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Beginnings ... Endings ... And Lots in Between

Dean Bob Wood
Dean Bob Wood

Another academic year in the Perdue School (my third) is drawing to a close. Year two in Perdue Hall has been even busier than year one – at least it seems that way to everyone that I talk to. It's been a great year.

In August, we welcomed two new faculty members to the Perdue School faculty. Dr. Ani Manakyan joined us as an assistant professor of finance after completing her degree at the University of Florida. At the same time, Dr. Richard (Max) Melstrom began his tenure as assistant professor of economics after finishing his degree at Michigan State University. Sarah Timko also joined us as academic services coordinator in the Perdue School's Student Services Offices.

This month, we bid farewell to two of our senior professors. Dr. Cathy Beise is retiring from the Information and Decision Sciences Department. Before joining the Perdue School faculty 11 years ago, she held positions in both industry and governmental agencies. In addition to serving as department chair and chair of the school's Faculty Development Committee, she spent two years at the National Science Foundation as the eLearning Project Manager. Dr. Bob Dombrowski joined the SU faculty in 1989 and has served as department chair. He also was a driving force behind the development of our January study trips to Grenoble and Berlin and the unique non-profit auditing internship program.

In June, two of our chairs are returning to the faculty. Dr. Frank Shipper leaves the Management and Marketing Department chair position after six years to return to a full-time teaching as a management faculty member. Also in June, Dr. Kathie Wright leaves the chair's position after three years in the Information and Decision Sciences Department to return to full-time teaching.

In between, we've been busy. In September, we had the first THE Meeting – a newly structured Junior Orientation for students affiliating with the Perdue School. We also hosted our first Meet the Firms night – a job/internship fair targeted toward accounting, finance and information systems majors. The Career Advisory Board sponsored the second annual Community Leadership Panel and Women's Roundtable. At the end of the month, our Executive Advisory Council held their meeting off campus for the first time. We combined the meeting with social events, including a tour of Dogfish Head Brewing hosted by Sam Calagione and a dinner at the home of Bruce and Alice Rogers. October saw the Perdue School hosting the MACPA Town Hall Meeting and our annual recognition of National Business Women's Week – Rosemary Reed of Double R Productions in Washington, D.C., was our featured Executive Leadership Speaker. In November, the TGM Banking Conference and the Shore Fraud Conference were held in Perdue Hall.

During January, Perdue faculty led two groups on study abroad trips: Dr. Bob Dombrowski and Professor Fati Salimian led a group to Grenoble France while Drs. Jonathan Munemo and David LeBaron led the first student study trip to South Africa. January also saw the second annual Perdue School Faculty Development Day. In February, the Perdue Case Competition team entered the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition in Montreal. Competition teams not only competed, but they won both the St. Mary's Ethics Competition and the Socio-Sustainability Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition at the University of District of Columbia. April saw the expanded Entrepreneurship Competition with three rounds and $25,000 in prizes.

Academically, we saw the Bachelor of Science in international business, the Bachelor of Science in business economics and a management track in purchasing, procurement and government contracting, which is taught simultaneously at SU and Cecil College, approved. Throughout the year, our Business in the Atrium program has given our students the opportunity to meet and learn about a number of firms. We've had the pleasure of hosting many professionals in our classes. Our classes continue to stress experiential learning and communication skills across the curriculum. As always, our Executive Advisory Council and Career Advisory Board have generously given of their time and resources to make us better.

Like I said, "Lots in between." Best wishes for a great and restful summer. See you in the fall.

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