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The Dean's Digest - April 2013

imageDr. Ron Shiffler, dean of the McColl School of Business, with the inductees at the Beta Sigma Gamma ceremony.
04/10/13 -  

Spring is finally here! Rainy, dreary cold weather has given way to sunshine and warm temperatures, and with it Mother Nature renews plants and trees with colorful tender buds.

McColl is renewing itself as well this spring. We restructured the Beta Gamma Sigma initiation ceremony as a banquet luncheon and invited families of the students being inducted to join us. Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for business majors. Because we hold AACSB International accreditation, we are eligible to charter a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter. Juniors and seniors (business majors only) who are in the Top 10 percent of their class are invited to join.

Traditionally, we have held the induction ceremony during other events on campus, but the honor and prestige of membership were lacking. This year we decided to hold a separate luncheon and include parents and spouses. Congratulations to our student inductees: Maria Barriga, Kristin Diemer, Kyle House, Jason Krogulski, John Lambert, Melissa Phillips, Emily Poulton, Lauren Price, Alexandra Restrepo Osorio, and Le'Asia Wright. Also, kudos to our faculty inductee Charlene Geisler. See the photo at left for their smiling faces!

We also formed our first-ever undergraduate student advisory board with an organizational meeting last month. The board will be charged with improving the undergraduate experience in the McColl School and working with me to discuss issues, resolve problems, and launch new student-centered initiatives. Thanks to the following students for stepping up to serve on the board! From the class of 2015, Kristen Diemer and Joseph Vaughn are serving, and from the class of 2016 we have Halley Barba, Campbell Corder, Elizabeth Goddard, John Harrington, Mitchel Sayers, and Megan Wagner.

Another first is our new partnership with The Wall Street Journal. This spring we are piloting a program with the Journal to receive hard copies of the newspaper Monday through Friday. We are distributing the papers to our PMBA and EMBA students and making them available to faculty who wish to use them in their classes. Copies, though limited, are free. Look for the small newsstand inside the door facing Selwyn Avenue and pick one up the next time you are in the building.

Finally, we congratulate Christy Phillips-Brown and Moira LoCascio who were honored as members of "40 Under 40," the Charlotte Business Journal's annual feature of up-and-coming leaders in the community. Christy is a McColl PMBA alumna and Moira serves on the board of our Entrepreneurial Leadership Circle. Congratulation, ladies!

As always, we'd love to hear from you, we'd love to meet you for coffee some morning, and we would love for you to subscribe to the McColl School blog. It's your move.

Ron Shiffler


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