Dr. René Hauser, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Master’s in Differentiated Instruction programs, received a $3,089 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds will be used to purchase materials for enrichment kits for graduate students in the Differentiated Instruction program to use with students in Olean and Buffalo area schools. Included are materials designed to facilitate higher order thinking and creativity, such as Lego and other building materials, engaging literature for book discussions and math, science and art games. The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of McDonald’s restaurants in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families by supporting programs that benefit the lives of children in our community.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
Students and faculty presented papers at the Business Research Consortium of Western New York Conference, held in Niagara Falls on April 16. Drew Chaddock, MBA student and graduate assistant, presented “Employing Project Management Software as a Learning Tool in the Business Classroom” conference. He co-authored the paper with fellow student Sarah Colarusso and faculty members Dr. Todd Palmer and Dr. Carol Wittmeyer.
Zachary Rodriguez, graduate student, presented “The Impact of Microfinance on Pro-Social Behaviors: Experimental Evidence of Public Goods Contributions in Uganda.”
Dr. Mike Fischer and Dr. Carol Fischer co-authored two papers that were presented at the conference: “What Do We Know About Corporate Social Responsibility Reports? A Review of the Recent Accounting Literature” and “How Western New York CPA Licensure Qualifying Programs Are Meeting the Accounting Research Requirement.” The latter was co-authored with Kristin Woodhead, MBA student and graduate assistant, who participated in the presentation of the paper.
Dr. Charles Walker, professor of psychology, was interviewed by Emily Miller, editor of the popular online magazine Live Happy. His research on social forms of flow will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. His publication in the Journal of Positive Psychology, "Experiencing Flow: Is Doing it Together Better than Doing it Alone?" has drawn a lot of attention recently in the online and print media. Miller's article will review the causes of social flow and, through poignant examples, offer an explanation for Walker's finding that social flow is usually more joyful and fulfilling than solitary flow.
The Buffalo News published "Election coverage needs more stories on policy issues," an op-ed by Dr. Rich Lee, associate professor in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The article appeared on April 17, two days before the New York state primary. Lee also was quoted in "Scandals Involving Governors Continue to Ebb," an article posted on Governing magazine's website on April 18.
Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, associate professor of management, published “Planning for the Unexpected” for the May issue of the National Shoe Retailers Association Magazine. This is the first article in a series related to family business planning for continuity, contingency and other scenarios.
Sarah Colarusso, a 2016 MBA candidate and management graduate assistant, and Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, associate professor of management, conducted a poll for the Family Business Network (FBN) - North America (NA) Chapter on Family Employment Topics. Results will appear in the network's May newsletter and be used for future curriculum planning. FBN is a global networking non-profit organization with more than 3,000 large, multigenerational families. Wittmeyer serves as academic advisor for the NA chapter and conducts quarterly polling for them.
Dr. Durriya H. Z. Khairullah, professor of marketing, and Dr. Zahid Y. Khairullah, professor of management and industrial management, presented their paper, “Acculturation and Marketing Decisions,” at the 2016 International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference. Zahid served on the Board of Directors of the conference, as well as a track chair for the Applied Management Science & Decision Support Systems.
Dr. Durriya H. Z. Khairullah, professor of marketing and advisor of the American Marketing Association (AMA)/Marketing Club, and John Stevens, lecturer of management and advisor of the Management Club, organized a trip to Boston on April 8-10 for their club members. The purpose of the trip was to visit businesses and attend an alumni reception. They visited Wayfair, an online retail company that has grown exponentially over the past few years. Here they were given a presentation and tour by two SBU alumni. In the afternoon they visited Huxley Associates, a recruiting company for high tech companies. In the evening, a reception was well attended by our alumni, who also told the students that they would help them with their job searches.
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