College Day at R.V. Kuhns & Assoc.
On March 14th, another group of Finance majors took a trip to R.V. Kuhns & Assoc., an investment advisory firm in Portland. It was a tremendous experience as students learned technical information about mutual fund performance measurement and analytics as well as investment manager research. The students were additionally challenged with an asset allocation simulation game, which Michael Pellatz won (movie tickets) by designing a portfolio combining domestic and international equities, fixed income, and hedge fund securities to maximize return relative to risk. A cadre of Linfield finance alumni gave presentations, including Heidi Goertzen, Associate Consultant, 2003; Cole Bixenman, Senior Investment Analyst, 2011; Wil Hiles, Investment Analyst, 2012; and Kasey Kuenzli, Senior Manager Research Analyst, 2008. When asked about the trip to RVK, senior Michael Pellatz responded, "It was a wonderful trip. I think it would be a great place to start a career for Linfield Finance grads." Overall, it was a very successful day that left many students feeling optimistic about their future in the industry.
Finance Majors Visit Portland Investment Firm
At 3:15AM, on February 28, 2014, Linfield’s Finance majors, led by Professor Madeleine Romero, departed campus to partake in an early morning institutional equity research meeting at DA Davidson, a full service investment firm located in Lake Oswego. The students gained insight into a typical day in institutional research, institutional sales, investment banking, and additionally had the opportunity to experience the excitement of the equity trading floor at DA Davidson. The day was hosted by Ben Pappas, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Equity Capital Markets, a 2004 Linfield graduate. Senior and junior executives in the firm shared their valuable knowledge, insights, and experience working in the various sectors of the industry. Evan Wingren, a Research Associate at Davidson and 2012 Linfield finance alumnus, discussed his research work and gave advice to the students on the opportunities and challenges in the investments industry.
“This was a very memorable experience and it was great to see what it was like to work in the investment banking firm.” Claire Hann, finance major ’14.
Alumni Panel Discussion
On February 25, 2014 Linfield’s Delta Mu Delta (DMD) chapter, a business honors society, hosted a panel of four Linfield alumnae who shared with current Linfield business students their career experiences, insights, and advice. Katherine Allison, Linfield Chapter DMD President (standing left), introduced each panelist with a ‘fun fact’ as they shared their post Linfield graduation journey…how they discovered their passion and followed it to their current positions.
Panelists included (seated l to r): Joe Murray ’08, Global Merchandising Manager NFL Apparel, Nike; Samantha Lau ’12, Marketing Coordinator, Rex Hill/A to Z Vineyards; Brenna Patterson ’12, Sales Administrator/Export Sales, Ponzi Vineyards; and Peter Fisher ’95, Partner, Human Investing. Those who attended left with new insights on job search strategies and some great new connections at these companies!
Lunch & Learn Session Explores Social Media in Small Business
On February 19, 2014, Lisa Weidman presented "Using Social Media to Promote Your Business", as part of Linfield's Lunch & Learn series with the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce. Lisa outlined a strategic approach to the use of social media. She spoke about the importance of identifying objectives for social media use, developing effective content and posting strategies, and using analytics to assess the impact of social media messages. Lisa is an assistant professor in the Mass Communication Department at Linfield, where she teaches and conducts research in the area of public relations.
Oregon Mutual Insurance Sponsors the Lunch & Learn series for local business professionals. The next presentation will take place on April 19, 2014. Virlena Crosley and John McKeegan will speak about general and legal aspects of HR for small business. All Lunch & Learn sessions are held at Oregon Mutual Insurance in McMinnville.
Business Faculty Share their Research and Expertise: Summer/Fall 2013
Denise Farag presented: The IRS whistleblowing act: Room for improvement at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) International Conference in Boston, MA.
Mike Jones presented IQEX: International reciprocity in licensing at the Northwest Accounting Research Group (NWARG Conference in Leavenworth, WA.
Tyler Laird-Magee presented Comparing cultural intelligence outcomes with and without travel abroad in an MBA course at the Global Business & International Management Conference in Portland, OR and Overcoming teaching challenges in a 24/7 changing social media world: Enabling students to teach each other using a wiki at the Marketing Management Association National Conference, in New Orleans, LA.
Sharon Wagner presented The leadership development portfolio: A tool for enhanced reflection and assessment at the Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference in Orlando, FL, Regional reputation of Oregon wines: Industry, consumer, and trade perspectives at the International Conference of the Reputation Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and The Oregon wine story: A mixed-method study of regional reputation, at the Academy of Wine Business Research Conference in St. Catherines, Ontario, CA, and published "CEO succession: A help or hindrance to corporate reputation?" in Corporate Reputation Review, 16(3).
Working Paper Series Launched
The departments of Business and Economics at Linfield have launched a new Working Paper Series aimed at cultivating and communicating ideas. The interdepartmental publication, intended to showcase and stimulate faculty research, is a collection of working papers which may include teaching notes, preliminary research findings or drafts of larger studies. The series will be distributed as a document and posted in Linfield’s Digital Commons. Comments will be invited and encouraged.
Organizers hope the working papers will generate discussion among faculty, according to Malcolm Greenlees, Glenn L. and Helen S. Jackson professor of business.
“Bringing research and ideas together in one collection will keep us informed of the development work of our colleagues,” said Greenlees.
Eric Schuck, professor of economics, added, “The series will also provide a publication outlet for student-faculty collaborative research efforts.”
For more information, contact Greenlees at ext. 2403, email@example.com
Sport Management Minor Is A Popular Choice for Linfield Students
A new interdisciplinary Sport Management minor launched just last year is proving to be quite popular with students. Members of the Business, Economics, Philosophy, and Health, Human Performance, and Athletics departments proposed the new minor, which is housed in Business and administered collaboratively among the involved departments. The program was designed to allow students to obtain theoretical knowledge from a variety of fields and apply it to the study of sport management.
Five students have already graduated with the Sport Management minor, and 33 students have declared it as their minor. Over 60 students are signed up to be on the Sport Management group e-mail list so that they can receive information about the minor and sport management related information.
Students interested in the Sport Management minor are encouraged to connect with the faculty coordinator, Denise Farag (Business), or with one of the other faculty advisors--Randy Grant (Economics), Jesus Illundain-Agurruza (Philosophy), and Garry Killgore (HHPA).
Photo taken by Brad Thompson.
Linfield Business Department Launches Lunch & Learn Series
Oregon Mutual Insurance, the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Business at Linfield College are partnering to present a series of Lunch & Learn sessions for local business professionals. This series is the brainchild of Oregon Mutual Insurance President and CEO and Linfield Business Advisory Council member Brian Steffel. The first presentation in the series was delivered by accounting professor Malcolm Greenlees on November 20, 2013 on the topic of “Guerilla Accounting”. The next session is scheduled on February 19th featuring Lisa Weidman on Social Media and Business Promotion. All Lunch & Learn sessions are held at Oregon Mutual Insurance in McMinnville.
Panel of Business Professionals Discuss Ethics and Values
The panel discussion, "The Next Steps: How to Get Started in Your Career", held on November 6 in TJ Day Hall was a resounding success! The panelists consisted of five senior and junior investment and accounting professionals, three of whom were Linfield grads. Fifty-seven Linfield students attended the event. Greg Sherwood, President & Chief Investment Officer of Quest Investment Management, led the panel. Other panelists include Mark Wickman, a partner in Wickman Paterson Corrigan Advisory, and Linfield Basketball Hall of Famer, with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Linfield; Peter Fisher, a partner in Human Investing, All Conference Linfield football player and Economics graduate; Joe Seifert, tax manager at Delap LLP, defensive tackle for the Linfield 2004 National Championship team, and Accounting graduate; and Kellen Batson, audit associate for KPMG LLP, and Accounting/Finance graduate from University of Portland.
The panelists speak regularly at colleges and universities in the area as part of Mentors360, an organization dedicated to developing mentoring relationships between students and professionals to facilitate professional growth and value development. The panelists spoke about their professional lives in a large panel setting, and then led small discussion groups addressing students’ individual questions ranging from career advice to how ethics and values shape critical decisions along the way. The event was coordinated by finance professor Madeleine Romero.
“The career event in TJ tonight was a really cool and helpful opportunity! I really learned a lot from all of the guests - especially the recent graduates and how they managed to land a job after college.”
Jenna Elkjer, junior finance major
“The panel was amazing! It was very reassuring to hear that ultra-successful men in the industry did not know exactly what they wanted to do upon graduation. It was even more heartening to see that they are genuine people who made it to the top by putting people first, and doing the right things.”
Nick Popma, senior finance major
New Faculty Member Joins the Department of Business
Accounting professor David Korb has joined the faculty of the Department of Business. Previously Professor Korb was a member of the accounting faculty at New Mexico Highlands University for three years and also taught for five years at the College of Santa Fe. Professor Korb has taught a wide variety of accounting courses including financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, tax, and cost accounting. This year, he is teaching Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Cost Accounting, and Contemporary Business.
Professor Korb brings over a dozen years of varied and extensive accounting experience to the classroom. He is a licensed CPA in the state of New Mexico and is an experienced instructor of CPA review courses. David earned his Bachelor of Accounting and MBA from the College of Santa Fe. He reports that in his spare time he tries to teach accounting to his wife and three cats with very little success!
Professor Mike Jones Honored by Linfield College
Harold C. Elkinton Professor of Business Mike Jones was honored by Linfield College as the 2013 recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professor Award. This award recognizes sustained excellence in the classroom, commitment to the intellectual growth and academic success of students, professional contributions outside the College, and creative work to enhance Linfield’s commitment to academic excellence. Professor Jones was noted for his excellence as a teacher, his commitment to students as an advisor and mentor, and the impact he has made on hundreds of students and alumni during his distinguished career at Linfield.
2013 Student Awards Announced
Seven outstanding students from the Department of Business were selected to receive the 2013 Department of Business Awards. The Academic Achievement Award is presented in recognition of outstanding academic achievement. The Harold C. Elkinton Award commemorates the founder of the Business Department, and is awarded to a graduating senior on the basis of high academic achievement in conjunction with active contributions to the Linfield community. Oregon Society of C.P.A.’s Outstanding Accounting Student Award is provided to the outstanding accounting graduate based on scholarship and potential for contribution to the public accounting profession. The Outstanding Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing Student awards recognize an exceptional graduating senior in each of these majors. Here are the awardees:
Academic Achievement Award: Catherine Nakamura
Harold C. Elkinton Award: Julia Prow
OSCPA Outstanding Accounting Student Award: Joshua Mohr
Outstanding Finance Student Award: Karleigh Prestianni
Outstanding International Business Student Award: Jonathan Bosch
Outstanding Management Student Award: Ellyn Edwards
Outstanding Marketing Student Award: Taylor Vandecoevering
Business Law Faculty Member Denise Farag Appointed Co-President of PNALSB
Denise Farag has been elected Co-President of the Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business ("PNALSB"), a professional organization
of business law professors from institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Western Montana, and from the Canadaian provinces of
Alberta and British Columbia. The PNALSB is a regional association of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the premier academic organization for
business law professors.
Denise will serve as the PNALSB representative to the ALSB House of Delegates at the annual ALSB conference in Boston in August, 2013. After she steps down from her position as Co-President in April 2014, Denise will assume the role of treasurer of the PNALSB.