Spring/Summer 2018

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                           Spring/Summer 2018 Impact Bulletin

Greetings! As another academic year approaches, we have much to celebrate and acknowledge as we look back on the past couple of months. Students and alums continually work to bring to life the theories, concepts, and best practices learned inside and outside of the classroom. The faculty remain dedicated to our mission to  public liberal arts - the examples herein reflect a deep-rooted commitment to cultivating students as lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and effective communicators. They do this by helping students engage the business community, develop innovative curriculum and pedagogy, and write and disseminate scholarship that has impact on student learning, practice, and their disciplines. Additionally, our Advisory Board members contribute impactfully to the life of our department. Stay tuned for news about an important structural change to the Board along with the inaugural year of the Mentor program after a successful pilot that was implemented in this past academic year. These practitioners, executives, community leaders, and alums are the epitome of what it means to be vocal and engaged ambassadors. We are so proud of the DMA faculty, students, alums, and their supporters!

We spent the spring and summer months focused on preparations for what will be a pivotal year for the Department and the University. We’ll soon learn more about the Carmichael Hall renovations, which will be our new home in 2020, and of course keep all of you updated on Facebook and Twitter! Also, the Department community looks forward to supporting our new Chancellor, Dr. Cable, and her leadership team as we work collaboratively to innovate and sustain a public liberal arts education that changes lives, generates economic impact, and enriches communities. Lastly, we’ll host our AACSB peer-review team for our 2019 site visit for reaffirmation of our accreditation. To learn more about our progress, please visit our AACSB page. This site will be updated with important programmatic outcomes and a variety of points of pride about the work of our students, faculty, alums, and Advisory Board.

On behalf of the faculty, I welcome you to celebrate and honor all of the accomplishments of our community members. Thank you for your commitment to student learning! Don’t forget to continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and opportunities.

Micheal T. Stratton
Chair & Professor of Management

Department Happenings

Come visit our new digs! Over the summer, the DMA faculty and staff moved to our temporary home on the 3rd floor of Ramsey Library. This change is part of a planned move during the Owen/Carmichael Renovations that will likely complete in 2020. Updated office locations may be found here.

2018 Scholarship and Awards Breakfast

We recognized the many successes and accomplishments of our current students and graduating seniors at the annual DMA Scholarship and Awards Ceremony in April, sponsored by CDI Global, a boutique, global mergers and acquisitions firm.  We are very thankful to The Sommer Family and CDI for their generosity.  We inducted seven top performers into the IMA Accounting Honor Society and twelve to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.  We also bestowed the Honorary Inductee Beta Gamma Sigma designation to Jeff Willmott, Advisory Board Member/Curriculum Subcommittee Chair. Our inaugural Impact and Engagement Award was presented to Charles Schulz, Advisory Board Member/Mentoring Program Subcommittee Chair.  This award recognizes a current advisory board member who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to upholding our mission and to supporting our strategic priorities.  Special departmental awards for service, leadership and experiential learning were conferred.

Economic Impact

As recently reported in economic impact study conducted by Tom Tveidt of SYNEVA Economics LLC, UNC Asheville raised local economic output by almost half a billion dollars in fiscal year 2017. The Department of Management and Accountancy contributes more than $24 million in economic impact. While this is a conservative measure of economic impact considering the simple prorated nature of the calculation, there is no doubt that the faculty, staff, students, alums, and Advisory Board generate considerable economic benefit to the community and region.

Innovations in the MGMT Curriculum

We are excited to launch the latest iteration of our management major. The structural changes to the degree program go into effect in Fall 2018 (click here for complete details). The faculty, with the full support and counsel of the Advisory Board, made a concerted effort to focus on student flexibility and content relevance with these changes. Some highlights include:

  • The MGMT major now requires a minimum of 56 credit hours (instead of 58 hours);
  • Students may now complete a minimum of 4-credit hours of MGMT electives at the 300-400 level or work with their adviser to craft an optional topical area of study (click here to learn more about these optional topical areas of study and related courses). While a student may wish to just do the minimum 4-hours of electives in MGMT courses at the 300-400 level, we anticipate that our students will continue to work with faculty to develop interdisciplinary topical areas of study taking courses inside and outside of the department;
  • Combined the two 2-credit Entrepreneurship electives into a single 4-credit course (366), increased credit hours Managing Human Capital (326), Applied Research (352), Promotions (357), and Consumer Behavior (453) and added new electives in Business Analytics (428), Digital and Social Media Marketing (368), Strategic Decision Making (426), and Systemic Decision Making (427).

2018 Brexit Study Abroad

Led by Professor Carol Hughes, a group of eight students studied abroad this past May in London and Brussels as part of the program entitled, “Brexit and the Future of the European Union”. The faculty and students explored the implications of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union and included visits to several London and Brussels based companies as well as the European Union Commission in Brussels. The experience provided an examination of the processes of European integration and offers a critical analysis of European Union (EU) policies in their broader historical, political, and economic contexts.

Click here for more information on our Study Abroad Programs and/or contact Dr. Deena Burris.

Advisory Board Members Model the Way

Congratulations to Celeste Collins (Executive Director of OnTrack WNC) who was recently awarded the Z. Smith Reynolds Sabbatical. This is conferred upon nonprofit management leaders in North Carolina who have demonstrated consistent commitment to the nonprofit sector. 

The 2017-18 Pilot DMA Mentor Program was a success! Students and mentors who completed the pilot year voiced considerable support for their experience. We achieved our objective of engaging students in their desired profession and to learn from experts in the field. One student said it best, “My experience was great. This is one of the most important resources that DMA can offer” and another commented that “I have found the Advisory Board members to be approachable, knowledgeable, and relatable!” The DMA faculty are extremely grateful for the commitment of our participating Advisory Board members, including George Morosani, Shon Norris, Jeff WIllmott, Judy Willis, Ellen Carr, and Murphy Funkhouser Capps. A special thanks to Bill Schulz who coordinated the program and was also a mentor. We’re also quite appreciative of the work Dr. Richard Turpen contributed to the pilot as the Faculty Liaison. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we will share more information about the official start to the DMA Mentor Program starting in Fall 2018!

We are thrilled to announce that Erika Covey (MGMT) will be joining the DMA Advisory Board as a student representative for the 18-19 AY! The faculty believe that Erika’s achievement inside the classroom, along with her experience as a transfer student and passionate advocate for sustainability, will bring a welcome voice to the Board. 


Student Accomplishments

VITA Program Makes an Impact

Under the leadership of Professor Carol Hughes, Elizabeth Porter (ECON), and Dr. Richard Turpen, 40 students participated in the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program to support hundreds of low-income citizens in the Asheville area. Our students prepared 313 tax returns and returned $339,908 to the community. The total refund amount almost doubled between 2014 and 2018 (an increase of 46%). Tax clients spoke at least eight languages and UNC Asheville students were able to provide services in five of those languages.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Innovation is at the core of a liberal arts education and central to the work of our students and faculty. For instance, Dr. Mary Lynn Manns continues to lead the Ideas to Action Program, which is a campus initiative to help students develop their ideas for social entrepreneurship.  This past year, one team, Sound-Fade, prototyped their sound panels at our UNCA STEAM Studio and then presented at One Million Cups.  Two other teams, Safety Creations and ReSight, made the finalists at HatchAVL startup weekend, and one member from a fourth team, TerraFemme, won the best business pitch competition at ClimateCon and then presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Lynn Manns and check out the Ideas to Action webpage. 

Dr. Dennis Cole had another successful year of mentoring his MGMT 357 students in the annual Ad Competition. Thank you to the mentorship of Dr. Cole and our judges Bill Schulz (DMA Advisory Board), Dr. Sonya DiPalma (Mass Communications), and Steve Plever (Marketing Communications). Our marketing students showcased their critical thinking skills and creativity to two different client organizations in the nonprofit sector. Congratulations to our students for their impactful work to support local and national non-profit organizations! Click here to view the winning ads developed by these teams.

The winning teams: Parker Bobbitt, Kristian Buckner, Braulio Pescador Martinez (Asheville GreenWorks is a local environmental non-profit. They were established in 1973 and they work to protect the environment in and around Asheville) and Austin Fahr, Morgan Rulevich, Katie Tuorto (NFL Play 60 is a non-profit branch of the National Football League. The goal of NFL Play 60 is to encourage kids of the younger generations to play outside for at least 60 minutes a day. 

We’re very proud of Tracey Walker (MGMT) who, alongside fellow entrepreneurs in the community, recently launched Peaks & Creeks Brewing Co. in Brevard. She joins a long tradition of DMA students and alums who have made their mark in the Brewing Industry. Congratulations Tracey!

Leading Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Justine James (ACCT) received a fully-funded grant to attend the 2018 Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Global Leadership Summit this November 2018 in Chicago! The BGS Global Leadership Summit offers an experiential learning workshop to develop leadership, interpersonal, and networking skills. Since its inception in 2001, this program brings together student BGS members from colleges and universities across the country and the world for a chance to network and engage. Each year we send one or two students to this program to help them continue developing their professional identities. Justine’s selection as our representative speaks volumes about her commitment to business education and our mission to help “students become effective leaders and contributors to both their professional and social environments.”

  • Congratulations to Kevin Vannatta (ACCT ‘18) of UNC Asheville Men’s Basketball on being named an Academic All-American!
  • Henry Patten (MGMT) was recently announced the winner of the Big South Men’s Tennis Player of the Year award for a second straight year.

  • Congratulations Brantly Junaluska (MGMT) for being recognized as an emerging leader at the Student Leadership Award Banquet.

  • Kudos to Dennis White (MGMT) and his research adviser, Dr. Susan Clark Muntean, on his poster presentation at the UNC Asheville Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium. His projected was titled, "Intrinsic Motivation: Its Impact On Employee Engagement And Employee Motivation."

Our Alums Continue to Succeed

We celebrated with 59 new DMA alums at the Spring 2018 Commencement! 11% of the entire graduating class were management majors/minors and accounting majors/minors. They made us proud and continue to do so as they enter graduate school and the world of work. They, like all of our alums, are making an immediate impact! 

Congratulations to Jordan Fulbright (ACCT ‘18) who was awarded a NC State Jenkins Graduate School MAC fellowship! Recipients are selected based on their scholarship, leadership, service, experience, presence, and integrity. Thanks to Dr. Bill Koprowski for his mentorship and support! The fellowship program is made possible through a partnership between sponsoring CPA firms, the NC State Graduate School, and the Poole College of Management’s Department of Accounting. The fellowship provides financial support for educational expenses and also may include an offer of employment upon graduation. Jordan partnered with the nationwide firm Johnson Lambert out of their Raleigh office! 

  • Javier Arranz (MGMT ‘18) has moved to China as part of an ESL program with EF English First.
  • Raekwon Miller (MGMT ’18) Signs Professional Basketball Contract in Germany
  • Nhi Tran (MGMT ’18) accepted a position as Passenger Sales Representative at Korean Air.
  • Kevin Vannatta (MGMT ’18) started a new position as Corporate Analyst/Program Development at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Rich Pettit (MGMT ‘17) has accepted Project Coordinator position for SEO Marketing Agency in Seattle, WA.
  • Hugo Gutierrez (MGMT ‘17) is now an IT Service Analyst with Mission Health Systems.
  • Jessie Phillips (ACCT ‘17) is an associate with Worley, Woodbery & Associates, PA.
  • Cody Marosz (MGMT ‘17) is an Advertising/Content Manager at Writers Life and Director Of Advertising and Marketing for North Carolina Adult Baseball.
  • Ryan Catrine (MGMT ‘16) is now a Sales Management Trainee for Mutual Distributing Company and previously a Marketing Strategist for Coastal Credit Union.
  • Marissa Craver (ACCT ‘15) is now a Senior Staff Accountant for the Grove Park Inn and Resort.
  • Adrien Langeard (MGMT ‘13) recently began a position as Product Platform Manager for JUST EGG.
  • Ilan Enrique Unger Hershson (MGMT ‘13) has accepted a position as Business Development at Better Air North America.
  • Mike Shildt (MGMT ‘93) has been named Interim Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals

Our Faculty Innovate, Engage, and Create Impact

Carol Hughes was recently recognized by the American Accounting Association (AAA) for her excellence in teaching! She has been awarded the 2018 J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize. As a requirement of the Cook Award, acceptance of the prize at the plenary session of the 2018 Annual Meeting, followed by a presentation on teaching. This presentation will also be given at other AAA meetings. Congratulations Professor Hughes! 

Micheal Stratton was recently promoted to Full Professor and elected as the President-Elect for the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS). The one-year term as president-elect will begin in June 2018 and three-year term as president will start in June 2019. He was also re-elected for a second term as Chair of the UNC Asheville Faculty Senate. Dr. Stratton presented multiple peer-reviewed proceedings this summer including “Humility in the classroom: On questioning the Sage on the Stage Approach” at iMOBTS at Maynooth University in Ireland with co-authors Drs. Stark, Rhew, Julien, and Clayton. Additionally, he co-authored and presented two sessions at the MOBTS 2018 at Coastal Carolina University on topics related to workplace communication in multicultural settings and lessons learned from experiential activities gone awry.

Mary Lynn Manns had a very productive Professional Development Leave in Spring 2018! She collaborated with Professor Christian Kohls and his graduate students at TH Köln Technology Arts Sciences in Gummersbach, Germany (pictured below) on the analysis, design, programming of an app. This will allow app analysis & design to be added to the system development lifecycle module in MGMT 386. In addition, MGMT 386 students will now get the opportunity to test the app this fall 2018. Dr. Manns also published a proceedings article at an international conference and published a Chinese edition of her book (More Fearless Change) alongside her coauthors. Congratulations Dr. Manns on a successful leave!

Bill Koprowski taught a new preparation in Summer 2018 on the topic of Fraud, which will solidify our Anti-Fraud Education Partnership status with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. This will provide a sound foundation for students to successfully complete the examination requirement for recognition as a “Certified Fraud Examiner.” Dr. Koprowski, with the support of Dr. Burris and our Study Abroad Team, is also planning a May 2019 Faculty-led trip to Chile and Argentina. Stay tuned on our Study Abroad page for more details! Thank you Dr. Koprowski the important work you do to support our students!

Patrick Hester had highly productive first year at UNC Asheville! Not only did he help us make importance updates to our management science electives, such as the development of MGMT 428 Business Analytics scheduled for Fall 2018, he published or presented multiple projects. He was also recently honored with the Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2018 Emerald Literati Awards! His book chapter, A Readiness Decision Model for Canceling Navy Ship Maintenance Availabilities, published in Applications of Management Science 18 was selected by the editorial team for this honor. His chapter was chosen as a winner as it was one of the most exceptional pieces of work the team had seen throughout 2017. Additionally, Dr. Hester served as a management consultant for NATO ACT and Park Evaluations. Congratulations to Dr. Hester being an exceptional teacher-scholar!

Jeff Shields was highly engaged inside and outside of the classroom. Dr. Shields continued to support our efforts to engage the Accounting Community with this mentorship of the Student Accounting Association. He also published two peer-reviewed articles on sustainability in family firms and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Journal of Small Business Strategy and Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, respectively. Congratulations Dr. Shields!

Susan Clark Muntean did an exemplary job this year as a teacher-scholar and university citizen. She published a co-authored peer-reviewed journal article entitled, “Corporate Quotas and Symbolic Politics in Advanced Democracies” in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. Additionally, she was recently elected the UNC Asheville Faculty Senate and implemented the newly designed MGMT 488 Consulting Practicum with 10 DMA majors. This experience seeks to engage students in a collaborative consulting team to (1) solve a particular organizational problem for the client organization and (2) to apply theories/concepts in a practical context with meaningful impact on the client organization. The confidential client for Spring 2018 was in the spirituous liquors industry. Lastly, Dr. Clark Muntean was recently invited to deliver the keynote address for the 2018 Economic Bruncheon - Celebrating Women Leaders of WNC in August 2018!

Davit Davtyan had an engaged and exciting first year at UNC Asheville after completing his PhD at UT Austin. In addition to mentoring undergraduate research students and developing a new course on Digital and Social Media Marketing (MGMT 368), Dr. Davtyan was awarded a competitive full scholarship to attend the MOBTS 2018 Early Educator Institute (EEI) held in conjunction with the annual MOBTS conference at Coastal Carolina University in June 2018. The EEI provides faculty opportunities to increase self-awareness around teaching preferences, learning styles, and how to frame a teaching experience for students. We’re very fortunate to have Dr. Davtyan on the faculty!