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Dr. William Benjamin Martz, Jr.:
Dr. Martz spent Summer 2017 organizing the kickoff for the College of Business at Shepherd University. He was impressed with the community responses.  He finished writing a paper with co-authors Vijay Raghavan and Morgan Shepherd. The paper – entitled “Comprehending Visualizations of Dense Rank Order Data: A Comparison of Alternate Presentation Formats” – reports on a comparison of the information communicated through different presentation formats like tables and 3-d charts. It is currently at press.

In the Fall 2017 semester, Dr. Martz further developed the curriculum for both graduate and undergraduate programs. The hope is to add more technology and problem based learning activities into the curriculum. We also should see more companies become active with internships, class presentations, with paid on-campus internships a priority.

For the Spring 2018 semester, Dr. Martz will recruit faculty, look for more activities, courses, events, to engage students, and continue teaching the Business Analytics course.

Dr. Andro Barnett:
Dr. Barnett, originally from Pascagoula, Mississippi, came to the East Coast in 1992 to teach, and to work towards earning his PhD in Sport and Recreation Administration from Temple University.  He has been a member of the Recreation and Sport Studies (RSS) Program since 1999, and is involved in Shepherd’s RSS program today.  Dr. Barnett will continue working with MBA students teaching the MBA 521 Sport Management course in the fall semester.

Professor Michael Dixon
Professor Dixon published a book this summer titled, “Preparing for Growth and Marketing in Today’s Church.”  The book will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

Additionally, Professor Dixon will begin holding seminars for his book in November 2018.

Professor Michelle Files:
Professor Files prepared case studies for her Accounting Foundation course within the MBA program in the Fall 2017 semester.  As potential managers and investors, her students will compare two publicly traded companies, to become more familiar with financial statements.

Her plan for Spring 2018 semester includes continuing the same activities from fall, but changing the case studies.  Students will learn how to apply textbook concepts to the real world.

Dr. Tuncer Gocmen:
Dr. Gocmen received the “2017 Douglas C. Smith Distinguished Faculty Award” at the McMurran Scholar Award in May 2017.

In the Fall 2017 semester he worked on a research paper about finding the most appropriate growth and discount rates to estimate and discount future economic loss resulting from personal injuries or medical malpractice.  Currently, he is looking into the online teaching platform for future online teaching assignments.

His plans for Spring 2018 are to publish the results of his research paper and present it at a conference.

Dr. Michael Groves:
Dr. Groves has been very involved for the last three years in the implementation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in the Department of Nursing.

Since Fall of 2015, he has created one or two new courses every semester, including the summers.

In Fall 2017 semester, he chaired two doctoral project committees.

In Spring 2018 semester, Dr. Groves will chair a third doctoral project committee.

Professor Peter Mulford:
Professor Mulford is a retired Healthcare and United Way CEO, and has served in several other business development and foundation positions in the past. He has had an extensive career in primarily non-profit leadership.

He enjoys interacting with his MBA 511 participants and looks forward to the MBA 515 class in Spring 2018.

His aim is to provide the students with real life background and experiences, in coordination with the class text and local participation, that help  develop their leadership and overall career interests, hopefully in the wide open healthcare field.

Dr. Cindy Vance, CPA:
Dr. Vance received her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University in May 2017.  She attended the graduation ceremony in July in Phoenix, AZ.  Dr. Vance kept busy during the summer by teaching one undergraduate accounting course and three graduate-level courses.

During Fall 2017 semester, Dr. Vance taught another undergraduate accounting course, in addition to her current faculty load of four courses.  This undergraduate course, Intermediate Accounting I, had been taught by Professor Williams in past semesters.  Dr. Vance has incorporated WileyPlus, online accounting application, into the course plan for the students to use for homework, quizzes, practice problems, and tutorials.  WileyPlus is new to Dr. Vance and to the accounting students.  Additionally, Dr. Vance is the advisor of the accounting club, and she helps the students plan the annual Meet the Firms event, which was scheduled in October 2017.

For Spring 2018 semester, Dr. Vance plans to evaluate the use of a local government accounting case study that utilizes MS Excel for the students to complete in conjunction with the textbook in the Fund Accounting course.  Dr. Vance will also assist the accounting club with the planning of the annual alumni dinner that is held in April.

Dr. Yuying (Joey) Xie:
Dr. Xie spent his summer working on a peer-reviewed journal paper titled “The cost of capital: U.S.-based multinational corporations versus U.S. domestic corporations” that is forthcoming in the Global Finance Journal.  Below is the abstract of the paper:

“Using firm-level panel data, this paper examines whether the cost of capital (COC) differs significantly between U.S.-based multinational corporations (MNCs) and U.S. domestic corporations (DCs). The results suggest that U.S.-based MNCs have higher COC than U.S. DCs, and that industry importantly influences COC. The study also finds that there is a significant time effect on COC, and the time effect follows the trend of the U.S. economic growth rate. Using a Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo approach, we estimate jointly cost of equity, cost of debt, and capital structure, and find that the higher cost of capital for MNCs is due mainly to their higher cost of equity and greater use of equity financing; the cost of debt financing does not differ significantly for MNCs versus DCs.”