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Inside Business Buzz – January 2014

Message from the Dean

Welcome to our newsletter, the Inside Business Buzz. As the name implies, this newsletter is for the faculty and staff in the College of Business.  It will be published monthly and is meant to keep everyone updated on goings on within the College. So, as you have articles accepted, attend conferences, speak to groups, win awards or experience other milestones you’d like to share, please send them to me or to our office of Marketing & Media at  I look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at our meeting on Friday.


The Office of Development & Alumni Relations

The College of Business has recently established a new Office of Development & Alumni Relations.  This new Office will handle fundraising initiatives, alumni relations, and other special events.  The Office is staffed by Pam Jones, senior director of development; Gordon Hunter, assistant director of development; and Debbie Hilton, administrative secretary. All were involved on the Georgia Southern campus prior to joining the College of Business Development Office.

For the past four years, Pam Jones worked as the director of outreach development for the Georgia Southern Outreach Centers – the Museum, the Garden of the Coastal Plain, the Performing Arts Center, the Wildlife Center, and the Military Resource Center– as well as (formerly supporting) the College of Education and the Zach S. Henderson Library. Pam’s professional background includes positions at Young Harris College in fundraising and director of community relations and special projects at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus. An alumna of Young Harris College and Ashford University, Pam holds a degree in organizational management.   She is excited about working with our new dean, Dr. Allen Amason, and looks forward to improving the opportunities for giving back to the College, and, thus, building its endowment to allow us to be more competitive in attracting gifted students and faculty.

Gordon Hunter joins the College of Business from Athletic Marketing. In 2009, Gordon began working for the Athletic Department in game day operations while pursuing his master in sports management at Georgia Southern. Taking an interest in fundraising, Gordon helped found the Student Eagle Club as a graduate assistant with the Athletic Foundation in 2010. While helping the Eagle Football Alumni Association raise more than $100,000 between its annual Reverse Raffle and Golf Tournament, Gordon joined the Athletic Foundation staff fulltime in 2011. That year, Gordon developed DAY ONE and hosted the first annual event at Paulson Stadium in August. In July 2012, Gordon was hired as director of athletic marketing at Georgia Southern. In that role, he scheduled all promotions, media buys, and marketing for Georgia Southern’s 16 NCAA sports teams. He developed the birthday party and facility rental policy, generating new revenue for the Athletic Department. In the College of Business, Gordon will focus on alumni relations within the Development Office.

Debbie Hilton joined the College of Business in 2011. As the administrative secretary for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Debbie brings her knowledge and background in administration and in charitable giving.  She previously worked as the volunteer coordinator for two local hospice companies developing their volunteer programs and bringing them into compliance with federal and state regulations. While working with the hospice companies, Debbie also solicited donations for the organizations. Debbie worked as the office manager for Reidsville Baptist Church, where she gained valuable knowledge and training concerning the tax laws for charitable giving. Prior to these two jobs, Debbie worked with the Georgia Department of Corrections as an Accounting Tech II in the Rogers Correctional Institution, Farm Services Office, where she was responsible for all accounting aspects. Since beginning her career with the College of Business, Debbie has taken on the role of event coordinator and has received the COBA STAR Award. Debbie continues to participate in training programs and educational opportunities. She has received several administrative certifications and diplomas from Southeastern Technological College, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the training programs of the Georgia Department of Corrections.


The Office of Marketing & Media

The College of Business would like to introduce the new Office of Marketing & Media. This Office will be responsible for creating monthly internal and external e-newsletters as well as publishing the Eagle Executive magazine semi-annually. The Marketing & Media Office will also be responsible for all advertising, print and digital, and public relations for the College of Business. The new staff consists of Kate Channell, director of Marketing & Media; Mark Donato, graphic designer/webmaster; and Carol Waller, publications specialist.

Kate Channell joined the College of Business in January 2011 as the assistant director of MBA Programs.  Prior to returning to Georgia Southern, her alma mater, Kate was the assistant director of Alumni Affairs and director of Development for the School of Dentistry, respectively, at the Medical College of Georgia, now Georgia Regents University.  Kate holds two degrees from the College of Business, an MBA with an international business concentration and a BBA in marketing, sales/sales management emphasis.

Mark Donato, the webmaster and graphic designer for the new Office of Marketing & Media, is a computer specialist with a professional background in database administration and web development with an academic background in broadcast media.  A lifetime art practitioner turned digital designer, Mark has experience in a variety of artistic media.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Georgia Southern University.

Carol Waller, who holds a BA in English from Georgia Southern University, came to what was then the Office of Publications & Faculty Research Services in May 1994 as a staff assistant primarily responsible for ordering office supplies and proof-reading the School of Business alumni newspaper, the Eagle Executive, and its journal, Southern Business Review. In 1995, her position was expanded to include formatting and proof-reading faculty journal submissions, formatting whole conference proceedings and journals edited by business faculty members, and generating graphics to accompany faculty presentations and special projects. In 2002, Carol was promoted to publications specialist, a position she still holds today. In the nearly twenty years she has worked in the office, she has twice been nominated for University Staff Awards of Excellence and is the recipient of the college’s 2002 Tomlinson & Bond Staff Award for Excellence and STAR Award.


The Office of Experiential Learning & Corporate Relations

New this semester is the Office of Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations. The purpose of the new office is to build relationships between the College of Business and the business community to develop, facilitate, and direct internships and other forms of student-corporate interactions. Located adjacent to the college’s associate dean’s office, the new office is staffed by James E. Davis, Jr., director, and a graduate assistant.

After twenty years in banking, Mr. Davis came to Georgia Southern in 1994 as finance professor and director of the Center for Banking. In 2003, he moved to the Office of Publications & Faculty Research Services as its director and adjunct professor of economics. In his new role as director of the Office of Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations,  Mr. Davis will work with both students and employers to carefully match internship opportunities and students to adapt each student’s interests, skills, and assets to the best business environment while, at the same time, satisfying the needs of the employers. He will also develop new corporate contacts while re-establishing and strengthening previous relationships. Through the office’s efforts, our students will be better prepared for the market, more attractive to employers, and better able to secure employment after graduation. They will also be better positioned to be successful in their future careers.

Employers value students with experience in their fields. It is through internships that business students are able to refine their professional skills, prepare for future employment, apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge and skills gained in class to the work environment, and gain first-hand knowledge about their chosen fields as they “learn by doing” in the workplace. This learning opportunity benefits both the businesses and the students alike since completion of an internship vastly enhances an individual’s knowledge and perspective of the world of business.

If you are interested in partnering with the College of Business to obtain the services of an intern, please contact Mr. Davis at (912) 478-5820 or


City Campus & Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development Updates

ProBid –The ProBid series is part of our ongoing mission to assist small businesses to create and retain jobs in our area.  This series brings together procurement officers for local private and government entities. Attendees learn about the types of services managed and contracted by the hosting entity. The topics discussed include: policies for doing business, certification and application requirements, bidding processes and upcoming requests for proposals. This event is held every third Thursday from 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m., at the Georgia Southern City Campus Downtown Statesboro.  Our next event will be on February 20th please see the City Campus website ( for more information or contact us via email at

Hinesville Development Authority – The City of Hinesville is in the process of creating the Hinesville Development Authority. This organization will partner will the existing economic development agencies in the area to help create a great environment for development.  In order to create a usable strategic vision The City of Hinesville contracted with BBRED to facilitate a strategic planning meeting.  From the information collected at this meeting BBRED created a SWOT analysis along with a preliminary vision and mission statement from this session.  BBRED would like to congratulate the Hinesville Development Authority for completing this step in there development process.  In addition our team would like to thank Dr. Trey Denton for his help facilitating the planning session.

3 Day Startup – The 3 Day Startup (3DS) program teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. Over the course of a weekend participating students will create an idea for a new business, develop the appropriate business strategies needed to operate this firm and pitch there final plans to potential investors.  This proven program created and operated by the University of Texas provides students the tools they need to start successful companies. This will be Georgia Southern’s first 3DS event. The main event will be held February 14th-16th on Georgia Southern University campus. The winning team will automatically be entered into the FastPitch event to present their startup idea. For more information please check the event website:, or if you have any questions please email Dr. Dominique Halaby,

Fast Pitch –As part of our business development mission we are partnering with The Creative Coast to support the FastPitch competition.  FastPitch is a competition where promising local entrepreneurs can get additional support to help them start new ventures or grow existing ones. This concept allows for entrepreneurs to make a 3-minute pitch of their innovative venture and be assessed as to the viability of the ventures by local community leaders, academics, and investors. The entrepreneurs are competing in three categories: Student Entrepreneurs, Early Stage Entrepreneurs (have developed a product/service but have not started to sell it), and Local Entrepreneurs (have started to sell their product/service). Competition day is March 7th at the Coastal Georgia Center. For more information please check the event website:, or if you have any questions please email Dr. Dominique Halaby,


Faculty Publication News

writingAn academic study that examines the PC industry, written by Lowell Mooney and Robert Marley, both faculty in the School of Accountancy, entitled, “The Incredible Shrinking PC Industry” has been accepted for 2014 publication in The Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance.

Charles Harter and Robert Marley, both faculty in the School of Accountancy, recently received word that their study, “A Framework for Explaining Accounting Students’ Formal Communication Gap” has been accepted for 2014 publication in the International Research Journal of Applied Finance.

An academic study co-authored by School of Accountancy faculty member Robert Marley entitled, “The Long-Term Effects of Multiple Period, Integrated Accounting Cycle Practice Sets on Student Learning” won the Best Paper in Conference Award and the Best Paper in Session Award at the 15th annual meeting of the Academy of Business Disciplines conference.  The paper has been revised to incorporate conference feedback and is under review at Issues in Accounting Education, the premier accounting education journal.

Christopher Brunt, a faculty member in the Department of Finance and Economics, has recently had three articles published, “Medicare payment generosity and access to care” in the Journal of Regulatory Economics, “Medicare skilled nursing facility reimbursement and upcoding” in Health Economics, and “Pricing distortions in medicare’s physician fee schedule and patient satisfaction with care quality and access” also in Health Economics.

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