R.U. Das and J.D. Dubey (both from Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS-New Delhi)), accepted for publication in the Journal of Developing Areas.

Teresa Ling and Jot Yau have had an article accepted for publication by the Chinese Economy. The title of the article is, "The Offshore Renmindi Bonds: The Dim Sum and Formosa Bonds," and it is co-authored with Hung-Gay Fung (Missouri - St. Louis) and Glenn Ko (UBS).

Eva Lasprogata and Terry Foster have had their article, "Fostering Integrative and Interdisciplinary Learning: A Business Law Exercise in Social Entrepreneurship, Global Health Innovation, and Cloud Technology," accepted for publication in the Atlantic Law Journal.

Al Ansari’s article, "Outsourcing in the Persian Gulf Petroleum Supply Chain," co-authored with Emil Thies and Batoul Fathi (Zayed University), has been accepted for publication in Strategic Outsourcing: an International Journal.

Marc Cohen has had two articles accepted for publication. The first is, "Alternative Conceptions of Generalized Trust (and the Foundations of the Social Order)," accepted in the Journal of Social Philosophy. The second is, "The Movement from Ethics to Social Relationships, and Why Decency Obscures Obligation, According to One of Levinas’s Talmudic Readings," accepted in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

Bonnie Buchanan has had two articles accepted for publication. The first is, "Securitization in China - Deja Vu?" accepted by the Journal of Structured Finance. The second is, "The Way We Live Now: Financialization and Securitization," accepted by Research in International Business and Finance.

Jennifer Marrone's article, "Preparing Students for Leadership through Experiential Learning," co-authored with PMBA students Lauren Rockholz, Maria Bauermeister, Megan Pahl, Angelina Kalinovich, Barry Wilson, and Jonathan Greer, has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Leadership Education.

James Lee and Jessica Imanaka had their paper, "Managing Virtuality in Enterprise Social Systems," has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of E-Business Research.

Ben Kim’s article, "The Current State of E-Books and Digital Libraries in Japan," co-authored with Hisaki Goto (Kaichi International University, Japan) and PMBA student Kohji Inagaki, has been accepted for publication in Issues in Information Systems.

Ben Kim’s paper, "Data Mining Analysis and Predictions of Real Estate Prices," co-authored with PMBA students Victor Gan and Vaishali Agarwal, has been accepted for publication in Issues in Information Systems.

Sarah Bee’s paper, "Assembly FG: An Education Case Study Using QuickBooks as the AIS for a Small Manufacturing Business," co-authored with Lane Lambert (West Florida), has been accepted for publication in the AIS Educators Journal.

Tina Zamora has had two papers accepted for publication:

"Managers’ Strategic Reporting Judgments in Audit Negotiations" with Helen Brown-Liburd (Rutgers) and Arnie Wright (Northeastern), Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory

"Nonfinancial Information Preferences of Investment Professionals," with Jeff Cohen (Boston College) and Lori Holder-Webb (Western New England), Behavioral Research in Accounting.

Colette Hoption's paper, “The Double-Edged Sword of Helping Behavior in Leader-Follower Dyads,” has been accepted for publication in the Leadership and Organizational Development Journal.

Katie Fitzpatrick's article, “The Impact of Food Deserts on SNAP Participation and Food Insufficiency among the Elderly,” co-authored with Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley (Kent State) and Michele Ver Ploeg (US Department of Agriculture), has been accepted for publication by the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Meena Rishi's article, “Risk Factors for Domestic Violence – An Empirical Analysis for Indian States,” has been accepted for publication by The Journal of Developing Areas.

Matt Isaac's article, "Is Top 10 Better than Top 9? The Role of Expectations in Consumer Response to Imprecise Rank Claims," co-authored with Aaron R. Brough (Utah State) and Kent Grayson (Northwestern), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing Research. JMR is one of the top marketing journals.

Greg Magnan's article, "Why Supply Chain Collaboration Fails: The Socio-Structural View of Resistance to Relational Strategies," co-authored with Stan Fawcett (BYU), Matthew McCarter (UT San Antonio), Amy Fawcett (Weber State), and Scott Webb (BYU), has been accepted for publication in Supply Chain Management: an International Journal.

Chips Chipalkatti and Meena Rishi had their article, "Sustainable Development in India: Balancing Poverty Alleviation, Economic Growth and Reduced Carbon Emissions," accepted for publication in the International Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

 Gareth Green and Stacey Jones, along with John Bean from the Department of English, have had their article, "Teaching Real-World Applications of Business Statistics Using Communication to Scaffold Learning," accepted for publication in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Matt Isaac’s paper, co-authored with Morgan Poor (University of San Diego), "The Sleeper Framing Effect: The Influence of Frame Valence on Immediate and Retrospective Judgments," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Suzanne De Janasz chapter that will appear in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Family, "Communicating Work–Family Research beyond Academia for Thought Leadership and Impact," co-authored with Monique Valcour (EDHEC), has also been published on Oxford Handbooks Online.

Vladimir Bejan’s paper, "Examining the Effect of Repressive and Conciliatory Government Actions on Terrorism Activity in Israel," co-authored with William Parkin (Department of Criminal Justice at SU), has been accepted for publication in Economic Letters.

A paper by Quan Le and Peter Raven entitled, "An Assessment of Experiential Learning of Global Poverty Issues through International Service Projects," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Teaching in International Business.

Bonnie Buchanan’s article, "Securitization: A Financing Vehicle for All Seasons?" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Peter Raven and Quan Le’s paper, "Teaching Business Skills to Women: Impact of Business Training on Women’s Microenterprise Owners in Vietnam," has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.

Carlos Mello-e-Souza’s paper, "Circles of Ethics: The Impact of Psychological Proximity on Moral Reasoning", co-authored with Cristina de-Mello-e-Souza Wildermuth (Drake University), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Eric Wehrly’s paper, “The Market Value and Reputational Effects from Lost Confidential Information,” has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Financial Management.

Colette Hoption’s paper, “It Doesn’t Add Up: Comparing Daily and General Leadership Ratings,” has been accepted for publication in Leadership.

Marinilka Kimbro’s paper, “Shareholders have a Say in Executive Compensation: Evidence from Say-on-Pay in the United States,” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

Jot Yau has had two papers accepted for publication: “Dim Sum Bonds: The Chinese Offshore Renminbi-Denominated Bonds,” (with H.G. Fung of the University of Missouri, St Louis and G. Ko of UBS AG) in the Journal of Investing, and “Sovereign Risk and its Changing Effects on Duration during Financial Crisis,” (with H.W. Lee and Y.A. Xie of the University of Michigan, Dearborn) in Applied Financial Economics.

Brian Kelly’s paper, “The Effects of Asset Forfeiture on Policing: A Panel Approach,” written with SU graduate Maureen Kole, has been accepted for publication in Economic Inquiry.

Suzanne de Janasz article co-authored with Maury Peiperl (IMD), “Lonely at the Top? How some CEOs are using high-powered mentors to increase performance,” has been accepted for publication in the Harvard Business Review.

Claus Portner published a chapter on, “Fertility in Developing Countries,” in The Economics of the Family: How the Household Affects Markets and Economic Growth, edited by Ester Redmount and published by ABC-CLIO.

John McLean and Vinay Datar had their article, “Mastering the Chargemaster: Minimizing Price-gouging and Exposing the Structural Flaws in the Healthcare ‘Market,’” accepted for publication in the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law.

Katya Emm and Ruben Trevino had their paper, “The Changing Risk-Return Characteristics of Value and Growth Investing,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Financial Planning.

Claus Portner's article, “Effects of Parental Absence on Child Labor and School Attendance in the Philippines,” has been accepted for publication in the Review of Economics of the Household.

Gareth Green's article, "Environmental Choices and Hyperbolic Discounting: An Experimental Analysis,” co-authored with Timothy J. Richards (Arizona State), has been accepted for publication in Environmental and Resource Economics.

Brian Kelly, Dean Peterson, and Gareth Green had their article, “Using Integrative Graphic Assignments to Promote Deep Learning of the Market Mechanism,” co-authored with John Bean (Department of English), accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.

Katya Emm's paper, “Intra-Industry Diversification and Firm Efficiency: A Study of the U.S. Insurance Industry,” has been accepted for publication in The International Review of Accounting, Banking and Finance.

Quan Le's paper, “The Impact of an Integrated Microcredit Program on the Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality in Rural Vietnam,” co-authored with Katherine Dineen, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Developing Areas. Dineen graduated from SU with a degree in Public Affairs and now works for AmeriCorps. The study grew out of her work in the International Development Internship Program.

Brian Kelly's article, "Product Heterogeneity and Cost Allocations in Contingent Trade Protection," has been accepted for publication in The World Economy.

Marc Cohen's paper, “Transcendence and Salvation in Levinas’s Time and the Other and Totality and Infinity,” has been accepted for publication in Levinas Studies.

Al Ansari's paper, "The Impact of Technology Transfer from Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Nations: A Case Study in the United Arab Emirates," co-authored with Batoul Modarress and Emil Thies (both at Zayed University), has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Economics and Finance.

Colette Hoption's paper, “Learning and Developing Followership,” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Leadership Education.

Jot Yau has had three articles published recently:

  • Business Ethics Research: Predominant Partners and Dissemination Channels," in Business Ethics: A European Review, with K.C. Chan (Western Kentucky University) and H.G. Fung (University of Missouri, St. Louis).
  • "Political Connections and Firm Overinvestment: Evidence from China," in the International Journal of Accounting and Information Management, with Z. Su (Zhejiang University of Technology), and H.G. Fung.
  • "Recent Policy Changes Toward the Internationalization of the Renminbi: A Review," in The Chinese Economy, with H.G. Fung and J.Y. Wu (National Formosa University).

Vinay Datar's article, "The Value of Mutual Fund Fees: A Model," co-authored with Richard Borgman (U. of Maine), has been accepted for publication in Financial Decisions.

Peter Raven's and Quan Le's paper, "Woman Entrepreneurship in Rural Vietnam: Success and Motivation Factors," has been accepted for publication in The Journal of Developing Areas.

Jot Yau's book, Dim Sum Bonds: The Offshore Renminbi (RMB)-Denominated Bonds, co-authored with Hung-Gay Fung (University of Missouri, St Louis) and Glenn Ko (UBS), has just been published by Wiley.

Eunice Rhee's paper, "Framing Controversial Actions: Regulatory Focus, Source Credibility, and Stock Market Reaction to Poison Pill Adoption," co-authored with Peer Fiss (USC), has been accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Journal.

Bonnie Buchanan and Peter Brous had their paper, "Valuing "Raise Your Rate" Certificates of Deposit," co-authored with Albers alum Tony Orcutt, has been accepted for publication in Managerial Finance.

Carl Obermiller and April Atwood had their paper, "Measuring Sustainability Literacy: Scale Development," has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Jesuit Business Education.

Matt Isaac's paper, co-authored with Aaron Brough (Utah State), "Judging a Part by the Size of its Whole: The Category Size Bias in Probability Judgments," was accepted for publication by the Journal of Consumer Research.

Jot Yau has had three articles accepted for publication: 

  • "A Leader of the World Commodity Futures Markets in the Making? The Case of China's Commodity Futures," with H.-G. Fung and Y. Tse (University of Missouri, St. Louis), and L. Zhao (Elon University), accepted for publication in the International Review of Financial Analysis.
  • "Offshore Renminbi-Denominated Bonds: Dim Sum Bonds," with H.-G. Fung (University of Missouri, St. Louis) and D. Tzau (Rainier Investment Management and Albers MSF alum), accepted by The Chinese Economy.
  • "The Dim Sum Bond Market and its Role in the Internationalization of the Renminbi," with H.-G. Fung (University of Missouri, St. Louis), accepted for publication in the European Financial Review.

Sarah Bee' case, "Using Peachtree Software to Increase Your Knowledge of the Revenue and Expenditure Cycles," co-authored with David Hayes (James Madison University), has been accepted for publication in Compendium of Classroom Cases, published by the American Accounting Association.

Peter Raven's article, "Microenterprises in Malaysia: A Preliminary Study of Factors for Management Success," co-authored with Mark Munoz (Millikin University), Dianne Welsh (UNC-Greensboro), and Sow Hup Chan (University of Macau), has been accepted for publication by the International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal.

David Arnesen and Bill Weis had their article, "Did the US Supreme Court Decision in Koontz Threaten Rational Regulation or Provide Greater Stability for Real Estate Development?" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Law, Business, and Ethics.

Brian Kelly's article, "Market Economies and Concurrent Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Remedies," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of International Economic Law.