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Georgia Southern University Online MBA Ranked 17th by BestColleges.com

The Online MBA offered by the College of Business Administration at Georgia Southern University has been ranked 17th by BestColleges.com as a Top Online MBA Program of 2015. (http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-mba-programs/)

According to BestColleges.com, the Best Online Programs rankings are compiled using qualitative measures and data provided by IPEDS and the schools. BestColleges.com reviewed more than 350 not-for-profit online programs, taking into consideration factors such as accreditation, academic quality, and peer reviews.

“We are gratified by the recognition and excited to be listed among the best programs in the nation,” states Allen C. Amason, dean of the College of Business. “Our faculty and staff have worked hard to deliver good value, and rankings like this are a testament to that commitment and effort.”

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has found that one in three U.S. college students now take at least one class online. Completing an online MBA allows working professionals to continue working and maintaining their personal lives without much interruption, while advancing their education and opening their careers to new opportunities. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) annual corporate recruitment survey reports employer interest in hiring MBAs is increasing.

The Georgia Southern College of Business Administration has offered its Online MBA since 2001. The program is cohort-based, asynchronous and 5 semesters/21 months, with an established track record of preparing students for the complexities of today’s global business environment. The Georgia Southern Online MBA boasts high student satisfaction and graduation rates.

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 (AACSB). Only about 5 percent of all colleges of business are AACSB accredited.

For more information on the Georgia Southern MBA programs, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/MBA or call 912.478.5767.


Entrepreneur Lecture Series to Feature Digital Cobbler, Lucy Beard

On Tuesday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m., in the College of Engineering and Information Technology, Room 1004, the Georgia Southern College of Business Administration Business Innovation Group (BIG) will host the Entrepreneur Lecture Series with speaker, Lucy Beard, as she discusses her adventures in starting Feetz, the digital cobbler for the new era.

After becoming frustrated trying on several pairs of ill-fitting shoes, Beard pondered the idea of custom-fit shoes using 3D printer technology. She and her team spent a year developing the unique SizeMe™ technology with guidance from experts in footwear and 3D printing.

Customers use the Feetz mobile app to take three pictures of each of their feet. Then, the customer designs and personalizes their Feetz shoes to fit his/her own personal style. The shoes are then 3D printed and shipped to the customer.

Feetz relocated from San Diego into The TENN Master Accelerator Program at Launch Tennessee in Chattanooga. The company has since developed patent-protected algorithms and customized software that create the 3D printable shoes from models of customers’ feet. The company has also been working on novel material compositions and material designs to extend the durability and flexibility of the 3D printable materials available. Beard has also raised $1.3 million in seed funding from Khosla Ventures and The JumpFund.

BIG is excited to have Lucy Beard share her story and amazing technology with the Georgia Southern community as it awaits the much anticipated construction of the digital fabrication laboratory (FabLab) slated to open at City Campus. Growth of the City Campus with the FabLab and Innovation Incubator will bring similar opportunities to entrepreneurs and innovators in the region.

The Entrepreneur Lecture Series was developed by the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership as a way to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit. This lecture series plays a great role in helping to harness and grow an innovative culture in the region. For more information or further inquiries, please email Suzanne Hallman, BIG business advisor, at shallman@georgiasouthern.edu.

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Georgia Southern University to Host 2015 Essentials of Fraud and Forensic Accounting

The School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University will host a one-week seminar Aug. 3-7, 2015, for individuals wishing to explore Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting. The seminar is open to potential graduate students interested in pursuing a Master of Accounting with a concentration in Forensic Accounting, along with accountants, attorneys and law enforcement professionals seeking continuing professional education (CPE) credit. The seminar will allow professionals to register for two-hour blocks of CPE.

The five-day seminar will be taught by faculty members who have been assigned for years to the Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting programs at Georgia Southern University. The seminar will cover:

  • Introduction to Fraud Examination
  • Fraud and the Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • The Top 20 Fraud Schemes and
  • Forensic Interviews and Interrogation.

“We are looking forward to offering this seminar to anyone interested in exploring how to investigate and resolve allegations of fraud and white collar crime,” said Don Berecz, director of the Center of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business and a retired FBI agent. “Our accounting and law faculty have decades of experience fighting and researching fraud and forensic accounting. We are excited to host this seminar and hope to motivate participants to become Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and continue on as graduate students in our Forensic Accounting Master’s program.”

The seminar is open to educators, students, the general public and professionals seeking CPE. Participants will earn a certificate and fulfill the prerequisites for entry into the Georgia Southern School of Accountancy Forensic Accounting Master’s program. Registrants may earn up to 36 hours of CPE credit for the entire seminar, with the option to register for single or multiple two-hour blocks of instruction. Those completing the entire seminar will earn a certificate of completion. It is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and transfer students seeking admission into the school’s graduate-level accounting program.

The event will be held on the campus of Georgia Southern at the College of Business Administration in Statesboro, Ga. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. The accounting firm of Porter Keadle Moore is sponsoring the event. For more information, pricing and registration visit http://coba.georgiasouthern.edu/soa/effa or contact Don Berecz at (912) 478-0259 or berecz@georgiasouthern.edu.

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. www.GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


College of Business Team Competes in 6th Annual FastPitch

fastpitch2015On Thursday, March 5, the Creative Coast held its 6th Annual FastPitch competition at the Creator’s Foundry in Savannah, GA. The Georgia Southern University winners from the 3 Day Startup (3DS) event, Advinup, represented the College of Business and Georgia Southern.

The day started at 8:00 a.m. and consisted of twenty participants pitching their products and/or services to a panel of six judges and three panelists who asked three minutes of follow-up questions after each presentation.  The three categories were service-based, product-based, and student entrepreneurs. Each pitch was evaluated on innovation, impact, structure, and delivery.

Advinup, a viral video competition application designed by Tyler Brown, competed in the student entrepreneur category against students from SCAD and Armstrong State. College of Business student and Advinup team member, John Nwosu , pitched the viral video competition concept, explaining likes become currency and users compete in different categories to win iPhones, travel opportunities, and more.  “Tyler Brown and the entire AdvinUp team are a group of students who are humble, hungry, and smart. They are exceptionally talented and tenacious in their pursuit of making the most of this start-up experience,” states Steve Stewart, PhD, professor of entrepreneurship, faculty advisor to Advinup, and Advinup Advisory Board Member. “They’ve surrounded themselves with excellent people, availed themselves of the resources of the Entrepreneurship program, the Business Innovation Group, and 3DS, and have learned from every experience. They exemplify what the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and the College of Business at Georgia Southern are about–excellent students engaged in an outstanding student experience in the context of a world-class university environment.”

At the end of the day, Andy Cabistan, a graduate student at Armstrong State, won the student category for his pitch on a peer-to-peer phone and web application called Turbee, which allows for short distance, in-person deliveries. Lara Neece’s invention, the Bicycle Wrap Skirt, won first place in the product-based category and was the overall winner.  Lea Lynch proposed the idea of FosterFit, winning first place in the service-based category and runner up overall.


Georgia Southern University MBA to Hold MBA Info Session

MBAnewsletterThe Georgia Southern University MBA program will hold an info session on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:00­—7:00 PM at the Coastal Georgia Center (305 Fahm St., Savannah, GA). This will be a drop in event for those looking to advance their careers by furthering their education with an MBA from Georgia Southern.

The Georgia Southern MBA in Savannah is designed for the working professional. It emphasizes knowledge and skills that complement any career, focusing on current administration and management principles while applying these principles to managerial and executive decision-making. With an applied focus, the program allows students to immediately apply the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Courses are offered at the Coastal Georgia Center, and the Georgia Southern MBA is competitively priced. Students in Savannah enjoy access to the same services available to the students in Statesboro. Advance your career in 15 months without putting your personal and professional life on hold.

Drop by the Coastal Georgia Center on Wednesday, April 8 from 4:00­—7:00 PM to learn more about this program. Georgia Southern also offers an Online MBA program. For more information, please call 912.478.5767 or go to GeorgiaSouthern.edu/MBA.

The Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, offering 8 majors with 4 minors and 3 Master’s degrees in 4 fields. Visit: GeorgiaSouthern.edu/COBA


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