Winter 2018

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                                       Winter 2018 Impact Bulletin


A new year brings with it exciting changes to the Department of Management and Accountancy and an opportunity to reflect on the impactful work of our students, alums, faculty, and stakeholders. We work collaboratively as a community to energetically bring to life our strategic priorities including curricula innovation and assessment, impactful scholarly and community engagement activities, the cultivation of new partnerships with employers and supporters, and purposeful efforts to reward and encourage student success. To move our Strategic Plan forward, we’re thrilled to welcome Drs. Hester, Davtyan, and Werts to our department and our new stakeholders to our Advisory Board -- Terry Houck, Jr., Jeff McKeehan, Michael Shore, and Judy Willis. Each of these talented individuals firmly believe in our liberal arts mission and bring unique experiences and backgrounds. As I noted in a recent UNC Asheville Magazine article, our public liberal arts model is “a multi-interdisciplinary approach to the identification and analysis of complex problems leveraging multiple and sometimes competing perspectives.” We look forward to their insights and advice as we continue to build upon our many successes to support student learning.

We pride ourselves on preparing students to thrive in environments that require adaptation and resilience. Our students and alums, many of whom are profiled here and in past Impact Bulletins, are models for perseverance, creativity, and an openness to change. Students continue see our faculty and staff practice what we preach! The coming weeks and months will bring us closer to important transitions and milestones. From Owen and Carmichael Hall renovations that will result in temporary office and classroom relocations in the coming year to an upcoming visit by our accreditor (AACSB) for our five-year review in 2019, let alone our efforts to support the Chancellor Search, we will work closely with internal and external partners, students, and colleagues to collaborate and lead during these exciting times! 

Our faculty are deeply proud of our students who balance multiple and competing demands in their athletic, work, and personal lives. They model the way as engaged citizens who share an appetite for learning and leading. I invite you to explore the many updates in this “Impact Bulletin” including some very noteworthy student, alumni, and faculty achievements! Continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and opportunities. On behalf of the faculty, thank you for your commitment to student learning and the efforts to help us make a sustained, meaningful impact on the lives of our students, alums, and community.

Micheal T. Stratton
Chair & Associate Professor of Management


Department Happenings

Executives from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) visited campus in October.  Students and faculty welcomed a team of leaders from BD who participated on a career panel. From issues related to workplace culture and recruitment to challenges of acquisitions/mergers and complexities of the labor market, our student attendees learned and engaged outside of the classroom with BD’s leaders from their Infusion Business.

UNC Asheville Moves Up to No. 7 in “U.S. News and World Report’s” Ranking of Public Liberal Arts Colleges due to our public liberal arts model, the undergraduate research program, our affordability, and for our AACSB accredited programs of study in management and accountancy. Learn more about our accreditation with AACSB, in addition to our Strategic Plan, Values Statement, and Impact Plan.

We introduced our new Consulting Practicum (MGMT 488) this spring semester! 10 Management seniors are currently engaged in intensive research with their client, an entrepreneurial firm entering the national wholesale and distribution of a new spirituous liquor product line.  Working directly with the client, our students are conducting legal and regulatory research, market research, and designing a complete marketing and advertising campaign.  The three teams will present their three deliverables to the client in a formal presentation on campus in May. The purpose of the MGMT488 Consulting Practicum is to provide students the opportunity to apply the concepts, theories and knowledge from their course work to real-time, real-world problems faced by a client, and to foster experiential learning in the professional world of team-based project management and management consulting.

Engagement with the North Carolina Association of CPAs! CPA Association Members were part of a panel presentation on January 23, 2018 to discuss with students the nature of their work, what led them to choose accounting, and the "highs and lows" they experience. We also hosted their monthly "Lunch & Learn" event on January 30, 2018. Amy Kemp, an Asheville CPA and audit and cybersecurity expert, discussed Blockchain technology and the impact it's having on the accounting profession and beyond. Both of these events were excellent opportunities to connect with members of the professional accounting community and to get answers to questions you may have about your career plans.

DMA Faculty partner across disciplines to develop the Interdisciplinary Studies' Program in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (AME) concentration is designed for students seeking a career in the arts who also want to start their own business, or innovate, market and monetize their creative ideas. This cross-disciplinary curriculum includes courses in art, economics, accounting, management, and more, to help students develop skills in management, legal and ethical practices, marketing, self-promotion, and entrepreneurship. Students will also learn best practices in arts leadership and advocacy so they can make a difference in their communities. Learn more here!

Professor Hughes (ACCT) comments on the rigor and importance of critical thinking, data analytics, and community engagement in high-quality accounting education. UNC Asheville is one of only 3 undergraduate programs featured in this article, the other two being among the country's biggest and best-known: Villanova University and the University of Southern California. Read more.


Advisory Board Members Model the Way

Bill Schulz helps lead our Mentor-Mentee Pilot Program! 8 DMA students and Advisory Board members are participating in the inaugural year of our Mentor-Mentee program. Our goal is to support student learning and development with engaged stakeholders. We are exploring a broader DMA-wide mentor program next year for rising juniors/seniors. Here's Bill and his advisee, Tyler Schrader (ACCT), in a recent mentor meeting.

Sok Cheng headshotSok Heang Cheng (pictured below) receives National Recognition! Johnson Price Sprinkle PA announced that JPS Shareholder Sok Heang Cheng CPA, CVA, ABV, CFF has been named a 2017 NACVA® & CTI® 40 Under Forty Honoree. NACVA (National Association of Certified Valuators & Anaylsts®) and CTI (Consultants’ Training Institute®) partner to recognize the next generation of industry mavericks for contributions in their profession and community.   Sok Heang is one of three selected from North Carolina and the only honoree selected from Western North Carolina!

Murphy Funkhouser Capps, co-owner and CEO of Kudzu Brands, shares her thoughts, in a recent issue of WNC Woman, on leveraging your passions as a resilient entrepreneur.

Taylor Bell recently accepted a new role as Operations Manager at Colton Groome & Company. Congratulations! 


Student Accomplishments

Brooke JohnsonOur DMA majors engage with the global marketplace. Brooke Johnson (MGMT) just returned from a semester in Belgium and Stephanie Yu (ACCT) is studying in South Korea this academic year. Eight of our students will join Professor Carol Hughes on the May 2018 faculty-led trip to London and Brussels to study the effects of the Brexit on the European Union.

Phoebe SchneiderPhoebe Schneider (MGMT) Wins Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Competition! UNC Asheville senior Phoebe Schneider (pictured to the right) and her international teammates were named the winners in the Team Case Competition conducted by the international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma at its Global Leadership Summit in November. Read more here!

Dr. Manns continues to lead our students in the Ideas to Action course (IST 200)! She recently spent time with students at the UNC Asheville STEAM Studio. Logan and Michael are building their sound-dampening panels that reduce noise-based distractions for children with special needs in educational environments. Additionally, recent IST 200 student Zac Lopez-Ibanez said this about her experience, "I thought you would be interested to know about a recent development with Homeward Bound. Through my research and experience in your IST 200 class last semester, I was able to integrate the concept of SOCA into an existing platform. In recent months, Homeward Bound has been actively working with real estate agents, in a program entitled REACH (real estate agents combating homelessness), to channel portions of the agent's proceeds to address homelessness. As I had been previously working with the communication director for Homeward Bound on my SOCA project, the opportunity to integrate a Socially Oriented Charitable Accommodations concept presented itself. I wanted to thank you for your time and energy during the last semester, it galvanized my ability to approach larger social issues with the flexibility and perseverance needed to get them done." Learn more here about the Ideas to Action course and check out our YouTube video here.

Social Entrepreneurship Competition4th Annual UNC Asheville Social Entrepreneurship Competition! Seven Management students were among the 18 students who participated in the 4th Annual UNC Asheville Social Entrepreneurship Competition on December 5.  Three of the Management students earned places among the finalists. Second place went to Jacqui Henderson-Scott and Nelson Leonard while Shayla Khalife was part of the team that placed third.  The competition was judged by Asheville-area entrepreneurs. Click here for more information on the team projects in the 2017 competition.

DMA Student-Athletes are outstanding on and off the court. Raekwon Miller (MGMT major - pictured to the right) of UNC Asheville men's basketball and Henry Patton (MGMT major) of our Tennis Team brilliantly balance academics with athletics demonstrating resilience and passion. Read Raekwon's interview with the Citizen Times and news of Henry's accomplishment as a top US Tennis Player!

Students uphold our tradition of engaged and innovative undergraduate research! Nhi Tran, under the mentorship of Dr. Burris, presented her research project "Renewable Energy Market in Southeast Asia: A Case Study on Vietnam" yesterday at the NC Undergraduate Research Symposium at Campbell University and at the December 2017 UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium. Shayla Khalife, mentored by Dr. Susan Clark Muntean, also presented at the symposium on her work entitled “Millennials: The Most Educated Generation in History and Their Decline of New Business Creation.” 

Students gain valuable field experience! Banna Weldense (MGMT) speaks on her experience with Creative Strengths. David Robbins (MGMT) is shown here working alongside Murphy Funkhouser Capps of Kudzu Brands in his project-based internship!


Our Alums Continue to Succeed

December 2016 Commencement

We celebrated with 45 new DMA alums at the December 2017 Commencement! 22% 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! 

  • Madeline Delp (MGMT minor '17) founded the nonprofit Live Boundless, which funds educational projects for those with disabilities. Read more here!
  • Tracey Childers (MGMT ’16) joined the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) as a Prevention Manager. She recently spoke at the UNC Asheville Sparks seminar on "HIV 101". 
  • Mason Ryan (ACCT ’16) joined the JPS team as an Associate working in taxation services at their Asheville office.
  • Cole Schwietering (MGMT '16) is now a Mortgage Loan Officer at Movement Mortgage. 
  • Joey Cutting (MGMT '15) accepted a position as Assistant Director of Athletics Development/Catamount Club at Western Carolina University.
  • Alex Chu (MGMT ‘15) was recently appointed as Senior Strategic Pricing Analyst for QuintilesIMS.
  • Ashley Foxworth (ACCT ’14) has joined Meritor as a Cost Analyst.
  • Bastian Herr (MGMT ’14) is now Area Sales Manager in Cologne, Düsseldorf & Essen for Michelin.
  • Taylor Shuford (MGMT ’14) joined Morris Business Solutions as a Xeroz Government Specialist.
  • Jessica Bickett (MGMT/ACCT '14) recently accepted a Senior Associate role at Capital One (Regulatory Reporting Technology and Projects).
  • Nona Workman (ACCT '13), a Senior Associate at Johnson Price Sprinkle PA, has been awarded 40 Under 40 by the Biltmore Beacon.
  • David Kaufman-Moore (MGMT '12) recently completed his MPA at Villanova University and accepted a position as Donor Relations Manager for The American Chestnut Foundation.
  • Jason Riggs (MGMT '11) is now head distiller at H&H Distillery (pictured to the right).
  • Christine Haynes Johnson (MGMT '10) was just accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Master of Education program in Learning & Teaching.
  • Jon Dysinger (MGMT '94) is now Head Engine Builder at Triad Racing Development.

Our Faculty Innovate, Engage, and Create Impact

System Decision Making book cover by Dr. Patrick HesterDr. Patrick Hester recently received the 2018 Textbook Excellence Award by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association for his book Systemic Decision Making: Fundamentals for Addressing Problems and Messes. Additionally, he and co-authors published "Mission hazard potential: A method for assessing mission creep effects" in the Journal of Applied Operational Research, and another co-authored piece -- "Chinese drywall: A systemic decision making approach" -- in the Applications of Management Science. Dr. Hester has also been invited as Guest Editor for a special issue of International Journal of System of Systems Engineering.

Professor Carol Hughes contributed a short article on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to this edition and participated on a panel at the AAA annual conference where she discussed RPA. 

Dr. Susan Clark Muntean and Banu Ozkazanc-Pan's co-authored article entitled, “Networking Towards (In)equality: Women Entrepreneurs in Technology”, was recently accepted for publication by Gender, Work & Organization. Adopting feminist insights in the context of entrepreneurship and networking, we investigate mechanisms through which women become excluded from the technology sector.

Mary Lynn Manns presenting at conference in BudapestDr. Mary Lynn Manns presented at the STRETCH conference in Budapest and discussed the reaction of others during times of change and summarized some specific strategies that help address resistance and encourage people to become so interested and involved that they want to change.

Dr. William Koprowski is now on the Editorial Board of IECJ Editorial Review Board (IMA Educational Case Journal). 

Dr. Richard Turpen recently published an article entitled, "Financial Statement Engagements: What You Should Know" in the New Accountant, a print and online journal edited for current and prospective accounting students (both undergraduate and graduate) and recent accounting graduates.

Adjunct Professor Hunter Goosmann and his team from ERC Broadband were honored with the Corporate Impact Award by the NC Tech Organization!