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Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor’s 37th Annual Induction Luncheon Celebrates Community Leaders

On October 18, four Oklahoma leaders were inducted into the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor, housed in the Meinders School of Business, during the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor’s 37th Annual Induction Luncheon at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. Louise Bennett, manager for Bennett Group and on the board of directors for Dorchester Capital, and Clay Bennett, chairman of the Professional Basketball Club, owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA and chairman of Dorchester Capital, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy® and Tony® Award winning film, television, voice-over and stage actress and singer, received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, received the Chairman’s Award. The event was presented by the Chickasaw Nation and Dorchester Capital.

Man and woman being presented an award; woman in hot pink jacket with man, and man at podium
Left: Louise and Clay Bennett are presented their award by Dean Sri Beldona and Jane Jayroe Gamble. Middle: Kristin Chenoweth takes a moment with Herman Meinders before her performance of “God Bless America.” Right: Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. speaks to what the honor means to him.

New Business Faculty Welcomed

The Meinders School of Business welcomes Vance Johnson Lewis to the Department of Management as clinical faculty; Yuri Hupka to the Department of Finance as an assistant professor; and the following faculty to the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence: Andrew Gin, clinical instructor; Loknath Sai Ambati, assistant professor; and Md Jabir Rahman, assistant professor.

New MBA Programs Launched

The Meinders School of Business launched the data analytics program this year with new degrees including MBA in Data Analytics, MBA in Financial Analytics, MS in Data Analytics and MS in Financial Analytics.

Professor Presents Tax Paper

Susan Jurney, associate professor of accounting, attended the 15th Annual Behavioral Tax Symposium in Washington D.C., where she presented her research titled “Taxes in Reel Life: An Experimental Examination of Taxpayer Reliance on Social Media.”

Students Visit Bank of Oklahoma Financials’ Trading Floor

In September, 14 Meinders School of Business students, led by finance professor James Ma, visited the Bank of Oklahoma Financials’ trading floor, where they were introduced to the fixed income team and their business practices.

Group Presents at American Accounting Association Teaching Conference

Suye Wang, assistant professor of accounting, presented a case study coauthored with graduate student Vivian Guan and her tax supervisor Matthew Ames from Devon Energy. The study concentrated on using machine learning in tax compliance and was presented at the American Accounting Association Teaching Conference in July.

Team Publishes Media-Based Management Education Exercises

Department of Management Clinical Professor Vance Johnson Lewis’ research team published “Two Thumbs Up,” a collection of media-based management education exercises, in the Journal of Human Resource Education.

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