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Dividend The official online magazine of the Carson College of Business

Message from the Dean – December 2018

Dear friends,

This time of year, gifts are on our minds. And as I’ve gotten to know our community, I’ve learned about the gifts that WSU and our Carson College of Business give to our students and to the world. We provide students with skills and knowledge in our classrooms, and we shape practical experiences that develop students’ abilities to solve problems and lead others. We are also working to make sure students learn from setbacks as well as successes—developing that tenacity and resilience that characterize Carson Cougs. And our mission charges us to offer gifts of insight, too—knowledge from our research, from the creativity of our faculty—to the Pacific Northwest policy and business communities. And in turn, our graduates and our communities pay those gifts forward by creating still more opportunity.

Our collection of features in this issue demonstrates the unique kinds of gifts that result from a quality business education or from the innate leadership qualities that attract students to our college. One of the most heart-warming is that of the heroism of our business and economics alumnus S.Sgt. Ronald Shurer II (’01), who recently received the Medal of Honor—the highest military award for valor—from the White House. With quick thinking and incredible bravery, S.Sgt. Shurer saved many lives while assigned to a special operations taskforce in Afghanistan. This momentous occasion is a timely reminder for our college and our nation of the men and women who protect us all.

Featured research by Leah Sheppard, assistant professor of management, offers insights on producing leaders. Her findings help us understand how and why women may perceive their leadership abilities as being lower than those of men. In today’s world, talented leaders are in high demand. In the Carson College our charge is to make sure every one of our students and alumni can reach their full potential. We can’t afford to have anyone left behind, and so work like Dr. Sheppard’s is invaluable. We can also give students and our community the gift of seeing the range of paths to success. In our feature detailing the Power Breakfast and Business Technology Symposium, you see examples of successful women leading in the world around us.

In addition to our public panels and symposia, you’ll discover how we are supporting retailers in the Pacific Northwest by thinking about the gift season itself. Our annual survey provides critical data on consumer shopping habits during some of the biggest shopping days of the year—Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

Opportunities go both ways. When things work right we provide an amazing pipeline of prospective interns and employees to the business world, strengthening our industries. I encourage you to watch the video on Boeing intern Ashley Palmer! In turn, the business community rewards us by supporting our students with the gift of opportunity, as you will read about in the industry scholarship features on Andrew Hecker and Spencer Fee.

The gift of an education is precious and has long lasting impact that becomes clear only over a lifetime. I invite you to join me in supporting excellence in Carson College of Business offerings and relationships in 2019 so that opportunities to serve our students, and communities never go unrealized.

Go Cougs!

Chip Hunter, Dean

Annual Events Offer Insights to Pacific Northwest Business & Policy Communities

The Carson College of Business creates value for business and academic communities by hosting several annual events. The 2018 Power Breakfast, the Walton Lecture, and the Business Technology Symposium featured a mix of globally competitive business leaders and entrepreneurs who shared their professional insights through panels and lectures on the Pullman campus and in Seattle. » More ...

Industry Scholarship Provides Running Start toward Hospitality Career

WSU-Everett Hospitality student Spencer Fee received a $3,500 PCMA Education Foundation Legacy Society scholarship. “The PCMA Scholarship, combined with the Carson College SHBM Dwight & Beverly Call Scholarship and the Everett Scholars award, enables me to continue my education and pursue my passion for events and project management with a decreased burden of debt," says Fee. » More ...

December 2018 – New Hires

Amy Alonzo (’07 HBM) is the new Culver hospitality relations manager in the School of Hospitality Business Management. She is the point of contact for the hospitality career fairs, internship and job placement advising, and internship hours tracking, and she is part of the advisory board. After graduating from the hospitality program, she completed Marriott’s Management in Training program and became an assistant food and beverage manager for Marriott Vacation Clubs in southern California. She moved back to the Pacific Northwest and has most recently come from the Quality Inn and Suites in Clarkston, Washington, where she was the director of operations and sales and catering. Alonzo is excited to share her real-world experiences with students.
Kirsten Fanning (’16 MIS) is the new manager of the Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program (MAP) at WSU Vancouver. She comes to WSU from adidas Group, where she worked as a reporting analyst leading projects and identifying and implementing process improvement. Fanning excels in strategic thinking and the ability to tackle any problem set before her. As a former MAP student herself, she brings a unique perspective to the team.
Liridona Ponosheci is an administrative assistant II in the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She has a bachelor of arts in English language and literature from the University of Prishtina and a background in office management, translating, and event and project coordinating. Furthermore, she has attended advanced training and certificate courses in Norway, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, and Italy. In 2017 she moved to the United States to live with her husband, and in 2018 they moved to Pullman, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology. For the previous eight years prior to coming to WSU, she worked as a program management assistant at the Association of Kosovo Municipalities in the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina.