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{short description of image} LEMG Students Receive AAPL Scholarships

Morgan Rich and Ryan Ulam, students majoring in Land & Energy Management, have been chosen as two of the three winners of the 2016 Michael Late Benedum Chapter (American Association of Professional Landmen) Scholarship Awards. This competitive scholarship is based on a student's academic achievement, involvement in the College's student landman association, and an essay expressing the student's interest in pursuing a career as a landman. The scholarship was open to students from the region's other two AAPL-accredited programs at Penn State University and West Virginia University.

Rich and Ulam (pictured l. and r.) were honored at the June 2 regional AAPL dinner meeting in Morgantown, WV. Dr. Greg Delemeester and Dr. Tina Thomas accompanied them.

{short description of image} Accounting Students Tour Hino Motors

Students in Accounting Information Systems (Acct 320) traveled to Williamstown, West Virginia, on April 19 for a tour of the Hino Motors Manufacturing USA assembly facility. Alumni Marissa Shockey ('08) and Tyler Leubner ('11), both of HMM's human resources department, hosted the visit. Following their experience, students are responsible for evaluating the firm's manufacturing and inventory internal controls and communicating these in memos to Shockey, Leubner, and the facility's assistant accounting manager. Professors Grace Johnson and David Mead accompanied the students on the tour.

Department Recognizes Scholarship Winners

On April 14, 2016, the Department of Business & Economics presented student awards at the Marietta College Spring Honors Convocation and banquet. Faculty and honorees celebrated student academic accomplishments. The Department congratulates the following students receiving scholarships:

Hunter J. Gallagher Jules Bourmorck and Julia Staats Memorial Scholarship
James A. Wharton The Lewis-Riggs Business & Economics Scholarship
Morgan N. Rich Wen-Yu “Frank” Cheng Scholarship
Michael G. Crowe Bob Duggan ‘59 Distinguished Scholarship
Aaron T. Taylor Bert T. Glaze Scholarship
Yilin Hao and Emily Kochevar Edward H. Osborne Scholarship
Paul Bieniek Jack E. Prince Scholarship
Molly J. Dunlap and Levito Wulur William M. Summers Memorial Scholarship
Brett Mattson The Ford Rinard Memorial Scholarship
Patrick M. Schrim Douglas C. Greene Scholarship
Pippa Marmorstein, Gabrielle Simmons, Eileen Walsh, and Jared Woodford

The Bert T. Glaze Small Business Institute Award

Bloomfield Earns Highest Honor on CPA Examination

George Bloomfield (MC '14) was named as a recipient of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award for 2015. The award, given by the American Institute of CPAs to CPA candidates demonstrating extraordinarily high performance on the Uniform CPA Examination, was made to 75 out of nearly 94,000 individuals sitting for the CPA Examination in 2015. Bloomfield notified Professors Grace Johnson and David Mead shortly after he found out.

"I am extremely excited and proud as it was an enormous amount of work," wrote Bloomfield.

Professor Mead congratulated George on a job very well done. "This is truly an exceptional recognition," said Mead. Johnson added, "It's not at all surprising that George would be an Elijah Watt Sells winner. He took advantage of every opportunity the Marietta accounting program, accounting faculty, and B&E Department offers to students and made the most of his years at Marietta. In his master's program at the Fisher School [name of the business school at The Ohio State University], he had the chance to learn and develop at a new and more advanced level of professionalism."

Read the official announcement from the American Institute of CPAs and view brief biographies of all 75 Elijah Watt Sells Award recipients. Congratulations, George!

Chicago Welcomes Johnson, Le, and Smith

Two department faculty - Professor Grace Johnson and Dr. Duong Le - along with Marietta alumnus Dr. Walter Smith ('92), presented their work at the MBAA International conference in Chicago, April 13-15, 2016. Johnson led a teaching panel discussion on integrating sustainability topics into international business courses. She presented her paper, "The Rise and Impact of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board" and chaired a session in the conference's accounting track. Le delivered her research, "Price Volatility in the Natural Gas Market", in the conference's finance track and also served as a paper discussant and track session chair.

Smith, associate professor of accounting at The University of Tampa (Florida), discussed his research project, "College Student Interest in Personal Finance Education" in the accounting track.

MBAA International is the umbrella organization for the 12 disciplinary associations that meet at this annual conference. Johnson serves on the board of directors of the North American Accounting Society (NAAS) and is its webmaster. She also is a member of the MBAA International's Advisory Council. Smith is a new member of the NAAS board of directors.

{short description of image} Dillon & Hinson Win First Annual PioBiz Business Plan Competition

Aaron Dillon and Jon Hinson's business plan to launch Thunder Resources, a consulting service for locating and identifying abandoned or orphaned oil & gas wells, won Marietta College's first PioBiz business plan competition on April 1, 2016. Also competing for the chance to obtain up to $10,000 in business start-up funding was Gabrielle Simmons and her plan to offer Graduate Record Exam tutoring services to Marietta College students.

Established in the 2015-16 academic year, funding for the competition comes from an entrepreneurial-focused grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.

"The PioBiz competition is not like any other competition where the competitors are left alone to figure things out on their own," says PioBiz lead organizer Dr. Jackie Khorassani. "We guide and support our students thorough various workshops, classes, and personal meetings before and after the competition. We don't just hand out a $10,000 check to the winners and wish them good luck. We really want to see our students succeed."

About the winners she notes, "Aaron and Jon seem to be working together really well. They are both goal oriented and determined to succeed. I encourage them to use all of the resources that College will make available to them fully in order to maximize their probability of success."

Department of Business & Economics members wish them much success with their new consultancy. Congratulations!

{short description of image} Marietta Team Sweeps Competition to Take First Place Award in Tau Pi Phi 2016 National Case Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to Caleb Hester, Morgan Spradling and Aaron Tice! Over the weekend of April 1-2, they participated in and won the annual Tau Pi Phi national business case competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team competed against nine other teams from colleges and universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Dr. John Fazio accompanied the group to Pittsburgh. You can read more about their adventure from the College news story here.

Established in the 1950s, Tau Pi Phi is a national business honor society that sponsors a case competition annually. Any current Tau Pi Phi member is eligible to form a team for the 2017 Case Competition. Contact Tau Pi Phi advisor Professor David Mead for more details about membership in the honorary and the case competition.

{short description of image} Career Advice on Tap at March Accounting Meet & Greet

Ryan Whitnable (MC '11) visited the department as the March Accounting Meet & Greet speaker. Whitnable is a forecasting analyst for Dana Corporation's light vehicle division. He spoke with students in the accounting capstone seminar and other accounting students about his work history at Peoples Bank and Dana Corporation, and described the differences between working at a regional bank and a Fortune 500 manufacturing company. In addition, he shared suggestions on job searches and tips for things students should do now to expand their business knowledge and be well rounded.

March's Meet & Greet is the last one of the academic year. This professional networking series for accounting majors starts up again in September 2016.

We Got It! AAPL Accredition for Land & Energy Management Major

The revised 2016-2017 Land & Energy Management major curriculum has gained AAPL accreditation, effective Fall 2016. Marietta College becomes the 12th program in North America—and only liberal arts college-to become accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Dr. Greg Delemeester, coordinator for the major and the person leading the accreditation process, says, "AAPL accreditation signifies an important milestone for Marietta College’s Land & Energy Management program. It’s recognition that our students will be educated and held to high standards in the critical areas of business, law, science, communication, and ethics. AAPL accreditation enables successful graduates to earn 3 'credit years' toward the 5-year work experience necessary to sit for the Registered Professional Landman certification exam. Furthermore, AAPL accreditation allows our students to be eligible for scholarships made available to accredited programs."

Created in 2014, the Land & Energy Management major's curriculum builds on the strength of a rigorous business core, then includes disciplines such as geology, environmental science, communications and writing, and mathematics and computing to create a balanced program designed to meet the field's diverse needs. The capstone experience, an internship, integrates academic studies with needed practical skills and competencies. A student landmen's association provides network opportunities with area professionals.

Congratulations to Dr. Delmeester and Dr. Tina Thomas, whose diligence and commitment to facilitiating the accreditation process is deeply appreciated. Many thanks are extended to department chair Dr. Jackie Khorassani, who provided valuable guidance throughout the process.

Johnson Publishes Teaching Technique in The Accounting Educator

Professor Grace Johnson’s pedagogy article, “EXTRA, EXTRA, Read All About It,” appeared in the current issue of The Accounting Educator. Each quarter, this publication of the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association features a teaching tip article.

Johnson has used newspaper and television station news reports to teach students about internal controls in her Accounting Information Systems course (Acct 320) for a number of years. "What they say is true: fact IS stranger than fiction," notes Johnson. "What better way to open students' eyes to the kinds of risks and weaknesses in business activities than to use actual cases from government, small business, and non-profit organizations?".

This required course in the accounting and public accounting majors introduces students to accounting and business processes concentrates on evaluating and developing effective internal controls for such systems.

New Minor in Entrepreneurship Approved

A new minor in entrepreneurship will be offered in the Department starting in Fall 2016. Funded in part from an Arthur Vining Davis grant received by the College in 2014, the new minor emphasizes the creativity and innovation essential to an entrepreneurial mindset.

Essential business courses form the core of the minor, and are complemented by subjects drawing from communications, econimics, graphic design, and leadership. More details about the minor can be obtained here.

{short description of image} February Accounting Meet & Greet Features Financial Topics

February's Meet & Greet speaker on February 26, 2016, was Ray Costa, financial representative at Northwestern Mutual. Costa spoke to students in Fin 415 - Financial Institutions & Services - and accounting majors about personal finance matters of interest to college students and new college graduates. He also described the internship and career opportunities available at Northwestern Mutual.

{short description of image} {short description of image} Tau Pi Phi and Omicron Delta Epsilon Induct New Members

Nine students were inducted into Tau Pi Phi, the national business honorary, and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honorary for economics, received three new students in their initiation ceremonies held on February 24, 2016. Congratulations to Matthew Bush, Zipeng Dong, and James Wharton, new ODE members. Tau Pi Phi welcomed Andrew Billingsley, Amanda Davis, Brianna Finck, Yilin Hilary Hao, Taryn Hicks, Kaitlin Klinchock, Yizhi Ren, Emily Sabatino, and Aaron Tice into its membership.

Some of the new Tau Pi Phi inductees along with current president Caleb Hester are shown in the top photo. Pictured below are the three new members of ODE, along with current ODE president Eric White and ODE faculty advisor Dr. Tom LaSalvia.

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"Pay-to-Play" Topic Discussed by State Senator Hite

State Senator Cliff Hite visited campus on February 24, 2016, and spoke to students in sports management and leadership classes on the "pay to play" topic in Ohio. Senator Hite, a strong opponent of school systems' high fees for students to play sports, has been active in bringing the topic to the attention of Ohio citizens.

{short description of image} 2016 Milton Friedman Lecture Features Nobel Prize Winner

The 32nd Milton Friedman Lecture, on February 22, featured Dr. Vernon Smith, winner of the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Smith is professor of economics at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law. Smith shared the 2002 Nobel Prize with Daniel Kahneman for the role of laboratory experiments in empirical economic analysis. Dr. Smith's Friedman lecture emphasized the value of lab experiments in a talk, "On Changing False Beliefs: Two Cases from Experimental Economics and their Economic Implications". The following day, Dr. Smith spoke at the February meeting of the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley.

{short description of image} Khorassani Receives Faculty Service Award

Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani received the 2016 Douglas Putnam Faculty Service Award for establishing and managing the PioPitch program. Khorassani was presented with the award at the 2016 Founders Day ceremony on February 18.

Khorassani says, "The PioPitch Program was created in the spring of 2015. Since then, we have had five sessions. Two more are scheduled in 2015-16 academic year (Feb 25 & April 1). In each session, two established or aspiring entrepreneurs give a short presentation 'pitch' on their current projects and receive real time feedback from the audience. Last year, we had a variety of entrepreneurs taking advantage of this opportunity. The program is open and free to the public. PioPitch sessions are video recorded and are available online."

Congratulations, Dr. Khorassani!

{short description of image}B&E Team Reaches Final Four in 2016 Peoples Bank Case Competition

The team of Arash Ghafouri, Nikki Hannaway, and Kate Reid placed fourth of 14 teams - including those from The Ohio State University, Marshall University, The University of Mount Union, and West Virginia University at Parkersburg - at the annual Peoples Bank Case Study Competition on February 6. Dr. John Fazio worked with team members as their faculty advisor. The Department congratulates and thanks all four for their preparation and work in representing Marietta College at the competition.

{short description of image} Accounting Seniors Network at January ERT Luncheon

Members of Professor Grace Johnson's accounting senior capstone seminar were guests at the January 27 lunch meeting of the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley. Catherine Fitts, president of Solari, Inc., gave a talk on the topic "Thinking the Unthinkable".

As part of the senior capstone, the accounting faculty seek to provide students with opportunities to interact with business professionals in formal and informal settings. Pictured (front row, l. to r.) are Morgan Spradling, Caleb Hester, and Professor Johnson. Standing, l. to r., are Ryan Lynn, Eric Arnold, Emily Kochevar, and Yongran Edie Wang.

Three Members of B&E Department Receive Highest College Athletic Honor

What do Andrew Bolton (MC '02), Emerita Professor Debbie Lazorik, and Chris Sidick (MC '05) have in common? They were inducted into the 2016 Marietta College Athletic Hall of Fame on January 23, 2016. The three were recognized at the banquet dinner few in attendance will forget: the day after Winter Storm Jonas left more than a foot of snow in Marietta.

Braving the elements, Bolton, from New York City, and Sidick, of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, made the trek to campus to participate in various Winter Weekend and Hall of Fame events.

Bolton (pictured at top) majored in Management and minored in Asian Studies. Also majoring in Management, Sidick (photo at bottom) earned a minor in Sports Management. Lazorik served as a varsity coach, athletic director, and professor and chair of the Department of Business & Economics in her 36 years at Marietta College.

Hall of Fame nominees are recommended based on their post season honors, years as a Marietta College varsity team captain, record-setting team performances, and overall contributions to society based on community, professional, or religious leadership.

A more detailed news story about the three newest Hall of Fame members can be found here.

Becker Professional Education Visits Marietta College

The first Accounting Meet & Greet of the spring semester took place on January 20, 2016. Amy West from Becker Professional Education visited with accounting students and faculty over lunch to talk about upcoming changes in the Uniform CPA Examination and describe the system of review materials Becker offers for CPA Examination preparation.

January PioPitch Lineup

PioPitch, a venue for local established and aspiring entrepreneurs to present their experiences and ideas and receive real time feedback on how to start, expand, or improve their ideas and businesses, resumes its spring semester program on January 28, 2016, at 3:45pm in Thomas 124. Featured speakers are Laura Pytlik, founder of Marietta Market Place, and Jack Moberg, an owner of a Juice Plus+ Franchise. PioPitch sessions are free and open to the public.

Apply to be a presenter and learn more by contacting PioPitch Director Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani (

EconFantasy League Winners Announced

Students in Dr. Delemeester's Economics of Sports class competed in an EconFantasy League composed of both on-the-field game roster decisions and off-the-field financial decisions. Financial decisions included setting ticket and concession prices as each student-owned franchise attempted to maximize profits while fielding a competitive NFL-based team. Three trophies were awarded: (1) the EconFantasy League Championship was won by Scotty Heslop and Nathan Diehl; (2) the Best Financially Managed EconFantasy Franchise was won by Erin Fair and Ben Barnas; and (3) the consolation Toilet Bowl Trophy was won by Troy Marshall and Junior Reyes.

{short description of image} Investment Project Presentations Chart the Way

Students in Dr. Duong Le's Fin 421 course - Investment Fundamentals - presented their semester investment picks on December 5. Students were grouped into different investment teams, and using the "top-down" investing approach teams analyzed three of 10 investment sectors and chose different companies from each sector that met team investment goals. All teams utilized the "value investing" philosophy throughout their stock selection process.

Pictured (l. to r.) are Jonathan Fitzwater, Daryl DeWindt, Ryan Butler, Mary Bunn, and Ruichen Bai.

November Accounting Meet & Greet Features Cost Accountant

Andrew Ware (MC ‘13) spoke at the November Accounting Meet & Greet on the 20th. Ware serves as cost accountant at Carr Concrete in Waverly, WV.

Ware talked about the advantages and challenges in the world of manufacturing accounting, and differences he has experienced working for both publicly traded and private corporations.

{short description of image} Mngt 225 Students Visit With Brazilian Manager

Alexandre Franco, Marietta College's first exchange student from the Methodist University of Piracicaba (Brazil) in 2003, returned to campus on November 19 to talk with students in Mngt 225 - Business in Global Contexts. His, however, was not an ordinary visit but a Skype conversation. Students in the course were glad to have the opportunity to interact with Alexandre for an hour, discussing topics related to the environment of multinational corporations and Brazilian domestic companies, production outsourcing, human resources, and leadership.

In the years since his Marietta days, Franco worked for global giants Caterpillar and IBM. Presently, he is operations and human resources manager at Ibirapuera Textil in Americana, Sao Paulo State, Brazil.

Professor Grace Johnson, instructor for Mngt 225, uses Skype to connect her students with alumni and others working in distant locations. "Unless someone lives within an hour's drive of Marietta it becomes a challenge to arrange for guest speakers to visit and share their expertise with students," says Johnson. "Video seminars allow my students to reap the benefits of being with the speaker despite our remote location in southeast Ohio."

Pictured, students listen to Franco's introductory remarks.

{short description of image} Accounting Seniors Honored by WV Society of CPAs

Accounting seniors Emily Kochevar, Cameron Smith, and Morgan Spradling were recognized by the Parkersburg Chapter of the West Virginia Society of CPAs at its November dinner meeting. The three seniors were honored for their academic achievements and accounting internship experiences. After the dinner, members of the Society leadership team talked with students about the CPA profession. Professor David Mead accompanied the students to the dinner.

Pictured, Kochevar and Smith share a few laughs with several members of the Parkersburg Chapter of the WVSCPA before dinner.

{short description of image} Fall Internship Poster Session a Success

The lower level of Thomas Hall was filled with students, friends, faculty, and employers as the Department hosted its semiannual internship poster session on November 9, 2015. More than 30 students participated in the poster session to explain work done during summer and fall internships.

The Business & Economics Department's internship program is designed to enrich the educational experience of students by placing them into a business environment. This environment provides practical experience along with an opportunity to observe and apply concepts learned in the classroom. Poster sessions are the means by which interns communicate their experiences and reflections with student peers, faculty, administrators, and interested community members.

Pictured, Dr. Duong Le (Finance) chats with Nathalia Ferreira about her international business internship.

Fazio Earns Terminal Degree

John Fazio, assistant professor of management, recently was awarded his doctor of business administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.

The topic of Fazio's dissertation is The Interaction of Perceived Organizational Support and Emotional Intelligence: Mediated Moderating Effects on Work Outcomes. The purpose of his research was to explore a conditional process through which the perception of organizational support relates to workers’ intention to quit and performance. These relations were expected to be indirectly effected by workers’ levels of job satisfaction and organizational commitment, and buffered by workers’ levels of emotional intelligence, such that the relations would be weaker for employees possessing higher levels of emotional intelligence. Results of the data analysis indicated that job satisfaction and organizational commitment did partially mediate the relation between perceived organizational support and intention to quit, and that emotional intelligence moderated the indirect effect of job satisfaction upon the organizational support and intention to quit relation. According to Fazio, "these findings suggest that the effect of emotional intelligence upon common organization constructs may be incremental and supplemental, and more proximal to the job context".

Congratulations, Dr. Fazio!

{short description of image} Marathon's McAfee Visits Department

Dr. George McAfee, Head of Commercial Development, Marine Transportation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, spoke with business and leadership students on November 5, 2015, about his experiences working for global companies. Students learned about the importance of building relationships and being a clear communicator, regardless of the type of work or nature of business they will find themselves in.

McAfee has worked for Marathon Petroleum since 2007. He was on staff at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company from 1999 to 2007, and Harris Corporation (formerly GE Solid State) from 1988 to 1999. Dr. McAfee holds a Doctorate in International Business from California Intercontinental University, an MBA from University of Findlay, and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Bowling Green State University. He is an officer and director for The Partnership for Excellence (OH, IN, and WV region) of the Malcolm Baldridge National Award for Performance Excellence.

Pictured: McAfee chats with two B&E students after his Q&A.

Bloomberg TV Makes Its Debut on Campus

The Department is excited to announce that Bloomberg Television, the globally focused 24-hour business and financial news channel, is now streaming live in the B&E Reading Room (Thomas 123). In addition to Bloomberg TV, several other business and B&E-related channels are available. Watch for new ones to arrive soon!

{short description of image}Thomas Hall Departments Host 2015 Homecoming Open House

During the 2015 Homecoming weekend, the Departments of Business & Economics, English, History, Philosophy & Religion, Modern Languages, and Political Science held an open house to welcome alumni to campus. Department faculty enjoyed seeing alums and their families, Emeriti professors, and each other during the event.

October Accounting Meet & Greet

October's Accounting Meet & Greet featured Lori Fausel and Austin Power from CPA firm Novogradac & Company. The pair discussed the benefits of working at a smaller national firm with a niche specialty tax and audit practice.

Fausel and Power also joined Career Center director Hilles Hughes and professors David Mead and Grace Johnson for a working lunch to discuss internship and fulltime interviewing opportunities. The firm, with 21 offices in more than 15 states, operates three locations in Ohio.

{short description of image}Hester and Spradling Featured Speakers at September Meet & Greet

Public Accounting seniors Caleb Hester and Morgan Spradling were the guest speakers at the first Accounting Meet & Greet of the 2015-16 academic year. Both took fulltime accounting internships during the Spring 2015 semester: Hester with PwC in Columbus, Ohio, and Spradling with Caterpillar, Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. They shared their stories of searching and interviewing for these internships, and working as fulltime staffers alongside other experienced accounting professionals.

Accounting Meet & Greet events offer venues where Marietta College accounting students can interact with accounting and business professionals in a relaxed, business casual setting. Meet & Greets are scheduled monthly throughout the school year.

PioPitch 2015

The first PioPitch presentation of the academic year takes place on September 17, in Thomas 124, from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Dr. Jane Cases and Brad Keller will describe their business activities and seek feedback from participations about ways to improve their businesses.

PioPitch gives students and Marietta community members an opportunity to engage in conversations with new and established entrepreneurs in an informal, relaxed environment where they can find a source of inspiration and learn about the steps and challenges involved in turning ideas into actions. Apply to be a presenter for a future PioPitch meeting or learn more about the program at PioPitch.

ERT Shares 2015-16 Lineup of Speakers

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley announces its program of speakers for the 2015-16 season. Aside from a chance to hear and meet outstanding speakers, the ERT provides a valuable networking opportunity for members and students within the local business community.

  • Dr. David Grusky, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, "The Death of the American Dream?" (September 15, 2015)
  • Dr. George McAfee, Commercial Development Manager, Marine Division, Marathon Petroleum (November 4, 2015)
  • Catherine Austin Fitts, President, Solari, Inc. (January 27, 2016)
  • Dr. Vernon Smith, Professor of Economics, Chapman University, Nobel Prize in Economics (February 23, 2016)
  • Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report (April 12, 2016)

The Economic Roundtable promotes an interest in and enlightens its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Each year, several outstanding speakers are brought to the Mid-Ohio Valley to speak to the membership and classes at Marietta College on current issues of interest.

{short description of image} Welcome Professor Spencer Izor

The Department of Business & Economics welcomes Professor Spencer K. Izor as visiting assistant professor of Sport Management. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Dayton School Of Law. Upon graduation from law school Professor Izor knew she belonged in athletic department and not a court room. Her time as a Division I softball collegiate athlete, studies and career experience in athletics has given her a great sense of how to cater to the educational needs of students, particularly in the area of sport administration. As a former Assistant Director of Athletic Administration at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she found herself wanting to work more closely with students and share her knowledge and first-hand experiences of what to expect as a future sport administrator. After receiving approval from the Director of Athletics at Miami she pursued a dual appointment as an Athletic Administrator and an Adjunct Professor in Sport Leadership. The one on one time that she spent with students in the classroom, has thus far, been the most rewarding part of her career.

{short description of image} Johnson One of Three Authors of Korean Accounting Textbook

Grace Johnson, McCoy Professor of Management and Accounting, celebrated the publication of her textbook IFRS Principles of Accounting with Key Words in Korean on July 20. Co-authored with Soon Suk Yoon of Western Illinois University and Kim Hyo-jin of Jeonju University, the book is now in its third edition. A highly popular accounting textbook at Korean universities, Johnson was invited to join its author team in 2014.

“The Yoon-Kim text is particularly valuable because many key Korean universities teach some or most of their courses in English,” Johnson said. “For Korean students to land top jobs after graduation they must demonstrate strong English skills. Our book is one tool in a student's toolkit to help the student reach this goal. I am very honored to be part of the writing team for a text as highly regarded as this one.”

Coincidentally, Johnson was working in Korea when the book was released and personally accepted her copy.

Johnson has published four other textbooks since 1994: three accounting texts and one on management information systems.

(Photo courtesy of Robert Mroczynski)

{short description of image} Three B&E Faculty Teach in Asia

Dr. Greg Delemeester, Professor Grace Johnson, and Dr. Jackie Khorassani spent parts of their summers offering courses in China and South Korea.

Delemeester and Khorassani were among six Marietta College faculty and staff members teaching at our sister institution, the University of International Relations, in Beijing, China. It was the second straight summer that Delemeester and Khorassani taught economics at UIR. While in Beijing, the MC faculty members were able to meet up with former students and MC alumni living in the area, and did some sightseeing as well.

{short description of image} Johnson taught at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. Her course, Financial Statement Analysis, was among 11 courses offered through KNU's Global Summer School. In addition to teaching undergrads, she presented two workshops to master's and doctoral students in the Department of Accounting. Johnson had the opportunity to take basic Korean language lessons, visit historic and business sites in the southern part of the country, and interact with the other visiting professors during the four-week summer session.

Last updated: 17-June-2016, B&E Department webmaster