What's Happening @FAUbusiness

There's a lot going at the FAU College of Business! On this podcast, we speak with our students, alumni, faculty and staff in order to find out... (drumroll)... What's Happening @FAUbusiness.

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George Young, Ph.D., is the director of the FAU School of Accounting. On the podcast, Young talks about the different programs offered by the School of Accounting as well as its affiliated student organizations. Young also touches upon the Accounting Scholars Program - the school's honors program - and the types of career opportunities that lie ahead for accounting graduates.


Women hold 52% of all the professional jobs in the US, yet only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. The FAU Women in Executive Leadership (WEL) program is a strategic initiative designed to level this ratio by giving participants an opportunity to develop a competitive advantage. FAU WEL is currently accepting applications for the fall cohort, which begins August 24, 2019, and runs every 3rd Saturday through December 7, 2019. The program is seeking participants, mentors and corporate sponsors. Visit business.fau.edu/womensleadership to learn more.


The Florida Atlantic University College of Business will be hosting a celebration for business seniors graduating this Summer 2019. The Senior Grad. Social will take place on the day of commencement, Tuesday, August 6, from 10 am to 11:30 am in the Sean Stein Pavilion. To learn more, contact FAU Business at COBadvising@fau.edu.


Lauren Chorlog, Assistant Director of Internships and Professional Development, and Sharene Abouhana ’16 & ’18 discuss the new Business Mentor Program at the Florida Atlantic University College of Business. They share details about the program, what it is like to serve as a mentor, and how to get involved in this year’s program. To learn more about the program, please visit business.fau.edu/mentor.


Engaging a wider range of resources to connect patients with organizations within their community can help transform healthcare and improve overall well-being, according to new research published in the Journal of Business Research by faculty at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. The article, “Transforming Community Well-being Through Patients’ Lived Experiences,” introduces the concept of “patient ecosystem management” (PEM), which the authors describe as an organizational process that focuses on treating patients differently in terms of assessing, managing and expanding resources to achieve patient health and well-being goals. Andrew Gallan, Ph.D. - lead author of the article, assistant professor in FAU’s marketing department, and director of the FAU Center for Services Marketing and Management - joined Jim Hellegaard, Media Relations Director at FAU Business, to discuss the research.


Charles Yang, associate professor of finance and Kaye Family Research Fellow in Insurance at the Florida Atlantic University College of Business, is being honored by the Society of Actuaries for an article analyzing Medicare Advantage and Accountable Care Organizations. The article by Yang, and his co-authors from the University of Texas' McCombs School of Business, provides important insights to Medicare reform, such as Medicare privatization and innovation models.


William Luther, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the Florida Atlantic University College of Business. Luther's expertise is in monetary economics and alternative currencies, including Bitcoin. He is also the Director of the Sound Money Project at the American Institute for Economic Research, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives in Washington D.C. Luther joined us on the podcast to discuss the recent announcement of Libra, a new cryptocurrency being developed by Facebook.


A new study published in Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal by faculty at Florida Atlantic University College of Business and the University of Bergamo in Italy suggests equity crowdfunding has boosted opportunities for younger entrepreneurs, while helping to bridge the distance between startup companies and their investors. However, female and minority entrepreneurs, typically considered financially constrained in traditional entrepreneurial markets, do not have higher chances to raise funds in equity crowdfunding. Douglas Cumming, professor of finance at FAU Business, was a co-author of the study.


Jerry Durbeej, Ph.D., an instructor from the FAU Business Communications Program, joined us to recap the program's premiere event - the Business Communication Exchange. Also known as the B.C.E., the event was established to engage with the local business community to share ideas and information, and address issues about business communication essential to student success.


Peter Ricci, Director of the FAU Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, has been named the 2019 Stewart Distinguished Professor in the College of Business. Sponsored by the Virginia and Douglas Stewart Foundation, and now in it's 15th year, the award recognizes an outstanding FAU Business professor based on five criteria: (1) extraordinary dedication to teaching, (2) impact on and involvement with students, (3) scholarly approach to teaching and learning, (4) contribution to education in the institution, community, and/or profession, and (5) support from colleagues, current and former students. A final, noteworthy mention: former, and longest-serving Dean in College of Business history (1970 - 1987), Gary Luing, was instrumental in obtaining the funds for this award.


Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business MBA in Sport Management program is among the top 20 postgraduate sports business programs in the world, according to the latest rankings from SportBusiness. The program was ranked #17 out of 40 graduate-level programs listed in the worldwide rankings (chosen from 80 programs that submitted applications). FAU’s program ranked third among Florida universities and #14 in the U.S. FAU also finished seventh in the “Graduate’s Choice” category.


The executive education professional development programs at FAU Business have been ranked by the Financial Times for the first time in its annual rankings of the top 80 open enrollment executive education programs in the world. FAU ranked #71 globally, #15 in the United States, #3 in the southeast, and #1 in Florida in the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings. Among public universities, FAU ranked #6 in the U.S. and #2 in the southeast. FAU also ranked #3 in the world for female participants, with females making up 61% of its program.



According to a statewide survey of Florida voters by the FAU Business & Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) - U.S. President Donald Trump & former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hold commanding leads in the race for their parties’ nominations for president in 2020, & are in a dead heat in a possible head-to-head matchup. On a separate note, the FAU BEPI poll also finds that a plurality of Florida voters, 48%, want felons to repay financial debts prior to having their voting rights restored.


FAU's Center for Forensic Accounting & the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Inspector General will host the 3rd annual Forensic Accounting & Financial Institution Fraud Conference on May 22nd & 23rd at the FAU College of Business. Guest speakers will include members from components of government & private sector experts, & some of the topics to be covered include - blockchain’s impacts on cybercrime, the power of artificial intelligence in combating global crime, & the growing threat to the U.S. of counterfeit coins.


An FAU High senior, Alyssa Alvarez will be simultaneously earning her bachelor's degree and high school diploma this summer. Majoring in economics with a minor in business law, Alyssa is the Co-President of Phi Alpha Delta, a Pre-Law Fraternity, and a member of the FAU Undergraduate Law Journal. During the past year, Alyssa has conducted research with the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative on the perceptions of welfare in America. This summer, Alyssa will be interning with the State Attorney's Office.


The FAU Alumni Association recently hosted its annual Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni ceremony and reception, and Arthur C. Brooks, a graduate of the College of Business, was introduced as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. Brooks is a bestselling author, a classical musician, a social scientist, and the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

He began his career as a professional French hornist, leaving college at 19 to perform with the Annapolis Brass Quintet and later, the City Orchestra of Barcelona. Eventually, Brooks returned to the US, and in 1994, he earned his master’s degree in economics at FAU, and later, a Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. from The RAND Graduate School. After completing his doctorate, Brooks spent 10 years as a professor of public administration. He is also the recipient of six honorary doctorates.

This summer, Brooks will leave the American Enterprise Institute to join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School.

On May 2, 2019, Brooks spoke at the FAU graduation ceremony as the 2019 FAU Hall of Fame inductee.


On April 17th, FAU hosted its 50th annual Honors Convocation, a ceremony recognizing the University’s most outstanding students and faculty. From the College of Business, awards went to the following: John Scurto, FAU Distinguished Student Award | Harrison Bryant, Student-Athlete of the Year | Sydney Elney, Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: College of Business | Adeel Shahzad, University Scholar: College of Business


David Gorski, an FAU Honors College student, recently won first place and $10,000 in prize money at the annual FAU Business Plan Competition for his activity tracking mobile app, Life-Metrics. For more information about FAU's Business Plan Competition, visit business.fau.edu/bpc. And for more on the Wilkes Honors College and the Kenan Social Engagement Program, go to HonorsCollege.edu.


Life-Metrics, an activity tracking mobile app, won first place and $10,000 in prize money at the annual FAU Business Plan Competition, recently hosted by FAU’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and the College of Business.

Created by Wilkes Honors College student David Gorski, the Life-Metrics app platform establishes quantitative connections between health/usage data and psychological/physical well-being.


FAU Business hosted its first-ever Real Estate Connect Conference, which drew industry stakeholders from around the country to discuss the outlook for various markets in the United States and across the globe. Sponsored by The Anderson Family and Crossman & Company, the 2019 conference is the kickoff event for establishing a recognized real estate program in the college of business. The conference’s goal is to connect with a set of engaged partners that will provide guidance and support to the program going forward.


Consumer confidence among Hispanics in the U.S. dropped slightly in the first quarter of 2019 as political divisions became apparent in their economic outlook for the U.S., according to a new national consumer sentiment index conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in FAU’s College of Business.

Read the full press release and follow FAU BEPI on Twitter at @FAUpolling.


We are joined by Jonathan Sweet, Ph.D., from the @FAUbusiness Department of Information Technology and Operations Management (ITOM). Jonathan delves into both the ITOM program and the MIS student organization, MISA, for which he is the faculty advisor.

Learn more about ITOM at business.fau.edu/ITOM, and follow MISA at misafau.com as well as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Slack.


Hunter Greer graduated from FAU Business in 2018 with his MBA in Sport Management. He currently works as a Football Operations Assistant for FAU Football. Follow Hunter on twitter at @H_Greer.


FAU's College of Business has announced a new Executive Ph.D. in Business program, tailored to meet the needs of the southeast Florida community and provide highly educated members of the workforce a world-class education in business consulting and leadership. The three-year, research-intensive program allows individuals to focus in the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, information technology, management or marketing.

For more information, read the press release and go to business.fau.edu/masters-phd/phd-program/executive-phd/.


Through FAU’s new Edu-Vantage Partner Program, JM Family Enterprises will offer its associates full tuition for both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certifications. With this new benefit, the automotive company’s 4,300 full-time associates are eligible to enroll in FAU’s online and on-campus courses starting in the fall semester.

JM Family is the first organization to join FAU’s Edu-Vantage Partner Program. The partner program works with employers and corporate community partners to provide employees the opportunity to achieve their educational and professional goals while maintaining full-time careers, family responsibilities and numerous other life commitments.

Learn more by reading the press release and visiting business.fau.edu/eduvantage.


We are joined by Roland Kidwell, the Director of the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship. Roland is also the DeSantis Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Management Programs in the FAU College of Business. On the show, Roland talks with us about the upcoming FAU Business Plan Competition which is hosted by the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and takes place on Friday, April 12th, 2019. To find out more details about either competing in or attending the event, visit business.fau.edu/bpc. Please note that the deadline to enter the competition is Thursday, February 28th, 2019.