Spears School News
A pair of Oklahoma State University students have been invited to participate in the 2018 cohort of the E-Team Student Grant Program, sponsored by VentureWell.
The Lightning Strike Mitigation Material team of ShawnDea Dunzy, an entrepreneurship and management major in the Spears School of Business, and Dilli Dhakal, a master’s student in material science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, was awarded a $5,000 grant that will assist in taking its entrepreneurial idea to market.
Dunzy and Dhakal will travel to Boston to participate in a three-day workshop Jan. 11-13 with nine other teams from across the United States. Lightning Strike Mitigation Material is one of 10 teams receiving a Stage 1 grant, which assists with training through the early stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition and hands-on workshops to move their innovations forward.
A number of Spears School of Business faculty, staff and administrators were honored Dec. 6 at the annual University Awards Convocation ceremony at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
The Spears Business employees honored at the event were:
- MITO Material Solutions, a successful OSU student startup company with team leader Richard Gajan, Thoma Family clinical assistant professor in the School of Entrepreneurship, was one of three startups recognized with the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity award. MITO received the second-place award and $3,000.
- Griffin Pivateau, assistant professor of legal studies, was recognized as a recipient of the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, which carries a $2,000 permanent stipend. The award recognizes faculty who have shown unusually significant achievement in the instruction of students for an extended number of years. Continue Reading
A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were participants in November at the four-day 2017 Southeast SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Conference in Cary, N.C.
The conference allowed OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to meet with SAS® users from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.
“This is the third year in a row that our students have participated and won scholarships at the SESUG Conference. I am very happy with their performances at this conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in Business Analytics program at Spears Business.
In 2018, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is hosting a Leadership Development Certificate Series in collaboration with Chesapeake Energy for the Oklahoma City area. The 2018 series will have four seminars open to the public: Jan. 24, April 24, Aug. 21 and Nov. 13 at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City.
The series is designed to prepare, motivate and build business leaders. “Chesapeake Energy is excited to partner with Oklahoma State University to bring these relevant programs to the Oklahoma City business community,” said Tom Massey, Talent Management and Leadership Development, Chesapeake Energy. “The OSU faculty provide excellent information that participants can take back to their job, department and company to help improve their own and their team’s performance.”
Top row: Gonzalo Morillas, Gage Calhoon, Claudio Ferrer and Darcy Worth. Bottom row: Alexis Miller, Hammons Hepner, Nathan Herrmann, Erin Hart.
Eight Spears School of Business students have been selected as Oklahoma State University Seniors of Significance for the 2017-2018 academic year by the OSU Alumni Association.
The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community, while bringing distinction to OSU. The eight Spears Business students are among 48 winners campus-wide.
The Spears School of Business Seniors of Significance, with their hometown and major:
- Gage Calhoon, Finance, Tulsa
- Claudio Ferrer, Economics and Finance, Enid
- Erin Hart, Marketing, Edmond
- Hammons Hepner, Agricultural Economics and Finance, Freedom
- Nathan Herrmann, Accounting, Stillwater
- Alexis Miller, Management Information Systems and Management, Aurora, Colo.
- Gonzalo Morillas, Finance and Marketing, Lima, Peru
- Darcy Worth, Management and Marketing, Tahlequah
A group of Spears School of Business accounting students accepted a challenge, and a significant challenge it was, with the name Deloitte attached as confirmation.
Challenge accepted and answered, quite well, with a top-four regional finish at the Deloitte Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, a nationally-driven program hosted by Deloitte’s Audit Innovation group and the Deloitte Foundation, focused on accelerating innovation in education by helping institutions of higher learning keep pace with the changing marketplace and evolving technologies.
Six Oklahoma State University students – Sarah Sidener, Emory Van Vorhis, Mackenzie Rychlik, Nate Abebe, James Olmstead and Cameron Cremin – traveled to Atlanta Nov. 13th and 14th, competing in the audit-based Challenge through presentation and a question-and-answer segment. Earl Stone, an audit partner from Deloitte’s Oklahoma City office, also traveled with the OSU team and provided insight and encouragement as they participated in the event.
Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is being recognized as one of the top schools in the nation, with 2018 representing the school’s third time since 2013 in rankings published by The Princeton Review and featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
The School of Entrepreneurship is ranked 24th on the list of Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2018. OSU is one of only 13 public schools to be ranked among more than 300 schools considered by The Princeton Review.
“I’m gratified by our top 25 ranking,” said Bruce Barringer, head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “It’s a testament to our faculty, alumni and especially our students. I’m also happy for our students. They can now confidently say that they’re part of a nationally ranked program.”
Scott Warren with Generation Citizen recently visited the Spears School of Business to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts to empower young people across the United States to become engaged and effective citizens.
Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, met with students, faculty and staff in Spears Business, including the Department of Management and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. His passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad.
Warren co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Nina during their senior year. He has worked the last seven years to build GC’s programming and expand civics engagement throughout the U.S. The group works to ensure that every student in the nation receives an effective civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democracy as active citizens.
Longtime Oklahoma State University professor Dursun Delen was recently appointed as one of the two editors-in-chief of the Journal of Business Analytics, a new addition to the rich collection of journals sponsored by the Operational Research Society and published by Taylor & Francis Publishing company.
After a year-long application, selection and evaluation process, Delen was selected for one of the two Editor-in-Chief positions, and will begin his five-year term on Jan. 1, 2018.
“Business analytics is the art and science of converting a wide variety of data assets to actionable insights for accurate and timely decision making. In essence, it is the process of discovering new and useful knowledge from Big Data (or small data) for the betterment of all organizational practices,” said Delen, Regent Professor, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration, Patterson Foundation Chair and management science and information systems (MSIS) professor in OSU’s Spears School of Business.
Babak Taheri from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland recently met with Spears School of Business administration and faculty to discuss increasing the collaboration between the two institutions.
Spears Business currently has three exchange students from Heriot Watt and usually sends a couple students per year to the school’s campus in Edinburgh, where OSU students get to experience of living in an amazing city.
Babak also had a meeting with Mike Schuster, assistant professor of legal studies in Spears Business, to discuss potential visits to their campus in Scotland during the Study Abroad program from the CAGLE Department. Babak also met with Marlys Mason, Kevin Voss and Jose Sagarnaga to discuss research collaboration and reciprocal exchange student support with the intention to further the existing relationship between the two universities.
Faculty from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and the University of Nevada, Reno will provide participants with unique educational experience in leadership and gaming management. A Certificate in Gaming Leadership will be awarded following completion of the 27.75 hours of instruction. These sessions can also be counted toward the Certificate in Gaming Management offered by the University of Nevada, Reno.
“We are excited to host this inaugural program at our flagship property, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa,” said Mark Fulton, chief operating officer of Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “This professional education opportunity is important in developing effective management teams that have both the technical and leadership capabilities to sustain continued growth in the industry. It strengthens the gaming management community and provides gaming leaders with the additional knowledge and skills for further growth and success.”
United States Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm will be the featured speaker for the Puterbaugh Ethics Lecture on Nov. 14 at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus.
Bohm, in conjunction with Spears School of Business professor Mike Schuster, will address “Legal Bullying: Ethical Pitfall or Smart Business?” during the lecture at 2 p.m. in 317 Engineering South. Admission is free and is open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty.
“As a federal judge, Jeff Bohm routinely faces those accused of ethical lapses through abuse of the legal system,” said Griffin Pivateau, Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business in Spears Business. “Judge Bohm’s lecture will provide students with a glimpse into how ethical challenges present themselves and how they should be addressed.
“Having the chance to hear a sitting federal judge discuss ethical pitfalls in the legal system will benefit the entire OSU academic community. We are looking forward to this event.”
The impact Amazon’s new sorting center in Oklahoma City will have on the state will be one of the topics addressed during the 2018 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Metro Technology Centers at the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.
The conference is hosted annually by the Oklahoma State University Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business.
Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be speaking on the future of the Amazon production center and how it will affect the economic dynamic for Oklahoma and its importance to the state. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a question-and-answer session after each presenter.
“We are excited to be able to host such an informative conference here in Oklahoma City,” OSU professor of economics Dan Rickman said. “It is crucial that participants understand where Oklahoma’s economy stands at a national level in order for us to grow and prosper as a state.”
Homecoming was still one week away but Oklahoma State University economics alumnus James Bishop (Ph.D., 2016) made an early pilgrimage back to his alma mater at Spears School of Business in early October.
Born and raised on the big island of Hawaii, Bishop made his decision to come to OSU as an undergraduate student like he appears to make every decision, methodically and well-researched.
“I knew I was a National Merit Scholar, and when the scholarship offers started coming in, the very best offer was from OSU. So, that made my decision for me,” he said. “I looked it up and the best LSAT scores came from economics and math majors, so I majored in economics.”
Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Business Analytics program was well represented last week as a group of students and faculty were participants in the 2017 South Central SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum in Addison, Texas.
The three-day conference allows OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to come together with SAS® users in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.
“This is the sixth year in a row that our students have participated in and won scholarships to the SCSUG Conference,” said Miriam McGaugh, clinical professor for business analytics in Spears Business. “In addition to the nine scholarship winners from OSU, we had three additional students participate in the student symposium for the fifth year.”
Oklahoma State University’s George Krull was honored Sunday with the Gold Medal Award of Distinction by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) at the Fall Council and Annual Members’ Meeting in San Antonio.
Krull was named this summer as interim head of the OSU School of Accounting, and he also assists Eddy Ditzler in teaching the Financial Accounting Research seminar.
Since 1944, the AICPA has given the Gold Medal Award of Distinction to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.
“Dr. Krull is very deserving of this award as he has distinguished himself in all aspects of the accounting profession,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “He has done so much to improve accounting in the academic and professional realms. We are very pleased he received this award and we are honored to have him back working with us.”
When you’re born and raised in Guthrie, the previous capital of Oklahoma, being involved in everything is a staple for the brightest high school students, and international business and nonprofit management senior Mekaila Carey was no exception.
As the oldest of six siblings, Carey paved the way for her siblings by participating in softball, basketball, track, pole vaulting, dancing and many other activities. Her main passion was the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a nonprofit organization focused on community service, confidence and professional development. Eventually, Carey rose to assume the role of President for the Order in the state of Oklahoma, and soon after she was selected to the International President of the Order. Continue Reading
Entrepreneurs are seen to be synonymous with success and innovation, but that innovation can disrupt the market and increase inequality. On the other hand, an entrepreneur who enters the market can increase equality by offering competition, as well. So, why isn’t this topic as simple as we think it is?
Oklahoma State University assistant professor of entrepreneurship Per Bylund researches all things entrepreneur. By researching the topic of inequality and how it relates to entrepreneurial activity, Bylund felt the term “inequality” needed to be defined more clearly. He partnered with Mark Packard, assistant professor at the University of Nevada at Reno, to do just that.
“Inequality is a very provocative and hot topic right now, and what we argue in this paper is that it’s misunderstood and made a little too simple in the debate,” Bylund said. “We think there might be more to it, and a deeper analysis might help us understand the concept and all the nuances to the concept. What we look at is how entrepreneurs, in different ways, contribute to inequality or equality.”
A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were among those participating in the 2017 MidWest SAS® Users Group (MWSUG) Conference earlier this month in downtown St. Louis.
The OSU Spears School of Business graduate students participated in the two-day conference which included paper presentations from other SAS® users, hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, and opportunities to network with other SAS® users. In addition, they were able to visit with staff from SAS® that was able to provide their unique expertise and insight.
Twenty students have been selected as the Top 10 Freshmen Men and Top 10 Freshmen Women at Oklahoma State University for the 2017-2018 academic year, and five of those students are from the Spears School of Business.
Jacob Swanson, entrepreneurship and management major; Brent Cunningham, accounting; Corey Collins, business management, and Coleman Bourke, business, were selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Men while Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major, was selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Women.
Swanson is the son of Chris and Ashley Swanson and grew up in Cache, Okla. He is the vice-president of the E-Club, serves as the Homecoming chair for the Business Student Council, is a part of the Student Alumni Board and the Chaplain of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at OSU. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will recognize several distinguished alumni and a group of former coworkers who are making the difference in the lives of students at the 2017 Hall of Fame banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
The annual banquet recognizes OSU graduates with distinguished professional careers who have given back to their communities and displayed leadership skills. Diane Tuttle, Steve Tuttle and the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Group will be honored as inductees into the Spears Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by Spears Business.
Also, Rob Haight, Craig Ireland and Brandi Surine will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni at the banquet.
“For the past 52 years, we’ve been honoring some of our finest graduates and this year’s honorees are certainly deserving to join this impressive group,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “Both Diane and Steve Tuttle are an inspiration to all of us at the Spears School through their professional and personal success and the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Group includes eight ExxonMobil retirees (and their spouses) who are great examples of the impact a unified group can have when pooling their resources and working together.”
Under special circumstances, George Abraham traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma from India on his own to speak with graduate students in the Professional Development class on September 29. Abraham encouraged students to follow their dreams despite other’s negativity. He also shared his experiences and challenges living visually impaired.
Growing up, people did not have faith in a future for children who were visually impaired. It was common for people to express their doubts about his future to him and his parents. Fortunately for Abraham, his parents saw much more in him than just a blind child, and they did everything they could to give him the opportunities to succeed in regular school.
One of these opportunities included participating in athletics. He enjoyed running, but he did not start out as a fast runner and continued to come in last place. As he continued to practice, he gradually improved his skills. Eventually, he became the fastest runner in the school. Continue Reading
Before the Fall 2017 semester began, Oklahoma State University MBA students enrolled in the Corporate Strategy class had the opportunity to travel to China for 10 days. While abroad, students experienced culture, sightseeing and collaboration with Chinese students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, followed by a final stop in Hong Kong.
The trip began in Beijing with tours and visitations to local businesses. The culture and cuisine largely differs from that in the United States. This highly populated city constantly bustles from activities of the everyday citizen. The delicious cuisine is served family-style around a large circular table with a Lazy Susan in the middle. This setup allows for the sharing of not only food but also conversation among those at the table.
Students traveled around this part of China, including a partial trek along the Great Wall of China and visit to Tiananmen Square. Continue Reading
While students typically learn from leaders with numerous years of career experience, those attending the September 15 professional development course were given a chance to listen to early career advice from recent MBA alumnus, Austin Murch. Murch, a project controller with Sandia National Laboratories, was once the MBA Association president and received his MBA degree from OSU in 2015.
Murch began his talk by explaining how he learned from and embraced each obstacle he faced when going into the workforce.
“I took something from every stop, every challenge, and shaped my career path,” Murch said.
This led the discussion into the topic of failure and success. Murch suggests one way to overcome the feeling of failure is to change your outlook on situations because you may not be failing at all.
The School of Accounting at Oklahoma State University will be hosting the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference on Nov. 16-17 in Tulsa.
“The School of Accounting is thrilled to bring these industry experts to Oklahoma and the accounting and business community,” said George Krull, interim head of the School of Accounting. “These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for participants to learn and network with other professionals who are facing the same issues.”
This conference is for all professionals involved in accounting and financial reporting. Attendees will earn five CPE credits by attending the 13th Annual Oil and Gas Accounting Conference and eight CPE credits including two hours of ethics by attending the 17th Annual Accounting and Financial Reporting Conference.
“I’m excited by all of the excellent information that these national industry experts will be bringing to the conference,” said Dan Gillam, Oil and Gas Accounting Conference chair and moderator. “Conference attendees will learn technical and invaluable information on pertinent issues related to the current conditions of the industry.” Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University student groups of hipsters, hackers and hustlers rehearsed their pitches and refined their business ideas to compete in the inaugural Pitch and Poster Competition hosted by accelerateOSU.
The competition divided student groups in to three tracks: Hipsters (STEM or high-tech products), Hackers (application or web-based solutions), and Hustlers (physical products or retail). Each team was required to create a poster and present their pitch to the judges.
“I am so glad we brought the Pitch and Poster Competition back to OSU,” said Haley Keith, coordinator for accelerateOSU. “It was accelerateOSU’s first time hosting it and we wanted to make sure that the high-energy entrepreneurial buzz was felt throughout the competition. The students came up with some pretty amazing ideas that rounded out the three tracks, Hipster, Hacker, and Hustler. It was such a joy to see the students come together to share their ideas and prepare to pitch. We look forward to watching them grow and compete again this spring in the Business Plan Competition.”
The winners in each track are: Continue Reading
Spears School’s Aaron Hill, co-authors release ‘The Circle Blueprint,” benefits student scholarships
Have you ever felt unfulfilled and wondered why you are unhappy? There’s a new book written by an Oklahoma State University professor that might help you – while your purchase will benefit student scholarships.
“The Circle Blueprint” is a book co-written by Spears School of Business associate professor of management Aaron Hill along with OSU alumnus Greg Miller (PhD, 2015) and friend Jack Skeen, an executive coach. Throughout the book, the authors explore the various options for expanding and improving one’s circle and include specific exercises to assist in making changes in life. The book introduces and explains both concepts and key elements required to sustain a person who is struggling in their career.
“If you’re like me, there are times you’ve asked yourself, why I don’t feel happier,” Hill said. “Greg and Jack had similar experiences in their work – many people ask this same question daily. The ideas and exercises in our book and the supplemental workbooks helped me dig to the root of the problem and break the conscious and unconscious habits and patterns that held me back from being truly happy. We hope it can help others too – and, we hope the proceeds can go a long way toward building scholarships as well.” Continue Reading
Eleven Master’s in Business Analytics students from Oklahoma State University attended the annual SAS Analytics Conference to compete against students from across the nation Sept. 18-20 in Washington, D.C.
The annual conference brings together analytics professionals and students to collaborate and learn more about data analytics. Prominent keynote speakers such as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, presented on a wide variety of topics related to the data analytics industry, and more than 150 sessions and demos were offered to attendees.
“We are delighted to participate for the 11th consecutive year at the SAS Analytics Conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in Business Analytics program at the Spears School of Business. “Our MS in Business Analytics (MSBAN) students presented 11 posters. This is by far the largest number of posters presented by students from any other university.
“Our MSBAN students also won four out of six best poster awards given by SAS. That is an outstanding achievement of our students. Our students have won best poster awards consecutively for the last seven years. This sustained exemplary performance at the national level over the years is a testament to the quality and the hard work of our students and faculty in addition to the strength of our curriculum.” Continue Reading
A new venture has opened in downtown Stillwater that will join Oklahoma State University students and the Stillwater community for entrepreneurial success.
On Sept. 19, OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Riata Center for Entrepreneurship – Downtown Stillwater, 619 S. Main St. Speakers included OSU President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Dean Ken Eastman, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Justin Minges, and School of Entrepreneurship department head Bruce Barringer.
“Whether they realized it or not, everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony was supporting entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Stillwater community,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of the Riata Center. “We chose to launch the Riata Center – Downtown Stillwater location to increase our ability to educate and assist members of Stillwater’s growing entrepreneurial community. We want to engage the community and assist in developing a nurturing environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners that will be a hub for networking and educational resources.” Continue Reading
Incoming Oklahoma State University MBA students received their first taste of the graduate program during a three-day orientation. During this time, they experienced an introduction to courses, got to know fellow MBA students, and collected information about programs and involvement.
The first day of orientation began with presentations of academic guidelines and professionalism, along with general information about the MBA program.
“Orientation for the MBA program was an awesome experience,” Colin Kuzdak, first-semester MBA student, said. “It wasn’t just lectures about the program and meeting our professors but it was more about us students getting to know each other and understanding the tools we have to be successful as MBA students.”
After lunch, students learned about career readiness from Abbey Davis with Charles Machine Works and Garrett Purdum with Chesapeake Energy Corp. To conclude the day, a presentation about the MBA case completion was explained. The case competition is required for full-time MBA students, and gives them the opportunity to work as a team to develop a plan to solve a given business problem and present it to executives. Continue Reading