DECEMBER 2016

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"Good luck to all students, faculty, and staff as we wrap up another semester, and congratulations to our winter graduates. Have a safe and fun break. I look forward to seeing you in our new building when you return for Spring Semester!" - Dr. Jeff Osgood, Interim Dean.

SNEAK PEAK INTO THE NEW BPM CENTER

WCU's BPM Center Coming 2017 Spring Semester

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AACSB ACCREDITED?

Did you know that our School of Business is AACSB accredited, a distinction only 5% of business schools worldwide hold? Learn more about AACSB and what it means to be accredited in the video above.

WCU ALUM AND FOUNDER OF MAPQUEST VISITS CAMPUS

WCU alum Chris Heivly visited campus to meet with faculty and students to discuss idea building. Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, which was sold to AOL for $1.2 billion; Rand McNally, the world’s largest map publisher; and Accenture, the largest multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company on the planet. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies.
 
Heivly is also recognized by the Cottrell Center as this year’s Entrepreneur in Residence.

14TH ANNUAL ACCOUNTING ALUMNI NIGHT

The Accounting Department along with the Foundation Center hosted the 14th Annual Accounting Alumni Night. Over 200 hundred people were in attendance, including alumni, faculty, donors, and current students. The Accounting Society, Beta Alpha Psi, Institute of Management Accountants, and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) were also in attendance. 
 
Every year, the event recognizes an outstanding alumnus. This year’s recipient of the award was Matthew McFillin, class of 2000. McFillin is a partner at KPMG, who currently provides investigative and dispute services for attorneys and corporate management on a variety of matters involving financial statement fraud investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues, government contracts, and business disputes. During his speech, McFillin had three key pieces of advice for those in attendance: be proud of where you come from [West Chester University], find a mentor, and take your CPA license exam immediately following graduation.
 
The event also featured two WCU scholarship recipients. Danielle Kreppel was awarded the Clyde Galbraith Excellence in Financial Accounting Scholarship and Amanda Berg was awarded the Ali Naggar Excellence in Managerial Accounting Scholarship. 
 
The night concluded with a speech given by John O'Brien, 2007 WCU alum and the Communications Coordinator in the PA House of Representatives for the Appropriations Committee.

View all pictures here.

NET IMPACT LEADS TRIP TO THE LINC

WCU Net Impact led a trip to Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The trip was open to all CBPM students, who were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and learned about the team’s "Go Green" initiative.
 
Net Impact is a student organization of business students and professionals who strive to create positive social and environmental change on campus, at work, and in the community. WCU Net Impact is one of only six undergraduate chapters in PA including University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Penn State, Saint Joe’s, Villanova, and Marywood.

View all pictures here.

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurship Leadership Center hosted a series of events from Monday, November 14th – Friday, November 18th to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. Events included a student brown bag lunch, student and young alumni entrepreneurs panel discussion, a patent workshop, funding panel presentation, and business idea coaching. On Wednesday, the Cottrell Center and the Department of Geography and Planning co-hosted a luncheon to celebrate GIS Day featuring Brian Ivey, WCU alum and GIS Manager for the City of Philadelphia. Additionally, on Friday, the Cottrell Center and SCORE Chester and Delaware County co-hosted a conference for women entrepreneurs on generating sales through effective communications.
 
Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated around the globe each year during the third week in November to commemorate “startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.”
 
For more information regarding the Cottrell Center and the events they host throughout the year, please visit their website or contact them via email.

View all pictures here.

EY CASE COMPETITION

The Accounting Society hosted EY’s First Annual Case Competition on Monday, November 14th. This is the second case competition of the semester that enabled students to meet with professionals and demonstrate their knowledge and creative solutions to a real-world business case. A kick-off event was held on Monday, November 7th to present the case and hand out materials. Each team, which consisted 4-5 students, had ten minutes to present their ideas, which were judged by a panel comprised of EY professionals and faculty. The winning team included Colleen Elward, Melissa Morgan, Darby McKee, Sara Driggers, and Bryce Cleveland.

WCU WINS GEOGRAPHY BOWL

Students from the WCU Geography Club participated in and won the Geography Bowl that was held at the Middle States Division of the American Association of Geographers (MSAAG) joint conference with the PA Geographical Society, which was co-hosted by WCU. This year’s winners included WCU students Lesmes Mora Jerez, Dominque Hetrick, Sean McLaughlin, Damian Orlando, Amber Blum, and Kyle Erisman. Additionally, Sean McLaughlin, B.A. Geography, was the top scorer overall. He and Lesme Mora Jerez, M.A. Geography, have both been invited to compete on the MSD team at the AAG national conference in April 2017.
 
The MSDAAG advances investigations in geography and encourages the application of geographic findings in education, government, and business. President, Joan Welch, is a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning here at WCU. 

PPA PROFESSOR PRESENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Dr. Kristen B. Crossney, an Associate Professor in the Public Policy and Administration (PPA) Department, was invited to present at the University of Pittsburgh as part of a Brown Bag Speaker Series put on by the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR). Her lecture, “Modelling Predatory Mortgage Lending,” discussed the use of publicly recorded mortgage data to identify instances of predatory mortgage lending. Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data and Census data were also discussed as ways to further understand the location and surrounding characteristics of area where predatory lending is occurring. 

CLUB OF THE MONTH - CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Under the leadership of Dr. Przemieniecki, fourteen students from the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) attended the 2016 American Criminal Justice Association Regional Competition in New Haven, Connecticut. The group participated in a variety of academic and professional competitions, which included grueling exams in corrections, criminal law, juvenile justice, policing, and the Association rules; a crime scene constructed by the US Secret Service; a fitness test; and shooting at the range. WCU was extremely successful, bringing home a department record of 18 trophies!

Follow the CJSA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you're interested in joining, please contact Dr. Przemieniecki.

SPOTLIGHTS

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STANDOUTS

  • Three members of Net Impact: Denise McCann, Jaclyn Loforte, and Kevin Wagner attended the National Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia where they met with numerous professionals and local entrepreneurs who spoke about sustainability in health, corporate philanthropy, and innovative business structures.
  • The Department of Public Policy and Administration was a platinum sponsor for the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) in Harrisburg, PA. 
  • For the 8th consecutive year, the Philadelphia and Harrisburg Chapters of the Tax Executive Institute (TEI) have chosen to recognize WCU’s tax program as an outstanding undergraduate tax program in this region. Tiffany Byrne has been chosen as the TEI Scholarship recipient. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dec. 12 — Last Day of Classes
Dec. 13 - 17 — Final Exams
Dec. 17 — Graduate Commencement
Dec. 18 — Undergraduate Commencement
Jan. 22 - 24 — AACSB Visit
Jan. 23  — Spring Semester Begins
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