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Meinders Alumni Newsletter

Thank you for your continued support of Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. Here are some of the things we have been up to lately! 
Honors Convocation
Friday, May 8th, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Kerr McGee Auditorium
1st floor
Meinders School of Business
Reception begins at 2 p.m.
OCU Commencement

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Timeline of Events

Baccalaureate | 9:00 a.m. 
Undergraduate Commencement 

11:00 a.m.
Graduate Commencement

3:00 p.m.


MSB Commencement Luncheon
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Meinders Grads, bring your family and celebrate with the deans and faculty in the Meinders atrium!
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
OCU Ranked Top School for Finance and Accounting
Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business was recently ranked #2 in the country for undergraduate Accounting and Finance Degrees  by the Master of Finance Degrees website.

The rank order among the top 30 schools - out of a pool of more than 500 - was determined by consensus of Master of Finance Degrees staff, "based solely on the presence of innovative and exceptional programs," according to the report.


The organization noted OCU's Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation and stated that "many accounting firms, including the so called 'big four' audit firms which are Deloitte, PwC, Ernst and Young, and KPMG recruit Oklahoma City University graduates."

 The organization considered universities with an enrollment of 3,000 students or less.

"Schools this size offer more opportunities to form relationships with professors that can be useful in the pursuit of work, and some have incredibly high job placement rates," the list introduction states.

Meinders School of Business earned AACSB accreditation last year, joining the ranks of less than 4.5 percent of business schools worldwide.  No other colleges or universities in the state are currently ranked in any of the three categories. The other two categories are the 30 Best Master of Finance Degree Programs and Top 10 Best Online Master of Finance Degree Programs.

Marketing & Management Club Hosts 6th Annual Networking Luncheon
Since 2009, the Marketing & Management Club has hosted an annual networking luncheon to provide an opportunity for students and faculty to network with area business professionals.  This free event is open to all OCU students and features a key-note speaker.
Colt Westbrook, President of Walrus Audio LLC, gave a fun and engaging speech about what he wished he had known when he graduated college.  His key points were: staying present, observing those around you, being flexible with change, and understanding you may not find your dream job right out of the gate. However, those experiences will eventually make up who you become professionally.  
A variety of career fields and businesses were represented at the luncheon, including healthcare, computer science, and arts management - with representatives from Box Talent Agency, JP Morgan, i2e, Helms Underwood, Fluxx Marketing, Yellow Cab Taxi Company, DHS, Chesapeake Energy, American Energy and OU Medical.
The Marketing & Management club advisor, Dr. Alex Smith, reminisced how far the club has come. The first luncheon, he recalls, they had Subway catered in for about 25 students and mostly banking industry professionals were in attendance.  Today, the luncheon has grown to a premier event, attracting more than 100 students across campus and business professionals from a variety of industries. Conversations around the table tend to lead towards internship and job opportunities, benefitting both the student and the company representatives.
Congratulations to the Marketing & Management club officers, (Eleanor Nason, Delainey Messenger, Abbey Thompson, Carsen Moon, Devin Murphy and Tori Brack) on a fantastic event.
Entrepreneurship Day 2015
The week, the Busey Leadership Institute and the Love's Entrepreneurship Center presented the 2015 Entrepreneurship Day. 
Frank Merrick, VP of the Merrick Foundation & President of Ward S. Merrick, Inc; Cory Miller, Founder and CEO of iThemes Media LLC; and Shaun Tilford, CTO at and Co-Founder/CTO at Quibids LLC all shared their entrepreneurial experience with the students and business professionals in attendance. 
Many Meinders students have a dream of owning their own business.  Entrepreneurship Day is one way we connect those who have real-world experience owning and running a business to our students, who can learn from their stories. 
Audience members were encouraged to participate in Q&A through, an interactive mobile device system developed by IT professor and Director of Love's Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Bob Greve.  
Meinders Graduates Receive Diplomas 
Master's in Energy Management and Energy Legal Studies graduates working at Chesapeake Energy were happy to see Meinders Energy program director, Meredith Wegener as she hand-delivered their diplomas to the Chesapeake campus recently.  The success of our corporate partnerships, like the one between Chesapeake and Meinders, extends beyond the school and workplace, impacting the energy industry and our community through these innovative programs. 

Back row, Daniel Lee (MSEL), Allix Prather (MSEL), Katie Wright (MSEL), Kevin Scoville (MSEL); 
Front row, Kyle Qualls (MSEL), Taylor Mills (MSEM) and Lauren Elliott (MSEL).
MSB Students Work with Local Businesses on Marketing Strategy
The Marketing Management and Strategy course fulfills the marketing capstone project for graduating seniors.  In the course, students split up into groups of 4-5 and pair with a company that agrees to work with students in a classroom environment.  Students use their experience and knowledge obtained in the classroom to develop a marketing strategy, or expand upon one that already exists.  
" Working with real companies exposes students to the reality of the resource constraints organizations must face and how that impacts decision making," says Dr. Jason Flores, Marketing Professor and instructor of the course.  "We can take a hypothetical situation that allows us to create an incredibly in-depth and elegant marketing plan, but when the rubber meets the road, so to speak, we often find that we can't do all that we hoped for."
This semester students are working with local businesses including Jimmy's Egg, Braum's, and Bleu Garten
Innovation Challenge Attracts Creative High School Students
Meinders Innovation Challenge 2015
Meinders Innovation Challenge 2015
There is still time to submit videos for the Innovation Challenge!  The Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University invites Oklahoma's most innovative high school students to compete for a scholarship to study business at one of the best business schools in the world  -  tuition-free for 4 years! If you know an outstanding high school student, pass this information on! 
Meinders Pilots New Coffee Bar
Meinders is piloting a new coffee bar to encourage students to use the Norick Lounge more frequently.  The coffee bar provides a quick pick- me-up Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also gives students a chance to spend some time with fellow classmates to study or just take a break while stopping by for a cup of coffee.
This is the first step in re-imagining this space into a more comfortable area for Meinders students.  Next month, we'll meet with  Bob Mills to discuss the addition of The Bob Mills Social Commons within the Norick Lounge!
Stay tuned!  
Alumni Spotlight
Mee-Shew Cheung is n ow  an Associate Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Williams College of Business at Xavier University.  Recently, Dr. Cheung came back to Oklahoma City University to revisit some of her professors and stopped by to catch up with Meinders dean, Steve Agee.  
Dr. Cheung earned her undergraduate degree in 1997 through Oklahoma City University's off-campus program in Singapore. While in the program, she continued to work as an executive with a consulting firm and take classes at night. Professors from OCU frequently traveled to Singapore to teach these 2-week intensive classes in person.  
In 1999, China went through a financial crisis and Dr. Cheung decided to pursue a full-time campus experience, something she felt was missing in her life. Though there were many program options in Singapore, she remembered the fantastic experience with her professors and knew OCU was the place for her.  So, she moved to Oklahoma City and began her studies in the MBA program. 
After graduation, Dr. Cheung decided she didn't want to go into conventional marketing.  She noted that her work experience and "the strength [she] got out of her OCU experience" was very international, therefore she thought she could leverage these aspects.  "...that was how I created my own niche to start my teaching and my research," she said.
Reflecting on her passion for teaching and research, "I saw that in my professors.  They all had great passion; it can be contagious...You see how rewarding it can be, it's beyond just monetary. It's a purpose in your life that makes you excited to wake up everyday and want to go to work," Dr. Cheung said.
If you would like to read more about this astounding alumna, you can visit her professor page on Xavier's website.
Professor Spotlight

Name: Jerome Segura III

Title at MSB: Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics


Years Worked at MSB:

3 academic years


Degrees Earned:

B.A. General Business with a Concentration in Economics '06 - Southeastern Louisiana University

M.A. Economics '07 - University of Missouri

Ph.D. Economics '13; Fields: Urban Economics and Regional Economics - Oklahoma State University


Jerome recently accepted a position  at the University of Wisconsin.  Congratulations!!  

We will miss you very much!


What will you be doing in Wisconsin?

"I have accepted a dual appointment with the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point: Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Economics and Central Wisconsin Economic Research Bureau (CWERB) Coordinator. The latter will transition to CWERB Chief Economist in Fall, 2016.

My primary tasks will be teaching Introduction to Macroeconomics and Sports Economics. I will be recruiting and supervising undergraduate research assistants as well as networking with the local business community."


What is a favorite memory about MSB?

"There are too many memories to list only one. I remember my first time walking into the Rotunda of the Meinders School of Business and there was this Oklahoma City University student proudly displaying her talent on the piano. I think this underscores the additional value obtained through a liberal arts education. Also, I remember my first semester with OCU prior to the birth of my son, Duncan; that class will always hold a special place in my heart. Over the last three years in the MSB I grew as an individual, as an economist, as a spouse and as a father."


What will you miss most about MSB?

"During my tenure here, I feel as though Cara, Duncan and I have become part of the MSB family. I will miss my students; I will miss my fellow faculty. Perhaps more appropriately, I will miss the community.


What projects have you worked on during the last 3 years at Meinders?

"I have worked primarily on three studies over the last three years. U.S. State Government Finances: The Tax Revenue Frontier seeks to estimate the Laffer Curves associated with the top marginal tax rates on personal income and the top marginal tax rates on corporate income at the US state level. This study attempts to explain empirically why tax revenues have declined in the states which reduced these top marginal tax rates, e.g., Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia.


A Regional Tale of Two Income Taxes extends the prior study and seeks to measure the sensitivity of income reporting at the US state level in the presence of income tax loopholes. This analysis focuses on loopholes which are created when state policy makers reduce the top marginal tax rate on personal income. The findings suggest tax avoidance concerns at the state level may be addressed through income tax integration, i.e., taxing income at the same rate regardless of the source.


The Effect of State and Local Taxes on Economic Growth: A Spatial Dynamic Panel Approach adopts a dynamic spatial Durbin model (Debarsy et al., 2011) to measure the net effects of state and local fiscal policy on the Gross State Product per capita. Within this framework, regional economic growth and regional fiscal policy are additional determinants of state economic activity. This is the first study within the state and local tax literature which directly attempts to address endogeneity concerns of state and local fiscal policy."

Student Spotlight 
Name:  Adrienne Dean 
Year Graduating: May, 2015 
Degree you're graduating with: BA in Economics and Finance

What is a favorite memory being a student at Meinders? 
"I'd have to say this past October when I was able to attend the World Business Forum in NYC. The event itself was amazing, but I also enjoyed being around some students I hadn't met before and making some new friends." 

What is your favorite Meinders event? 
"Entrepreneurship Day! One of my dreams is to own my own business and I love hearing from the successful entrepreneurs and learning from their experiences." 

Tell us about the work you have done as a student employee at Meinders. 
"I have have managed the MSB Instagram account since November 2013. I post a lot of photos and graphics to promote events hosted by Meinders and OCU. Current students can easily access the info through social media, a platform they are already on.  Future/potential students also get a chance to see what it is like to be a student at OCU. I also make it a point to post as often as possible to create posts about the students and professors to show off their accomplishments." 

What are your plans after graduation? 
"I've accepted a position in Dallas at PNC Financial Services to work as an Asset Manager in multifamily real estate." 

What advice would you give to a incoming freshman next year? 
"College can be intimidating at first, but don't let fear make you stagnant in life. Always push yourself to get out of your comfort zone and do your absolute best, even in classes that you might think aren't especially challenging or interesting. It pays off in the grand scheme of things!"

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This month's picture comes to us from our Meinders Instagram account @ocumsb, reposted from @alphaphiokcu featuring MSB students,   Mike Manning and Kaitlin Pontikes.

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