Society for Human Resource Management Wins Prestigious Award

shrm1With its constant growth and changes, the Department of Management has positioned itself to be one of the top departments at the Georgia Southern College of Business. The success of the department’s student organizations reflects its recent progress. In fact, the Georgia Southern Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has been awarded the Super Merit Award.

This award, which is awarded to a select group of chapters nationwide, recognizes chapters for outstanding achievement and programming in four broad areas: chapter programming and professional development, SHRM engagement, chapter operations, and support of the HR profession. Georgia Southern’s chapter of SHRM is quickly growing and interested students can email Steve Charlier, Ph.D., for more information at

shrm2The Society for Human Resource Management’s Student Program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between HRM students and practitioners. Since the first chapter was chartered more than 40 years ago, the student program has experienced tremendous growth. The program now includes more than 250 affiliated student chapters and more than 19,000 student members.

The Georgia Southern Department of Management offers Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees with emphasis areas in management, human resources, entrepreneurship, and hospitality management and minors in management, entrepreneurship, and hospitality management. Degree programs provide students with problem-solving skills and a versatile knowledge-base needed to start, manage and lead modern innovative organizations. Management faculty members also teach core business courses fundamental for all business majors including Principles of Management and Strategic Management. Additionally, graduate programs in business offered at Georgia Southern University and online are enriched by our management faculty’s instruction and research.

College of Business Sales Program Recognized as One of Best in U.S.

Untitled-1The Georgia Southern College of Business has been recognized as one of the top universities for professional sales education in the country by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

In the ninth edition of the foundation’s annual magazine, SEF listed Georgia Southern as one of the programs that provides a university sales education while preparing and placing future talent in professional selling roles. SEF conducted an annual survey, and the College of Business sales program distinguished itself through offering a specialty area, participating in a sales competition, offering a sales lab for students, and having a 100 percent job placement rate for students in the program.

Founded in 2006, the Center for Sales Excellence, housed within the College of Business, has more than 200 students and offers accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), University Sales Center Alliance (USCA), and is a full member of Global Sales Science Institute (GSSI). Georgia Southern is also the only university to award Huthwaite’s Academic SPIN Selling Certification.

SEF is pleased to see the rapid growth of sales education programs at universities across the U.S. “We are gratified to see the collaboration of seasoned programs providing insight and support to these dedicated academics with a vision to deliver quality sales education to their committed students,” said SEF Executive Director Sally Stevens.

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International:  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.

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Accounting Welcomes NABA

nabaClosing in on its 50th anniversary, the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy has been growing tremendously. As part of an effort to give accounting students the best professional development program possible, several accounting students and faculty members came together in an attempt to reestablish Georgia Southern’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).  In March 2015, their efforts were rewarded when the Georgia Southern NABA Chapter received its official chartering from the national board.
The Georgia Southern NABA began its journey toward chartering by functioning as an unofficial chapter during the 2014 fiscal year under the name of the Association of Minority Business Students. During this time, students worked with faculty members to draft new by-laws, create a new logo and slogan, and meet all other NABA standards for chartering. Students also underwent professional development workshops provided by the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy.

naba2“I was very pleased when Moneka Jones, Dr. Errol Stewart, and D’Andre Sanders came to me with their plan to re-start the NABA chapter at Georgia Southern,” said Timothy Pearson, PhD, director of the School of Accountancy. “They embarked on a long process to build the chapter from the ground up; and after a year of hard work, they finally gained approval through the regional and national organization. I am proud to say that the School of Accountancy shares their objective to build networks and opportunity for people of color and to create diverse business leaders.”

Having recruited 22 students, the newly chartered NABA at Georgia Southern had a strong showing at the annual Atlanta Chapter Awards Gala. The chapter obtained the award for Outstanding Chapter of the Year, chapter president D’Andre Sanders was named “Student of the Year,” and faculty advisor Errol Stewart, PhD, was named “Faculty Advisor of the Year.”

naba3Sanders, with continued support from the School of Accountancy, attended the National NABA 2015 Conference, where he won an award for “Best personality.” Through the commitment and determination of NABA and the Georgia Southern College of Business personnel, Georgia Southern has become a focal point for recruiting exceptional business students, especially students entering the prestigious forensic accounting program.

The School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University is committed to providing quality educational programs. The School, which is fully accredited by AACSB International, enrolls more than 300 students in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs and employs 22 full-time accounting and legal studies faculty members.


Loss of College of Business Faculty Member

Mikelle CalhounIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mikelle Calhoun, Ph.D., an assistant professor of management in the College of Business. Mikelle was a valued colleague, a respected teacher and a member of our faculty since August 2009. She will be missed.

At the College of Business, Mikelle taught international business courses (undergraduate and graduate), and her research focused on issues facing multinational firms operating across different markets.

In the community, Mikelle was active with The Averitt Stars (performing in community theatre productions), The Friends of the Statesboro Library, The Irongate Community Homeowner’s Association and The Humane Society of Statesboro.

A Celebration of Life ceremony was held on Sunday, July 12 at the Emma Kelly Theater in downtown Statesboro. Please keep Mikelle’s daughters, Terra and Shea, along with her other family and friends, in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

Allen C. Amason, Dean

College of Business

Georgia Southern University WebMAcc Ranked in Top 10

The Georgia Southern University WebMAcc, online Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, has been ranked tenth by OnlineU as a 2015 Top Online Accounting Degree ( This ranking comes on the heels of several other WebMAcc rankings in recent months.

The 2015 Top Online Accounting Degrees have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) pass rate of 50 percent or higher and are AACSB accredited. The Georgia Southern School of Accountancy holds its own AACSB accreditation for accounting, separate from the College of Business’s AACSB accreditation. In addition to holding its own accreditation, tuition is under $7,000 per year, which is one-half to one-third the rate of other programs in the rankings.

Designed for working professionals, the Georgia Southern WebMAcc uses a team-based, cohort approach to online learning, placing students on teams of four to five students. These teams work together throughout the 30 semester-hour program/ six semesters and provide motivation, help and strive for a common goal of graduating from an AACSB accredited accounting program. The online courses are identical in content to the traditional courses, with the benefit of a flexible, online delivery system.

“This is another endorsement of the quality of the relatively new WebMAcc program we launched in 2013,” states Timothy A. Pearson, Ph.D. and director of the School of Accountancy. “This newest ranking broadcasts our quality and highlights that our program costs less than half of the tuition charged by our peers. We are providing an extraordinary return on investment for our students.”

For more information on the Georgia Southern WebMAcc program, visit or email

Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.​ ​The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 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 and hands-on approach to education.

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