Sunita Ahlawat, Chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems, was selected as the TCNJ Inter-Greek Council Faculty of the month in September 2013 – for her dedication to the TCNJ campus community and her love of teaching. At TCNJ, the Greek community comprises nearly 20% of the student population, with close to 1300 members.
Finance Professor Andy Carver is spending the year in Heidelberg, Germany teaching TCNJ and international students through a partnership with the European Study Center and SRH Heidelberg University. The program combines class instruction with travel opportunities related to the European business environment. Read more about this and other travel abroad opportunities on the website for the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement. During the fall semester Carver and several TCNJ students re-connected with classmates via SKYPE as part of the Dean’s 3rd Wednesday panel on Global Business Practices.
While accounting courses are known for being very structured, Associate Professor Bea Chiang has found a way to integrate community service into her coursework. This fall her Cost Accounting class is pairing up with Isles Youth Institute (IYI) and TCNJ’s Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement to develop 5 actual local microbusinesses to be run by IYI students. The businesses include: a wash and fold laundry service; beds and sheds; a t-shirt business; a small motor and bike repair shop; and a school store. Through this partnership, our students learn and practice concepts from class, analyzing actual data provided by the microbusinesses, while IYI students take full ownership of their enterprises. See photos here.
“Making change happen: The impact of work context on adaptive and proactive behavior” by Brenda Ghitelescu was published in the June 2013 issue of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. This research provides insights into how workplace leaders of change efforts can create a work context that encourages employees to actively participate in the change process. Dr. Ghitelescu is an Assistant Professor of Management, Marketing and Interdisciplinary Business.
Professor Subarna Samanta (Economics Chair) was appointed vice-president of the Board of Directors for Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for Economics. With 678 chapters world-wide, ODE is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies created in 1963 through the merger of two honor societies, Omicron Delta Gamma (founded in 1915) and Omicron Chi Epsilon (founded in 1955.) Read more about Omicron Delta Epsilon here.
Subarna Samanta, Professor & Chair of Economics and Joao Neves, Professor of Management, are co-editors of the International Journal for Quality & Productivity Management. “IJPQM is a forum to help professionals, academics, researchers and practitioners, working in the field of productivity and quality functions and improvements in the emerging economy and society, to discuss the important ideas, concepts and disseminate information and to learn from each other’s work.” Read more here.
Marketing professor Louis Tucci’s recent publications include “Developing marketing strategies to increase vegetable consumption” (co-authored with Jean C. Darian) in the Journal of Consumer Marketing and “Self-reported nutritional knowledge and the acceptance of health-related food benefit claims” (co-authored with Stephen L. Baglione and John L. Stanton) in the British Food Journal.
Each year in May, the Department of Accounting and Information Services and the Career Center host a Round Table Meeting, which brings together faculty, Career Services personnel and firm representatives to discuss recruiting issues, job placement, and current developments in the profession. Department Chair Sunita Ahlawat said this year’s program “was a great opportunity to highlight our students’ accomplishments, and to consult and thank our external partners. After all, an internship is increasingly becoming a ticket to a job. We are advocates for our students to the business community.”
This June, Carla Fallone (Adjunct Professor of management) and Lorraine Allen (SBDC Regional Director ) traveled to Boquete, Panama, with the Global Volunteer Network, recommended and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During their tenure, they consulted on the design of the Worldwide Entrepreneurship Development Program and the International Volunteer Placement Program. The program is designed to work with women to promote empowerment, entrepreneurship and small business development and to develop the skills for sustainable business activities. In addition, Fallone & Allen facilitatied the Administration, Online Communities, Marketing, Distribution channels, and Fair Trade Certification and volunteered with The GEM Project, a multinational jewelry-making initiative for mothers with children with disabilities and young pregnant teens. In addition to training entrepreneurial skills, The GEM Project is designed to inspire empowerment, positive thinking, global giving and creative power. Its objective is to train women to start their own business, thereby encouraging self-reliance for themselves and their children.
Dr. Susan Hume presented this past June 2013, at the 20th Annual Multinational Finance Society, held in Izmir Turkey. Her paper entitled “Solvency Predictions in Banks in Selecting European Countries: What Factors are Important During The Financial Crisis?” was co-authored with students from the class of 2012: Richard Guardino, Michael Recchia and Alexis Servedio.
Known for his expertise on multi-level marketing strategies, Dean Bill Keep’s letter to the FTC calling for clarification of their stand on “the direct selling industry, where pyramid schemes posing as legitimate multilevel marketing firms (MLMs) regularly victimize our citizens” was published in the June 25th edition of the New York Post. Read the full article and letter here. Dean Keep is often consulted for his expertise in this area — read more here.
Professor Susanna Monseau’s article “Fostering Web 2.0 Innovation: The Role of the Judicial Interpretation of the DMCA Safe Harbor, Secondary Liability and Fair Use” was published in the Fall 2012 issue of The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. Her research assistant for this paper Nicholas Falcone ’12, is now enrolled at Boston University Law School where he is pursuing his J.D. and Masters in Public Health.
This past summer Professor Pelham took 8 students to France and Germany for the International Business 250 course. The purpose of the course was to develop an understanding of how culture and politics impact business decision making for companies in the European Union and companies doing business globally. In France the students went on tours of Paris, Vichy, and Strasbourg. In Germany they toured Heidelberg and Frankfurt.
In Vichy, lecturers were provided by our host, Pole University/Clermont-Ferrand University. They lead discussion about doing business in France. Professor Pelham also lectured on the subjects of international finance, company/country competitiveness; international marketing, and European Union history. In Frankfurt, students heard a lecture from a European Central Bank representative about the role of the bank in Europe’s financial stability.
Among the companies visited were Exxon-Mobil, Michelin, Steelcase, John Deere, and Huber refrigeration. Company representatives discussed the nature of business decision making and management across country cultures. Students had the opportunity to visit various wineries and learn about wine production and marketing and were were required to prepare daily journal entries and write a final paper.