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Hoops Taxation Institute Hosts Tax Expert Thomas Neubig

Never was there a more opportune time to offer WSU students an opportunity to learn about the economic and political issues affecting major federal tax reform than in late November 2017, a few weeks before Congress passed the most sweeping tax overhaul in the past three decades. Charged with the mission of promoting the importance and understanding of tax theory and current tax issues, the Hoops Institute of Taxation Research and Policy hosted guest speaker Thomas Neubig, founding member of the Tax Sage Network, to discuss economic and political issues and tradeoffs involved in tax reform. » More ...

Ph.D Corner – Director’s Message

Dear friends,

As we wind down the semester, our doctoral candidates displayed their research presentation skills during the 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), an annual research communication competition sponsored by the WSU Office of the Provost. Students have three minutes and just one slide to present a concise, compelling summary of their thesis, explaining its significance to a non-specialist audience. Each college holds its own challenge, with the winners advancing to the University competition March 28.

This year, six students competed from the following disciplines, with Yaou Hu taking first place and the People’s Choice Award in the Carson College:

Hospitality Business Management

Yaou Hu: (1st Place – $1,000 prize/People’s Choice Award – $500 prize) Dissertation title: Reexamining Relationship Marketing in Service Context: The Role of Customers’ Attitude Toward Relationship Marketing
Ruiying Cai: (Runner Up – $500 prize) Dissertation title: The Effects of Color Brightness of Food Picture on Consumers’ Food Evaluations and Purchase Intention

Operations Management

Aishajiang Aizezikali: Dissertation title: Pricing Decision Support Heuristics for Small Enterprises with Perishable Assets


Guanzhong Pan: Dissertation title: Pre-Announcement Premium
Yoshiki Shimizu: Dissertation title: Back to the Futures: When Short Selling is Banned


Scott Connors: (Runner Up – $500 prize) Dissertation title: Fostering and Leveraging Consumer Brand Relationships: A Psychological Distance Perspective


I am also proud to report we have three top placements so far from this year’s graduating class; in fact, we have our first “aspirant” placement in about a decade (Ivey Business School). You will see these listed on the Ph.D. Corner webpage, along with a profile on Ismail Karabas, a marketing doctoral candidate, who received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Karabas was recognized for capturing students’ attention in an engaging way and for his overall approachability. Learn more about our outstanding doctoral students and programs in the August edition of eDividend.

Chuck Munson, Ph.D. Program Director

March 2018 – New Hires

Chalayne Foster joined the Office of Development as a new development coordinator and external engagement manager. She oversees the National Board of Advisors and assists with event cultivation opportunities. She is a first generation college graduate and earned her bachelor of science in exercise science and health from the University of Idaho. Her diverse background includes many years of experience working in hospitality, customer service, social media, and marketing management.
Eric Hollenbeck (’09 MBA) is the new communications manager for research in the Office of Marketing, Communications, and Events. He earned his bachelor of science in political science from the University of Idaho. Prior to joining the Carson College of Business marketing communications team, Hollenbeck was the marketing coordinator at Gritman Medical Center and a member of the hospital’s leadership team. He has served on advisory committees for Gritman’s Light a Candle Program, which provides support services to Whitman and Latah County residents who have cancer, and the City of Moscow’s Officer Newbill Kids Safety Fair, an annual event focused on family health and safety on the Palouse.
Suzanne L’Amoureux is the new director of the online MBA program and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Hospitality Business Management. She was previously the associate director of student affairs and chief spokesperson for the online MBA at the University of North Carolina, where she developed program strategy for more than 900 online students worldwide. From 2013 to 2015, L’Amoureux applied her executive leadership experience as an assistant director in the Office of Career Services for the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, a title she held after she earned her master of business education and master of public policy while on campus.
Angela Lenssen joined the Office of Development  as the new development coordinator and manager of annual giving and stewardship. She has worked at WSU for over six years in marketing and promotions with Summer Session and the University of Idaho/WSU School of Food Science. Since earning her bachelor of science in communications/advertising from the University of Idaho, she has worked in marketing, communications, public relations, and event coordination. Lessen grew up on the Palouse and lives in Pullman with her husband Dwayne and three children. She enjoys photography, music, and volunteer work.
Josue Rodriguez is a new career consultant in the Carson Center for Student Success. He earned both his bachelor of arts in political science and his master of education from Portland State University. His work centers on the importance of integrating both career development and academic achievement for undergraduate students to help them achieve their goals. His background in various student support roles at University of Idaho and Portland State University has given him a broad perspective of how to prepare students for not only graduation, but also for their careers.