School of Business Highlights 2012-2013


·         Accounting Society: Advised by Prof. Howe, the Accounting Society sponsored or supported more than twenty events and meetings including a field trip to NYC on September 27-9 that attracted 52 students.  Its eighth annual Public Accounting evening drew support and sponsorship from 21 firms. 

·         The new Geneseo Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. Ian Alam, enjoyed a successful second year sponsoring seven Professional Development events and several community service projects.  The Geneseo Marketing Association, also under the guidance of Dr. Alam, had a very active year as they conducted several research projects and organized several professional development events including company site visits and seminars.

·         Twenty-six students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the Honor Society for AACSB-International accredited business schools. Our chapter, under the direction of Prof. Anthony Gu, was recognized as an Exemplary Chapter, which allowed us to receive a $500 scholarship from the national BGS.

·         The Dean’s Student Advisory Board which meets monthly with the Dean and staff sponsored two spring events.  The first was Career Night which featured speakers from several different disciplines giving two half hour long presentations on career opportunities in their fields.  The second was the Spring Networking Banquet.  This event was designed to give Business Administration and Economics majors a networking opportunity similar to the Accounting majors’ fall banquet.

·         ENACTUS (formerly SIFE:  Students in Free Enterprise), advised by Prof. Farooq Sheikh, conducted a fundraising activity to support rural basket weavers in El Sauce, Nicaragua, sponsored a speaker for Career Night and conducted a successful membership drive. 

·         Eighteen students from the School of Business students led by Prof. Howe traveled to New York on April 4-6, 2013, to participate in the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum.  This even drew students from some 120 institutions representing 42 states plus the District of Columbia as well as 43 countries. The SUNY Geneseo Team, advised by Prof. Boyd, finished 8th place in the Adirondack Cup Stock Challenge.

·         The Global Business Club became the School’s newest student organization in spring 2013.  Prof. Tim Nolan served as adviser, adding it to his role as adviser of APICS (the Association of Operations Management).

·         Graduate Advisement Program:  Prof. Jassawalla continued her role as director of this program that held information sessions on September 24 and March 14.  In addition, the program hosted recruiting visits from graduate programs. 

·         Internships:  During the 2012-2013 academic year (fall-spring) 65 students participated in the School’s Internship Program which is directed by Prof. Robert Boyd. 

·         Economics Society/Omicron Delta Epsilon/Fed Challenge:  Under the leadership of Prof. Annala, ODE solicited membership applications in the fall, helped to sponsor a professional development presentation (“The Importance of Networking and an Effective Job Search”) by Pradraic McConville in November, and participated in the review of candidates for the position in Economics.  ODE activities are held in conjunction with the Economics society.  In fall, the Fed Challenge Team under the leadership of Prof. Leonie Stone won their quarterfinal round at Hamilton College and continued on to the semifinal round at the New York Fed.  This year’s “challenge” included coping with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

·         Phi Beta Kappa:  Five School of Business students were among the 75 Geneseo students selected for Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society.  They included:  Vanessa Amaral (senior, Economics and IR), Patrick Daniels (senior, Economics and Mathematics), Sarah Greenberg (senior, Accounting), Anh Tran (senior, Economics and Mathematics), and Katrina Steinley (junior, Economics).

·         Phi Beta Lambda, the national fraternity for students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields and advised by Prof. Mitschow, continued its activities in 2012-13, sponsoring presentations by Aaron Beam and by Peter Labbate. 

·         Mr. Christopher Pike, a rising senior from Pittsford, NY, and a business administration major, was named a Presidential Scholar for 2013-14.  As a President Scholar, Mr. Pike will assist the President and Provost in promoting academic excellence on campus, participate in Admission activities and panel discussions, and assist the College in promoting Geneseo during development and advancement activities. 

·         Professional Development Programs (PD):  School of Business students are required complete twelve “professional development” experiences (eight if they transfer) that range from workshops on leadership to career planning to networking.  These structured out-of-class activities complement the formal curriculum and draw upon campus wide resources as well as connections with the business community.  During 2012-13, School of Business students chose from over 100 different opportunities ranging from skills development (resume writing, dressing for success, interview techniques) to law and ethics (Fall lecture by Aaron Beam, past CFO of South Health who was convicted of fraud) to career development (presentation by BAC members John Olert ’88 Chief Rating Officer of Fitch Ratings and Adam Gurian ’87 formerly President of Timex Business Unit).  

·         The Geneseo Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. Avan Jassawlla, received the Merit Award for excellence and achievement from the national SHRM organization. 

·         The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) with oversight from Prof. Anthony Gu continued its investment success.  The fund exceeded $205,000 by the end of the academic year thanks to appreciation and gifts.  The SMIF reported on its activities to the SMIF Executive Advisory Board on November 29 and March 28. 

·         Nine student volunteers plus two student interns provided taxpayer assistance to more than 80 low-income or elderly taxpayers during a series of sessions under our Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which is almost entirely student-administered.  Faculty supervision was provided by Prof. Sharon Bossung (Faculty Director) and Dr. Mark Mitschow.



·         The School’s Business Advisory Council recognized the following faculty of the School of Business at its Fall Meeting:

  • BAC Award for Teaching:  Dr. Daniel Strang
  • BAC Award for Scholarship:  Dr. Shuo Chen
  • Kevin and Nancy Gavagan Award for Service:  Dr. Richard Gifford
  • Forum Financial Award:  Dr. Avan Jassawalla

·         During 2012-13, the fifteen full-time tenure track faculty of the School published eight refereed journal articles, delivered three papers at refereed conferences, and delivered fourteen presentations at conferences where the presentations were not published[1]. 

·         Prof. Harry Howe led Accounting Society and Finance Club students on their annual trip New York City trip on September 27-29.  Dr. Howe was recognized by the SUNY Geneseo Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) as one of four outstanding College faculty for 2012-13.

·         Dr. Anthony Gu (Finance) and Dr. Jeff Gutenberg (Marketing) were on sabbatical leave during fall 2012.  Dr. Shuo Chen (Economics) and Dr. Avan Jassawalla (Management) were awarded sabbatical leaves for spring 2014.

·         With support from the Business Advisory Council, School of Business faculty delivered presentations at, and participated in, leading professional conferences in locations across the country including Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Oklahoma City Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, DC as well as overseas in Auckland, New Zealand and Mumbai, India.

·         Dr. Masokku Lee was hired as Assistant Professor of Economics beginning fall 2013. 

·         Sharon Bossung, Associate Professor of Accounting, and Alfred Sciarrino, Associate Professor of Business Law, retired at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester. 

·         Dr. Harry Howe (Accounting), Dr. Peter Markulis (Business Administration) and Dr. Dan Strang (Economics) served as Area Coordinators.  Dr. Howe also served as director of the MS in Accounting Program and chaired the External Relations Committee and the Faculty Recruitment Committee.  Dr. Ian Alam (Marketing) served as chair of the Curriculum Committee; Dr. Chris Annala served as chair of the Faculty Development Committee; Dr. Mark Mitschow served as chair of the Assessment Committee; Dr. Strang served as chair of the Personnel Committee; Dr. Avan Jassawalla served as chair of the Student Services Committee.   Mr. Robert Boyd served as director of internship programs.

·         The School’s Survey Research Center under the direction of Dr. Paul Scipione conducted a number of surveys during the year including a number of sponsored projects that engaged School of Business students.  The findings of several of these were presented by students at concurrent sessions on  G.R.E.A.T. (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement, and Talent) Day on April 16. 



·         Paul Morrell was named Director of SUNY-Geneseo’s Small Business Development Center in July 2012.

·         Theresa Little joined the staff of the School as Assistant to the Dean in July 2012. 

·         Beth Fitzpatrick, Secretary to the School, received the Geneseo Pride Award for “outstanding and exemplary contributions to the mission and goals of SUNY Geneseo” and was recognized at an all-campus luncheon on May 8.   ·        

Dr. Michael Schinski stepped out of the Deanship at the end of fall 2012 in anticipation of a return to full-time teaching in fall 2013.  Dr. Walter Roettger was hired as Interim Dean beginning January.  A search for a successor is underway. 

[1] This summary data has been extracted from the Digital Measures report of May 2013.