At Commencement this year, we celebrated Dr. David Letcher (l) who is retiring after 47 years teaching at TCNJ. He started as an Assistant Professor of Physics at Trenton State College in 1968; served as the College-wide Coordinator for Academic Computing; and joined the School of Business in 1987.
Each year, members of Beta Gamma Sigma survey the senior class and present faculty awards at the School of Business Commencement Program on their behalf. View photos of this year’s award recipients here.
The 2015 Faculty Awards were presented to:
- Professor Pamela Kravitz: The Award for Teaching Style that Created the Most Engaging Learning Environment
- Professor John McCarty: The Award for Advising and Mentorship, Affecting Personal Growth & Academic Development
- Professor Alfred Pelham: The Award for Passion for Business ~ Most Inspirational
In April, Professors Nancy Lasher (l) and Susanna Monseau (r) coordinated and chaired the annual conference of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business, held at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village. NEALSB is a division of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (International), an association of teachers and scholars in the fields of business law, legal environment, and law-related courses outside of professional law schools founded in 1924. Lasher and Monseau are NEALSB co-Presidents Elect. Read more here.
Kevin Michels, Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Interdisciplinary Business, is the founding director of the School of Business Center for Innovation and Ethics, devoted to the idea that innovation and ethics together should shape our future. The Center’s inaugural event is Artificial Intelligence: Promise, Ethics and Peril – An Evening of Conversation on March 2, at 7pm in the Mayo Concert Hall. The evening will feature James Barrat, award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of Our Final Invention. After Mr. Barrat’s presentation, Michels will join him on stage to discuss the opportunities, ethics and dangers of AI.
Economics Professor Don Vandegrift will present his recent work on Walmart and Target and their impact on municipal tax rates and economic development, as part of the TCNJ Faculty Senate Colloquium on March 4th at 12pm in ED 212. The analysis also considers the impact of a new Walmart on the home municipality and the nearest adjacent municipality in the year the outlet opens as well as the two subsequent years with comparison to Target as both a control and as a point of comparison. Read more in “Big-Box Breakdown” by Meeri Kim in TCNJ Magazine.
“Keys to Success” – the day-long Business take-over of Eickhoff Atrium – took place during International Education Week, preceding our School of Business “GoGlobal” alumni panel. The international dining experience was orchestrated by a team of business students and Dining Services staff, led by Assistant Dean Tammy Germana, and highlighted 7 of the leading global stock exchanges as well as the 2015 Mayo Business Plan Competition. Read more in The Signal; see more photos here.
Professor Sunita Ahlawat (center) and 17 TCNJ students are spending the fall semester in Heidelberg, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, the home of the German automobile industry, the Black Forest, and Germany’s oldest university. Besides traveling extensively, students are taking courses with Dr. Ahlawat and instructors from the European Study Center and SRH Heidelberg University, that offer a variety of American and European perspectives related to the European business environment.
Professor Ahlawat commented: “It is a wonderful world out there… Study abroad is a great way to experience it!” Read more about the program here.
Al Pelham, Professor of Marketing, participated at the 11/13 Veteran Hiring and Resource Fair, sponsored by VETSweekNJ, hosted by Community Hope, Inc.’s “Hope for Veterans Program, held at Morristown, NJ. He is one of several job coaches from Doylestown, PA Post 175 Veterans of Foreign Wars who help active duty service members and veterans in their career planning. He coached veterans in resume writing, creating a LinkedIn profiles, and preparing for interview questions. Professor Pelham, a former Army officer, has developed expertise in translating military specialty experience into language appropriate for a civilian resume, an “elevator speech,” and a cover letter.
In addition to employers seeking to recruit veterans, human resource specialists affiliated with SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers) were available to coach veterans. Employers value former military for their discipline, organization skills, leadership abilities, and “can do” attitude.
Accounting & Information Systems Professors Bea Chiang and Lynn Braender recently published “Business Ethics in Public Accounting: Ethical Dilemmas faced by Today’s Public Accountants and its Implication to Accounting Education,” in the Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy Volume 15, No. 2 (2014.) This paper focuses on the critical topic of ethics in public accounting, drawing draws on several important concepts related to ethical reasoning contained in existing research on ethics in the public accounting field.
Professor Braender has also co-authored “Evaluating the Impact and Determinants of Student Team Performance: Using LMS and CATME Data” with Michele Naples, Economics Professor, in the Journal of Information Systems Education, Vol. 24(4) Winter 2013.
“Throughout much of the last two decades, Bill Keep toiled in relative obscurity as the country’s leading expert on multilevel marketing (MLM), a popular but controversial brand of marketing in which salespeople make money by selling to the salespeople they recruit, as well as to consumers. But for the last year and a half, the dean of TCNJ’s business school has been playing a starring role in what’s shaping up to be the country’s biggest potential consumer protection case.” Read more in TCNJ Magazine.
Professors Al Pelham and Pam Kravitz recently participated in a job fair at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, sponsored by The US Chamber of Commerce/Hiring our Heroes Program. They met one-on-one with about 50 active duty Army, Air Force, and Navy members looking towards re-entering the job market – coaching them on developing resumes, interview skills, elevator speeches, and LinkedIn networking strategies. Prior to his academic career as a Professor of Marketing, Dr. Pelham was a marketing/sales executive with firms such as Procter & Gamble. He served as an Army Platoon Leader/Task Force Commanding Officer in Vietnam. Dr. Kravitz is Chair of the Department of Management where she specializes in issues related to Human Resources, Compensation and Performance Appraisal. Her son-in-law is a Master at Arms in the US Navy.
For 20 years, Dean Bill Keep has been an authoritative source on multilevel marketing, a sometimes controversial form of business. But since December 2012, when a New York hedge fund executive labeled the multilevel marketer Herbalife “a pyramid scheme” and ignited ongoing news coverage, Dean Keep has emerged as the leading commentator on the story. Read more here.
Dr. Lew Hofmann is retiring after teaching management at TSC/TCNJ for 35 years. He will be missed equally by his colleagues and students. Hofmann was recently honored by the brothers of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity (see photos.)
Susan Hume, Associate Professor of Finance, had the unique opportunity to join academics and top international stock market industry leaders at the Warsaw Stock Exchange this June. This GEMS Conference was hosted by Baruch College, CUNY, The Warsaw Stock Exchange and Deutsche Borse. While on the floor of the Stock Exchange Prof. Hume participated in academic discussion papers on the microstructure of different types of equities markets. She engaged in three days of real-time simulation models to better understand the differences that exist between public and private trading and call auction dynamics.
Professor Louis Tucci (marketing) has joined the select Editorial Board of Statistical Associates, whose mission includes promoting graduate-level statistical literacy worldwide through their program of free and low-cost distribution of digital statistics texts. Dr. Tucci has a Ph.D. from Temple University with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Statistics. He has published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Business Journal, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Food Products Marketing, Management International Review, The International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management and the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. His areas of research interest include services marketing, food products marketing, personal selling and marketing research.