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NC Central School of Business 2017-2018 Annual Report

NC Central School of Business 2017-2018 Annual Report

Keywords: NCCU,NCCU School of Business,2017-2018 Highlights,201,7-2018 NCCU Business Annual Report

Anthony C. Nelson, Ph.D.

Rankings.........................................................................................................................................01
Features..........................................................................................................................................02
Events........................................................................................................................................03-07
Student Experiences...........................................................................................................08-09
New Programs..........................................................................................................................10-11
Internships.....................................................................................................................................12
Jobs....................................................................................................................................................13
Research..........................................................................................................................................14
Recognition...............................................................................................................................15-16
Building of a Legacy....................................................................................................................17
Faculty Highlights..................................................................................................................18-20
Summer Immersion...............................................................................................................21-22
Alumni Updates.......................................................................................................................... 23
Awards Banquet.....................................................................................................................24-26
Giving..............................................................................................................................................28



The Association to Advance NCCU Chancellor Dr. Johnson O.
Collegiate Schools of Business Akinleye: “I congratulate Dr. Wanda
(AACSB) International Board of Lester, interim dean of the School of
Directors announced on January 23, Business, along with the faculty, staff
2018, that it will extend accreditation and students who have worked
in business for North Carolina Central tirelessly to ensure NCCU’s School of
University (NCCU)’s School of Business maintains its competitive
Business for five years. AACSB edge.”
Accreditation is synonymous with the
highest standards in business Stephanie M. Bryant, executive vice
education and has been earned by president and chief accreditation
less than five percent of the world’s officer of AACSB: “AACSB
business schools. congratulates each institution on their
achievement. Every AACSB-
According to the AACSB, 799 accredited school has demonstrated a
institutions across 53 countries and focus on excellence in all areas,
territories have earned AACSB including teaching, research,
Accreditation and 186 institutions hold curricula development, and
additional specialized AACSB student learning. The
Accreditation for their accounting intense peer-review process
programs. exemplifies their
commitment to quality
business education.”

Award Winning

SHRM Chapter Awarded Superior Merit
Award for 2017-2018

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has
awarded a 2017-2018 Superior Merit Chapter Award designation to
the North Carolina Central University SHRM student chapter for
providing superior growth and development opportunities to its
student chapter members.

The "U" in Business

In the Fall 2017 semester, NCCU’s School of
Business held a series of soft skills workshops
united by the theme “The ‘U’ in Business.”
These workshops focused on skills that
employers value but which are not learned
through classes. Topics included time
management, problem-solving, negotiation,
networking, developing self-confidence, and
patience, among other things.

Investing in You

In Spring 2018, NCCU’s School of Business
hosted a series of professional development
workshops centered around the theme of
“Investing in You.” In these workshops and
presentations, students learned about
emotional intelligence, effective communication
during tough situations, how to dress
professionally on a budget, and practical steps
they can take during college to have
a better future.

Along with an assortment of soft skills In Spring of 2018 the co-curricular
workshops the series also featured assortment of events encompassed a
several alumni events. Class of 2016 number of corporate visits. Fleishman
Graduate Nelson Cooper spoke at an Hillard, a global PR and digital
“Alumni Lunch & Learn” event on agency, held an information session
September 6th. During Homecoming, for its fellowship and internship
on October 25th, a panel of alumni programs on February 6th.
returned to the nest to talk about their Representatives also answered
experiences in the working world. questions and shared advice about
They shared challenges with money working in a marketing agency or
management, shared experiences corporate environment in general.
they wished they had done more of in
college, and discussed other Cisco, an international IT &
challenges such as dealing with Networking company, visited on
sexual harassment in the workplace. February 13th to showcase its
internship opportunities. Project
The “ ‘U’ in Business” series also Manager Rene Daughtry spoke about
addressed financial literacy. trends in technology and
Presenters included Charles Curry, cybersecurity. University Relations
co-CIO or Fixed Income Investment Manager Ryan Gibson shared advice
Advisors, LLC; Peggy Ward, New about how to stand out when
York Life Insurance Company Agent; applying, interviewing, and working at
and Kenneth Morton, SVP Corporate internships.
Operational Risk Manager at Bank of
America.

Corporate partner Clean,
an integrated branding
agency, facilitated a
number of professional
development workshops.
In Fall 2017, Clean held a
series of five sessions
exploring each branch of
agency marketing in
detail. Students were
exposed to roles such as
Account Management,
Project Management,

Strategy, Public Relations, Copywriting, Digital Development, and Design in an agency
environment. Clean also hosted an onsite visit at its office location in Raleigh. In Spring
2018, students participated in mock interviews, received resume advice, and attended
a “Corporate Conversations Panel” featuring a subset of Clean’s clients, who talked
about their career paths and shared advice to students about life after graduation.

On October 19, 2017, President and CEO of the
BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Art Taylor visited
NCCU for the NCCU Business Distinguished
Speaker Series.

During the presentation, Art Taylor shared his
philosophy about donations and giving, and
discussed the importance of trust and capability.
He underscored the importance of charities’
reputations as being trustworthy so that donors
know funds actually will be used to support the
intended causes.

All the Queen's Horses

On December 2, 2017, North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) School of
Business hosted a film screening and informal conversation of the film “All the
Queen’s Horses.” The film explores the riveting story of Rita Crundwell, former city
comptroller and treasurer for Dixon, Illinois who stole more than $53 million of public
funds to build a horse-breeding empire. It also discloses how the city is attempting
to recover from the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. The film won the HBO
Documentaries Spotlight Award for Best Documentary at the Run & Shoot
Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival.
At the conclusion of the screening was a fireside chat facilitated by Kenneth Gibbs
of Thomas & Gibbs CPAs, PLLC. with Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, the film's creator,
Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy
and MIS at DePaul University. Dr. Richmond Pope has strong ties to the Durham
community as her father, Tyronza Richmond served as NCCU Dean of the School
of Business and University Chancellor from 1986-1992. She fondly recalls her time
on campus and reflected during her recent visit that it still feels like home.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, The North Carolina Central
University (NCCU) School of Business hosted a discussion
regarding the business of music featuring a panel of renowned
industry professionals.

Participants include Vanessa Ferguson, a finalist from Season
12 of NBC’s “The Voice”; Andreao (Fanatic) Heard, record
producer for Michael Jackson, Will Smith, et al; Charles
Whitfield, music industry executive and co-founder of Hidden
Beach Records; and Eli Davis, manager for Anthony Hamilton,
the HamilTones and 9th Wonder. The discussion will be
moderated by Lenora Helm Hammonds, music professor and
director of NCCU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and owner of
Zenzalai Music.

Professor Hammond lead everyone on a journey into behind-
the-scenes topics and discussions. One being a matter of
creativity and what sources are used to maintain creative flow.
It’s easy to start strong but sometimes artists burn out before
finishing at all. This is where creativity comes into play,
creativity is birthed in the midst of creative people. Next, be
creative in staying relative to the music industry. One must be
committed to the process of pursuing their passion which in
turn allows for a unique sound and longevity in the business.
Fanatic reached out to audience members with advice on
studying sounds and various genres to creating a personal
brand.*

“In the business of anything, whether you have a beauty salon,
gas station, restaurant or a music career, the wallpaper for the
success of that business is your business savvy,” said
Professor Hammond, “because what runs everything is
people’s ability to make money. Artists don’t understand the
business like they should. They get blind sighted by being on
stage. They see Beyonce but they don’t know that she hustles
and works really hard. Not knowing the business(side of music)
will cave you in”.

Excerpt from https://www.theluxblognc.com

Seven School of Business students tested their knowledge at the second annual Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Battle of the Brains competition March 9-10 in
Austin, Texas at annual South by Southwest Conference (SXSW). The HBCU Battle of the
Brains brings together the best and brightest students representing HBCUs from around the
country. The competition provided students with an opportunity to strengthen and promote
their skills in business, science, technology, engineering, and math.

Participation in the two-day competition was supported by Home Depot and the Austin
Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.

“The HBCU Battle of the Brains Competition was an outstanding experience for students,”
said Donna Grant, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of NCCU’s Department of Computer
Information Systems. “They were able to compete amongst students from other HBCUs and
also interact with corporate executives, which enhanced the holistic student experience.”

During the competition, students vied for scholarships and bragging rights in the hackathon-
style event. Teams used business cases to present comprehensive strategies, go-to-market
plans and technology solutions to a panel of industry leaders for a chance to win more than
$50,000 in prizes and college scholarships.

Senior Computer Science and Business major Thomas Gaines accepted an internship with
Dell Inc. after interacting with company executives during the events.
Source: Media Relations and Internal Communications Coordinator, Kia C Bell

Dr. Angela Miles, Business Administration
Chair, and Kofi Amoateng, Professor of
Finance visited Ghana this summer to
determine the feasibility of the School of
Business’s first Study Abroad Opportunity for
Students.

The proposed Summer 2019 experience tour
in Ghana offers students the opportunity to
study in Ghana, West Africa. Students will
attend classes and reside at the Ghana
Institute of Management and Public
Administration (GIMPA) in Accra, Ghana.
Further collegiate collaboration will be possible
at several other universities. Students will
engage in cultural activities and excursions
that should broaden experiences to inform
decision making. Business acumen, global
awareness and leadership competencies
should also be developed and enhanced.

Through the collaboration with GIMPA and
the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science
and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana
the students will have the opportunity to visit
the parliament houses, U.S. Embassy, Accra
Arts Center, Labadi Beach, Asantehene
Palace, Kumasi Cultural Center, among other
popular sites.

The two-week experience will satisfy the
following courses: HRM 4570 Human
Resource Management Trends and FIN4410
and Mgmt 3250 International
Finance/International Business.

For more information regarding this opportunity please contact Dr. Angela Miles
([email protected]) and Dr. Kofi Amoateng [email protected] .

NCCU Concentration to Support Senior Living specific disciplines to help students serve this
Industry North Carolina Central University’s booming market.”
(NCCU) School of Business has added a
Senior Living Community Management degree Working closely with the university’s College of
to its curriculum to prepare students for Behavioral and Social Sciences, the senior
careers in retirement homes and other living curriculum will prepare students to work
communities serving the growing aging primarily in supervisory and executive roles at
population. residential facilities. All students will be
required to complete a 500-hour internship at
The U.S. population over age 65 is expected a senior living facility
to include 73 million people by 2030 – nearly
double the current percentage, according to Kevin McLeod, president and CEO of Carolina
the U.S. Census Bureau. Meadows Senior Communities and Services
Inc. Graduates, said program graduates will be
The new concentration offered through the attractive candidates for positions in these
Department of Hospitality and Tourism organizations.
Administration focuses on management skills
for Continuing Care Retirement Communities “The pressing need for workforce development
(CCRC), a type of residential facility that both now and into the future within the senior
combines independent living, assisted living living industry cannot be overstated,” said
and skilled nursing care. With 59 CCRCs McLeod, who has been a strong supporter of
located in North Carolina of the approximate the program throughout its development. “We
2,000 now operating in the U.S., the industry are so very fortunate to be partnering with
reports a shortage of qualified managers and them in this journey and look forward to all
administrators. good things from this visionary and game-
changing program.”
“NCCU’s Hospitality and Tourism
Administration Program has long recognized
the senior living community market as a
potential source of employment for its
students,” said Anthony Nelson, Ph.D., Dean
of NCCU School of Business, which is home
to the hospitality program. “With an aging
population, the demand for professional
management in this sector is growing. This
concentration provides additional training in

NCCU Expands Partnership with

Wake Tech

NCCU is grateful to enhance our partnership
with Wake Technical Community College to
continue to offer top-notch educational and
experiential opportunities that are truly
reflective of industry’s evolving demands,” said
Dr. Anthony Nelson, Dean of NCCU School of
Business.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has “Wake Technical Community College is
extended its partnership with Wake Technical delighted to further enhance our already
Community College (Wake Tech), building on strong relationship with North Carolina Central
its current Hospitality and Tourism University,” says College for Culinary,
Administration program and helping to create Hospitality Management, and Baking and
a pipeline for the next generation of hospitality Pastry Arts Department Chairman Jeff Hadley.
and tourism professionals. “This agreement will formalize a pathway for
the talented students who graduate from our
Starting in fall of 2018, NCCU will welcome Associate in Applied Science, Hospitality
students with an associate’s degree from the Management to continue their education and
Wake Tech hospitality program into upper- earn a higher degree. We anticipate that 10-
level courses for the Bachelor of Science in 15% of the program graduates will choose to
Hospitality and Tourism Administration. This do this.”
agreement provides a seamless transition
from community college into the NCCU School NCCU’s Hospitality and Tourism
of Business and a chance to complete their Administration Program provides essential
B.S. in two years. training and quality hands-on education to
students desiring successful careers in
NCCU will grant full academic credit for hospitality management, entrepreneurship or
approximately 60 hours of courses earned graduate education,
through Wake Tech’s Associate of Applied
Science in Hospitality Management program, Graduates of the program are employed in
as well as support services and access to lodging, food and beverage service,
NCCU resources, such as the Darden convention and visitors bureaus, event
Laboratory, a culinary teaching laboratory. management, resorts, conference centers,
cruise lines and airlines.



Summer Summer
Internships
Internships 2018
Pictured (l-r): Calesha Lucas and
Zakiya Smith were accepted into the Erwin Center Summer Aaron McTell - Duke OIT
Scholars Program at Clemson University. The summer program is Ahmed Melegy - Cisco
a week-long immersive experience that provides opportunities for Amon Harris - UCF REU Site on
college upperclassmen to engage with professionals in the field of IoT in Summer 2018 Program
Avery Manison - NC Mutual
marketing, advertising and communication. Ayoola Sampson - Cisco
Crystal Gore - Cisco
Danzel Whitted - NCCU ITS and
Duke OIT
Erykah Reid - PwC
Jameerah Ali - Wells Fargo
Jarvis Williams - NC Growth
John Slaton - NC Mutual
Lyndon Bowen - Eli Lilly
Ryan Moravick - NeuroPlus
Samson Ayola - Cisco
Shatoria Parrish- L.A. Wynn,
accounting firm
Shawn Newton - SAS Institute
Thomas Gaines - Dell
Yash Chadha - NCCU ITS
Zakiya Smith - SFJ Venture
..and others.

LIFE AFTER... “The future belongs to people who believe in the beauty of
their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Alexis Cofield, Management Major
Miller Coors
Sales Representative at MillerCoors
Milwaukee, WI

Brandon Pugh
Assistant Media Planner
McKinney
Durham., NC

Dannah Griffin- Marketing Major
Verdex Inc
Marketing Specialist
Raleigh, NC

Dyron Greene- Computer Science &
Business
Duke OIT IDMS Dept.
Durham, NC

George Ihediwa- Management Major
Lenovo
Inside Sales Representative
Research Triangle Park

Genesis Hudgins- Marketing Major
QCB
Marketing Associate Program
Charlotte, NC

Julien Durant- Finance Major
Bank of America
Financial Management Analyst
Charlotte, NC

Gregory Carrington III, Accounting
Major
Federal Auditing Intern at KPMG
Washington, DC

Naima Hunter, Accounting Major
Master of Accounting at UNC Kenan-
Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC

Sylvia Richardson, Accounting Major
ITS Tax Intern at PwC
Houston, TX

By Dr. Kayvan Miri Lavassani, Associate Professor, Management

The purpose of this article is to introduce an example of the applications of analytical techniques that
can help policymakers to measure the effectiveness of offensive and defensive trade policies. While
we do not intend to promote or deter trade policies that affect competitiveness of businesses,
industries, and countries, nevertheless we hope the analytical tools utilized in this paper can be utilized
to help managers and policymakers to make better-informed decisions. My colleagues and I have
worked on several projects that apply these techniques at the country, industry and individual company
levels and have gained valuable (and previously unknown) insight in to the fast changing global
business environment. In this article, using an example we will explain that the availability of big data
and analytical tools can enable the policymakers to better uncover hidden patterns of trade and
implement trade policies from a business ecosystem perspective. We also argue that a business
ecosystem analysis of trade can provide valuable insights which are not easily identifiable through the
traditional study of the trade blocks.

Using several algorithms, we constructed the global trade ecosystems at the industry level. Each node
represents a particular industry from one specific country. The data includes trade volumes from 54
industries. The colors identify the membership of each industry in different trade ecosystems. For
example, in this figure, most of the blue nodes represent industries in the NAFTA trade block.
However, similar to country-level analysis we identified that certain industries from Ireland and rest of
the word (from developing economies) display trade patterns similar to the members of NAFTA. The
figure above, displays the analysis at the industry level. This model is built based on more than 5.5
million trade transactions. For More Information visit http://ia-forum.org.

Excerpt from the article featured was published in the International Affairs Forum site, a D.C. Think Tank.

Real World Classroom Infusion Leads to
Professor's Honor

The Associate Professor Donna Grant, Ph.D., has always been a faculty
standout at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), but now she is being
recognized as one of the top faculty members in the 17-campus University of
North Carolina System.

Grant has been awarded the University North Carolina Board of Governors
2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching Award on May 12, 2018, during
NCCU’s 131st Baccalaureate Commencement.

Grant, who serves as chair of the Computer Information Systems Department at NCCU, is known for
providing unusual yet valuable educational opportunities in the classroom. She invites industry
professionals to advise and mentor students and gives students real-world business problems to
solve.

“Exposing students to real-world experiences allows them to enhance their knowledge of strategies
and operations in the business environment,” Grant says. “I want to make a difference in the lives of
my students.”

Before joining NCCU in 2007, she had a successful 22-year career in corporate leadership. She says
her teaching philosophy blends theoretical concepts with practical experience, with an emphasis on a
wide spectrum of approaches to information systems analysis, design, development, implementation
and management.

“Dr. Grant’s teaching style creates an environment that is conducive to thought, questions, and the
synthesis of new information,” said 2014 School of Business graduate Bobby D. Richardson, adding
that her passion for inspiring and motivating students is evident in the success of so many of the
program’s graduates.

Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in education and mathematics from Northwestern University, as well
as a master’s in information systems/project management, an MBA in finance, and a doctorate in
computer science and information systems, all from DePaul University.

“Corporate partnerships are a great addition to the curricula and will ensure our students are exposed
to emerging technologies and knowledge, such as big data, while also making them market-ready for
lucrative careers,” says Grant.

“It is my passion and destiny to prepare the next generation of professionals,” Grant says, which
comes naturally to Grant, as both her parents were also educators.

SOURCE: Media Relations and Internal Communications Coordinator, Kia C Bell

A Decade of Teaching Excellence from PhD
Project Participants

By Deirdre Guion Peoples, Associate Professor Marketing

The North Carolina Central University Teaching Excellence Award is awarded annual to faculty who
consistently exemplify innovation and creativity in the classroom. Over the past ten years, five PhD
project participants have won the North Carolina Central University Excellence in Teaching Award.
In 2008, Dr. Kendra Harris then Assistant Professor of Marketing received the award. In 2009, Dr.
Sharron Hunter-Rainey, Assistant Professor of Management received the NCCU teaching excellence
award. In 2011 the award went to Dr. Donna Grant of the CIS department who also received the 2018
UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award at this year’s commencement ceremony. In
2013 Dr. Alisha Malloy, the Assistant Professor in CIS won the award. In 2018 Dr. Deirdre Guion
Peoples, Associate Professor of Marketing won the award.

Each of these recipients credit the PhD project with providing substantive support and information that
assisted them before, during and after the completion of the doctoral degrees.

About the PhD Project: The PhD Project was founded upon the premise that advancements in
workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty.
Today, our expansive network of supporters, sponsors and universities helps African-Americans,
Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans attain their business PhD and become the business
professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.

Building on a Legacy

Standing on the foundation of a proud legacy of
business leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs,
NCCU School of Business has been investing in
students since 1972.

The NCCU School of Business Building on a
Legacy campaign celebrates the investment that
NCCU School of Business is committed to
imparting through state-of-the-art educational
experiences, practices in innovation that
encourages critical and creative thinking, and
experiential opportunities that position students for
quick and seamless post graduate transitions.

The new construction of the North Carolina Central
University School of Business is on the northeast
corner of the campus, replacing its current
residence, the C. T. Willis Building, which was
constructed in 1956. The new facility – estimated
to cost $38.6 million - will better support today’s
collaborative instruction and research methods,
and will help the University engage additional
talent and partnerships within high-growth
industries critical to North Carolina’s workforce.

The new facility – 82,600 square feet – will sit on a
4.58-acre site at the corner of Alston Avenue and
Lawson Street, and will serve as the first
University landmark coming off N.C. 147. It will
also be a key gateway site inasmuch as it is
positioned next to a projected light rail stop, which
allows the building to act as a hub between the city
and the campus.

For more information regarding ways to give,
please contact Michael Magoon
([email protected])

Faculty Highlights

Atty. Barry Shuster
Dr. Atty Barry Shuster (Hospitality & Tourism Interim Chair 2018) Published
Articles:“HBCU Alumni Perception of Industry Relevance of their Hospitality Management
Program Curriculum”, Business law article, “First, Let’s Talk About Culture...: The First
Step in Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims is Creating a Culture of Zero Tolerance”, has
been accepted for publication in the fall 2018 issue of NCCU Law School’s very own *Of
Counsel* magazine, “A moral crisis and a growing liability threat”, in Hotel News Now.and
“Set zero-tolerance policies to avoid harassment claims”, in Hotel News Now.

Dr. Deirdre Guion Peoples
Dr. Peoples (Marketing Assistant Professor) facilitated the AACSB Redesigning MBA
Curriculum Workshop - May 9-11, 2018 with 200 academics from around the globe (13
different countries) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Guion-Peoples submitted a manuscript for
the special issue of Journal of African American Studies, Examining the Life of Prince
Rogers Nelson: Known to the World as, Simply, Prince., entitled, "The Prince of
Distinction: A view into the work and life of Prince Roger Nelson using the theory of
optimal distinctiveness."

Dr. Fernando Patterson
Dr. Patterson’s (Finance Assistant Professor) most recent paper was accepted into the
“Economics & Human Biology journal”. Dr. Patterson’s research stems from his
background in medicine, as he attended medical school before deciding on a career in
finance. He studies the ways that human personality and biology influences financial
choices and performance, including the risk that people are willing to undertake.

Dr. Henry McKoy
Dr. McKoy (Director of Entrepreneurship/Instructor) was a guest speaker at the recent
"Impact Capitalism Summit" in Chicago, Illinois (April 17-18). Dr. McKoy was featured by
Spectrum News in Spring 2018 on the state of black business in North Carolina and what
state government could do to benefit the black business community.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. John Slade
Dr. John Slade (Management Instructor/Advisor) was recognized with the School of Business
Faculty Choice Award for 2017-2018. Dr. Slade was selected by Housing and Residence
Life to serve as the university’s Faculty in Residence. In this role, he lived and worked among
students as a full-time resident of Chidley North Residence Hall. His engagement included
planning and implementing regular programs of an academic, social, and professional
development nature. He also collaborated with others such as the Counseling Center,
Student Aid, and International Affairs in programs offered. Because of his stellar work, he
was selected again to serve in this role for the 2018-19 year.

Dr. Erastus Karanja
Dr. Erastus Karanja participated in the Faculty Development - Centers for International
Business Education (FDIB - MENA) & East Africa program led and managed by the CIBERs
of the University of South Carolina, Brigham Young University and The George Washington
University. The goal of the program was to learn and explore how to do business in Africa.
Dr. Karanja published the article, "Does the hiring of chief risk officers align with the
COSO/ISO enterprise risk management frameworks?" for the International Journal of
Accounting & Information Management. Additionally, he co-wrote articles titled, "The role of
the chief information security officer in the management of IT security" and "The Chief
Information Security Officer: An Exploratory Study" for the Journal of International
Technology and Information Management, with Dr. Mark Rosso,

Dr. Kavyan Lavassani
Dr. Kavyan Lavassani (Associate Professor) presented at the @ 2017 MSOM (Manufacturing
and Service Operations Management) conference, in UNC-Chapel Hill: (June 20, 2017). Dr.
Lavassani published the article "Data Science Reveals NAFTA’s Problem: and it’s not what
you think" for the International Affairs Forum site, a D.C. Think Tank.

Ms. Laura Graham Door
Mrs. Laura Graham (Business Communications Instructor) facilitated a workshop on
"Professional Dress on a Budget: Building your wardrobe without breaking the bank."
prizes of gift cards were given along with a "clothes emergency repair kit" and some
professional accessories.

Faculty Highlights

Dr. Mark Rosso & Dr. ABM Nasir
Dr. Mark Rosso (CIS Associate Professor) and Dr. ABM Nasir (Economics Professor)
attended a workshop in a workshop in Amsterdam in June, where they presented their
paper titled "The Snowden Effect and Economic Consequences". It investigates how the
exposure of the NSA's surveillance has inhibited citizen behaviors protected by the U.S.
Constitution, and the resulting economic consequences of those behavioral changes.

Dr. Nan Zhang
Dr. Nan Zhang (Marketing Assistant Professor) and Mavis T. Adjei (2017), published,
“Reward Online Reviewers Effectively,” Proceedings of American Marketing Association
2017 Summer Marketing Educators’ Conference, San Francisco.

Mrs. Narda Malcolm-Kingston
Mrs. Narda Malcolm-Kingston (Hospitality and Tourism Instructor) advisor to the National
Society of Minorities in Hospitality was recognized as Chapter advisor of the year, for her
dedication to ensuring students are continuously presented with experiential opportunities
to enhance their Hospitality studies and experiences.

Dr. Yolanda Banks Deaver
Dr. Yolanda Deaver (Accounting Instructor) published an article in the Journal of
accountancy titled “Cultivate students’ interest in the accounting profession”. The article
included simple steps that can help accounting departments attract accounting majors.

Dr. Yvette Bonaparte
Dr. Yvette Bonaparte (Assistant Professor of Marketing) published an article for the
Journal of Global Scholars of Marketing Science entitled, "Experience Counts: Outcomes
of an Experiential Learning Project in a Principles of Marketing Course". Additionally, she
published “Ladies and Gentlemen, My Mother…Our Next President” exploring the double
bind for the Global Journal of Management and Marketing. She wrote for the Journal of
Values-Based Leadership about the "Value Congruence Among Transformative Leaders
in the Pharmaceutical Industry". Her research also included an article surrounding the
Impact of Ethnic Marketing Practices in the Pharmaceutical Industry: A Qualitative Study
of Transformative African American Women Leaders for the Journal of Cultural Marketing
Strategy.

NCCU and Google Give Aspiring Computer
Scientists Edge

North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) School of Business partnered with Google
LLC to host the Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) for students with a
passion for technology and dreams of becoming a computer scientist Sunday, July 8-
Saturday, July 28, 2018. The program provided 40 participants from several Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) an opportunity to learn computer science
fundamentals under the direction of Google engineers.
“NCCU was excited to host the Google Computer Science Summer Institute,” said Dr.
Donna Grant, program coordinator of NCCU’s Computer Science and Business degree
and School of Business associate professor. “This was a great opportunity for students
to achieve a competitive edge in computer science.”
Students attended the three-week residential program at no charge, thanks to funding
from Google, gaining a kick-start into undergraduate studies in computer science along
with opportunities for professional development, including resume building and design
thinking.
Students designed and developed applications with fellow participants to showcase
during special presentations to Google employees from the local office.
For more information about the partnership, please contact Dr. Donna Grant at
[email protected]

Source: NCCU Media Relations and Internal Communications Coordinator, Kia C Bell

SYBEA 2018 Celebrates Rural
Businesses in North Carolina

The 7th annual Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy (SYBEA) took place on
June 23-June 30th on the campus of NCCU. This highly competitive experience was awarded to
40 high performing high school students from across the country.
Students participated in a workshop facilitated by business counselors, Bill Davis, and Small
Business Technical Development Center counselor, LaTasha Best Gaddy. The students received
a thorough introduction to both economic and governmental decision making relating to rural
business from the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Capital NC Growth Executive Director,
Mark Little. A digital strategy and product development workshop was facilitated by Rebecca
Fernandez, Amazon Analytics Manager, WW Content Operations. The students were presented
with a live case study from a business in Asheville, NC called Poppy Gourmet Popcorn. Through
their association with Poppy, they were called upon to develop a way to monetize Poppy's digital
presence and branding interface.
“With nearly 50% of the academy participants originating from rural areas in North Carolina it brings
us great joy to explore ways for our young scholars to give back to their own communities,” said
Mrs. Keisha Williams, SYBEA Director, “to be able to support the growth and expansion of
businesses in these areas through technology and innovation is of substantial importance”.
To continue to offer this opportunity at little to no cost to the participants SYBEA is appreciative of
the strong support it received from Wells Fargo, BB&T, Maximus Foundation, and a number of
individual contributors. For more information on ways to give please visit
http://everyeagleeveryyear.org/.

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AWARDS
BANQUET

2018 End of the Year
Awards Banquet

NCCU School of Business hosted their annual End of the Year Awards Banquet on April 26, 2018 at
6pm at the Doubletree Hotel RTP. In reflection of the great contributions made by the students,
faculty, staff and corporate partners the School of Business is proud to announce the following
honorees:

Tiara May- (Senior, Accounting) Dean's Award for Academic Achievement- in recognition for
Highest GPA in the School of Business, Highest GPA Accounting Major
Jeffrey Mills- (Senior, Management) Dean's Award for Academic Achievement- In
recognition for Highest GPA, NCCU, School of Business, and Management Major
Erim Akpan- (December 2017 Graduate Marketing) Dean's Award for Academic Achievement-
Recognition for Highest GPA, School of Business, Marketing December 2017
Christian E. Williams- (MBA Student) Dean's Award for Academic Achievement- in
recognition for highest GPA MBA Student
IIeah Alston- (MBA Student) Dean's Award for Academic Achievement- in recognition for highest
GPA, MBA Student
Brandon Pugh- (Senior, Marketing) Student Choice Award -as selected by peers, faculty and staff
for demonstrating outstanding community engagement, peer outreach, academic performance,
and team leadership.
Dr. John Slade- (Instructor Professional Development) NCCU School of Business Faculty
Choice Award- as selected by peers, faculty and staff for going above and beyond the classroom to
spur student engagement, career preparedness, and collegiality.
Mrs. Deborah Brame (Dir Professional Development) NCCU School of Business Staff Choice
Award- as.selected by peers, faculty and staff for going above and beyond to spur student
engagement, operational management and collegiality.
Alexis Cofield- (Senior, Management) NCCU School of Business Student Impact Award
As nominated by peers, faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to be of resource to the
community, industry and peers, as selected by committee.
Mrs. Peggy Ward- (Alumni) NCCU School of Business Dean's Award for Alumni Support
Selected for her commitment and dedication to the students of NCCU School of Business and the
value she brings to the School of Business Board of Visitors
Bobby Richardson- (CIS Alumni ‘15), NCCU School of Business Dean's Award for Alumni
Support Selected for his commitment to providing resources that encourage student success and his
mentorship and assistance in helping to coordinate internship opportunities for students.

2018 End of the Year
Awards Banquet

Cisco- NCCU School of Business Corporate Partner Award Recognized for their continuous

engagement with NCCU School of Business through workshops, participation with curricula

development and partnership in certification opportunities.

Clean- NCCU School of Business Corporate Partner Award Recognized for their support in

bringing monthly insights regarding agency marketing to our students, developing soft skill

development workshops, and introducing internship opportunities for business students.

NC Mutual- NCCU School of Business Corporate Partner Award Recognized for the history and

legacy of engagement with both NCCU and NCCU Business and the development of a 10+long

prestigious internship program that continuously grants students experiential opportunities to put

theoretical application to practice.

BA Whitted Scholarship-

Erykah Reid- Junior, Accounting recognized as a recipient for the Junior with the Highest GPA.

Dr. Donna Grant and Bobby Richardson Award Awarded to CIS students (2) who have

demonstrated stellar academic performance by obtaining and maintaining an overall GPA exceeding

a 3.0GPA

Adam Cooper- Senior, Computer Science& Business

Dyron Greene- Senior, Computer Science& Business

Wanda Sharrieff Scholarship -Awarded to the Computer Science and Business student Business

that has displayed superior academic performance.

Jacobia Johnson- Sophomore, Computer Science & Business

Justin Blackman- Senior, Computer Science& Business

Amon Harris- Sophomore, Computer Science& Business

Gracie Rogers Scholarship

Samantha Garraway-Ravin- Senior, Hospitality and Tourism awarded to a Hospitality and

Tourism that has displayed exemplary academic achievement

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma or is an academic honor society. Founded in 1913at the University of Wisconsin,

it has over 800,000 members, selected from over 540 collegiate chapters in business schools

accredited by AACSB International.

Please see below for the 2017-2018 Inductees:

IIeah Alston, MBA

Donovan Carless- Senior, Management Devin Mercer, MBA

Aron Cosby-MBA Loai Obeidat , MBA

Norman Downer-MBA Shatoria Parrish- Junior Accounting

Taylor Ford- Sophomore, Entrepreneurship John Slaton- Junior, Accounting

Shemaiah Hawkins- Senior, Accounting Kayla Smith -MBA

Krisondra Lione -Senior, Bus Entrepreneurship Venise Spivey- Senior,Accounting

Calesha Lucas- Junior, Management Christian Williams -MBA

Trina McCarter Junior, Management Javon Williams -Junior, Management



Adolphus J. Peoples '73 Louise W. Brunson '17
Adrina G. Bass '09 Morris F. McAdoo '00
Akeeya R. Umstead '09 Nikia Davis-Green '98
Angela D. Terry '14 Paulette S. Morrison-Danner '07
Anthony D. Riddick '14 Peggy M. Ward '74
Benita L. Wall-Johnson '90 Phillip L. Bell '68
Braggnetta P. Reid '92 Rodney L. Debro '95
Brian D. Summers '06 Rosalyn C. Penn-Covington '92
Carlton E. Wilson '78 Shakeel D. Hargrove '15
Carmen A. Dorsey '72 Stacey Venable '94
Charles L. Hayden '74 Sterling T. Porter '03
Christopher D. Lopez '13 Sue E. Jarmon '64
Constance A. Walker '64 Sybil S. Henderson '77
Darien D. Brockington '13 Tanya M. Evans '91
Donna J. Graham '76 Thomas D. Bullock '83
Earnestine P. Brown '56 Tiara D. Kincaid '12
Ebonie N. Smith '01 Valeria H. Wilson '65
Ernest Jenkins '74 Yolanda P. Banks Deaver '87
Eva C. Williams '58
Glenwood O. Davis '78 It is because of your generous
Gordon W. Armstrong '76 support that NCCU Business
Gwendolyn A. Phillips '73 students are able to take
Harold T. Epps '74 advantage of programming and
Jamesha D. Marshall '97 experiential opportunities that
JaNassa Kearney '05 provide support and engagement
John W. McClain '94 within their respective ields of
Joyce B. Flowers '67 study.
Kalipha Ceesay '07
Kandy T. Adams '99 For more information regarding
Kenneth D. Gibbs '78 ways to give please visit
Kevin M. Holloway '75 http://everyeagleeveryyear.org/.

North Carolina Central University
School of Business
1801 Fayetteville Street
CT Willis Building
Durham, NC 27707


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