Certificate of Effective Management and
Leadership available for business leaders

Alyssa Wahrman
  (February 20, 2017 at 11:00 am)

Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership 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.

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OSU’s online MBA, other online business programs
excel in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Ariel West
  (January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am)

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

Gender differences in performance are declining, says research

Ariel West
  (December 15, 2016 at 10:23 am)

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.

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Five Spears School of Business students selected
as OSU Seniors of Significance

Spears School News Staff
  (November 28, 2016 at 9:12 am)

Five Spears School of Business students have been selected as Oklahoma State University Seniors of Significance for the 2016-2017 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 and have brought distinction to OSU.

“We are so proud of our Seniors of Significance,” said Spears School Associate Dean Karen Flaherty. “All five recipients are incredibly deserving of this honor. We are thankful for the contributions each one of these students has made to the Spears School of Business community over the past four years.”

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OSU CHSI Health Data Shootout
awards top student groups

Ariel West
  (October 19, 2016 at 10:34 am)

Swarup Jacob from Beyond the Numbers presenting his team’s findings.

More than 100 Oklahoma State University graduate students representing seven colleges participated in the inaugural Health Data Shootout competition, hosted by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI).

The competition was open to all majors. Students formed groups and tackled problems ranging from specific diseases like renal failure to disease progression and clinical decisions by analyzing clinical data from about 250,000 Native American patients from the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse. The competition was judged by medical professionals from Stillwater Medical Clinic, Cerner Corporation and Cherokee Nation Health Services.

“Clearly, there is a strong interest at OSU in health care analytics,” said William Paiva, executive director for CHSI. “Across the board, the judges were amazed by the quality of the analytics produced by these teams in just two short weeks. This speaks to the first-class analytics education our students are getting at OSU and their passion in addressing real-world health challenges.” Continue Reading

Pay disparity and resource value –
are your contributions worth your pay?

Ariel West
  (September 22, 2016 at 7:50 am)
Federico Aime and Aaron Hill

Federico Aime and Aaron Hill

Firms should reward their employees based on the employee’s contributions to the organization. Sounds simple enough, right?

But what if employees don’t know their relative contribution to the firm? This is where pay disparity comes in to play.

Spears School of Business associate professors of management Aaron Hill and Federico Aime’s research, “The Performance Implications of Resource and Pay Dispersion: The Case of Major League Baseball,” dives in to pay and resource disparity using MLB as the sample. Continue Reading

Spears School’s Debra Nelson wins Best Article
in Academy of Management Journal

Ariel West
  (September 21, 2016 at 8:56 am)
Professor of management Debra Nelson

Professor of management Debra Nelson

Oklahoma State University management professor Debra Nelson and her coauthors were honored with Best Article in the Academy of Management Journal for their research paper, “Professional Image Maintenance: How Women Navigate Pregnancy in the Workplace.”

The award is presented to the article that best exemplifies original, insightful, interesting, important, and theoretically bold research. Nelson and her colleagues conducted four studies of pregnant women in the workplace and found that pregnant women actually work harder to maintain their professional images. Continue Reading

OSU’s Ph.D. in Business for Executives
welcomes new cohort of doctoral students

Terry Tush
  (September 16, 2016 at 1:31 pm)
The fifth cohort of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives features 16 participants from across the United States.

The fifth cohort of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives features 16 participants from across the United States.

Oklahoma State University’s innovative doctoral program for executives continues to grow as the fifth cohort of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives features 16 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 Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The fifth cohort joins 51 participants from across the world already taking part in the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program.

“We are very excited to welcome our fifth cohort to the executive doctoral program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School of Business. “The program has exceeded our expectations and I am very impressed with the quality and diversity of individuals in the program. We have representatives from such companies as American Airlines, Bank of America, Citigroup, Deloitte & Touche, 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.”

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OSU MBA graduate receives Best Student
Paper from Academy of Management

Ariel West
  (September 2, 2016 at 10:50 am)
Julena Bonner

Julena Bonner

Have you ever wondered what punishments in the workplace actually do for employees?

Oklahoma State University MBA graduate Julena Bonner, along with OSU associate professors Cynthia Wang and Rebecca Greenbaum, studied business setting ethics to understand the influence of these punishments in the workplace. Their paper, “Punishment contingency and unethical behavior: The role of uncertainty and justice perceptions,” was selected as the Best Student Paper in the Social Issues in Management division at the Academy of Management in 2016. The trio spent two years researching supervisors using punishments as an influence tactic to get employees to stop engaging in undesirable behaviors. Continue Reading

I abuse you, but I can’t help it: Supervisor abuse
and deviant employee behavior explained

Ariel West
  (September 1, 2016 at 10:32 am)

Rebecca Greenbaum, associate professor of management, Oklahoma State University

Have you ever wondered why your boss is acting like a jerk to you? Are you a high-performing deviant in a bottom-line focused workplace? You’re automatically subject to more abuse than your peers, says research.

Oklahoma State University associate professor of management Rebecca Greenbaum’s research, “I Just Can’t Control Myself: A Self-Regulation Perspective on the Abuse of Deviant Employees,” takes a different approach to understanding abusive supervision in the workplace. By considering two perspectives (deviance from subordinates prompting abuse vs. a social exchange of deviance), Greenbaum finds that any supervisor can become abusive, and high-performing deviant employees will take more abuse. Continue Reading

OSU Online MBA Program for business
sustainability ranked second in the nation

Ariel West
  (August 8, 2016 at 1:17 pm)

TOP-15-ONLINE-MBA-PROGRAMS-IN-ENVIRONMENTAL-SUSTAINABILITY-2017Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business was recently named the second best Online MBA Program in Environmental Sustainability in the nation by

The Environmental Sustainability program in the management department is focused on the concept of a triple bottom line, which incorporates three dimensions of performance: social, environmental and financial, or sometimes referred to as people, planet and profits. Continue Reading

Spears School’s James Pappas awarded
2016 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching

Ariel West
  (May 11, 2016 at 10:07 am)
James Pappas takes silver in the USDLA Distance Learning awards.

James Pappas takes silver for the 2016 USDLA Distance Learning awards.

Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business’s James Pappas was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching – Silver award at the 2016 United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2016 Annual National Conference in St. Louis May 10.

Pappas worked with the Spears School online learning team, instructional designer Marisa Dye, production manager Jerimy Sherin, and animator Catherine Mintmire, in redesigning his online undergraduate management course. The online learning staff provided video production, instructional design and animation support for the course project. Continue Reading

OSU’s Sharda, Wilson’s research article
recognized as third-most cited paper

Terry Tush
  (May 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm)
Ramesh Sharda and Rick Wilson

Ramesh Sharda and Rick Wilson

When Rick Wilson arrived at Oklahoma State University in 1990, he was fortunate to begin working with veteran faculty member Ramesh Sharda. The pair teamed up on a research project that ultimately led to the journal article, “Bankruptcy Prediction Using Neural Networks,” which appeared in the top journal Decision Support Systems in 1994.

Little did the now longtime OSU Spears School of Business professors know that more than 20 years later the journal article would be recognized as one of the most cited neural network in business research papers ever published.

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OSU business student Molly Danielson
named Newman Civic Fellow

Ariel West
  (April 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm)
Molly Danielson is a sophomore business management student

Molly Danielson is a sophomore business management student

Molly Danielson was named as one of the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows during the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education meeting April 21.

The honor is awarded to college students who have a passion for finding solutions to challenges faced by communities across the nation through service, research and advocacy. Students are nominated by their college or university president for the honor and also receive a $500 scholarship from Campus Compact.

“I am very honored to represent OSU and become part of such an influential group of people,” Danielson said. “By utilizing the opportunities here at OSU, I have learned that I have the power to make a difference. I hope to empower others to realize the same.”

Danielson is a sophomore business management major in the Spears School of Business at OSU. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is a leader among her peers in the Residence Halls Association and the Service Learning Volunteer Center. She also has served as a peer mentor through the Spears School. Danielson works to promote equality among all races, ethnicities and genders and strives to empower others to contribute to society.

“I spoke with my advisor, Joyce Montgomery, about the process to apply for the fellowship, and she passed on my accomplishments to President Burns Hargis,” she said. “It was a very humbling experience. I never thought I would receive something like this, so I was a little overwhelmed. I have a home here at OSU and am honored to represent this university.”

Campus Compact is a national membership organization of colleges whose mission is to advance civic education and community engagement on campuses. Campus Compact established the Newman Civic Fellows program in honor of co-founder Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating opportunities for student civic learning and engagement.

Danielson is one among 218 students from 36 states who comprise this year’s Newman Civic Fellows.

To learn more about Campus Compact, visit

Five Spears School of Business seniors receive
top honors from the Alumni Association

Spears School News Staff
  (March 14, 2016 at 9:08 am)

Five seniors from Spears School of Business have been named 2016 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.

The Spears School of Business honorees with their hometowns and majors are:

Aaron Cromer

Aaron Cromer

Charlie Gibson

Charlie Gibson

Brett Humphrey

Brett Humphrey

Allison Meinders

Allison Meinders

Tyler Zander

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Spears School’s Craig Wallace named Society
for Industrial and Organizational Fellow

  (February 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm)
Craig Wallace HeadShot

Craig Wallace, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration in the Department of Management at Oklahoma State University, named Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow.

Spears School of Business management professor Craig Wallace was recently selected as a Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Fellow.

Wallace is the William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration in the Department of Management at Oklahoma State University.

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is a professional organization that promotes the science, practice, and teaching of industrial and organizational psychology. The decision to name Wallace a Fellow was made by the Executive Board of the SIOP, which recently met to review recommendations by its Fellowship committee and notified the Spears School of Wallace’s status.

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OSU Spears School of Business presents
Professional Development Seminars in Tulsa

Gabby Woodley
  (January 20, 2016 at 10:33 am)

Professional Development Seminars in TulsaThe Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is pleased to be offering its Professional Development Seminar series in Tulsa this spring and summer. The series is offered by the OSU Department of Management, the School of Marketing and International Business, and the Center for Executive and Professional Development.

The first two seminars of this series will be March 29 with Matt Bowler from the Department of Management and Lee Manzer from the Department of Marketing. The next seminar will be April 29 with Andrew Urich from the Department of Management, followed June 7 by Kim McCrackin from the Department of Management.

The Professional Development Series is designed to give participants better management styles and improved networking and verbal and written communication skills after attending.

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Professional Development Seminars offered
to Oklahoma City business professionals

Gabby Woodley
  (January 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm)

Professional Development Seminars in OKCThe Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University is excited to offer a series of professional development seminars in Oklahoma City.

The Professional Development Seminars are designed to help participants strengthen their professional profiles while also developing new skills. Participants will receive up-to-date and relevant information that can be used in the workplace every day.

Speakers for this series are Kim McCrackin, coordinator of the Learning Services Center and instructor of business communications at OSU-Tulsa; Matt Bowler, associate professor with the Department of Management; Raj Basu, vice president of academic affairs at OSU-Tulsa and associate professor of management, and Mac McCrory, adjunct instructor in the Department of Management.

Programs will be held at the OSU-OKC campus. The schedule and seminar topics are as follows:

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Spears School’s Andy Urich will be presenting
Management Development Programs in Dallas

Jenna Johnson
  (September 14, 2015 at 11:27 am)
Andy Urich

Andy Urich

The Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business Department of Management is presenting two seminars in Dallas this September at ISNetworld, 3232 McKinney Ave. The sessions focus on helping participants and companies receive the knowledge to be and continue to be successful in today’s dynamic business environment.

On Sept. 29, Andy Urich will present “The Power of Influence” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. During this seminar, participants will learn the skills needed to establish and continue working relationships with both outside clients and individuals inside the organization. At the end of this seminar, participants will leave with persuasive communication skills and the knowledge of how to use these skills effectively to accomplish work and tasks while still maintaining successful relationships.

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Spears School students’ research project
assists Van Duzer Vineyards in Oregon

Rachel Peters
  (August 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm)
Students visiting the Van Duzer Vineyard

Spears School students visit the Van Duzer Vineyard during their Pioneering Portland summer travel course.

A group of Spears School of Business students recently traveled to Oregon as part of a summer travel course, Pioneering Portland. Through the course, the students completed a project designed to assess the value to consumers’ associated with the sustainability initiatives at Van Duzer Vineyards, owned by Oklahoma State University alumni Carl Thoma and his wife, Marilynn.

Van Duzer Vineyards, located in Dallas, Oregon, is a LIVE certified winery and vineyard that is Salmon Safe. The LIVE element looks at how the grapes are grown and the wine is produced, while the Salmon Safe element manages chemicals that are used to prevent them entering the ecosystem and endangering salmon. Van Duzer posed this question to students, “Do customers value sustainability, specifically LIVE and Salmon Safe?”

The students did research before the trip began in order to better understand the industry and get background information about the winery. They gathered information about the market, conducted surveys, analyzed social media presence, and looked at competitors.

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OSU’s Spears School and China students
collaborate on MBA project

Rachel Peters
  (July 29, 2015 at 9:18 am)
Graduate students in China for study abroad exchange.

The Sun Yat-sen and OSU graduate students with Professor Scott Johnson in China earlier this summer.

Students and a faculty member from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China are traveling to Stillwater this week. The nine Sun Yat-sen graduate students, along with nine Spears School of Business graduate students, are collaborating on a semester-long corporate strategy consulting project through the Spears School’s study abroad exchange program.

The Sun Yat-sen students will present their final presentation on Thursday, July 30, on the Stillwater campus.

The Oklahoma State University and Sun Yat-sen students were assigned a project that required them to analyze the Chinese healthcare market to look for ways that PreferUS Healthcare could bring US medical practices to patients in China. The students will present their final proposals to the PreferUS Executive Team.

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Spears School’s Margaret White honored at OSU-Tulsa
with President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching

OSU-Tulsa news staff
  (June 5, 2015 at 9:52 am)
Margaret White receives teaching award

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, presents the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching to Dr. Margaret White, center, with Spears School of Business Dean Ken Eastman.

TULSA – Two Oklahoma State University-Tulsa faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching and research during the university’s graduation ceremony on Monday, May 11, at The Pavilion at Expo Square.

Dr. Margaret White, professor of management in the Spears School of Business, was honored with the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and Dr. Bin Liang, associate professor of sociology, received the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

“These faculty exemplify the quality of the education that students receive as they earn an OSU degree in Tulsa,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “Dr. White and Dr. Liang have provided extraordinary service to thousands of students and have garnered the respect of students and colleagues that makes them tremendous assets to our university.”

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Three Spears School faculty honored during
Watson Graduate School Awards Banquet

Terry Tush
  (April 23, 2015 at 8:57 am)

Watson Graduate School of Management logoThree Spears School of Business faculty members were recognized for their outstanding performance in the classroom during the 2015 Watson Graduate School of Management Scholarship and Awards Banquet on April 19.

Those honored were Ajay Sukhdial, Outstanding MBA Faculty Award; Cynthia Wang, Greiner Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award, and Rick Wilson, Chandler Frates and Reitz Teaching Excellence Award.

“These professors are among the best any program can hope to have,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School. “They motivate and challenge our MBA students, they cover difficult topics but in an engaging fashion, and their classes introduce current topics and relate management theories and models to practice.”

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Three Spears School of Business seniors
receive top honors from OSU Alumni Association

Spears School News Staff
  (March 18, 2015 at 10:26 am)
Catrina Rockholt

Catrina Rockholt

Three seniors from the Spears School of Business have been named 2015 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.

The Spears School of Business honorees with their hometowns and majors are:

Catrina D. Rockholt, Charleston, S.C., business management

Erin Scanlan, Portales, N.M., marketing and management

Erin Scanlan

Erin Scanlan

Chris Stockton, Duncan, Okla., finance and management

Chris Stockton

Chris Stockton

Twelve seniors were chosen to receive the award by the OSU Alumni Association Student Awards and Selection Committee after it met with the 44 Seniors of Significance selected in the fall of 2014 and reviewed their applications.

A public banquet honoring the Outstanding Seniors will be held April 20 at 6 p.m. at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 405.744.3600.

For more information about the OSU Alumni Association’s student awards program, visit or contact Melisa Parkerson at 405.744.8711.

Three successful Oklahoma State graduates
will be sharing their stories during CEO Day

Terry Tush
  (March 9, 2015 at 11:36 am)

Executives who lead three successful businesses from around the world will be sharing with Oklahoma State University students during CEO Day from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 14 in the Little Theater of the Student Union.

A forum entitled “Strategic Vision in a Global Economy,” will feature Behfar Jahanshahi, CEO, InterWorks, Inc.; Liz McKinley, president and owner, Pinnacle Petroleum Inc., and Justin Stead, chairman, CBPE Capital and

CEO Day is hosted by the Spears School of Business to bring successful business people to the Stillwater campus so students have opportunities to discover the challenges and issues that business leaders face, understand how CEOs chart their career paths, discover characteristics they seek in managers, interact with successful executives, and learn about their decision processes and leadership styles. Continue Reading

Take a trip to Greece in September with OSU

Spears School News Staff
  (February 2, 2015 at 9:34 am)

Inaugural trip to GreeceOklahoma State University alumni and friends have an opportunity to visit Greece on Sept. 3-13, 2015 through the OSU Spears School of Business.

In this unique experience, visitors will travel to Athens, Mykonos, Delos and Santorini. The trip will include visiting the stadium where the first Olympic Games took place, a tour of the Acropolis, viewing Athens from the vantage point of Lycabettus Hill, ferry trips to Hydra and Santorini, touring the ancient island of Delos, sailing to an active volcano at Santorini, and tasting wines produced by Santorini Vineyards.

Travelers will have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends all while visiting the beautiful sites of historic Greece.
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Several Spears School faculty and staff recognized at OSU’s convocation

Spears School News Staff
  (November 24, 2014 at 9:28 am)

The Spears School of Business was well represented when Oklahoma State University celebrated excellence by recognizing the achievements of faculty, staff and administrators at the University Awards Convocation last week at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

TrennepohlThe Loyal and True Award, which personifies the spirit of OSU through unwavering devotion, personal sacrifice and commitment of time and talents, went to Gary Trennepohl, the former dean of the Spears School who also served as the president of OSU-Tulsa. Trennepohl has co-authored two college level textbooks and more than 30 professional journal articles.

“When my name was called to receive the Loyal and True Award, I was truly surprised and greatly honored to be recognized in this way. Being loyal and true proved once again the right thing to do. I want to thank everyone who played a role in my nomination and selection,” said Trennepohl.

“OSU is a special place with special people. My work at OSU the past 19 years has been extremely rewarding and I’ve been given opportunities that I never dreamed I would have. For me and my family, OSU will always have a special place in our hearts,” Trennepohl said.

WilsonRick Wilson, professor and head of the department of management science and information systems and W. Paul Miller Professor of Business Administration, received the 2014 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor faculty at OSU can receive for instruction.

“Throughout my 25 years and the different roles I’ve played at OSU my strongest passion remains engaging our students in the classroom and helping them, in whatever small way we can, become better business leaders of the future,” said Wilson. “I’ve been lucky to be honored with other awards in the past but the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award is a career-capper for me. I’m quite humbled to be recognized with this award.”

AimeFederico Aime, associate professor of management, received the Leave the Ladder Down Award (is there a description of this award?)

“Retrospectively, I think they gave me an award for one of the most rewarding aspects of our faculty job, helping make others’ efforts count,” said Aime. “I see so many people doing that in their own way every day here at OSU that it was really surprising to get the award myself.”

MinchAbigail Minch, senior academic counselor in the Spears School’s Student Success Center, received the Excellence in Advising Award.

“I am so honored that my students think so much of me to nominate me for this award,” said Minch. “Every day I try to make their lives a little easier and it’s nice to know that they see that in that the work that I do.”

Take a trip to Greece next September with OSU

Spears School News Staff
  (November 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm)

Inaugural trip to GreeceOklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business offers OSU alumni and friends an opportunity to travel to Greece on Sept. 3-13, 2015.

In this unique travel experience, visitors will experience Athens, Mykonos, Delos and Santorini. The trip will include visiting the National Archeological Museum, a tour of the Acropolis, viewing Athens from the vantage point of Lycabettus Hill, ferry trips to Hydra and Santorini, walking along an active volcano at Santorini and a tasting of wines produced by Santorini Vineyards.

Socrates said, “Wisdom begins in wonder” and this trip will allow travelers to gain wisdom from the historic site of Greece while reconnecting with old friends and making new friends in an ancient and beautiful part of the world
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Oklahoma State University business school
to recognize alums during 100th anniversary

Terry Tush
  (October 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Spears School's 100th logoThe Spears School of Business faculty, students, staff and alumni are looking forward with great anticipation to the culminating event as 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of business education at Oklahoma State University.

The Spears School Tributes: 100 For 100 reception and dinner will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The school is recognizing graduates who exemplify the Oklahoma State and business school spirit. These tributes represent a rich history and diversity of experience among those who have earned business degrees from OSU over the past 100 years.

“We are proud to celebrate some of the more than 43,000 graduates since the school was founded in 1914,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “The Tributes represent the diversity of our graduates. These honorees are from various backgrounds, ages and occupations. Each has an inspiring story to tell, and we are proud to have them as part of the Spears School family.”
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Human Resources Management program
selected as fifth-most affordable in nation

Spears School News Staff
  (October 2, 2014 at 11:23 am)

Master's in Human Resources badgeOklahoma State University’s human resources management option in the Spears School of Business is among the top five in the nation in rankings of the most affordable bachelor’s in human resources degree programs.

The Spears School’s bachelor’s degree in management with a human resources management option is listed as the fifth-most affordable program in the United States, according to rankings published by Master’s in Human Resources.

“We are pleased the program is receiving national recognition for being one of the most affordable in the nation while providing a quality education,” said James Pappas, head of the Department of Management. “Our program is designed to develop human resources management managers who can become specialists in compensation and benefits, training and development, and employment recruiting.

“In fact, the title Human Resources Manager was recently rated as the third best job in Oklahoma. Growth in hiring in this area is expected to mirror the influx of jobs in the petroleum and software industry,” Pappas said.

In describing the rankings of the programs, the website reads, “In today’s rapidly changing business world, a degree in human resources can be key to being competitive in the workforce; getting a degree from an affordable school will lessen the financial burden as you start your career. The cost of earning a college degree is skyrocketing, driving many to seek alternative ways to enter the job market. However, earning a bachelor’s degree in human resources doesn’t need to be expensive, and the outstanding programs we highlight in this article are proof.”
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