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The Carson College of Business International Business program was ranked #14 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
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The inaugural class of Honors business students with Professor Nancy Swanger. A unique new partnership between the Honors College and the Carson College of Business offers unparalleled experience with exclusive classes, research, scholarships, leadership, and global awareness. Learn more.

Students and data professionals attending a speed networking event.
Carson College students in the Society of Information Management (SIM) club learned about technology, career outlook, and networking during the annual PASS SQLSaturday conference held on the WSU Vancouver campus October 10. The regional event is a free, one-day training opportunity for SQL Server professionals that focuses on local speakers and provides a variety of high-quality technical sessions. More than 65 presentations were given by some of the world’s leading experts on the Microsoft data platform, which includes SQL Server technology, business intelligence, analytics and more. The learning experience was made possible by a new track offered at the event. Fifty-five students participated in the student track and more than 400 data enthusiasts’ from ten different countries attended. SIM club president Kulvir Brar, a business major, and club advisor Michael Curry, assistant professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship at WSU Vancouver, organized the club’s participation.

From left, BAP members Casie Helgeson and Brianna Jensen record attendance.
In September, the accounting department and Beta Alpha Psi hosted their annual accounting career fair, Meet the Firms, at the WSU Pullman campus. The event provides WSU students an opportunity to network with professionals and to learn more about the accounting profession. Over 100 accounting students and 60 professionals from 23 different businesses attended. The accounting department was excited to have two new employers in attendance, Amazon and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

From left: Jackie Chestnut, Scott Eckstein, Cassidy Clark
Through the support and generosity of the National Investment Center for Senior Living (NIC) Carson College of Business and senior living management students Jacquelyn Chestnut and Cassidy Clark joined Clinical Assistant Professor Scott Eckstein at the NIC Fall 2017 Conference in Chicago. The NIC conference is the premier networking and educational event of the industry, attracting more than 2,000 industry stakeholders

From left: Coach Kalvin Joshi, John Rouse, Emelia Stephan, David Yingling, Gunnar Zielinski
Four business undergraduates under the leadership and coaching of Kalvin Joshi, associate professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship, recently won first place in the International Business Case Competition at San Diego State University. The competition brings together business students from across the nation to apply their knowledge and skills and compete in solving an international business case. WSU team participants were undergraduates Gunnar Zielinski (management operations), David Yingling (marketing), Emelia Stephan (international business), and John Rouse (international business and marketing). The team presented a business plan for their case titled “Godiva Japan: Think Local, Scale Global” (Harvard Business School Case, January, 2017). The team also won third place at the Northeastern University – Consortium of Undergraduate International Business Education International Business Case Competition, in Boston. “We were in a highly competitive field of case teams. The WSU team listened, committed to training properly, then strategically executed in both competition,” said Joshi. “None of this happens without the support of our IBUS leadership. Thank you to Senior Associate Dean Dave Sprott and Department of Marketing and International Business Chair Darrel Muehling.”

From left: Erisa Toyoda, Hunter Haney, Jayme Montague, Tyler Bogh
Fifteen business majors earned membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society. Recipients rank in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Inductees include: Tyler Bogh, Nicholas Bruton, Hunter Haney, Jayme Montague, Alayna Piwonski, Erisa Toyoda, WSU Pullman; Courtney Braddock, Aaron Simpson, WSU Vancouver; Sierra Andrews, WSU Tri-Cities; Ginger Cook, Bradley Grindstaff, Dusten Jacobs, Kara Lane, Catherine Reitzel, Bethany Souriyavong, WSU Global Campus. Read more.
Scott Connors, marketing doctoral candidate, had his research paper “Lie, Cheat, and Steal: How Harmful Brands Motivate Consumers to Act Unethically” accepted for publication in the 2018 April edition of the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Connors examines consumers’ tendency to act unethically, such as lying, cheating, or stealing, to punish a brand they perceive to be harmful
Evan J. Wilson, a junior majoring in international business and marketing and minoring in Chinese-language, received a prestigious, nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award to support his study abroad experience. He will study at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. Read more.


Scott Carson (’72 Bus. Admin.) received the Weldon B. Gibson Distinguished Volunteer Award, the WSU Foundation’s most prestigious award recognizing individuals whose service is measured by the highest levels of impact and achievement. Watch video.
Lindsey Elhart (’14 Fin.) was featured in the September 2017 issue of the Alaska Beyond Horizon Edition Magazine in Michelle Wallar Martin’s article “Life Lessons: Higher Education Prepares Graduates for the Working World.” The article highlighted how Elhart’s undergraduate experiences at WSU, including studying abroad at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland, prepared her for her career as an aircraft contract administrator at Boeing. Elhart was also a guest speaker at the Celebrate Carson College! event at Melrose Market Studios in Seattle on November 18.

From left, Steve Gleason with WSU Regent Ron Sims and President Kirk Schulz
In August, hundreds of friends, family, fans and teammates honored Steve Gleason (’00 MISE) with the Washington State University’s 2017 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. Gleason is recognized as a leading spokesperson for the effort to find a cure for the neuromuscular disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Read more.
Christopher Malde (Fin. ’05), portfolio analyst, Hart Capital Management Inc., speaking to Carson College finance students in Professor Mario Reyes’s investment analysis class, in September. His excitement and passion for finance made students more excited to graduate.
Angela (’92 Com.) and Kevin Taylor (’93 Bus. Admin.), of EFESTĒ winery, were honored when the WSU Alumni Association’s Cougar Collector’s Series selected EFESTĒ as this year’s featured winery. At the September 23 WSU Cougar home football game, the couple put on a tasting event at the Brelsford WSU Visitor’s Center that featured 1-oz. pours of EFESTĒ’s 2015 Cougar IV—the latest edition in the WSU Alumni Association’s Cougar Collectors’ Series—as well as the 2013 Ceideligh Syrah and 2014 Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc. The final blend—50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 37 percent Merlot and 13 percent Syrah—was created for balance and immediate approachability. EFESTĒ produced 892 cases of Cougar IV. The Taylors also shared their journey as a couple to WSU and back to starting a winery with Angela’s parents. At the winery, Kevin manages the business elements, including grape contracts, equipment, and land leases. Angela handles marketing and day-to-day activities. Read more.
  Jack Thompson (’84 Bus. Admin.) was honored in October during the WSU Athletics announcement of the naming of the Gray W Jack Thompson Legends Lounge inside the Cougar Football Complex. The naming opportunity came via a generous gift from Glenn Osterhout (’82 Mktg.), Greg Rankich (’94 Bus. Admin, ’95 MBA), and a third, anonymous donor. Read more.


Thomas Allison, assistant professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship, conducted a professional development workshop “Crowdfunding PDW,” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. The meeting is the premier conference for more than 10,000 students, academics, scholars, and professionals in the scholarly management and organization space. Allison published “Persuasion in Crowdfunding: An Elaboration Likelihood Model of Crowdfunding Performance” in the Journal of Business Venturing 2017, 32(6): 707-725.
Beau Barnes, assistant professor of accounting, has a paper, “Internal Control Weaknesses and Acquisition Performance,” accepted for publication in 2018 by The Accounting Review.
During WSU Homecoming festivities, Lynn Carmichael (’73 Comp. Sci.), general manager at Hobart Sales and Service, presented Carson College Executive Chef Jamie Callison with a new chef’s jacket in appreciation of Callison’s hospitality expertise and service to the WSU community.
Michelle Carter, assistant professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship at WSU Everett, was the invited keynote speaker at the annual AIS Southern African Chapter seminar in September. She also presented in a panel discussion and presented IT identity research. She also led two half-day workshops on social inclusion at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Christina Chi, associate professor of hospitality business management published “Can Knowledge and Product Identity Shift Sensory Perceptions and Patronage Intentions? The Case of Genetically Modified Wines” in the International Journal of Hospitality Management, 2016, 53: 152-160.
Ming Chen, associate professor of hospitality business management, has two papers accepted for publication in 2018 in the International Journal of Hospitality Management: “The Momentum Effect on Hospitality Stocks” and “A Theoretical Link Between Corporate Giving and Hospitality Firm Performance.” He also published “A Quantile Regression Analysis of Tourism Market Growth Effect on the Hotel Industry” in the International Journal of Hospitality Management 2016, 52: 117-120
Rob Crossler, assistant professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship, has a paper “User Motivations in Protecting Information Security: Protection-Motivation Theory versus Self-Determination Theory,” accepted for publication in 2018 in the Journal of Management Information Systems
Marc Cussatt, assistant professor of accounting, and coauthors J. Black and J. Chen, had a paper “Association Between SFAS No. 157 Fair Value Hierarchy Information and Conditional Accounting Conservatism,” accepted for publication in 2018 in The Accounting Review.
Dogan Gursoy, professor of hospitality business management, hosted the 7th Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management Conference in Famagusta, North Cyprus. More than 160 attended from over 40 countries. Gursoy was also invited to the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in October to present “Perceived Impacts of Hospitality and Tourism Development: Antecedents, Outcomes, and Moderators.” He published a new book, “Routledge Handbook of Hospitality Marketing,” and three journal articles: “Impacts of Festivals and Events on Residents’ Well-Being,Annals of Tourism Research, 2016, 61: 1-18; “Antecedents and Outcomes of Consumers’ Confusion in the Online Tourism Domain,” Annals of Tourism Research, 2016, 57: 76-93; “Residents’ Support for Red Tourism in China: The Moderating Effect of Central Government,” Annals of Tourism Research, 2017, 64: 51-63.
Kimberly Houser, clinical assistant professor of accounting and business law, was 1 of 250 people in the world invited to Google’s Sci Foo Camp at Facebook headquarters in February, 2018. The camp is a series of interdisciplinary scientific conferences organized by O’Reilly Media (FOO stands for “Friends of O’Reilly”), Digital Science, Nature Publishing Group and Google Inc. The invitation-only event focuses on emerging technology and is designed to encourage collaboration between scientists who would not typically work together. Invitees come from many different areas of science rather than one subject. Houser was also elected to the WSU Faculty Senate and recently shared her marijuana tax research at the Marijuana Health Seed Grant workshop, research that supports the University’s Grand Research Challenges. Houser also published “The Effects of Board Gender Diversity on a Firm’s Risk Strategies,” in Accounting and Finance, July 6, 2017.
George Jiang, professor of finance and management science, published “Information Shocks and Short-Term Market Underreaction” in the Journal of Financial Economics, 2017, 124: 43-64.
K.D. Joshi, professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship, published “The Duality of Empowerment and Marginalization in Microtask Crowdsourcing: Giving Voice to the Less Powerful Through Value Sensitive Design” in MIS Quarterly, 2016, 40(2): 279-302.
Jenny Kim, professor of hospitality business management, published “Common Method Bias in Hospitality Research: A Critical Review of Literature and an Empirical Study” in the International Journal of Hospitality Management, 2016, 56: 126-135.
Velle Kolde, director of the Executive MBA online program, hosted the annual EMBA Leadership Conference in Seattle this fall. EMBA students, Carson alumni and faculty, and National Board of Advisors members attended the conference that brought leading business executives together to network and discuss global business strategies. The conference featured four keynote speakers including Stephen Krempl, Bryce Hoffman, Jenni Flinders, and Dr. Mark Adams. Krempl, CEO and president of Krempl Communications International, spoke on the topic of global executive mindset. Hoffman, speaker, strategic advisor, management consultant, and author presented “Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything.” Flinders, global IT business executive, and Adams, nutrition, health, and human performance leader in the greater Seattle area, presented “Powerful Presence Through Personal Well-being.”
Sheen Liu, associate professor of finance and management science, has a paper, “Corporate Pensions and the Maturity Structure of Debt,” accepted for publication in 2018 in the Journal of Risk and Insurance.
Chuck Munson, professor of management operations, published a new book with coauthors Nagrag Balakrishnan, Barry Render, and Ralph Stair: Managerial Decision Modeling: Business Analytics with Spreadsheets, 4th ed.
Terrance Saldanha, assistant professor of management, information systems, and entrepreneurship, has a paper, “Information Technology and Sustainability: Evidence from an Emerging Economy,” accepted for publication in 2018 in the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management journal.
Debbe Sanders, accounting professor at WSU Vancouver, received the WSU Foundation’s Faculty/Staff Outstanding Service Award. The recognition took place in Pullman during the foundation’s fall meeting. Sanders has been a faculty member for more than 30 years, teaching tax accounting first in Pullman and now in Vancouver. She has helped students outside of her teaching expertise, including a Chinese student struggling with the English language. They set weekly appointments to give the student the opportunity to practice English conversation and writing, and professional skills. The student got a job in Silicon Valley and now supports the accounting program at WSU Vancouver at a platinum president’s associate level. Sanders has also been one of the driving forces and advocates for the annual faculty and staff campaign at WSU Vancouver and is one of the main reasons the Carson College of Business has reached 100 percent participation for a decade. She has also served as the WSU Vancouver member on the University-wide Cougar Colleagues campaign.
Bernard Wong-on-Wing, professor of accounting, published “Unintended Consequences of Forecast Disaggregation: A Multi-Period Perspective” in Contemporary Accounting Research, 2017, 34: 1580-1595.
Michelle Wu, assistant professor of finance and management science, has a paper, “When Customers Anticipate Liquidation Sales: Managing Operations under Financial Distress,” accepted for publication in 2018 by the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management journal.

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