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Dr. William Benjamin Martz, Jr.:

Dr. Martz spent his summer 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 will further develop 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. Gordon DeMeritt:

Dr. DeMeritt spent his summer preparing for and teaching in Manila, Philippines at Baptist Bible College Asia. He taught about leadership in a biblical perspective for three weeks. It was his favorite part of the summer.

In Fall 2017 he will continue working on a research project with Dr. Martz that was started one year ago.  Their goal is to determine the benefit, if any, of student-to-student peer editing.  He will also teach in both the undergraduate BADM and graduate MBA programs.

His plans for Spring semester 2018 include continuing the Capstone project for the business majors, which involves developing strategic plans for non-profit organizations.

Dr. Tuncer Gocmen:

Dr. Gocmen received the “2017 Douglas C. Smith Distinguished Faculty Award” at the McMurran Scholar Award this past May.

In the Fall 2017 semester he will work 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. Cindy Vance:

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 will teach 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 is helping the students plan the annual Meet the Firms event, which is scheduled in October.

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 Xie:

Dr. Xie spent his summer teaching: ECON205 Prin. of Macroeconomics, and MBA572 Financial Planning and MBA508 International Business for the graduate program. He also submitted a co-authored paper titled “Imitation, Catch-up and Overtaking in Asia Pacific Region” to the Asia Pacific Journal of Management.

In the Fall 2017 semester, he will work on two projects in his FINC425 Investments course.  The first project is called, “Common Stock Valuation”. Students would conduct analysis of selected stocks using various analytics techniques including fundamental analysis, dividend discount models, technical analysis, etc. The second project is called “Portfolio Construction,” in which students construct a portfolio to achieve certain objectives, such as building a minimum variance portfolio using selected assets.

His plans for Spring 2018 semester include developing a case study for an undergraduate financial planning course. Students need to build a personal financial portfolio based on an individual case. The purpose is to prepare students for real-world problem solving.  Dr. Xie’s projects for Fall and Spring require substantial use of quantitative methods and software like Excel.