– MU LCOB Students finish second in Peoples Bank competition


MARIETTA, OHIO – A group of students from Marshall University was awarded second place and $1,000 in the fifth annual Peoples Bank Undergraduate Business Case Competition on Saturday, Feb. 11, according to a news release from Peoples Bank.

Marshall’s business case competition team members included: Ellen Castro, Jordan Fanelli and Eli Tilley.

The University of Akron team earned $1,500 for its first-place finish, third place was presented to Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and fourth place was awarded to West Virginia University.

Sixteen college teams competed. Participating schools included: Heidelberg University (two teams), University of Charleston, Marshall University, Tiffin University, Marietta College, Ohio Valley College, The Ohio State University, Capital University, Cleveland State University, University of Mount Union, The College of Wooster, University of Akron, West Virginia University, Oberlin College and Clarion University.

Teams consisted of three undergraduate students and one faculty adviser. Teams were given two months to prepare their presentations and presented them to Peoples Bank executives. The case covered a range of geographical regions along with multiple functional areas. Presentations were 25 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session with the judges.

In addition to the competitive opportunity, participants interacted with business leaders in the financial services industry and received feedback on the results of their work.

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– School of Pharmacy, Lewis College of Business offer collaborative PharmD/MBA program

IMG_4784-e1447365176413Marshall University’s School of Pharmacy and Lewis College of Business today announced a new PharmD/MBA program, which will allow graduates to receive both the Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees concurrently.

The program was developed in response to the healthcare industry’s growing need for people who both can make effective clinical decisions and manage fiscal and human resources, according to Dr. Glenn Anderson, associate dean of academic and curricular affairs at the School of Pharmacy.

“The dual degree program is flexible and integrated. The intent is for students to have the opportunity to walk at graduation receiving both degrees,” Anderson said. “This program is the first of a number of dual degree opportunities under development at Marshall University through the School of Pharmacy.”

Bob Simpson, interim dean of the Lewis College of Business, said of the 46 hours the Lewis College of Business requires to complete its MBA, as many as 11 course credits are already being taken by the Doctor of Pharmacy students, which would go toward the completion of their MBA.

“The Lewis College of Business is very enthusiastic in welcoming PharmD students to this innovative and collaborative program with the School of Pharmacy. The opportunity to obtain both degrees concurrently creates exciting opportunities for students who have an entrepreneurial mindset,” Simpson said.

Students interested in enrolling in this program for Fall 2017 can learn more by contacting Wes Spradlin with the Lewis College of Business at spradlin2@marshall.edu or contacting Megan Russell with the School of Pharmacy at jude21@marshall.edu.

To learn more about Marshall’s School of Pharmacy and its dual degree programs, visit www.marshall.edu/sop online. For more information on the Lewis College of Business and its MBA degree program, visit www.marshall.edu/cob online.

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– Beta Alpha Psi recognized as Superior Chapter

betaalphapsi_spring2017Marshall University’s Kappa Phi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has been recognized internationally as a Superior Chapter.

Since 2003, Beta Alpha Psi has sought to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field, according to Bob Simpson, interim dean for the Lewis College of Business.

“Recognition as a Superior Chapter is an amazing accomplishment. Under the leadership of our college’s faculty advisor and accounting faculty member, Amanda Abbott-Thompson, the Kappa Phi Chapter has far surpassed the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of leadership, academics and professionalism,” Simpson said.

Beta Alpha Psi is an international honorary organization for financial information students and professions. Marshall’s chapter has close to 20 members who are students in the Lewis College of Business. Abbott-Thompson said she hopes to see these numbers increase in the coming year.

“To achieve Superior Chapter status members must obtain at least 12 hours of professional development and 12 hours of community service. Additionally, the chapter is also required to participate in regional and national events,” Abbott-Thompson said.

Abbott-Thompson said as reward for the achievement, Marshall’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter will be recognized and given a monetary award at the annual national meeting Aug 3-5 in Anaheim, California.

To learn more Beta Alpha Psi, visit bap.org. For more information about Marshall’s Kappa Phi chapter in the Lewis College of Business, visit marshall.edu/cob.

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– Intuit’s Brad Smith listed in Forbes 10 Influential American Business Leaders Today

Intuit’s Brad Smith has been listed in a Frobes 10 Influential American Business Leaders list. Here’s what they had to say:

Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit– My personal first choice for ethical and meaningful entrepreneurial leadership is Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit. Intuit is one of the world’s largest and most successful financial software companies. More than 95 percent of Intuit’s revenue comes from activities within the U.S., which makes it a true American hero. Intuit’s core product, of course, is the QuickBooks accounting software that is ubiquitous to entrepreneurs. It is the financial software we have integrated with our company’s Fishbowl inventory management software. As a company that produced $4.7 billion in revenue for 2016 and with a market cap of approximately $20 billion, Intuit continues to operate like a collection of startups. As a leader, Smith has fostered a culture in which the company’s 7,900-plus employees are allowed to take risks and to grow by learning from their failures, as well as from their success.”

Follow this link to see the entire article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2017/01/03/top-10-list-americas-most-influential-business-leaders-today/#b91c67666a73.

– Master’s program in Health Care Administration recognized as among best 30 in US


Marshall University’s Master of Science in Health Care Administration program, offered by the Lewis College of Business, has just made the list of America’s Best 30 MHA Degree Programs 2016 by HealthcareAdministrator.org.

“This is quite an honor,” said Glen Midkiff, director of stakeholder engagement for the college. “Programs were selected by virtue of their quality, types of courses offered, faculty strength, awards and overall reputation.”

Dr. Margie McInerney, associate dean of graduate programs for the College of Business said, “I’m thrilled that our health care administration graduate program has been honored with this distinction. This accolade is indicative of the outstanding faculty we have and their commitment to providing an exceptional education to our health care administration graduate students.”

A master’s degree in the health care sector will give students the knowledge and competencies that are usually needed for superior careers in health care administration. This can include work at hospitals, clinics, hospices and other organization that reach out to the welfare of the public as a whole.

Anyone interested in applying to the health care administration graduate program should contact Wes Spradlin, assistant director of the Graduate School of Management, by calling 304-746-8964 or e-mailing spradlin2@marshall.edu.

– Three Tri-State natives members of 30th class of scholars

HUNTINGTON – The Yeager program at Marshall University continues to see growth in student numbers as the total number of scholars increases for the third consecutive year.

Eight students, from West Virginia, Ohio, Italy, and Japan, three of whom hail from the Tri-State, are the members of the Joseph and Pamela Gillette Class of 2020, and will begin their studies at Marshall this fall, according to a release from the university. The class size remains at eight students for the third year, following several years of just six scholars per class.

Rex Johnson, president of the Society of Yeager Scholars Board of Directors, said the board is committed to expanding the program, which covers room and board in addition to tuition.

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– Accounting faculty member named interim dean of Lewis College of Business


Robert “Bob” R. Simpson, an instructor of accounting at Marshall University, has been named interim dean of the university’s Lewis College of Business, effective July 1. Simpson replaces Dr. Haiyang Chen, who will return to a faculty position in the college’s Department of Finance and Economics.

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said a national search for a permanent dean will take place this fall.

“I am confident Professor Simpson will be able to lead the college in its transition from Dean Chen to the next permanent dean,” Ormiston said. “We want to thank Dr. Chen for his service as dean and for the leadership he has provided. We wish him the best as he returns to the faculty.”

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– Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship to begin July 5 at Marshall University


Marshall University will host the inaugural Governor’s School of Entrepreneurship (GSE) for West Virginia high school students July 5-26 on the Huntington campus.

The GSE is a three-week educational session geared toward students enrolled in the ninth through 11th grades. Sixty students from across the state are set to participate alongside international students from China, according to Dr. Jonathan Butler, director of Marshall’s entrepreneurship program.

“We want to give these students the chance to expand their thinking, not just about building small businesses and supporting local economies, but about global opportunities as well,” Butler said. “This is an amazing partnership between Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business and the Department of Education and the Arts and we look forward to creating a fantastic atmosphere for both our regional and international students.”

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BB&T continues support for capitalism center at Marshall with another gift of $100,000


Marshall University today received the ninth installment in a series of $100,000 gifts from BB&T supporting the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at the university’s Lewis College of Business.

David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President and Regional Corporate Banking Manager for BB&T, presented the latest check of $100,000 to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the MU Foundation Inc., and Dr. Deanna Mader, director of the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism, during a brief ceremony in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

This gift brings to $900,000 the total amount given by BB&T since an entrepreneurial program called the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism was established in 2008.

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Interim dean looks to restore prominence of MU Business College


HUNTINGTON – Some of the most noted alumni from Marshall University graduated from its Lewis College of Business.

Intuit CEO Brad Smith and Verna Gibson, who was the first woman to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, The Limited, both are West Virginia natives and graduates of Marshall’s College of Business.

Smith and Gibson both also have become renowned locally for their willingness to support local efforts to repair, restore and otherwise promote growth and education in the state in addition to their professional duties.

It’s those local connections and success stories that Marshall and College of Business officials are looking to reinforce among the more than 1,500 students in the College of Business and its roughly 12,000 active alumni in an effort to increase the prominence of the school and benefit students in business and academic settings.

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