Transitioning from a small high school with a graduation class of 13 students to a large university with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students can be a challenging adjustment. Still, Madeline Betts was up for such a challenge.
Betts, a management and marketing sophomore at Oklahoma State, grew up in Calumet, Okla., along with her older siblings, Sheridan and Tanner. She attended high school at Southwest Covenant in Yukon, where she was actively involved in many sports and organizations.
One organization she was heavily involved in was the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Serving on the student board, Betts was able to get a behind-the-scenes look on what goes into planning a big event.
“We actually got to set up a philanthropy night to give back to OMRF, which was like really cool because it was the first time I was able to be involved in the planning behind something and be able to raise money,” Betts said.
Though she bleeds orange now, Betts wasn’t always sure where she wanted to go to college. Her parents each attended Oklahoma State and hoped she would someday call OSU her home. Once she stepped on campus, Betts was hooked.
“They got me on campus, and I fell in love like most people do,” Betts said. “I always say, ‘If you don’t like OSU, you’ve never been here.’”
You don’t need to tell Kris Ventura it’s a small world. The Oklahoma State University senior was living it each day he walked into his Corporate Social Responsibility class during the fall semester. The 22-year-old was born in Mexico, spent most of his teenage years in Norway and has already traveled to nearly 30 countries, but he was caught off guard when clinical assistant professor of management Jose Sagarnaga began sharing about his background in class.
He was surprised to learn the OSU professor earned his doctorate degree from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a private university located in Puebla, Mexico – where Ventura was born and raised, and still considers home.
After class a few days later, Ventura approached Sagarnaga, sharing with him – while speaking Spanish (one of three languages he speaks fluently) – that he grew up in Puebla. A friendship was born as the two connected on a number of issues, including reminiscing about their time in Puebla before Sagarnaga, a fan of OSU’s golf program, realized that Ventura was a member of the Cowboys nationally ranked men’s golf team.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
Oklahoma State University alumnus Taber LeBlanc is the man behind Oklahoma City home building industry leader Homes by Taber. And it was at OSU’s business school that LeBlanc learned about leadership, marketing and achieving success in today’s ever-changing business climate.
Born in Wichita, Kansas but raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, LeBlanc came to Stillwater on a football scholarship and graduated with a management and marketing degree in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart and began the business that is known today as a market leader, boasts increasing profits and continues to expand with its consistent success.
We recently asked LeBlanc how his business degree from OSU helped him to become the successful entrepreneur he is today. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University international business management graduate Abigail Crosby has traveled all over the United States and Europe before turning 18 years old.
Crosby was born in West Virginia and quickly moved to Seattle after about a year and a half. At age 3, her family decided to move back to England, where her mother had been born and raised. At age 6, the family finally settled down with her father’s Northern Ireland roots, where Crosby would stay until she was 18. After that, it was a 40-minute flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend Heriot-Watt University.
“Actually, a year after I moved to Scotland, my parents moved back to England,” Crosby said. “So, when I go ‘home,’ I’m going to England, but that’s not where I grew up. It only takes me about four hours to get home by train.” Continue Reading
Seven outstanding Spears School of Business students were named Top Freshman by the Oklahoma State University Mortar Board Honor Society for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Students who received this honor were selected based on scholarship, community service, campus involvement and leadership during their freshmen year. The seven Spears Business students will join 13 other OSU freshmen being honored at OSU president Burns Hargis’s home Sept. 26.
The students are:
- Madeline Betts, management and marketing major from Calumet, Okla.
- Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major from Stillwater
- Coleman Bourke, business major from Tulsa
- Corey Collins, business management major from Piedmont, Okla.
- Brent Cunningham, accounting and finance major from Bartlesville
- Hunter Perdue, marketing major from Yukon, Okla.
- Jacob Swanson, business entrepreneurship and business marketing from Lawton, Okla.
The Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board selected students through an extensive interview process and will narrow the Top 20 Freshmen down to the Top 10 Freshman Oct. 2.
Oklahoma State University’s innovative doctoral program for executives continues to grow as the sixth cohort of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives features 15 participants from across the United States.
The three-year doctoral program in OSU’s Spears School of Business kicked off in August with an orientation session at the Student Union on the Stillwater campus. The sixth cohort joins 78 participants from across the world who have already taken part in the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.
“We are very excited to welcome our sixth cohort to the executive doctoral program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The program is making a significant impact and continues to attract the quality and diversity of individuals we expected including representatives from such companies as American Airlines, Bank of America, Citigroup, Deloitte, Dell, Pfizer, Sprint, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. The program has a very good reputation and it shows in the quality of individuals who are admitted.”
Margaret White, the Fleming Cos. Inc. Professor of Technology Management, retired from Oklahoma State University in August after 31 years in the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business.
Originally from Texas, she received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in history and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management and marketing from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Following graduate school, she was a statistical analyzer for an oil company. She also owned a catering business, was a housing administrator and coached softball at the community college level before pursuing a doctorate.
White says she never expected to be an academician before she was asked to teach some classes at Iowa Western Community College. “After several life-altering events, I sat down and reevaluated my life goals,” she says. That’s when she decided to go back to school in her 30s to become a professor. Continue Reading
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When the going gets tough and the world is against you, research says the best thing to do is get all of the negative out at once.
Oklahoma State University assistant professor of management Owen Parker’s latest research focuses on how firms respond to threats to their reputation. When an organization faces scrutiny from the media, it tends to perform more of the unavoidable negative activities to lessen the blow to its reputation.
“Until now, what we thought is that companies don’t really care that much about what the media thinks or what people are looking at,” Parker says. “But with this paper, we’ve looked at the oil and gas industry and we found that drilling, which is sort of a hazardous activity in the industry, happens when the company is already facing negative scrutiny in the media.”
Parker found that smaller and underperforming companies tend to have to go through compounding the negative attention more frequently than larger companies, since managerial behavior tends to be less organized than a larger, more insulated firm. The major key to Parker’s research is that reputation matters: it’s not just an outcome, but what drives decision-making and perception. Continue Reading
Debra Nelson, Spears School Associates Chair in the Department of Management, retired in June from Oklahoma State University after 32 years with the Spears School of Business.
Originally from New Mexico, she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in management from Texas Tech University. She then spent several years at Southwestern Bell before earning an MBA and doctorate in organizational behavior with minors in social psychology and research methods from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Nelson had never visited Oklahoma before arriving on the Stillwater campus for her first faculty position interview. Continue Reading
Nonprofit management senior Christian Jackson may have left his professional football dreams behind, but football still plays a major role in his nonprofit business.
Jackson was born an only child in Houston and played football all his life. He accepted a scholarship to play football at a small college in Tennessee his freshman year, but quickly realized it wasn’t all it was made out to be. After transferring to Oklahoma State University his sophomore year, his original choice for college, he began focusing on academics.
“It was definitely tough, it was a rough couple of months going from playing football to not playing football at all,” Jackson said. “I’ve been playing football since second grade, so to completely stop that was a tough transition, and going from a little school to a school with 26,000 was a huge jump, so I really had to find a community so I wouldn’t go through school alone…. It was a rough transition, but it was for the best.” Continue Reading
Dennis L. Mott, professor of management in the Spears School of Business, retired in February after 43 years at Oklahoma State University.
Mott was the first in his family to attend college; his initial intent was to teach and coach at the secondary level. He completed his undergraduate degree in business education from Wayne State College in Nebraska in less than three years and was teaching in Missouri Valley, Iowa, at 21. Three years later, he accepted a position as business teacher and coach at Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Two years later, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and went on to fulfill the requirement for a doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his work in higher education as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in the College of Business Administration. Continue Reading
We hear about business scandals all the time, from Wells Fargo creating fake bank accounts to increase profits to Hampton Creek’s inflated sales numbers. But what happens to us morally after we do something wrong?
Oklahoma State University associate professor of management Rebecca Greenbaum with co-authors and former OSU PhD students Julena Bonner, assistant professor at Utah State University, and Matt Quade, assistant professor at Baylor University, investigate the aftermath of unethical behavior on an individual in their latest research.
The article combines emotions theories with previous research to explain the effect unethical behavior has on an individual’s self-image. Greenbaum and her co-authors were interested to see if people fear for their own reputations and discovered that people tend to try to “make up” for their shame by displaying desirable qualities. Continue Reading
Four Oklahoma State University business students will be traveling to Anaheim, California, to compete in the 2017 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in June.
Earlier in April, management junior Anna Hudson, international business junior Kalina Keester, accounting junior Sydney Laudero and finance junior Kayla Roberts competed at the PBL State Conference hosted by Tulsa Community College-Metro. All four placed in the top three of their respective competitions to qualify for the National Leadership Conference. OSU Spears School of Business academic counselor Vicki Johansen also attended the conference as the OSU PBL chapter adviser. Continue Reading
Chance Imhoff shares how his agricultural roots sparked his interest in entrepreneurship and management
Chance Imhoff is a 5th generation farmer from Prague, Okla. Growing up, he was very active in FFA and 4H, so Oklahoma State, being a land-grant university, was always an attractive option for him. “I’ve always known I wanted to come to OSU. It was actually the only school I applied for. And coming to OSU was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Imhoff.
Imhoff started at OSU as an ag-business major, but later decided to change to entrepreneurship and management. “After a semester in CASNR I wanted to broaden my scope and meet new people, so I chose entrepreneurship because I had different business ventures growing up and knew I had a passion for running a business,” said Imhoff. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University student startup team VisionaRx made OSU history by winning the grand prize earlier this month from the Love’s Cup Undergraduate High Growth Division in Oklahoma City.
VisionaRx Retinal Drug Delivery is composed of OSU students Chance Imhoff, management and entrepreneurship; Jaquelyn Lane, chemical engineering with an entrepreneurship minor, and Rachel Davis, chemical engineering pre-med emphasis. The team is coached by David Thomison, clinical assistant professor of entrepreneurship and advisor for student teams at accelerateOSU, OSU’s entrepreneurial incubator program.
The team was awarded a $20,000 cash prize for taking first place in the competition and qualify to continue on to the Tri-State Competition, which hosts teams from Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma and will take place May 30-31 in Las Vegas. Lane also won the IBM Pitch Award and was awarded $1,000. This is the first time that an OSU student team has won the undergraduate division of the competition. Continue Reading
Tiffany Thurmond, a marketing and business management major at Oklahoma State University, is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Raymond D. Thomas Award, given annually to the top senior in the Spears School of Business. Each year, a faculty committee in the business school votes who will receive the award and the lifetime membership to the OSU Alumni Association.
The honor will allow Thurmond to carry the Spears Business flag as a part of the opening ceremony to the Oklahoma State University spring commencement and will be the first business student to receive her diploma.
“When I look at this award, it brings tears to my eyes,” said Thurmond. “Words could not express how thankful and honored I am to receive this award. For me, academic success and campus leadership are not the most important factors that this award signifies. The greatest factor that this award recognizes, a factor that is so precious to me, is the fact that it represents that I was blessed to have the opportunities to change people’s lives while attending OSU. Continue Reading
Two seniors from the Spears School of Business have been named 2017 Outstanding Seniors by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.
The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.
To Darcy Worth, practicing business, specifically management and marketing, has always come naturally. She comes from a family of small business owners. Her parents own and operate a skating rink in her hometown of Tahlequah, Okla., and they also run a fireworks stand each summer. When it came to college, there was no doubt which direction that Worth would head.
“After working with my parents for so many years, managing and marketing just came really natural to me,” said Worth, a junior majoring in both management and marketing with a minor in ethical leadership at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.
Since she was 13 years old, her free time was spent helping her dad manage the businesses with inventory, creating invoices and training new employees. She also helped her mom with the marketing side of the business, creating social media campaigns. “So it was very natural for me to go the business route, so that’s exactly why I’m in the Spears School of Business,” she said. Continue Reading
Two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams comprised of students from the Spears School of Business, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences were among the top winners this past weekend in the finals of the Baylor Business New Venture Competition.
Out of 166 teams, the two OSU teams were selected to compete in the finals as part of the Top 12. OSU MBA student Haley Kurtz and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions placed second in the competition, bringing home $35,000 plus an additional $500 for placing third in the live pitch portion of the competition. MITO sells adhesive epoxy additives which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation, and automotive industries.
“Winning second place at Baylor is a huge accomplishment for MITO Material Solutions,” Kurtz said. “Compared to previous competitions we have been a part of, the competition and schedule at Baylor was fierce. Thankfully, Baylor University offered many coaching and feedback sessions from experienced advisors and judges, which allowed us to really improve our presentation for the semi and final rounds.
“Overall, we learned so much and are so grateful for the support of our advisor, Richard Gajan, and the OSU entrepreneurship ecosystem. This experience was unforgettable, and we are so proud of this achievement.” Continue Reading
Kyle Lake didn’t know he would end up at the Spears School of Business when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University his freshman year.
Lake grew up in small-town Elk City, Okla., with a population of 12,000, give or take. He was the first to attend OSU out of his family, making him the “black sheep,” but he appreciated the atmosphere and tight-knit community that OSU offers.
“Everybody jokes about the ‘Cowboy Spirit,’ but I’m convinced it’s a real thing,” Lake said. “Just great people who made the university feel fun, the excellent degree programs and the reputable school was appealing.” Continue Reading
Learning how to build and work with teams, communicating with individuals inside and outside the organization, and resolving conflicts in the workplace are benefits of attending the Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership series sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.
The series will consist of 10 sessions between March and November at the Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City campus.
This series is designed for individuals in a front-line manager position or individual leaders that are in a management position. “These seminars will teach participants the skills they need to manage projects while making agile decisions on behalf of their teams and organizations,” Sarah Williams, program coordinator, said.
Thanks to a revised curriculum and efficient upgrades, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been ranked No. 1 among universities in the Big 12 Conference for its online MBA program and other online business programs (non-MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
Spears Business’s online MBA program is tied for 29th place in the Best Online MBA Programs rankings. This ranking makes OSU the best choice for an online MBA program in the Big 12 Conference, with West Virginia University coming in second with a ranking of 47th. Only five of the ten Big 12 Conference schools made it in to the U.S. News & World Report rankings for this category.
Spears’ other online business programs are tied for 32th place for the Best Online Business (non-MBA) Programs. This ranking also places OSU No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for online business graduate programs, with only West Virginia University included in the rankings for this category at 66th. Continue Reading
This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.
Men are more likely to be managers. Women are more likely to be organized and team-oriented. These are common stereotypes we hear all the time, but are they true?
A hot topic in the workforce has been gender differences in performance. Tom Stone, professor of management at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, teamed up with Hogan Assessment’s Jeff Foster, Ball State University professor Brian Webster, NEOMA Business School professor Jennifer Harrison, and Illinois State University professor I. M. Jawahar to examine performance ratings gathered by Hogan Assessments, a human resource consulting firm in Tulsa, Okla. The sample included more than 20 years of performance ratings from approximately 3,500 managers and 9,500 non-managerial employees.