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Business faculty member releases book with James Patterson

Nancy Allen
Nancy Allen

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Nancy Allen, an Ozarks native who has served on faculty in the College of Business at Missouri State University since 2006 and practiced law in Missouri for 15 years, is enjoying a new professional chapter: as an author. Her newest novel, with James Patterson, will be released on March 7, 2017: Juror #3.

“Struggling young attorney Ruby Bozarth has landed the murder case of a lifetime. Her gut says he’s innocent, but only a jury can decide. And this jury has a secret…”

Juror #3 is part of James Patterson’s Bookshots line of thrillers, published by Hachette Book Group.

Allen also publishes legal thrillers for HarperCollins: the Ozarks Mystery Series, starring Ozarks prosecutor Elsie Arnold.

“We are very excited for Nancy Allen’s latest book release,” said Stephanie Bryant, dean of the College of Business. “Our students truly benefit from her years of legal experience and enjoy having her in the classroom.”

For more information on author Nancy Allen, visit nancyallenbooks.com.


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Student Success: 2016-2017 COB Scholarship Banquet

Student Speaker, Caileb Newby addresses the room
Student Speaker, Caileb Newby addresses the room

The College of Business is dedicated to highlighting the hard work of its students. Each fall, the COB Scholarship Banquet is held to honor student achievement. The 2016-17 Banquet, held October 28 at White River Conference Center, showcased the high level of academic achievement among College of Business Students.

At this year’s event, 270 scholarships totaling more than $220,000 were awarded. Family, friends, faculty, staff and many generous donors from across the country attended the event. COB is grateful to have such generous donors and appreciates the support they provide to so many students.

Congratulations to all of our well deserving recipients!

Computer Information Systems Departmental Scholarships

  • Dr. Neil E. Swanson Memorial Scholarship: Jacob Johnson
  • Woodfin C. Garrett Scholarship: Jacob Johnson
  • Computer Information Systems Department Scholarship: Nash Fritsche, Katlin Kiefer, Brad Okerstrom, Nicholas Spence
  • Conoco Scholarship: Nicholas Spence

Finance and General Business Departmental Scholarships

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Scholarship – Ozark Area Chapter: Kimberlee Davis, Brandon Duemmel, Annabelle Kacmar
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) – Ozarks Chapter Annual Scholarship: Alexis Wallace
  • David L. Hadler, Energy Insurance Mutual Risk Management & Insurance Scholarship: Steven Frizzle
  • John E. and Mary Jo Patton Insurance Scholarship: Alison Wiedl
  • John E. Patton Outstanding Student Leadership Scholarship: Annabelle Kacmar

    A group of students pose with their scholarship certificates
    A group of students pose with their scholarship certificates
  • Ozark Chapter Society of CPCU Scholarship: Alex Young
  • Robert and Edith I. Garst Scholarship (Baker Chair of Insurance): Abigail Best, Brandon Herling
  • American Family Insurance Scholarship: Alex Young
  • Baker Insurance Chair Scholarship (William G. and Retha Stone Baker): Alexis Wallace
  • Retha S. Baker – Baker Chair of Insurance Scholarship: Ryan Bounds, Steven Frizzle, Brandon Herling, Lana Wheelus
  • W.H. Jr. and Earlene Coleman Scholarship: Lana Wheelus
  • Insurance Association of the Ozarks Scholarship: Kathleen McCaffrey
  • Missouri Employers Mutual Scholarship for Risk Management and Insurance: Kathleen McCaffrey
  • American National Property and Casualty Companies Actuarial/Insurance Scholarship: Ryan Justice
  • Vencil J. Bixler Professional Insurance Scholarship: Andrew Park
  • Missouri Insurance Education Foundation Scholarship: Dylan Ross
  • State Farm – Baker Chair of Insurance Scholarship: Lana Wheelus
  • Robert L. Sanditz, CLU, Insurance Scholarship: Dalton Trussell
  • CPCU Society of St. Louis Insurance Scholarship: Steven Frizzle
  • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Springfield Scholarship: Jessica Helms
  • BKD Wealth Advisors Aspiring Chartered Financial Analyst Scholarship: Dylan Jones
  • Financial Management Association (FMA) Scholarship: Pete Timmerman
  • Manley Real Estate Scholarship: Corey Schoene
  • Floyd L. and Martha L. Sweeney Scholarship for Real Estate Studies: Tracy Buchanan
  • St. Louis Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society Scholarship: Abigail Best, Jessica Helms, Kathleen McCaffrey, Dalton Trussell, Alex Young
  • Lawing Financial, Inc. Scholarship: Alyssa Hardy, Alexis Wallace
  • Dr. John S Bowdidge Scholarship: Dakota Brandom
  • G. Clair Plank, CLU, ChFC, MSFS Scholarship: Ryan Bounds
  • Heim Young Aspiring Financial Planner Scholarship: Emily Grelle

Management Departmental Scholarships

  • Robert L. Trewatha International Scholarship: Allison Bushue, Mckenzie Tennyson
  • Robert L. Trewatha Management Scholarship: Derric Durham, Bethany Schenck
  • Ralph and Carol Williams Management Scholarship: Daniel Sikora
  • Management Faculty Scholarship: Joshua Johnson
  • Abraham-Miller Scholarship: Kathleen Mansker
  • Mary Coulter Management Department Scholarship: Kendra Forrest

Marketing Departmental Scholarships:

  • Marketing Department Scholarship: Jessica Long, Ryan O’Sullivan
  • Robert B. Noble Award for Excellence in Advertising: Lauren Hare
  • Robert E. Low Scholarship:   Delainey Ryan
  • Fred J. Mertz Scholarship: Autumn Bess
  • William D. Perry Scholarship in Marketing: Tianna Cibert

    Students and their families pose for a picture following the banquet
    Students and their families pose for a picture following the banquet
  • Precious Moments Marketing Research Scholarship: Hannah Earel
  • John J. Brinkmann Marketing Scholarship: Daphne Meine
  • Marketing Employers Scholarship: Robert Orr
  • Ronald L. Coulter Outstanding Marketing Research Student Award: Hannah Earel
  • Truckmovers.com Logistics and Supply Chain Management Scholarship: Delainey Ryan

Merchandising and Fashion Design Departmental Scholarships

  • SWEINGPARTSONLINE.COM Community Design Scholarship: Alisah Benefield
  • Noel Allen Conrad Scholarship: Joseph Mercurio

Technology and Construction Management Departmental Scholarships

  • James W. Gardner, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Grant Wheeler
  • Missouri Concrete Association (MCA) Scholarship: Aaron Parkhurst
  • Ted Smith Endowment Scholarship: Brandon Belt, Jordan Ford, Paul Jones, Bethany Rader, Nathan Weddle
  • Doyle Kemper Memorial Scholarship: Easton Flaugh
  • EFCO Corporation Scholarship: Terry Campbell, Jordan Ford, Paul Jones
  • Howard Moore Group, Inc. Scholarship: Terry Campbell, Theodore Harrison
  • Orin R Robinson Scholarship: Brandon Bodenhamer, David Hale
  • Wilbur Shank Memorial Scholarship: Amber Struemph
  • S. Strong Memorial Scholarship: Nathan Baum, Cole Duenckel, Colt McCorkle
  • Technology and Construction Management Department Scholarship: Nathan Baum, Josie Dinsdale, Polly Dinsdale, Cole Duenckel, Colt McCorkle, William Thompson, Grant Wheeler
  • Springfield Contractors Association Scholarship: Jean Claude Davidson, Theodore Harrison, Dustin Steiro, Amber Struemph
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers Springfield Chapter 321 Merit Scholarship: Emily Comer
  • Robert and Louise Eggleston Scholarship  for Industrial Management Studies in Business: Paul Jones
  • AACE International Scholarship: Siyu Shen
  • Crossland Construction Scholarship: Matthew Anderson, Nathaniel Hill, Shawn Leslie, Nathan Robbins, Kody Simmons, Juan Trujillo

Graduate Student Scholarships

  • Dr. James C. and Mary Lee Snapp Graduate Scholarship: Lindsay Dill, Campbell Keele
  • Carr Foundation – MBA Scholarship: Ann Murrell
  • The Robert W. and Charlotte Bitter Graduate Scholarship: Elizabeth Sivill

College of Business Scholarships

  • Dr. James C. Snapp Memorial Scholarship: Adam Blind, Easton Flaugh, Nash Fritsche, William Thompson, Carly Tribout, Marissa White
  • Ronald and Carol Bottin Scholarship: Mindy Smolnik
  • James W. Dykes Award in Courage and Determination: Rebecca Stevick
  • Sandra M. Sullentrup Memorial Scholarship: David Hebert, Aaron Moutray, Austin Muenks, Austin Schubert
  • Kenneth E. and Jane A. Meyer Scholarship: Tenghui Cai, Dalton Fischer, Pauline West, Josie Young

    Donor Ken Meyer with one of his scholarship recipients
    Donor Ken Meyer with one of his scholarship recipients
  • John L. and Rita M. Bangs Scholarship: Courtney Rellergert, Isaac Roling
  • Cleo and Mona Casady Leadership Scholarship: Harmony Kapp
  • Raikos Scholarship: Lacey March, William McDowell, Brad Okerstrom, Marissa White
  • Ray and Susie Forsythe – COB Scholarship: Hannah Fielder, Dylan Jones
  • John W. and Nancy R. Cunniff Scholarship Fund: Colt McCorkle, Kelly Reeves, Kenneth Slone, Ali Waites
  • Don Calame Student Fund: Lacey Bennett, Gerryn Dudley, Alexa Eghbali, Shelby Hendricks, Jonathan Myers
  • Dave and Arlette Elliott Scholarship in Business: Amber Struemph
  • College of Business Culturally Diverse Student Scholarship: Azoria Bramlett
  • College of Business Non-Traditional Student Scholarship: Anastasiya Ellebrecht, Mindy Smolnik
  • College of Business Transfer Student Scholarship: Timothy Johnson
  • Dr. Orie A. Cheatham Scholarship: Dakota Comer
  • Dr. Robert W. and Charlotte K. Bitter Endowed Scholarship: Rebecca Abrudan, Shelby Adams, Kamran Choudhry, Alexandra Dell’orco, Olivia Fernandez, Levi Fischer, Hannah Hamby, Lucas Hammer, Jessica Helms, Benjamin Hogan, Erin Holt, Mckenna Judd, Konnor Kozemski, Alexander Lauberth, Hannah Longust, Hailey Martinelli, Melanie McCormac, Brandon Nguyen, Taylor Plaster, Haylea Stoker, Michael Thomas, Lauren Trace
  • E. Ray Love Memorial Scholarship: Cody Goggin, Alexander Lauberth, Katelyn Walter
  • Edward Linski Memorial Scholarship: Kaci Hart
  • Inmon Memorial Annual Endowed Scholarship: Hannah Armato, Caileb Newby, Dustin Steiro
  • Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. College of Business Scholarship: Eric Mertens
  • Joe F. Carroll Memorial Scholarship: Kyrsten Gies
  • Marlyn Graff Rhoades Memorial Scholarship: Madison Estell, Devyn Hale, Hannah Hobbs, Linna Lee, Dorothy McDaniel, Lillie Warnecke-Dominguez Davis
  • Roberta Cope Turner Scholarship: Jimmy Jaime
  • Steven J. Bengfort Memorial Scholarship: Francois Muller
  • Roy T. and Mildred Durr Wilcox Scholarship: Jessica Albright, Tianna Cibert, Brandon Clay, Elizabeth Forgey, Elena Garcia, Sydney Gunter, David Hale, Theodore Harrison, Benjamin Howard, Carin Love, Daphne Meine, Isabella Moreno, Kourtney Mudd, Melanie Reyes, Nicholas Spence, Kristen Stain, Haylea Stoker, Katelyn Walter, Spencer Zoller
  • State Street Corporation Scholarship: Thao Bui, Brandy Dinwiddie, Kathleen Haarmann
  • John David Wiese Scholarship Funded by John and Jo Baker: Alexis Wallace
  • Judith A. glass Memorial Scholarship: Dylan Ross
  • BRIC Study Abroad Scholarship: Caleb McMurtrey
  • Alma Lee Woodall Memorial Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship: Daphne Meine

 School of Accountancy Scholarships  

 (Awarded September 22nd at the School of Accountancy Scholarship Banquet)

  • Accounting Club Scholarship: Christina Clark
  • Barry Lewis Memorial Scholarship: Thu Thao Pham
  • Bill J. and Helen L. Bass Memorial Scholarship: Linsey Hunlock, Collin Vaughn
  • BKD LLP Scholarship: Alex Jefferson, Hannah Longust
  • BKD LLP Graduate Scholarship: Tanner Courtney, Lindsay Dill, Brandon Smith, Alexandrea Usery
  • Brent J. Bowman Endowed Book Scholarship for the School of Accountancy: Eric Mertens, Seamus Shannon, Amanda Wieberg
  • David and Donna Henderson Scholarship: Andrew Anderson, Kelsea Fink, Tyler Kleeschulte, Taylor Plaster, Veronica Shultz, Elizabeth Sivill, Quincy St. Laurent
  • David B. and Sandra D. Byrd Masters of Accountancy Scholarship: Kara Forrest
  • David H. Covey Memorial Scholarship: Kathleen Haarmann
  • Elliott Robinson & Company Accounting Scholarship: Alexandrea Usery
  • Heartland Regional Council of the IMA Scholarship: Julie Tulla
  • Jack E. Weimer CPA, P.C. Accounting Scholarship: Brandon Clay
  • Kathryn and James Golding Scholarship: Linna Lee
  • KPM Scholarship: Austin Nolan
  • KPMG Scholarship: Allison Buschue
  • Pendleton Family Foundation Scholarship: Shane Jones
  • School of Accountancy Scholarship: Morgan Acup, Jennifer Boehm, Jaclyn Roundtree, Derek Walters, Wei Wei
  • The Whitlock Company Scholarship: Hannah Fielder
  • William K. Parmley Memorial Scholarship: Melanie Kohrs
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Aiming for success in the world of sports and business

Smith on bike
Jimmy Smith

Performing stunts with his bike, racing through challenging terrains and traveling across the country to compete: Jimmy Smith, Missouri State University student and professional athlete, lives his life the way he plays his sports — with focus, adventure and passion.

Besides juggling a full class load and two part-time jobs, Smith, a senior marketing major at MSU, also trains and competes in BMX and mountain bike racing. He has completed seven events so far this year.

“As soon as I slow down, it almost freaks me out. I like to be constantly busy,” said Smith, a southern California native who grew up in Hawaii and moved to Springfield when he was 15. “Whenever you really enjoy something, it doesn’t seem too difficult.”

Why marketing?

Smith, who started competitive BMX racing at the age of 14 and mountain biking just last year, has managed to combine his love for action sports with his interest in marketing as a future career —– an interest he says was cultivated by exposure to Red Bull’s presence in sporting events.

“Being an athlete, racing and trying to make it a career is awesome, but it’s not very sustainable over a long time. I knew I wanted something beyond sports,” said Smith.

So after obtaining an associate’s degree last year, he transferred to MSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing with an emphasis in sales management. His ideal job — besides being a professional rider — is to work for Red Bull as an athlete marketing manager.

“It’s a really unique position because you have to be someone who can relate to the athlete and a business-minded person. You’re taking the athlete’s dreams and abilities and turning them into content that’s tangible,” said Smith.

Making connections

To attain that goal in the future, he realized he had to gain work experience and network now. When he learned about Red Bull’s student brand manager program, he knew it was the right job for him, but he could not find an opening for the position at MSU.

Instead of giving up, Smith found a way through his involvement in mountain biking to meet with Red Bull’s marketing manager from St. Louis at an event last year. It paid off, as shortly after that September meeting, he got a call with the job offer.

“I just met the right people through mountain biking, made myself apparent and he ended up calling me, which was crazy,” he said.

His main responsibility in this role is to promote the brand’s image on campus in different ways, such as distributing products, sponsoring events and supporting philanthropic activities.

He said the job has not only been exciting but also given him the opportunity to expand his knowledge in marketing and apply the concepts he has learned in class in a practical way.

Full steam ahead

When he graduates in May, Smith is ready for another adventure — moving to Colorado and focusing 100 percent on competing on the professional mountain biking circuit. His goal is to race in every event of next year’s Big Mountain Enduro series, a multi-stage competition throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

“I’m diving in with everything I have and seeing where it’s going to take me, which is scary, exciting and cool,” Smith said.

His marketing knowledge and skill set will be put to good use as he strives to market himself to sponsors and grow his personal brand.

This article was written by Emily Yeap and appeared in the November 17, 2016 edition of The News-Leader and can be accessed online here


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Bears Business Brief: Why Uber will be good for Springfield: A business perspective

head shot Dr. Bryant
Dr. Stephanie M. Bryant

Last Monday, Springfield City Council unanimously passed the ride-sharing ordinance we have colloquially referred to as the “Uber bill.”

If you don’t travel outside the area much, you may not have had the opportunity to experience using a ride-sharing service such as Uber. My first experience was in Tampa, which has been using Uber for some time. While I was somewhat wary getting into a stranger’s car, after considerable thought, decided to give it a try, and did so several different times.

As an experienced traveler, I can tell you that my experiences with Uber have been universally positive.  Using the Uber app on my smartphone, I can call for an Uber car, select from a number of drivers in my general vicinity, and track them on their way to pick me up, and, the ride has been significantly less expensive than other options. The wait to be picked up is usually less than 5 minutes — no more being stranded at a restaurant after a meal, or at a venue after a sporting event.  And, one of the best parts to me is that it is a cashless transaction. You use your credit card when you book the ride, and you know in advance how much the ride will cost. Tips are not expected. As you pull up at your destination, you simply thank the driver and get out. I was amazed at how easy and convenient the entire experience was.

While I know not everyone will agree, here are three reasons, from my perspective as dean of a large business school, why I believe Uber will be good for Springfield:

First, it will create much-needed jobs, and importantly, jobs that are flexible and tailorable to a driver’s personal schedule. At City Council we heard from a disabled citizen who needed a job he could fit around his medical needs. A traditional job did not allow the flexibility he needed for this schedule. Driving for Uber would allow that flexibility, since Uber drivers simply turn on their software on their phone when they want to be available to pick up a rider. A single mother I know needs about $50 a month over her current expenses to make ends meet for her family. She could easily pick up that additional money through driving for Uber when it is convenient for her.

Second, Springfield is a college town with some 50,000 college students. I have heard from many college students who say Uber would be a lifesaver for them, as they cannot afford to own and maintain a car. We have many international students who are here for short-term study and are in need of transportation during their stay here. Recently, the College of Business hosted a visiting scholar from China, who was here to study for six months. She had to purchase and then sell a car for that six months in order to have adequate transportation at times conducive to her schedule. And, responsible college students need and want safe and reliable transportation after enjoying a social event.

Lastly, one of the most common questions I get from local business leaders is, “How can we get our talented college graduates to stay in Springfield, and make their homes and lives here and invest in our community with their time and talent?” After getting to know our business students quite well over the last five years, a consistent refrain I hear from them as they consider job opportunities is that they want to live in a progressive town. Having a ride-sharing service such as Uber is a signal to our college students, as well as the community in general, that we are forward-thinking and progressive.

Congratulations to our City Council members who worked so hard to make this happen. Springfield will be a better city for this move.

Stephanie M. Bryant, PhD is the dean and David D. Glass Leadership Chair of the Missouri State University College of Business.

This article appeared in the November 19th, 2016 edition of the News-Leader and can be accessed online here.

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MBA Student Takes 2nd Place at Three Minute Thesis Competition

Arthur Guslim and Dr. Julie Masterson, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College
Arthur Guslim and Dr. Julie Masterson, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College

On November 4th, the Graduate College at Missouri State hosted the 2nd annual 3 Minute Thesis, (3MT) competition at the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center. Arthur Guslim, a Master of Business Administration student, took second place with his presentation entitled “Boost your Entrepreneurial Success.”

Guslim’s presentation focused on insights he learned during his Management 796 course. In this class MBA students are working on a consulting project for a four-star, four-diamond boutique hotel in San Francisco, which is exploring the feasibility of starting a new business venture in their retail space.

“I presented mostly on the process of analyzing the feasibility of a new business venture to boost one’s entrepreneurial success and the databases we used to obtain industry, market and financial information,” states Guslim.

“We are very proud of Arthur for his recent accomplishment.  This group of MBA students is taking their classroom knowledge and directly applying it to a real client.  This is a great experience for the students who have met with the client several times over the course of the semester and will present their final proposal in San Francisco next month,” states Dr. Elizabeth Rozell, Associate Dean of the College of Business and Director of the MBA Program.

Guslim attributes his success to his instructor Rayanna Anderson and mentor Dr. K. Stephen Haggard. Another student in 796, Elizabeth Sivill also provided Guslim with feedback ahead of the competition.

About the 3 Minute Thesis

The 3MT competition gives students three minutes to present and summarize their graduate level research to a panel of judges. In order to compete in the 3 Minute Thesis competition students must be working towards a graduate degree and be nominated on behalf of their college. To learn more about the 3 Minute Thesis please visit the Graduate College website here.

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