MARCH 2017

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BPM CENTER REGULATIONS

  • Building hours are:
    • Monday - Thursday: 6am – 11pm
    • Friday: 6am - 10pm
    • Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED
  • Elevators and stairwells can be used by all students, faculty, staff, and guests when the building is open!
  • A main directory indicating what is located on each floor is displayed on the monitors on the 1st and 2nd floors.
  • All business faculty are located on the 4th floor. All public management faculty are located on the 5th floor. The monitors placed outside of the elevators display each floor’s directory. Full-time faculty office locations can also be found on our Faculty Directory webpage.  
  • For any printing needs, we have provided copier printers on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors. You can print from any Wi-Fi enabled device to one of these printers via RamPrint. Step-by-step instructions on how to print can be found on the IT Help Desk’s WebsiteIf you are having problems connecting, please call the HelpDesk at 610-436-3350.
  • Student meeting rooms 202313, and 326 are available to be reserved. We require that student groups request space reservations via 25Live 48 hours prior to the event. If you would like to request a space within 48 hours, please see Paige Carey in the Dean’s Office on the third floor. Walk-ups are accepted if the space is available, and there are no reservations displayed on the touchscreens located outside. However, know that reservations will ALWAYS supersede walkups.
  • Any media equipment located in these rooms is for your use. If assistance is needed, please contact the Help Desk at 610-436-3350.
  • We are thrilled to share with you our new building, but ask that you are respectful and leave spaces how you would want them to be found.

STUDENTS GET A JUMP START ON THE COLLEGE PROCESS WITH RAMMY AND DEAN OSGOOD

Benny Phillips, a student in Mrs. Karrmann’s kindergarten classroom at Fern Hill Elementary School, invited Dean Osgood as his “VIP” (Very Important Person). Throughout the year, each student gets to select a special guest, and have them visit their class to share a little bit about themselves. 

#WCULovesJohnProject

Accounting and Finance major Darby McKee has started a GoFundMe page for John Berberich, an employee at the Einstein Brothers’ Bagels on campus. “John the Bagel Guy” was recently diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and must undergo a high-risk surgery to remove it. Currently, John is being treated by the Department of Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Darby’s fundraiser aims to raise $50,000 to help with medical expenses. So far, it has collected over fifteen thousand dollars. Help support John’s fight by donating here.

ACCOUNTING ADJUNCT #1 HIT ON YOUTUBE

Accounting Adjunct Professor Mansour Farhat has reached 10,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, and is the number one hit for “Accounting Lectures.” Since he first started uploading videos in September of 2015, he has grown his channel 1,567%.
 
While the majority of his online lectures (70%) are viewed by people in the US, the remainder are viewed by students from all over the world, some from as far as Sydney, Australia. In fact, the University of West Indies in Jamaica requires Professor Farhat’s lectures as part of their course curriculum for Intermediate Accounting.
 
To view Professor Farhat’s online lectures, feel free to check out his YouTube channel, or visit his website.

PPA DEPARTMENT HOSTS DIANE DISNEY

Earlier this week, the Public Policy and Administration (PPA) Department hosted Dr. Diane Disney, District II ASPA Representative, for a discussion about the differences between management and leadership in the policy-making process. Dr. Disney began by saying that “leadership means taking risks” and that leaders “dare to stretch themselves.”

Throughout her speech, she gave several “rules” of policy-making:
  1. “Like fine wine, good policy requires some aging; first thoughts are one-dimensional.”
  2. “Time gives a good opportunity for vetting by the policy implementers.”
  3. “Every policy decision made has costs.”
  4. “Identify the extremes, or those who can 'game the system,' but focus on the greater good and seek to neutralize objections.”
  5. “Every issue has a history, and you have to discover it.”
  6. “Nobody knows everything – you haven’t lived in all parts of the economy.”
  7. “Grammar and punctuation matter.”
  8. “It is foolish to regard others who oppose your ideas as enemies.” 
The event was well-attended by PPA faculty, MPA students, and alumni, as well as MPA faculty and students from Cheyney University.

WHAT IT TAKES TO BREW A PINT

As part of a field trip to Levante Brewing, the students in Dr. Tom Andrews ECO 336 class shot short educational videos on the economics behind what it takes to brew a pint. 

5TH ANNUAL BUSINESS IDEA COMPETITION

Do you have an idea for a new product, service, or technology? Want to get feedback on your idea, and have the chance to win prizes totaling $7500? Hear from a WCU young alumna who competed and won

Ideas are due March 6th – Submit at www.wcubizideas.com.

EASTERN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

Last weekend Dr. Tom Andrews and Dr. Simon Condliffe accompanied (from left to right) Amanda Flynn, Joanne Dyba, Nicole Schwerner, and Stephen Sposito at the 43rd Eastern Economic Association conference in New York City. These economics students presented their research papers from their ECO 400 - Research Methods course, and served as discussants in the presentation session. The group was also able to meet with economics alumni working in the city.

NEW ACCOUNTING CLASS

As you are getting ready to select your classes for Fall 2017, you might want to consider this new Accounting Elective: ACC 415 – Professional Accounting taught by Professor Brad Allen.

Take advantage of, and learn from Professor Allen's 33 years of experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers. This course will cover those items that you will need to know to have a successful career in public accounting. Topics covered include: resume building, interview skills, business writing, lines of service, big data and data analytics, and advanced Excel skills.

Prerequisites for this course are ACC 201 and 202 and instructor approval. For more information and/or questions, contact Professor Brad Allen.  

CLUB OF THE MONTH - BETA ALPHA PSI

This past month, Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor's fraternity, co-hosted their First Annual Philly Metro Event at Drexel University. This unique event provided students the opportunity to network with accounting professionals, students from local colleges, and recruiters within the greater Philadelphia area. One such professional was PwC Partner Douglas Strang who spoke about his life experience from his time on Penn State’s 1982 Championship Football Team. Following the event, students participated in a service project, which included making 1,000 sandwiches for various homeless shelters throughout Philadelphia. Members from WCU, Rowen, Drexel, Temple, and Widener were in attendance.

View pictures from the event here.

SPOTLIGHTS

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STANDOUTS

  • Sophomore Basketball player and Pre-Business: Marketing major Jackson Hyland was named WCU's Athlete of the Week on February 6th.
  • Sophomore Track and Field athlete and Business Geography minor Alyson Hall was named WCU's Athlete of the Week on February 13th.
  • On February 23rd, the Geography Club co-hosted a viewing and discussion of Michael Pollen's PBS Documentary "In Defense of Food," which aims to "debunk the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition."
  • Luke Rosanova, Outdoor Classroom and Demonstration Garden Intern, has begun volunteer hours for the semester. If you're interested, volunteer hours are as follows:
    • North Campus (located behind the Planetarium)
      • Wednesdays: 1:30pm - 3pm
      • Thursdays: 3:30 - 5pm
    • South Campus (located behind the Village Apartments)
      • Wednesdays: 1:30pm -3pm
      • Thursdays: 1:30pm - 3pm
  • Dr. Kristen Crossney's, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration (PPA), article "Who's At-Risk?" A case study of the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of census tracts experiencing predatory and abusive mortgage lending in Philadelphia" was accepted by the journal Geoforum.

TIP OF THE MONTH

Alyssa Kenderdine from Becker will be on campus to help assist any student that needs help registering for the CPA Exam, and/or ordering Becker materials through their employer. 

Additionally, Becker will be giving out 50% Scholarships to those students who do not have a job, but want to start studying for the CPA exam, or whose firm does not pay for the CPA exam.
RSVP

TAKE THIRTY

Snap Inc., the maker of Snapchat, is going public this month. In preparation, the company released a video highlighting what makes Snapchat unique. Watch it here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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