This award, sponsored by Magna Publications, “recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions with the potential to advance college-level teaching and learning practices.” Articles published in any pedagogical journal from any discipline, or a cross-disciplinary journal or higher education journal can be considered for the award.
The award was presented at the Teaching Professor Conference in New Orleans on June 1, 2013 to Matthew W. Ohland, Misty L. Loughry, David J. Woehr, Lisa G. Bullard, Richard M. Felder, Cynthia J. Finelli, Richard A. Layton, Hal R. Pomeranz, and Douglas G. Schmucker for “The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness: Development of a Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scale for Self and Peer Evaluation,” published in Academy of Management Learning & Education in December 2012.
The Department of Management in COBA joined the Supply Chain Council in 2012 and became eligible to offer SCOR Scholar certifications. As a first step, several faculty and students attended a 2 day seminar delivered by Dr. Rocky Newman from Miami University (OH) and then passed a standardized proctored exam covering the performance, processes, practices and people elements of the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model.
Faculty certified: Mark Hanna, Jake Simons, Chung-Yean Chiang, Jerry Burke
Ph.D. students certified: Amit Arora, Heather Monteiro, Willis Mwangola, Mertcan Tascioglu, Ha Ta, Cesar Ayala and Dion Harnowo
For more information on SCOR go to: http://supply-chain.org/our-
Georgia Southern University’s Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business Joins Ranks of Supporters for Nov. 3 – 9 Awareness Movement
Statesboro, GA– The Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business at Georgia Southern University announced that it will be participating in International Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 3 – 9, 2013 as an official supporter to promote anti-fraud awareness and education. Organizations around the world lose an estimated 5 percent of their annual revenues to fraud, according to a study conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
As an official supporter of the movement (also known as “Fraud Week”), The Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business (the Center) joins hundreds of organizations who have partnered with the ACFE, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, in a commitment to proactively fight fraud and help safeguard business and investments from this growing problem.
During Fraud Week, the Center will engage in various activities, including: distribution of fraud awareness pamphlets, posting articles on the Center’s website, www.fraudforensicacct.com, and teaming with local media to highlight the problem of fraud.
“We hope to bring awareness of the threat of fraud to consumers during the week. Fraud and white collar crime comes in all shapes and sizes. It is very broad, not only in its scope and victims, but also in its methods,” stated Charles Williamson, Director of the Center. “This year we are focusing on making consumers aware of the potential for identity theft and investment fraud.”
In its 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud & Abuse, the ACFE found that:
- Fraud schemes are extremely costly. The median loss caused by the occupational fraud cases in the ACFE study was $140,000. More than one-fifth of the frauds involved losses of at least $1 million.
- Schemes can continue for months or even years before they are detected. The frauds in the study lasted a median of 18 months before being caught.
- Occupational fraud is a global problem. Though some findings differ slightly from region to region, most of the trends in fraud schemes, perpetrator characteristics and anti-fraud controls are similar regardless of where the fraud occurred.
- Small businesses are especially vulnerable to occupational fraud. These organizations are typically lacking in anti-fraud controls compared to their larger counterparts, which makes them particularly vulnerable to fraud.
- Tips are key in detecting fraud. Occupational frauds are much more likely to be detected by tip than by any other means. This finding reinforces the need for promoting awareness to foster an informed workforce.
For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during International Fraud Awareness Week, visit www.FraudWeek.com.
Tips on how to recognize identity theft and investment scams can be found at the Center’s website, www.fraudforensicacct.com.
About the Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business
The Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business operates within the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. The Center is a nationally recognized leader in forensic accounting and fraud investigation research, education, and consulting/litigation support services.
As Morgan Murphy prepared for graduation from Georgia Southern University in 2011, the hospitality major imagined a life of fine foods and beverages while working at a posh hotel or ritzy restaurant. He, like so many other graduates, had big dreams of bright lights in the big cities. Sometimes though, life takes an unexpected turn.
After four years in the kitchen at Dingus MaGee’s in Statesboro, Ga. and 18 months at the Westin Hilton Head Island Spa & Resort, Murphy found his calling in southwest Georgia. He packed his bags and headed back to his hometown of Thomasville, Ga. “When I left for Georgia Southern, I never thought about coming home to work,” explained Murphy. “I did not think there would be an opportunity for me here to use my degree for tourism and restaurant management. I was wrong.”
Thomasville is a city known for roses; however, the city is making a name for itself in the world of cheese. For the past two years, Murphy has served as manager of Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop. “A friend told me what the owners, Jeremy and Jessica Little, wanted to do here, and after talking with them, I fell in love with their concept because it’s all about caring about your products,” said Murphy.
At the Sweet Grass Dairy, Murphy explains the cows are treated more like people, and that has apparently led to a much better tasting cheese produced from their rich milk. Murphy said these cows are not confined to stalls. They are free to roam the pasture with plenty of food, water and shelter and just be happy cows.
The work at the dairy has not gone unnoticed. Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop was named one of the four Outstanding Retailers of 2013 selected by Specialty Food Magazine. Murphy and the owners traveled to New York on July 1 to be honored during the sofi Awards at the Summer Fancy Food Show for their outstanding commitment to premium food, service and loyalty to their community.
“This was the Academy Awards for specialty foods,” said Murphy. “We were able to share our story with so many magazine writers. Our phones have been ringing off the hook with companies wanting us to carry their products. This is a great way for us to get our name out to a national and even a global audience and show what we are doing.”
Murphy’s success doesn’t surprise his former management professor, Leslie Furr, Ph.D. “Many of our students do very well managing retail food and beverage businesses,” said Furr. “Morgan is a classic example of a man who meshes personality with a management style that creates a near perfect sales atmosphere for his store in Thomasville.”
Sweet Grass Dairy now sells more than 60 cheeses. Some are made there while others are produced at farms around the world. The popularity has helped Murphy transform what he considered a retail store with three tables for dining into a restaurant/retail store with 15 tables along with a menu of sandwiches and drinks. A full-service restaurant opens in November, and Murphy will manage it, too.
Murphy credits his education for giving him the skills needed to help the owners grow their business.
“In Georgia Southern’s hospitality program, we were always given real-life situations.” said Murphy. “It was challenging because the professors forced us to think on our feet and come up with quick, workable solutions to a problem. The University gave me the training and the confidence needed to know what to do and how to react to the variety of situations we face every day in our business.”
Furr points out that Murphy is not the only Department of Management alumnus doing well. He recognizes the accomplishments of other entrepreneur owners including Thomas Duncan with Off the Docks Seafood in Atlanta, Chris Anderson with Pints and Slices in Atlanta, Jason Fitts with two restaurants in north Georgia and Brandon Miller with three Zaxby’s franchises in Alabama.
“The Hospitality program seems to attract people who want to excel on their own terms,” said Furr.
We give them tools such as a business planning course and basic human resource and accounting skills that seem to be necessary for successful small business managers. Georgia Southern University attracts and trains students who are destined to make a difference in our region. The students who apply themselves in our small business management/hospitality curriculum are willing to take hold of their future.”
As manager, Murphy does a little of everything. In his world, a typical day includes accounting, pricing products, making sandwiches, slicing cheeses and even mopping floors. He goes all in to make every day a successful one.
“The best part of my day is coming in, talking with customers and making them happy.” explained Murphy. “We have people coming in from all over the United States to see, taste and experience what we are doing. It makes my day being able to serve and talk with them. It makes me proud of the products we represent when I see the smiles on their faces.”
For Murphy, that is just good ol’ southern hospitality – Georgia Southern style. – Casey Jones
STATESBORO, Ga. – June 6, 2013 – Georgia Southern University’s College of Business Administration (COBA) is working with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to help young professionals start their careers, achieve success and contribute to our communities.
COBA’s Graduate Business Programs will be the principle sponsor for the first meeting of LaunchSAVANNAH on June 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard, in Savannah. Admission is free, and the event is open to everyone.
The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Southern recognize the importance of fostering an environment that attracts and retains young talent. LaunchSAVANNAH will serve as a primary resource for emerging leaders ages 22-40 with monthly events offering a mix of professional development, civic and cultural community involvement and workshops.
“This is a tremendous networking opportunity, and Georgia Southern is proud to be part of helping this next generation of leaders become successful,” said Bill Wells, Ph.D., interim dean of COBA. “Since we have more than 3,000 Georgia Southern alumni in the Savannah area, we are excited about the mission of LaunchSAVANNAH to inspire, educate and motivate our alums who will be our future business and community leaders.”
Graduate Business Programs at COBA offer working professionals a range of degrees, certificates and custom education options to explore, develop and refine their business understanding. To learn more about COBA, visit coba.georgiasouthern.edu/.
Drew Hunt, who earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Georgia Southern, will serve as the leader of LaunchSAVANNAH. For more information, contact Hunt at email@example.com or call (912) 644-6422.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education.