Winter 2019

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                          Impact Bulletin

Happy New Year! On behalf of the DMA faculty and staff, we trust you all had a restful and rejuvenating start to 2019. As we reflect on the fall semester and look to the months ahead, we celebrate and acknowledge the impactful work of our students, faculty, staff, alums, and stakeholders. From our entrepreneurial student business owners and Advisory Board members to our award-winning faculty, the work of our community these last couple of months (and years!) demonstrate a consistent commitment to fulfilling our DMA Strategic Plan and the underlying values for innovative pedagogy and meaningful engagement in the profession.

The new semester brings with it numerous opportunities. In February, we welcome to campus a three-member team of Business School Deans to conduct a thorough AACSB reaccreditation review of our DMA programs, the quality of our faculty, and the impact of our work with the students and community. Additionally, Dr. Bill Koprowski will be leading a Study Abroad trip to Chile and Argentina in May 2019 while Dr. Muntean will be mentoring another group of highly talented DMA students in the second annual Consulting Practicum (MGMT 488)! Learning beyond the classroom is a critical aspect of a public liberal arts education. We’re deeply proud of how our faculty and supporters help our students make a difference in our local, regional, and global communities.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I wish you all a productive and fun spring semester! Don’t forget to continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and opportunities. See you around campus!

Micheal T. Stratton
Chair & Professor of Management

Department Happenings

Did you know that more than $36,000 in scholarships and grants are awarded to DMA students each year? Did you know that, between 2014-2018, an average of 40% of our graduating seniors were either accepted into or were pursuing graduate education at full-time or part-time status? There's more to our story than many might know! We recently designed and published a number of Infographics that depict a variety of DMA impact and engagement outcomes. Learn more about the work and many successes of our students, faculty, and supporters by clicking here.

Following a successful pilot last year, we resumed Fall 2018 with the goal of offering professional guidance to the Department’s juniors, seniors, and prospective majors. This program links students with senior members of the Western North Carolina business and nonprofit communities who prepare them for the workplace and help to map a clear path for career success.

On October 11, 2018, the mentoring program organized “Meet Your Mentor” kick-off social by bringing mentors and mentees together for an afternoon of fun. During this event, participating students met and bonded with their mentors. For more information on the DMA Mentoring program, please visit

Thanks to the leadership of Andrew West (MGMT) and support of the Management & Accountancy Department, the Hurricane Florence Donation Drive organized over the campus raised more than five hundred donated items, including non-perishable food, clothing, hygiene products and other necessities to help Hurricane Florence victims.

On September 21, 2018, members of the DMA's Accountancy Association participated in the North Carolina Association of CPA's Day of Service.  In the morning session, Jon Beck, Amy Clarke, Mark Sint, and Jessica Wolfe, along with Dr. Jeff Shields, the organization's faculty student adviser, assisted Asheville Greenworks in the maintenance of Greenworks' community tool trailer, storage facility, and the Sand Hill Orchard.  In the PM session, Chase Capatch, Paul Enderle, and Grace Kirik helped with roadside clean up along Hominy Creek Road and surrounding areas in Asheville.


Advisory Board Members Model the Way

We are thrilled to share important updates with you about our engaged DMA Advisory Board! With the objective to become a more effective leadership platform to initiate and drive positive change, a Task Force delivered a roadmap for a more autonomous DMA Advisory Board (AB) in 2018. This roadmap was presented and approved by the DMA Faculty and is in place for this academic year. Many thanks to Bill Schulz, who was named Chair of the Board, and to Ellen Carr our new Vice Chair. Dr. Stratton and Bill Norris (Senior Director of Major Giving at UNC Asheville) will serve as ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.

Following their first work session in the revised structure, the Advisory Board agreed to focus on: (1) Proposing KPIs to measure department performance, (2) Taking steps to better engaging the Western North Carolina business community and UNC Asheville alumni, and (3) Developing and implementing a logical AB tenure and succession process.

Murphy Funkhouser Capps (DMA Advisory Board Member and CEO and chief brand strategist at Kudzu Brands) won Best in Business award from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce. As she stated online, “This award represents quite a journey and means the world to me. Thank you to everyone who has supported, mentored and believed in me as I grew @kudzubrands, especially the best business partner a girl could ask for @heatherjohnson. #girlboss #entrepreneur #ashevillechamber”. This award recognizes a woman who demonstrates the transformation of her dream into the reality of a product or service and who exhibits the traits of an entrepreneur.





Student Accomplishments

Asante Monadjemi (MGMT) and his team members won third place at the pitch contest at Hatch AVL. Their educational platform ONEPEOPLE embodies values for inclusive excellence and the critical importance of understanding and promoting intersectionality. ONEPEOPLE offers apparel that is designed to challenge people around us to question their implicit bias and realize that we are all ONEPEOPLE. Read more about Hatch AVL here.

Two Management students, Nicole de Goede and Amanda Anaya joined Professor Mary Lynn Manns (MGMT) and six other UNC Asheville students who learned ways to change the world at the Ignite 2018 conference on October 19-21. The Ignite Retreat, organized by Sullivan Foundation, brought together ninety-four students and a couple of dozen faculty in Asheville, North Carolina for a weekend of inspiration, learning, and discussion about social change and making a positive difference in the world.

Chris McKoy (MGMT) presented his research on Shiloh Elementary school at African-Americans in Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference. His research explored the history of the Shiloh School, which was developed for students in the historically African-American Shiloh community in Asheville. Read more about Chris’s research here.

Elisha Lewis (MGMT) has become a visible and successful local entrepreneur. Elisha’s company Tech On makes customized computers. He recently purchased the former Edna's coffee shop on Merrimon Avenue, where he'll open a “Rolled and Roasted” ice cream shop. Read about Elisha’s success story here.

Morgan Rulevich (MGMT) has been named the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Female Swimmer of the Week, after winning seven events in a single week. According to, “Rulevich shined last weekend with seven total wins as the Bulldogs squared off against two conference opponents, Georgia Southern on Friday then North Florida on Saturday”.


Justine James (ACCT '19) represented the DMA at the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit (GLS) in Chicago. GLS is a premier annual event where the highest achieving students from the top 5% of business schools around the world gather to share a unique learning experience.




Oli Nolan (ACCT) and Henry Patten (MGMT) of UNC Asheville men's tennis have bested nationally 42nd-ranked Bjorn Thomson and Parker Wynn of Texas Tech 6-2, 6-1 to take title at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. In addition to title, Henry also received the Sportsmanship Award for the 2018 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. Read more about Oli and Henry here.

Amanda Anaya (MGMT) has been awarded with the Viking Mergers entrepreneur endorsement scholarship. Viking Mergers & Acquisitions offers business exit and succession planning, valuation, and brokerage services. Entrepreneur Endorsement Scholarship is aimed to help offset the costs of education for college students who have shown a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship.

Hannah Rosenbalm (MGMT) received the Alice S. Marriott Award for Community Service as a result of her internship with Aloft Hotel.  The Alice S. Marriott award for community service is only given to only one hotel out of 8,000 properties worldwide.

Robert Britton (MGMT), was on the SunRoof team that won second place in the 2018 UNCA Ideas to Action Social Enterprise Competition.  Robert was awarded a $250 scholarship. Read a short summary of his idea here.

Our Alums Continue to Succeed

Join the UNC Asheville community for Homecoming Weekend, February 22-23, 2019! From the Alumni Awards Banquet to a double-header basketball match up to a closeout event at the Orange Peel, there will be something for everyone! Learn more here!

Here are some exciting updates on our DMA alums!

  • Jacqui Henderson-Scott (MGMT ’17), who is currently pursuing her MBA at Lenior-Rhyne University returns to the “Ideas to Action” student competition. “This competition holds a really special place in my heart” said Jacqui. “The Ideas to Action class and the competition really inspired me to look at entrepreneurship on a social level” Henderson-Scott said. Read more about this story here.

  • Ben Eisdorfer (MGMT ‘17) accepted a new position as Marketing Coordinator at Trilion Quality Systems.
  • Mike Shildt (MGMT ‘93) was recently appointed as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Jake Casper (MGMT ’17) is now an Assurance Associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.
  • Jeremy Buckner (MGMT ’16) has accepted a new position as Senior Team Leader at Target.
  • Logan Lueck (MGMT ’18) started new position as Head of Sales and Systems at BearWaters Brewing Company.
  • William Lee (MGMT ’18) is now employed by Simple Life.
  • Cody Marosz (MGMT ‘17) started a position as Programmatic Specialist at Sokal Media Group.
  • Tara Jaynes (MGMT ’17) recently earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee.
  • Reid Dillon (MGMT ‘17) recently accepted a position as Staffing Consultant at Beacon Hill Staffing Group.
  • Patrick Benedetto (MGMT ‘15) will join Akin Gump’s Houston office to work in their Global Energy Transactions group. He will be working on M&A, securities, and finance projects in the energy/oil and gas space.
  • Michael Agnew (MGMT '15) recently joined Ritchie Bros. as a Government Wholesale Rep.
  • Ross Adams (MGMT '17) is now employed with Apria Healthcare as a Delivery Technician.
  • Matt Gorga (MGMT '17) finished his first year at Campbell Law Schol in Raleigh 8th in his class and made Law Review.  He will return to Asheville this summer working as a Summer Associate at The Van Winkle Law Firm.

Our Faculty Innovate, Engage, and Create Impact

Dr. Susan Clark Muntean has been appointed to the Small Business & Technology Development Center's Regional Advisory Board at WCU. In September 2018, Dr. Clark Muntean was featured in a news story aired on WLOS. In the interview she shared her expertise on economic development and local government. Read more about this here.

The journal article co-authored by Dr. Micheal Stratton received the Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award for 2018. The paper, entitled "Exercise and work-family conflict: a field experiment" was published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology. Established to celebrate and reward the outstanding contributions made by Emerald’s scholarly community, The Awards for Excellence is one of the largest and independent award schemes led by a publisher. Additionally, another co-authored article by Dr. Stratton, “From the Shadow of Overconfidence Into the Light of Humility: Reflections on Experiential Learning Activities Gone Awry”, was published in the Journal of Management Education.

Dr. Mary Lynn Manns delivered the keynote address on the topic of change leadership at the InnerSource Conference in New York to organizations including Nike, Fidelity, and Home Depot.  Additionally, Dr. Manns is featured in a Mastering Business Analysis podcast on the topic of persuasion:


At the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Carol Hughes, one of the recipients of the AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize for teaching, shared insights from her years in the classroom. This was featured in a story in the Journal of Accountancy's "Extra Credit".  Read more here.  Carol will also be featured in the Accounting Education journal in their "Summaries of the Teaching Domain Statements of the Cook Prize Winners."

Dr. Bob Yearout, Professor Emeritus of Management, was inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletic Hall of Fame. The goal of the UNC Asheville Athletics Hall of Fame is to develop traditions, celebrate contributions of those who came earlier in the history and encourage pride in student-athletes, the campus community, alumni, and supporters.