The Management Club at Ithaca College, under the direction of faculty adviser Susan Rosenthal, donated $520 to purchase a new wooden bench for the first floor of Smiddy Hall as part of the buildings recent renovations.
The International Business Association, together with faculty sponsor Hormoz Movassaghi, traveled to New York City in April to tour the Japan External Trade Organization. JETRO staff described the services they provide U.S. companies interested in exporting to Japan, gave tips on doing business in Japan, and led a tour of JETROs library.
The Ithaca College American Marketing Association took home several awards from the National Student American Marketing Association conference. Competing against more than 200 college chapters, ICAMA garnered awards for outstanding community service, special projects, and membership activities. Seven members of the club attended the conference: seniors Jayne Lindholm (president), James Corlett, Adam Curpier, Robyn Shand, and Scott Steron, and Kimberlee Howe 99 and Nicholas Kline 01.
In April more than 190 people --- students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, corporate sponsors, and special guests --- celebrated the accomplishments of Ithacas business students. Honored were those who made deans list for spring and fall 1997, inductees to Delta Mu Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Oracle Society, and students who received special awards and honors. Accounting major Lisa Kline 98 received the annual Deans Award, and the Accounting Club presented Lance McKee 66 with its Outstanding Alumni Award. Keynote speaker Larry Alleva 71 addressed the assembly, offering, à la David Letterman, a top 10 list.
In March Ana Maria Consuegra 98 attended the Direct Marketing Collegiate Institute in Michigan, a conference sponsored by the Polk Company and conducted by the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation. One of only 32 college students selected from across the nation, Consuegra received a scholarship to attend sessions on direct marketing media, list and database marketing, direct marketing applications, résumés, and career information.
Chris ODonnell 93 and his colleagues at Elias Asset Management led 15 business students in an all-day seminar on mergers and acquisitions. Students learned how to analyze a company, assign a fair value to it, prepare bids and proposals, and select the best proposal. Guided by ODonnell, they broke into small groups to play the roles of the various parties involved in acquisitions.
Marlene Barken, associate professor of management, attended the annual meeting of the North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association, where she presented a paper entitled "Integrating Product Liability Law, Financial Analysis, Business Ethics, and Analytical Writing Skills: A Case-Study Teaching Methodology."
Managements Eileen P. Kelly presented a paper at the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference. The paper, "Same-Sex Harassment in the Workplace: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services Inc.," was coauthored by Kelly and senior management students Magda McHenka and Sara Zielinski.
Fahri Unsal, associate professor of marketing and international business, presented two papers at the eighth international conference of the International Trade and Finance Association: "The Potential Role of the Internet in Global Trade" and "Changing Trade Partners in Central Europe: A Case Study of the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland" (co-presented with Hormoz Movassaghi, associate professor of finance and international business). Both papers were accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.
Also attending the IT&FA conference were Raquib Zaman and Abraham Mulugetta of finance and international business. Zaman presented "An Analysis of the Causes and Implications of the 1997 Collapse of the Financial Markets in East Asia," and Mulugettas paper was on the "Impact of Currency Depreciation on the Performance of International Funds: A Comparison of the Mexican and Asian Currency Crises."